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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 606 | Reviews: 372
Photo of basica
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a long shot at numerous ales and lagers, I finally tried... stouts. Believe it or not,
this's my first ever stout over Guinness and ABC stouts which were spammed like nothing at
all on the TV adverts since I was a kid. Anyway the Coopers Stout pours out coffee black with
minimal head and minimal retention. The right-in-the-face smell was a disappointing medicinal
smell which was pretty strong. Good thing the taste was not all medicinal; it was subtlely
caramel sweet like but this was countered by the bitter medicinal taste making it only ok
tasting. The after taste was a little caramel, malty but medicinal as well. (Can't seem to
escape the medicine part of it) The mouth feel was more like medium body with an apt amount of
carbonation and it was acutally very smooth drinking tho not as drinkable due to the medicinal
bitterness. I read that the Coopers stout is already a more mellow version of the stouts out in
the market. I rest my case; I am not a stout person and I will stick to my Belgian ales and
German Weizen.

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than night black with minimal head which I was expecting to be bigger.
Chocolate first hits the nose with some coffee to follow up. So far so good.
The aromas continue into the taste but with a lot more roasty, almost burnt dryness coming through as well.
The mouthfeel is a little light given the style and awesome malty taste. Fairly high carbonation.
Good stout for sure. Could drink a couple in a row no problems but that would be about it.

Photo of goochpunch
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black, ruby highlights, milk chocolate head, and nice lacing. Textbook stout appearance. Nose is a nice mix of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and ash. Flavor is a lot roasty up front with not much else discernible but some dark maltiness. The finish, however brings some vinous qualities as well as some chocolate and prunes. Aftertaste is an awesome espresso bean roastiness that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is a little light and the carbonation could chill out a bit. A fine, drinkable stout. After having had their Sparkling Ale (and being extremely disappointed with it), this was a pleasant surprise. Tried this with some queso mahón, which goes alright with it, but I think this beer needs a cheese with more punch to it to stand up to the intense roastiness.

Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottom line: it was decent, but nothing great or noteworthy enough to seek out. It was included in a world-wide party pack I bought at a charity auction.

12.7 ounces listed on the label. WTF?

Jet black pour with a foamy tan head that fought to delivery some lace rings. Lots of goodies left on the bottle bottom. So far, so good.

Subtle, but still solid, notes of chocolate malt, topped by anise and grapes in the aroma. But the taste; somewhat cholcky and gritty, dry stout-wise. Hints of dark fruit (cherries and plums), but this thing thins way too quick. It just doesn’t pack any drinking punch – I guessed 4.5%, but see on the web it’s higher.

Ehh, I wouldn’t turn one down, wouldn’t order one.

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

This is from a 750ml bottle with no apparent use by/after date.

Appearance: Truly opaque black stout, with a dense brown/tan head that dissapates fairly quickly leaving just the right amount of head around the edges.

Smell: Sweet molasses with hints of chocolate and even sublter hints of coffee. Distinct presence of roasted malts. Slight tinge of alcohol in the nose, but in an inviting sense and not warning of overpowering alocholic notes. Extremely enticing smell to a fan of stouts.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malts is the first flavor impression given by this beer and, true to the nose, hides any negative alcoholic notes while leaving you with just enough to enjoy breathing out through the nose after taking your sip. Hints of roasty chocolate and coffee throughout with a dry nuttiness. Excellent flavor complexity for a beer that is so widely availble in Australia. Powdery dry chocolate and slight amount of hop bitterness chracterize the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, smooth and creamy as a stout should be, but perhaps a tiny bit more "fizzy" than desired, but not overly noticable. Finish leaves the mouth dry.

Drinkability: Personally, I could drink this stuff as a session beer. You wouldn't konw it's 6.3% when drinking it and I would, and have, got a bit ahead of myself drinking these now and again.

Overall, this is just a great stout and an outstanding offering from Coopers, and as I mentioned earlier, it's great that it's so widely available here in Australia. I discovered and instantly loved these brews when I first came to Australia and use them as my go-to beers - particularly the Best Extra Stout. I have to say that the aged version of this beer (Coopers Special Stout) is even better.

Photo of goatherder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type 375ml stubbie bottle. Best after 22/03/06

Ample tan head which sticks like glue to the glass. This is the beer equivalent of a black hole - no light can escape it. Complex on the nose - golden syrup, blackcurrant, plums. The taste is a let-down after the promising aroma. The just doesn't seem to be the depth of other stouts in the same market. The body is quite thin though the alcohol is very well disguised.

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

Appearance: Pours Black as you would expect a stout to. There was a very small and short lived head of tan bubbles that was gone within a few seconds. There was no lacing on the glass after drinking, so the beer was a bit disappointing in the appearance department.

Aroma: Subtle roast with an even more subtle chocolate. There is a bit of sweet crystal-like malt in here and that is about it. The aroma is really reserved in this beer. I believe that as the beer warms up some that there is a faint floral hop contribution to the nose.

