Blackrock Cider

Fermenting: 01/10/2004 Bottled: 13/10/2004

A very dry cider, made with 4L of apple juice and 3 pears. Could maybe have used some lactose to sweeten it, but for those who like it dry, this was very pleasing. Some bottles were overgassed. This improved with age, too.

6/10

Coopers Stout

Fermenting: 09/09/2004 Bottled: 20/09/2004

Coopers Stout

Made this one with body brew, extra malt, a cinnamon stick and some cocoa, and left it alone for 6 months with only the occasional try. A very dry stout which has matured into a somewhat smoother drink, though it still takes a long time to get through a bottle.

6/10

Tasting notes: After 15 months, this is almost gone. Has developed into a complex, spicy, dry stout. Great for spending a cool evening with – if you can keep the bottle all to yourself and have no one to kiss later. 8/10

Thomas Cooper’s Heritage Lager

Fermenting: 01/09/2004 Bottled: 07/09/2004

Thomas Coopers Heritage Lager

From the “Thomas Coopers Premium” series, this was a stunner. I made it with an ultrabrew, and 2 sachets of hersbrucker hops. This was a wonderfully complex beer, with a great spicy aroma, and a taste utterly unlike modern beers. It was rich in flavour, delighting many different portions of the tongue. If you’ve never tried a beer from this series, do it now!

9/10