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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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572 Ratings

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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.

bewley, Feb 07, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 07, 2005
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.

santoslhalper, Dec 18, 2004
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.

Weizenmensch, Dec 14, 2004
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.

Rastacouere, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is gray-brown and still, sitting on a ruddy, black-brown beer. Loads of grainy, brown sediment. The nose is bready with sweetish toffee. Nice. Toffee and molasses up front; a milky, tangy middle; a bitter-sweet toffee finish showing alochol. It's a nice, toffee stout. Solid if not stellar.

kbub6f, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured black then chunky but would not let any light pass through. The tan head fell quickly to the edges of the surface but did lace the glass.

The aroma was vinous with fruit and chocolate and caramel with coffee. Dark fruits rounded out the mix with raisins and plums. Also present was a biscuit aroma.

The flavor was chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Dark fruits were also present, but were not complex at all and very one dimensional. The vinous flavor was also present.

The finish was dry with chocolate and coffee lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, but a bit watery for the beer.

12.7 ounce bottle. Best before 18.09.05. Missing complexity inflavor and missing body.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before Date 12.02.06, Sampled October 2004
Pours an opaque black color, and is topped by a brown head that is not all that thick. The aroma is first of burnt caramel and then shifts to a dry burnt, roasted malt aroma. There are some notes of sweet coffee in the nose as well. The beer is light bodied up front on the tongue, but quickly moves to a mouth coating body that ends in a dry roasty sensation. This beer is all about the simple roast flavors that dominate the finish. It is burnt, and slightly bitter in the finish, though this is not in a bad way. This beer is actually pretty simple and tasty, a balance between the sweet maltiness and the dry roast character that dominates the finish.

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy brown color with a bit of sediment in it. The aroma is very sweet with notes of hazelnut and coconut rind. The taste proceeds in an interesting fashion by sliding into the roasty and chocolately taste and finishing with a light cherry. None of the flavors come on strong, but they slowly build. Minimal hop contribution. The beer is thinner on the palate than expected by looking at the beer, but it still has a medium body to it.

BrewMaster, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Squat looking 12.7 fl.oz. brown glass bottle. Yellow, white and black label just like the BA Avatar. No preservatives, No Additives and Bottle Conditioned. No strength and a partially erased and illegible Best Before Date.

Appearance: Dark brown, thick body that does not let the light escape. Thick darkish brown head that is very creamy in texture and it lasts the distance. Superb carbonation. A very lively Stout.

Nose: Dark roasted malty nose that has some dark fruits, figs and mushed prunes. Toasty hints at the back end with some hops and a sharp tingle on the nose.

Taste: Roasted dark malts take the lead, dry but sweet molasses in the middle and very astringent bitter choco-malt finish. Some cocoa and a dark rasping bitter Coffee last third that drives a lingering finish on the tongue. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet dry, bitter dark chocolate skid marks on the cheeks. Smooth yet sharp with a nice coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this, a dry bitter Stout that drinks extremely easily to say that it’s the 4th beer that I had tonight.

Overall: Tasty bitter dark brew that is a very accomplished Extra Stout.

Go gabba, a dang rippperrr of a Starrrt Mate!

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with no strong signs of co2. Head is light brown with poor retention.. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is of caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet with a light hop bite. Light bodied, creamy and mildly effervescent mouthfeel.

A pleasant drink, but lacking some character.

SeanChouffe, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, oily with a small tan head. Smell is roasty with a touch of port wine. Taste... Bitter chocolate, burnt malts, a touch of port. Slight vanilla hint in the end. Mouthfeel is a little too fizzy. Overall a nice export stout, though not as exceptional as I had heard from some.

ChrisBowers, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of stcules
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black. Brown foam. Stout, no doubt.
At the nose it is toasted, maybe with a very light smoked note.
The taste is very coffee, with hints of toasted hazelnut. Smooth. Maybe a little too frizzy. It left a itch sensation on the tongue.
Medium-light body, very drinkable.
Aftertaste of burned caramel, toasted. With a barely perceptible comebacking of bittering.

stcules, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of Kulrak
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black color, with a small but tight creamy head. No noticeable aroma, really. The taste is a very nice thick combo of chocolate, coffee and malt. Barely any bitterness to it, though it finishes pretty clean. A very tasty brew, especially on a cold night. Very drinkable. Another fine Coopers ale.

Kulrak, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Roasty black with good coffee aroma but then did not live up to its aroma and presentation. Watery, roast and not much else. Some yeast in there not muich carbonation. Less pleasing than their sparkling beer. Had a bottle in May 2005 that was much better and rerated up.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in colour with no hint of much other colour. Good firm tan head that persists. Low carbonation.

Coffee, roasted malt, yeast and some hints of dark fruits on a very well balanced nose that is not too over powering.

Good hard body that contains good length and ample bitterness. Full flavoured with toffee, malt and a good type of nuttiness to it. Only a touch of sweetness. Again, well balanced.

Enjoyable stout from Coopers, and arguabley one of Australia's best stouts. Good to see this making it to the States!

koolk, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle had at the Viking in Spokane.

Poured a daark brown with a dark tan head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is of brown sugar, dark fruits and a wee bit of black liquorice. Smells quite tasty to me.

Taste matches the smell. This is a very tasty stout. There is a sweet character to the taste that reminds me of brown sugar and black liquorice (and I like black liquorice), along with a dark bitterness similar to that derived from raisins and figs, and a little bit of French roast black coffee.

