Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 619
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 29
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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 Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass in my house in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger-width khaki head. Long retention. Heavy carbonation. Black color with some fluffy lacing.

S- Roast malts, chocolate, barley. Nice rich smell with a distinct creaminess in the aroma.

T- Roast malts and barley, and some coffee notes with creaminess. The dark chocolate pops out, like a little cocoa nibs.

M- Rich and creamy, but heavy carbonation kills the feel.

O- Weird beer that seems to attempt to be a Guinness. It fails. (531 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sucked in by Cooper's again. Pours very nice; black, thick, with no head. Aroma is good; nice toasted malt with coffee and chocolate. But the taste is so underwhelming. Caramel and earthy flavors mix with the malt and coffee, but it just tastes so weak. It is almost like someone intentionally watered it down becuase they ran out. Its also not cheap. Spend your money elsewhere. (379 characters)

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out black in the glass with a very tiny but very dark head that evaporates quite quickly. Smells like coffee with like a lot of hazelnut creamer. Tastes very lightly chocolatey, but too watery. Not much body to speak of. Highly drinkable due to wateriness but not cuz of flavor. (284 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one at Outback, best AFTER date 3/07, aged for me i guess ; pours a deep brownish-black, w/ a med. brown head flecked w/ darker cirlcles around the bubbles leaving a decent lacing in my glass ; not a strong smell, some hints of coffee and alcohol, a bit of wood noticed ; an interesting taste, an earthy, darkly roasted coffee flavor, finishes w/ a faint "dirt" note, no hop presence ; a light-med body, moderate co2 ; a drinkable brew for sure, esp. for 6.3% ABV, i'd def. drink this one again... (506 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12.7oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle is embossed with the Coopers name in script. The label advises drinkers on the age old question of decanting or swirling in the sediment. A very fine, well-packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin, 1/4 inch light tan head, that quickly disappears. None of the reverse waterfall cascade you see on so many stouts. The beer is black and opaque, just a hint of brown/red around the edges. A small amount of the sediment came over into the glass, but I wasn't careful about decanting.

Smell: Sweet, with undertones of roasted barley. Hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste: Roasted barley upfront, with a finish of sweet alcohol. A ong, lingering taste that develops into a very smoky, slightly hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: A good beer with well blended flavors. A little more bite from carbonation than I typically like in my stouts. (1,011 characters)

Photo of BCMan
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up nice generating a nice head but it fades as quickly after is builds. The appearance is very dark. I didn't hold it to a light but I doubt any light would get through. The nose is sweet with chocolate notes. The taste is like cocoa, maybe some chocolate malt. I'm a bit dissapointed with how thin it is. I like a stout to be more on the heavey side. Bottle conditioning left a lot of sediment in the glass. An aggressive pour in attemp to generate some foam made it hard to keep the sediment in the glass. I hope my love for stouts isn't making me give this brew special treatment. A good beer to try but I'd look to purchase so many other brands before this one. (681 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 04/11/2006, served cool in a jug.

A: opaque, nearly black hue, coming with a restrained, tan-foam settling to a thin cap staying throughout the drink.
S: profound bitter-sweet roastiness of dark malts dominates the nose, buttressed by a milder aroma mixed of dried black dates, sweet coffee's roastiness+coffee-flavoured toffee, touches of licorice... overall pretty creamy and sweet, true to the style of "Foreign Stout", but quite simplistic and not very much my cup of tea.
T: light, chewy and sweet roasted-maltiness upfront; bitter-sweet edges of coffee-milk along with date and plum chutney develop all over the palate, resulting in a prevalent, vertically-textured roastiness lingering deep down on the sides of the tongue; a hop like dryish-bitter palate joins the dark maltiness at a later stage, leading to a rather aromatic but dry and slightly sour-bitter coffee-ish finish.
M&D: quite smooth and fine-carbonated on the mouthfeel, but it's still thin-bodied for a 6.3% stout IMO--the sweet edge fails to buttress the maltiness to make a more vertical or thicker appearance on the palate, although the finishing touch with a mild tang of coffee does make up for a bonus to make it more drinkable without falling dull. A solid ale, but showing nothing out-of-this-world. (1,289 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights and a good sized tan head that dissipates slowly and throws some lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate and molasses and dark dried fruits. Taste is very roasty with hints of chocolate, figs, molasses, dark fruit, and an annoying mineral or metallic flavor that while not overwhelming distracts me a bit. Creamy grainy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation. I almost enjoyed this one, well I did drink it all. The mineral flavor kinda killed this one for me. These just became available in NH and this bottle is a year old. (593 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best after 7/29/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char-like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some nice aromas but the flavors come off as a bit too acrid and burnt for my liking. (597 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the fact this stout has a little less body than others. I wouldn't call it watery though. It has a beautiful chocolatey and roasty aroma but this didn't translate equally to the flavour. It's not bad but a bit too roasty and burnt toast which puts it out of balance. If you let it warm up it becomes a bit more malty with treacle notes. I thought it was very drinkable for a stout both with food and just on its own. Good but not great. (443 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's dark brown with about a finger and a half, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were good. Has a good bit of particles floating around.

