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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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541 Ratings

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

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 mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coopers Best Extra Stout's beige, almost brown head quickly pulled a disappearing act and I was soon left with a beverage resembling soy sauce. I can't comment on the lace because none adhered to my glass. I was more than a little concerned to find a lot of sediment. I am not particularly adverse to things floating in my beer if they are meant to be there. What did I observe? Well, the particles looked like seeds or tiny wood chips. I allowed them to settle in the bottom of the glass (a process that took approximately fifteen minutes) and after finishing the stout I decided to be a man and try them out for taste. Surprisingly, the sediment wasn't hard and I didn't feel a corporeal presence in my mouth. I did, however, notice that they were as bitter as all hell. Did some hops remain undissolved in my bottle? Points off, not for the sediment, but for the lack of head and lace.

The aroma was unexpectedly light and I could detect roasted coffee and alcohol. The taste started out lightly sweet and had a slight hops and alcoholic aftertaste. Not too bad. Coopers Best Extra Stout was nice on the palate; softly carbonated and creamy.

To tell you the truth, I was a bit disappointed. I think I would like to try this beer again, however, not from the same selection that was on sale in my local supermarket. It is possible that I came across a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 15:28:18 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of beergeek279


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12.7 oz bottle. The color is black, with a wisp of white head. The smell is a nice roasted malt. The taste is a very dry, strong roasted malt taste. Mouthfeel is very heavily carbed. Drinkability, could probably have another one.

Not bad...probably the best of the 3 Coopers sent to America. A decent Export stout that I would likely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 05:04:27 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Quaffer


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that let only a minimal amount of ruddy brown light through around the edges. It had a weak-ass head that was coarse, brown, and fizzy. It flashed off in no time, leaving nothing but a thin ring around the edge of the glass. This, of course, meant that there was no lacing. It had the look of an imperial stout as it sat there in the pint glass, all thick, black, and headless.

Smell: Fresh after the pour, a sharp aroma of tart cherries dominated the smell of the dark liquid. This was combined with smoke, BBQ, and charred wood. As the beer warmed up, though, the smoke and heavily roasted aromas started to dominate the nose. There was a dark malt smell that added a good bottom end to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Border line full-bodied beer that had a nice, viscous feel to it. It was velvety and just barely tickled the tongue. It was close to being perfectly smooth. Very nice.

Taste: The flavor upfront was sharp dark fruit that was borderline vinuous. It bit at the tip of the tongue, but quickly subsided as some roasted malt flavors emerged. There was smoke on the finish and a nice burnt flavor. Some residual sweetness lingered, but it was light. There had to have been some hops in there to balance this brew out, but it blended well and did its job without standing out.

This was my first time with this beer and I must say that I am impressed. Coopers did a good job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 04:04:09 | More by Quaffer
Photo of diablo14


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

a marvellous robust, balls and all stout that never fails to hit the spot, coopers brew which i rate as the best stout in this country by a considerable way.

pours oily and dark, with a thick but beady tan head. also a dark yeast sediment which makes it look slightly cloudy despite its color. roasted, slightly smokey aroma with mocha like touches and some nutty sweetness. very full bodied, the flavor has a campfire like smoke character, with coffee, some chocolate, dry roasted nuts and an element of saltiness which lends itself to a very dry but still rich finish. one other thing i really like this is a gives you the lovely warm glow a stout should each time you drink it.

goes great with seafood, or with anything deep or pan fried. its interesting to compare this with the old stout, which is the same beer aged in barrels for a further 6 months. i tend to prefer this as i like its bold, in your face nature which is not something you find in a lot of reasonably priced stouts. one of my favorite aussie beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 11:54:43 | More by diablo14
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color is attractive but not classic stout black. Dark brown head, coursely bubbled, and fairly quick to disappear. Almost no lacing. Residue from bottle conditioning is curious at first, but doesn't affect a great taste experience.
Smells exquisite. Coffee, molasses, huge malt and roasted malt nose. A whiff of alcohol as well.
Taste is big malt, sweet, slight alcohol warmth, smoke, then somewhat dry finish. A lot going on in the mouth here, but all very balanced.
Carbonation level is perfect and tingly. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel slightly watery for the style, but not distracting.
Very drinkable... I could sit for 3 or 4 of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 02:58:42 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of AtLagerHeads


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

Can't quite put my finger on what disappointed me about this beer, but I believe it was the thiness of the feel. I've come to want more of a fullness in the body of stouts and this just seemed a bit watery and thin.

The body was dark and opaque, there was only a small token head, and minimal lacing. The aroma was light and gave off small hints of roasted coffee. The flavor was good, though even here it seemed more an oatmeal than a strong stout.

