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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
86
very good

597 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 28
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a nice, thick, fairly persistent tan head - couldn't look more appetizing. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily, having tones of molasses and miso. Flavor is smoky and has tones of quality roast coffee and brown sugar. Texture is tingly and fizzy, sometimes seeming just a mite watery but still good. Worthy.

Photo of aval89
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a dark dark brown with tan leather head. Very inviting brew.

Smell was of dark roasted malts, cocoa, little bit of coffee in there.

Taste was of roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, coffee bitterness, slight vanilla & cocoa, black licorice, very little hop presence. Burnt resin lingers on the mouth after it all goes down.

Mouthfeel was somewhat chewy but overall a decent stout.

Even at 6.3%abv very drinkable.

Would definitely try this again.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355 cl long-necked brown bottle with yellow/black label. Writing in white. Looks kind of nice.

A: Color is black and the head is light brown, thich creamy compact. Slow dissipation, rich lacings.

S: Rich roasted malt. Flowery, and with rich chocolate notes. Some strong coffee.

T: Roasted malt and strong coffee. Some bitter chocoalte notes. Faint dark dried fruits. Licorice.

M: Full creamy body, moderate carboantion. Aftertaste lingers, bitter.

D: A nice Stout. A bit of everything. This won't make you dissapointed.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black color forming a big, bubbled and soapy beige head. Good retention and lots of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Great roasted smell. Very biscuity. Notes of dark chocolate and earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront, becoming quickly roasted and dry. Roasted malts are a must. Again, notes of dark chocolate. Quite biscuity reminding an Oreo :). In overall, a dry stout in the mouth with a dry and mild bitter end

M: Medium and creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted malts bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice stout

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/21/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Almost pitch black with slight ruby edging when held up to the light. Capped off by about a finger and a half, bubbly tan head that hung around for a good bit. Pretty decent lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malt, light dark chocolate. Smelled more like a milk stout.

T- Roasted dark chocolate with a little of the sweetness, maybe hints of licorice as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- Hadnt had this one in a long time and forgot how much I liked it. Could easily have several of these in a sitting. I was suprised that more of the sweetness didnt come through in the taste.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours an opaque jet black with about a finger of tan foamy head that lingers awhile. The nose is weak, with light hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark malts darting through the spaces betwixt the air itself. The taste follows, with the coffee, malts, subtle bits o' cocoa, and twinge of bitterness all coming in, but sadly seeming somewhat watered-down, all of the flavors perceptibly weaker than they ought to be. The body is a strong medium, with very little carbonation and, though it lightly coats the tongue, a smooth, dry feel. Overall, a decent stout, but not quite a reason to ride down under.

Photo of bob3701
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured black, light does not shine through, with a big tan creamy head that hangs around and laces nicely. Heavey roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor with a coffee/chocolate bitterness and a pleasant smokey finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Very good stout.

Photo of rarbring
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really black beer, with a tan head that leaves some slippery lacing.

The smell is rather cautious, some forest fruit, sweet sherry and a hint of roasted coffee beans.

The taste is more bold, coarse smoky sausage base, with dark strong espresso. A hint of licorice. The bitterness is balanced with the sherry sweetness.

A mild carbonation, creamy feeling.

In all a very good stout - I must admit I didn't expect that from Australia.

Photo of dqrull
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really black liquid with a big brown head that leaves some creamy lacing.

Smells heavily of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, a really filling almost milky touch to it, some dark bread aswell.

Tastes of roasted malts as well, not so much coffee in the taste though,l but the chocolate is there, but 'milkier' than in the nose, slightly bitter finish, and a little weak finish as well. A pesistent aftertaste, chocalaty and slightly bitter.

An okay mouthfeel, could h ave been a little fuller though.

Photo of Daniell
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: very very dark body, when held up to light assumes very very slightly red colour in addition to the darkness, making it kind of a very dark taro colour. three finger head. Lacing hangs around for a relatively brief but sufficient time.

