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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Reviews: 265 | Ratings: 375
Photo of DigitalHype
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, poured into Westvleteren glass.

Slightly thick and cloudy pour. Red to amber in color. Tons of sediment. Minimal head that disappears at all but the edge. Smells like sour fruits and honey. But, the flavors are predominately dark, sweet fruits, like raisin, fig, and some banana. As it warms, I taste molasses bread, and some hint of roasted apples.

It starts off with a little bit of sourness, and finishes sweet. Moderate carbonation, with a slightly sticky mouth feel. Overall, it is warming and shows some depth. I think this would do better with age. The alcohol could mellow a bit.

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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 laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish colour with very nice thick beige head. Cloudy appearance, typical of a Coopers. Great, though.

Nose is quite hoppy with a slight glazed edge. Hints of a raisin character. Nice but subdued.

Very nice taste, rich and malty with a hoppy finish. Alcohol is mostly well hidden but there is a bit of a jolt in the middle, it's well masked by the hops. Finds its way a bit slowly through the mouth, a bit clunky somehow. This is a very good beer, really, impressive yet pleasant and very fine drinking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 Vintage. As usual, I like these 375 ml bottles for an obvious reason. On to the beer:

Into a snifter it goes, the beer is unfiltered on the pour. Dark red color with hues of brown and orange, solid bubbly and patchy head retention on this one. Some chunks of sediment floating in the glass. Aroma...sweet caramel and a kick of booze. Notes of banana.

Strong peppery flavor throughout the beer with a chalky burnt grain astringency. Not a lot of flavor here. The alcohol character is spicy, but more peppery, like ground pepper. Faint hint of apple. Burnt toast aftertaste.

This has to get better with age, right? As of now, it is not very flavorful.

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep amber. It pours a medium head that's decently sustained with light lacing. Carbonation is light. There is an taste with a slight citrus; almost woody, with a very tame and pleasant underlying sweetness. It is medium-bodied, and a fairly thick, malty mouthfeel. The malt and hops are very well-balanced and I thought the taste was very good. I will try this again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber with off-white head that retains fairly well. Nose kicks off with an immediate resemblance to ceylon black tea, slight citrus, and some metallic components as well. Light bodied ale that is rather tame with all flavors, starting with soft malt and quickly balanced by the hops that build well into the finish. Not sure that age will enhance this beer because it seems that once the hops mellow, there isn't much left that is contemplative.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 2007 vintage bottle.

A: Deep copper with decent clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Active carbonation comes from big bubbles. Small and fizzy cream colored head has poor retention. Leaves no lace.

S: Maple and alcohol aromas are followed by bits of pepper, toffee and apple. Sweet overall.

T: Not as complex as I had hoped. Toffee, molasses and caramel are out front, followed by a pepper bitterness. Finishes dry, with a warm alcohol presence.

M: Thick and syrupy body feels slightly over carbonated.

D: OK, but not great. Strength and alcohol warmth makes this a good nightcap beer.

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Photo of tbeck
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with little clarity. Develops a thin brown/white head that dissipates quickly into a small collar and no laciness. Nice aroma of hops and malt, a lot of citruis. Excellent taste, good blend of hops and malt. Taste reminded me a lot of a belgium quad. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a chewy texture. Good all around beer, excellent flavor and not hard on the alchohol side making it an excellent choice for a session beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006. Cloudy brown pour with a short tan head. Lots of sediment, as usual. Woody, malty aroma. Kind of dusty, but in a good way. Heavy caramel and molasses taste with thick malt. A pleasant bitterness in the back, expected of a good ESB. Pretty good.

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Photo of WeeObese
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was "beer of the day" in the Porterhouse, Dublin, Ireland on 21st October 2008 at a reasonable €4 for a bottle (twist-off cap). Best before 2009.

It poured a slightly hazy ruby bodied brew with a thin head. Very little carbonation. The aroma was upfront malt, and the taste was similar; malty with a touch of roasted coffee and maybe a tinge of citrus peel.

It was a warming brew with a slightly "oily" feel to it. Solid, but I would not go out of the way to get it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amberish-brown with a slight creamy off tan capping that faded rather quickly.

S: caramel apple and dry oranges.

T: The flavor starts off with some dark fruit (raisins, dates) some figs, and burnt molassess. There was some light fruitiness from the yeast (apples) combining with alcohol to give this cidery hints.

M: smooth, a bit oily, with soft carbonation providing a decent malt lacing.

D: Good drinkability worthy of a try, pretty tasty and big for an Australian beer.

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Photo of Offa
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This disappointing beer was not what I was expecting. Perhaps it was a bad bottle, but I don't think so.

It's brownish amber and faintly murky with a smallish off-white head that soon dissipates to a wispy ring and top.

The aroma is old apples, stewed prunes, bread crust, and leaves, all a bit muted and muddled but not bad.

