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

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padilha (91) - BRAZIL - FEB 4, 2012
As cervejas da Coopers possem uma bela aparência. Essa em especial demonstra uma coloração laranja enferrujada, com visíveis fragmentos de lúpulo no copo. Cerveja bem forte, mas ao mesmo tempo bem maltado, dando uma sensação notavelmente encorpada. Safra 2009. Uma cerveja de respeito! Muito boa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours a beautiful hazy hazelnut color with an off-white head. Nose full of succulent malts, caramel, and mouthwatering hops on the tip. Hoppy but malty on the tongue with notes of oak, caramel, and licorice. Delicious! But missing something...

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michclark (88) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2011
if you want a beer with lots of flavour this is it my friends! great aroma and taste with a very pleasing finish. highly recommend!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottled. Wow, yeah! Great, complex flavours and aromas: orange, malt, prunes, hops, flowers, wood, alcohol, yeast, caramel... it’s all there. Good mouthfeel and a nice aged aftertaste, makes you think of oak barrels or something like that. Very highly reccomended.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Amber-copper in color with a small white head. The aroma reminds me of corona with notes of cereal, malt, and a bit of honey. The flavor is sweet with notes of cereal and malt which made for a bland flavor. The texture is watery. Overall its not bad...drinkable, but nothing special.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Right on the borderline of being too hoppy, but otherwise a nice beer. It says it’s an English Strong ale, but I thought it was more like an ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Batch 4-OCT/2002 Dark orange with a reddish tint. Good head that settled to a thin layer. Some lacing down the glass. Large bits of sediment floating in the glass. I should have read the bottle closer. I didn't realize it was bottle conditioned. Nice orange/citrus flavor with a hint of nuttiness. Decent mouth-feel but could have done without with the floaties.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2009
Fresh from the local bottle shop, sampling temp about 10 degrees celsius. Pours hazy dark gold, a little darker than the Sparkling ale. Strong aroma of malts and caramel, with a touch of citric hops and some mild oak. Started with a mild hop bitterness, then smooth malt and caramel comes to the forefront, alcohol is noticeable but nowhere near what you’d expect for 7.5% alcohol. Finish is smooth and malty on the swallow followed by a long lasting mild bitter finish. The quality of Vintage Ale varies from bottle to bottle and can change dramatically over time, so don’t write it off completely if your first experience is sub par, because if you get a really good one you’ll be hard pressed to find a better brew. Well worth buying a 6 pack and trying at intervals of 4 to 6 months, although it’s great straight off the shelf too. Excellent stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
Initial thoughts are good. Tasty and strong. But then the aftertaste kicked in. Very bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
October 2002 edition Apperance: A nice dark reddish brown hue, with very little head that faded quickly. Aroma: It is an english style so its somewhat mild, but its got a little spiceness that reminds me of coriander but not quite. Flavor: Rather mild and unassuming at first, as it warms a little bit the malt and sweet toffee comes out, and I’m pretty sure theres a touch of coriander in it, which is unusal for a strong ale style, but welcome. Slightly wet/oily and refreshing finish. Its high ABV was well hidden but the effects could be felt by a little warming at the end. Overall: At first I didn’t think much, now I think this is pretty decent stuff. One of the finer ESA’s I’ve had.


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