Taste: The flavor has quite a bit more roast than I thought that it would have from the nose. There is a dryness to this beer that comes both from the attenuation as well as the roast. There are some hops in the flavor that add some bittering to the beer and lead the beer into the finish. There is a bit of a "catty" bite to the hops. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable in the flavor as a spice as much as anything. There is a very subtle warming from the alcohol as well, but the reserved acidity makes this more noticeable.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. There aren't really any flaws to this beer, but there isn't really anything all that special about it either. I am not the biggest fan of the choice of hops as it doesn't meld with the whole flavor profile. Though there is some alcohol to this beer, there isn't a whole lot of malt in there to support it in the mouthfeel and the finish. I would take a number of stouts over this one, but it doesn't suck. I would drink it again if it were paired next to Budweiser and even Heineken...but if it was sitting next to an Obsidian, there would be no contest.

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

This beer poured with a towering, two-finger head with an opaque body. Some yeast floaties rose to the top and flecked the tan head, but this is a bottle-conditioned beer and I wasn't put off by it. It smelled mainly of roasted barley, with some fruity esters and coffee grounds.

The taste started malty with a sweet molasses feel to it before finishing roasty and dry with a slight coffee bitterness. Medium body that was a little thin for my liking and carbonation that felt a bit too abrasive for the style. Those are quibbles, though, and overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of kpwill07
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Premier, haven't seen it anywhere else in the area.

Poured thick and dark, left a very small bubbly head which disappeared quickly. Faint aroma of roasted barley and bitter chocolate. The beer had a faint roasted flavor but the flavor in general was subtle. I usually prefer a stronger flavor, but this was good none the less.

Photo of elricorico
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a reddish tinge, nearly black in the glass. Had a big loose chocolate milk brown head, but that fizzes away relatively quickly.

Smells of dark fruits, roasted barley(creamy coffee), and wood. I can't pinpoint exactly which wood, but I certainly get that impression.

Taste of coffee certainly, but there is also a fruitiness to it. Almost reminiscent of a dark belgian flavour in the mid, with hints of figs and raisin. Ash faintly appears in the lingering finish.

I find the carbonation far too harsh for this style. The body is fine, but for my taste, the carbonation feels much to prickly for a stout.

Looking past the carbonation, this is a good beer, and worth a look for anyone who likes stouts in general.

Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout pours a very dark brown with a thin, tan head from a brown 12.7 ounce bottle which has yeast residue in it. The aroma is a bit estery, and I pick up a little roasted malt. The taste is a bit estery at first, but then it's roasted malt all the way. Recommended.

Photo of BeerSox
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle into mug. Notes on the bottle stating that this beer can be mixed gently or poured slowly to leave the yeast in the bottle.

Amost completely black with a little ruby light showing through in bright light. Light brown one inch head that holds well, settling to a thin cap, leaving solid lacing all the way around the glass. Little bits of yeast chunks settle at the bottom with a bit resting on top of the head. Solid layered lacing from top to bottom. The appearance deserves a 4.75, however I won't give it a 5 because I feel the head could have held a little better (yeah, I'm picky).

Wonderfully thick malt aromas yielding dark chocolate, molasses, and roasted bitter goodness. A little bit of earthy hops are mixed in.

Dark, grainy, and powdery dark malts set up the drink, giving some roasted qualities. A little bit of chocolate makes its way in to add some solid sweetness and creaminess. Some balancing hop bitterness develops in the back of the mouth toward the end. Full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The feel is smooth and silky on the tongue. The finish is perfect with a combonation of the dark roasty malts, a light creaminess, a little bit of hopiness to balance, and a hint of chocolate.

This is just one outstanding beer. I think this may become one of the regulars in my fridge, as it has a high availability with a good price. I'm just in love with this beer. The full flavor, the smooth taste, the hints of chocolate, everything about this beer is delicious. When you take that first sip, good luck putting the glass down; you won't even need a coaster.

Photo of goschool
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This comes in one of those big bottles that the drunks in "Once Were Warriors" consumed by the create. I guess this size is Oceania's bomber.

Appearance: The pour is black with a light brown head.

Smell: The aroma is very roasty. Dark malts and over-roasted coffee like Starbucks' house blend stand out. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits are also present.

Taste: Everything that's in the nose is in the flavor profile, but it's all compressed. The roasty malts are the predominant flavor. Coffee and a bit of chocolate and molasses are in here too, but they have all melded together. It's still good, but I was expecting the taste to evolve and show different characteristics at different times.

Mouthfeel: It's medium to light-bodied with a creamy, but prickly texture.

Drinkability: It's a better than average stout- probably a good one for Guinness drinker to try. I dig all of the roasty flavors, but I wish there was more complexity.

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

Pitch black. Mild carbonation. Moderate head. Floating debris from bottom of bottle. The label suggested either trying to avoid it, or mixing it in.

