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


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RATINGS: 756   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4173) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Batch # 14 October 2002, Sampled January 2005
Pours a hazy amber orange color that is topped by a thin tan colored head, with a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is malty with some weird almost vegetal notes, as well as notes of alcohol, cleaning solution, caramel. The beer is sweet, quite well carbonated and has subtle oxidation notes of sherry. In some ways it is quite light on the palate. The taste is much more agreeable than the aroma hinted at. This is definitely slanted on toward the malty side of the spectrum, in some ways it even reminds me of diluted malt extract. Certainly interesting, and I am glad that I picked this up, but I think that it might be a bit more malty and fresh tasting if it was a bit younger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
The quality of this annual release varies considerably from year to year with the changing recipe. I loved the 2000 but was disappointed by the 2001.The 2000 vintage (7.1%) is rated here because my memory of the 2001 is muddied by the eight beers I had afterwards. It poured a teak colour with a fading head. Sherry notes in the sweet malty nose. Some fruit characters. The palate is surprisingly moderate and quenching. Big fruity character, like the same brewers sparkling ale on steroids. Carries its alcohol very easily. Very smooth drinking. (Bottle, 2000 batch)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DragonStout (1410) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
October 2002 edition Apperance: A nice dark reddish brown hue, with very little head that faded quickly. Aroma: It is an english style so its somewhat mild, but its got a little spiceness that reminds me of coriander but not quite. Flavor: Rather mild and unassuming at first, as it warms a little bit the malt and sweet toffee comes out, and Im pretty sure theres a touch of coriander in it, which is unusal for a strong ale style, but welcome. Slightly wet/oily and refreshing finish. Its high ABV was well hidden but the effects could be felt by a little warming at the end. Overall: At first I didnt think much, now I think this is pretty decent stuff. One of the finer ESAs Ive had.

   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 wont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Tasted the 2004 Version. A whiff of malt and alcohol greet you. It is quite drinkable given its strength, but you can taste the alcohol due to the relatively low bitterness. Taste is balanced towards malty sweetness with hints of fruity flavors. Its good, but I think the Coopers label leads some to perceive that it is better than it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2004
12.12.04 Batch No. 4-Oct/2002 Dark golden pour with tiny ring of lasting head and a seaquarium of floating, bobbing, and diving hunks of sediment -- I think a few had fins. Aromas are sour and pear, sweet toffee, perfumey (but not floral). Heaps of tingly eff break up an oily mouthfeel. Some honey but pretty bland overall. Seems like a light English Pale Ale fortified with some extra booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle is 2 years old, um....after the "smoke" cleared upon opening the bottle, the beer poured well into an English pint glass. The head is thick and billowy like frothy swiss cheese. The initial flavor is of toffee-butterscotch...malt, malt and more malt. The palate is oily gliding quickly over the taste buds. The carbonation is barely noticeable, and the flavor ends in brandyish notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Batch No. 4, October/2002. Beer pours murky medium orange with an off white colored head that is lightly retained. A bit of sherry in the nose, a whiff of alcohol, and some significant sweetness. Flavor is pretty thin with a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of a dry fininish. I am rather stunned by how bland this beer is. An English Strong?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1945) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: 2010
Consumed: August 2011

Hard to get excited on this tasting. Flavours seem hard and unforgiving with bitter stone fruits. Some malt sweetness tries to get going but never really takes hold. Dumb phase?

Vintage: 2008
Consumed: April 2009

Im back on board. Didnt blow me away like the first time I tried time beer (the 2004 as a youngster) but very solid and I might have to re-weight my view, particularly given the relatively large volumes in which this is made. A bit lighter in colour than the 2004, more in the browny orangey apricot spectrum. Nose shows sweet malts and toffee; Beligian for mine. Palate is light, at least to my tastes, for a 7.5%er but certainly well built. More toffee and malt to taste, along with some bitter malts in the back palate. Might need a little more punch but the palate structure is very good.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: August 2006

Impressive pour big creamy head, quite thick, settles to leave a classic flat white coffee layer of thin creamy froath. Chunky lacing. Light brown / tan in colour, dirty texture, small floaties. Belgium strong al nose with meaty yeasts and malts, some chocolat, quite powerful, certaintly giving the impression of higher alcohol than the quoted 7.5%. Very balanced to taste although the weight of flavours is a touch subdued, relative to the nose, and tails a little on the finish. More classic Belgian malty notes, again a touch chocolately, but just a little too elegant and perhaps dilutive for the style. Im certain this beer was looking better 6 months ago although its still a very acceptable drink.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: November 2004

Cloudy caramel / tan in the glass. Not much going on in the nose, quite restrained. Impressive flavour and mouthfeel. Full of character, and almost has an extracted red wine taste with roasted malty notes and licorice touches, Definately has some sweet touches but heaps of polish and in context, Carries its 7.5% easily. Best beer Ive had in months.

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