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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

562 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, with a dark foamy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: dark roasted malts with notes of honey.

Taste: dry but with a distinct light honey flavor, which leads it to be almost floral. Bitter but little if any hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium thick with a fair amount of carbonation. I think less carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability: this is a relatively thick-bodied, above-average-alcohol stout with complex flavors. It's tasty, but I don't think I would drink pint after pint -- one is good, though.

flagmantho, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Pour jet black with a pretty decent brown head.
Dark chocolate and espresso on the nose with some chalk, sweet fruitiness (and bananas???) and liquorice in the background.
Big rich flavour: huge roasted malt presence, almost burnt, with some sweet alcohol hidden underneath. Finishes with a strong unbalanced roasted bitterness.
Big rich creamy body, some alcoholic heat.
A very ashy, full-on stout

CrazyDavros, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev +4.2%

My shout mates! My wanker friends in OZ would laugh, but what do they know, they're drinking Bud because it's an import. This is a damn fine stout. And not because it feels good, or looks good, but because it flat out tastes good. It's the only Cooper's entry worth a shout, and admittedly, I am the last person your should take advice from, BUT TRY IT.

kegger22, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Pours a very slightly red-tinged glass of blackness with a nice espresso-coloured head of visible bubbles, about 1 finger thick but sinks quite quickly to a thin crown. Does leave some excellent lacing behind though, thin but very clingy. Looks decent, but not an amazing stout.

Nose is very sour and smoky, a lot of ash, oak and just general wood smoke. Slightly meaty aspect and a hint of tobacco. Quite acrid, really, without much of a sweet or fruity character. For all the darkness it's not very potent. Actually not very impressed.

Taste is mostly a heavy-roasted coffee character, very strong toasted grain flavour with a slight woody aspect to it, oaky or perhaps even pine, with a very light stonefruit character, plum or cherry. A slightly sweet flavour comes through on the very back, slightly latte-esque with a bit of a milky note to it.

Mouthfeel is really quite thin, with the flavour kind of releasing itself more from an emanating aroma than any substantial body. I'm really surprised to find out this is 6.3%, it feels and tastes really quite thin.

It is of course drinkable, because there's nothing outwardly unpleasant about this. It certainly has good moments, but the flavour is weak and simple, and there just isn't enough to this. If I were pressed I'd want to refer to this as a girl's stout, but really I just think it's a poor one. (Yes, pour your waves of hate on me, female beer drinkers)

laituegonflable, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a first rate stout with a full palate of flavors. The beer pours a murky mahogany brown with a good deal of grainy sediment on the bottom of the glass. The nose is mocha and chocolate.

The taste is very creamy and well carbonated for a stout of any variety. There is a nice balance with the bittering hop and the roasted chocolate notes and dark malts. The creaminess, the carbonation, the pleasant balance with the hops and roasted caramel notes make this a very enjoyable stout.

albern, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Very good head retention with the head lasting the entire glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Little to fault here.

S - Plenty of roasted malt. A nice astringent bitterness.

T - There is a good bit going on here. Some nice espresso notes, bitter chocolate as well. The roasty bitterness is plentiful. I get some of the fruitiness and breadiness that comes from Cooper's house yeast.

M - Medium to heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is what I expect from the style. It isn't an RIS and it isn't a big, bad American Stout. Good.

D - This is dangerously drinkable. It goes down nicely, the 6.3% ABV is well hidden and it is easy to drink a few. You wouldn't want more than 2 or 3 but overall this is quite good.

dgilks, May 27, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Seems BC has a lot of Coopers around ( 6 at last counting). This is a real solid Stout with a full mouthfeel and that kinda rough finish that seems to be an Aussie stout thing ( Sheaf is kinda the same , though this is a better beer). I liked the way once it warmed up the roasty notes came out in the nose and the flavour opened up too. Worth picking up

canucklehead, May 22, 2009
Photo of Stavage
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours nice and black, a very very dark chocolate brown if held up to the light. One finger of chocolate brown frothy head that left a nice sticky head.

Smell is of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A faint touch of dried fruits too.

A nice dark roasted malt flavour, with bitterness that of a strong espresso. Bitter chocolate tastes waver in the background too. There is a bit of malt sweetness there but overall the impression is of a nice full bitterness. There is some hops in there but it just seems along for the ride.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable brew, full flavoured but not overly strong. Basically should be a highly drinkable brew for anyone who enjoys a stout.

Final say? A good stout. I feel if the flavours I noted were more intense I would be in love with this brew. It left me with a little disappointment only because it came so close to really hitting the spot for me. No real faults here, and I think I need to come back to this as I had this after a long days work in a smoky environment and maybe this dulled me to the aromas and flavours somewhat.

