The Prodexpo 2022 ended last week with a lot of new (and old, famous) beers on display. It wasn’t realistic to try everything, although I spent two full days at the show. It was tough, which there is a video report about. But many producers and suppliers took pity on me and gave me “homework”. And some beer, to try in the hustle and bustle of the show, was wrong in and of itself.
I was one of the first to visit the stand of the Australian Group. Not so many new products (or rather only two), but a bottle of Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2020 I asked home to try in a quiet atmosphere.
About the vintage 2008 (!), I wrote back in 2010. Then it was brought to me from Australia in a suitcase. Now, similar gizmos are freely available in our specialized beer retail at a price not much more expensive than in his homeland.
Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale 2020 (Adelaide, Australia) – 7.5/13.4 Aroma is not bright, caramel, a bit yeasty. The taste is pleasant – caramel, a little toffee, chocolate (milk), fruit. Not too sweet, but in any case, a pleasant and quite bright hop in the aftertaste balances it all out perfectly.
Bitterness on the throat stays for a very long time. A little harsh, earthy and wooden, but it does not spoil the overall impression.
Because the beer is fermenting in the bottle, there is quite a bit of yeast residue at the bottom and it can be poured separately into the remaining few sips in the glass. That’s how they like to do it in Belgium. I’m not much of a yeast drinker, but I occasionally top it off. In this case, it revealed the beer in a slightly different perspective. It was also very enjoyable. It added some bread notes.
A grade. The difference in perception from 2010 is very significant. Maybe I’ve changed, or maybe it’s the beer.