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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

372 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 620
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
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 FLima
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of Belgian chocolate and coffee with notes of earthy hops and roasted malts.
Flavor full of character, quite hoppy relatively to style (though not American hoppy). Taste of roasted and smoked malts with earthy and spicy notes. Hints of coffee and grass and once it warms up it reveals some fruity and cocoa powder notes. Dry and bitter aftertaste with its lingering taste.
Medium to full body with perfect carbonation.
Excellent Foreign Stout. Far from boring and still very drinkable. In my opinion, better than the regular Guinness. (627 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, molasses-like, no head

Aroma: Malty, sweet, raisiny

Taste: Spicy, chocolatey, dried-figs; dry, butter finish

Remarks: This was a very enjoyable beer overall. Must try if you like thick, complex beers.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (292 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a good tan head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: taste of Coffee, roasted malt some dark chocoltae and dark fruit in the background. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Nice medium body, smooth and creamy texture. Very good balance. Has a nice robust character.

O: Very enjoyable drinker. Good example of what a stout should be. Worth checking out. (448 characters)

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. (967 characters)

Photo of JK4Stout
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: "Bitches Leave!" --because this is now beer for the weak of heart. Ed Harris could have spent time in this baby cause no light is getting in there. (obscure Abyss reference) No real quality head though, and ZERO retention.

S: "Murphy! It's you!" -- If there was ever a smell to bring a cyborg back from memory loss it would be a good stout odor. Notes of coffee and chocolate, but still a little of what may even be hop leaking in.

T: "Can you fly, Bobby?" -- Well, I bet he can after one of these puppies. Not quite of par with Guinness Foriegn Extra, but only a notch or two down from that. Maybe even a bit weak in the malt department. However, I can safely say that this quote doesn't fly. "It taste like baby food!"

M: "Dead or alive you're coming with me!" --That is how my tongue feels. Has a bit of a bite that makes her numb to outside influenece. Pretty heavy with a good amount of carbonation.

O: "I'd buy that for a dollar!" -- I may even pay two. Aside from that, we Americans have done the stout better, and I'll most likely stick to those.

* Oh, and if you can't guess I'm watching Robocop as I write this! (1,129 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle The Good Spirits Co., Glasgow(£2.20):
Dark mahogany brown, opaque and bordering right on black with a creamy looking, mild brown head that is about half a centimetre tall and doesn't move at all before I start drinking the beer.

Roasted malts and a cocoa chocolate aroma. There is a creamy barley like aroma and some sweetness along with a mild coffee smell.

Sweet roasted malts and some barely with a nice sweetness and some mild chocolate and coffee flavours coming through. There is also some darker fruits that are hinted at, possibly some figs and raisins.

Creamy feeling and smooth beer with a medium body and fairly mild carbonation levels. There is a nice sweetness to the beer with crisp and dry finish that was very easy to drink.

Pleasant without being overly strong or in your face despite the relatively high abv. It was very easy to drink, almost a little too easy and would make a good, if a little strong, session ale. (952 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

This is our last beer from Coopers, and I am OK with that. I didn't really care for their other beers, but this one looks really good in the glass. Not sure why I didn't like the other ones, but we did their Extra Strong Vintage Ale and their Sparkling Ale. LINK THESE TO THE REVIEWS OF THE BEER We are actually running out of beers in the fridge, so we need to go shopping. But this one sounded good. We have a Christmas beer and a barleywine left. Oh, and the Firestone Walker anniversary ale. But I wanted to drink this because it's cold outside, and a beer reaching 7% is sure to warm us up this evening. Let's see what the Coopers Best Extra Stout tastes like.

In the Glass: It looks really nice in the glass. It had a certain thickness in the bottle, which is probably due to the bottle conditioning. It looks thick in the glass, with a nice thin tan head. The lace is pretty basic, but the head just hangs on. I can also smell this as it sits on my desk. I could smell it as I poured it in the glass. This has some promise.

Nose: As I was pouring this, I could smell it. I was just sniffing malt as this thick near black beer poured into the glass. After I stuck my nose in the glass, I got a mellow, almost stale (but pleasing) malty aroma. There are no hops here. Just thick malty goodness. I hope the flavor stands up to the aroma.

