Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  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.

Photo of kdales77
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as the coal you get in your stocking, with a good sized brown head

S- Standard stout smell although a little more coffee than most

T- Devine! caramel, chocolate, coffee, malt. Great hop balance

M- Very smooth

D- very easy to drink...and order another

It used to be hard for me to find this one but it seems to be gaining popularity. Outback has started carrying it also.

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, interestingly enough it has a best after date which is 30 apr 09.

Pourse a dense black with hints of ruby on the edges. The head is big and fluffy, and rootbeer float cream colored. The head sticks for a bit and slowly leaves some decent lacing.

It smells rich with hints of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. It is very sweet and very intense.

The flavor is amazingly intense, the malts paint your tongue. There is strong roasted malt, thick bitter coffee and chocolate , and some mild fruitiness on the palate. The malts taste vibrant, like drinking malt juice.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and works excellent here.

This is a fine stout, better than others of the style I have tried, an Australian gem of a beer.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew , malty aroma, sweet for an export stout. Head is thin to non existant, but lightly laces glass.Chocolaty brown color. Roasted grain and slight hop. Think of a Guinness thats gone slightly flat! Lingers on the back of the toung nicely.Overall a decent beer.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick opaque black with hints of brown at the edges. A fairly decent two-finger khaki-colored head faded fairly quickly leaving some decent sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma is malty, smoky, bready, with some hints of coffee beans and cocoa nibs. A very pleasant aroma with just a twinge of aggressiveness.

The taste is wonderful. Rich dark toasted toffee malt with hints of sour and bitter - probably a combination of the toasted dark malt and some hops. Very pleasant... rich, malty, cocoa and coffee without being overboard, and just a sour and piney bite at the end to even it all out nicely.

It's fairly thick with some heavy duty carbonation. A nice fresh smoothness with a touch of slickness coats the tongue nicely, leaving some residual sweet sugars and a bit of bitterness. Carbonation is a bit heavy for my taste, but definitely doesn't detract too much.

This is a pretty solid brew. Possibly one of my favorite stouts, the flavors and aroma are brilliant but not too extreme. This one is easy drinking and could easily be sessionable, but it's got enough character to sip and enjoy.

Photo of bewley
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 bmwats
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Very dark brown. Slight half finger brackish bubbly head. Quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Slight beer ring lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Deep dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt. Maybe just a hint of licorice.

T: Really dark roasted malt. Coffee and licorice. A little nuttiness too. A little bitter.

M: Has that kinda' strangely light but really full and robust feel to it. Grainy. Dry finish.

D: Great beer to sip, but can't wait to power it down.

Really solid atmosphere. Dark and ominous appearance, really full pleasing nose. Great combination of elements in the nose and palette. Well balanced with a little complexity. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of sbe1
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Australian stout.

Appearance: Jet black with a coffee and cocoa colored head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, sweetened dark chocolate, ripe cherries, roasted malt, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent, recommended.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 ybnorml
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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 jdmorgan
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pured a very dark brownish/black with a medium head. The aroma smelled of roasted malts with perhaps a hint of chocolate malt to it. The mouthfeel was medium thick with medium/low carbonation. The taste was full-bodied with a rich taste of dark roasted malts. The hop bitterness was medium and I felt that it wasn't too overpowering. One of my favorite aspects of this beer with its nice smooth aftertaste that had a bit of chocolate malt flavor to it. I felt this made it an exceptional beer to enjoy with a meal or all evening for those who enjoy a rich, full-bodied stout. Highly recommended!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of Daniell
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: very very dark body, when held up to light assumes very very slightly red colour in addition to the darkness, making it kind of a very dark taro colour. three finger head. Lacing hangs around for a relatively brief but sufficient time.

Smell: this one has a really distinctive dusty cinnamon smell, which I'm not sure I remember from previous times I've tried this beer. A sweet milkiness also comes across in the nose. Also a really thick umami- chocolatey, vegemitey etc. (but in a good way, I don't like vegemite but I like the smell here). And yeast. Smell is amazing.

Taste: Excellent. Spicy, burnt, bitter, but also sweet. At times it almost feels too sweet, but it effectively balances out the strong bitterness.

Feel: very creamy. Carbonation just right.

Drinkability: Despite the strong flavours I could easily have a few of these, and have done several times (4+, as well as other beers)

This beer is absolutely amazing, especially for the price.

Photo of joecast
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Australian journey continued with this beer and my two vintage Old Ales to will be reviewed upon my return home later this week.

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 06 Dec 07"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

I was learning! These are Now & Later beers - pour some now, save some for later. Dang, bottle-conditioned AUS beers!?! Who knew? Not me, apparently.

My initial, gentle pour created little more than tan wisps. Color was a deep-brown with limited light penetration and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was smoky and sweet with notes of dried dark fruit (prunes and raisins). Mouthfeel was bubbly, spritzy for a stout and the initial taste was of dark chocolate, followed by dried fruit. It was like a liquefied Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate bar on the tongue. The finish really got the smoky taste going, followed by a return of the chocolate/fruit taste on the extreme finish.

My second, agitated, aggressive pour garnered a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose became richer and the chocolate/dried fruit scent deepened. Mouthfeel was now creamier, more in line with the style. Taste became much more pronounced in terms of chocolate, dried fruit, and smoke. Finish was very creamy and very chocolaty.

Bottom line: Roll this one around before pouring. The lees really improved it.

Photo of bark
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The liquid is black; the high compact head is brown. It surely looks elegant!

The smell is powerful and fresh. Sourish fruity hops. Lots of roasted sweet malt. Some chemical hints of soap and pine-needles.

The taste is bitter and a little woody (cedar, pine). Roasted malt, roasted nuts, meat. The bitterness is dry and clean. The aftertaste includes notes of bitter oranges, sal ammoniac and bitter hops. The finish is dry and fresh.

The carbonation is mild with medium sized bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

An unexpectedly fresh and highly drinkable stout. I like!

Photo of donnebaby
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of milesmayhem
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great looking Stout! Beautiful pour with an edible head. Dark and rich "looking" doesn't always mean good tasting but in this case it does. Delicious coffee and slight hint of dark chocolate taste with a just right amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finish lasts long enough to remind you to open another.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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 stoutman
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!!!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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 DagFishHead
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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