Saturday, July 28, 2012

Coopers Vintage Ale 2009

Coopers Vintage Ale 2009

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

English Strong Ale

7.50% ABV

Commercial Description:
Brewed with choice malts and an extended top fermentation. This naturally conditioned ale experiences interactions between the robust malt, hop and yeast characteristics, to exhibit an intriguing journey of flavour development over a period of five years when stored under cellar conditions.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$12.00 6 pack

This was one of my birthday gifts from my friend Mike. That was back in May and I’m just getting around to posting this review. Better late then never. Thanks Mike.

The beer pours a hazy dark copper with orange hues and a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is fantastic with rich caramel malt aromas and nice earthy notes. There is little to no hop presence on the nose.

Oh man that was a nice first sip with rich caramel malts and that classic English earthiness.

The experience starts out with a caramel malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by the most sensational rich but also refreshing mouthfeel as this ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is also unique malt robustness that builds toward the back-end. The back-end is easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. The finish is fantastic with rich caramel malt flavors and earthy notes. There is also that perceived “hard water” flavor and nice earthy hop flavors. The final aftertaste is some lingering caramel malt sweetness.

I am really enjoying this ale.

We are only at 59 degrees and as the beer warms and opens up a little the malt flavors are intensifying. It is a little less refreshing now but much more flavorful.

The head on this beer has not quit. Sip after sip there has been a nice thick head on top of the glass. This has also added creaminess to the mouthfeel.

We are almost at room temperature now and I am picking up a nice warming effect. I know that this is only 7.5 percent but that’s enough to add a sweet alcohol warming to the finish.  

What a great experience. This is a sold A for me.

A | Coopers Vintage Ale 2009 is an exceptional sipping ale that is aged to perfection with rich malt flavors and smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel that leads into an incredible finish with wonderful caramel malt flavors, earthy hops flavors and a sweet warming of alcohol.

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