This is a pleasingly full-bodied stout, thick without being too thick, heavy without being overly filling.

This is a very tasty stout, one that Guinness might study so as to get it right. While not so much a prize as a great Imperial Stout, this is nevertheless a lovely way to finish off a meal. Yummy. The only dark beer I'd had from Australia until this evening was Sheaf Stout. This totally blows it out of the water. A lovely beer to pair with a rich chocolatey dessert.

woemad, May 18, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown almost black big chunks of nice tan head leaves some lacing down my sampling glass. Aroma: Soft chocolate stronger coffee notes, soft molasses and vanilla notes there as well. Taste: Creamy chocolate edge awesome coffee burst bready note from the excess of yeast floaties in my glass, very nice flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout glad I finally gave this jewel a try smooth carbonation can't complain. Drinkability: Pass on the Foster's search for something from the Coopers line great extra stout excellent balance nice sweetness happy with this one.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hoppy, the hops make a pleasant impression, but mildness of the roast in the aroma doesn't bode well. The flavor follows up as slightly chocolatey with a little ash. The body is a bit lively with makes this a pretty drinkable beer, but a boring stout.

aracauna, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of twilight
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried. I really tried pouring a head on this one, but it just disappeared. Like that. Nevertheless, it is black as night: dark, dark, and beautiful. Aroma is slightly alcoholic, with a delicious thick scent of caramels or butterscotch, the smell is almost- I said almost cloying. Imagine that. The taste is good, roasts and sourness with the slightest hint of burn caramel opens the taste, and finishes off to a coffeeroast-like ending with a tang of alcohol at the end.I was surprised that it's not sweeter, considering the sweetness dominates the aroma. It tastes better than most other stouts I've had Mouthfeel is okay, carbonation is slightly fizzy, but definitely not intrusive. It seems a bit thin, but only because of the roast not backed up with more malt. Alas. An excellent, good stout.

twilight, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Head is strong at first but fades kinda quick. Very nice looking.

Has a coppery smell that isn't that great. Some grains and hops come through.

Smooth flavor very even. Not too sweet and has some charcol hints. This would be a great beer to have with some steak.

Smooth and crisp in mouth. Not as heavy as I would have expected. Overall this is pretty refreshing.

A very nice beer. Smooth tasting and not too heavy. If it wasn't for the off smell (maybe I just have a bad one?) I would be much more excited about this beer.

jsolack, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks fantastic; I couldn't ask for a nicer looking stoutish creature than this one: active head, impenetrable black body. Moderate lacing.

The nose has the roasted malt and molassas that I expect, as well as some sweet, dusty, graham cracker elements. Yummy.

The taste fills the mouth, despite not being all that aggressive, which I attribute to a good mouthfeel. The taste reminds of crunching down on coffee beans stolen out of the canister. Dusty and earthy roasted coffee. This beer fills the mouth, gets its flavor across, and fades; it's a nice trip and a well put together brew.

Smooth drinking. Hops added in at the end complement well the bitterness of the coffee. I could drink 3 or 4 of these. Not too heavy. Spunky.

donnebaby, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of Skidz
2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown, finishing black with a small creamy tan head. There was some sediments floating around the bottom of the glass as well.

Smells slightly fruity, with roasted malts and hops. Wine-like aromas are present as well. Tastes....almost like nothing at all. There is a bit of woodiness mixed with some coffee-like flavors that barely come out. A pretty weak tasting beer, only a bit of bitterness at the end, but lacking any distinguishing flavor overall.

Light-medium body that could be compared to a pilsner beer. It's pretty easy to drink, considering there is little-to-no flavor to keep you away from it. Sure, you could drink a 6 pack, but why? A very weak stout IMHO.

Skidz, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, just about the biggest head ive seen on a beer so far. im talking ENORMOUS!!! pouring into a glass about 1/3 larger than the bottle and i had to stop half way through. head forms fine, biege, and rocky. just lovely.
the head leaves an attractive lacing down the sides of the glass.
very mild aroma. a bit of roast malt and coffee.
again, a mild roasted flavor to it. no harshness. maybe im not tuned into stouts enough to pick up on the other subtle aspects of them yet.

re-review 30/7/05
well, over a year since my first review. thought id go back and try this again. ok, actually i couldnt find anything more interesting at the bottle shop.

appearance is still fantastic. head was a bit more controled, and dark tan in color.

much more pronounced aroma. nice roasted and warming on the nose.

taste also dominated by strong dark roasted malts. balancing bitterness, but the focus is malt.

much happier with this brew the second time around. a very good stout that delivers what is expected. score adjusted accordingly.

joecast, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is black as night with a very dark, blackened head.

Smell – This nose shows a lot of promise. The bulk of the aroma is made up of the dark, roasted malts and burnt coffee. Behind that, the lovely dark chocolate and cocoa notes mix with some refined sugars to give it an extra kick. The bouquet ends with the tease of darkened fruits and cherries.

Taste – The entire nose shows up at the tongue but takes a step back. This is not a full-bodied, all on assult of the taste buds. Instead, this one plays lightly in the mouth, making this a potentially really good session stout (yes, there is such a thing as a session stout).

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and a little thinner than I prefer, but good nevertheless. It’a actually a little milky creamy in the cheeks.

Drinkability – Very smooth. This one went down well enough. It’s not the heavy hitter that was hinted at the nose, but an excellent medium-bodied effort.

RoyalT, Feb 20, 2004
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.