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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout

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very good

514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%

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)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 03:01:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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”.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 06:51:07 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 21:00:08 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of jarmby1711


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 10:25:04 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:04:54 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of prototypic


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:38:05 | More by prototypic
Photo of rjimlad


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 10:29:46 | More by rjimlad
Photo of Vancer


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 12:48:24 | More by Vancer
Photo of Brad007


3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 01:34:11 | More by Brad007
Photo of psugrad98


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 09:52:27 | More by psugrad98
Photo of heygeebee


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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' ...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 12:29:18 | More by heygeebee
Photo of ADR


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2002 10:59:20 | More by ADR
Photo of Naes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is jet black with a small tan head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is very little, but gives hints of malt sweetness.

The flavor has a bit of spice followed by roasted tones. The aftertaste gives hints of alcohol.

The carbonation levels are good and it leaves the slightest film over the tongue.

Overall, a decent beer. It’s a good beer for an occasional drink, but not something that I could follow with another.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 05:44:21 | More by Naes
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 23:40:54 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of cmaloy


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:18:37 | More by cmaloy
Photo of natelocc787


3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 21:27:27 | More by natelocc787
Photo of DogFood11


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stout from australia? Not exactly an everyday type of find at least on this side of the globe. Jet black, tan head is silky smooth and leaves partial lacing as it fades to a think cover.

Something about the toasted, chocolate type mix becomes slightly astringent. Cocoa makes up the middle Bitterness is very subtle. Comes across as a watered milk stout. Pretty weak.

Lingering smokiness, lighty body, decent is being nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 05:54:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Stew41


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nicely with a thick, light tan head. Breaks up very quickly. Attractive chocolate brown in colour. Aromas are a touch underwhelming; mild chocolate and dry roasted malts. Good length. Fairly fizzy palate for the style and probably subdues the flavours from really hitting their straps. Again what should be obvious stout characters of chcoloate and roast is mild. Not really deserved of its top 5 Oz status. Given this beer was drank relatively young I can only assume in needs a little time to show its best.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 11:50:16 | More by Stew41
Photo of oCervejalista


3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: totally black with a creamy coffee-like head;

S: roasted malt, coffee grains, espresso, dark chocolate;

T: lots of coffee and chocolate notes;

M: medium body with a little bitterness at the end;

O: A nice beer, it has all the caracteristics of the style, but nothing that really stands out for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:47:35 | More by oCervejalista
Photo of basica


3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a long shot at numerous ales and lagers, I finally tried... stouts. Believe it or not,
this's my first ever stout over Guinness and ABC stouts which were spammed like nothing at
all on the TV adverts since I was a kid. Anyway the Coopers Stout pours out coffee black with
minimal head and minimal retention. The right-in-the-face smell was a disappointing medicinal
smell which was pretty strong. Good thing the taste was not all medicinal; it was subtlely
caramel sweet like but this was countered by the bitter medicinal taste making it only ok
tasting. The after taste was a little caramel, malty but medicinal as well. (Can't seem to
escape the medicine part of it) The mouth feel was more like medium body with an apt amount of
carbonation and it was acutally very smooth drinking tho not as drinkable due to the medicinal
bitterness. I read that the Coopers stout is already a more mellow version of the stouts out in
the market. I rest my case; I am not a stout person and I will stick to my Belgian ales and
German Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 18:19:39 | More by basica
Photo of BeerIsYummy

3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A stout beer readily available in most Australian bottle shops. It is a bitter stout with a reasonably good head for a bottle fermented carbonation.

It is nice and dark. Shining a light through through the beer reveals a burgundy glow.

It has a dark malty, grassy aroma.

It has a malty, tangy taste at first followed by a bitter grass like flavour.

For a bottle carbonated stoutIt feels reasonably thick and full bodied in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 08:39:17 | More by BeerIsYummy
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local supermarket.

A - Pours black with a two finger medium brown, big bubbled head. Pretty good drape of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Cola, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and nuttiness..

T - Dark breadiness, cola, burnt coffee perhaps, and some milk chocolate with some nuttiness.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, medium to full body with alot of creaminess and a dryness in the finish.

O/D - Considering this is ranked so high on the top Oz beers, this is pretty weak. In no way is this even comparable to a number of the craft examples here. This is in no way a bad beer, just not a hype worthy one, and not necessarily a good one. I wish I just had a small bottle. Decent, but not worth going out of your way for. I had no interest in finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 10:53:02 | More by tbeckett
Photo of tbeck


2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with no clarity. Thin off white head that disspates quickly into a nice collar. Very little laciness. Mainly coffee in the nose. Taste seemed water downed but had coffee and chocolate notes, somewhat sweet. Not much body to this beer, thin and watery texture. Not a great beer, would not seek out as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 02:40:23 | More by tbeck
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Coopers Best Extra Stout's beige, almost brown head quickly pulled a disappearing act and I was soon left with a beverage resembling soy sauce. I can't comment on the lace because none adhered to my glass. I was more than a little concerned to find a lot of sediment. I am not particularly adverse to things floating in my beer if they are meant to be there. What did I observe? Well, the particles looked like seeds or tiny wood chips. I allowed them to settle in the bottom of the glass (a process that took approximately fifteen minutes) and after finishing the stout I decided to be a man and try them out for taste. Surprisingly, the sediment wasn't hard and I didn't feel a corporeal presence in my mouth. I did, however, notice that they were as bitter as all hell. Did some hops remain undissolved in my bottle? Points off, not for the sediment, but for the lack of head and lace.

The aroma was unexpectedly light and I could detect roasted coffee and alcohol. The taste started out lightly sweet and had a slight hops and alcoholic aftertaste. Not too bad. Coopers Best Extra Stout was nice on the palate; softly carbonated and creamy.

To tell you the truth, I was a bit disappointed. I think I would like to try this beer again, however, not from the same selection that was on sale in my local supermarket. It is possible that I came across a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 15:28:18 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of stcules


2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black. Brown foam. Stout, no doubt.
At the nose it is toasted, maybe with a very light smoked note.
The taste is very coffee, with hints of toasted hazelnut. Smooth. Maybe a little too frizzy. It left a itch sensation on the tongue.
Medium-light body, very drinkable.
Aftertaste of burned caramel, toasted. With a barely perceptible comebacking of bittering.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 19:39:05 | More by stcules
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