Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best after 7/29/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char-like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some nice aromas but the flavors come off as a bit too acrid and burnt for my liking.

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black; holding it up to a bright light reveals a hint of amber color near the edges and particles of sediment floating near the bottom. It has a thin tan head with good retention properties.
S: There is a moderate aroma of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, roasted malt flavors dominate the taste with notes of chocolate and coffee and a slight amount of sweetness. There is a mild amount of bitterness from the hops, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and some dryness in the finish.
D: This is a flavorful beer that is very easy to drink. I definitely want to try another one of these in the future.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with faint ruby highlights; the head is not the best I have seen on a stout but it does the job and leaves a fair amount of lace behind

Smell: Roasty aromas, with black bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Opens with a black bread and dark chocolate flavor that gets roasty by mid-palate, when a bit of hoppy balance emerges; after the swallow, the coffee arrives to add another dimension; a nice dry, char character lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice example of the style and easily my favorite from this brewery

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer by this brewery that I really liked. Very bold and characterful. Pours a viscous, jet black, beer that promises a lot of flavor. Smells a melded roastedness with cocoa, nuts, and cream. Tastes quite strong with the roasted barley and cocoa, with background tones of nuts, lactose, and fermentation yeastiness. Very malty, evident in flavor and heavy feel. Finishes with a heavy coffee roastedness. Very tasty, but I would prefer a lighter Milk-Stout quality an sweetness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an australian classic, something about this one makes it work in a warm or cold weather context, perfect for australian climate, but also neat on this side of the pond, especially as spring tries to fight through winter here in february. huge milky frothy mocha head, lacy and airy on top of the dark brown hersheys colored brew. some bitterness going on in the nose and taste, a hint of grass, this has more hops than others, and that helps. it also seems to have as much of a brown ale malt base as it does a stout one. roast is there, but the cocoa malt thing is too. chocolate gives way to coffee in the finish, intense coffee, but there is no java in this brew from what i a aware of. the feel also is different for a stout, tons of bubbles and english yeast character. i think in some ways its the best of three different worlds, foreign stout, black ale, and english brown, all contributing equally. drinkable as anything, fairly priced, and quite different from others. one of the best coopers beers going.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a thick black color stout with a huge brown creamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt and light hops is clearly detectable. Taste is dominated by an excellent balance between roasted chocolate malt and light bitter hops at the end. Body is quite full and has an excellent lacing/creamy feel to it. Overall, an excellent example of the foreign stout and a very enjoyable beer.

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

The color straddles the border between darkest mahogany and simple black. Without a brighter light source, I'm unable to make the call. The light brown cap has the texture of a dense sponge. Very little surface activity translates into remarkable persistence; it hasn't dropped appreciably in the minute or so that I've been staring at it. A short collar of lace is (eventually) the extent of the glass coverage.

There's plenty of power in the nose. Best Extra Stout smells like dark chocolate, espresso, heavily roasted black malt and molasses. At first I thought I smelled apples, but I must have been imagining things; nothing but 'dark' scents now. Two for two.

Still going strong. There's much more coffee on the palate than there was in the nose. In fact, I'd go so far as to call this beer coffee-dominant. Blackstrap molasses is still present, along with a dark fruitiness that must be coming from hops (no apples though). Other observations: pleasantly vinous, neither sweet nor dry, trailing bitterness. The body is medium for the style with a coating mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. There isn't much wrong with this one.

My first experience with Coopers Brewery Limited was not a positive one (Sparkling Ale). It had to have been a bad bottle because Best Extra Stout is a corker. It has flavor in spades and drinkability to spare. This is a beer that I'll buy in multiples the next time I run across it.

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 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 zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a creamy, light brown, small head. It also had a good deal of sediment floating near the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled very sweet and of roasted malt.

T - It tasted of very sweet chocolate. Also a nice roasted maltiness with caramel notes. Hops provided a bittersweet kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this import from Australia.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best After: 12.06.07.

Appearance: Pours a humble black body with a inch-high head of tan-colored froth.

Smell: Deeply roasted barley malts with notes of half-day-old French Roast coffee and baker's chocolate. Certainly a notable, distinct wafts of fruit esters in there as well.

