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

555 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 555
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Coopers Best Extra Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 363 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

10-16-2004 19:56:57 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

08-31-2004 02:58:11 | More by SeanChouffe
Photo of Shaw


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Super black with a light brown head. It smells sweet with hints of roasted malt.

The taste is also good. It's roasted and malty and just a bit dry. There is also a creamy quality to it that carries over to the glassy mouthfeel, a hallmark of stouts.

This is a good stout. I just drank Coopers Sparkling Ale and was very impressed. It's been years since I've had Coopers beers; I'm sorry I've taken this long to try them again. At less that $1.50 a bottle here in Sarasota, they are a great value.

06-21-2006 06:06:22 | More by Shaw
Photo of northaustin


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

poured from the 12.7 oz into a schnifter.pours a dark brown that turns to black in the glass. very thin dark brown head which disappears quickly.

smell is a tad subdued. what i am getting is nice coffee and chocolate malts with no alchohol whatsoever. the smell is nice it just needs to be a bit more powerful.

taste: heavy chocolate. pretty full flavored and complex enough to keep me satisfied.

mouthfeel is rich and creamy. a nice sweetness that goes down easy and leaves sort of a silky syrup feel in your mouth. very pleasant.

a little expensive in the six packs but i got mine in a mix and match so cant complain about that. certainnly an interesting stout which is definately worth a try or two. recommended.

09-28-2009 04:42:32 | More by northaustin
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a pitch black color with light off-white colored head,aroma was smokey and somewhat woody.Taste was oily and wood-like with some sweetness lingering in the end of this one.Nice to see some sediment in a stout you dont see that too often,seems like it would be very food friendly.

05-20-2003 14:03:23 | More by oberon
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Dense black with a loud fizzy tan head that quickly dissolves into nothing. Darkly roasted malt aroma - sweet, a bit of coffee, and deep fruity esters. Blackened burnt malt flavors: bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Medium-full mouthfeel - drying with prickly carbonation. Pretty tasty.

06-16-2006 02:05:27 | More by wedge
Photo of Zorro


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Black colored beer that is mostly impervious to light and a tall semi-long lasting brown head.

Smell is sweet and a bit fruity with a fairly strong patent malt aroma. Figs and a little cherry in the aroma and some herbal hops that smell mostly like Fuggles.

The taste starts out a little sweet with lots of chocolate and a little fig taste. Coffee shows up in aftertaste but it is nice and mellow. Slight amount of boozy flavor after a bit, the flavor of Scotch whiskey and not Kahlúa like most beers of the style. A few hints of more subtle flavors appear here and there like mint but they are brief flashes and not major flavors. The main base flavor of chocolate and a little vanilla with a mellow coffee and patent malt aftertaste last all the way through the beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable and probably the most interest beer for a beer enthusiast from Coopers. This is no Guinness FES but it is a decent introduction to the FES style of beer. Decent Mellow beer that I can see drinking again.

12-16-2007 02:19:56 | More by Zorro
Photo of kpoole25


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

12.7 oz bottle to glass. Best after date of April 2009, about 10 mo. old. Really cheap label if you care (I don't). Pours very dark, almost black, tan rocky foamy head. Roasted aromas. This was pretty much the most bitter stout I've had, can't tell if it's the roast/burnt flavors, or hops, or carbonation, or alcohol, or too young, or combination. Some malt and coffee, a little hint of alcohol but not bad. Decent overall.

02-18-2010 02:42:54 | More by kpoole25
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with very light reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a thin and patchy beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. There is significant visible beige sediment in the beer, mostly concentrated at the bottom of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of dark and roasted malts as well as some hints of dark fruit followed by some lighter touches of anise and chocolate.

T: The flavor is very well balanced, starting a little sweet and finishing just a touch bitter. Lots of roasted malt flavor with some dark fruits and notes of anise.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Probably the best beer I have had from Coopers, though none of them are bad beers. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I would certainly get this one again.

