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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
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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 AtrumAnimus
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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!!!!

stoutman, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of porter17
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

porter17, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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”.

BeerBuilder, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrable brown with eager spritzy head that diminished. Very strong, robust aroma, particularly from the bottle, of molasses and soy sauce. Bottle says 32601 which I presume means the bottle is just about a year old. Some sediment and a mellowness indicate its age; I'm laying a bottle down (not literally) to see how long this bottle-conditioned brew can last. Some lingering soy or teriyaki sauce in the flavor could be a remnant of improper handling (dead yeast) or the result of Cooper's unique maltings for this beer. A fascinating combo of sweet, lactic flavors and bitter coffee flavors, set askew from normal stout expectations by a stern wood quality and aforementioned soy. Almost nothing in the way of hops although the beer is dry enough to not be cloying. Rather fizzy mouthfeel for the style but that's the Adelaide way. A very interesting drink: a stout that verges on doppelbock territory. Should be a great thing to try in a recipe.

Thrasher, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on the pours is as black as they come, the head impressive, the lace in sticky sheets that cling mightily to the glass, both are a light chocolate brown in color. Nose is toasted malts, the front is sweet, the top medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, light carbonation. Not as good as I remember it, but still, quite decent stout and worth the try.

Gusler, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of Jon
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color that, when held to light, exhibits a deep ruby tone. A nice creamy head sits atop the dark liquid. Smell is reminiscent of a sweeter stout, but upon first taste, one can tell this is a stout of the dry variety. Nice coffee, chocolate and roasted malt characteristics in the first sip. Finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel is a touch watery for the style, which brings the drinkability up a bit. Overall, a pretty good stout that packs a little punch. Worth checking out.

Jon, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crikey but this is a good Stout! Thanks to a trade from an Aussie I got this brew, then prompty found it in a local store the next week. Well there was $25 down the drain!

Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal taupe head and quick lacing. Aroma of coffee and caramel that I found very appealing. Slightly dry/bitter flavor that kept my palate interested. Hints of coffee and chocolate with a nice roasted after-effect. I am a Stout fan and I definitely enjoyed this one.

Dogbrick, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of Maestro
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose makes you think that it is a milk stout but during the first taste you realize that it is not. It is bottle fermented and they may use a little too much sugar in this process. In fact, there are brown specs in the head. The head is decent at first but dwindles quickly. The taste is a little strange, almost oily. The high alcohol content is not overpowering. Overall, this beer was quite disappointing. The hops do not break through at all. It almost seems as though the brewers do not have a direct goal in mind with this beer.

Maestro, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an utter sable with a modest dark caramel head, a little lace, a fair amount of swirling sediment noted, mild carbonation. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and dark roasted malt. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee, and dark fruit all ride a wave of sharp tartness to a crisp and very dry finish. Alcohol provides a warming note. This beer is nothing less than excellent and seems particularly suited to the winter season.

Pegasus, Nov 03, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking black beer topped with a creamy brown head. Not a lot of lacing going on though. Nice blackened malt aroma. Some slight burnt tones. Nice chocolatey taste. Roasted tones. Coffee comes to mind. All of this is melded together very subtely. There is nothing overbearing about this stout. Some slight burnt tones as well. Body is a tad light checking in slight above medium. This is better than average but nothing special.

Bighuge, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this Aussie stout hard to get a two-finger, craggy cocoa head that will coat your rapidly draining glass brilliantly. Mellow roastiness snuggles with a hint of fruit to finish tart and dry and long. Perhaps a bit too sparkly for the style, but the bubbles do a good job keeping the roast barley astringency from overwhelming the buds. A sound, swiggable stout.

inebrius, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of zerk
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable stout. Dry and somewhat smoky, with a strong cofee / roast malt flavor and aroma. The beer smells as though it's going to be sweet, but there is almost no sweetness in the flavor. It's probably a little on the thin side for a stout, but it's thicker than your average porter. Dark and opaque as you'd expect, with a tan lace on top. Probably the best brew I've sampled from Coopers.

zerk, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The uniformly thick & dense head tops a virtually black hued brew. A hazy deep garnet hue is visable along the edges of the glass. Light mocha & sharp black patent aroma along w/ a hint of tart fruity esters & butterscotch as the beer warms. Black patent sharpness hits upfront, but gives way to a decent balance of hop bitterness, dark crystal malt, and residual unfermented sugar sweetness. Unfortunately the body is too thin to support the roasty & chocolately malt notes-- This odd, but unique brew seems to be a stout / porter hybrid. It's quite dry all around, relatively drinkable & worth a taste. As a stout, Cooper's is a bit lackluster, but is enjoyable in itself.

marc77, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of Suds
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impenetrably black, with a small tan head. Full, dense beer with a pleasing bitter finish. Smoky, burnt flavor throughout the tasting. Very dense with slight alcohol warming. Good beer.

Suds, Jun 15, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark black with slight reddish hue. Nice tan head, but quick to dissapate. Roasty smell with hint of hop bitterness. Strong tasting with noticible alcohol taste. Smokey roasted flavor similar to strong coffee. Finishes somewhat dry with the strong smokey flavor finishing with a bitter biting aftertaste.

psugrad98, Jun 08, 2002
Photo of Anonmatel
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not too bad, the head dies pretty fast, even when used in the right drinking vessel, malty, bitter, with a nice aroma, a solid stout, but not a great one.

Anonmatel, May 03, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good high-alcohol stout from Austrailia. "for brass monkey weather" as they say. Tastes like a stout in spite of not having any roasted unmalted barley, only black malt.

EagleTalon, Mar 10, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned, dark and full bodied, opaque. Kind of a scorched coffee flavor, starts very dense but finishes with a too bitter edge. Nicely brewed and "Guinness Extra Stout-like" but the bitterness is over the top and brings the drinkability down.

ADR, Mar 04, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good stout, but can tend to be a bitty oily in textire at times. Still, good bitterness, but its not me fave.

rastaman, Feb 15, 2002
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