Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

592 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Smell:3.5
Taste: 4.0
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Drinkability: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nicely dark with little head and what appears to be chunks of sediment floating in the dark morass. Nose is sweet with coffee and a little touch of molasses.
A round, rich flavor with a quality aftertaste. Some respectable nutty maltiness. This beer has a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin.
This is a slightly lightweight but still tasty stout. Coopers makes a decent product.

Photo of Troyone
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black coffee color with a slight amber hue. The slightly fizzy tannish head is minimal with no lacing.

Roasted caramel and molasses malt smell with some chocolate and a slight pine and grapefruit hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, moderately acidic and bitter, molasses malt taste, and some dark chocolate and coffee. There are some flavors of pine and grapefruit hops.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy/watery texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a slight metallic and astringent finish.

A good macro type of stout, not my type however not bad.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is prety damn black .Is there a stout that isn't?
Smell was disappointing.I tried to let it warm from the fridge after the initial blankness but , nothing happened for me.
The taste is charcoal charcoal a bit more charcoal and then a touch of coffee.Its not a mellow smooth tasting stout , it has a punchiness to it.
It is a stout with aggression but no sublety

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Riley's here in Madison. My first Aussie beer.

Pours crude oil black with a coffee tan head that while short, has good retention, lasting most of the glass. Visible yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle which they mention on the back of the bottle as standard for its bottle conditioning. Nose is strong roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front with fruity tones at the tail end. Taste is roasty espresso, chocolate malts, with dark fruit notes in the finish. They all melt together into a nice strong roasted flavor, almost smokey. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have guessed for the style, but didn't detract from the overall presence of the beer. Insanely drinkable, seems sessionable even at 6.3%, the alcohol doesn't make itself known whatsoever. A surprisingly solid brew here from Coopers.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a thick black color stout with a huge brown creamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of roasted malt and light hops is clearly detectable. Taste is dominated by an excellent balance between roasted chocolate malt and light bitter hops at the end. Body is quite full and has an excellent lacing/creamy feel to it. Overall, an excellent example of the foreign stout and a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of ybnorml
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark black beer (hold it up to the light. yep black). Has a small creamy light brown head. The aroma is licorice and coffee with a hint of chocolate in the background. A robust and thick roasted malt makes it's precence known immeadiatly in the flavor. Notes of coffee and choclate dance about on your tongue with a hint of licorice on the finish.Yummy!

Photo of Sixpoint
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance was rather disappointing; even with a direct pour and some agitation I had absolutely no head on this beer. I want head!

Aroma? This is this beer's saving grace. A really nice aroma that actually had subtle smoky tones underneath; a real treat. Not too much hops in the nose, but a small amount of roasted barley to make it interesting. Nice.

Taste? A very well-balanced beer, but a bit weak given the style. Same feelings for the mouthfeel, as this beer seemed a bit lacking in texture.

Overall, a great session ale, and probably one of the best offerings from Cooper's.

Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Best by inkjet’ed on, but I can only read 2006

Aroma: Slightly sour stout nose, standard roasted grain with a hint of floral hop

Appearance: Black glass topped with a coffee froth that laced nicely and lasted deep into the glass

Flavor: Roasted goodness with the sour less pronounced than in the nose. Slight milk flavor and a light papery finish that detracted a touch from my overall enjoyment

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level, medium body, light coat and a slight pucker

Overall Impression: A solid stout, high quality, no flaws.

Photo of Naerhu
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black body with dark brown head
S - `Plums and chocoleate
T - Chocolte, charcol, and little bitterness. this beer has a very mild taste but is very refereshing, dispite its 6.3 abv.
M - Light body and medium caronation.
D - This is a geat beer for bbq and other events.

Photo of Naes
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is jet black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is very little, but gives hints of malt sweetness.

The flavor has a bit of spice followed by roasted tones. The aftertaste gives hints of alcohol.

The carbonation levels are good and it leaves the slightest film over the tongue.

Overall, a decent beer. It’s a good beer for an occasional drink, but not something that I could follow with another.

Photo of dauss
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml bottle, but its odd shaped. The Coopers name is on the glass and it has a fat base. Freshness is stamped on the bottle, but I couldn't decipher it.

Appearance: Pitch black. Completely opaque even when held up to the light. A small tan head forms, but there is poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Deep roastiness with a rich coffee aroma and a touch of chocolate. It also has a grainy smell, the aroma didn't meld together quite that well.

Taste: One of the weaker stouts I've had. Strong carbonation. Definitely more roastiness and also very grainy. The body is on the thin side, but its creamy. Lots of dark roasted coffee. Finishes clean with a long roastiness that lingers on the palate. No acrid hashness, dryness or astringency.

