mikem (2) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The just released 2004 vintage is full of malt character, lovely full mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the 7.5% alcohol.
Flavoursome tripple hopping of Cascade, Pride of Ringwood and Hersbruker. Very smoothand drikable
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 vintage of Extra Strong Vintage Ale.
I’m enjoyed a bottle of Batch No. 4, which was brewed in October of 2002. I enjoyed my first sample of this beer in October of 2004, so the beer had exactly two years of age on it, and the results of that age were spectacular. Extra Strong Vintage Ale is based on a British old ale/strong ale/barley wine by style, which is rich, delicious, complex ale that will continue to condition and improve when cellared. Old ale/strong ales are traditionally enjoyed in the winter months as a "winter warmer", and are brewed with more malt, higher alcohol, bottle conditioned, and cellared to age much like wine. At 7.5% abv, it might not seem "extra strong" in an American market of super octane brews, but is on par with a British old ale/strong ale, and is a very stylistically accurate example.
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale pours to a beautiful, bright deep amber color with a slight white head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is complex and inviting, with aromas of sweet malt, toffee, raisin, plumy fruit, and hints of sherry. The palate is soft and lush on the tongue, with flavors of sweet malt, short bread, undertones of plumy fruit, and hints of butter scotch. Vintage Ale finishes with more complex malty/fruity flavors up front, and then ends a vinous sherry note, and a gentle warming burn of alcohol that lingers.
This is outstanding vintage ale that clearly has improved with age. The sweet malty and estery fruit aromas and flavors, along with the sherry like character this beer has picked up with maturation has made the 2002 vintage a particularly good one in my opinion. If one was to drink this beer young, the sweet malty flavors might be a bit too sweet and cloying. Two years of age has taken the "green" flavors out of this beer, and it has become a rich, delicious, complex ale. A beer perfect to sip and savor after a meal, or a beer enjoy as you relax with a good book or movie. It retails here in the US in select markets of $2 a 12 oz bottle, or $12 a six pack.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005. Slightly hazed, tanned honey color. Nose is malted fruit w/ full nectar palate. Big bright malted flavors w/ a zing. Very refreshing. Full flavored with ample effers. there is a slight bitterness on the aftersip and finishes dry. Overall; seldom I am surprised. Just when you think you’ve figured the brew out before you’ve had it, bam, it’s an unexpected experience that makes you smile. This my friends is one of those brews. I looked at this bottle for a month and passed, passed, passed. Then the time came and it was written....Coopers Vintage Ale ROCKS...
Crow99 (6) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
in my opinion Australias best beer.
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hold the phone Reg, Im gonna start ranting. Fresh for 2002, this shit is well good, and I expect you to go and buy a sixy right now. It makes one remember why one likes (and bothers to spend time rating) beer in the first place. There is for sure some woodiness in the flavour esp. aftertaste with an overripe citris-y thing goin on. For real. From my shitty experience, it sort of has a belgian strong ale character mixed with the unique Coopers fruityness they get from their warm-temperature-friendly yeast. The head disappeared in the first minute though, which is a tad disappointing, because it seemed quite creamy when I poured it into dubs famous beer goblet. Holy shit, Im coming back for more on this one... cant wait til next September Dr Tim!
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(batch 4 , 2002)
hazy golden color, long lasting white head,
aroma of pears, floral hops and cane sugar.
taste is a blend of sweet malt, tart yeast and aromatic hops. great balance with an overall effect of a blend of an old ale with a belgian saison.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle-poured a rusty brown with a thin but solid tan head. Strong currant or raisin-based aroma. Semi-sweet character, predominately nutty, bit of raisin and brown sugar. Quite smooth. Yummy.
Dr.Brewer99 (11) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a great brew!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 My favorite of the Cooper’s beers and one I grab on the rare occasions that I find it. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy chestnut color with a trace of a white head and huge amounts of sediment. The aroma is a fabulous blend of sweet, tang, nut and caramel. The texture is thick. The flavor is dominated by elements of molasses, maple, caramel, and a little sweet tanginess. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. Overall and incredible scent mixed with an interestingly complex sweet flavor. I will definitely be trying this one again.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma. Very little head. Orangey amber in color with a million floaties, some very large. Fruity flavor with a nice malt backbone and citric presence. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Bottled in 02.