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


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RATINGS: 712   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Hazy brown color- thick lasting head- nose brown sugar roasted malts – taste brown sugar, caramel, malts, smoke, figs- medium body- aftertaste figs, malt

   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. There’s 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 it’s 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!

   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 don’t know what coopers did wrong but this is an unpleasant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
Batch # Oct 1st1998. Rated &consumed 3rd Oct 2001. Medium aromatics of demerara, but floral overtones of hyacinth/fushia lighten the mood. A very, rounded clean palate will follow a sip or a gulp, yet circulate the strong flavours of oak, red roses, port and dutch licorice. I am not worthy..4.9/5 Batch # October 2001 Rated October 2001 Green nose and subsequent juvenile head and toffee appley crappy. Get the hint. It does travel well & in time, (brown bottle, stable brew) is brilliant. Kick it toward the 18 month premium ’Use By’ and experience the birth of a magnificent ale. 3.9/5 ReRate Batch# 4-Oct-2002. The first Vintage batch from the new premises. Different again. A mid sienna colour with a definate green tinge. No head to speak of and no lacing.Lightly fizzy with stong aroma of egg, grass, orange. Well hidden alcohol 7.5%, flavour hints of cardamon,grapefruit, must and cigarboxes. Smooth bitterness is still very green flavoured and needs at least another year to develop. Very clean strong finish. Well made. $60AUS 24x375mls, Get’em while their hot!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2002
A refreshingly smooth beer despte the alcohol content. I was really suprised to see that it was actually drinkable. A smooth doughy bite with a moderate, flowery flavor.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 Batch #4. I have kept this for 6 months and I feel that the beer is softening with age. Lovely amber colour offset by the bitterness of the PoR hops, but lacking in any real aroma. The typical Coopers esters are there, apple and banana, which balance well with the caramel malt. I question whether it could be called an English Ale as I agree that there are more Belgian style overtones. Re-rate on 24 July 2003. This is improving with age. The colour is a bit misleading for a strong ale as it is quite a light amber. Nevertheless the aroma is more present this time and the mouthfeel is big and billowy. It is worth an upgrade from 15 to 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Oct/2002 vintage.Orange/amber color with a lot of medium sized yeast chunks suspended throughout the brew.Small head that faded fast leaving little behind.The aroma was malty,caramel with a slight fruity sweet smell coming through as well.The taste is very nice,malty and fruity medium sweet with a decent hop presence.The alcohol managees to make a brief appearance in the middle only to fade away and leave a nice semi sweet fruit and hop after taste.The finish is sweet and mildly bitter.Very nice brew much better then there sparkling ale and according to the Desc.Mine is just at the edge of optimum flavor.It would be nice to see what other years taste like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
The Cooper's lads are fucking geniuses. A mule0kicker that almost drinks itself. Spanner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
When in Adelaide drink Coopers... because thats all there is! I'm just kidding but it was definately nice to see some quaility beer on tap in this part of Oz. The bartender suggested I give it a try and I was very pleased. It is slight sweet with a nice creamy texture.

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