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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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339 Ratings
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

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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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this is Cooper's "top of the line", I'm unimpressed. All of thier ales have a sour skunkiness that doesn't appeal to me. It's unfortunate, because the fruity taste underneath is pleasant enough. This one looks like swamp water, with the color and floaties. Has a weird smell, and unusual taste. The overall effect isn't bad, but for what is supposed to be a vintage beer, certainly nothing special.

JohnnyDuvel, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of dansmcd
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a lively amber crested by a finger of dense foamy off white head and sticky lacing.

S - Bready english malt, sugar, yeast, some sweet grain.

T - Grain, sweet corn, alcohol, salt, metal, faint grassy hops.

M - Highly carbonated, thin light watery body, alcoholic heat evident.

O - Somewhat disappointed in this. Too hot and spritzy for what it offers in terms of flavour and complexity.

dansmcd, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of katiatanner
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%

katiatanner, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2008.

Poured an amber/copper color, very light tan head, but it doesn't stay long. Aroma is slightly fruity, malty and caramel. That carries over well into the taste, though it has a slight bitter edge and more nuttiness. Feels pretty good...medium bodied, a tad creamy and sick. Low carbonation. No real booziness to it, so it drinks easy enough, but it's just nothing too spectacular. Decent enough though....may sit on a bottle for a while

EgadBananas, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ML poured into a Globe glass 2010 Vintage

A-- Poured a dark sludgy looking orange color. Had a little bit of sediment at the end of the pour. Short lived off white head that only got to half a finger in height, then just film. A little bit of head retention with a swirl or two.

S-- A lot of dark fruits with this. Plumb and raisin. Has a bit biscuit sweetness to this as and a little bit of an alcohol nose.

T-- A lot of dark fruit and sweet bread off the bat. Big dose of carbonation as well.

M-- Really carbonated. Masks a lot of the flavors in this. Really thought this was closer to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but seriously over carbonated. Plum, fig, and orange come out more and the sweet bread is in the feel also. Quite an earthy feel to this.

D-- Carbonation hurt the drinkability of this. Really over carbonated. Flavors and the texture are pretty good though. This could develop into a really good beer in time. Have an 09 in my cellar and should have reviewed that one. Will hold off on trying a 10 again for at least a year.

mulder1010, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Quaffer
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch No. 4, October of 2002. Bottle lists the abv at 7.5 %.

Appearance: This beer pours a very murky, very hazy amber-orange color. There was a ton of yeast floating around in the brew. A rough, almost white head rose up to two fingers with some coaxing and settled back quickly, leaving a thin cap of foam. This, too, has disappeared well before the beer was gone. There was no lace left to speak of.

Smell: This brew had an interesting aroma of alcohol, water, wine, green apples, and yeast. All of this was very faint and not easily detectable. But as the beer really started to warm up, an almost overpowering alcohol smell became very evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, with practically no carbonation feel at all.

Taste: The taste is even more interesting than the smell. Interesting and a little bit strange to boot. Upfront there is not much at all, just a mild sweetness. But after the beer had lingered in the mouth for awhile and I had swallowed, an odd myriad of flavors arose: caramel, toffee, caramel apple, and green apple bubble gum. Along with these was the wine-like quality that I picked up in the aroma. On the finish was a burst of alcohol and a yeasty flavor that continued on as a lingering aftertaste. The alcohol flavor, like the alcohol aroma, became increasingly dominant as the beer warmed up.

An intersting, but not captivating, beer. It became much less enjoyable as the alcohol smell and taste took over. I have one of these set aside for aging that I will try in a year or two to see how it has changed. However, I don't think that this brew is big enough to age well for very long.

Quaffer, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky light brown and very little head. There is also a lot of sediment and some yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Not a pretty sight. The nose is substantially better, a malty sweet smell combined with a slight sour sharpness that is not unpleasant. Maybe some apricot and spice as well. Its a little faint, but fine. The taste is a little unusual, with a deep but light maltiness, a little bit of spicy hops and some orange peel flavors. A touch of dried apricot makes another appearance. A little funky, but somewhat tasty. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little light. A little too off balance for me to drink all the time, but not bad to try once.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of dgallina
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle dated best-before 10-09-2006.

