1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

Not Rated.
Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

592 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 592
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 28
Gots: 35 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
View: Beers (15) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Coopers Best Extra Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 592 | Reviews: 368 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Svart
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of djwhit24
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of veech
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is outstanding. I'm a big Guinness Extra Stout fan, and as much as it pains me to admit, Coopers whips it ass. Everything you drink Guinness for and more is found in Coopers. The major difference for me was a much smoother, less bitter aftertaste. Can't get it at home so I loaded up on this stuff during my last trip to SC and have savored it ever since. I'm hoarding this stuff like a miser rationing one bottle at a time. A: Black as the ace of spades S: mild coffee and cocoa T: Robust and flavorful, but not obtrusive or overwhelming. M: A little thinner than usually found in a lot of stouts, but it compliments the overall character of this beer so I did not penalize them for it. D: First drank this on a 90 plus degree day after walking for over a mile, and could have easily sessioned it. Thumbs up.

Photo of Erick1979
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Saksis
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of JKAllen
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ohyayitstrey
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of mccorjf54
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of nukem5
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of salbass
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BILF
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Extra Best Stout excited me as it poured a thick inky-blackness into my glass mug with a light khaki-colored head.

It's smell reminded me of a Japanese Dorayaki (Red Bean Cake); doughy and sweet, but not overly sugary. The red beans giving it an earthy aspect. Harmonious and well-balanced.

This is a great full-flavored beer, but not heavy by any means. It start with sweetness but slowly transitions it's flavor as it glides down the tongue reaching for the gullet. A bitter coffee, kiss of chocolate and a flaky-biscuit finish of this simple, comforting and exceptionally beautiful stout.

It's like reclining in my favorite, well-worn, comfy couch - I could just sit here all night.

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of magnusdave
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

Photo of fastfwd
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of cory3456
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love stout. Good stout. And we have one here. Black in color with a little ruby coming through. Bottle conditioned so lots of yeast. I love that. Smells like beer heaven. Dark malts and English ale yeastyish. Ahh. The taste is even better. The went as far as you can go with the malt without going to far. Perfect hop balance. Good full body. I don't care what anyone says this Ausie brew is up there with the great stouts of Ireland and England. Two thumbs up and a circle snap.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer from Coopers I'm reviewing. Picked up a bottle from Tops in Bangkok. Poured into a colins glass (only option available at that time).

The beer poured a dark brown, almost black colour - in fact at and below eye level it was a ravenous black, only if you would hold up the glass to a light source could you make out the brown around the edges. The dishwater froth coloured head was loose, about an inch high - quickly receded and vanished leaving very light, spotted lacing. To the unknowing, this could be easily mistaken for a glass of Coca Cola.

The nose was full of dark malts, caramel and bitter chocolate initially. Although the smell was profound at first, it was shortlived - a second sniff to bring out any hidden aromas yielded no result, in fact even the initial bouquet seemed blunt. The surprise lay within - a sip and an array of flavours burst inside. First up it was bitter chocolate and coffee which were perfectly blended, followed with a shot of caramel sweetness - all that highlighted the quality of brewing, the choice of malts and the careful degree of roasting chosen. The bitterness that complimented the sweeter flavours did not seem to come from the hops - this was purely malt driven also. The taste was Ace.

The beer was velvety smooth inspite of above average carbonation, bearing testimony to the impact of the big flavour it has to offer. I would certainly be looking out for this beer again. Frankly, I am very impressed with this one.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a nice foamy tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Sides of the glass were clean as I drank it down.
Nice roasty sweet aroma. Flavor has hints of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of molasses. Hops are subdued, but provide perfect balance to the heavy malts. Powdery dry finish; quite clean for a stout.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, & creamy. Subtle carbonation.
An incredibly balanced & drinkable Export Stout. Probably my favorite of the style to this point.

Photo of drtth
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is dark brown, almost black color, with a ½" light brown head. There's lots of lacing left on the glass from the head, which recedes quite slowly. Sipping leaves nice rings, sheets, and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is definitely one of roasted malts that contain threads of coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark molasses. There are some hops detectable but no real alcohol presence.

Taste: The flavors include some almost burnt roasted malt with noticeable coffee, dark chocolate and dark molasses as expected from the nose. There is a bit of alcohol sweetness detectable

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium full bodied and creamy smooth with light carbonation. The finish is long and has a coffee like bitterness that ends with a nice bitter dryness trailing off to nothing.

Drinkability: This was a nicely drinkable beer, both easy to drink and to finish. I'd certainly be willing to have it again. One nice thing, or perhaps dangerous thing, about this beer is that it is quite easy to keep drinking it and to regret pouring the last drop. A good solid well made beer and one worth having.

Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
87 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.