Extra Strong Vintage Ale
Coopers Brewery Limited

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Strong Ale - English
Ranked #62
Ranked #41,197
3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Coopers Brewery Limited
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4 - OCTOBER 2002.

Presentation: Screw cap 375ml brown glass bottle. Has quite a classy appearance and certainly would not lend you to think that this comes from down under. Listed as 7.5% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: In the goblet it has a golden amber color, with some light orange hints when backlit. The off-white head that forms is solid, and uniform, but settles to a consistent, 1/8” covering. Some nice thin wall lacing. Good levels of conditioning. Some funky looking yeasty tuna-chunks sneak into the last glass but do not affect the beers appearance.

Nose: Breaded yeast with some warm sweet malts percolating amidst a medium alcoholic base that has a little hop tickle in the back end.

Taste: Light malts with freshly baked dough on the tongue. I like the way that the dry ending is supported with a spritzy carbonation. Slight warming on the gullet as this one goes down. Astringent rasp at the death with some lingering bitterness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Above average with a clean feel. Some dryness on the cheeks puckers a little just before the conditioning pulls through the finish and balances the mouth.

Drinkability: Easily taken down, the 7.5% is there, but never overpowering, it supports this Strong Pale Ale and lends some nice body to it. I found this to be a very decent quaffer.

Overall: This one has clearly aged well and according to those in the now, is ideally at its best after 18 months. Judging by how good this was, I cannot disagree with them. Quite simply, the best Aussie beer that I have yet had.

Jan 27, 2004
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gottajiboo2 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out a cloudy hazy light amber hue, head was a thick creamy foam, that faded to a thin white moon crator like surface. The smell was musty sweet, and hints of bourbon. tasted a slightly sweet malty and touch of alcohol warmth, maybe some woody notes.I considered this a tasty beer that I could drink 2 or three of


Mar 06, 2007
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Tone from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden/amber color. Lots of suspended yeast in this brew. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and slight lacing. Smells strongly of alcohol and some strong malt. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale (My first example of this style and if this is any indication of what other's will taste like, I'm a big fan.) Has a thick and slighty crisp mouth feel. There is a bitterness and tartness associated with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts, strong malts, slight hops, and noticeable alcohol content. Overall, this is a really good sipping beer. Worth a try!

Feb 01, 2009
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shadow1961 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cooper's Vintage Ale- (my first Australian beer) pours out
a creamy white head that breaks up into lace over a cloudy
brown brew. Carbonation is fairly active, and the nose is of
malt and fruit. Flavor is of molasses, mothfeel is tingly and
crisp. A sweeter brew, it's also nicely alcoholic, coming in
at a perfectly respectable 7.5% by volume. Yummy- very
good for after dinner to be sipped slowly over conversation.

Dec 13, 2006
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brendan13 from Australia

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy dark amber colour. A couple of centimetres of head.
S - Some malty aromas & some faint dark fruit esters.
T - Sweet malt flavours pretty much dominate the taste. The alcohol is there but not too full on.
M - A little bit light bodied for the style.
D - A nice enough beer but nothing special.

I would rather drink other beers that are tastier & smaller ABV%.

Jun 02, 2007
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Stephen63 from Scotland

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very yeasty and decent head on this almost brown body.

S - Sweet fruity and slightly flowery aroma.

T - Complex, some citrus fruits apparent with very hoppy finish.

M - Lovely and smooth, carbonation just right.

D - Pretty strong but deceptively drinkable.

An excellent beer and gave me a much better impression of Coopers beers than the only other one I have had.

Dec 02, 2007
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #216

Aug 19, 2015
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MrKennedy from Australia

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition, 375ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's Top Ryde and poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass.

An amber appearance with orange highlights when held up to light, it has a very cloudy look to it and pours with a two and a half finger head of white foam with very tiny bubbles. Plenty of tiny bits of sediment that mostly sink to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is of pear, apple, banana and caramel with a touch of booze.

Tastes of toffee with a touch of burnt flavour, caramel with the booze coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is good, but not what i recall of previous vintages where this was one of the highlights. This is a little thin early, while morphing into the creaminess that was felt with past vintages back around a decade.

Overall, this seems a little bit young or green, maybe best to sit on for a little while.

Jul 17, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev +9%

Sep 16, 2012
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rec from Australia

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is 2006, If the number on the bottom of the bottle is the batch, this is batch 43.

