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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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541 Ratings

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | 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.

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Photo of Spikester


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a modest head and no lacings. Chocolate aroma.
Taste is choco-coffee, molasses, fruits, and earthy bitter hops.
Mouthfeel was average for the style.
Drinkability is good flavor wise but 6.3% abv means a somewhat shorter session than something like Guiniess.
Has a layer of yeast in the bottom from bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:50:46 | More by Spikester
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 kflorence


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a relatively thick tan head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Definitely looks like a very dark, heavy stout.

S: I served this beer cold, and the smell is not very powerful. Very earthy, smokey, chocolaty and malty. Some espresso, molasses and deep fruits are lingering somewhere in the back. I'm picking up another strange smell in there... maybe some kind of nitrogen or carbonation aura.

T: Extra stout this is: this is a strong, dark and delicious beer. Espresso, molasses, toasted malts and dark chocolate hit the tongue up front, followed by a little bit of dry hopped stout bitterness, and finishing clean with a slight sweetness, burnt wood, nuts and dark cacao. Very tasty.

M: This beer is heavy bodied and will definitely fill you up. It is very well carbonated and rather light on the tongue, but it goes down heavy. If you let it sit in your mouth and warm up a bit, it's almost got a chewy complexion. While this beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel, I could go a little thicker and with a little less carbonation.

D: While this beer is very tasty, it is also very heavy. One of these would probably fill you up (even more so than Guinness I would say). I quite like the drinkability of one, but I don't think I could have much more than that. Overall a very fine dark stout that lives up to it's name. I would prefer this over Guinness any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 03:38:37 | More by kflorence
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan frothy head, about 1 finger, that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. Held to the light, nothing penetrated it.

Smells of deep roasted malt, coffee, hint of a sweetness.

Smooth and balanced -- I have to start with those terms because that is what this stout is. Roasted coffee , but just the right intensity, with hints of vanilla and a hint of sweetness (almost creamy) at the very end.

Medium to full bodied. No carbonation in this one.

This went down extremely easy. No harsh flavors or anything that dominates. Balanced. I wanted to buy just a single (in case it sucked), but due to the nature of the 6-pack packaging, had to go all in. Glad I did. 6.3% alcohol will sneak up on me after a few of these, but it will be worth it. I got the least 6 in the store, and will definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 13:00:00 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of toolbrew


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an opaque black color with a thick tan head at first. Head fell quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Great dark malt and chocolaty aromas.

Nice thick stout with the chocolate taste arriving at the end. With just a hint of bitterness, then finishes of with a sweeter taste.

Nice medium to full bodied stout that leaves a slight coating of bitter chocolate taste on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer. Very happy with my purchase. Will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:55:24 | More by toolbrew
Photo of magictrokini


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 22:26:23 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Coopers Best Extra Stout pours a thick dark, dark, dark, dark-dark opaque brown along with a small crown which diminishes rather quickly.

Smell: Plenty of chocolate along with some notes of dark ryebread and roasted malts.

Taste: Similair to that of smokeporter actually, I get the sensation of charcoal (don't have any perticular recollection of ever tasting it, but who knows right...), it is, however, most likely the roasted malts making themselves noticed. Then what? Well, there's some hints of caramelized sugar and a mellow tone of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: So fudgepackingly thick and creamy, oh lawdy lawd and plenty of carbonation too (NOT too much, but plenty)!

Drinkability: Rich to the flavour, decently poised between the taste and smell, great mouthfeel, shure a bit heavy, but me likey likey AND SO DO YOU!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:28:26 | More by Asgeirr
Photo of schellsbeer


1.98/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thought I was in for something else....

However, when I opened this bottle, I soon realized that America has the best Stouts and Porters brewed right here in the States.

Why do I keep on thinking I am going to find something extra special made outside when all of the best breweries are right here.

This beer really solidified this for me.

Ever foreign porter and stout never seem to measure up.

