eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 (1999 vintage-tasted 2001) looks and tastes almost precisely like dry sherry: hazy reddish-brown, with a rich oaky sweetness and a touch of sourness and liquorice. rer8of the 1999 (tasted 12/04)- thanks mullet for this rare bottle. tasted very similar to how it did three years ago - sherryish and oxidised, very sweet, with some interesting deep fruity flavours of pear and cooked apple, just a bit of bitterness left in the finish. depends if you like oxidised tastes but in this beer it’s quite nice. rer8 of the 2002: to add to the mountains of garbage i have now accumulated in this rating, 7 months later it’s really deepened and rounded out. very buttery, caramelly and plummy, but with a definite fat english yeastiness - the usual coopers pear/banana stuff but fatter and bigger. overall like a strong english ale (not a barley wine) made with special B. bit of passionfruit from cascades? interesting and unique. 2004 vintage: on first tasting this is pretty lame, bready malt with passionfruit and plum, but watery and very bland (er...smooth?) for a beer of this strength. i do have a cold though so ill keep an open mind. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2002
Not bad for this style of ale. I had the 2000 vintage and it may have benefited from a bit of lying down time. Still, I wouldn't buy it in bulk - I'd go the sparkling ale from the same brewery every time. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
2000: Not spectacular, but also not outstanding. The malt makes it a bit sweet. I noticed some green apple and some of the yeast. I've had worse, but I had hoped for a bit more. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Rating #1 Bottle of Batch #4 from October 2002 (7 3 7 3 15). A cloudy amber color with an off-white laced but lasting head. A strong sweet caramel aroma dominates the nose. Apple and date aromas follow and eventually ends with a nose tingling alcohol. Somewhat sweet with a rich malty flavor that finishes dry and with an alcohol kick. Rating #2 from same batch (7 3 6 3 13). A murky brown color with a laced off-white head. A strong vanilla and butterscotch aroma. The alcohol is more muted although still present. I enjoyed the flavor even less. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Murky with chunks floating about. Rusty amber-orange with a thin, big-bubbled head. Caramel-covered-apple nose. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but kind of syrupy. Rather fruity, with sweet red apples in the flavor and aroma. Only a very mild bitterness in the finish. Alcohol notes were noticeable, but not strong.
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Batch No 4-Oct/2002 - A small slightly frothy head, lovely deep orange colour - well presented. Smells malty and rich - an enticing ale. Starts slightly sweet, a dollop of malt not much bitterness/alcohol fairly well hidden but still clearly present, quite dry. Just a bit too strong for me. cheers grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2003
batch 4-Oct/2002: yelowy orange-brown. cloudy with chunks, and no head. looks like my dodgy homebrew lager. sweet alcohol smell. sweet to taste and a little bit of malt. has an aftertaste of roasted malt. a bit thin. Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2002
2002: I didn't like the 2000 and I don't especially like this one either (although I wanted to). Looks OK, kind of a reddy-copper colour with a small white head which doesn't last long. Aroma is alcohol, as well as small amounts of banana, peach and red apple then more alcohol. Taste is very mild indeed, and not strong in any department apart from alcohol. Palate is decent with some nice finishing hops, but the alcohol is still there... All in all, not a terrible beer (better than 2000), but I've had much stronger beers where the alcohol is hidden far better than this. Maybe it needs cellaring time. (ratings apply to this edition) <P>2000: This was really dissapointing. It wasn't terrible but I was expecting it to be special and it just wasn't. They've definately tried a Belgian-style ale but it hasn't worked. JFGrind (2074) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Last time I had a Cooper's it was in an oil can. I was surprised to sample an English Strong Ale from them. Interesting beer, I had 2002 vintage. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
This was fairly mellow: decently malty, pretty yeasty and definitely alchoholic - in fact the alchohol seemed to interfere with the flavor a bit. The beer is remarkably well balanced other than this, there just doesn't appear to be that much happening.