Notes: I like this because it has the smoothness of a porter. Its very interesting because of the grainy taste it has and its extreme roastiness. I like it a lot.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to me via Japan. May be available here in NC, but I have not seen it before.

This beer poured a very dark almost oqaque black with dark red hues. A tan head develops then turns to lace.

Interesting subtle fruity esters along with dark malts.

Flavor is dark (but not roast) malts. Very nice balance, and the complexity increases as the beer warms.

A very easy drinking beer.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out nice and black, with a decent tan head that vanished after the first few sips. The beer smells great... chocolate, strong coffee and maybe licorice? Very sweet and enjoyable smell - I can only hope the taste matches the smell.

Taste rivals the smell. A bit more on the bitter side than the smell suggests. This is a smooth stout with light to medium carbonation. It has a nice sweet and malty taste to it, which gets even better as it warms up. A bit of sediment pours out, which settles to the bottom.

This is one stout I'll definately be keeping on hand from now on.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout delivers the typical stout appearance with the notable exception of some yeast which settles at the base of the glass beneath its black body and creamy tan head. The head retention could be better, but it holds well enough. Fruity esters dominate the nose before you take a sip which reveals the rich caramel and chocolate flavors within. It's smooth across the palate with a dextrinous body and gentle carbonation from bottle conditioning. Some of the fruitiness found in the aroma is also found in the flavor along with its caramel/chocolate maltiness and a roastiness that's more genteel than aggressive. It's rich and satisfying without becoming satiating to the palate; and the yeasty fruitiness lends enough complexity to it to keep in interesting. Nicely done indeed!

Photo of dungaree
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a best before date. It pours dark, creamy, and black. Has a nice head and carbonation.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and toasted malt. Tastes toasty, sweet malt, with light alcohol taste. Finishes chocolately with dark roasted coffee. Tastes chewy, thick like a meal in a glass. Attractive head throughout. At halfglass it yields more toasted sweetness flavor.

Photo of revdrjbob
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap yesterday at the Oxford Tavern in Wollongong. A good brew at times, but this sample was a bit different to the usual. It was a 2 year old batch of stout on tap. Aged on purpose. I was quite surprised, never had it or the noraml version on tap before, and I must say it's different to both the normal and the Extra Strong Vintage Ale.

Poured dense black in colour, no window panes of light coming through at all. Tight tan-brown head that dissipated quickly.

Served way too cold, but seeing the normal clientele of the Oxford...

Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, licquorice, caramel, and not even a hint of hop.

Tasted fine, smooth, no harshness to it at all. Molasses again, licquorice, roasted malt, sweetness, caramel agin, and what seems to be that sweetness you get with yeast autolysis and aged beer. No alcoholic warmth from the 6.3%abv. A slight sour note, with a bit of acidity on the tongue. A bit of lingering roastyness. Very slick and oily in the mouth.

A nice brew, and a good sample of aged Coopers.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Poured black like Coca-Cola with a brown foamy head that lasted about 90 seconds or so. Longer than I would have thought. Decent lacing. With the head completely gone except for a lace ring around the edges of the glass, bubbles still consistently rise to the surface and burst. The smell is quite a bit hoppier that I would have ever thought in a pitch black stout such as this. I don't like a lot of hops, and as such I gave this a 3.5 on smell. The smell certainly isn't offensive, just quite different than I was expecting and not exactly how I like a stout to smell. There are also some toasted notes and a hint of smoke present here, which is nice. This one certainly has a "mulit-faceted" taste. First comes a nice malty / coffee-like taste up front, followed by a pleasantly hoppy bitterness, and then finishing up with a dry roasted chocolate taste. There is also a faintly noticeable smokiness all the way through. Many flavour profiles present here. The mouthfeel, while not as heavy as I like, is still smooth and very pleasant. This is indeed a great brew. Brilliant!

Photo of RootedFool
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. As the brew evacuates the bottle, I can immediately tell this is going to have a dense, hearty mouthfeel -- ripples out slow and heavy. The head is shallow, only a quarter of an inch, chocolate marshmallow in color, and falls quickly leaving no lace to mention. The body is pitch black.

I can smell the beer from an arm's length away. Pulling the mug up to my nose...ah, a dense waft of dark chocolate, sweetened espresso, with a sweet and sour, and fruity (prunes, faint cherry notes) finish.

Taste: Opens with a nice crunch of roasted coffee beans sprinkled over a slab of bitter-sweet chocolate. The middle pulls out some nice sweetness, also a little sour -- puckering -- very nice, very subtle. The finish is a lovely fading hop pinch enveloped wonderfully by a cavalcade of rich, roasted malts. Lots of nice layers to this beer.