A - good. Dark. Black. No head.

S - somewhat of a Baltic Porter - funky is the word that I would describe it. Fresh....No.

T - Ahhh hmmm Yeahhh About the taste... Medicine???? Bitter???? Stale apples???? Never buy again????

M - simple. not complex. thin but not. hard to describe. try it and you will know what I mean.

D - No. I will never purchase this beer again. too bad that I am now off to bed with this beer as the last of the evening. What was I thinking?

Bells, Surly, Floyds, Founders, Great Lakes...don't worry....Coopers won't be taking over your corner of the market on Stouts and Porters any time soon. WOW!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:05:18 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of thierrynantes


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : opaque black color, with tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : rich dark texture comes from roasted dark malts. Coffee and notes of vanilla. Medium bodied with alcohol presence of a foreign stout.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Foreign export stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 21:37:08 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Greggy


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color with 1.5 finger head. As this fluffy thick head recedes, it leaves some nice clinging lace.

S- Very fresh chocolate and slight coffee, also a nice creaminess evident, and just suggestions of dark fruit. There is also some hop presence.

T- Starts out quite dry with dark chocolate, roastiness, and slight coffee notes. The finish is dark chocolate.

M- Light carbonation works well. The alcohol is hidden well.

D- Anyone who is a fan of guinness extra stout should give this a shot. It's nice a dry and has some easy drinking qualities. The ABV however hurts sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 04:49:21 | More by Greggy
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 18:09:09 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of KarlHungus


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, and hints of cocoa. The taste is full of roasted malt, with toffee, graham cracker, and hints of cocoa and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation for a stout. Overall, this is a fine beer that I could easily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:37:40 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Offa


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 20:11:21 | More by Offa
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tannish head. In the aroma, a roasty, oatmeal like sweetness. In the taste, roasty, caramel like sweetness, and just a hint of piney hops. A small bitterness and a medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty aftertaste. A nice stout, but just over average. Nice hops and sweet oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 17:27:35 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of WHROO


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as expected, thick & opaque with a nice 2 finger thick head, & 'some' lacing but not as much as with other stouts I have enjoyed.
Smell is very smokey, coffeeish, with dark roasted malts & cocoa..& some nice sweet maltiness
taste: defintately very tasty, full of dark roasted malts, with some toffee sweetness (banana'ry) & definately a nice kick of bitterness in each mouthful - left a feeling like I just had a smoke with a coffee!!!
Mouthfeel is very nice for a stout, a little heavy as expected...good carbonation, goes down very well...
Drinkability is absolutely fine - for another comparable but cheaper aussie stout try Abbotsford Invalid - both are enjoyable!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 04:48:34 | More by WHROO
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark opaque nature with a 1 finger cream tan head.

S: deep roasted coffee and chocolate aroma.

T: The initial flavor yielded a hearty body full of chocolate and fresh coffee flavor. The dark roasted malt is accompanied by a light underlying sweetness balancing the bitterness nicely. Smooth on the finish with a good lingering coffee fade and dark chocolate.

M: Mouthful is smooth but kinda light, with a good deal of carbonation. A nice roasted sweetness laces the tongue with a decent bitterness.

D: Good drinkability, rich in flavor, but light enough to enjoy in multiples and wont fill you up.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:59:10 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of nem2006


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a strong brown head that holds well.

The smell was fairly complex. I caught coffee, dark chocolate and a toasted note to it. My sister pointed out that she smelled cherries.

This is a heavy-bodied beer to say the least. A good mouthfeel if you know what you are getting into. There is a heavy coffee start followed by heavy smokiness. It finishes with some bitterness that pales in comparison to the smoky middle.

This beer is one you would drink in autumn or any chilly night. Would go well with smoked gouda and maybe a smoked extra sharp cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 21:52:31 | More by nem2006
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty damn close to black. Tan to light brown head is quite dense and holds in some form for a really long time. Some of that is just in a ring around the top, but it's still pretty thick.

