Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited
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4.97/5 rDev +29.4%
12.7oz bottle into mug. Notes on the bottle stating that this beer can be mixed gently or poured slowly to leave the yeast in the bottle.
Amost completely black with a little ruby light showing through in bright light. Light brown one inch head that holds well, settling to a thin cap, leaving solid lacing all the way around the glass. Little bits of yeast chunks settle at the bottom with a bit resting on top of the head. Solid layered lacing from top to bottom. The appearance deserves a 4.75, however I won't give it a 5 because I feel the head could have held a little better (yeah, I'm picky).
Wonderfully thick malt aromas yielding dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted bitter goodness. A little bit of earthy hops are mixed in.
Dark, grainy, and powdery dark malts set up the drink, giving some roasted qualities. A little bit of chocolate makes its way in to add some solid sweetness and creaminess. Some balancing hop bitterness develops in the back of the mouth toward the end. Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The feel is smooth and silky on the tongue. The finish is perfect with a combonation of the dark roasty malts, a light creaminess, a little bit of hopiness to balance, and a hint of chocolate.
This is just one outstanding beer. I think this may become one of the regulars in my fridge, as it has a high availability with a good price. I'm just in love with this beer. The full flavor, the smooth taste, the hints of chocolate, everything about this beer is delicious. When you take that first sip, good luck putting the glass down; you won't even need a coaster.
01-21-2007 07:50:08 | More by BeerSox
4.85/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
08-31-2009 11:55:38 | More by generallee
4.73/5 rDev +23.2%
Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pitch black with a cola-like hue on the very edges through the light. An espresso-foam colored head dissipates to an uneven film. Lots of sticky lacing coat the glass. The beer smells like milk chocolate and bitter dry chocolate. The taste is exceptional -- There's a clean, dry chocolate profile to start. In the middle or end, a milk chocolate note takes over. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dry cocoa, milk ... it's all there, and it's delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean dry finish.
Overall, blown away. The Aussies make an exceptional stout here. Totally dominated by a milk chocolate tone, it's just delicious and "feels" perfect. I could almost give this a perfect score, mate.
06-24-2012 04:53:07 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.72/5 rDev +22.9%
Poured a virtually black color with moderate tannish head. Smell is truly fantastic with strong coffee, chocolate, dark fruit (figs, raisins, prunes, and roasted malt combining in perfect proportions. The taste, if possible, is even better than the smell with the fruits, chocolate, coffee, and malt tasting perfect. Finishes with just the right combination of sweetness and bitterness. This is one of the best beers I've yet to try. Truly a winner.
07-19-2006 00:26:57 | More by tgbljb
4.65/5 rDev +21.1%
12.7 oz. bottle with rustic 1800s-style label.
A: Black, with a beautiful tan head which looks great in a pint glass. Great lace.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate.
T: Roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate, a lot of malt sweetness, with caramel and toffee.
M: Very good, full-bodied, smooth. Just incredibly silky smooth.
D: Insanely drinkable for a stout, a rare style, but is drinkable in all occasions, from a 140 degree day in the Outback, to a cold winter's night. Used to be able to pick up a 750 from Hi-Times for $2.87 plus tax, hope they bring those back. For me, this is Australian for beer. Really, all I'd want in a stout.
07-02-2007 06:36:32 | More by Halcyondays
4.58/5 rDev +19.3%
appearance; black and opaque with lots of thick sediment. Very thick light brown head with great retention and lots of chunky lacing.
smell; only the slightest hops poke through the burnt malts. Bitter chocolate syrup and roasted coffee beans with the slightest bit of sweetness and burnt sugar. A bit of black molasses, licorice, grape skin and goose berries with mild alcohol.
taste; Upfront a bit of cocoa bean semi-sweet flavors but quickly changing to bitter dark chocolate. The aftertaste is very powerful of burnt coffee beans. A bit of walnut shell and dry tannic woody flavors in the aftertaste.
mouthfeel; rich and creamy, very velvety and powdery. The tannic bitters in the aftertaste form a mild puckering and a very dry finish. Quite a heavy bodied drink.
overall; this beer is awesome, nearly flawless to me but I would like to try more of the style.
08-15-2011 06:07:38 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
This beer is outstanding. I'm a big Guinness Extra Stout fan, and as much as it pains me to admit, Coopers whips it ass. Everything you drink Guinness for and more is found in Coopers. The major difference for me was a much smoother, less bitter aftertaste. Can't get it at home so I loaded up on this stuff during my last trip to SC and have savored it ever since. I'm hoarding this stuff like a miser rationing one bottle at a time. A: Black as the ace of spades S: mild coffee and cocoa T: Robust and flavorful, but not obtrusive or overwhelming. M: A little thinner than usually found in a lot of stouts, but it compliments the overall character of this beer so I did not penalize them for it. D: First drank this on a 90 plus degree day after walking for over a mile, and could have easily sessioned it. Thumbs up.
07-12-2006 05:57:10 | More by veech
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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