AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - DEC 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty darn good. Aroma is complex and inviting. The esters are a welcome addition. Not too alchoholic but with good mouthfeel. A copper color, with a decent head that disappears quite quickly. There isn’t a date of the batch on the bottle. No hops and carmel, alcohol and esters dominate the flavor profile. Another winner from the beers of the world pack.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like apples, raspberries, caramel and corn. Tastes similar, but sweeter, maybe less apples and more of other fruits and caramel. Brownish orange color, small white head.
ANZUShophunter (273) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2015 (cellaring another for comparison). Pours cloudy amber with ale yeast and sweet malt on the nose. Rich malt profile for the tastebuds that help hide the ethanol. This is the best beer in the Coopers range in my opinion.
holdan (260) - USA - SEP 8, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber with small head. fruity, plum jam aroma, malt. First comes a taste of sweet fruit and malt. Secondly comes the bitterness of hops and strength of alcohol. Body medium, text slight oily, carb average, finish lasting bitter.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Poured a brownish copper colour. Sweetish caramel nose and flavour of toffee mixed with some dark fruitiness. Could have used some bitterness in the finish but still good warming sensation. This tended to get excessively alcoholic as it warmed.
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 dated so a bit over the suggested 5 years, still pours with a decent long lasting head. Aroma of dark fruits dominates over a gentle maltiness, perhaps fig and prune. A little thin in body and flavour doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Still a good beer worth seeking out.
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had so much of this lately that I'd thought I'd better put it up. The Oct 2002 batch is getting really good right about now (Oct 2003) and it's bloody tasty. There is a hint of garam masala or something and the classy citrus thing you get in some Belgian Triples. Anyway, can't wait for the next attempt; this is a rare Aussie success.
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Brown glass bottle (2006). Cloudy amber/brown in colour with an off-white long lasting head. No lacing. Lots of sediment. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour, rather sweet and malty tasting with moderate bitterness. Nice finish.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
VINTAGE: ???(Says ’Best Before 10-09-06’)
Hazy, murky light brown in the glass. Amber/red hints at the edge. Two finger creamy off-white head. Minimal retention, but good lacing.
Smells very good. Better than it looks. Sweet maltiness. Honeyed pears and grapes. Wheat and yeastiness.
Tastes of nuttiness and malts mixed with sweet fruits. Pear and apricot stand out. Buttery and perhaps a bit of maple syrup. A tiny bit of pepperiness from hops. This has mellowed out very well.
Loses points for being abit on the thin side. Other than that though, it is a tasty, tasty brew.
The alcohol content is high enough, and although I don’t taste it, I certainly feel it, that it gets docked a point in drinkability. Elsewise, this is an excellent brew that has aged exceptionally well.
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottling. Very light malt aroma with some oxidative wet paper notes. Interesting aroma of black pepper also present. Thick pillowy tan head atop red-orange beer with haze and considerable particulate sediment. Impression of black pepper is intensified on sipping. Then sweetness and alcohol warmth comes into play. Nice soft bitter note on back of tongue at the finish. Just a hint of soy character. Some raisiny character similar to a tawny port, but not medicinal. The more I sip, the more things I taste. Very complex. Very nice.