Poured a cloudy pale light brown with a minimal sheen of foam and minor lace; not very appetizing looking. Minimal aroma; brown sugar and molasses over a vaguely spicy whiff of alcohol. Restrained sweetness up front, develops round and pleasant wood tones in the middle and finishes with slightly metallic toasted malts and alcohol notes. Rather thin and over-carbonated for a strong ale.

Easy-drinking and utterly undistinguished.

dgallina, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of tpd975
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very murky creamy brown hue with lots of floaters. Average head with avg retention.

S: Aroma has notes of sweet apple cider, toasted malt, brown sugar, grapes, and thanksgiving spices.

T: Very similar to the nose. Lots of apple and brown sugar. This is one malty brew with slight hints of spice. Some booze can be noted.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smooth.

D: One bottle is enough. Not great, just good.

tpd975, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage into a large snifter.

A: Pours a dark caramel brown. Large particle floating around the brew. White head that stands about a half finger tall. Tried to pour this one light after reading there was large floaters in it...to no avail. Other than the floaters this beer looks pretty solid. Small bubbles on the head.

S: Alcohol is still very strong for a 2 year old brew. Picking up raisins and bourbon aromas. Some vanilla. Hard to get past this alcohol burn. Has a grassy, earthy hop character behind the alcohol. Not an overwhelming malt profile.

T: Taste almost hits a high mark, but falls off very short. A good deal of flavor hits the tongue but it falls extra flat around the palate. Sweet malts hit the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth, but nothing is there on the rest of the tongue. Almost has a watered down taste. Raisins and figs are present from the malts, no alcohol burn and no crispness. Just fell flat for me.

M: Almost feels like it will be a big strong ale, but it really feels watery.

D: Good flavor, but not an enjoyable mouthfeel. And no one really wants to watch floating bits sliding into their mouth from a beer. I understand drinking sediment but this is large particles.

kiddynamite920, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with sediment from the bottle. No head. Extremely cloudy. Dark, looks like apple cider. Does not look like beer whatsoever, this is a strange one here.

It has a sweet, malty aroma with underlying hints of alcohol, also similar to hard cider.

The taste department is malty and a touch on the simple side I cant detect any hops in this no matter how much i try.

It has a silky feel on the palate after the swallow. Easily drinkable but almost scared by the appearance the heavy sediment. Almost looks like there is something wrong with it.

jasonpeckins32, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Camallan
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Camallan, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle comes with a cream coloured foil around the cap and neck. Pours out a cloudy opaque almond tone, not much of a head.

Boozy toffee malt on the nose, the alcohol is clearly present, and also contains hints of citrus and spice.

The flavour is unassuming at first, and then whammo, is sneaks up and catches you off guard near the finish. Malt is big and chewy, the toffee notes carry over from the aroma. There's a vinous vapour-trail character to it, the alcohol is a big player in the taste and mouthfeel of this ale. The finish is bombastic, with the malt and alcohol meeting up with some leafy green hops, which all but get trampled in the stampede of the other two. Tart citrus zing lingers in the aftertaste.

Pretty light and watery mouthfeel for such a high test ale, not sure if the transport and handling of this stuff from the other side of the planet had anything to do with that.

A bit disappointing overall (especially after shelling out $20 CAN for a 6 of this!), it kind of teases, but doesn't own up, the flavour is too loose and disjointed to really leave a lasting impression. The abv% however tends to kick like a mule for 7.5%.