I was expecting more, but I'd have to admit that this was drinakble, if not exceptional, beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 03:14:44 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of putnam


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


Smells of cowboy coffee and hot cast-iron almost create a sound of crackling green wood burning underneath the bouquet. Roasted, but not burnt, this is an intriguing smell. Notes of toasted hazelnuts, and other sweet nuts are also abundant.
In the mouth it's clean and slightly watery. No more so than hundreds of other commercially successful stouts and porters, but I was hoping for authority here. No, this is a stout with loads of character, well-balanced, integrated...it's only missing an element of viscosity to make it perfect. Drink it on a camping trip.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 23:48:37 | More by putnam
Photo of beerguy101


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Black Color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and bananas (?). A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts are balanced by a very surprising fruitiness. A touch of banana and vanilla. Nicely balanced. A very drinkable milder stout. Nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 02:43:17 | More by beerguy101
Photo of alexgash


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a quickly dissipating light-brown, medium-sized head. Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes much like it smells. Wood and coffee up front with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Pretty good balance overall. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but smooth. I could drink several, but then again, I am partial to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 13:04:56 | More by alexgash
Photo of granger10


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting stout because it had some characteristics of an imperial stout but it was very thin in body. Lots of chocolate and coffee taste. A good level of hoppiness made this beer really balanced. The finish was dry and roasted. This was a solid, but not spectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 07:51:27 | More by granger10
Photo of francisweizen


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

This sweet and slightly astringent stout beer poured a nice black colour into my glass. The aromas were of dark roasted malts, specialty grains and hops. The taste was a bit too sweet for my liking but it was dry and nice, none-the-less. The mouthfeel on this beer was pretty thick, but not too thick. The drinkability was pretty good as well. This was a decent stout,l but not one of the best, that I have had....

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 13:57:27 | More by francisweizen
Photo of fastfwd


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night. Nice fat creamy head. One of the best stouts I've had in awhile. If you don't really like hop bitterness this is your beer. It's not completely void of hop, but it strikes a really nice balance with a strong lean to malt. Super easy to drink. It's got a pretty strong abv to boot - certianly took me by surprise. Creeper beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 10:01:58 | More by fastfwd
Photo of Mitchster


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a cloudy ink-black with innumerable flecks of brown yeast conglomerating at the bottom of my goblet, with particles in a suspended gradient. The tan head has poor retention and sits atop very fine bubbles. Lacing is very poor to non-existent. Carbonation is paradoxical...mild to moderate by looks, but moderate to strong by texture. Aroma reminds me quite strongly of Mackeson's XXX Milk Stout mixed 50/50 with Guinness Export Stout...sweet with caramel, burnt yet expressive, hints of toffee and butterscotch, dark roast coffee. Wonderful aroma...strong, complex, and rich. Mouthfeel is at first flitting and spritzy on the tongue but the dense body smooths it out and makes for a very refreshing, mild finish. Taste is very nice...starts with vanilla...thin, burnt malts backed up by substantial malts nicely filling out the body, smooth caramelized sugar, rather mild hops teetering between being earthy and herbal at the same time, and finishing with a touch of wood and a hint of smoke. Hops are well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Easy to drink, yet sippable owing to it's complexities. Alcohol is not perceptable in aroma or flavor, though there is a hint of warmth going down and it packs a decent buzz. Quite odd feeling in the belly..the carbonation is out of cahoots with the density of the brew. Drawing upon the best of the two beers I mentioned above, but without their weaknesses, this beer is well crafted and bests them both. It had been a long time since I last drank this, but I am thoroughly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 18:36:25 | More by Mitchster
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch black color with light off-white colored head,aroma was smokey and somewhat woody.Taste was oily and wood-like with some sweetness lingering in the end of this one.Nice to see some sediment in a stout you dont see that too often,seems like it would be very food friendly.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 14:03:23 | More by oberon
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a charcoal black, lines of nice lacing, some thin carbonation. An aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate also detected. A sharp and crisp tasted of roasted malts, mixed with chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Very thick and full bodied, stout lovers only. A finish that is dry and smokey, very rich, very easy and smooth drinking, an awesome stout that rivals the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 19:20:39 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of garymuchow


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black, appeared clear when pouring. Good and steady head. Aroma was the weakest area. Quite high in fruitiness and this was backed by a mild roast malt, but not much else. Well balanced flavor with no extremes in any direction (eg. neither too sweet or dry). Nicely balanced roast flavor, with a prominant fruitness too, that leaves a pleasant lingering. As advertised on the bottle, low astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not necessarily creamy. Carbonation aids this, but also adds a filling quality. This is really quite a nice stout. Well balanced. Can feel but not taste the alcohol. I'd recomment this, except that the fruitiness may be high for some.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 20:55:24 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Jason


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

12.7 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a finely frothed lace that show an ample amount of stickage.