Flavor: It is not as thick as I expected. There are a lot of bubbles rushing around my tongue as I swallow. There are a lot of flavors, though. The flavor is actually quite complex. At first, it has a weird rubbery taste, then it smooths out, becomes somewhat dry, and some hop bitterness kicks in. Based on the aroma, you would never know there were hops in here. I think the best part if the aftertaste. I am impressed with how fast it becomes dry, and how long that flavor hangs on. For a beer that came from Australia, it also has a good price point.

Mouthfeel: Not a huge fan of the mouthfeel. It has too much carbonation and while I can tolerate bubbles, I don't want them in a stout. If I drank this in a blind taste test, I would never think this beer was a stout. Before I can even swallow, the dryness is creeping in and hangs on well into the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: Hands down the best part of this beer. Before I even start to swallow, my mouth if drying. Then, in true Irish (ironic) fashion, the dryness shows up and hangs on. (By the way, the burp isn't very good. I had a black bean burger for lunch, so that might be part of it. Still tasting that!) Every time I swallow, my mouth just begs for another drink. You are get a lot of hops in the finish.

Coopers Best Extra Stout has a nice malty aroma and a lovely hoppy dry finish. I didn't have big expectations here, but I am impressed with this offering. I would like to try this not only on tap, but nitro. I bet that would mellow out the bubbles a lot. Anyway, I am impressed. Sad to see Coopers go, but there are a LOT of other beers out there for us to try! (2,983 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass in my house in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger-width khaki head. Long retention. Heavy carbonation. Black color with some fluffy lacing.

S- Roast malts, chocolate, barley. Nice rich smell with a distinct creaminess in the aroma.

T- Roast malts and barley, and some coffee notes with creaminess. The dark chocolate pops out, like a little cocoa nibs.

M- Rich and creamy, but heavy carbonation kills the feel.

O- Weird beer that seems to attempt to be a Guinness. It fails. (531 characters)

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

Definition problem here. Bottle nose has moderate well balanced roastiness and sweetness and it pour a reasonable but short lived big rocky tan head. Glossy black to the eye it has reasonable depth with an effervescent start on the palate which leads to a fairly hollow middle. Thin, not watery, but is in need of more content and individuality. (345 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer makes want to kiss an Aussie, babe that is! Anyway, poured out a dark, pitch black, color and is topped off with a nice thick tan head that simply screams,” I can’t get sunburned in Somalia!” The head gently thins out into a layer of bubbles and a layer of thick creamy lacing. It smells like a dry scotch, with only a hint of butter, mild dark fruits and some raisins. Bitter at first, it spreads out to coat your mouth a with medium-to-light mouth feel. The roasted malts are very alive and they are very pronounced in this beer. The aftertaste is quit tame and only a hint of citrus zest and alcohol is present. (630 characters)

Photo of BeerIsYummy
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A stout beer readily available in most Australian bottle shops. It is a bitter stout with a reasonably good head for a bottle fermented carbonation.

It is nice and dark. Shining a light through through the beer reveals a burgundy glow.

It has a dark malty, grassy aroma.

It has a malty, tangy taste at first followed by a bitter grass like flavour.

For a bottle carbonated stoutIt feels reasonably thick and full bodied in the mouth. (440 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (751 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There is excellent head retention and the beer is completely opaque. There is also some sediment in this bottle that is visible on the bottom of the glass during consumption.

There are aromas of roasted barley malt, sweet milk chocolate, and faint hints of coffee and alcohol. You get roasted malts and that milk chocolate flavor right up front. There is that coffee type bitterness on the back end and the alcohol is not very detectable in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent stout. It covers all what you expect from a stout. (798 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Chocolate, sweet aromas, roasted malts, hint of coffee bean, alcohol.

Taste - Sharp flavours of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavours are more intense in comparison to other stouts. Bit of a milkiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly bubbles and not too dense.

Overall - A unique stout by Coopers. This is my first foreign/export stout and I'm quite surprised by the intensity of flavours. Tastes more potent than the ABV suggests. Worth seeking out. (580 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local supermarket.

A - Pours black with a two finger medium brown, big bubbled head. Pretty good drape of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Cola, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and nuttiness..

