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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8700) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage purchased from Tuckers Maltings online. Poured a hazy amber color with a small off white head, some exotic fruits detected in the aroma, taste very soft but quite rich with vanilla and caramel coming to the fore very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1823) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 2008 bottle from Keg Liquors; split four ways. Aroma: A nice treacle pudding type nose with some raisin and nuts. Appearance: Unfiltered cola brown pour with a bone colored head that settles into a ring. Flavor: Still a fairly vibrant, maltier beer with raisin/sweet malts up front, and an almond liqueur sharpness towards the finish, which has an earthy dryness (pride of ringwood?). Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, bitter (for the style) finish. Overall: I thought this was still a very enjoyable ale, even at it’s age. While it seems that others have not appreciated the 2008 vintage on the same level I have, I definitely think it’s worth a shot, especially if you like aged ales of this kind.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Sediment! Got a lot in my glass but was still fine. Tasty shit. I'd try this again. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ANZUShophunter (163) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle from 2015 (cellaring another for comparison). Pours cloudy amber with ale yeast and sweet malt on the nose. Rich malt profile for the tastebuds that help hide the ethanol. This is the best beer in the Coopers range in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
2008 vintage : a hazed dark amber ale with a thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity vinous malt with treacle, licorice notes, light grassy hops, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with light vinous notes, light grassy hops, light oxidation, very thin, past its prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
[Courtesy of bergstaden] Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, toffee, caramel and hint of honey. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long slightly warm and toffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some cheesy hops, caramel and dried fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty with some grains, bread, toffee and honey. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (6130) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2015
2014 Vintage. 355 ml. bottle. Faint brownish amber, little in the way of head. Little tanned head largely on the sides. Nose is caramel malts, sugar, faint iron, light oxidation, some spices, faint herbal, overall sweet, malty with light oxidation. Taste is light iron, oxidized caramel, malty, feels a bit empty, touch spices, sweetish, light nuts, touch caramel, touch oxidized nuts, quite a bit of orange peel. Feels rather empty despite the malts. Descent but seems to miss the things necessary to make it great or solid even. It is nice but come across as being somewhat hollow & empty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (3904) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown hazy muddy. Buttery dark caramels, smooth, nice bitters. Feels a tad thin though for the impressive flavour.

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gustavofnd (193) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2015
Ótima cerveja. Um bom amargor é um bom amora. Comprei no pão de açúcar. Vale tomar novamente. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2015
"Extra strong vintage ale" which is, according to the label, to be "stored under cellar conditions" to become more complex. So I did just that, but for only a year, and now it is time to evaluate the result. Thinly lacing, moussy, regular, off-white head breaking open after a while but leaving a steady rim around the edge of the glass; colour is a clear coppery, dark amber with lively fizz, turning a murky light chestnut brown with the deposit. This eventually resides in a thick, milky cloud of yeast at the bottom of the glass - I assume pouring this one after a five year cellaring, will have to be executed with great care, if the dead yeast is already concentrated like that after only one year. Sweet bouquet of candied figs, caramel, hint of sweet sherry, dried orange peel, old raisin bread, toast with honey, some bubblegum, hazelnuts, red apple, weak hint of baker’s chocolate even, with some ’rusty’ oxidation but not too much, fitting for an English-style strong ale, because that is indeed what this looks and smells like; adding the deposit gives more dried fruit sweetness, more breadiness as well as something undisturbingly phenolic (glue-like accent). Restrainedly and ’dry’ fruity onset, dried plums, figs and raisins with a red apple peel acidity to it; carbo is quite sharpish and minerally, adding further sourishness. Elegant malt flavour, caramelly and toasted, quite nutty, with a sweet chocolate accent; body is smooth, supple and lean, but on the thin side and a bit metallic as well. Finishes in more toasted malt flavour along with a nice, deep and earthy, ’noble’ hop bitterness, a bit peppery, and some warming, gin-like alcohol, but nothing overpowering or astringent; I do get a resiny, bit sticky, almost faintly glue-like mouthfeel in the end. Noble vintage ale which finds good balance between sweet and dry, feeling very traditionally English, with nice aromas of dried fruit and old alcohol, which doubtlessly increase with more age. I still like this type of old school strong ales and old ales, they seem to breathe something authentic and traditional, and this one surely has enough complexity to be cellared for a few years; it does feel a bit ’commercial’ in the sense that it lacks boldness and complexity, and shows something metallic in the middle, which probably becomes even more apparent in ageing it more than, say, a year or three. Admittedly, I had the same effects in most other English strong ales I tasted so far, so style-wise, this is clearly a very adequate example. In short: good and suitable for ageing, but do not expect something world class to come out of it, this is just very decent and classic for what it is.

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