The taste is much worse and seems just old, acrid, and flat. It is mostly just old leaves and apples with a sharp, rough alcoholic quality. The overall character is very flat.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, murky rust brown. Big floaties flopping out in the pour. No head to speak of, but then I poured it Smell is fainter than expected: raisins, rum and brown sugar. I definitely pick up the sweet apple cider one review noted. Taste is similarly restrained in flavor. But, it should be noted that I am somewhat congested.

Good, for sure, but nothing to write home about. It is suprisingly 'thin' for a strong ale that packs 7.5%. Having said that, this is a solid English Strong ale. Satisfying, if a bit underwhelming. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, even while there is a slight alcohol burn going down the esophagus. Drinkability is fair.

Good, but not sure it is worth the cash you have to fork over for it.

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Photo of WHROO
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice drop...poured a reddish brown colour with a fraction of a head & zero lacing...the appearance was very winey. It did leave a little ring of lacing around the glass (like champagne) lasted halfway down.
Smell had soy, plum & plenty of toffee malts
Taste had the sweet malts, also more plum fruitiness...nothing really at the back.
Little more carbonation across the palate would have added to this nice drop.
This is a really nice & strong full aussie Strong Ale, well worth the $$$.

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Photo of popery
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber color with a nice head. There are floaties throughout when held up to the light. It's a fairly murky beer. The smell is strong with some sweetness and ethanol. It's somewhat reminiscent of maple syrup with a bit of fruit. Despite this sweetness, the taste carries a fair amount of bitterness, as well. The flavor doesn't quite balance out ultimately, and the alcohol also shows up a bit much. It's a strong beer that drinks even less smoothly than it's abv of 7.5% would suggest. There is a good deal of carbonation, a bit bracing when paired with the bitter notes. I enjoyed the beer but probably wouldn't buy it again. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style.

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Photo of elricorico
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in colour. Slowly poured but generated a finger of beige head. Lively looking carbonation.

Sweet and a bit earthy to smell. Flowery hops. Fruitiness like cherry and orange.

Taste strongly mirrors the aroma, well balanced between malt and hops. Alcohol well masked. Dry in the finish.

Slick bodied with fairly subtle carbonation. Decent feel.

Good beer, no quite the standout one expects from a vintage ale, but it is a bit more drinkable than expected as well.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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%.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, 375 brown bottle. Poured into one of my Duvel glasses, just to watch how the beer copes. This may be a bit early for an 07 brew, but I was thirsty and wanted to try it out.

Even though I poured slowly, a fair amount of sediment flew into the glass, I had intended to have a clear beer and then half way through add the 'bits and pieces' that remained. Bugger!

I now had a dark orange cloudy beer with black grimbly bits floating around looking for a fight. On top of the body sat an off white thin scum of foam. Luckily anything in a Duvel glass tends to look a Million Dollars to me, although a score of 3 is about fair for this beer.

The aroma was of toffee and Dolly Mixtures (the little sweets). Not your normal Aussie beer smell that's for sure. Thank goodness the sweetness fell away as the beer warmed and some beery aromas arrived later.

My tastebuds picked up a sourness and bitterness that were completely hidden in the original smells. It tasted like a proper beer, even though it had an aroma from a sweet shop. Not bad, not bad at all. Not sure an English Strong Ale is what I tasted, but it was a fine beer whatever bracket you want to label it in.

The alcohol obviously comes through in the mouthfeel, but it isn't OTT and you can tell this is a well crafted beer. Complexed, interesting and contrasting flavours make this a beer to drink slowly and enjoy to the full.

Most likely the best Aussie beer I've ever had (only been once). I wonder what flavours are around if you cellar one for a few years?

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Photo of koopa
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Liquid Solotions:

A: Lots of lacing from this dark amber ale with a good amount of sediment pieces.

S: Heavy malt, chestnuts, candied sugar,

T: Alcohol is fairly well hidden but becomes much more pronounced as the ale gets warmer. Its similar to a nut brown but darker. I plan on cellaring a couple of bottles for a year or two and revisiting.

M: decent amount of carbonation and smoother when cold.

D: Not very. One or two 12oz bottles for the night at most. But mainly because of the alcohol content as the taste is good.

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Photo of CaptainPascoe
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown, slight cloudiness

S: Fruity, baked apple and sweet Grapefruit

T: Hoppier than expected, I really enjoyed the flavours. A citrus hoppiness, and a nice balanced maltiness. subtle notes of baked fruit build onto the palate

M: Great! really enjoyable. despite the strength (7.5%) it felt lighter in the mouth than I expected

D: Easy to drink too many of these. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavour and does not detract from this well balanced beer

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Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown-orange colour (burnt sienna maybe?) with an alright slight cream coloured head.

Yeast smell with some fair hop bitterness. No alcohol present. It has the same yeast characteristic I find in all of Coopers beers.

Nice malt taste, lemony bread flavour with suggestions of caramel and toffee. Mild hops; yeast is not as dominant in the flavour as it is in the scent. Mild alcohol warmth.

A nice strong ale, but it is so similar to pretty much everything Coopers does why bother making it a "vintage?"

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