T - Dark breadiness, cola, burnt coffee perhaps, and some milk chocolate with some nuttiness.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, medium to full body with alot of creaminess and a dryness in the finish.

O/D - Considering this is ranked so high on the top Oz beers, this is pretty weak. In no way is this even comparable to a number of the craft examples here. This is in no way a bad beer, just not a hype worthy one, and not necessarily a good one. I wish I just had a small bottle. Decent, but not worth going out of your way for. I had no interest in finishing the bottle. (791 characters)

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. (881 characters)

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

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. This tastes like every foreign stout I've ever had. Sweet lactose creamy aroma with a decidedly roasty flavor profile, plenty of dark bread crusts, a whisper of fruitiness, and a dry finish. A perfectly adequate stout but not something I would care to have again, if only because of its genericness. (382 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best after "Sep 19 2010" must be brewed then so at least 5 months old.

A - Opted for a slower pour to not get any yeast. It is carbonated but not much since I got a dead calm black liquid but I do see a tan colored lace ring.

S - Very vibrant I get some mild roast, cocoa, and some anise and licorice.

T - Quite a smooth stout drinking like a lower hopped version of the Guinness Foreign stout. I am getting smooth chocolate, mild roasts, and a taste of balanced anise. Their is a mild hop presence in the finish.

M - Medium bodied I am impressed by the taste.

Overall a touch old but this is forgiven since it came from around the world. A really good stout overall. (672 characters)

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. (816 characters)

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

Appearance.- Very dark color with a tan foam, low retention.

Smell.- Roast, some coffee, malty.

Taste.- Nice roast flavor, light sweetness, bit acidic.

Mouthfeel.- Medium body, not hard to drink at all.

Overall.- Nice representation of a Stout, very flavorful. (264 characters)

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

Coopers Best Extra Stout is black as pitch, and it is very malty with a strong roast barley flavour, however, as far as the body, I find it to be relatively watery, and the bitterness is not that strong; I’m able to more or less guzzle this. The head is thin and beige (wide-brim glass), and a good amount of lacing is left. Lots of of beige yeast chunks are present, and they drop straight to the bottom. The aroma is of dark coffee, some odd vegetable (celery?), and the flavor is of dark, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, dark coffee, and malt. Coopers Best Extra Stout finishes dry and easy drinking. It is not really a sipper. I like it.

RJT (650 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ink black with lots of floating yeast chunks that remain suspended as if stuck in jello. Weak tan colored head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Just what I was hoping for.

Good roasted character. Burnt maple, mild coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted almonds. Sweet molasses mid-drink. Hops are on the weaker side with a leafy quality. Pretty well rounded.

Sturdy medium body. Good carbonation. Dryish finish. No thick or syrupy feel.

Good stuff. (498 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very nice black with a thin brown head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a bit of roastedness and some alcohol, but really not much else. Smells like your basic stout.

T: Now this is where the beer truly shines. I am getting a great amount of roasted malt, some alcohol, chocolate and some coffee.

M: The beer has a good amount of crispness, but not overwhelming. Very drinkable.

O: This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. It just has so much flavor and just so perfect for winter. I cant wait to have this again! (544 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just like coke with the black/red colour and a thin fizzy brown head. Short lived rings of lace carry on.

S - Roasted malt flavours, powdered dark chocolate, sweet cocoa bean.

T - As with the nose, the roastiness is predominant. Molasses, dark chocolate with a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. Delicious.

M - Thin for a stout, highly carbonated, dry bitter finish.

O - Solid export stout. Not heavy by any means but full flavoured and well balanced. Really nice profile. (485 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with an mocha cream head and lots of it. A small amount of yeast particles show this unfiltered ale has traveled far. The bottle states it is bottle conditioned, and not to fret about the yeast (in a more elegant way).

Smell: Chocolatey, roasted malt greets the nose. Alittle coffee, bread, and faint hop.

Taste: Roasted malt with a fair amount of herbal, earthy, tea like hops. Chocolatey, but well balanced with a moderate amount of bitterness. Just a hint of the ABV, but mostly, cocoa and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Alittle chalky and lingering cocoa flavor.

Overall: A very nice export stout. Good flavors, rich and full. Keeping a few of these on hand is not a bad idea. (777 characters)

Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.