Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2010 (Aged) (Australia)
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2010
I guess you could call this a little experiment to compare the 2010 Vintage Ale (that had been cellared for two years) to the 2012.
Coopers have an Extra Strong Vintage Ale range and they issue a slightly tweaked version every year. It recommends short term cellaring to improve the beer.
After removing the cap and pouring, you immediately notice black treacle notes on the nose along with the mellowed malt and alcohol. The beer has an almost clear dark golden brown hue with a very thin just-off-white head. On tasting the alcohol is still there and the dark treacle was apparent. The beer had a medium body with a creamy texture. On the whole it was a great beer with some really nicely developed flavours complimenting the warmth of the alcohol.