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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2003
batch 4-Oct/2002: yelowy orange-brown. cloudy with chunks, and no head. looks like my dodgy homebrew lager. sweet alcohol smell. sweet to taste and a little bit of malt. has an aftertaste of roasted malt. a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jice (176) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2009
2009. smells like a shandy (lemonade and lager): corn, cirtus hops and malt sweetness. got some kind of funky esters going on too. a fair bit of hops but they are not particular pleasant, neither is the malt, too sweet. lingering liqorice bitterness. pretty average but I think it will develop with some age to melt the flavours together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Batch 4 Oct/2002 – There’s big chunks floating in this! Orange dominates the taste. Also, bready (like a barleywine) but very mellow. Very little alcohol presence. This is like a half and half using a mellow barleywine and an English Ale. This is awesome.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2012
It’s a lovely rich brown colour with a frothy, lasting head - not as much sediment floating around as I would’ve thought, either. A slightly acrid aroma, a hint of banana and bread dough, perhaps. It’s smooth, rich but maybe too sweet once in the mouth. Still, ends with a bit of umami-like richness, almost like mushrooms cooked in butter.. But, hmmm, none too impressed; a bit muddled perhaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2003
Coopers has done it again with this superb ale. A complex fruit and spice drop that has a boot polish brown tinge and high foaming head that lasts the glass to the end. Has a mighty kick weighing in on the ABV. The brew we sampled was a little under 3 years old (Oct 2000) as each bottle is numbered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 This beer is big. Big flavour, big ABV, big rich cloudy orange, colour. This beer is an absolute corker. Mr cooper says to savour each beer rather than go silly with it. I couddnt agree more. Deserves a lot of respect and i believe gets it. Plenty of stewed apricots in there, fruity malty, a genuine ale. The only high alcohol beer that disguises its alcohol content like this one. A Killer Brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
Yep, its vintage. Well it tastes old anyway, a bit too skunky aroma for my liking with too many hops. Still it has got a lot going for it, the strong flavour and smoothness on the palate mean that its a fair bit better than the run of the mill oz beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2008
2008 vintage: the second Coopers beer for me, I have had the brown ale a while back, but this time I am going for the gonzo Cooper. This vintage ale has a dark reddish orange hazy look, it is on the border to becoming opaque as it blocks a majority of the light, fine effers from the bottle conditioning, aromas are malty and contain highlites of candied dried fruits like some apricots, plums, raisins and cherries, some hops intrude when you shake things up, mostly yeast esters and it is nicely complex, the palate is very creamy and tingly and the finish is long and the very end, there is a tinge of bittering right that gives it a dry tart cherry vanilla chapstick kind of finish. It is unique and I like it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2003
3rd October 2000, and todays date is the 30th Jan 2003, First impression is the wonderful fruity aroma, pours a light brown color with a minimal head. Fruity and malty complex flavour. Fantastic on the palate as it warms, a must have next season.

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