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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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264 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with golden and reddish hues. Thin off-white head that dissipates to a film quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Light nuts and malt in the nose with hints of peppery alcohol. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated with flavors of nuts, figs and malt. Touches of spicy hops and alcohol as well. The finish is chewy and sweet with a light astringency in the background. Above average overall.

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Photo of popery
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a nice head. There are floaties throughout when held up to the light. It's a fairly murky beer. The smell is strong with some sweetness and ethanol. It's somewhat reminiscent of maple syrup with a bit of fruit. Despite this sweetness, the taste carries a fair amount of bitterness, as well. The flavor doesn't quite balance out ultimately, and the alcohol also shows up a bit much. It's a strong beer that drinks even less smoothly than it's abv of 7.5% would suggest. There is a good deal of carbonation, a bit bracing when paired with the bitter notes. I enjoyed the beer but probably wouldn't buy it again. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper/ amber color, with an off white head. In the aroma, green apple sweetness, yet not that fruity and hints of alcohol. In the taste, malty alcohol and a small sweetness. A malty smoothness, medium to lagre bodied mouthfeel, and a dry and somewhat fruity aftertaste. A nice sipping beer, and a nice alcohol presence.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy solid gold color with lots of suspended sediment, a low beige head, and nice active carbonation. All malt aroma and flavor ... very barleywine-like characteristics. Sweet malt flavors dominate but not cloyingly so. Medium bodied with a sweet malty light barleywine finish.

Nice try but not too special.

Per BOM notes: Triple hopped with Hersbrucker, Cascade, and Australian Pride of Ridgewood. 7.5% ABV

Best Before: 10.09.06
Tasted: 04/13/07

(12.7 oz short brown slight hourglass shape with "Coopers" logo embossed around the neck (X4))

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage
12.7 oz bottle, stamped "best after 6.19.08"

cloudy deep amber color. thin white head. rich sweet malty aroma. as it warms, some fruity aromas.

following the taste, very malt forward, some toffee flavor, maybe some raisin. fairly complex. full bodied, medium carbonation.

nice to slowly sip and let it warm and expand.

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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.

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Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 conditioned. Amber brownish color. It made a thin head with low retention. Last poured gave a few floating particles.
Pleasant fruity and woody aroma, notes of caramel and earthy and floral hops.
Nice malty and flavorful taste with a spicy and refreshing sensation. Hints of tangerines, apple, pepper, and brandy. Nice hoppiness on the background. Dry and hoppy and condimented aftertaste.
Medium body and low to medium carbonation. 7.5% abv is harmonic.
I did like this beer, not too heavy, still flavorful and hoppy. I wonder how it would be if I drank it in another couple of years or younger. Though after 3 years it showed up as a great beer, maybe at its peak.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish colour with very nice thick beige head. Cloudy appearance, typical of a Coopers. Great, though.

Nose is quite hoppy with a slight glazed edge. Hints of a raisin character. Nice but subdued.

Very nice taste, rich and malty with a hoppy finish. Alcohol is mostly well hidden but there is a bit of a jolt in the middle, it's well masked by the hops. Finds its way a bit slowly through the mouth, a bit clunky somehow. This is a very good beer, really, impressive yet pleasant and very fine drinking.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky light amber color. The head is small, and vanishes into almost no lacing within seconds. The aroma is burnt caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and a hint of wood as if it had some barrel aging to it (although I don't think it does). The taste is very malty. The toffee and caramel flavors come up first with the brown sugar and alcohol rounding out the finish. There is no hint of wood like in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with carbonation that is too high for the style, and really gets in the way of the taste. Overall, this is an alright beer. I could drink it again without any complaints, but there are a lot of strong ales out there with more complexity.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Loose taupe froth that's gone in a flash over a bright oxblood body.
Rum, golden raisin, butterscotch and whiskey barrel on the nose.
Butter and Madeira cake malts with peaches in syrup and thick honey then mild dried orange rind and cedar chip hops.
Toffee finish and dry linger. Light hinting at medium, slight cling, dead in the glass.

