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


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RATINGS: 739   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
A nice looking amber colored beer with lots going on in the glass. The aroma was a little hard if you know what I mean, if fact it smelled like a 7.5% alcohol beer. The flavor followed suit and was a little hard to swallow for my taste, with the finish being much of the same and a litte bitter. I did appreciate the dark yeast in the bottle of the glass and I do think that the folks at Cooper are definitely moving in the right direction, but this beer is just ho-hum for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2002
Batch No. 4-OCT/2002 Vintage: Same one as Duff.. hmmmmm vintage, must look up the definition of that. They had a year off producing this stuff, so this one should be good. [Later]Pretty tasty, prefer the vintage stout. Fairly smooth, with a bit of an initial acidic bite. Creamy. It gets better with every bottle. Sweetness comes though a lot more as time passes. Kinda interesting colour. Let it warm up a bit and you will see. Oh and make sure you pour those lumpy bits into the glass, they add a real edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2009
2008 edition, with a vigoursly hirsute gentleman on label. Almost purple burgundy in colour, small off white head and a few small bubbles up the side of the glass. Sweet fermented blueberries aroma, mildly bitter, smooth. I’ll put 3 away for this time next year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Not very impressive for a once a year special brew. Poured a cloudy dark orange dispite the best pouring technique I could muster. Aroma is soft but ripe fruits and citrusy hops can be detected. The are some good flavors of peach, apricot, vanilla, caramel, and hops(american?). Body does not seem too watery, but I expected a fuller body for this style and the flavors the beer has.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (220) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
(2013) Houblon, malts, caramel, vegetal. Un bon équilibre, bière qui mérite une meilleure distribution, les australiens ont là une bonne bière!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Cloudy amber pour with lots of sediment. Off-white head with a dense lace. Licorice, caramel and honey malts, though not sweet. Medium body, some citrus hops. Prefer this one with the sediment left behind and it definitely benefits from being served at cellar temps. Will age one of these for a while and see where she goes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buena strong ale sabor a ale pasada por barrica con buena gradacion alchoolica,buen lupulo mediamente persistente en el after taste,buena cerveza

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle from Tesco Whitstable. This cloudy mahogany English strong ale had a distinct Belgium vibe - loads of chocolate and dark rummy fruit aromas. The chocolate carries through to the taste, although the sweet dark fruits are rather curtailed. A dollop of Vegemite and alcohol at the end. However in all a good stab by Coopers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 2008 bottle. Aroma of strong malty biscuity, caramel, hoppy marmalade (orange/grapefruit) Small creamy off white head, short lasting, some lacing, Shimmering crystaloid orange/copper colour. Strong malty sweetness, moderate to heavy bitterness, persisting long in the after-taste. Only disappointing aspect is watery mouth feel, but a nice beer overall. Re-rate - yes it does get better with age, looking forward to the next bottle in months to come. Much more sediment this time. Spicier (clove) aromas and more toffee caramel and fruitier than before. Re-rate 2008 vintage 23/2/2012: this has developed rich port wine character with a lovely smokey oak aroma and some marzipan like notes. Only 2 bottles left, how can I not drink them yet? Maybe there is a market for old pre-cellared vintage ales? Re-rate 2008 vintage 13/10/2014 Still a nice ale, though past its prime, Has lost a noticeable amount of its character mostly in the hop aroma department leaving it relatively more malty. After nearly 7 years in the bottle those yeast have left some soap and cobweb aromas - not something I have detected before. Faintly sour now. Retains some carbonation still. My last bottle of 2008 vintage and end of an era. It’s been great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 release. This is nice enough. Spicy little finish off a fairly light palate. Initial malt etc, alcohol is not overly dominant but is apparent. I really ought to buy a bunch of this and try it in a couple years. However I ought to do that with some other beers first, probably won’t.

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