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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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very good

541 Ratings

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mmmbeer


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle with an interesting shape. It pours black with ruby tinges and a small, fizzy brown head. The predominant aroma is sweet blackberry jam, but there are also notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, coffee, and maybe cherries. Very nice. The taste is a little simpler with mainly coffee and chocolate and a medium bitterness. It has a medium body that is both too thin and a bit high in carbonation for my liking. It's good, but I wouldn't actively seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 18:52:24 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of paterlodie


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date is not the only thing strange about the bottle as the label mentions no malts; only water barley hops and yeast. Very nice and black beer with litle brown head make it a good performance. Nose is very burnt, caramellic and sweet malted, grassy and porty. Taste is also roasted but missing bit of that oily I love in stouts. Good alcoholtouch without beeing heavy but well backing the bitterness. Well drinkable but you have to love it bitter and burnt.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 19:45:53 | More by paterlodie
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 04/11/2006, served cool in a jug.

A: opaque, nearly black hue, coming with a restrained, tan-foam settling to a thin cap staying throughout the drink.
S: profound bitter-sweet roastiness of dark malts dominates the nose, buttressed by a milder aroma mixed of dried black dates, sweet coffee's roastiness+coffee-flavoured toffee, touches of licorice... overall pretty creamy and sweet, true to the style of "Foreign Stout", but quite simplistic and not very much my cup of tea.
T: light, chewy and sweet roasted-maltiness upfront; bitter-sweet edges of coffee-milk along with date and plum chutney develop all over the palate, resulting in a prevalent, vertically-textured roastiness lingering deep down on the sides of the tongue; a hop like dryish-bitter palate joins the dark maltiness at a later stage, leading to a rather aromatic but dry and slightly sour-bitter coffee-ish finish.
M&D: quite smooth and fine-carbonated on the mouthfeel, but it's still thin-bodied for a 6.3% stout IMO--the sweet edge fails to buttress the maltiness to make a more vertical or thicker appearance on the palate, although the finishing touch with a mild tang of coffee does make up for a bonus to make it more drinkable without falling dull. A solid ale, but showing nothing out-of-this-world.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 02:38:13 | More by wl0307
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coal-black with tan floaters... damn, I wish I had read the label and seen that this was bottle-conditioned so I would have poured more carefully. Oh well. Head is lush and tan with good retention.

Smell: Fusels, rich, somewhat smoky chocolate malts, cream, almonds, and tonic water. Yeast character has Hefe-like notes, with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: Lots of delicious coffee and dark chocolate, a smidge smokier than your average American stout but without the same level of charred dryness. Malted milk. Pretty damn good, really. Maybe a tad too sweet, but wow, what a great beer to pair with dessert!

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied oily and chewy. Carbonation is at the right level, just enough to lighten things up but still maintain creaminess. A tad syrupy, but otherwise good.

Drinkability: Good stuff! This would be more drinkable if it were a little more dry, but it's still easy to sip and savor and would fit nicely into the latter half of a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 07:23:45 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of jdmorgan


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pured a very dark brownish/black with a medium head. The aroma smelled of roasted malts with perhaps a hint of chocolate malt to it. The mouthfeel was medium thick with medium/low carbonation. The taste was full-bodied with a rich taste of dark roasted malts. The hop bitterness was medium and I felt that it wasn't too overpowering. One of my favorite aspects of this beer with its nice smooth aftertaste that had a bit of chocolate malt flavor to it. I felt this made it an exceptional beer to enjoy with a meal or all evening for those who enjoy a rich, full-bodied stout. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 01:16:16 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of TheBungyo


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ebony pour leads to a head that is about half a finger in width. Nose reminds me of a marshmellow blackened on a summer campfire, only not as sweet, thank god. A sweetness mingles with a dash of molasses and coffee for the taste. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and thick. Pretty nice stout that I could see myself buying again. If this was on tap at the bar, I could see myself sessioning this.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 01:05:13 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of jabocu


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass by bartender and the sediment was poured as well (not my ideal pour...oh well). Dark brown coffee color with a medium tan tw finger cap. The dissapeared fast. The smell was interesiting having floral, citrus, and estery aroma. Almost a blueberry smell was noticed. Not too many hops were in nose. Flavor was citrus, grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Had a little fusal hops bitterness halfway into sip. Mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation. FInished with a medium dry grapefruit bitterness hanging for a couple seconds. I would not mind having one of these again, but would look for something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 05:11:48 | More by jabocu
Photo of milesmayhem