Mouthfeel, as I suspected, is perfectly sturdy. Has a firmness without sticking at all. Crisp carbonation.

An excellent stout.

Photo of ypsifly
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz with a best before date of 2/10/06 stamped on bottle.

Pours black as expected with a small, thin, light tan head that disappeared quickly.

Had to sniff really hard to find those roasted malts. They had a slight sweetness to them, but that was all that could be detected.

The taste is dominated by the roasted malts, there's a good amount of hop and chocolate in the finish. Not a lot of carbonation and the mouthfeel is full and appropriate for the style.

I like this one better than Guinness out of the bottle. Would really like to try Cooper's on tap.

Photo of bewley
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed with this.

Pours black with a light foam, tan head that dissipates quickly . . .

Nose gives hints of coffee, alchohol and currants . . .

Taste is nice, not too heavy/ not too light in body. Yeah there's a slight
hint of cocoa as well, but nothing stands out as being a predominant flavor. There's a bit of sediment (ruffage) in the bottom of my glass. Good fiber!

This is just a good, hearty stout--light carbonation rounds this off.

I could drink this everyday.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color straddles the border between darkest mahogany and simple black. Without a brighter light source, I'm unable to make the call. The light brown cap has the texture of a dense sponge. Very little surface activity translates into remarkable persistence; it hasn't dropped appreciably in the minute or so that I've been staring at it. A short collar of lace is (eventually) the extent of the glass coverage.

There's plenty of power in the nose. Best Extra Stout smells like dark chocolate, espresso, heavily roasted black malt and molasses. At first I thought I smelled apples, but I must have been imagining things; nothing but 'dark' scents now. Two for two.

Still going strong. There's much more coffee on the palate than there was in the nose. In fact, I'd go so far as to call this beer coffee-dominant. Blackstrap molasses is still present, along with a dark fruitiness that must be coming from hops (no apples though). Other observations: pleasantly vinous, neither sweet nor dry, trailing bitterness. The body is medium for the style with a coating mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. There isn't much wrong with this one.

My first experience with Coopers Brewery Limited was not a positive one (Sparkling Ale). It had to have been a bad bottle because Best Extra Stout is a corker. It has flavor in spades and drinkability to spare. This is a beer that I'll buy in multiples the next time I run across it.

Photo of santoslhalper
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a deep black with a chocolate head. The head it's decent sized and leaves decent lacing. There's more carbonation on the side of the glass than I like to see in my stouts.

Smell: Smells of smooth and creamy malts. Nice, rich chocolate notes blend with other dark rouches creating an interesting smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's pretty bitter with a nice chocolate flavor. The back of it is nice and smooth with a great coffee touch. The aftertaste last for a pretty long time. The hops present themselves well without being too upfront. The rich and full-bodied mouthfeel only adds to the flavor.

Drinkability and Overall: A solid, smooth stout that will please all stout drinkers around. A rich, complex and hearty ale that will keep you sipping. While far from the best stout I've had, I'd have to say this would be my choice for a session stout. Try it.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL longneck with a Best After date of 26/8/04 13:10.

Appearance: Opaque black covered by a thin sheet of persistent head on top, with stubborn, cohesive lace coating the sides.

Smell: Mild - alcohol is detectable, but through the smell alone this is not an overpowering element.

Taste: Malty, effervescent and complex. Strong coffee flavours upon contemplation. Pleasant, peaty finish, somewhere between a cheap Porter and a complex English Dark Ale. Alcohol, coffee and creamy vanilla flavours are primary constituents. Roasted malt flavours are implied, particularly by the coffee esters.

Notes: A very adult stout. Many lager drinkers do not like this beer, since its 'serious' characteristics hit one in the face from first sip. Would be perfect for a casserole, or for testing the Irish theory of the appropriateness of the stout & oysters combination. This beer highlights the reason for this style being called a "stout": any sane man would back away if meeting this beer personified in a dark alley. An excellent session beer: bottle-conditioned and roasted properties improve the drinker's impression of the beer with every passing bottle.

N.B. This beer has greater complexity in the longneck (750mL) than the stubbie (375mL), the latter of which I believe to be more readily available abroad, unfortunately.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour. Chocolate cover lasts long. Bottle-conditioned. Huge complex aroma of tobacco, peat malt. Big smoke character. Vegetably feel in the hoppiness (chive). Multi-layered roastiness, cofeeish.. Yummy. Palate feels just a bit less interesting, mostly because of this tart strike toward the end, it’s rather mild, but doesn’t blend with the roastiness in harmony at all. Dark chocolate flavors, fennel notes, grassy off-dry finish. Wet mouthfeel, medium bodied, but not as full as I expected. Really sheeting the mouth sides though. Great stuff.

Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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