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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage AleCoopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale

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326 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 15:02:32 | More by Brenden
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 04:04:56 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rusted amber with moderate carbonation and medium white head. Fades after a minute or so, with minimal lacing in random spots. Pretty good nose, fruity malt and an earthy hop aroma. Good flavor. Slightly sweet fruits, a touch of honey and caramel, little sugar. Earthy, crisp hops to compliment from middle to finish. A tiny bit thin but good mouthfeel with a good dry finish. On par with the style, I suppose. Not bad by any means. Thanks to IntriqKen for a bottle of this Coopers brew that I haven't seen in my parts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 07:08:39 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Rayek


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

From a 2007 vintage bottle.

A: Deep copper with decent clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Active carbonation comes from big bubbles. Small and fizzy cream colored head has poor retention. Leaves no lace.

S: Maple and alcohol aromas are followed by bits of pepper, toffee and apple. Sweet overall.

T: Not as complex as I had hoped. Toffee, molasses and caramel are out front, followed by a pepper bitterness. Finishes dry, with a warm alcohol presence.

M: Thick and syrupy body feels slightly over carbonated.

D: OK, but not great. Strength and alcohol warmth makes this a good nightcap beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 16:26:45 | More by Rayek
Photo of tbeck


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with little clarity. Develops a thin brown/white head that dissipates quickly into a small collar and no laciness. Nice aroma of hops and malt, a lot of citruis. Excellent taste, good blend of hops and malt. Taste reminded me a lot of a belgium quad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a chewy texture. Good all around beer, excellent flavor and not hard on the alchohol side making it an excellent choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:06:37 | More by tbeck
Photo of magictrokini


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:23:57 | More by magictrokini
Photo of WeeObese


2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 Vintage. I only know this after looking at my cellar spreadsheet. What type of vintage ale doesn't have a year on the label?

A: Pours a deep chestnut color, with a small but lasting head and huge chunks of yeast sediment.

S: Sweet carmel malts and some slight toffee aroma and a faint hoppy bitterness.

T: Sweet malt and biscuit-like breadiness. Followed quickly with a unpleasent bitterness.

M: Thinnish body with a overly dry astringent aftertaste.

D: Not the best beer. Kind of a weaker attempt at an English ale. For a strong vintage ale I was expecting much more. I also don't see thi sbeer aging very well at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 04:59:35 | More by WeeObese
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was "beer of the day" in the Porterhouse, Dublin, Ireland on 21st October 2008 at a reasonable €4 for a bottle (twist-off cap). Best before 2009.

It poured a slightly hazy ruby bodied brew with a thin head. Very little carbonation. The aroma was upfront malt, and the taste was similar; malty with a touch of roasted coffee and maybe a tinge of citrus peel.

It was a warming brew with a slightly "oily" feel to it. Solid, but I would not go out of the way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 09:33:05 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amberish-brown with a slight creamy off tan capping that faded rather quickly.

S: caramel apple and dry oranges.

T: The flavor starts off with some dark fruit (raisins, dates) some figs, and burnt molassess. There was some light fruitiness from the yeast (apples) combining with alcohol to give this cidery hints.

M: smooth, a bit oily, with soft carbonation providing a decent malt lacing.

D: Good drinkability worthy of a try, pretty tasty and big for an Australian beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 23:21:34 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Offa


2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This disappointing beer was not what I was expecting. Perhaps it was a bad bottle, but I don't think so.

It's brownish amber and faintly murky with a smallish off-white head that soon dissipates to a wispy ring and top.

The aroma is old apples, stewed prunes, bread crust, and leaves, all a bit muted and muddled but not bad.

The taste is much worse and seems just old, acrid, and flat. It is mostly just old leaves and apples with a sharp, rough alcoholic quality. The overall character is very flat.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 20:18:01 | More by Offa
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 00:28:36 | More by kingjames1
Photo of WHROO


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice drop...poured a reddish brown colour with a fraction of a head & zero lacing...the appearance was very winey. It did leave a little ring of lacing around the glass (like champagne) lasted halfway down.
Smell had soy, plum & plenty of toffee malts
Taste had the sweet malts, also more plum fruitiness...nothing really at the back.
Little more carbonation across the palate would have added to this nice drop.
This is a really nice & strong full aussie Strong Ale, well worth the $$$.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 08:33:19 | More by WHROO
Photo of popery


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 06:51:00 | More by popery
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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

Deep amber in colour. Slowly poured but generated a finger of beige head. Lively looking carbonation.

Sweet and a bit earthy to smell. Flowery hops. Fruitiness like cherry and orange.

Taste strongly mirrors the aroma, well balanced between malt and hops. Alcohol well masked. Dry in the finish.

Slick bodied with fairly subtle carbonation. Decent feel.

Good beer, no quite the standout one expects from a vintage ale, but it is a bit more drinkable than expected as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 17:52:05 | More by elricorico
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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%.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 06:45:57 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, 375 brown bottle. Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, just to watch how the beer copes. This may be a bit early for an 07 brew, but I was thirsty and wanted to try it out.

