Intense burnt toffee/caramel flavor. Has the alcoholic warmth of spirits and has a hint of brandy. As it warms up, the flavor comes out. Its intense maltiness is nicely balanced with bitterness.
This vintage is two years old and magnificent. As with all of Cooper's Vintage Ales, the brewery says it will mature for up to 18 months. After two years, this may have fully matured, but is showing no signs of becoming undrinkable.