Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Ratings: 609 | Reviews: 375
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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black color with light off-white colored head,aroma was smokey and somewhat woody.Taste was oily and wood-like with some sweetness lingering in the end of this one.Nice to see some sediment in a stout you dont see that too often,seems like it would be very food friendly.

Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is black as night with a very dark, blackened head.

Smell – This nose shows a lot of promise. The bulk of the aroma is made up of the dark, roasted malts and burnt coffee. Behind that, the lovely dark chocolate and cocoa notes mix with some refined sugars to give it an extra kick. The bouquet ends with the tease of darkened fruits and cherries.

Taste – The entire nose shows up at the tongue but takes a step back. This is not a full-bodied, all on assult of the taste buds. Instead, this one plays lightly in the mouth, making this a potentially really good session stout (yes, there is such a thing as a session stout).

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and a little thinner than I prefer, but good nevertheless. It’a actually a little milky creamy in the cheeks.

Drinkability – Very smooth. This one went down well enough. It’s not the heavy hitter that was hinted at the nose, but an excellent medium-bodied effort.

Photo of generallee
4.84/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12.7oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brownish black color which is nearly opaque. The pour produces a small head that fades quickly down to a small ring of foam. It is light tan in color and makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a solid full aroma. There is a lot of nice roasted character with sweet malted grain, caramel and dark chocolate notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has solid roasted grain character with some sweet caramel, bitter/sweet chocolate and creamy coffee notes mixed with mild hop bitterness. The finish has mild bitterness from the hops and bitter/sweet cocoa powder fading slowly off the tongue. Its palate is slick and creamy with a viscous texture and soft carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This beer is very enjoyable and surprisingly easy to drink.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a finely frothed lace that show an ample amount of stickage.

Smell: Quite aromatic with suggestions of soft espresso, liquorish, black currants and faint charcoal.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid creamy malty backing that holds the thick medium body together. Hints of vanilla and highly roasted coffee on the palate, the hopping is there for balance and is not too expressive. Layered crispness draws out a little bit of roasted bitterness that is faintly astringent. A sweet finish with light roasted grain in the end.

Notes: A highly drinkable, big bodied stout. A recommended ale for stout lovers to have in their fridge at all times. A versatile beer to pair food with, I could see doing chocolate as well as a hearty beer stew.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL longneck with a Best After date of 26/8/04 13:10.

Appearance: Opaque black covered by a thin sheet of persistent head on top, with stubborn, cohesive lace coating the sides.

Smell: Mild - alcohol is detectable, but through the smell alone this is not an overpowering element.

Taste: Malty, effervescent and complex. Strong coffee flavours upon contemplation. Pleasant, peaty finish, somewhere between a cheap Porter and a complex English Dark Ale. Alcohol, coffee and creamy vanilla flavours are primary constituents. Roasted malt flavours are implied, particularly by the coffee esters.

Notes: A very adult stout. Many lager drinkers do not like this beer, since its 'serious' characteristics hit one in the face from first sip. Would be perfect for a casserole, or for testing the Irish theory of the appropriateness of the stout & oysters combination. This beer highlights the reason for this style being called a "stout": any sane man would back away if meeting this beer personified in a dark alley. An excellent session beer: bottle-conditioned and roasted properties improve the drinker's impression of the beer with every passing bottle.

N.B. This beer has greater complexity in the longneck (750mL) than the stubbie (375mL), the latter of which I believe to be more readily available abroad, unfortunately.

Photo of nem2006
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a strong brown head that holds well.

The smell was fairly complex. I caught coffee, dark chocolate and a toasted note to it. My sister pointed out that she smelled cherries.

This is a heavy-bodied beer to say the least. A good mouthfeel if you know what you are getting into. There is a heavy coffee start followed by heavy smokiness. It finishes with some bitterness that pales in comparison to the smoky middle.

This beer is one you would drink in autumn or any chilly night. Would go well with smoked gouda and maybe a smoked extra sharp cheddar.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased at a Sydney Mr. Liquor.

Poured into the tumbler the hotel room had kicking about. Deep chestnut, almost black, with a mocha head which recedes quickly with snappy bubble bursts. Some lacing sheets.

The nose is quite pleasant: coffee, cream, milk chocolate, toasted malt, a bit of booze.

A pleasant stout that does what it sets out to do quite well. Begins nice and malty with that sweet chocolate creamy flavor, then transitions to a dry, bitter roasted coffee finish. Quite enjoyable.

Carbonation is a bit hot, but the body is slick n' thick - just right for the stout.