I knew I should be suspicious of a 5-year-old beer in a twist top. There are the whiskey notes of a mature strong ale, yes, but the whole thing is thin, flat and one dimensional, without even worrying if it's a bit stale. Not the best from Coopers or Oz.

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This mahogany brown-with-orange colored brew has a bulbous, sticky tan head. The head quickly fades to a thin film of bubbles, but actually produces nice lace. There’s a lot of sediment, including large, free-floating clumps of yeast. Also, I’d say there’s a large amount of carbonation, which is (at times) audible. The aroma is intensely fruity (pear, banana, apple), with a little malt. The mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation…the beer has potential for a nice, creamy texture, but the fizz keeps getting in the way. Taste is sweet and malty, but lacks depth and complexity. You can detect the alcohol, but it doesn’t seem to play that big a roll in the flavor. All in all, it’s really not what I look for in a barleywine.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4 - OCTOBER 2002.

Presentation: Screw cap 375ml brown glass bottle. Has quite a classy appearance and certainly would not lend you to think that this comes from down under. Listed as 7.5% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: In the goblet it has a golden amber color, with some light orange hints when backlit. The off-white head that forms is solid, and uniform, but settles to a consistent, 1/8” covering. Some nice thin wall lacing. Good levels of conditioning. Some funky looking yeasty tuna-chunks sneak into the last glass but do not affect the beers appearance.

Nose: Breaded yeast with some warm sweet malts percolating amidst a medium alcoholic base that has a little hop tickle in the back end.

Taste: Light malts with freshly baked dough on the tongue. I like the way that the dry ending is supported with a spritzy carbonation. Slight warming on the gullet as this one goes down. Astringent rasp at the death with some lingering bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Above average with a clean feel. Some dryness on the cheeks puckers a little just before the conditioning pulls through the finish and balances the mouth.

Drinkability: Easily taken down, the 7.5% is there, but never overpowering, it supports this Strong Pale Ale and lends some nice body to it. I found this to be a very decent quaffer.

Overall: This one has clearly aged well and according to those in the now, is ideally at its best after 18 months. Judging by how good this was, I cannot disagree with them. Quite simply, the best Aussie beer that I have yet had.

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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

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Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage and a real pleasure to drink. The beer pours the colour of boot polish and the nose is redolent of plums and dark fruits. This is a big beer with lots of complexity but with the typical Coopers fruitiness and soft finish. This is a great example of an Old Ale with all the complexities that go with the style

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is there 2009 vintage and it pours a deep mahogany,honeyish hue with nice carbonation that leaves a nice one finger head,it has aromas of freshly baked bread,yeasty malty notes and suprisingly some fruity notes too quite impressive for Coopers,it has an above average mouthfeel and from my first sip i know i have just found my favourite Coopers beer in their range without a doubt it has a strong malty yeast note first up followed by some light spicy,fruity hops and it finishes ever so smooth,i honestly cant believe its taken me this long to discover a true australian beauty.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the 2004 vintage.
Very attractive looking ale semi-hazed chesnut brown with a nice looking creamy eggshell white head.
Aroma is a puzzle though..its sweet and malty but weak..weird.
Taste is certainlly better than the smell. very malt dominated and caramel sweet to start though it tones down a bit some fruitiness too in their a little plum?. Demerara sugar sweetness at the end..longer lasting weak bitterness.
Good on the palate..pretty nice and thick, low carbonation, which i prefer.
Over all a good beer but there seems to be something missing. Maybe need an older vintage?

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and hazy color with barely any head.

S: Caramel, vanilla and some prune. Subtle hints of oak.

T: Big and malty flavor with some dark fruit notes. Prune and some raisin are the biggest flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit thin despite the big flavors.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy coopper copper coler with only modest slightly off-white head. Quickly fell to only thing ring.Has a nice fruity smell with the promise of great things to follow. The taste is truly extraordinary. Nice maltiness with a very strong fruitn character (dates, plums). Finish is very smooth, and although there is a distinct lack of carbonation, it ends nice and creamy. For a 7.5% beer, this is a suprisingly easy drinker.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4-Oct-2002 bottling.

