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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

541 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 03:01:34 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-15-2012 03:23:18 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:22:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-22-2012 21:04:34 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 00:14:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 17:26:50 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 22:45:03 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 14:00:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 12:24:22 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-12-2011 18:50:29 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 04:27:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-12-2013 04:35:00 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-12-2013 20:00:03 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2014 03:12:53 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 14:03:23 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:59:05 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:52:00 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 07:45:50 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 22:17:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 14:07:17 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 18:02:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 04:33:53 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 06:01:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 01:51:45 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 02:48:50 | More by jwc215
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