A solid brew and a pleasant evening sipper. Nothing out of the ordinary, but everything seems to be put together properly. A stout you can order with security knowing you won't be disappointed. Great work.

Photo of Byeast
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with dark brown edges and an inch of light brown foam. Loads of little pieces of sediment floating around from the bottle conditioning , and my pour. Aroma is of the roasted black malt , chocolate , roasted coffee and slight creamy/dairy. Taste is an oily , strong ,rich mix of smokey black malts , coffee, some dry, dark chocolate tones , wood, and a bit of a yeasty bite. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Very interesting and complex Stout from Australia. Very drinkable as well.

Photo of magictrokini
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sucked in by Cooper's again. Pours very nice; black, thick, with no head. Aroma is good; nice toasted malt with coffee and chocolate. But the taste is so underwhelming. Caramel and earthy flavors mix with the malt and coffee, but it just tastes so weak. It is almost like someone intentionally watered it down becuase they ran out. Its also not cheap. Spend your money elsewhere.

Photo of oCervejalista
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: totally black with a creamy coffee-like head;

S: roasted malt, coffee grains, espresso, dark chocolate;

T: lots of coffee and chocolate notes;

M: medium body with a little bitterness at the end;

O: A nice beer, it has all the caracteristics of the style, but nothing that really stands out for me.

Photo of jsolack
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Very dark brown. Head is strong at first but fades kinda quick. Very nice looking.

Smell:
Has a coppery smell that isn't that great. Some grains and hops come through.

Taste:
Smooth flavor very even. Not too sweet and has some charcol hints. This would be a great beer to have with some steak.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and crisp in mouth. Not as heavy as I would have expected. Overall this is pretty refreshing.

Drinkabiility:
A very nice beer. Smooth tasting and not too heavy. If it wasn't for the off smell (maybe I just have a bad one?) I would be much more excited about this beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz twist off bottle, fridge temp, snifter. best after 16 JUL 09 (?)

pours out nearly black, actually a dark brown. a thin biege colored head, pretty good retention. some lacing from a swirl of the glass. big chunks of yeast visible.

some roasted malt, raisony, figgy dark fruits, nutty aromas possibly from the yeast. a little molasses.

a nice blend of some roast, chocolate, dark fruits, nutty yeast, some fruity esters, a bit of a molasses, borwn sugar taste. finishes with a bitter sweet chocolate flavor.

a little too much carbonation, fizzy feel. makes for a weaker overall feel.

overall, a surprisingly decent beer. i wasnt expecting much, a friend found these in the back of his fridge and knew i liked beer. not something i would ever really buy, but atleast the other 5 wont be too hard to drink.

Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable brown with eager spritzy head that diminished. Very strong, robust aroma, particularly from the bottle, of molasses and soy sauce. Bottle says 32601 which I presume means the bottle is just about a year old. Some sediment and a mellowness indicate its age; I'm laying a bottle down (not literally) to see how long this bottle-conditioned brew can last. Some lingering soy or teriyaki sauce in the flavor could be a remnant of improper handling (dead yeast) or the result of Cooper's unique maltings for this beer. A fascinating combo of sweet, lactic flavors and bitter coffee flavors, set askew from normal stout expectations by a stern wood quality and aforementioned soy. Almost nothing in the way of hops although the beer is dry enough to not be cloying. Rather fizzy mouthfeel for the style but that's the Adelaide way. A very interesting drink: a stout that verges on doppelbock territory. Should be a great thing to try in a recipe.

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned, dark and full bodied, opaque. Kind of a scorched coffee flavor, starts very dense but finishes with a too bitter edge. Nicely brewed and "Guinness Extra Stout-like" but the bitterness is over the top and brings the drinkability down.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown almost black big chunks of nice tan head leaves some lacing down my sampling glass. Aroma: Soft chocolate stronger coffee notes, soft molasses and vanilla notes there as well. Taste: Creamy chocolate edge awesome coffee burst bready note from the excess of yeast floaties in my glass, very nice flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout glad I finally gave this jewel a try smooth carbonation can't complain. Drinkability: Pass on the Foster's search for something from the Coopers line great extra stout excellent balance nice sweetness happy with this one.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet and slightly roasted malts with hints of molasses and dark fruits. As it warms very slight hints of milk chocolate comes out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors up front are joined by solid amounts of molasses and lighter amounts of dark fruits. The ending is lightly sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle quickly and could have a few of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by Cooper's attempt at an export stout. Nothing is overly exciting but everything is very solid. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good stout, but can tend to be a bitty oily in textire at times. Still, good bitterness, but its not me fave.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe) Best after 04 may 09
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a grayish-tan cobweb head that has bubbles popping through the surface.
S- The soft black roasted malt aroma doesn't really have any malt qualities to it but there are some faint circus peanuts and yeasty hints that come through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a roasted black malt flavor that is smooth with a slight char finish and a black bitterness that lingers after each sip. There is a a watery taste that grows as the beer warms and a soft inky hint with soft oatmeal flavor underneath.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish and a slight slippery texture.
D- This beer has a light flavor but good roasted flavors. however there are not much malt flavor or depth to the beer.

Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep brown almost black color with a big light brown head.
The aroma of this is mixed roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste of this full bodied stout is also a very good blend of roasted coffee and a dark chocolate.
Decent small lacing linger through out the drinking of this glass.
A dark rich but yet light chocolate dry after taste.

Photo of Brenden
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black in color, this big-looking stout struggles to develop a head on a strong pour. It does, however, rise up to about half a finger. It doesn't last especially long, though the medium-brown head that does remain sticks pretty thickly to the glass.
Molasses and coffee are strongest on the nose. There's plenty of malty backbone, a bit roasty but more a heavy barley-type presence. A tinge of dark fruits sweetness lingers as well.
On the sip, I get pretty much the same along with a powerful dry, woody flavor. It's good, but I'm not sure about the high ratings here; the charred woods go too acrid and tangy for me in overall. A bit of floral and metallic/earthy (English, most likely) hops are present as well, and the fruits go somewhat in a citrus direction.
The body's big enough to keep everything together, but with a bit too much of a sharp bite to it. Smoothness is present but generally somewhat on the lower side. There is a good heft to it, though.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color is attractive but not classic stout black. Dark brown head, coursely bubbled, and fairly quick to disappear. Almost no lacing. Residue from bottle conditioning is curious at first, but doesn't affect a great taste experience.
Smells exquisite. Coffee, molasses, huge malt and roasted malt nose. A whiff of alcohol as well.
Taste is big malt, sweet, slight alcohol warmth, smoke, then somewhat dry finish. A lot going on in the mouth here, but all very balanced.
Carbonation level is perfect and tingly. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel slightly watery for the style, but not distracting.
Very drinkable... I could sit for 3 or 4 of these.

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, a single procured from the wall of goodness at Zyn in Calgary.

This beer pours a solid black, with the slightest of mahogany basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and bubbly milk chocolate brown head, which leaves a low broken painted wall of lace around the glass as it evenly falls away.

It smells of lightly roasted, mildly meaty caramel malt, bitter chocolate and coffee, some understated lactic sourness, dry licorice, and an indistinct dark fruitiness. The taste is sweet n' toasty caramel malt, bittersweet baker's chocolate, espresso, mildly sour milk, root beer, still strange and moderately astringent black fruit, and very soft musty hops.

The carbonation is generally plain, but somehow prominent, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and a bit creamy amidst the various middling sour essences. It finishes semi-sweet, with some duly lingering chalky chocolate, and a bit of late-arriving warming.

A decent strong stout - the booze is well integrated, the fruitiness fairly interesting, and the bottle-conditioned effervescence adds an interesting contrast to the creamy dessert core of this offering. Worthy of seeking out, as an alternative to that worldly Irish export of the same creed.

Photo of Anonmatel
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not too bad, the head dies pretty fast, even when used in the right drinking vessel, malty, bitter, with a nice aroma, a solid stout, but not a great one.

Photo of Daniell
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: very very dark body, when held up to light assumes very very slightly red colour in addition to the darkness, making it kind of a very dark taro colour. three finger head. Lacing hangs around for a relatively brief but sufficient time.

Smell: this one has a really distinctive dusty cinnamon smell, which I'm not sure I remember from previous times I've tried this beer. A sweet milkiness also comes across in the nose. Also a really thick umami- chocolatey, vegemitey etc. (but in a good way, I don't like vegemite but I like the smell here). And yeast. Smell is amazing.

Taste: Excellent. Spicy, burnt, bitter, but also sweet. At times it almost feels too sweet, but it effectively balances out the strong bitterness.

Feel: very creamy. Carbonation just right.

Drinkability: Despite the strong flavours I could easily have a few of these, and have done several times (4+, as well as other beers)

This beer is absolutely amazing, especially for the price.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Roasty black with good coffee aroma but then did not live up to its aroma and presentation. Watery, roast and not much else. Some yeast in there not muich carbonation. Less pleasing than their sparkling beer. Had a bottle in May 2005 that was much better and rerated up.

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Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.