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. alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2009
Fresh from the local bottle shop, sampling temp about 10 degrees celsius. Pours hazy dark gold, a little darker than the Sparkling ale. Strong aroma of malts and caramel, with a touch of citric hops and some mild oak. Started with a mild hop bitterness, then smooth malt and caramel comes to the forefront, alcohol is noticeable but nowhere near what you’d expect for 7.5% alcohol. Finish is smooth and malty on the swallow followed by a long lasting mild bitter finish. The quality of Vintage Ale varies from bottle to bottle and can change dramatically over time, so don’t write it off completely if your first experience is sub par, because if you get a really good one you’ll be hard pressed to find a better brew. Well worth buying a 6 pack and trying at intervals of 4 to 6 months, although it’s great straight off the shelf too. Excellent stuff. michclark (88) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2011
if you want a beer with lots of flavour this is it my friends! great aroma and taste with a very pleasing finish. highly recommend! Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
2008 version. Very nice citrus notes in aroma. Cloudy amber colour with excellent head. Beautiful toffee flavour up front with smooth finish. Heavy body with medium to high carbonation. mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2002
(2000) Great Aussie version of an English Ale not Belgan. Malty & hoppy, quite complex variety of flavours. Must be aged though.
AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Vintage: 4, October 2002
This is a unique and very active beer with an attractive golden/amber color. It is very complex with a lot of fizz and a fruity cider smell. It is shameless in its quantity of sediment -- the chunks are just rolling around in the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth yet finishes with a nice bite. This beer is very pleasant, easy to drink and has a lot of great qualities. It is a little pricey, but is worth enduring the sticker shock. In the end, I felt a little disappointed that I really liked a beer with a twist off cap. mikem (2) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004 does not count
The just released 2004 vintage is full of malt character, lovely full mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the 7.5% alcohol.
Flavoursome tripple hopping of Cascade, Pride of Ringwood and Hersbruker. Very smoothand drikable TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2002 vintage of Extra Strong Vintage Ale.
I’m enjoyed a bottle of Batch No. 4, which was brewed in October of 2002. I enjoyed my first sample of this beer in October of 2004, so the beer had exactly two years of age on it, and the results of that age were spectacular. Extra Strong Vintage Ale is based on a British old ale/strong ale/barley wine by style, which is rich, delicious, complex ale that will continue to condition and improve when cellared. Old ale/strong ales are traditionally enjoyed in the winter months as a "winter warmer", and are brewed with more malt, higher alcohol, bottle conditioned, and cellared to age much like wine. At 7.5% abv, it might not seem "extra strong" in an American market of super octane brews, but is on par with a British old ale/strong ale, and is a very stylistically accurate example.
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale pours to a beautiful, bright deep amber color with a slight white head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is complex and inviting, with aromas of sweet malt, toffee, raisin, plumy fruit, and hints of sherry. The palate is soft and lush on the tongue, with flavors of sweet malt, short bread, undertones of plumy fruit, and hints of butter scotch. Vintage Ale finishes with more complex malty/fruity flavors up front, and then ends a vinous sherry note, and a gentle warming burn of alcohol that lingers.
This is outstanding vintage ale that clearly has improved with age. The sweet malty and estery fruit aromas and flavors, along with the sherry like character this beer has picked up with maturation has made the 2002 vintage a particularly good one in my opinion. If one was to drink this beer young, the sweet malty flavors might be a bit too sweet and cloying. Two years of age has taken the "green" flavors out of this beer, and it has become a rich, delicious, complex ale. A beer perfect to sip and savor after a meal, or a beer enjoy as you relax with a good book or movie. It retails here in the US in select markets of $2 a 12 oz bottle, or $12 a six pack. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
2005. Slightly hazed, tanned honey color. Nose is malted fruit w/ full nectar palate. Big bright malted flavors w/ a zing. Very refreshing. Full flavored with ample effers. there is a slight bitterness on the aftersip and finishes dry. Overall; seldom I am surprised. Just when you think you’ve figured the brew out before you’ve had it, bam, it’s an unexpected experience that makes you smile. This my friends is one of those brews. I looked at this bottle for a month and passed, passed, passed. Then the time came and it was written....Coopers Vintage Ale ROCKS...
Highly recommended. Crow99 (6) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2002 does not count
in my opinion Australias best beer..........................................