Brewed by Coopers Brewery
Style: English Strong Ale
Regency Park, South Australia, Australia


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RATINGS: 750   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed with choice malts and an extended top fermentation. This naturally conditioned ale experiences interactions between the robust malt, hop and yeast characteristics, to exhibit an intriguing journey of flavour development over a period of five years when stored under cellar conditions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
The Cooper's lads are fucking geniuses. A mule0kicker that almost drinks itself. Spanner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours a cloudy peach color with a small off white head and chunks of floaties. Nose is light and fruity. Flavor starts lightly buttery and sweet then a light dry bitterness that finishes with a hint of bubble gum. Alcohol fairly well hidden, but there is a light burn in the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Extra Strong Oct 4, 2002. A lot going on here. Nice cloudy copper color with big chunks of yeast. Poured nice with a decent head. Very mellow orange flavor and roasted malty tones. Bubble gum and caramel are right behind the mostly mild citrus taste. A very nice English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Fruity aroma. Very little head. Orangey amber in color with a million floaties, some very large. Fruity flavor with a nice malt backbone and citric presence. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Bottled in 02.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (719) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Aroma malty, toasty orangy and a hint of alcohol. Tea coloured with a quickly diminishing head. Flavour is roasty malt, brown sugar with hints of citrus and a noticeable amount of alcohol. Thinner than I would have thought with a reasonable amount of carbonation. On tap at Coopers Ale House. Nicer with less toasty notes and more passion fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Orangy amber color with chunks of yeast floating about. Malty nose with hints of banana. Mildly malted with some spicyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Oct/2002 vintage.Orange/amber color with a lot of medium sized yeast chunks suspended throughout the brew.Small head that faded fast leaving little behind.The aroma was malty,caramel with a slight fruity sweet smell coming through as well.The taste is very nice,malty and fruity medium sweet with a decent hop presence.The alcohol managees to make a brief appearance in the middle only to fade away and leave a nice semi sweet fruit and hop after taste.The finish is sweet and mildly bitter.Very nice brew much better then there sparkling ale and according to the Desc.Mine is just at the edge of optimum flavor.It would be nice to see what other years taste like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Murky amber color, large particles, white head. Nose had hints of fruit, caramel, and some touch of the medicinal. Flavor was good. Malty taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
medium golden in colour, sweet nose with malts and hops in the taste. Finishes fairly bitter and almost sour. Yeasty too

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Batch no. 2, 1999. Well I bought a slab of the í99 in 2000 and I still have 8 bottles left (and I sold six of them). I never did like it, for years it was always harshly alcoholic with very little in the way of, say, malt or hops to mask it. Anyway it looks like the harsh alcohol has finally subsided , but thereís still not much there. Great appearance - clear copper colour with good head retention. Aroma is dominated by crystal malt toffee and caramel flavours, some stone fruit, alcohol and initially a touch of cideriness which dissipates quickly. Flavour is quite lean, really lacking malt character, some metal, no hops, slightly salty, dry, alcoholic finish. Pretty fizzy. Not particularly interesting, and I canít avoid thinking that this beer could be easily replicated with a home brew kit of the same brand (plus a lot of crystal malt). I think this beer is best drunk immediately upon release, and even then it ainít great.
2004 vintage: New bottle and the beer seems different. Itís still not very good. Darker than I recall previous vintages being, poor head. Initially smelled really good, making me briefly reconsider my dislike of this beer, but that didnít last long at all. Loads of muddy crystal malt colour. Seems a lot more clean and boring than fresh bottles of previous vintages and doesnít really show any of the Coopers yeast character that other vintages have by the truckload.
1999 Vintage, tasted 29/11/04: Seems like itís finally getting good! Oxidised stuff dissipates quickly leaving a nice soft butterscotchy, chocolate-coated toffee (like one of those Roses chocolates). Itís light-bodied, thin even, though it works reasonably well. No more sherry stuff but plenty of rum. Malt in aroma reminds me of some Belgian beer which I canít readily identify but may be Gouden Carolus. Same vintage tasted 04/01/06 was actually really good. At least it smelled really good. Some vinous, Gales-esque aged character which was great, but it still didnít taste of all that much.

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