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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage AleCoopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002)
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Reviews by davidfoley:
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

Appearance - Caramel orange colour, cloudy due to bottle conditioning, light carbonation and very little head retention. Sediment is relatively dark in colour.

Smell - Oranges, Dried Apple, Very mild Christmas spice, and malty background. Reminiscent of Grand Mariner

Taste - Well balanced, fruity with sweet malt and some tang. Hints of apple, apricot, banana and raisin. Dry, mild bitterness with some tart fruity malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity for the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth very slightly syrup with a light crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Nice beer, would definitely have another. Quite heavy and fruity so not a session beer. Might suit a cider drinker better. Also quite potent in terms of alcohol.

davidfoley, Dec 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body was a thick, dark orange sediment-filled pool of ale. I wasn’t able to get the head that other BAs got, but it was decent.

Smell – The malt base is filled with fruity overtones. I’m picking up especially oranges, cherries, and melons. It’s a tad spicy as well, maybe cinnamon.

Taste – The taste is good but rather clumsy. The malt backbone is hard to find. The fruits are big but kind of shallow. The alcohol is almost overpowering and well beyond what I’d expect from a “strong” ale that only has a 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel – The mouth is kind of watery. The ale itself is medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but rates low on my English Strong Ale scale.

Update – I had a 2002 in 2005 and really enjoyed this beer “opened up”. There’s a yeasty background to the nose (less so at the taste) with some leafy bitterness just for good measure. It’s “malted up” after three years of storage and isn’t bad. I raised a few ratings that upped the Overall score by 0.30.

RoyalT, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4-OCT/2002. Pours in my tulip glass a deep dark murky amber brown color with a small bubbly white head. I accidentally got the yeasties in there...damn. Looks nice otherwise. A mix of sweet deep caramel malts along with some fruit and raisin tones. Toffee and mellow spiciness..quite a nice robust nose.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramel, fruits and raisins. A good malty flavor that is somewhat earthy and has a dry woodiness to it as well. Fairly sweet overall with just a hint of bitterness and a dry finish on the way down that leaves a lingering grape flavor. A tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with a nice punch of carbonation. For a strong ale this is a good drinking brew. I could sit down and enjoy a few of these after a hard days work. Recommended.

orbitalr0x, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz stubby brown bottle with batch # of 4-OCT/2002. Some yeast slurry is noticeable on the bottom of the bottle after a careful decantation.

Appearance: Hazed amber gold with a thin bubbly yet sticky lace.

Smell: Dried apple skin, spicy peppery alcohol and a mild maltiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Full bodied with a smooth crispness. Malty twang, ripe fruit of apples and tangerine peels. Faint hops with a warming peppery alcohol. Hp bitterness still has a firm bite. Fruity finish with some toasted malt and nutty yeast in the back.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow, very tasty … nice bite from the hops with the lingering spicy alcohol to complement. Went great with a plate of lamb & veal ragu over fusilli.

Jason, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date of purchase: January 2005 - Date of review: April 2007

I bought two cases of the 2004 vintage, thinking it would be unmissable due to only 5000 cases being made, of which 3000 would go to America, and a few more to other countries. However, I wasn't particularly fond of the beer when I bought it - it's a good one to have on a cold winter's night, as it's warming and Christmas-in-July-like. I felt like a beer tonight and the shops are shut, so I looked in the cupboard and found this old chestnut (ale). It pleases me more now than when it was fresh from the brewer, but it's still not the best strong ale I've ever had. Definitely worth a try though.

A: Dark amber, flecks of yeast sediment, thin but ever-present off-white head, lots of lacing.

S: Date, something resembling candied sugar (there are a few Tripel elements to this ale), sweet red grapes. Heavy malt notes too. Wait up! When I opened it, a waft of egg odour hit me in the nose - where did that come from? Now that it's settled though, it's ok.

T: Almost like a cross between a nut-brown ale, a Tripel and a Scotch ale. Sweet and strong, but nutty and malty, and velvety smooth. The alcohol is nowhere near as evident as it was before I'd cellared this. It has improved immensely, but still retains its christmas pudding/brandy/oatmeal charm.

M: Low carbonation, very smooth. However, it feels a little bit flat. I suppose that's the cellaring, I remember it being a bit more vibrant last time I reviewed this vintage.

D: Well, this is all I've got, so I'll be having a few tonight. And it's a cold night, so that's appropriate. But after I knock a few of these back I'll definitely feel the effects.

Notes: I was much more generous rating this beer in the past. Enthusiasm affects my rating system, but it may have actually been better six months after purchase rather than two years. I might just store a six-pack for next winter, and see if it has changed from what I think of it now...

