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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
82
good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Australia

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 lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely, slightly cloudy amber colour, with an initially full head of white foam which disippates slightly to a thin an perhaps a little insipid ring of film. Minimal lacing. Colour is nice, but it looks a little too static and flaccid in the glass.

Nice notes on the nose - lots of toffee and caramel with a pleasant citric fruit character piping through, perhaps a little pineapple which stops the rich malt and caramel from becoming overpowering. Perhaps a slight boozy note too, but that's subtle, if it's really there at all. Nice.

Despite the rather static look of the body, there's a glut of tiny, overzealous carbonation on the palate, which leaves the tongue exhausted by the time it actually starts picking up the other characters. What's there is quite boozy, with some strong acetone characters - very little of the sweetness present on the nose. It feels as though it's a strong ale that hasn't managed to cover its alcohol content. It ends up rather harsh.

Really, this isn't a bad brew, but there's certainly something a bit too raw about it. Perhaps it mellows with age, perhaps is becomes slightly sweeter, and the harsher notes become blunted. Maybe. Hopefully.

Photo of Bighuge
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of katiatanner
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a murky ice tea brown with nary a head and very little lacing

Smell: Rich caramel malt nose with undertones of tropical fruit

Taste: Immediate domination by the malt accompanied by a quick transition of apples and orange; the finish is marred by an unbalanced blend of alcohol and phenolic band aids

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but a bit slick (diacetyl?) with modest carbonation

Drinkability: Just a few too many flaws here and there to be very good; I'm disappointed as I had high hopes for this Aussie; is this supposed to be a malt liquor?

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Quaffer
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Off-white head, hazy ruby red body.

Smell: Musty, cherry syrup, almonds.

Taste: Quite a disappointment. I think perhaps it didn't have a malty enough body to stand up to 2 years of aging. Earthy herbal hops and a decent bitterness in the finish.

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

Photo of dansmcd
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of dgallina
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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.

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.24/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of Camallan
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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%.

Photo of Gtotango
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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