Chocolate, roasted. Rich creamy toffee. Mild acytle. Mild bitter edge.

Chocolate, roasted, raisin.

Moderate carbonation and mild head.

On the light side of stouts. Crisp and cool, easy to drink. Very enjoyable. I wouldn’t hesitate to go for another.

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

12.7 ounce bottle, stamped Best Before 30.08.07, so we're doing alright for freshness. Served at cellar temperature into a 17 ounce snifter, decanted carefully so as to avoid mixing any of the chunky white particulates at the bottom of the bottle in with the beer. Deep obsidian with a persistent but steadily thinning khaki head. Sour, vinous aromas of blackberries and rum-soaked currants with a few cherry cordial notes here and there. Somewhat cola-ish, as well. Very interesting taste experience, with vinous berry and tart apple brandy flavors up front, moving into a muted, soft cocoa middle that never speaks at a level above a whisper, and finally a very enjoyable chocolate and roasted coffee bean finish. The long aftertaste here just about redeems any strange or unexpected qualities of the flavor profile. Feels thin on the palate at first; it gains more body as the lively, peppery mouthfeel expands throughout the swallow and sets up residence. Feels just slightly chalky at times, too. A worthy representation of the style, no doubt.

Photo of beveritt
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12.7oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle is embossed with the Coopers name in script. The label advises drinkers on the age old question of decanting or swirling in the sediment. A very fine, well-packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin, 1/4 inch light tan head, that quickly disappears. None of the reverse waterfall cascade you see on so many stouts. The beer is black and opaque, just a hint of brown/red around the edges. A small amount of the sediment came over into the glass, but I wasn't careful about decanting.

Smell: Sweet, with undertones of roasted barley. Hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste: Roasted barley upfront, with a finish of sweet alcohol. A ong, lingering taste that develops into a very smoky, slightly hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: A good beer with well blended flavors. A little more bite from carbonation than I typically like in my stouts.

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

Overall I was pretty impressed with this beer. Not amazing, but still a solid brew. I got a rich roasted and smokey aroma followed by a similar taste. There was more chocolate a bit of bitter coffee in the flavor, along with that dark candy flavor found in RIS's and export stouts. This is good beer, give it a try if you can find it at a decent price.

Photo of beeragent
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of Sept.30, 2007. Poured into a pint glass. The beer poured a nice dark chocolate, forming a small head, that quickly faded, but leaving a nice amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is roasted coffee, with the flavor very much the same, but with the slight addition of chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, like expected from a stout. I could easily enjoy several of these in a sitting. Overall, a very enjoyable stout, and a fine offering from Coopers Brewery.

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

Decent 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nice dark brown color.

Smell is of chocolate malts with toffee and coffee like smells. Smell is somewhat faint though.

Taste is of some caramel malts upfront with a nice tofee undertone with hints of cofee. Sweet chocolate malts are followed by a hop bitterness that only serves to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. It is slightly watery however.

This beer is not bad at all and I could drink a few of these at one time.

Photo of techdiver
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque black with a modest head that dissipates quickly. There are bits of yeast floating throughout. Has a molasses and dark malt smell. Full-bodied and quite tasty; coffee, and malty molasses most present. All things considered a pretty enjoyable stout.

Photo of jubnat
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I opened this bottle, I noticed a strange smell, sort of like cough syrup. It faded as I progressed through the beer, but the aroma never did hit me right. Mouthfeel was a little light and carbonated. Not what I was expecting, from this black-brown opaque beer. The taste was pretty good though, a bit chocolaty. But it was slightly dry and crisp.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of kimcgolf
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer in that Cooper’s didn’t feel like they had to make this syrupy thick or sweet to be a good stout. Pours from the bottle to an opaque black, with dark tan head that lingers and yields to good lacing. Aroma is malty chocolate-toffee, and taste is more of the same. A good medium bodied stout, that leaves a nice smooth finish.

Photo of davidshamoon
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was immensely dismayed to find that absolutely no head formed when I poured my glass full of this rich, dark ale. Still, the smell was so enticing I couldn't help but take a big sip. I wasn't disappointed.

What a deliciously blended stout! A deep, burnt chocolate flavor is the first to hit your tastebuds, but it doesn't hog the spotlight. The more I drank, the more the tingling aftertaste -- reminiscent of tea tree oil -- dominated my palate. I had to see how it would fare complemented by a piece of dark chocolate, and I was pleased by the results; the chocolate tasted richer and the stout developed a refreshing, minty quality, something like a dry root beer.

Though I rate this beer as highly drinkable, be warned that it is a heavy brew with a formidable alcoholic punch. Sure, those same qualities contribute to a stellar mouthfeel, but don't let this one go down too quickly.

[Outside, the workmen's jackhammers sound like alarm bells; their voices like shouting on the beach.]

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  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.

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