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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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335 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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 Suds


3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-13-2003 19:36:10 | More by Suds
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

I was kind of disappointed in this, but I think I set my hopes about it a little too high before I tried it. Pours a reddish brown, with no head and little carbonation. Dark malts in the aroma, but very little trace of hops, which surprised me. Has a somewhat nutty flavor mingling with a warming alcohol, but the mouthfeel is really really thin. Warming and not bad drinker, but not worth seeking out.

05-26-2003 11:14:15 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Coarse, fizzy head that had little staying power beyond a tiny bit of sticky lace. The body itself was cloudy amber with orange highlights. Chewy, toasted malt and toffee abounds in the nose, and those were mirrored in the taste. While there was no sign of hops aroma, there was a palate cleansing bitterness up front with the malt. The body was a little too thin and the finish cut short by seltzer flavor. It was a shame because it had so much potential. The 7.1% ABV did little besides warm the throat, so this beer would possibly get my vote for heavy hitting session beer of the month.

03-31-2003 05:35:34 | More by yen157
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Color is a dark orange, with "floaties" running amok. It can't be an old bottle, for it's labeled as being bottled in October of '02, and promises to improve into 18 months. Perhaps I should have waited that long to see.
Head is fine, and white. Aroma is fresh and fruity, peach, apricot, melon, etc., and just a little bit floral.
Hops are very light, and malt is just sufficient. Taste is fully fruity and smooth. Sweet, tasty, rich, warm, with a lasting finish.
However, for something touted as EXTRA, and SPECIAL, and STRONG, I was disappointed. Perhaps, as they pledge, this "vintage" will improve with time. It was just "okay" for now, though.

02-22-2003 02:48:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ADR


3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

11-25-2002 09:35:43 | More by ADR
Photo of Scoats


3/5  rDev -17.6%

This review is of the 2000 version. The label recommends 18 months of cellaring. I let it set for a while and it was 24 by the time I got around to trying my lone bottle.

After such a long conditioning, I was expecting all sorts of interesting tastes with a long tailing aftertaste. However the amazing thing about this beer was the extra-ordinary lack of flavors; no tail, nothing. Or maybe it was all too subtle for me (though my hunch it's the beer as I had it with a totally fresh palette). The beer even lacked a noticable alcohol taste, which isn't a bad thing, but surprising for a beer whose label says to drink with caution.

I was completely underwhelmed, not disgusted just disappointed.

11-19-2002 04:18:54 | More by Scoats
Photo of Bighuge


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

The amber colored brew throws out a nice head, albeit fizzy. Carbonation is evident in the glass, with CO2 surfacing rapidly in the form of tiny bubbles. A sour/fruity mix on the nose. This beer is really lacking for any distinguishible qualities on the taste buds. Surprising for a Strong/Vintage ale. There are some light nuances of fruity character. A little herbal tea like character. sIf something good can be said about this beer, it's that the alcohol taste is absent in a 7.1 a/v brew. Very drinkable for that level of alcohol.

06-21-2002 22:01:35 | More by Bighuge
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.47/5  rDev +22.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy bronze color; the head is solid. Pretty dominate caramel aroma with a touch of red apple tones. On the palate big caramel malt flavor upfront, red apple tones in the background which creates a tiny sweetness / sourness (very light), and maybe slightly toasted light bread. The mouth feel is extremely smooth. Overall I thought this was balanced to perfection, excellent sweetness, and the 7.1% abv. is hardly detectable. Just overall enjoyable, easy to drink, smooth, and refreshing…but a bit high in price, but I assure you it is worth a try.

06-09-2002 09:47:19 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

05-28-2002 20:58:56 | More by rastaman
Photo of Thrasher


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

05-07-2002 19:38:08 | More by Thrasher
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