Extra Strong Vintage Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited

Extra Strong Vintage AleExtra Strong Vintage Ale
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From:
Coopers Brewery Limited
 
Australia
Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #32
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #26,039
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.46%
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
119
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 17, 2023
Added:
May 07, 2002
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  24
SCORE
82
Good
Extra Strong Vintage AleExtra Strong Vintage Ale
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
$13.90 AUD per "pint" (425ml in the case of South Australia). On-draught @ Coopers Alehouse, Adelaide, South Australia.

Marmalade, buttery flavour, oak/high residual barrel sugars, vanillin, candied apricot, honeyed malt, caramel/caramalt, biscuit, citrus.

Alcohol warmth runs under these flavours, largely obscured by the beer's high residual sugars and malty sweetness.

Drinkable if on the sweeter side...not an ale I'd want a second pour if in a single sitting and 425ml is a bit much. But it's a nice enough Australian strong ale that tips its hat to English tradition.

I'm glad I tried it once, but I can't say I think it's terrific to be honest. Maybe with more aging (I'm trying the 2021 vintage) it would mellow out sweetness wise, but as is it's a bit of a cloying chore to take down.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE
Jan 17, 2023
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
August 2008: At the Great British Beer Festival 2008. Copper coloured beer, off-white head. The aroma and flavour are very malty, alcoholic and oaky. Might sample again.
Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Apr 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.78 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Vintage 2016.
Dark amber, quite full of floating pieces. One finger of beige foam, quickly disappearing.
Malty smell, a lot of dry fruit, dates, figs, raisins. Fudge.
Full and malty taste, candy fruits, raisins, dehydrated fruits.
Intense, full body.
Not too long aftertaste, but intnese, with a finish of candy fruit and dried figs.
Good!
Apr 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by insouciantx from New York

Jan 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.56 by Miyeoni from Korea (South)

Jan 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.16 by chiefz1 from New York

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by RichardLeahy from Australia

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had the 2014 vintage direct from bottle. L. Appears appropriate but hard to tell. S. Pleasant grainy, toffee. T. Solid strong ale, toffee and grain leading to a dry alcohol finish. F. Pleasant, medium body. O. Good, would happily drink again.
Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. 2005 Vintage. Pleasantly malty, caramelly, with a noticeable alcohol touch but nothing unpleasant, just giving a word of caution. Fine but lacking punch
Sep 09, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thick golden and hazy with little visible carbonation, and topped with a finger of off white head.

Smells of malts, honey and caramel.

Tastes of malts, a little honey, and biscuit, followed by a big, dull, bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Medium, slightly sticky body, with low carbonation.

Got this in Perth, Australia, drinking in Chiang Mai, June 8th, 2018. This was the 2016 version as labeled on the bottle. Decent brew, in a style I don't come across often.
Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by jdurey from Korea (South)

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.57 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 08, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours out with a murky amber body, tiny soapy head and sweet malt nose. A hint of the elevated ABV is apparent, honey, vanilla, toffee accents. All of the above meld together nicely, with some gentle warmth and a sweet finish.
Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by dandy14 from Brazil

Oct 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
2009 vintage
Oh no, vintage with screw cap

Big creamy head, nice lacing, very hazy reddish orange color

Nose aged malt, plenty of oxidation, little yeasty, sweet candy malt, chewy nougat

Taste little bitter herbal grassy hop, more oxidation, sweet candy malt, toffee syrup, sticky, little metallic too

Mouth sticky syrupy, decent carb

Overall eh, as expected
Jan 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by jkuchera from Colorado

Aug 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by matty_higgins from California

May 12, 2016
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On the list of "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die," I will review in my next tasting.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Apr 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by midlifec from Michigan

Nov 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by life_of_agony from Australia

Nov 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Nov 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2015
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Reviewed by Retroman40 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. Served in a plastic glass (sadly). Color is a somewhat cloudy amber-orange with a fleeting head. Unsure of lacing due to plastic cup. The smell is dominated by strong citrus hops. The taste is very hop forward and the finish a nice combination of malt and citrus. Excellent carbonation level. Paired very well with somewhat spicy shrimp. Absolutely no hint of the 7.5% ABV. This is a nice import that reminds me of a mild IPA.
Oct 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.37 by RichH55 from Illinois

Oct 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Oct 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.3 by IRONRakkasan from California

Sep 19, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Flashback #216
Aug 19, 2015
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Rated by aussiebeer from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
An Aussie beer found in Chicago... I have to have it.... and it was good
Jul 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.8 by jheimiller from California

Jul 05, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From bottle, The estery, fruity flavours and hop aromas leap out of the glass.a very good beer if you can get it it's a must try. Could only have a couple of these.
Jun 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.3 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.37 by mottarapp from Brazil

May 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by nitrofenix from Australia

Jan 29, 2015
Extra Strong Vintage Ale from Coopers Brewery Limited
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