The caramel coloured body with obvious sediment quickly generates a creamy white head, that unfortunately also dissipates very quickly but laces relatively well.

The aroma isn't too complex, but is nice enough with sweet scents and spice coming through strongest. A touch of light fruit and alchohol are evident too.

The taste is sweet and sharp with yeast, apricot and alchohol presenting themselves clearly on my palette. Toasted malt balances the combination of other flavours - it's really quite complex and rather delicious - I'd go as far to say it's remnant of Belgian inspiration; far better than all English Ales I've tried.

The aftertaste and overall mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant with alchohol warmth, sugar and spice dominating the dry yet kind finish. It's a unique sipper, and a delightful one at that.

I'll happily endorse this as Coopers best ever product, and quite possibly Australia's best ever brew. I'll also have to note that batches and years have varied greatly. I've tasted older batches that are far worse.

Apr 16, 2007
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ncvbc from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rusted amber with moderate carbonation and medium white head. Fades after a minute or so, with minimal lacing in random spots. Pretty good nose, fruity malt and an earthy hop aroma. Good flavor. Slightly sweet fruits, a touch of honey and caramel, little sugar. Earthy, crisp hops to compliment from middle to finish. A tiny bit thin but good mouthfeel with a good dry finish. On par with the style, I suppose. Not bad by any means. Thanks to IntriqKen for a bottle of this Coopers brew that I haven't seen in my parts.

Jan 22, 2009
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Mavajo from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

Pours a brown amber with a fluffy white head that has excellent retention - even after sitting a while, there was a nice half-inch foam on top. Minimal lacing, which is the only thing keeping this from being a 5. Depending on your pour, you may or may not have sediment in your glass.

Nose was nice, but I had difficulty distinguishing the individual characteristics - maybe some cherries, figs...some sweetness. Taste is good - cherries, figs, raisins, sweet with a bit of bitter follow through. Contrary to oher reviews, I didn't find the mild bitterness to be unwelcome at all.

Mouthfeel medium and smooth with fairly heavy carbonation. Alcohol presence becomes more pronounced as it warms. Drinkability is fairly good, but lends itself to sipping.

Oct 30, 2009
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WeeObese from California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 Vintage. I only know this after looking at my cellar spreadsheet. What type of vintage ale doesn't have a year on the label?

A: Pours a deep chestnut color, with a small but lasting head and huge chunks of yeast sediment.

S: Sweet carmel malts and some slight toffee aroma and a faint hoppy bitterness.

T: Sweet malt and biscuit-like breadiness. Followed quickly with a unpleasent bitterness.

M: Thinnish body with a overly dry astringent aftertaste.

D: Not the best beer. Kind of a weaker attempt at an English ale. For a strong vintage ale I was expecting much more. I also don't see thi sbeer aging very well at all.

Dec 02, 2008
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a two-finger head into my glass that quickly fades down.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a good hint of raisin in the nose. Not much else can be detected past that.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy malt as well with a caramel bent to it. Also notice hops and raisin as well. Alcohol warmth is quite strong though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin and alcohol warmth. Seems a bit too strong for my tastes but lives up to the style name.

Not bad. Definitely a strong ale of sorts. Not as strong as the american cousin and slightly closer to an english barleywine, albeit not quite.

Nov 07, 2009
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper/ amber color, with an off white head. In the aroma, green apple sweetness, yet not that fruity and hints of alcohol. In the taste, malty alcohol and a small sweetness. A malty smoothness, medium to lagre bodied mouthfeel, and a dry and somewhat fruity aftertaste. A nice sipping beer, and a nice alcohol presence.

Dec 11, 2007
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Very dark amber in colour, about one finger of rocky head that disappeared quickly. Slightly cloudy with a few large bubbles clinging to the side. Sediment made a brown patch in the head.

Smell - 3.5
Even with my blocked nose, I could smell the banana from 40cm away from the glass while pouring. There is a slighty malty smell, and a definite, but slight alcohol whiff.

Taste - 2.5
You can tell straight away that this one has a high alcohol volume. The immediate taste is quite boozy, followed by banana-lolly, ending with hoppy bitterness. It noticeably gets more bitter towards the bottom of the glass, which is not entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Surprisingly fizzy and light for an ale.

Drinkability - 1.5
I struggled to get through the one bottle, and this is not entirely because of the alcohol, because I have enjoyed beers with a higher ABV before.