Smell: Mix of roasted and chocolate malts up front. Pretty decent coffee-espresso aroma. Light dark fruit notes. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Coffee flavor seems to predominate this one. Chocolate malts give it some sweetness, but has a bit of an acidic taste to it. Dark fruit and hop flavors are faint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's fairly drinkable, but limited by its somewhat bland flavor. Overall, it's an okay beer. Worth a try. (632 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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”. (445 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottom line: it was decent, but nothing great or noteworthy enough to seek out. It was included in a world-wide party pack I bought at a charity auction.

12.7 ounces listed on the label. WTF?

Jet black pour with a foamy tan head that fought to delivery some lace rings. Lots of goodies left on the bottle bottom. So far, so good.

Subtle, but still solid, notes of chocolate malt, topped by anise and grapes in the aroma. But the taste; somewhat cholcky and gritty, dry stout-wise. Hints of dark fruit (cherries and plums), but this thing thins way too quick. It just doesn’t pack any drinking punch – I guessed 4.5%, but see on the web it’s higher.

Ehh, I wouldn’t turn one down, wouldn’t order one. (717 characters)

Photo of jarmby1711
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is prety damn black .Is there a stout that isn't?
Smell was disappointing.I tried to let it warm from the fridge after the initial blankness but , nothing happened for me.
The taste is charcoal charcoal a bit more charcoal and then a touch of coffee.Its not a mellow smooth tasting stout , it has a punchiness to it.
It is a stout with aggression but no sublety (374 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ink-black color with a one-finger head. Sediment on the bottom due to the bottle-conditioning. Aroma is thick and strong and reminiscent of dark coffee. Some cocoa aroma as well. Taste is strong and interesting. Hints of mostly dark coffee stand out in the middle. Roasty and slightly creamy. Finishes dry at the back of the throat with the roastiness second to none. A second sip confims the same thing. Definitely strong as an export stout should be. Somewhat better than Guinness' effort but if there's one thing I'd change about this beer, I'd exploit the cocoa notes more and improve the creaminess. Still a decent export stout and you can't really argue with something that sticks to the style. (714 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dark black with thin head and little lacing looks light in texture
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, and dank yeast.
T: tastes extremely bitter with some faint chocolate flavors from the malts but the yeast that remained in the bottle threw a untasteful dank flavor in there
M/d: lightly carbonated and dry from hops with a light syrup feeling. Not very drinkable for me definitely will not purchase again (406 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black opaque body, with a tan head.... 1-2 fingers. Lacing stays all night...

Aromas are subject to a bit of bottle variation, with the first bottle I had giving aromas of malts, cigar boxes and chocolate, the next bottle I had, very little on the nose. Both at same temperature.

Taste is chocolate, malts and some smoke overall, balanced smoky bitter aftertaste that catches up more as the bottle warms.

Mouthfeel is thin, not what I expected, also more carbonation than I thought.

Not so sure I am with the majority here in terms of a 'classic Aussie Ale' ... (573 characters)

Photo of cmaloy
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer was very dark and the head disappeared quickly.

S: There is a strong chocolate coffee taste and strong hints of malt.

T: The initial taste was strong chocolate and coffee and ended with bitter hops. The taste did linger for a while.

M: There is a lot of carbonation. It is a very filling beer.

D: I probably will not be getting this beer again. I prefer other stouts over this one. I wasn't completely disappointed, but I wasn't extremely impressed either. (474 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep chocolate brown not wanting to let any light through. Decent head dissipating quickly, leaving nice light tan lacing. Light malty nose with hints of sugared coffee. Taste, to me, has a hint of licorice up front, followed by some bitter malt and roasted(almost burnt) coffee. Not bad, a little unbalanced, but overall, ok ! (328 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly above average taste for the style, appearance was okay but docked a half point for extreme sediment. Sediment in a stout? Wtf was Coopers thinking? Average score equals average score. Burnt and roasted notes through and through, mild dark fruit is noticed if you try hard and get the tartness in the finish. Thin mouthfeel. Hard to finish it to even 3/4 (which I did), knowing the chunks of sediment will find their way into your mouth. (445 characters)

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