Weizenmensch, Apr 23, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in November shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy dark orange with some floaties that quickly sank to the bottom. Thin but creamy off-white head that leaves a few bubbles on the side of the glass.

Smell: Dry caramel and tea malts, with some fruitiness and a floral, spicy hop counterbalance.

Taste: Very malty with lots of caramel, figs, raisins, plum and spice. There is a strange sweetness that I can't quite identify and have lukewarm feelings about.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, slick but creamy body, somewhat strange finish.

Drinkability: Really, just kind of strange for an English style ale. However, I definitely do enjoy it, I just can't see myself returning to it too often.

bsp77, Nov 21, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006. Cloudy brown pour with a short tan head. Lots of sediment, as usual. Woody, malty aroma. Kind of dusty, but in a good way. Heavy caramel and molasses taste with thick malt. A pleasant bitterness in the back, expected of a good ESB. Pretty good.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3oz serving at the Spagio Cellar's October Beer Social. It pours a hazy, orangish copper.

The aroma is very yeasty, along with orange peel and cinnamon. The flavor features orange and other citrus notes, some apple and pear, cinnamon, and a touch of corriander.

The mouth is virbrant, showing a complex mix of yeast and sugar, with citrus on the front palate, and then displays a phenolic, but not unpleasant finish.

It's vary drinkable, well balanced for the style, and would compliment stong flavored meats and spiced dishes.

Osiris9588, Oct 20, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2000 and released after an extended maturation period. The 375ml bottle states: "Contains approximately 2.1 standard drinks." Muddy brown ale with soft, sticky head, with lager-like sparkling qualities that is trademark for Coopers. Surprisingly refreshing with an apple-y tartness in the middle, spritzy malty finish. Still some nice hop presence; not bitter or licorice-y like some older beers, but nicely buttery. Very tasty, seems slightly watered-down - a testament to its drinkability, but is that appropriate for the style? Otherwise superb.

Thrasher, May 07, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, murky rust brown. Big floaties flopping out in the pour. No head to speak of, but then I poured it very...um...daintily. Smell is fainter than expected: raisins, rum and brown sugar. I definitely pick up the sweet apple cider one review noted. Taste is similarly restrained in flavor. But, it should be noted that I am somewhat congested.

Good, for sure, but nothing to write home about. It is suprisingly 'thin' for a strong ale that packs 7.5%. Having said that, this is a solid English Strong ale. Satisfying, if a bit underwhelming. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, even while there is a slight alcohol burn going down the esophagus. Drinkability is fair.

Good, but not sure it is worth the cash you have to fork over for it.

kingjames1, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Dizzy
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date on bottle, poured into pint glass leaving dregs in bottle. Hazy brown with not much head. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. This beer is very sweet and the alcohol is very obvious, I also notice caramel notes. The alcohol burn lingers. Hops not prominant in this one. Somewhere between medium and full bodied with little carbonation. I was expecting a lot more from this one. I don't like this one very much, but it does match the style well.

Dizzy, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch from Oct. 4, 2002...

Swampy ice tea appearance, with small chunks of yeasties. Head is minimal and lasts about 25 seconds. Aroma is of a Heath Bar, toffee-ish. Very candy-like flavors, some chocolate and buttery diacetyls, a touch of shortbread as it approaches the back of the mouth.. Hops do a good job countering any tendency toward over-sweetness. Well done, Coopers...not a killer but a fine and satisfying brew here.

ADR, Nov 25, 2002
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber with big floating chunks suspended, awesome cream colored head nice size leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Big malty layer of fruity undertones semicitrusy hop notes bready yeast and raisin sweetness along with an alcohol tone that just creeps in. Taste: Rich fruity ale with bready notes nice spicy layer excellent beer especially when compared to Coopers other ales. Mouthfeel: Medium body nice mild carbonation semi syrupy texture coats the palate. Drinkability: Excellent with my smoked BBQ chicken, but an all around solid strong old ale, can't have too many but this one was a treat.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2013 355ml bottle purchased in Dunedin NZ and comsumed the same day.

Pours dark reddish amber with poor clarity and a fizzy, short-lived head. No lacing is left on the wine glass.

Aroma: sweet and pleasant with a suggestion of cordial. Higher ABV evident here as well as in the taste and feel.

Fruity flavor with a battle between sweet and bitter.

Feel: light body; mildly astringent with some alcohol heat; low carbonation leaves this ale rather lifeless.