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great looking Stout! Beautiful pour with an edible head. Dark and rich "looking" doesn't always mean good tasting but in this case it does. Delicious coffee and slight hint of dark chocolate taste with a just right amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finish lasts long enough to remind you to open another.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 05:38:07 | More by milesmayhem
Photo of phishgator


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into a pint glass with a thick foamy, tan head that stayed the entire session. The color was a dark ebony. The aroma was a faint raosted malts, but not lingering affect or pungent smell. The taste was quite good; choclate with some balanced bitterness. The body is a little thin, but extremely smooth in the finish which adds to its drinkability. Overall I would like to sit and drink a few of these brews because I believe this is a great brew just mabye not this time.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 05:01:37 | More by phishgator
Photo of Byeast


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured opaque black with dark brown edges and an inch of light brown foam. Loads of little pieces of sediment floating around from the bottle conditioning , and my pour. Aroma is of the roasted black malt , chocolate , roasted coffee and slight creamy/dairy. Taste is an oily , strong ,rich mix of smokey black malts , coffee, some dry, dark chocolate tones , wood, and a bit of a yeasty bite. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Very interesting and complex Stout from Australia. Very drinkable as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 04:44:05 | More by Byeast
Photo of jamie2dope


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Stout that I've had the oppurtunity to try during my stay in Melbourne, so I'm rather excited by this one. Here it goes...pours black as black can be with no light getting through what so ever. There isn't much of a head, but there is a nice sticky tanned lace that suffices. Smell is quite nice, with dark chocolate aromas as well as some hints of dark fruit in the mix somewhere too. Taste is a little different...Im picking up more coffee tones with some marshmallow and licorice tastes happening also. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and very easy on the palate. Drinkability isn't bad at all either, slthough I can't see myself drinking more then a few of these. This beer strikes me as more of an Oatmeal Stout then anything else, but whatever, its very tasty and gets my seal of approval.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 08:08:45 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of aforbes10


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Our eighth beer of the night for the MCD meeting. This one poured black with a light tan head. looks a bit watery. chocolate with some roasted malt odor. kind of a weak smell. a super roasty flavor. some sweet molasses/chocolatey taste in there too. can't pick much else out of it but since the roasty flavor sticks around it works. overall, a bit weaker than i like my stouts to be, but the taste was good and the chocolatey undertones were very nice. id have it again

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 17:44:09 | More by aforbes10
Photo of DogFood11


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stout from australia? Not exactly an everyday type of find at least on this side of the globe. Jet black, tan head is silky smooth and leaves partial lacing as it fades to a think cover.

Something about the toasted, chocolate type mix becomes slightly astringent. Cocoa makes up the middle Bitterness is very subtle. Comes across as a watered milk stout. Pretty weak.

Lingering smokiness, lighty body, decent is being nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 05:54:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with a quarter-inch creamy brown head. Smells milky and chocolatey, light coffee aroma.

Taste is smoky and bitter coffee. Some malty sweetness. Not much hint of the chocolate from the nose. mouth is a bit thinner than expected with a loong lingering coffe bitterness. Not bad stout they got here, well above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 03:56:28 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very deep dark brown with a off white lacy head.
the aroma is of dark malts and burnt bread with a ever so slight hop aroma.
the taste has a burnt fruit cake flavor, little hop flavor, bitterness, with a coffee finish.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
beer is best enjoyed on cool nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 02:09:22 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of kmpitz2


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to see this on the shelves here in town. I always loved this beer when I studied at University of Adelaide, so lets see what I think now.

Pours the deepest of brown colors with just a hit of light coming through the bottom of the glass. A very ephemeral head explodes as it is poured, leaving a sparse patch over top that is maintained by an active bubble at the top of the beer. Nose is very rich with sweet dark fruit, molasses, deep roasted malt and coffee. I would venture that there are some oats in this one as well. It has that creamy essence I associate with oats. Flavor is very nice and has a nice progression from initial sip to finish. It starts as roasted to light burnt malt with prunes and sharply turns to a light chocolate and finally settles on a lighly creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my taste. its right at the lower end of moderate with a fairly light carbonation. Its just too close to water for me. Drinkability is very good. There is nothing to keep me from really drinking this one. Easily could be a beer I could have more than one of in a night. Better than I remember it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 23:36:32 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of scruffwhor


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a one finger, creamy brown head which maintained throughout the whole enjoyment of beer. A nice black-brown hue.