Taste: Darkened barley with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and powderized toasted bread crusts. Yes, even powderized toasted bread crusts. Medium-low sweetness. Moderate amount of yeast-derived fruitiness. Minimal hop character with most of the bitterness seemingly provided by the burnt grains. Finishes fairly dry and roasty with an enduring taste of unsweetened chocolate-covered fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. By no means a bad lil' robust stout, and probably one of the better brews I've had from the Coopers Brewery over these many long years.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours an opaque jet black with about a finger of tan foamy head that lingers awhile. The nose is weak, with light hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark malts darting through the spaces betwixt the air itself. The taste follows, with the coffee, malts, subtle bits o' cocoa, and twinge of bitterness all coming in, but sadly seeming somewhat watered-down, all of the flavors perceptibly weaker than they ought to be. The body is a strong medium, with very little carbonation and, though it lightly coats the tongue, a smooth, dry feel. Overall, a decent stout, but not quite a reason to ride down under.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout delivers the typical stout appearance with the notable exception of some yeast which settles at the base of the glass beneath its black body and creamy tan head. The head retention could be better, but it holds well enough. Fruity esters dominate the nose before you take a sip which reveals the rich caramel and chocolate flavors within. It's smooth across the palate with a dextrinous body and gentle carbonation from bottle conditioning. Some of the fruitiness found in the aroma is also found in the flavor along with its caramel/chocolate maltiness and a roastiness that's more genteel than aggressive. It's rich and satisfying without becoming satiating to the palate; and the yeasty fruitiness lends enough complexity to it to keep in interesting. Nicely done indeed!

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 russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a 2 fingers deep tan head. No lacing & minimal head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & toasted malt

T: Chocolate & iron up front. I also pick up hints of oakyness & vanilla, with fruittyness as it warms. Licorice surfaces half-way through the bottle. Finishes dry with choclate & licorice

MF: Medium bodied with subtle carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a pretty nice stout. I'd certainly buy this again

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 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 feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is blackest black, as ebon as espresso grounds, and a thin, simmering tannish head rests on top. Aroma looms large and bursts forth with dominant roasty chocolate and espresso associations. An especially burnt flavor comes through, more so than I've found in most stouts, along with hints of anise and cloves. Incredible texture, thick, full body, great bitterness, but balanced by sweet malt on the palate. A grainy, gritty quality continues through the middle, by which time the mouthfeel can best be described as "motor oily", in viscosity and flavor! But that's good, in this case!
An eternal finish, one that digs in it's claws and won't let go! A contemplative stout, one to savor, linger over, and enjoy late at night, with a good book. The flavors come in waves and layers, your appreciation of this dark and delicious stout grows and grows. First rate all the way.

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown color where no light shall shine through--even on the edge. Decent three-finger head that fades slowly in a rocky fashion. The lace is modest, though.

Nice blend of black patent and chocolate malts in the aroma. There is a slight "refrigerator" smell. Notable hop at the end along with a mild alcohol warmth.

Relatively thin body (with an above average level of carbonation). Great burnt malt flavors that resemble espresso. The swallow and aftertaste bring on the lingering dark coffee without any sugar.

In terms of flavor and smell, this beer rivals the Irish offerings.

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that becomes a thick patch before disappearing. Some vanishing lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of dark malt - chocolatey. Roasty and woody with some fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet dark maltiness. Fruity and woody roastiness segue from sweetness to dryness in the finish.

Full-bodied with a bit of an oily texture with a long aftertaste.

It's a bit strong/full for a "session" beer, but it still has quite the drinkability, especially when paired with shell fish such as mussels or clams (and oysters, I presume).

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 4/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink with a great creamy mouthfeel. A very enjoyable offering.

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate and crystal malt scent that is rich and creamy. The taste is decent. It has a dry crystal malt flavor that is earthy and sweet on the finish. It has some chocolate hints as well as yeasty zing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent stout. I love the aroma, but the flavor has some defects to it. This is the best of their lineup, but that's not saying much

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with very light reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a thin and patchy beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. There is significant visible beige sediment in the beer, mostly concentrated at the bottom of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of dark and roasted malts as well as some hints of dark fruit followed by some lighter touches of anise and chocolate.

T: The flavor is very well balanced, starting a little sweet and finishing just a touch bitter. Lots of roasted malt flavor with some dark fruits and notes of anise.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Probably the best beer I have had from Coopers, though none of them are bad beers. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I would certainly get this one again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before Date 12.02.06, Sampled October 2004
Pours an opaque black color, and is topped by a brown head that is not all that thick. The aroma is first of burnt caramel and then shifts to a dry burnt, roasted malt aroma. There are some notes of sweet coffee in the nose as well. The beer is light bodied up front on the tongue, but quickly moves to a mouth coating body that ends in a dry roasty sensation. This beer is all about the simple roast flavors that dominate the finish. It is burnt, and slightly bitter in the finish, though this is not in a bad way. This beer is actually pretty simple and tasty, a balance between the sweet maltiness and the dry roast character that dominates the finish.

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Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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