Coopers Extra Strong Vintage AleMarch 1, 2004 Regency Park, South Australia
Regency Park, South Australia
Imported by Preiss Imports
Alcohol (wt.): 5.9
Alcohol (vol.): 7.5
Informative label indicates vintage “4-Oct/2002 will become more complex for up to 18 months.” At sixteen months the beer, with turbid spun gold robe and head of large bubbles, has yet to develop much aromatic complexity. While the taste is clean, fresh and easy drinking, especially for a beer of 7.5%, it too lacks complexity or flavor. Served with a bouillabaisse of fresh mussel, scallops, and cod, guests raved. Perhaps it was the beer/fish balance. Perhaps it was the bouillabaisse.
- Charles Finkel
This beer deserves NOT to be served too cold. My tasting glass of Vintage has a cold-created chill haze, but that does not detract from a rich, full-bodied, aged, malty ale. Very smooth for a strong ale. Minimal fruitiness. Deceivingly drinkable. The strength of this beer inhibits head retention, which is absent. At 7.5% this is an ale that they’ll sure like downunder and here upover.
- Charlie Papazian
Coopers of Adelaide, best known for its classic Sparkling Ale, has produced a 7.5% volume strong ale with a soft fluffy head and copper color, with a rich, complex aroma of fresh bread, dried grapes and tart orange fruit, underscored by spicy hops. Fruit and hops bombard the tastebuds, while the finish is full, ripe and dominated by tart fruit, peppery hops and creamy malt. Superb with ripe Stilton, Asian cuisine, or spicy, herby pastas dishes.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.