Smell- Smelled of tart hops, and mocha malts.

Taste- Starts with a strong creamy coffee flavor and ends with a subdued tart malt and hops mix.

Mouthfeel- Slightly sticky to the palate and a comforting thickness. This beer is perfect for someone who usually eats chocolate when they get depressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 21:52:46 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of ohitsbrad


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 December 2005, Best After May 05

Opaque black colour with a thin light brown head. A little lacing is left behind and some murky yeast in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Rich roasted coffee malt flavour. A slight yeasty fruity taste appears too. Finishes with some bitterness and chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with mild carbonation. Overall I enjoyed sipping it. A good introduction for me to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 16:53:16 | More by ohitsbrad
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a clear brown brew, not as dark as I would have expected. It had almost no head to speak of, and I poured it at cellar temperature (about 55° - 60°F here).

Aroma was nice, cherries and apples, sweet dark malt with a hint of roastiness underneath. But not what I expected from a stout.

Flavor was of roasted malt and coffee, with a light hop bitterness. Quite stout-like.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little light.

Driankability was OK, if you're in the mood for a mild stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 03:27:34 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Finite


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice roasted colour. Good head, nice and tanned. The taste was roasted hops, dark chocolate. Standard stout really. Finished with a nice coffee bitterness at the end. This beer just does the job and well. It doesn’t try hard to try new things it just gets the basics right.

A good Aussie stout which is very available and will be sitting in my fridge for when I need one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 01:26:21 | More by Finite
Photo of BeerNutta


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers Extra Best Stout

A = Poured a dark dark brown with not thin foam head that quickly dissapated.

S = Roasted coffee and dark chocolates.

T = Initial chocolate taste which then transforms into a slight coffee biterness. Smooth slightly creamy finish.

M = A bit watery. Would have liked it a little thicker. Chewier.

D = Pretty good. New addition to my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 02:49:13 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured almost black with only the slightest hint of deep red when held up to the light. Head was creamy tan - thin layer disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Coffee, roast malts, dark chocolate. Quite sharp alcohol notes, dark fruits (raisins). Slight creaminess, some nutty notes...

Taste – Nice roasted maltiness, nutty, raisins, prunes, quite sweet, coffee notes...

Feel - Initially quite sharp but smooth and slightly oily afterwards. Medium carbonation...

Overall - An excellent stout, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 09:43:19 | More by mdagnew
Photo of 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
Photo of Frozensoul327


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice offering from Coopers. Poured out to a black coffee color with a nice 1/8 inch head of mocha colored foam. Some heavy sediment in the glass and remaining in the bottom of the bottle. Label states this is natural and not undesireable. Medium level of carbonation. Some rings of lace in the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malts, roasted grain, coffee and caramel. Some mellow earthy notes as well, with a minor touch of toffee sweetness toward the finish. Taste was very satisfying; flavors of coffee and roasted malt, nuts and grain keep the tastebuds occupied. Mouthfeel is thick and full, like a old over brewed coffee. I'd like to have this on tap to compare it to the bottle. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 01:52:56 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Britain Hotel, Richmond (Melbourne)

This is my first time seeing Coopers Stout on tap. It pours black black, with only faint shades of brown surrounding the bottom if the glass. The tan head is fairly thin, but stays around for a pretty long time. Chocolate malt dominates the nose and the taste. Taste is thick and chocolaty, with a little bit of black patent bitterness. No hops are distinguishable in the taste. The balance comes from a combination of sweet dark malts and bitter darker malts. The mouthfeel is darn impressive. Full body with a smooth swallow and extremely well hidden alcohol; something they can’t seem to do I their Vintage Ale. I liked it in the bottles, but really like it on tap.
Appearance: 3.5 – would be higher if the head retained
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Drinkability: 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2005 13:49:28 | More by DaveFL1976
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