voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - - Pours a dark amber with a poor lasting head, quite a fruity aroma. Fruit and caramel taste, with a mild alcoholic aftertaste and a nice hoppy bitterenss. A very nice beer, not quite a Coopers vintage, but well worth the $52 a slab I paid. One of the best Australian beers, would go nicely with a Sunday roast.
Dredd (764) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Ale, nice sweet malty flavour, great aroma and mouth feel. Probably the best ale in Australia behind the Coopers Vintage Ale.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This had me bored out of my arse! Aroma: alcohol. Flavour: old wet malt and toffee spit. Palate is quite okay after you get past the alcohol. Colour is a nice deep amber and has a solid well formed head with strong lacing, but heck you don't drink a beer for it's looks, do you? More work needed guys!
Choos (698) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is toasty with stone fruit but very little alcohol. My bottle poured black into the tulip glass with a small beige head but shows reflections of red when the torch shines into it. Roasted malt flavours give way to light fruity flavours along with some malty mocha. This has a noticeable hop bitter aftertaste similar to cascade bittered ales. Decent mouthfeel and fairly well carbonated.
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bootle- I’m just updating my beer tasting records- a very nice beer. a good version of english strong ale.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Did I get a dud bottle or something? Poured a glorious dark brown toffee colour, with a very minimal and thus short lasting beige head. Not a very strong aroma, but I got hints of dried fruits. Flavour was exceptionally bitter, but not pleasantly so. Seemed to be a bit salty, too, so there wasn’t really much balance. Very thin bodied, in fact it was very bland altogether. Sad to say, but I’m very disappointed by this James Squire product. Bottle - best before 16 March 2006. 5 4 4 2 8 2.3 Re-rate: Much better this time around. Some sweet toffee and alcohol soaked raisins in the aroma. Medium bodied, but not a lot of depth and not that lasting. Pretty good, considering the value as a locally manufactured drop.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt red in color with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Very pleasent caramel nose. Opens sweet and malty evolving to a spicy and fruity hop finish and a dry alcohol aftertaste.
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was slightly disappointed by this, it looks great tastes pretty good but lacks aroma and a complex character. Not bad just could be a lot better.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2005 Bottle: 2004 bottle Poured a rusty ruby-red with hardly any head that dissapeared in literally about 10 seconds. Aroma of dark nutty malts with a string alcohol presence. Candied sugar, licqourice, and sweet bready yeast notes underneath. Flavour was initially wet cardbaord with alcohol, but eventually developed some faint grappa cherry notes and malt undertones. The palate was very dissapointing; tannins all over the place, a bit sour, astringent, and only medium bodied, yet with good bitterness. Good, but dissapointing. 7/2/6/2/13=3
Re-rate: 2005 bottle - Much, much better this time. Tawny orange. Peppery alcohol, toasty malts, fruity yeast notes, and minty hop aromas. Loads of toasty, toffee-like flavours with rich herbal hops. Warming and really quite pleasant. Much better than last year’s. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like this one quite a lot. It's a shame it's all over now (according to my buddy at Camperdown cellars). The malt is way fresh and a little burnt with milo and crumbled coffee beans. The strength is perfect cause you can swig it walking along King street with your buds. I'll miss you (you too King St).