jazz88 (2585) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Rating #1 Bottle of Batch #4 from October 2002 (7 3 7 3 15). A cloudy amber color with an off-white laced but lasting head. A strong sweet caramel aroma dominates the nose. Apple and date aromas follow and eventually ends with a nose tingling alcohol. Somewhat sweet with a rich malty flavor that finishes dry and with an alcohol kick. Rating #2 from same batch (7 3 6 3 13). A murky brown color with a laced off-white head. A strong vanilla and butterscotch aroma. The alcohol is more muted although still present. I enjoyed the flavor even less.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 2002 bottle - murky orange, no head, slippery lacing. Bananas and figs followed by more fruits, caramel and finishing with a slight cherry flavor. That said, it wasn't overly sweet. Body was thinner than expected - It actually started off thicker, and as it warmed it seemed to get thin - odd.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad, good dark amber color with a small head. Aroma was a little fruity, mostly malty. Very good, smooth malty flavor. I'd drink this one again.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Orange-copper color. Tight small to medium head. Aroma of shampoo-herbal and perfumy. Complex fruit flavors. Smooth and drinkable. Itís a nice change of pace when a beer has a complex range of flavors and none of those are overt maltiness, hop spice, or yeast. A very good bottle-conditioned ale from Down Under.
Oakes (13186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown. Aroma - banana, vanilla, slight medicinally phenols. Mango, date and passion fruit esters. Yeasty and phenolic palate. Dryish finish shows some alcohol.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma was malty, alcoholic and vanilla. Slightly cloudy, some rye bread, malt. Dry finish. Not impressed with this one.
Dredd (711) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 The latest release of the coopers vintage ale took a while to grow on me, but now I think it is great. Nice malt and the cascade hops add a unique flavour to this ale. Just a shame that it only comes once a year (If you are lucky). Certainly has improved with age and drinking this in the colder months at Cellar Temps is a real treat. UPDATE : 2004 is quite different to the one reviewed which was the 2002. This (the 2004) has cheap and nasty pride of ringwood hops. The beer is quite bready/apricoty and is overpowered with alcohol
Update: 2006 Vintage This is a different one again, understated aroma, still quite bready and slight apricot, but it is a lot more balanced than the previous one. It is still very strong and has a long finish, but isnít as much work as the 04.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flat tea brown with large soapy head and a good dose of chunky crap floating around in it. Smell is very esterrific, with tea leaves and a hint of shortbread, and a dash of worchester sauce for good measure. The flavor is very sweet with only minimal hopping, but a luxurious, sappy maltiness. Overall it's a bit doughy for my tastes, and this stuff reeks of alcohol.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #4, Oct. 2002: This strong ale pours a cloudy, orange tinted, dark amber color with a small, rapidly diminishing white head and has small yeast chunks floating throughout it's body. It has a mildly fruity aroma with a bit of malty sweatness and funky yeastiness thrown in. It has medium body with medium carbonation and a smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly malty sweet with lots of fruit, including bananas. It tastes almost Belgian in style. The alcohol is well hidden. This is the best of the Cooper's line that I have tried. Smooth, fruity, and strong-that's always a good combination.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Batch 4, sampled June 2003. Typical Coopers - chunky with yeast. Murky copper with OK head and typical Coopers high carbonation. Surprisingly weak aroma, dominated by estery fruit of course: pear, banana, berries. Flavor is similar. Quite mellow actually, with a restrained and soft palate. Thick and satisfying, must be the yeast - its like eating a beer. All flavor notes well integrated. Moderately hoppy in a spicy peppery way, but bitterness is more apparent than hop flavors - it mainly balances the malt.