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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

335 Ratings
THE BROS
87
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
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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dansmcd

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

08-13-2012 03:56:13 | More by dansmcd
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

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

06-17-2011 00:32:58 | More by EgadBananas
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mulder1010

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

08-24-2010 12:47:01 | More by mulder1010
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

06-29-2003 14:43:07 | More by Quaffer
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

01-24-2007 21:42:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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dgallina

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

10-30-2005 04:06:06 | More by dgallina
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tpd975

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

08-02-2008 20:56:47 | More by tpd975
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

04-21-2010 23:41:16 | More by kiddynamite920
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

06-16-2007 19:57:44 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Camallan

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-16-2013 04:50:25 | More by Camallan
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-01-2014 07:58:31 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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%.

08-24-2008 06:45:57 | More by IronDjinn
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Gtotango

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-06-2012 19:05:43 | More by Gtotango
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-07-2012 02:02:16 | More by buckyp
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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

10-06-2013 09:44:31 | More by Gasc0igne
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-26-2013 13:02:35 | More by petermethot
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Boilermaker88

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

03-11-2004 18:45:22 | More by Boilermaker88
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

$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.

01-10-2006 03:52:19 | More by blitheringidiot
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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...

09-11-2009 21:32:34 | More by PapaEugene
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Westsidethreat

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

08-02-2006 04:04:46 | More by Westsidethreat
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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

02-10-2008 03:01:58 | More by hoegaardenhero
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

01-15-2010 13:45:44 | More by clayrock81
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Gritsak

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

12-19-2005 23:27:30 | More by Gritsak
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into an extra large pint glass from a 12 oz short bottle.

A - A very murky, hazy brown color because of the suspended sediment in the bottle ... reminded me of apple cider, but not quite as transparent. Not a substantial head, although vigorously poured. Diminished fast and left sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet and complex. Contains a spicy aspect that is favorable but not easily identified. Bread baking, or maybe a pastry of some type. Slight honey-like odor and yeast.

T - Pronounced malty sweetness. This is a complex beer and difficult to identify. Almost a fermented fruit-like taste upfront with subdued hop flavors accentuating. Yeasty. Not a lot of alcohol flavor to report.

M - Although thick and murky, like a cider, there is a decent carbonation to this ale that is not immediately apparent. Over all, a very thick, creamy ale that feels decidedly balanced to the malty side of things.

D - I'm at a bit of a loss with this one, as I haven't really encountered anything quite like it before. Much more drinkable, and enjoyable that it initially appears ... this ale is worth a try for sure. It's complexity and elusiveness in being easily identifyable is a virtue in this case, I believe. I wonder what it would be like with the heavy sediment removed altogether ...? I suspect this is a good part of it's appeal however. A worthy, although odd, ale. I can honestly say I like it and would drink it again ... and since I have 2 more bottles, I intend to do just that.

12-29-2005 16:09:08 | More by beerphilosopher
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

03-23-2006 04:24:42 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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