Appearance - pours a deep golden, honeyed color into a 10-ounce drinking glass, saving the rest for a little bit. A quick frothy head gets nowhere and is gone in seconds. Patchy bubbles on the surface and that's it. Pouring the rest in after sampling some, what the hell is all that gunk?!?! There's quite a load of chum sitting in the bottom of this. I will pour some of it in to get the beer and wait a bit for that goo to settle out.

Aroma - quick breath of grain on the pour, a touch of sweetness, both going nearly invisible after a few moments.

Taste - husky grain flavor up front enhanced by alcohol. The swallow brings on some good balancing bitterness, again intensified by the abv. Fairly simple flavors, but fairly good, too. Slightly boozy in a non-harsh, mellow way. Not all that inspiring but it's tasty.

Mouthfeel - solid bodied beer, the carbonation is still zippy, crisp and inviting.

Drinkability - no show-stopper but certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter
Note: Bottle is 2008 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thicker looking off-white head with good retention. Partially clear with some carbonation evident. Dark burgundy red in color. A film remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Sweet caramel malt up front with raisins and other sweet red berries; some raspberries perhaps. Some floral hop elements in the background as well. Nice.

TASTE: Quite a malty beer on first impression with some caramel malt up front and then some butterscotch, raisin, and woody notes follow up. Nice floral hops near the end with some good hop bitterness to finish. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting with caramel sweetness and a good dose of hop bitterness. Quite nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium body with prickly carbonation. Not very creamy, but quite smooth. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Alcohol well hidden. A more impressive palate would be useful, as well as move the taste up a notch.

OVERALL: A tasty brew for sure. Another good offering from Coopers to go beside their fine Export Stout. Very enjoyable and drinkable, though the palate needs a little beefing up to really get it over the hump. One to try if you can find it.

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Photo of koopa
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Liquid Solotions:

A: Lots of lacing from this dark amber ale with a good amount of sediment pieces.

S: Heavy malt, chestnuts, candied sugar,

T: Alcohol is fairly well hidden but becomes much more pronounced as the ale gets warmer. Its similar to a nut brown but darker. I plan on cellaring a couple of bottles for a year or two and revisiting.

M: decent amount of carbonation and smoother when cold.

D: Not very. One or two 12oz bottles for the night at most. But mainly because of the alcohol content as the taste is good.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage poured into a brandy snifter. Best after June 26, 2009.

Looks phenomenal with two inches of buttermilk-colored head that laces down slowly. The body is a hazy auburn/caramel color. It even looks a little antiquated. 5.0

Picking up some oxidation notes of firm caramel, fig, schnapps, mint, dates, and some vinous notes. Smells fantastic. 4.0

Papery oxidation on the taste buds. Time has really thinned out the taste. Faint notes of dried fruits, toffee, upfront woodiness, and crisped rice. Boisterous alcohol presence shines over a thinned malt backbone. Much drier than you could imagine. Slight eucalyptus note that charges the beer with medicinal flavors and ruins the finish. 3.0

Rather thin-bodied to style. Snappy bite from the effervescence. The carbonation has certainly held up well, at least. 3.5

I didn't age this one, these '09 bottles were purchased yesterday. A letdown six-pack purchase. Never having had it fresh, I have nothing to compare them to. And, considering what's here now, there's no reason to let these sit any longer. 3.5

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with off-white head that retains fairly well. Nose kicks off with an immediate resemblance to ceylon black tea, slight citrus, and some metallic components as well. Light bodied ale that is rather tame with all flavors, starting with soft malt and quickly balanced by the hops that build well into the finish. Not sure that age will enhance this beer because it seems that once the hops mellow, there isn't much left that is contemplative.

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Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2008

Pours a maduro brown with some creamy foam accenting the top. Spot lace. Smells like malt and a hint of molasses with a solid point of oxidation. Maybe some tea like aromas. Flavor is surprisingly oxidized and fruity for the nose. Lots of wood, yeast and cherry flavor. Medium bodied with hi carb and a semi slick finish. Not a particularly impressive offering.

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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.