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

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RATINGS: 701   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr.Brewer99 (11) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2002
Just a great brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 My favorite of the Cooperís 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shorty99 (2) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2002 does not count
This is a review of the recent batch of Coopers Vintage Ale, this one released 4th October 2002. Ok, I was really looking forward to testing this one. I love my Coopers and from what Iíd heard this was one of their finest offerings. I wasnít disappointed. Enjoy this one in a glass, the aroma is much more free to move and invade your nostrils. Fruity, somewhat akin to a plum/apricot sort of smell in my opinion, really lovely. The taste is excellent. Nothing too overwhelming though I think it would develop with the recommended 18months cellaring. Nice and fruity like the smell with the definite taste of hops on the after palate. A good kick of alcohol so not something youíd want to have too many of if you had to go to work the next day. A very good beer even when it hasnít aged. Be back in 18 months to tell you how its changed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madquacker (1042) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2005
Smooth, yet robust. The tonnes of alochol are consumed in a lathery creamy head. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.

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... itís all there. Good mouthfeel and a nice aged aftertaste, makes you think of oak barrels or something like that. Very highly reccomended.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
2008 bottle, 375ml. Remarkable beer. Aroma has raisins, caramel, and also yeast, which gets stronger as you go. Flavour is complex and long lasting, with sweet notes dominating. Medium to full body, silky mouthfeel. Copper colour and white frothy head; it has yeast for bottle conditioning.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fajry (563) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 4, 2014
Flasa. Vintage 2012. Tmavsia jantarova farba, husta a kremova pena drzala pocas celeho pitia. Vona susenych sliviek, kandizovane ovocie, jemne pikantnost. Chut horkej cokolady, susenych sloviek, figy. V pozadi jemne bylinky, susene slivky, lieskove oriesky. Telo stredne, stredna nasytenost. Uzasny pocit v ustach, velmi pitelne pivo.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 2006 vintage - Bottle conditioned - An absolutely awesome beer. I savoured each and every drop. A medium body, reddish brown in colour, and moderately carbonated. Murky in appearance. Thereís a lot of sediment in the bottle and despite pouring carefully there are lots of floating chunks in the beer, although I reckon they add to itís appearance. A creamy off white head which lasted fairly well although no lacing. A moderate malty taste Some spiciness and a hint of apple. A pleasant warm alcohol taste. An excellent drop!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tooter (8) - Geelong, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 The new 2012 vintage has just come out and seems to be much the same as last years. I usually prefer it if the beer is a little older, and I expect it to become smoother in the next few months. 24/09/2012RevisedTried another six pack and did not go down well . I donít know what coopers did wrong but this is an unpleasant beer.


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