Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2012 (Australia)
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2012
The 2012 version of a very firm favourite amongst long time Australian ale drinkers. The beer sells for a lot more than your standard beer but the high alcohol and the strong malt characters are normally worth the price tag.
The beer was poured and the aromatics of the hops firstly belted me on the nose. Some wonderful mid floral hop notes complimented the malt undertones. The beer itself was cloudy with a light brown colour with the yeast still remaining. The off-white head sat firmly on top of the beer. On tasting you got liquorice and toffee characters with a little bitterness and considering the beer is 7.5% the alcohol was masked just right. The beer had a light to medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.
This is a really good beer now and it that could also sit for a few more years with the high alcohol. I will have to cellar a few of these and watch it develop. Recommended.