O: cannot recommend this old style ale despite its fine aroma.

chinchill, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just slightly above average in all departments, i was expecting more, but i guess it wasn't to bad in the end, hope it imroves in the next few years.

rastaman, May 28, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch and a half or so above the glass leaves a big light tan head floating above a particle / sediment filled beer that is a light caramel golden color.

Initial whiff is mostly alcohol with a dark fruits and molasses background, as it sits a little the dark fruits such as dates, prunes, or plums come through with still the alcohol and molasses adding to the aroma.

A light alcohol highlights a caramel to molasses taste with accents of dark fruits, maybe mostly plums (not really to sure), anyway it is a nice mixture of tastes here.

Aftertaste is not wet and not dry but leans towards the latter.

It's up around 100 degrees outside, and I think I'd like this beer even more if the weather was on the cooler to cold side, since it kind of reminded me the way it looks like spiced apple cider with a Cinnamon stick in it with a taste that Rogue or Stone seem to aim for.

If your into beers that really don't fit into stout, IPA, Belgian or whatever style but have a pretty good and different taste you will want to try this and the price isn't to bad either.

LXIXME, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep amber. It pours a medium head that's decently sustained with light lacing. Carbonation is light. There is an taste with a slight citrus; almost woody, with a very tame and pleasant underlying sweetness. It is medium-bodied, and a fairly thick, malty mouthfeel. The malt and hops are very well-balanced and I thought the taste was very good. I will try this again.

Brenden, Jan 26, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend has long told me that this is his favorite beer in the world. This friend travels to Australia a bit and is not necessarily a beer connoisseur, but has pretty good taste. So when I finally saw a place selling singles of this (6 packs are always very expensive) I decided to give it a try.

It pours a dark and murky brown with a well pronounce in pinky finger head. Lovely lacing lines my inner glass. The aroma is not that different from a Belgian Dark (think Delirium Noctornum with less alcohol) - I smell raisins and sweet malt. The taste is more subtle than a Belgian Dark, the alcohol is well hidden. The finish is crisp. I'm amazed that this is 7.5% ABV.

Tasty beer.

sloejams, Jul 27, 2007
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2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

After pouring without much fanfare, it looks fine but it doesn't appear to be anything special. It smells like strong and alcoholic honey.

It's got a soft watery taste, and it goes down like a mixed drink. I think it's too bubbly and not hearty enough for a strong ale.

I won't be buying this again, unless I have reason to believe that I got a bunk bottle or they move to another recipe.

watermelonman, Mar 08, 2004
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown, iced tea like body into a tulip glass with a thin white head having very active bubbles running through the body. The aroma of this beer had a very distinctive lemon nose to it and a bit malty. The taste was a pleasing toasted malty presentation and some citrus in the background. With a medium body, I found this beer to be pretty drinkable but not overwhelming.

ggaughan, Apr 23, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden orange with a smallish white head.
Aroma is a little ciderish with definite English malt and yeast tones.
Flavor is a unique British toasted malt with a bitter cidery type of hops in the end. Very nicely balanced and a unique flavor.
Aftertaste is comfortable drying with a hint of the cider left on the tongue.

IntriqKen, Feb 23, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, 2009 vintage. I'm guessing that the dude on the label is the founder of the brewery, or something in-kind?

This beer pours a dark, sort of murky bronzed amber colour, with a fair bit of fine sediment, and two fingers of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy dirty beige head, which leaves a sole vertical peninsula of lace around the glass as it rashly settles.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, buttery toffee, soused sultana raisins, dried tropical fruit, spicy, earthy hops, and a threatening booze warming. The taste is fruity bready and softly biscuity malt, dry raisins and dusty figs, earthy yeast, a bit of sour ethereal citrus, and soft leafy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and hardly noticeable at times, the body a strong medium weight, and pretty smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit malt and mixed old fruit character predominating, tempered somewhat by a murmouring astringent alcohol warming.

A somewhat plain vintage ale - kind of flabby all around. The well-integrated ABV helps in making this easy enough to drink, but it just doesn't grab my attention, the staid essence of English heritage perhaps my bias to bear.

biboergosum, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers- Vintage Ale

Appearance- Hazy orange with a billion little red and brown floaters?! No head.
Smell- Light grape juice with alcohol and Apple juice.
Taste- Fruity,Apple, grape, and orange with an even balance of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- fruity but slighty subdued. Alcohol is slighty present but not overpowering.

Overall- A tasty fruity beer, High alcohol seems to be pretty well hidden. I liked it.

NJpadreFan, Sep 27, 2006
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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
82 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.