Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Extra Strong Vintage AleCoopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2002

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Reviews: 266 | Ratings: 375
Photo of phishgator
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This pours into a pint glass. The tan thick, murky, yeast-filled, liquid is non-transparent. The head is big large bubbles that slowly dissipate with some time. The aroma is not overpowering any way it just has some earthy hops and a little stale bread. The flavor is what is also nice. There is a lot of bitterness in there, but the strong backbone of old malt that kind of a little on the stale side also shows through. The mouthfeel is medium with a drying bitter aftertaste. One is enough. Great brew to switch it up!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage
A - fully hazy swamp brown, multi coloured head held at a thin cover
S - dark fruits, grapes, phenols, bubble gum, all enticing
T - butterscotch mixes with dark fruits, light phenols, and light leafy hops
M - light and well carbonated, mine rally and dry finish
O - very tasty and easy dinking, leaves me thirsty after each sip

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to gottajiboo2 for bringing this beer over and shring it with me. What a treat.

I did not locate a specific batch number but there is a 26 on the bottom of the bottle that is either relevant or not. there is a date of 10/9/06 which claims "best before date" but that would makes little sense on a beer *so* cellar worthy. Even on the label it boasts about the benefits of cellaring this beer. so a few moths past is hardly worth mentioning on this beer.

Presentation: A very cool 12.7 fl oz bottle wrapped in foil but with a twist off cap (like all Coopers, I should have guessed).

Appearance: A careful pour leaves the sediment at the bottom and the golden copper orange/brown body has a decent clarity. A final pour after the review show a lot of "goodies" in the bottom. Small pours yielded small thick head receding to an off white cap.

Smell: Vinous grape and sweet plum, caramel, toffee and musty baked apple faintly reaches the nose and a touch of wine like alcohol.

Taste: Lots of sharply sweet sugars and fruits (this one will improve with age). There is a bread dough and thick dark fruit smoothy flavor. A bit of toasted caramel, licorice, yeasty funk, and a nice little nibble from the warming alcohol that is not quite obtrusive enough to consider a bite.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy malts and sugars hit the palate up front. It thins through the cent ina end with a dry warming sensation.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. Don't try it in the beer bong or you'll get a stomachache. That aside, I would consider it drinkable enough for a 7.5% ABV sipping beer. I would want to go to bed after the second one though.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy coopper copper coler with only modest slightly off-white head. Quickly fell to only thing ring.Has a nice fruity smell with the promise of great things to follow. The taste is truly extraordinary. Nice maltiness with a very strong fruitn character (dates, plums). Finish is very smooth, and although there is a distinct lack of carbonation, it ends nice and creamy. For a 7.5% beer, this is a suprisingly easy drinker.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to theSilverhand for this brew.

A - Hazy brown body with off white head and stubborn lacing.
S - Brown sugar and yeasty aroma.
T - Sweetish half baked bread malt with nice big yeasty aroma. Very light hoppyness. This is a beauty.
M - Nice light carbonation, on a body that is a bit too small.
D - This is a joy to drink. The maltyness and yeastyness play off each other.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2008 vintage that I have been aging in my cellar for a few years now. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. I was extremely careful to not pour the thick sediment into the glass. Great amount of carbonation, with excellent lacing. Garnet ruby red body with orange highlights. Very nice looking beer. Smell was earthy and yeasty. Taste was very pleasurable. Malt, raisins, toffee, and fresh bread were highlights. Mouthfeel was the biggest surprise, so extra points here. It held up well over the time in the cellar, and it was mighty smooth. If I could go back, I would definitely buy a few more for a mere $3 each and age some for 5 years and beyond just to see if it can get better. But it's pretty great tasting at 4 years, no doubt.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle into a snifter. Bottled: 05/17/2008.

A: It pours a cloudy dark red with two fingers of frothy off-white head with great lacing.

S:Berries, melon, banana, nutmeg, and caramel.

T: Lots of fruitiness, mild malty flavors, and a touch of booze.

M: Medium-thick with surprisingly strong carbonation.