IronDjinn, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Gtotango
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Gtotango, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

buckyp, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Gasc0igne, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a local store for three bucks. Presented in a stubby brown 12oz. bottle. On the bottom of the label the batch is noted, in this case 4 October 2002. Poured into my tasting glass, this strong ale had a cloudy orangey-amber hue with a lot of clumpy yeasty sediment and a small whitish head that quickly dwindled down to a ring. I had to be careful drinking this one so as to not disturb the sediment. That stuff took a long time to settle and was very easily aggitated.
The nose was sweet and fruity, with a floral aroma and some sweet caramel malt notes. Just a mild hint as to the alcohol. The taste was predominantly sweet as well, with little hops bitterness. Lightly flavored of caramel and honey, some moderate malts, and tropical fruits, I found this brew's taste profile to too mundane and pedestrian. Even the alcohol, at 7.5% ABV, seemed muted. The feel was medium-bodied and smooth with a bit of a watery edge to it.
I guess I was expecting more from a "vintage" ale, one that was advertised as able to age well. The label recommended this beer be consumed within 18 months so I was catching it right near the end of that time limit. Still, it appeared to not have held up all that well. Word of advice: if you don't want a mass of sediment in your beer, pour this one very carefully.

Boilermaker88, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$300 a bottle

Label indicates 4-OCT-2002. 315 mL 7.5%

Pours a murky dark orange amber with rising bubles to a wafer thin khaki head cap.

Malty sweet sugary aroma, reminding me of an olde ale for sure.

Dry flour flavors with a delicate blended orange & lemonade twinge. Slightly diluted for an olde ale, and 7.5 % ABV is easy going. Clean finish with some pancake linger.

Feel is soft carbonation. Nothing spectacular but that would be good if it strikes the mood. like a marzen.

blitheringidiot, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of PapaEugene
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted this beer at the second beer tasting with rvdoorn. It came after the pliny the elder...

A: Hazy orange with yeast pellets in the bottom of my glass.

S: Butterscotch, strawberries, cherries, hint of vanilla and syrup.

T: Fruity, mainly cherries. Light malts and some hops. Almost like a fruit beer. Bitterness and honestly that was not what I needed after the
pliny the elder.

M: A litle creamy, light/medium carbonation.

D: I guess a bad choice after the hop-bomb pliny the elder. To give it a fair review I would have to drink this again...

PapaEugene, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Interesting looking beer. Sort of a mixture between rootbeer and pear juice. Very drab and unassuming. Head is made up of medium sized bubbles, sort of a greyish off white.

S: Fruity and spirited with some underlying molasses tones. Roasted chocolate, dried apricots and some wood.

T: Starts somewhat like an English bitter. Limestone aura with some prickly hops. Then a sublte maltiness starts to develop then continues to emerge with some faint caramel flavors. Finishes a bit hoppy with some bitterness and a smidgeon of toasted grains.

M: Medium body with a fizzy carbonation

D: Not a stand out beer by any stretch, but worth a drink. Flavors are much more subdued than I'd expect out of a "VINTAGE" ale.

Westsidethreat, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: murky amber w/ a little bit of white bubbly head

s: nice sweet malts with some hop hints and some toffee

t: nice caramel overtones; sweet warming alcohol and malts; hop aftertaste

m: a little over-carbonated but still pretty creamy

d: definitely a decent beer but not one i would particularly go out of my way to try again

hoegaardenhero, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brown color with a two finger head that died quickly and left little lace. A decent malt smell with some caramel sweetness and hints of hops. Has a smooth, easy to drink feel and while enjoyable rather simple. Minor fruity hops mix with mild sweet malts for a rather broad brew that is a little prickly and has a minor dry backbite. Not much in this beer but it is a good one to try.

clayrock81, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Gritsak
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy brownish orage with a decent size offwhite head. retention is pretty good.

S- sweet fruity smell with some malt and yeast. alcohol is also a little noticable.

T- kind of bland taste. nothing really stands out that much. alcohol is warming and there is a bit of hop presence.

M- heavy body with a little creaminess. carbonation is low.

D- i could drink a couple of these without a problem, but thats just because there not really a whole lot of flavor going on.

overall- this isnt a bad beer, just not very good. its pretty easy to drink, but i just dont get much pleasure drinking it.

Gritsak, Dec 19, 2005
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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