Good power in the nose; lots of the proper roasted notes including chocolate and espresso. Definitely some molasses in there.

Leading with the coffee bitterness, along with some dark fruit flavor that probably is partly hops and partly the thick sweetness of the malt. Finish is a little dry, mouthfeel is solid. Not too light, definitely not too heavy.

There's a lot going on here, and only 6.3% to boot. Definitely no overbearing alcohol tones going on here, although the finish is quite sticky and coating. A little something for later...

I haven't had many of this style, but Cooper's is a good one: I didn't like this quite as much as Lion Stout, but better than any of the American versions I've had. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 03:55:33 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 18:23:35 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of foles


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bit of a fascination with Australian Stouts at the moment, because they appear to have a character about them that is distinctive, and they are fairly traditional, being the first beverage brewed here alongside a type of pale ale in the early days.

Coopers Best Extra Stout is one of the more creamy looking stouts I've seen, jet black and almost sliding into the glass. This one has a roasty smell about it, but the aroma isnt very strong. The taste is rich, with some kind of black/burnt malt character and definite presence of alcohol which isnt fully masked by the slight vanilla/caramel/medicinal mouthfeel. A slightly bitter finish but not overpowering.

At 6.3% you wouldnt want to session on these, and I could only drink them in cooler weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 00:28:18 | More by foles
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking stout with a thick off white head fading slowly to lace over a dark brown body with a bit of red at the edges when backlit. maybe it's a little cold off of this particular tap, but the aroma isn't overly exciting little bit of chocolate roastiness, but the good chocolate malt qualities come through quite nicely in the taste. nice full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation... a good drinkable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 20:34:09 | More by almychristopher
Photo of udubdawg


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours a nice dark brown. Light definitely makes it through at the edges, but it has a nice, thick brown head of stubborn nature. Some lace left in odd patterns here and there. Looks good.

Heavily roasted malt dominates the nose, with more than a little coffee backing. A little sweet carmelized sugar, and perhaps a touch of bitter twang from burnt malt. Nice.

Tasty, although I'm not blown away. A little too thin for the style, but overall satisfying and very easy drinking. A little more coffee than I expected from the aroma. Malt seems a little less roasty too - more caramel, less molasses. Long pleasant finish.

I'd have this again. Seems to be missing something, but there's a lot to like, and not anything to truly dislike. Nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 21:47:32 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a nice foamy tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Sides of the glass were clean as I drank it down.
Nice roasty sweet aroma. Flavor has hints of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of molasses. Hops are subdued, but provide perfect balance to the heavy malts. Powdery dry finish; quite clean for a stout.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, & creamy. Subtle carbonation.
An incredibly balanced & drinkable Export Stout. Probably my favorite of the style to this point.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 05:13:25 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got ripped off at a bar yesterday when they poured me a 14 ounce draft when a expected a pint. But Coopers is here to help relieve the pain by offering a 12.7 ounce bottle instead of the usual 12. On to the beer:

Pours thick black into an Imperial Pint glass, where it's pitch black with a slight coffee tan head. Aroma is made up of bakers chocoalte and some dark malt. The taste starts with some unsweetened and bitter chocolate. Just as it makes its appearance, it gets knocked to the ground with smokey wood and charcoal-like flavors. Good balance all-around, nothing gets cloying, and it doesn't go down with much trouble.

A good beer on its own, but the smokey flavors makes this very intriguing to pour onto BBQ'd meats.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:16:05 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle just recently purchased from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
Definitely one of the top foreign stouts I've sampled from probably the best Australian brewery...
Pours a pitch-black, ebony-hue with a modest head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all...
Unassertive, yet noticeable chocolate, malt-dominated aroma with hints of vanilla in the mix...
Smooth, crisp, non-cloying taste dominated with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, light mocha, and cappuccino essences...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a very good level of drinkability to match...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 21:56:45 | More by dsa7783
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