Dark Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Dark AleDark Ale

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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of shambeano
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a 'best after date' 02/07/2018. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a dark brown colour. Doesn't look particularly heavy, and lets a touch of light through when held up to the light. Not much head on the pour, so had to be a little vigorous to get any really, and the half centimeter or so I eventually got receded to a tine amount around the sides in moments.
Smell: A little roasty, a touch of cocao, a little yeasty. Some sweetness I can't really put my finger on.
Taste: a little of that sweetness, which reminds me a bit of caramel, followed by a mild roasted coffee bitterness.
Feel: lighter bodied, but fills the palate. The carbonation is prickly at the front of the tongue, so lightens the whole thing out.
Overall: Light enough to be enjoyed on a hot day, but still with enough flavour to be interesting.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a stifled off tan foamy head. A head that quickly slid off to leave some mild sliding lace.
The aroma had some sweet cocoa powder/milk chocolate sweetness, light baked to toasty notes with a warming sweet wafer/slightly vanilla-esque sort of glance.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas to arrange sweetly and provide a decent caramel backing. Mild aftertaste of milk chocolate, caramel, biscuit/wafer and toast.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nothing distractible and had a nice ratio of carbonation and ABV projections. Nice semi-dry finish with some caramel and milk chocolate notes.
Overall, nice English Dark Mild that I would have again, preferably with some dessert.

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Photo of dandy14
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head, and no visible carbonation.

Smells floral, a bit like liquorice, toasted malts, and many bad Chinese stouts I've tried. Notes of chocolate as well in there.

Tastes less sweet than the nose, which impresses me. Dark toasted notes, hints of cocoa and vanilla, chocolate, and floral notes.

Light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, clean, finish.

Got this in Perth, Australia, and I'm drinking it September 13th, 2017, in Thailand. Good mouth feel, good taste, overall its a light and sessionable brew.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found tasting notes from my 2009 trip to Australia. Bottle to glass from Brick, Melbourne. Caramel, medium malt. Thin, but smooth texture. One of my favorites down under.

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Photo of ouchjars
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

starting fresh and creamy, and finishing with a lingering coffee flavour. Brewed with traditional top fermentation and then naturally conditioned, It is made using roasted and chocolate malts, giving it a rich dark colour and unique flavour.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very light taste of brown sugar and chocolate

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SmashPants
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a brown 375mL bottle with the standard Coopers macro label.

Appearance: pours out a dark brown with no highlights - probably clouded by the traditional Coopers sediment. A reasonable finger of tan head drops to a thick cap.

Aroma: a fairly mild aroma (forgive the pun) of brown sugar and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Could produce something in the mouth.

Taste: unfortunately quite demure again - not much flavour, just some brown sugar and chocolate again. Far too light in flavour for my like.

Aftertaste: drops away quite quickly, as expected. Not much more to say about that.

Mouth feel: quite light in feel with a lower carbonation per the style. Not my favourite style of beer if I'm honest.

Overall: not a bad beer - it certainly has a nice flavour profile - but too flat in feel and too limited in flavour for my liking. I will admit that I feel the same way about most English mild ales. Reasonable price at around AU$48 a case or so, but I really would rather pay an extra $10 and just get Coopers' Best Extra Stout.

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