Nemo (100) - Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2004
2002 Batch. Dark Amber colouring with an off-white head. Strong sweet fruity, sugar aroma. Aroma is alot stronger than the sweet, fruity, tangy, nutty flavour. Waiting in anticipation for what the 2003 batch will be like. ClarkVV (6940) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2004
2002 bottle thanks to Mutant. Well I waited the suggested 18 months exactly (coincidence). Pours a reddish-brown, hazy with light bubbles and good oat colored head. Looks like a classic english strong. Aroma is quite enveloping, candied sugar from the caramel and sweet toffee, candied apples, some dates, light prunes and maybe a hint of cherry and vanilla. Flavor seems to be less exciting than the aroma, one sweet fruity note is played, with some vanilla, almonds, sugar cookies and dry astringent hops playing about in the background. Towards the end of the beer, I’m quite bored. Decent, but no where near the elegance and subtle multitude of complexities seen in the Fullers line. I agree it hides the alcohol, but I need more flavor. Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2004
Starts ciderish and tart then decends into a rich creamy vanilla/caramel flavor. Just a joy. Hides the alch so well and leaves a lovely lingering mellow flavor. I’ll be back. FROTHINGSLOSH (8267) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 My favorite of the Cooper’s beers and one I grab on the rare occasions that I find it. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy chestnut color with a trace of a white head and huge amounts of sediment. The aroma is a fabulous blend of sweet, tang, nut and caramel. The texture is thick. The flavor is dominated by elements of molasses, maple, caramel, and a little sweet tanginess. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. Overall and incredible scent mixed with an interestingly complex sweet flavor. I will definitely be trying this one again. Lunkie (1965) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2004
Fruit spice malt spiritus aroma with amber colour and no head. Bitter malt spiritus flavour with long fizzy palate.
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
Bottled. 2002 Vintage.
Hazy amber. Yeast particles. Nutty aroma. Richly malty and nutty with an alcohol presence. Some hoppiness.
larsniclas (7284) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Bottled. Vintage 2002.
Amber colour, hazy with small particles.
Not much of an aroma, maybe some toffee.
sweet and malty flavour with notes of black pepper.
Re-rate. Vintage 2004.
All-in-all a bit thinner than the -02.
Re-rate 20100925. Vintage 2010
A bit thin, but with potential after a few years storing.
Fruity with warming alco-feel. Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2004
Bottled. Batch No. 4th Oct 2002.Honey/amber colour with very little head. The alcohol is well concealed. I didn’t find it overly aromatic but I just had 3 dives on the day. Flavour is a blend o sweet malts with some rough and rustic hop flavours as well. Alcohol begins to show more towards the end. Enjoyed in Sipadan Water Village, Mabal, Malaysia. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Small fading off white head. Toasted malty aroma, slightly citrus like. Opaque medium brown color with obvious sediment. Crisp slightly malty, slightly astringent flavor. Finishes crisp and somewhat bitter. There is not a whole lot here. pfhyde (61) - Davis, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Despite saying this beer is “extra strong,” I’d have to disagree--it’s strong, indeed, but not to the veteran beer drinker. To us, it’s just right for those occasions when you’re looking for something tangy. It’s not flat at all, and has a carbonation that reminds me of good Wizens. Also similar to a Wizen, it has a lemony edge to it, though not overpowering. Surprisingly, the aftertaste is not pungent--it leaves your pallet sufficiently satisfied that another sip will not taint the last. The price of this beer, however, is too high. For 7.5% by volume, I’d expect the price to be high, but not $12.00 a six-pack. Perhaps my spirits outlet inflates its prices. All in all, I highly recommend this ale for those days when you’re looking for something strong, yet not disagreeable to the pallet like Arrogant Bastard or Avery’s Imperial Stout. Update: After sampling this offering over the years, I see that it’s not consistent in quality. I’ve downgraded my rating.