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


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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 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 wonít.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 2006 vintage -- A murky orangey brown with lots of sediment. A small off-white head that soon disappears, forming a ring around the glass. Just a little lacing. Simply delicious aroma of all things yummy on a cold winterís night (pity itís quite warm today...), rich fruit cake and caramel in particular and, perhaps, some spicyness. Fairly frothy mouthfeel, but nice and round. Alcohol warmth. The flavour is more fruit cake and caramel with maltiness as well. Some bitterness with a spiritous edge in the aftertaste. One of the best Oz beers Iíve had. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2002
2002: I didnít like the 2000 and I donít especially like this one either (although I wanted to). Looks OK, kind of a reddy-copper colour with a small white head which doesnít last long. Aroma is alcohol, as well as small amounts of banana, peach and red apple then more alcohol. Taste is very mild indeed, and not strong in any department apart from alcohol. Palate is decent with some nice finishing hops, but the alcohol is still there... All in all, not a terrible beer (better than 2000), but Iíve had much stronger beers where the alcohol is hidden far better than this. Maybe it needs cellaring time. (ratings apply to this edition) <P>2000: This was really dissapointing. It wasnít terrible but I was expecting it to be special and it just wasnít. Theyíve definately tried a Belgian-style ale but it hasnít worked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Bottle pours amber with a white head. Sweet malty aroma with some subtle fruit notes mayber raisin. Tastes bready and malty sweet fruit and carmel . Easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Tasted the 2004 Version. A whiff of malt and alcohol greet you. It is quite drinkable given itís strength, but you can taste the alcohol due to the relatively low bitterness. Taste is balanced towards malty sweetness with hints of fruity flavors. Itís good, but I think the Cooperís label leads some to perceive that it is better than it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 good complexity that will get better with age, alcohol just at the edges to let you know its a strong ale, malt and subtle dried fruit with hints of citrus, good body, light head with lacework, one to savour and cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Vintage: 4, October 2002 This is a unique and very active beer with an attractive golden/amber color. It is very complex with a lot of fizz and a fruity cider smell. It is shameless in its quantity of sediment -- the chunks are just rolling around in the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth yet finishes with a nice bite. This beer is very pleasant, easy to drink and has a lot of great qualities. It is a little pricey, but is worth enduring the sticker shock. In the end, I felt a little disappointed that I really liked a beer with a twist off cap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - APR 22, 2008
Deep amber beige head. Toasty bread and complex fruits on the nose. Great on the palate, full malty flavour not unlike some trappistes (a toned down version), woody almost bourbon type flavours in there? raisin flavours and a dry palate cleansing finish with alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2014
2013 vintage, overall a good beer. ABV is pretty well hidden, not too many boozey flavours. Overcarbonated though, nice floral hop aroma, sweet raisiny malt. Tastes awfully like a strong coopers green to be honest (pale ale).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Aroma of alcohol and blackcurrent wth some malt also. mid brown in colour, cloudy (as I added some of the yeast) with a small white head. Remarkably light and dry with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

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