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

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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niksko (325) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2012
330ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark golden, with lots of large bubbled off white head. Aroma is fresh and citrus, with some hops and a bit of caramel. Flavour is rich and smooth. Buttery and creamy attack, lots of citrus, some piney hops on the finish. Unusual, tasty, and pretty impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle of the 2012. Slightly hazy amber with a small pale head. Aroma is pineapple, toffee,  biscuit. Reasonably well balanced, fairly light on the palate, fruity bitterness on the finish. Taste is fruity hops, malt, caramel, passionfruit, touch of pine. 

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (570) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours opaque mud brown amber with nice resilient off white head. Aromas of hoppy pride of ringwood herbal spice amongst a welcoming grainy, bready and toffee malt aroma, almost perceiving a touch of apricot. Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Complex malt profile balanced with an appropriate level of bitterness - a touch of roast lingers amongst the malts and the coopers traditional yeast profile evident with a dryish finish allowing the hop bitterness to linger, balanced with a moreish malt profile.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured a dark sludgy looking orange color. Had a little bit of sediment at the end of the pour. Short lived off white head that only got to half a finger in height, then just film. A little bit of head retention with a swirl or two. S-- A lot of dark fruits with this. Plumb and raisin. Has a bit biscuit sweetness to this as and a little bit of an alcohol nose. T-- A lot of dark fruit and sweet bread off the bat. Big dose of carbonation as well. M-- Really carbonated. Masks a lot of the flavors in this. Really thought this was closer to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but seriously over carbonated. Plum, fig, and orange come out more and the sweet bread is in the feel also. Quite an earthy feel to this. D-- Carbonation hurt the drinkability of this. Really over carbonated. Flavors and the texture are pretty good though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tooter (8) - Geelong, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The new 2012 vintage has just come out and seems to be much the same as last years. I usually prefer it if the beer is a little older, and I expect it to become smoother in the next few months. 24/09/2012RevisedTried another six pack and did not go down well . I don’t know what coopers did wrong but this is an unpleasant beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2012
375ml bottle. A very well made beer. Good balance of malt and hops with a slight alcohol taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3781) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is fruity hops, some yeasty notes, biscuity malt. Nice. Flavour is quite dry, medium hop bitterness, friuty grapish notes. Again nice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (2928) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle 0,375ltr: Hazy amber coloured brew with an fine mellow sweetbitter taste and hints of honey.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2012
A pretty middle of the road beer. Average in most aspects, drinks a little lighter that it’s abv would suggest. Doesn’t really stand out in any aspect

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3892) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle says 2008. Pours dark brown with thick chunks of sediment, dead yeast floating around. Looks like Abbaye des Rocs. Tastes like honey, and oldness. There’s some nice softened barley taste. A little bit of bitterness at the end but follow through is light. Bottle from Lebanon Health Food Store, NH.


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