03-22-2012 23:25:09 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of kimcgolf


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

I enjoyed this beer in that Cooper’s didn’t feel like they had to make this syrupy thick or sweet to be a good stout. Pours from the bottle to an opaque black, with dark tan head that lingers and yields to good lacing. Aroma is malty chocolate-toffee, and taste is more of the same. A good medium bodied stout, that leaves a nice smooth finish.

09-09-2006 01:54:19 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of ypsifly


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Brown 12oz with a best before date of 2/10/06 stamped on bottle.

Pours black as expected with a small, thin, light tan head that disappeared quickly.

Had to sniff really hard to find those roasted malts. They had a slight sweetness to them, but that was all that could be detected.

The taste is dominated by the roasted malts, there's a good amount of hop and chocolate in the finish. Not a lot of carbonation and the mouthfeel is full and appropriate for the style.

I like this one better than Guinness out of the bottle. Would really like to try Cooper's on tap.

02-14-2005 05:06:36 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Wasatch


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours a dark brown/black color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, toffee, chocolate, and caramel.

T - Very nice taste, sweet and toffe like. Nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Very nice brew from Coopers, way better than a Guiness.

06-16-2006 00:13:55 | More by Wasatch
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Seems BC has a lot of Coopers around ( 6 at last counting). This is a real solid Stout with a full mouthfeel and that kinda rough finish that seems to be an Aussie stout thing ( Sheaf is kinda the same , though this is a better beer). I liked the way once it warmed up the roasty notes came out in the nose and the flavour opened up too. Worth picking up

05-22-2009 22:44:29 | More by canucklehead
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

12.7 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best After: 12.06.07.

Appearance: Pours a humble black body with a inch-high head of tan-colored froth.

Smell: Deeply roasted barley malts with notes of half-day-old French Roast coffee and baker's chocolate. Certainly a notable, distinct wafts of fruit esters in there as well.

Taste: Darkened barley with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and powderized toasted bread crusts. Yes, even powderized toasted bread crusts. Medium-low sweetness. Moderate amount of yeast-derived fruitiness. Minimal hop character with most of the bitterness seemingly provided by the burnt grains. Finishes fairly dry and roasty with an enduring taste of unsweetened chocolate-covered fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. By no means a bad lil' robust stout, and probably one of the better brews I've had from the Coopers Brewery over these many long years.

09-27-2009 04:27:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color, nearly black. A nice, latte colored head forms during the pour, most of which gradually fades, leaving a little bit more than a collar around the glass.

Smell: A surprisingly light scent; a very nuanced smokey malt and coffee flavor are the main components, along with a hint of sweet molasses.

Taste: A nice, slightly burnt malt taste dominates from start to finish. Some chocolate and coffee flavors round out the flavor. I am left with a smokey, burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The extra stout is not quite as advertised, and I actually feel that this has a very light feel. The feel is almost smooth, but a little bit of graininess is present.

Drinkability: The lighter mouthfeel and subtle flavors would allow me to drink a few of these before I got tired of it. In general, though, I prefer a stronger taste in my stouts.

02-05-2009 17:16:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of fionn13


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-25-2012 17:50:33 | More by fionn13
Photo of BamfBacon


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-24-2013 09:01:17 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of cliff1066


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-02-2013 05:11:21 | More by cliff1066
Photo of izzyyeah

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-16-2014 09:43:43 | More by izzyyeah
Photo of DLachenicht

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-14-2014 00:24:01 | More by DLachenicht
Photo of mrcraft


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-22-2014 02:44:18 | More by mrcraft
Photo of jaydoc


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-12-2013 04:35:00 | More by jaydoc
Photo of tommy5


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-29-2013 05:11:13 | More by tommy5
Photo of Rwalford74


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-30-2013 11:54:00 | More by Rwalford74
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Black without question.

Fruity nose...slight coffee, watermelon and a decent amount of hop aroma.

Pleasently surprised. Light and crisp, refreshing mocha flavor. Fruit is a bit forward for a stout, highly carbonated..kind of reminds me of a smoother version of a Samuel Smith's imperial stout.

Pretty bonzer, mate! A fair dinkum. My first Cooper's and it's not bad at all. I would be happy to drink this one again.

07-27-2008 18:23:35 | More by twiggamortis420
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
87 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.