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


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RATINGS: 738   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
frieked99 (18) - USA - OCT 28, 2001
A good tasting beer with an extra kick of 7%ABV

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
biergeek (3) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2001 does not count
Nose is estery and spicy, some hints of earthy hops, and a dash of caramel underneath. Lots of CO2 wafting up as well. Medium-bodied beer, with a fair amount of carbonation, leaving the odd feeling of creaminess and prickliness at the same time. Main flavors are a maltiness accented by caramel and chocolate hints, along with some earthy hops in the mix. Finishes very, very balanced, with a firm bitterness taking over at the end. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden. A pretty good beer, if a bit unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Nothing, I mean Nada special about this. At three dollars a bottle I would expect more. Nice rocky head with a very light amber hue. The texture is light as well. Lightly malted and very little hop prescence as in none at all. 7.1% is well hidden but doesnít need to be. All in all very dissapointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Flat tea brown with large soapy head and a good dose of chunky crap floating around in it. Smell is very esterrific, with tea leaves and a hint of shortbread, and a dash of worchester sauce for good measure. The flavor is very sweet with only minimal hopping, but a luxurious, sappy maltiness. Overall it's a bit doughy for my tastes, and this stuff reeks of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
RB 2003. Aroma was malty, alcoholic and vanilla. Slightly cloudy, some rye bread, malt. Dry finish. Not impressed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
garygary99 (21) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2001
The only time Iíve been disappointed in the Cooper family.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Batch #4 oct/2002. I was hoping for a "fullers vintage" type beer, but. Aroma is dusty and salty. Hazy orange with a tremendous anout of suspended particle. It almost looks like Jello with "bits" in it. Flavor is quite fruity but has a watery finish. It lacks depth of flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 release. This is nice enough. Spicy little finish off a fairly light palate. Initial malt etc, alcohol is not overly dominant but is apparent. I really ought to buy a bunch of this and try it in a couple years. However I ought to do that with some other beers first, probably wonít.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2005
October 02 version.Pours brown with hints of nuts and brandy.The alcohol had some presence but was not overwhelming.I just didnt care for this beer.The finish had some alcohol lasting on my mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 2004 bottle from local bottle-o. Caramelly aroma, but quite weak on the nose. The head was off-white, almost beige, and hung around like a persistent blowie(ie a long time). Sweet initial flavour, tending towards bitter on the aftertaste. Very full in the mouth. OK, but nothing to write home about. Iíd like to compare this to other vintages 2006: Tasted quite young, but I donít know if this will improve much. Very fruity aroma and on tasting. Something about it reminds me of JS Hop Thief - not a good thing for me. Maybe Iíll put a bottle away for an experiment, because the 2004 version was definitely better.

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