Stavage, May 12, 2009
Photo of sbe1
4.3/5  rDev +12%

A very good Australian stout.

Appearance: Jet black with a coffee and cocoa colored head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, sweetened dark chocolate, ripe cherries, roasted malt, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent, recommended.

sbe1, May 10, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Standard bottle into a schooner shaker glass. Outside of this bar's large umbrella its raining so this is quite memorable.

Appearance: Black and a small head that fads into a tan ring around the sides of the glass. Rather opaque, but people are looking at me funny as I am looking at it in the light, forget them.
Nose: Beautiful dark roasted malt. I am getting dancing chocolate and coffee. Some sweet dried fruit. Somewhat stronger than other standard stouts.
Taste: Just like the smell just stronger and mildly sweet.
Mouthfeel- Its quite moderate for the body's color and intense taste/nose. Slightly Warming, in a good way. The carbonation lightens things up, without over doing it.

Summary- Liquid sustenance for times like these. So bad it was the bar's last one in the cooler.

TubaManJack, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of cmaloy
3.15/5  rDev -18%

A: The beer was very dark and the head disappeared quickly.

S: There is a strong chocolate coffee taste and strong hints of malt.

T: The initial taste was strong chocolate and coffee and ended with bitter hops. The taste did linger for a while.

M: There is a lot of carbonation. It is a very filling beer.

D: I probably will not be getting this beer again. I prefer other stouts over this one. I wasn't completely disappointed, but I wasn't extremely impressed either.

cmaloy, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -18%

A: dark black with thin head and little lacing looks light in texture
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, and dank yeast.
T: tastes extremely bitter with some faint chocolate flavors from the malts but the yeast that remained in the bottle threw a untasteful dank flavor in there
M/d: lightly carbonated and dry from hops with a light syrup feeling. Not very drinkable for me definitely will not purchase again

Kemmerlin, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

12.7 oz bottle poured in to pint glass.... Swirled and left to warm a little...

A: Black as night, tan head, about 1 fingers worth of head.... Head disappears quickly... with no lacing. (Side note: there was a lot of hiss when pour this one...kind of cool)

S: I'm catching coffee, a bready sweet malt, and maybe some dark cherry....

T: Well balanced between sweet cherry fruit like flavor, roasted malt and lots of coffee. There is some earthy hop bitterness in the end.... aftertaste has a lot of coffee and cherry in it...

M: Not as creamy as most stouts I've had.. The carbonation is pretty high so it takes way from the creaminess a little... Explains the hiss during the pour...

D: The notes of cherry are new to me in the stout world... Nicely done.. Wish the mouthfeel was a little creamier but a very nice brew... This is a one session beer for me.

This is my first Cooper brew... After this one I'm interested in what else they have...

mralphabet, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Reviewed 8/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pitch black colored body, with some suspended particles. Has a small creamy head, tan in color with good lacing. A nice roasted coffee aroma, some vanilla, maybe dark chocolate. Bitter coffee aftertaste, sweet milky taste. Very good.

jujubeast6000, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A dark dark brown color, like use motor oil. There is a quarter inch dark tan ring around the glass. There is some effervescence in the beer, visible by the sides of the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque, light will not penetrate the beer.

Nose: A rich dark roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and molasses. In the background of the beer there is an raisin like fruitiness in the beer with some anise and caramel. This beer aroma is kinda similar to a thick RIS.

Taste: A rich dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and toffee. In the background of the beer there is some caramel, anise, and some slight burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and dry. The body is medium full body. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. This beer has a better nose than the taste, although, this is a very good beer and it is nice and easy to drink. I just would have like to have the nose and the taste match more evenly.

colts9016, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

From a 12.7 oz. bottle stamped "Best after 7-13-07," consumed on 2/15/09. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one has a dark brown, nearly opaque cast. There is visible sediment at the bottom; obviously this is an unfiltered stout. One finger tan-brown head slowly fades leaving good lacing. Good-looking brew. As it warms, coffee and powdery chocolate become apparent on the nose. I guess one reasons I don't drink many stouts/porters is the amount of time it takes to warm to proper taste/viscosity. At any rate, after it properly warms the flavor is solid: sweet chocolate malt balanced against coffee-like bitterness with sweet milk chocolate notes. In the mouth, it's semi-viscous and smooth with light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good; this beer is easily sessionable and I would have no problem having several.

Overall: Not the best stout out there, but a solid contender. Subtle, nuanced, and enjoyable, this is what a good stout should be. Recommended.

jettjon, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color, nearly black. A nice, latte colored head forms during the pour, most of which gradually fades, leaving a little bit more than a collar around the glass.

Smell: A surprisingly light scent; a very nuanced smokey malt and coffee flavor are the main components, along with a hint of sweet molasses.

