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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

557 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-07-2014 02:56:57 | More by threedaggers
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Lucky find in Shanghai at a wine store. Picked up a 330mL bottle with some cheese. Poured it in a pint glass.

A: The beer is a nice solid dark brown color with not much coming through at all. Tan head. Classic look.

S: Predominantly roasty with bits of chocolate and caramel malt. Classic smell.

T: Nice roasty character with a hint of chocolate. Semisweet but balanced by a nice coffee/mocha bitterness.

Overall a very classic stout. The feel isn't as smooth as I would like but overall this is a very solid option and I will definitely seek this out again.

03-04-2014 13:25:26 | More by BucBasil
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured from a brown 12.7 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some sweetness, molasses like. Taste is roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, somewhat light and mild, some smokiness as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

02-23-2014 19:55:21 | More by tone77
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from a bottle into an English pub glass. Nearly pitch black with the odd red flash glimmering here and there, with a wholesome milkshake-like tan head. Aroma includes roasted barley, rich milk chocolate, cold coffee, and a whiff of smoke. Palate reflects all these elements as well, along with a tannic red wine fruitiness that is rather interesting in a stout. Bittersweet, with carob and butterscotch diacetyl, raisins or dried currants, and blonde roast coffee flitting in and out of awareness, something different with each sip. Smooth and creamy body, semi-thick (certainly more so than an Irish dry stout), with an earthy dry tea-bag finish that also hits a few wood char and chocolate milk notes on the way out. Plenty tasty and I'd make this a go-to stout if it was easier to find in these parts. I like the juxtaposition of sweet dark malts and tannic fruity/bitter almost Burton-esque flavors. Its not a super heavy hitter, looking considerably darker than it tastes if that makes sense, but features more character than some of its better known mass-produced counterparts from Ireland.

02-22-2014 18:16:23 | More by CalgaryFMC
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Coopers Best Extra Stout has been designed to look extra stout alright; holding it directly against the light doesn't reveal even a sliver of colour or clarity. This thing is black through and through. Still, for some reason, it doesn't seem like it'll be particularly heavy. The lack of head may have something to do with it, or perhaps the soy sauce-like complexion.

The aroma has enough caramel and molasses sweetness to make me throw my head back, close my eyes, inhale as much as my lung capacity will allow, then I quickly re-catch my breath and it's time to do it all over again. It has a dark balsamic-like richness, hints of black licorice and campfire smoke, as well as mysterious fruity esters.

It might look curious to some in this (northern) hemisphere that the brewery stamps a 'best after' date on the bottle (as opposed to 'best before'); Coopers evidently know a thing or two about their beer. I was concerned reviewing this sample a year and a half beyond the 'best after' date but any worries were for not. This has never tasted better!

The palate, contrary to the aroma, features roasted grain as its main component and relegates molasses and other sweet notes to a more secondary role. Still, there's a fair amount of cane sugar character and a subtle rum-like semblance. The introduction of coffee oils into the mix necessarily diminishes the other flavours but by no means extinguishes them.

In fact, allowed to warm, the esters concealed in the aroma open up and unveil an almost bubblegum-like attribute that imparts a lightly candied fruitiness (reminiscent of dried cherries or cranberry). Those of Middle Eastern descent will identify it as a smoky, roasty, malty pomegranate molasses, a quality that makes it super agreeable.

My enjoyment of sweet, sleek, malty Export Stouts cannot be measured by modern science, but take the score posted above as proof that I really like 'em. Coopers Best Extra Stout is definitely one of the best examples of the style and, as a relatively light and approachable beer with strong and substantial personality, is an easy thing to recommend to all drinkers.

02-12-2014 03:05:04 | More by biegaman
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emergency_beef

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-07-2014 05:21:39 | More by emergency_beef
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-02-2014 19:59:03 | More by BJSmit
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jroof1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-29-2014 17:47:37 | More by jroof1
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rlschultz

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-29-2014 00:08:26 | More by rlschultz
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Vanz

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

01-27-2014 22:44:54 | More by Vanz
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eet_fuk

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-24-2014 01:12:34 | More by eet_fuk
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Mark_Eck

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-21-2014 10:35:03 | More by Mark_Eck
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

01-19-2014 00:08:20 | More by TaylorK
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2014 13:28:57 | More by intoxabroad
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Saksis

Norway

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-06-2014 19:49:04 | More by Saksis
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Vestlake

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2014 02:41:16 | More by Vestlake
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bschinelli

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-01-2014 01:20:23 | More by bschinelli
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-29-2013 05:11:13 | More by tommy5
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j-rod18

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-22-2013 22:37:00 | More by j-rod18
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sveinnbirkir

Iceland

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%

A fine stout for sure. Feels a little to thin and runny for in my mouth, and I will subtract from the overall score for the somewhat excessive carbonated taste. It almost makes up fort with the beautiful sticker design though.

Solid offering, just lacking that final push.

12-20-2013 16:45:39 | More by sveinnbirkir
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

12-18-2013 14:36:58 | More by HRamz3
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MylesMac

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-18-2013 01:47:29 | More by MylesMac
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-15-2013 07:23:37 | More by zenithberwyn
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chogm54

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: very dark brown almost black, opaque, mild carbonation, great 1 inch thick caramel brown head that eventually thins to about 5mm in a pint glass

Smell: roasted malts, trace of nutmeg, slightly metallic

Taste: dark roasted chocolate up front, leaving a slight honey like sweetness coming mid way through, nice slight malty bitterness at end

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than other stouts, which may not be a bad thing depending on your preference, and makes it more sessionable. crisp.

A beer I've wanted to try for ages, a bit thinner than other stouts, but this increases its appeal to me - i could definitely fit a few of these in one go. nice roasted cocoa taste is a plus as well. give it a go!

12-12-2013 10:15:13 | More by chogm54
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GFish

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-08-2013 00:02:37 | More by GFish
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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