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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

586 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

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 porter17
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout with a nice black appearance, a nice aroma and solid stout taste. This one was a bit off the run-of-the-mill beaten path, having a slightly porter-esque tint to it. Even though I had this beer following a 20% ABV Raison d'Extra, I still found it hit the spot rather nicely. If you're looking for a beer that is 100% true to it's style, you may be let down a bit, but if you like a little bit of differentiation or strecthing of the style limits, you won't be disappointed.

porter17, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, very tasty, yet drinkable stout.

It is very dark, essentially black, with a big brown heard that gradually shrinks and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is very leasant and interesting with toasted grain, bread crust, sourdough, an overall light roasty quality, chocolate, molasses cake, hints of licorice and grass.

The taste is chocolate, fruit, prunes, hints of wine, spice and brown bread. It has toasty hay in the finish which is dryish and has a light spiciness.

Offa, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of ducksteen
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

ducksteen, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to see this on the shelves here in town. I always loved this beer when I studied at University of Adelaide, so lets see what I think now.

Pours the deepest of brown colors with just a hit of light coming through the bottom of the glass. A very ephemeral head explodes as it is poured, leaving a sparse patch over top that is maintained by an active bubble at the top of the beer. Nose is very rich with sweet dark fruit, molasses, deep roasted malt and coffee. I would venture that there are some oats in this one as well. It has that creamy essence I associate with oats. Flavor is very nice and has a nice progression from initial sip to finish. It starts as roasted to light burnt malt with prunes and sharply turns to a light chocolate and finally settles on a lighly creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my taste. its right at the lower end of moderate with a fairly light carbonation. Its just too close to water for me. Drinkability is very good. There is nothing to keep me from really drinking this one. Easily could be a beer I could have more than one of in a night. Better than I remember it.

kmpitz2, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of absolutbc2001
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured with very little head and is thin (for a stout) but dark in appearance. The color is a deep and pleasingly black.

The smell is simple but nice. I could have used a little more aroma but nothing to complain about.

The taste is great and balanced well with the smell. Wanted a little more flavor but simplicity means this beer goes with a lot of food. Reminds me of an unbelievable stout that’s been watered down.

Wanted a thicker and more carbonated mouthfeel.

Extremely easy to drink beer. Simple and sure to please any stout lover and stout liker equally. Most drinkable stout I’ve ever had.

absolutbc2001, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours out a dark, beautiful black, slight touch of brown with a tight looking 1.5 inch head, and great, lacing streaking down the glass.

Smells potent, some cocoa powder, smoke, and roasted malt. Smells even more concentrated straight from the neck of the bottle.

Tastes dark, dark, dark. Probably the best export stout I've ever had. Some espresso bitterness, a bit of baker's chocolate, some tea-like hop bitterness, and some light dark fruit flavors. A lot of roasted malt flavor, but it's not overpowering at all. Some black bready pumpernickel flavors as well. Bit of licorice.

Medium bodied, quite thick for a stout of its ABV. Just really full and lovely. Medium carbonation, supremely drinkable. Creamy, smooth, mouthfeel, almost nitro-like, but not so flattened out.

This is a really cracking good beer. My first beer tried from Australia, and I'd like to buy a ton more of it please.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of kdales77
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

kdales77, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

GeoffRizzo, May 09, 2003
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

djeucalyptus, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of bewley
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

bewley, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of crossovert
4.33/5  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.

crossovert, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

bmwats, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.33/5  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!

BeerResearcher, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.33/5  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.

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of sbe1
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

sbe1, May 10, 2009
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Weizenmensch, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of ybnorml
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

ybnorml, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of jdmorgan
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

jdmorgan, Apr 08, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Photo of ClayO
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ClayO, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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