Total Score: 5.4/10
This is the black sheep of the Cooper’s line of Ales (no pun intended). It’s not easy to get and is generally glossed over by regular Cooper’s pundits, however I thought I would give it a go.
Poured from 375ml stubbie into a Guinness pint glass.
A: The Ale fizzed a bit on opening (must have been shook beforehand). A 4cm tan head dropped to almost nothing. The body is a deep earthy brown… perhaps an earthy Ale taste will follow. 4/10.
S: Hmmm, interesting aroma – promises of toasted biscuit from the malted barley, baker’s yeast with grassy hops, but the malt is ever present. 6/10.
T: All of the above; toasted malt dominates the flavour, with a light sourdough mid-palate (classic Cooper’s bottle-conditioned yeast) and a finish with some grassy hops… very earthy (toasted earth that is). 6/10.
M: Biggest letdown for this Ale; it’s thin and overly carbonated… apart from said minor qualm everything else is pretty good. 3/10.
D: This is an Ale that could do with a more intense flavour. The taste itself is good, however the wateriness and low ABV lets it down when this Ale could be a real winner. I did find as I let the Ale warm a bit towards the end that the flavour became more intense – I’ll take note for when I crack open another. 5/10.
Food match: Meat pie with mushy peas (classic Australian fare!).