O: This is not as strong as I had hoped but the fruitiness is very pleasant.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oct 3/ 2000 batch. Poured a slightly hazy light copper. Small but dense off white head. Excellent lace. Noticeable carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt, honey, caramel and a tart yeastiness.
Tasted of sweet malt, brown sugar and buttery caramel. A little empty in the middle but had a pleasant aftertaste that reminded me of a slightly tart vanilla creme soda. Not much of a hop presence.
Rich and creamy yet with a thin to medium body for the style. Tingly carbonation.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.
Very little head, but massive amounts of yeast floating around that just doesn't settle. Earthy red/brown.
Malts dominated aroma, toffee and toasty, some golden syrup. Very sweet, hints of apples.
Aroma carries through to the taste, losts of toffee and toasty malt, with a slightly vinuous character. Hints of alcohol, and some mild hops.
Some heat on the palate, lovely and creamy, very mild carbonation.
Loved this. Exceptional.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-Oct.-2002 Bottling
Hazy, deep amber color - firm off white head w/ good lacing. Floculant clumps of yeast slipped by as I poured..
Sweet, sugary aroma, notes of honey, hay and canned pears.
Lush, fruity flavors up front w/ hints of banana and melon. Light, Boddingtons sort of mouth feel; creamy but light, but not too light ( like Boddy's). Ultra sweet aroma makes me expect a fuller bodied ale.
Finish is dry and grainy w/ caramel and fruit lingering.
Very drinkable and quietly complex in its own way. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber with big floating chunks suspended, awesome cream colored head nice size leaves specks of lacing. Aroma: Big malty layer of fruity undertones semicitrusy hop notes bready yeast and raisin sweetness along with an alcohol tone that just creeps in. Taste: Rich fruity ale with bready notes nice spicy layer excellent beer especially when compared to Coopers other ales. Mouthfeel: Medium body nice mild carbonation semi syrupy texture coats the palate. Drinkability: Excellent with my smoked BBQ chicken, but an all around solid strong old ale, can't have too many but this one was a treat.

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Photo of WilliamLious
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into wine glass at room temperature. Was orange brown colour, but had no head, some sedimentation. Good bitterness with sherry undertones. Subdued odour which is slightly floral. Slight heaviness but well carbonated in the mouth. Well pleasing beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 12.7 oz bottle with twist off :-( cap.

Pours with a nice foamy off white head that leaves very nice lacing and has nice retention. The beer is a murky brownish/red orange color.

Smell is reminiscent of English barleywine mixed with a belgian dark ale, the deep perfumey scent of malts mixed with the hops that once were is very noticeable. Pears, bananas, dark fruits also stand out along with caramel from the malt.

It is fruity and bready, with a hint of bitterness. The finish is quite dry and bitter. The alcohol melds with the fruitiness well.

This is a damn fine brew, it still is a bit hot even 2 years old, it could get better with age, though it has the twist off which is more prone to oxygenation.

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Photo of steven9000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, 2009 vintage.

appearance- So we got a copper gold clear color with a 2 and a half finger Kacy frothy head

Smell- Smells like an English barley wine. I get lots of pears and caramel. Seems if someone took a pear and dipped it into caramel. I also get some clove and fig and some raisin notes. Just a slight bit of alcohol.

taste-The taste i get lots of caramel. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. some sweet radians and a slight bitter finish

Mouthfeel is definitely medium to full mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

Overall this tastes very much like a English barley wine. It was very good and at a real good price. 11 bucks Canadian for a 6 pack. Coors light 6 packs cost around the same amount so i fought it a awesome deal.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, tasted Dec '09

A - hazy, amber-copper color with a thick head that is extremely well retained

S - fruity esters with a hop spiciness and strong malt

T - strong malt character with a noticeable oxidation greet you at once; the finish is fairly malty but a strong hop spiciness lingers after the malt sweetness fades

M - medium-full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent beer - if not an odd style - I would consider more on the light side of a barleywine. It's been aged, as evident by the oxidation, but it just doesn't reach the level of complexity one might expect from a strong ale. Nonetheless, it is worth trying, but you probably don't need to get too excited about it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't have any expectations regarding this beer.
Strikes me as clearly, confidently English.
Lots of good homebrew characteristics in the odors, hazy in appearance with big fluffy head upon pouring.
Some pretty fruity characteristics in here; some apple, some raisin, maybe even hints of banana. Smooth on the palate. Perhaps a little too thin? This is the 2008 model so perhaps this could use even a bit more time to mature.
Still, this makes me interested in trying more.

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Photo of joedon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked "2006". Dark amber to almost brown with a strong ivory head.

