jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2005
Hint of herbs and hint of butter in the aroma. Brown color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, nutty, light roasted, quite hoppy, herbal and bitter finish. grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2004
a deep red colour and tan head, slightly burnt toffee flavour, sweet and fruity and obviously warms you up nicely. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Clear, dark garnet color, with an average-sized, spotty, cream-colored head.
Aroma: Heavy on fruit (grape, berry, raisin), sweet, but otherwise calm and airy.
Big hop arrival here, that lingers and sizzles through the finish. Mellow otherwise, but fruity flavor is full and continual. Body is medium, taste resounds, though, and makes every sip a treat.
Bright cherryish sensation dominates the flavor, and alcohol doesn’t feel strong for a "Strong Ale". Maybe I’ve been conditioned by over-the-top American versions, that hit you with the booze unrelentingly...but this is a nice, little tasty treat, a fine replacement for the brandy in the snifter while leaning back and contemplating on the mysteries of life...
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2004
Not quite sure about this one. Poured to a deep ruby-brownish color with a diminishing white head. The toffee- malt flavors are definitely there, but come in strong and early. Then the hops come in, again a bit heavy-handed, finally leaving behind a slight alcohol warmth. I too was a bit disappointed with this one. The malt-hop flavor balance seemed a bit clumsy. IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle (2004): Having greatly enjoyed last years offering of this beer, and hearing that this years was even better, I was seriously looking forward to tasting this brew. Yet things seem to have gone a wee bit amiss, upon opening and pouring the beer was a deep amber colour and had a nice, smallish, white head, yet that is about the best of it, although the colour didn’t change (I don’t think that can really happen), and the head was able to linger the whole time, although there was absolutely no lace what so ever (not that it’s needed, it just looks nice). The overall sensations were a bit hoppy, a bit tart, a little sulphury, and somewhat like beer. Alas that was it, although it was good enough to happily drink, it wasn’t anymore than that, it was just ok. Basically very disappointing, maybe I missed something, I don’t know.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
clear copper, off white head. huge malty aroma with dried cherries and raisins, toffee, mil chocolate and roast. flavour starts sweet with notes of buckwheat honey. toffee-ish malt flavour with roasty bitterness. nice. Stew41 (2062) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 Nice dark amber, tan in the glass. Pous a small, fizzy head with caramel notes. Malt depth is evident on the nose although a bit tame when compared to its English cousins. Palate was quite ordinary on opening but settled nicely as the beer warmed up. Ok malts and some bitterness at the back but doesn’t really get going. Not bad for an Oz effort. vanvenlo (1903) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
7 May 2004 - Sampled 2004AIBA - Bread fruit aroma, clear dark brown, soap suds lacing. Sweet spiritous and long hoppy flavour, nice body. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottled - - Pours a dark amber with a poor lasting head, quite a fruity aroma. Fruit and caramel taste, with a mild alcoholic aftertaste and a nice hoppy bitterenss. A very nice beer, not quite a Coopers vintage, but well worth the $52 a slab I paid. One of the best Australian beers, would go nicely with a Sunday roast. Crockett (1120) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Pours amber with a medium sized tan head. Big malty caramel nose with notes of chocolate and dried fruit. Lightly sweet with ample bitter balance. Earthy and toasted. Toffee and burnt sugar. Just a touch of coffee. Bitter bold finish with alcohol. Quite nice.