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


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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Screech99 (34) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2001
The Ultimate!!! This is the single greatest beer ever to see daylight, a work of art, a brilliant drop. Pity it’s so expensive tho, could drink it all day.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bltc99 (4) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2001 does not count
Perhaps the best beer I’ve ever tasted. The Hermitage of beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
porschemad911 (3) - - MAY 8, 2014 does not count
Sensational ale. Hoppy, fresh, balance and extremely satisfying. This is difficult to find as it sells out fast wherever it’s stocked, but if you can get a hold of some I can’t recommend it enough. Buy two cases - one to drink and one to keep for at least twelve months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2008
What an extraordinary beer! Sweet, bitter, rich. His most glorious Lordship is rather pleased with this ale and looks forward to tasting it when it has matured. He is confident that it will be quite unlike anything else.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2015
Nous avons beaucoup de sympathie pour une vintage ale, et nous la respectons, mais l’appellation de « extra strong ale » avec un niveau abv de 7,5 % nous fait beaucoup sourire, voire rire à chaudes larmes !!! Bref, ceci n’est pas le sujet parce que le brasseur attire notre attention sur le potentiel de vieillissement, ce qui est un sujet autrement plus conséquent … Mon exemplaire de 2014 est proposé en montée de complexité pour la période de 5 ans. Cette dégustation est donc une dégustation de bière jeune, afin d’évaluer son réel potentiel , et savoir si cela vaut la peine de garnir ma cave davantage … Couleur ambre foncé à châtain moyen, d’une belle clarté. Bulles fines en colonne centrale par myriades. Splendide. Mousse beige clair, bien crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de malt cara, pointe de froment, muscade, raisins secs, herbe des marais. 1ère bouche très souple à l’entrée originale sur malt cara, avec des graines de sésame. Arrière-bouche assez épicée, un peu poivrée, longue. 2ème au bel ensemble, mais qui manque quelque peu de complexité. Arrière-bouche mi fruitée, mi épicée. 3ème maltée et un peu herbeuse cette fois. Preuve d’un réel potentiel. Arrière-bouche plus complexe, longue. Longueur avec raisins, un peu de bois de fût, réglisse, érable. Jambes fines, très denses, longues, très bien marquées. Superbes, absolument superbes. Levure riche, dense, épicée, très belle ligne. Alcool très bien et parfaitement progressif. Je pourrais aller jusqu’à dire strong, mais jamais extra !! Ceci dit, à son corps défendant, il travaille parfaitement. Finale dont on rêve qu’elle n’ait pas 5 ans de plus. CONCLUSION : assurément une bière à faire vieillir, le potentiel est bien là, et le brasseur ne nous a pas menti. Je l’en remercie et je le félicite bien entendu. Il faudra donc être bien patient pour accorder à cette bière la cote qu’elle mérite sans doute. Ceci est une cote transitoire, mais bien sentie.... (exactement dans la ligne de la Fuller’s anglaise, c’est amusant).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 wow almost a perfect beer. NIce floral aroma. good balance of hops and malt so as not too bitter. Dark coper colour with nice creamy head. Ah the sernaity!! Btach 4 2004 Aroma 3 Appearance 4 Flavour 7 Palate 4 Overall 14 Dark copper in colour cloudy and yeasty. Thick white head, sweet malty taste very little bitterness. Certainly different recipe from previous years.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeanOC (4) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
My favourite beer (I grab a case whenever I can get it!). This one is to Australian beer as Durif is to red wine. Big, smooth and extremely satisfying. This is a beer to have with a Sunday roast, one which you savour each mouthful.

   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.

   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!

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