Aroma of malt, caramel, slightly winey/estery.

Nicely balanced flavor. Good bitterness and malt with notes of brown sugar, raisins and roasty taste. Very slight residual sugar.

Good body and mouthfeel. Just a bit of alcohol felt in the nose.

Excellent sipping/special beer.

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Photo of Stephen63
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass chunky and hazy and overall nasty looking medium amber with a very low white head that fell in an instant and tried the lace the glass. The appearance was disgusting!

The aroma was nicely malty with a strong caramel malty presence and a nice English hop bittering component to complement.

The flavor was malty with a low caramel malt impression and well done hop bittering that balanced but was present enough to drive the strong ales' flavor from the malt to a more even stance. The beer was crisp and fruity and very well done.

The finish was just dry with a lasting citrusy hop impression coupled with a nice maltiness. The body was just above medium but seemed a bit less due to the carbonation. Alcohol was barely present in the flavor and only really came into play in the warming after consumption. This beer looks like puke in the glass. The aroma was kinda boring but the beer was spot in the flavor. Seek it out for that reason alone.

12 ounce twist off bottle. 4-OCT/2002. $3 at OUAV in Richmond, VA.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10-9-2006. The pack I took it from said it was vintage 2002, but there was no indication of this on the bottle itself.

This brew was a hazy light brown offering, with a two finger fizzy head. I was surprised that it was so bubbly and carbonated.

The aroma was VERY complex... sherry, white wine, raising, and figs, with caramel malts underneath. Quite nice.

Taste was not at all fruity, unlike the nose. I detected light roasted malts, coffee with cream, and some oak flavors. Tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel was pretty darn good... nice body to rhis one. Smooth and creamy despite initially seeming like it was heavily carbonated.

Drinkability... damn good. I will have to get another one and cellar it until the date on the bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle at Bailey's in STL.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of raisin, plum and other dried dark fruits. There was some malty presence, too.

T - Good plum and raisin flavor with a subtle tartness. It had some sweet caramel maltiness with a mild spice bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was really quite tasty with 3 years of age on it. I'd love to try a fresh bottle for comparison sake.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2008 vintage.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a thin layer of creamy ivory foam. Body has a little haze and a good helping of suspended solids. Not bad.

Smell: rich, strong malty aroma. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the nose. Simple, but good. I like it.

Taste: strong malt flavor with some nice fruity characteristics and a distinct mustiness. Fruits are plum, raisin and a little bit of cherry. Alcohol is strong and distinct; it is more forward than many stronger beers I've had. "Strong" is highly appropriate for this beer; I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, heady creaminess despite what seems to be a moderate carbonation. It fits the theme well.

Overall: this beer is rough around the edges in some ways; its strength and the forwardness of its alcohol flavors impinge on its drinkability. However, that is clearly what this beer is supposed to be -- extra strong! I rather like it.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle labeled, "Coopers Vintage Ale" (no extra strong)in to a goblet. Purchased and cellared in somewhat warm (70-73 degrees) temp for close to a year (not sure of batch number or other). Pours an orangish brown with a light head- somewhat murky. Smells sweet with a grape/ winey scent. Sweet taste that is followed with malt. Mouthfeel is pretty light and more carbonated than I expected. This is very drinkable, and would recommend. I did not know what to expect, as this was the first English Strong Ale for me. mmmm 5 more to go.

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Photo of maxpower
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle batch # 4-OCT/2002 pours hazy with chunks of yeast floating around, orange amber color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery pear and oak flavor. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes with some dryness.

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Photo of goatherder
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serving - 375ml bottle, 2004 vintage

a: nice looking bottle - more upmarket than your standard Coopers fare. Foil cover on neck looks classy. Pours deep copper with a nice one finger head. The head remains tight and lasts well into the beer.

s: sweet malty aroma, a bit of floral hops in the background. the yeast is there. There's something that smells a little like dishwashing liquid - not offensive, just a little like artificial fruit smells.

t: nice sweet hit up front. The malty nose isn't so obvious in the mouth Quite smooth and a good bitter hops bite at the end. The higher ABV is obvious, especially in the finish.

m: big mouthfeel, just like I like em, complemented perfectly by a subtle carbonation.

d: Quite easy to drink and I'd definitely buy more. Not quite a session star - the high ABV makes this a one-or-two only affair.

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