Even though I poured slowly, a fair amount of sediment flew into the glass, I had intended to have a clear beer and then half way through add the 'bits and pieces' that remained. Bugger!

I now had a dark orange cloudy beer with black grimbly bits floating around looking for a fight. On top of the body sat an off white thin scum of foam. Luckily anything in a Duvel glass tends to look a Million Dollars to me, although a score of 3 is about fair for this beer.

The aroma was of toffee and Dolly Mixtures (the little sweets). Not your normal Aussie beer smell that's for sure. Thank goodness the sweetness fell away as the beer warmed and some beery aromas arrived later.

My tastebuds picked up a sourness and bitterness that were completely hidden in the original smells. It tasted like a proper beer, even though it had an aroma from a sweet shop. Not bad, not bad at all. Not sure an English Strong Ale is what I tasted, but it was a fine beer whatever bracket you want to label it in.

The alcohol obviously comes through in the mouthfeel, but it isn't OTT and you can tell this is a well crafted beer. Complexed, interesting and contrasting flavours make this a beer to drink slowly and enjoy to the full.

Most likely the best Aussie beer I've ever had (only been once). I wonder what flavours are around if you cellar one for a few years?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 19:28:51 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:11:54 | More by koopa
Photo of CaptainPascoe

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown, slight cloudiness

S: Fruity, baked apple and sweet Grapefruit

T: Hoppier than expected, I really enjoyed the flavours. A citrus hoppiness, and a nice balanced maltiness. subtle notes of baked fruit build onto the palate

M: Great! really enjoyable. despite the strength (7.5%) it felt lighter in the mouth than I expected

D: Easy to drink too many of these. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavour and does not detract from this well balanced beer

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 06:58:42 | More by CaptainPascoe
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 20:56:47 | More by tpd975
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown-orange colour (burnt sienna maybe?) with an alright slight cream coloured head.

Yeast smell with some fair hop bitterness. No alcohol present. It has the same yeast characteristic I find in all of Coopers beers.

Nice malt taste, lemony bread flavour with suggestions of caramel and toffee. Mild hops; yeast is not as dominant in the flavour as it is in the scent. Mild alcohol warmth.

A nice strong ale, but it is so similar to pretty much everything Coopers does why bother making it a "vintage?"

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 07:23:00 | More by BDTyre
Photo of coldmeat23


3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: ???(Says 'Best Before 10-09-06')

Hazy, murky light brown in the glass. Amber/red hints at the edge. Two finger creamy off-white head. Minimal retention, but good lacing.

Smells very good. Better than it looks. Sweet maltiness. Honeyed pears and grapes. Wheat and yeastiness.

Tastes of nuttiness and malts mixed with sweet fruits. Pear and apricot stand out. Buttery and perhaps a bit of maple syrup. A tiny bit of pepperiness from hops. This has mellowed out very well.

Loses points for being abit on the thin side. Other than that though, it is a tasty, tasty brew.

The alcohol content is high enough, and although I don't taste it, I certainly feel it, that it gets docked a point in drinkability. Elsewise, this is an excellent brew that has aged exceptionally well.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 21:06:22 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of aubuc1


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle labeled, "Coopers Vintage Ale" (no extra strong)in to a goblet. Purchased and cellared in somewhat warm (70-73 degrees) temp for close to a year (not sure of batch number or other). Pours an orangish brown with a light head- somewhat murky. Smells sweet with a grape/ winey scent. Sweet taste that is followed with malt. Mouthfeel is pretty light and more carbonated than I expected. This is very drinkable, and would recommend. I did not know what to expect, as this was the first English Strong Ale for me. mmmm 5 more to go.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 01:18:43 | More by aubuc1
Photo of DaveUK

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance - Medium brown and poured brown with evidence of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma - Spicy apples and pears, a creamy vanilla note, roasted malt.

Taste - Juicy malt, green and dried fruits, a dried fruit note becomes more evident with further sips. Finished with warming alcohol and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium with pronounced alcohol, fairly smooth and minimal sweetness, considering the strength.

Overall - A good strong ale, well balanced and tasty. I would love to try this after a few years!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:02:05 | More by DaveUK
Photo of charlzm


2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2007 bottle, consumed 03/17/08.

Pours a clear medium gold... until I hit the sediment I didn't realize was at the bottom of the bottle. D'oh! Beer is now thick with lots of suspended particles, though bubbles march up regularly to keep the thin foam head replenished. Still, this beer looks particularly unappetizing with all that junk suspended in it.

Aroma is boozy and a little metallic with some sweet honey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy. Carbonated more than expected as well. Some parching.

Flavor is quite yeasty and not as sweet as the aroma led me to expect. A little more on the spicy side. Some bitter orange peel in there as well as a mild metallic note. A little hot from the alcohol as well.

I think I drank this too young. Another year might have mellowed it out a bit. Still, I need to rate it as I drank it, not as I think it might turn out someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 18:24:51 | More by charlzm
Photo of Biscuit033


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a large three finger head and minimum lacing.

S: Apples, cider, and caramel.

T: Caramel, apple, butterscotch, and some english hop notes.

M: Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is something that I would have one or maybe two of. Not as much depth as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:11:04 | More by Biscuit033
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