This was a big disappointment to me, because I really rate Cooper's Pale Ale. The smell is interesting, and the initial taste is pretty decent, and the burps afterwards are actually quite tasty too! However, for this drinker, the boozy, overly bitter secondary taste spoilt the experience. I will not be trying it again.

Turns out I did try it again after all! This was one of my first reviews and as with most - I largely disagree with it. My new scores for Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale:

Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 3.0

Mouthfeel - 4.0

Drinkability - 4.0

As with most Coopers beers, this is yeastier than I like, but still a nice drop. Reminiscent of many a strong, yeasty Belgian ale. Good head retention and lace, quite sweet overall and not bitter as I earlier implied. Very drinkable for 7.5%abv.

May 17, 2007
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Lukie from Australia

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Small head which dissipitates quickly to a small outer ring of lacing. Rich bronze with still sediments, very appealing.

Smell: Strong sweet malts, raisins, apples, hint of sweet grape.

Taste: Sweet malt, little bit tarty in the finish. Caramel, Coffee, little bit of sweet green apple.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good carbonation which lingers.

Drinkability: Great to drink on a cold winters night. Full flavoured, full of life. Strong tastes with warming alcohol.

Jul 03, 2007
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DaveUK from England

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium brown and poured brown with evidence of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma - Spicy apples and pears, a creamy vanilla note, roasted malt.

Taste - Juicy malt, green and dried fruits, a dried fruit note becomes more evident with further sips. Finished with warming alcohol and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium with pronounced alcohol, fairly smooth and minimal sweetness, considering the strength.

Overall - A good strong ale, well balanced and tasty. I would love to try this after a few years!

Mar 17, 2008
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Biscuit033 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a large three finger head and minimum lacing.

S: Apples, cider, and caramel.

T: Caramel, apple, butterscotch, and some english hop notes.

M: Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

D: This is something that I would have one or maybe two of. Not as much depth as I would have liked.

Mar 17, 2008
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charlzm from California

2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2007 bottle, consumed 03/17/08.

Pours a clear medium gold... until I hit the sediment I didn't realize was at the bottom of the bottle. D'oh! Beer is now thick with lots of suspended particles, though bubbles march up regularly to keep the thin foam head replenished. Still, this beer looks particularly unappetizing with all that junk suspended in it.

Aroma is boozy and a little metallic with some sweet honey notes.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy. Carbonated more than expected as well. Some parching.

Flavor is quite yeasty and not as sweet as the aroma led me to expect. A little more on the spicy side. Some bitter orange peel in there as well as a mild metallic note. A little hot from the alcohol as well.

I think I drank this too young. Another year might have mellowed it out a bit. Still, I need to rate it as I drank it, not as I think it might turn out someday.

Mar 17, 2008
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Feb 10, 2008
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armock from New York

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Has a surprisingly fruity nose with apple scents and other fruit

T - Has a sort of an apple cider taste a little pretty decent

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer thats fairly easy to drink the abv doesn't really come out worth a try sometime

Jan 11, 2010
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madvoice from Australia

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy brown colour with some chunks of yeast and a semi thick head which dissipated quite quickly. It smelled very sweet and yeasty and had a fruity yeasty flavour that filled the mouth. Something that I probably couldn't drink a lot of in one sitting but would be good every so often to appreciate it for what it is.

Nov 28, 2007
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch and a half or so above the glass leaves a big light tan head floating above a particle / sediment filled beer that is a light caramel golden color.

Initial whiff is mostly alcohol with a dark fruits and molasses background, as it sits a little the dark fruits such as dates, prunes, or plums come through with still the alcohol and molasses adding to the aroma.

A light alcohol highlights a caramel to molasses taste with accents of dark fruits, maybe mostly plums (not really to sure), anyway it is a nice mixture of tastes here.

Aftertaste is not wet and not dry but leans towards the latter.

It's up around 100 degrees outside, and I think I'd like this beer even more if the weather was on the cooler to cold side, since it kind of reminded me the way it looks like spiced apple cider with a Cinnamon stick in it with a taste that Rogue or Stone seem to aim for.

If your into beers that really don't fit into stout, IPA, Belgian or whatever style but have a pretty good and different taste you will want to try this and the price isn't to bad either.

Aug 11, 2011
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stcules from Italy

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Apr 23, 2020
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