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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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606 Ratings

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

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: 606 | Reviews: 372
Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to have another stout - this one came from either Fred or Pier-Luc, but my memory is hazy, so thanks to both of them for being great traders.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a bubbly tan head which put down some good lace as it settled to a thick cap of foam. Nice retention compliments a very decent all-round appearance. Strong cocoa notes dominate the aroma and are joined by coffee to produce an oder to roasted malt. Quite a simple, but thick and satisfying aroma.

Big roasted malt flavours dominate the palate. Bittersweet chocolate leads off, and the coffee is stronger here than in the nose, taking on an almost astringent quality. Anise and molasses combine with smoke to produce an added layer of complexity. Certainly a lot of big flavour for its weight! Medium body and carbonation round things off.

This turned out to be a very nice FES, with a whole boatload of roasted malt flavour. Nice job from Coopers.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Low dark beige/grey head on top of a dark molasses / used motor oil brown body. Opaque when held to light.

S - Chocolate, ethanol, after warming there were some nice cane sugar syrup smells. Overall pleasant but simple.

T - Smoky. Like hickory, cherry, and charcoal. Not overly complex. Aftertaste was of nuts and molasses.

M - A bit watery but smooth enough going down.

D - A pleasant generic stout. Good with hearty foods and cold nights. I want to rate this higher, but it's just average.

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

A- deep black color with 1 inch of Cooper color head

S- toasted malts, caramel and a little bit of hops

t- good toasted malt taste with a bitter finish

m- medium body I was especting more body in this one

d- nice, I could drink 4 of this with no problem

Photo of cory3456
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love stout. Good stout. And we have one here. Black in color with a little ruby coming through. Bottle conditioned so lots of yeast. I love that. Smells like beer heaven. Dark malts and English ale yeastyish. Ahh. The taste is even better. The went as far as you can go with the malt without going to far. Perfect hop balance. Good full body. I don't care what anyone says this Ausie brew is up there with the great stouts of Ireland and England. Two thumbs up and a circle snap.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown/black color; no light coming through. Poured a 1 finger creamy chocolate head. Thin lacing sheeted a bit down the sides of the glass.

S: Big, rich toasted malt; coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Alcohol.

T: Very consistent with aroma. Complemented with a mild, even bitter. Warming and dry.

M: Full body. Low carboantion. Smooth and silky. Malt and a little licorice linger in the bitter.

D: Tasty and smooth. Very flavorful.

Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12.7 fl. oz. bottle marked 30 APR 09-08:12. Ssmpled in May 10, 2010. It pours a midnight brown with a brown silky head about an inch thick that simmers down to a thin ring. The aroma has a pleasant crispness to it along with light chocolate malts and thin hops. Subtle would be the best word to describe it. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium. There's an appealing bitterness quality to the taste with a tart hoppy ending. Not bad at all.

Photo of sprucetip
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Black, very active, but frothy tan head fades fast. No lacing.

Lightly malty sweet with smoky/roasty character, yeasty, coffee, & chocolate. Hints of licorice and molasses. All of t his while competing with the eclectic and exotic aromas drifting about a Bangkok street scene, with outdoor restaurants, etc.

Licorice/molasses more than roast, and sweet malty body balances. Coffee and chocolate add depth.

Well carbonated, medium body and viscosity, fairly rich, and a bit of burnt and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Being in a (Thai) land of macro lagers, it is imminently drinkable, and a welcome find. Pretty well to style. A good but not amazing beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights and a good sized tan head that dissipates slowly and throws some lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate and molasses and dark dried fruits. Taste is very roasty with hints of chocolate, figs, molasses, dark fruit, and an annoying mineral or metallic flavor that while not overwhelming distracts me a bit. Creamy grainy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation. I almost enjoyed this one, well I did drink it all. The mineral flavor kinda killed this one for me. These just became available in NH and this bottle is a year old.

Photo of biglite351
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark with very lacey thick head.

S - very nice rich, deep, chocolate, malt. However, it seems to drop off quickly. If the scent lasted longer this would have gotten a 4.5.

T - rich, chocolate Malta. Slight bitter after taste.

M - mild coating. Mild tingle on the sides of the tongue.

D - the bitterness in the after taste hurts the drinkability, but you can enjoy a few at one time.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a nice, thick, fairly persistent tan head - couldn't look more appetizing. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily, having tones of molasses and miso. Flavor is smoky and has tones of quality roast coffee and brown sugar. Texture is tingly and fizzy, sometimes seeming just a mite watery but still good. Worthy.

Photo of aval89
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a dark dark brown with tan leather head. Very inviting brew.

Smell was of dark roasted malts, cocoa, little bit of coffee in there.

Taste was of roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, coffee bitterness, slight vanilla & cocoa, black licorice, very little hop presence. Burnt resin lingers on the mouth after it all goes down.

Mouthfeel was somewhat chewy but overall a decent stout.

Even at 6.3%abv very drinkable.

Would definitely try this again.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355 cl long-necked brown bottle with yellow/black label. Writing in white. Looks kind of nice.

A: Color is black and the head is light brown, thich creamy compact. Slow dissipation, rich lacings.

S: Rich roasted malt. Flowery, and with rich chocolate notes. Some strong coffee.

T: Roasted malt and strong coffee. Some bitter chocoalte notes. Faint dark dried fruits. Licorice.

M: Full creamy body, moderate carboantion. Aftertaste lingers, bitter.

D: A nice Stout. A bit of everything. This won't make you dissapointed.