Smell: Quite aromatic with suggestions of soft espresso, liquorish, black currants and faint charcoal.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid creamy malty backing that holds the thick medium body together. Hints of vanilla and highly roasted coffee on the palate, the hopping is there for balance and is not too expressive. Layered crispness draws out a little bit of roasted bitterness that is faintly astringent. A sweet finish with light roasted grain in the end.

Notes: A highly drinkable, big bodied stout. A recommended ale for stout lovers to have in their fridge at all times. A versatile beer to pair food with, I could see doing chocolate as well as a hearty beer stew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 14:07:17 | More by Jason
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet dark malts and a bit of burnt coffee. Medium in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and dark fruit up front followed by some chocolaty flavors. A touch of bitter hops are present in the end leaving a dry finish. An easy drinking stout that’s quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 20:13:15 | More by Morris729
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been able to find this around lately. The review is from my notes written 3 years ago. This pitch-black stout is as heavily bodied as it looks. It is not overly sweet, nor overly dry. Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, smoky and quite hoppy with underlying bitter citrus bite. The gorgeous tan head doesn't last long. Deep and complex fragrance. Rare treat!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 14:50:22 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottled fermented stout - That is not your typical find. And Australian at that. The head is weak to non-existent and the nose is the same. The color is a beautiful and rich almost a pure black. Now it gets better. The flavor is complex with a really excellent balance of hops. There is smoke & coffee flavors with very complex malt and spice followed by a sharp hop flavor that leaves no lingering after taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 10:57:57 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of stoutman


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

Very dark, almost completely opaque, with a short and short-lasting, but thick, head, and nice lacing. Aroma is roast coffee with hints of raisin/prune. The coffee predominates in the taste, as the combination of roasted malt and hops prevent the fruit notes from making it very sweet, and also do a good job of concealing the alcohol level. A somewhat thin stout, but perfect for the outback!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 14:40:58 | More by stoutman
Photo of porter17

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout with a nice black appearance, a nice aroma and solid stout taste. This one was a bit off the run-of-the-mill beaten path, having a slightly porter-esque tint to it. Even though I had this beer following a 20% ABV Raison d'Extra, I still found it hit the spot rather nicely. If you're looking for a beer that is 100% true to it's style, you may be let down a bit, but if you like a little bit of differentiation or strecthing of the style limits, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 09:37:13 | More by porter17
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is blackest black, as ebon as espresso grounds, and a thin, simmering tannish head rests on top. Aroma looms large and bursts forth with dominant roasty chocolate and espresso associations. An especially burnt flavor comes through, more so than I've found in most stouts, along with hints of anise and cloves. Incredible texture, thick, full body, great bitterness, but balanced by sweet malt on the palate. A grainy, gritty quality continues through the middle, by which time the mouthfeel can best be described as "motor oily", in viscosity and flavor! But that's good, in this case!
An eternal finish, one that digs in it's claws and won't let go! A contemplative stout, one to savor, linger over, and enjoy late at night, with a good book. The flavors come in waves and layers, your appreciation of this dark and delicious stout grows and grows. First rate all the way.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 18:02:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly suprised with this stout. I had purchased singles of all three Coopers beers, and both of the ales were skunked (unless they naturally taste that way?). Nothing skunked here. A very smooth, easy to drink stout. Pours a nice, foamy tan head, with good retention. Some foamy lace throughout. Nice burnt, chocolatey flavor (but subtle). Somewhat creamy, initially made me think of the nitro-draught Guinness, but with more flavor and kick. Sediment floating around in the glass. Not very hoppy, so for anyone looking for an alternative between the dry Guinness and the hoppy micros, this one has a very nice balance.
(note; this is a follow-up review, so i'll leave my original review above, although I've changed the numbers). I bought a six of this to follow up the single I had bought and reviewed before. Unfortunately, upon further review I found this beer to be sweet and thin for a stout. If your in the mood for a sweet stout, this is a decent one, but I'd prefer Young's or Lion in that regard.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 21:00:08 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black as a moonless night, with a brown head that dissipates to a slight ring. I didn’t get much lacing at all. The aroma is a bit sweet, with a burnt roastiness. The flavor is mostly of a burnt roast malt flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It has a somewhat smooth, oily texture. The bitterness is at a good level, subdued by the roast malt. Overall, not a bad stout, but it does not shout out “drink me again”.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 06:51:07 | More by BeerBuilder
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