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


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RATINGS: 761   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Malty aroma with a light head. Body seemed a bit thin and the malt flavor seemed to weaken. Touch of oxidation detected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeanOC (4) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
My favourite beer (I grab a case whenever I can get it!). This one is to Australian beer as Durif is to red wine. Big, smooth and extremely satisfying. This is a beer to have with a Sunday roast, one which you savour each mouthful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Aroma of alcohol and blackcurrent wth some malt also. mid brown in colour, cloudy (as I added some of the yeast) with a small white head. Remarkably light and dry with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2002 Bottle. Pours a tan peachy color with a very slight tan head. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruit and brown sugar. The taste is very malty with an alcohol edge, and dark fruits. Just a bit too thin tasting and on the palate. Finishes in a fairly bland manner. Not great, but not bad either. The guy at The World of Beer hyped this one a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2005
Bottled, 2002 vintage. Very fruity and good looking beer. Wouldnt mind having a case in my cellar but Australia is too far for me to drive to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - 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.

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