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

375ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black color forming a big, bubbled and soapy beige head. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Great roasted smell. Very biscuity. Notes of dark chocolate and earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront, becoming quickly roasted and dry. Roasted malts are a must. Again, notes of dark chocolate. Quite biscuity reminding an Oreo :). In overall, a dry stout in the mouth with a dry and mild bitter end

M: Medium and creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted malts bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice stout

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

Consumed 3/21/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Almost pitch black with slight ruby edging when held up to the light. Capped off by about a finger and a half, bubbly tan head that hung around for a good bit. Pretty decent lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malt, light dark chocolate. Smelled more like a milk stout.

T- Roasted dark chocolate with a little of the sweetness, maybe hints of licorice as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- Hadnt had this one in a long time and forgot how much I liked it. Could easily have several of these in a sitting. I was suprised that more of the sweetness didnt come through in the taste.

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 bob3701
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured black, light does not shine through, with a big tan creamy head that hangs around and laces nicely. Heavey roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor with a coffee/chocolate bitterness and a pleasant smokey finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Very good stout.

Photo of rarbring
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really black beer, with a tan head that leaves some slippery lacing.

The smell is rather cautious, some forest fruit, sweet sherry and a hint of roasted coffee beans.

The taste is more bold, coarse smoky sausage base, with dark strong espresso. A hint of licorice. The bitterness is balanced with the sherry sweetness.

A mild carbonation, creamy feeling.

In all a very good stout - I must admit I didn't expect that from Australia.

Photo of dqrull
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really black liquid with a big brown head that leaves some creamy lacing.

Smells heavily of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, a really filling almost milky touch to it, some dark bread aswell.

Tastes of roasted malts as well, not so much coffee in the taste though,l but the chocolate is there, but 'milkier' than in the nose, slightly bitter finish, and a little weak finish as well. A pesistent aftertaste, chocalaty and slightly bitter.

An okay mouthfeel, could h ave been a little fuller though.

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 juju7
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good solid stout. Very dark with a giant creamy, espresso head that hung around for the whole glass. Ample chocolatey, roasted kind of flavours but a touch more subdued than some. Well carbonated, smooth with a pleasant, long finish. Won't blow your mind, but it shouldn't need to.

Photo of kpoole25
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle to glass. Best after date of April 2009, about 10 mo. old. Really cheap label if you care (I don't). Pours very dark, almost black, tan rocky foamy head. Roasted aromas. This was pretty much the most bitter stout I've had, can't tell if it's the roast/burnt flavors, or hops, or carbonation, or alcohol, or too young, or combination. Some malt and coffee, a little hint of alcohol but not bad. Decent overall.

Photo of natelocc787
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly above average taste for the style, appearance was okay but docked a half point for extreme sediment. Sediment in a stout? Wtf was Coopers thinking? Average score equals average score. Burnt and roasted notes through and through, mild dark fruit is noticed if you try hard and get the tartness in the finish. Thin mouthfeel. Hard to finish it to even 3/4 (which I did), knowing the chunks of sediment will find their way into your mouth.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer from Coopers I'm reviewing. Picked up a bottle from Tops in Bangkok. Poured into a colins glass (only option available at that time).

The beer poured a dark brown, almost black colour - in fact at and below eye level it was a ravenous black, only if you would hold up the glass to a light source could you make out the brown around the edges. The dishwater froth coloured head was loose, about an inch high - quickly receded and vanished leaving very light, spotted lacing. To the unknowing, this could be easily mistaken for a glass of Coca Cola.

The nose was full of dark malts, caramel and bitter chocolate initially. Although the smell was profound at first, it was shortlived - a second sniff to bring out any hidden aromas yielded no result, in fact even the initial bouquet seemed blunt. The surprise lay within - a sip and an array of flavours burst inside. First up it was bitter chocolate and coffee which were perfectly blended, followed with a shot of caramel sweetness - all that highlighted the quality of brewing, the choice of malts and the careful degree of roasting chosen. The bitterness that complimented the sweeter flavours did not seem to come from the hops - this was purely malt driven also. The taste was Ace.

The beer was velvety smooth inspite of above average carbonation, bearing testimony to the impact of the big flavour it has to offer. I would certainly be looking out for this beer again. Frankly, I am very impressed with this one.

Photo of drizzam
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good friend Jdostal for this Christmas gift...I owe you man!

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The label showed a "Best after" date of 12:06:07. Wow...this beer is over 2 years old...let's hope it cellars well!

A - Poured a dark dark opaque brown/black with a fluffy tan head. The head dissipated to a thin cap after a couple of minutes and left spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Nice malty aroma with a decent amount of bitter chocolate in the nose. Also, a bit of a sweet dark fruit aroma.

T & M - The taste way outperformed the nose on this brew. The roasted malt body is accentuated by a nice playful mixture of bitter chocolate and hints of espresso. Some hop bitterness lingers toward the back end. There is an impressive complexity to this brew with the different flavors playing so well together. Creamy mouthfeel, but it does seem to have a bit of an abrasive character from the carbonation. It finishes well with a slight hop aftertaste.

D - This is an excellent stout, and my first foray into the world of Coopers. I'm impressed and am also a bit curious to try some of Coopers other brews. I could probably session this beer!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 stubby bottle. Almost ink black in color, with very little head. Awesome smell, first off dark coffee and a hint of some dried fruits, such as plums. Very creamy mouthfeel. Dark roasted chocolate, big roasted malts and nutlike, creamy flavor. Full bodied. By far my favorite of the Coopers that I have tried. Drinkability might be hindered by the full flavor of this brew. A sipper in my mind.

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