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

bottled
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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


willbrenton's rating

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
willbrenton (7) - - JAN 16, 2013
Malty and hoppy but poor mouth feel. Pretty good for an Aussie beer. $5 from Re Store.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (1096) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle@ deTolly, Tartu. Pours amber with small yellowish head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, toffee, honey, hay, bread. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee, slight bitterness, Medium body. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1037) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2015
2014 bottle from Beer Express. Best After (??!?) 25/05/14. Pours a nice clear coppery colour, second pour murky and rusty brown; the light beige head is brief. The aroma’s at first fresh caramel, then deepens to a more orangey and marmalady, some dark fruits - figs, raisins - too. Tastes sweet with a bit of earthy-herbal finishing bitterness. Not too multilayered. Thin prickly carbonation, mediumish body, slight stickiness on the palate. Pretty good overall, despite the somewhat bland taste. Liked the aroma much more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma is oxidised, sherry, dried fruit, caramel. Taste of sherry, cardboard, caramel, sultanas. Little sweet and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1879) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 2008 bottle from Keg Liquors; split four ways. Aroma: A nice treacle pudding type nose with some raisin and nuts. Appearance: Unfiltered cola brown pour with a bone colored head that settles into a ring. Flavor: Still a fairly vibrant, maltier beer with raisin/sweet malts up front, and an almond liqueur sharpness towards the finish, which has an earthy dryness (pride of ringwood?). Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, bitter (for the style) finish. Overall: I thought this was still a very enjoyable ale, even at it’s age. While it seems that others have not appreciated the 2008 vintage on the same level I have, I definitely think it’s worth a shot, especially if you like aged ales of this kind.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Sediment! Got a lot in my glass but was still fine. Tasty shit. I'd try this again. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ANZUShophunter (207) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2015
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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11945) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
2008 vintage : a hazed dark amber ale with a thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity vinous malt with treacle, licorice notes, light grassy hops, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with light vinous notes, light grassy hops, light oxidation, very thin, past its prime.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (10320) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, toffee, caramel and hint of honey. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long slightly warm and toffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7044) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some cheesy hops, caramel and dried fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty with some grains, bread, toffee and honey. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2015
2014 Vintage. 355 ml. bottle. Faint brownish amber, little in the way of head. Little tanned head largely on the sides. Nose is caramel malts, sugar, faint iron, light oxidation, some spices, faint herbal, overall sweet, malty with light oxidation. Taste is light iron, oxidized caramel, malty, feels a bit empty, touch spices, sweetish, light nuts, touch caramel, touch oxidized nuts, quite a bit of orange peel. Feels rather empty despite the malts. Descent but seems to miss the things necessary to make it great or solid even. It is nice but come across as being somewhat hollow & empty.


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