Taste: A nice, slightly burnt malt taste dominates from start to finish. Some chocolate and coffee flavors round out the flavor. I am left with a smokey, burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The extra stout is not quite as advertised, and I actually feel that this has a very light feel. The feel is almost smooth, but a little bit of graininess is present.

Drinkability: The lighter mouthfeel and subtle flavors would allow me to drink a few of these before I got tired of it. In general, though, I prefer a stronger taste in my stouts.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

From bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized light brown head. Some big floaters. Aromas of roasted malts, light dark fruits, with some chocolate and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some caramel. Body was a little bit on the thin side.

Notes from: 12/23/05

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Deep black in color with no real apparent head or carbonation. Very faint "ink" like aroma and not much more. Some mild roasted flavors. Deep roasted bite at first then nothing-fairly one dimensional. Ok hop bite. Rather thin and watery body wise. I had high hope for this beer-dont know why but I did. Rather a bit of a let down. There is better out there trust me.

lackenhauser, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a deep black. Looks denser than it feels in the mouth. Pretty slight head which dissipated rather quickly. Definitely not the creamy, lingering head I was expecting.

Smells pleasantly burnt. Lots of coffee on the nose. Nice.

Straight up bitter coffee, seriously roasted malt and a *little* alcohol at first, giving way to sweet dark chocolate. A lot of good things going on.

Thinner than a lot of stouts, but not exactly THIN. Just about right. A little more carbonated than is the norm with stout, maybe to ease us Aussies into drinking a style of beer that's not especially popular here. Leaves a pleasant little warmth.

Hard to stop once you've begun. Typically I tire of stout relatively quickly and want to go to bed, but I could keep going on this one for a while.

As an Australian who avoids a lot of Australian beers, I think this is one to be proud of. Rating to style, this is a world-class export stout.

Parrotshake, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark black. 1/4 inch tan head with low retention and low lacing. Smells of roasted malts and mostly caramel/chocolate. Fits the style. Very smooth mouth feel and low carbonation level. Slightly chewy feel, but not too thick. There is a noticeable hop bitterness, but it quickly dissipates into a strong roasted malt flavor. Overall, really smooth and not too thick - worth a try.

Tone, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours very dark brown with a modest head and no lacings. Chocolate aroma.
Taste is choco-coffee, molasses, fruits, and earthy bitter hops.
Mouthfeel was average for the style.
Drinkability is good flavor wise but 6.3% abv means a somewhat shorter session than something like Guiniess.
Has a layer of yeast in the bottom from bottle conditioning.

Spikester, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%

Pours a dark black with no clarity. Thin off white head that disspates quickly into a nice collar. Very little laciness. Mainly coffee in the nose. Taste seemed water downed but had coffee and chocolate notes, somewhat sweet. Not much body to this beer, thin and watery texture. Not a great beer, would not seek out as a session beer.

tbeck, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours an opaque black with a relatively thick tan head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Definitely looks like a very dark, heavy stout.

S: I served this beer cold, and the smell is not very powerful. Very earthy, smokey, chocolaty and malty. Some espresso, molasses and deep fruits are lingering somewhere in the back. I'm picking up another strange smell in there... maybe some kind of nitrogen or carbonation aura.

T: Extra stout this is: this is a strong, dark and delicious beer. Espresso, molasses, toasted malts and dark chocolate hit the tongue up front, followed by a little bit of dry hopped stout bitterness, and finishing clean with a slight sweetness, burnt wood, nuts and dark cacao. Very tasty.

M: This beer is heavy bodied and will definitely fill you up. It is very well carbonated and rather light on the tongue, but it goes down heavy. If you let it sit in your mouth and warm up a bit, it's almost got a chewy complexion. While this beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel, I could go a little thicker and with a little less carbonation.

D: While this beer is very tasty, it is also very heavy. One of these would probably fill you up (even more so than Guinness I would say). I quite like the drinkability of one, but I don't think I could have much more than that. Overall a very fine dark stout that lives up to it's name. I would prefer this over Guinness any day.

kflorence, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours jet black with a tan frothy head, about 1 finger, that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. Held to the light, nothing penetrated it.

Smells of deep roasted malt, coffee, hint of a sweetness.

Smooth and balanced -- I have to start with those terms because that is what this stout is. Roasted coffee , but just the right intensity, with hints of vanilla and a hint of sweetness (almost creamy) at the very end.

Medium to full bodied. No carbonation in this one.

This went down extremely easy. No harsh flavors or anything that dominates. Balanced. I wanted to buy just a single (in case it sucked), but due to the nature of the 6-pack packaging, had to go all in. Glad I did. 6.3% alcohol will sneak up on me after a few of these, but it will be worth it. I got the least 6 in the store, and will definitely be buying this again.

OtherShoe2, Dec 19, 2008
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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