Smell: this one has a really distinctive dusty cinnamon smell, which I'm not sure I remember from previous times I've tried this beer. A sweet milkiness also comes across in the nose. Also a really thick umami- chocolatey, vegemitey etc. (but in a good way, I don't like vegemite but I like the smell here). And yeast. Smell is amazing.

Taste: Excellent. Spicy, burnt, bitter, but also sweet. At times it almost feels too sweet, but it effectively balances out the strong bitterness.

Feel: very creamy. Carbonation just right.

Drinkability: Despite the strong flavours I could easily have a few of these, and have done several times (4+, as well as other beers)

This beer is absolutely amazing, especially for the price.

Photo of juju7
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good solid stout. Very dark with a giant creamy, espresso head that hung around for the whole glass. Ample chocolatey, roasted kind of flavours but a touch more subdued than some. Well carbonated, smooth with a pleasant, long finish. Won't blow your mind, but it shouldn't need to.

Photo of kpoole25
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer from Coopers I'm reviewing. Picked up a bottle from Tops in Bangkok. Poured into a colins glass (only option available at that time).

The beer poured a dark brown, almost black colour - in fact at and below eye level it was a ravenous black, only if you would hold up the glass to a light source could you make out the brown around the edges. The dishwater froth coloured head was loose, about an inch high - quickly receded and vanished leaving very light, spotted lacing. To the unknowing, this could be easily mistaken for a glass of Coca Cola.

The nose was full of dark malts, caramel and bitter chocolate initially. Although the smell was profound at first, it was shortlived - a second sniff to bring out any hidden aromas yielded no result, in fact even the initial bouquet seemed blunt. The surprise lay within - a sip and an array of flavours burst inside. First up it was bitter chocolate and coffee which were perfectly blended, followed with a shot of caramel sweetness - all that highlighted the quality of brewing, the choice of malts and the careful degree of roasting chosen. The bitterness that complimented the sweeter flavours did not seem to come from the hops - this was purely malt driven also. The taste was Ace.

The beer was velvety smooth inspite of above average carbonation, bearing testimony to the impact of the big flavour it has to offer. I would certainly be looking out for this beer again. Frankly, I am very impressed with this one.

Photo of drizzam
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good friend Jdostal for this Christmas gift...I owe you man!

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The label showed a "Best after" date of 12:06:07. Wow...this beer is over 2 years old...let's hope it cellars well!

A - Poured a dark dark opaque brown/black with a fluffy tan head. The head dissipated to a thin cap after a couple of minutes and left spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Nice malty aroma with a decent amount of bitter chocolate in the nose. Also, a bit of a sweet dark fruit aroma.

T & M - The taste way outperformed the nose on this brew. The roasted malt body is accentuated by a nice playful mixture of bitter chocolate and hints of espresso. Some hop bitterness lingers toward the back end. There is an impressive complexity to this brew with the different flavors playing so well together. Creamy mouthfeel, but it does seem to have a bit of an abrasive character from the carbonation. It finishes well with a slight hop aftertaste.

D - This is an excellent stout, and my first foray into the world of Coopers. I'm impressed and am also a bit curious to try some of Coopers other brews. I could probably session this beer!

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 stubby bottle. Almost ink black in color, with very little head. Awesome smell, first off dark coffee and a hint of some dried fruits, such as plums. Very creamy mouthfeel. Dark roasted chocolate, big roasted malts and nutlike, creamy flavor. Full bodied. By far my favorite of the Coopers that I have tried. Drinkability might be hindered by the full flavor of this brew. A sipper in my mind.

Photo of bmwats
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice stout that pours deep deep brown with an almost white head. i had two that night because i was so intrigued. first is english porter fruit... quite a bit of sweet apple and grape... a tad sherry quality. the second was straight up plum and apple malt. the palate was a decent body for a earthy mild smokiness that gave way to a very mild sour quality. i had both a tad warm as the palate was very bland otherwise. alcohol comes through a bit as a sherry quality. finish of shiraz grape, vanilla bean. very interesting with a subtle tobacco earth. quite a surprise how wonderful.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. Best after 24.05.07 17:56. "Real Aussie Stout".

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - A taller-than-normal pour reveals the beer to be a clear dark brown color but in the glass it's as black as night. The head foams up right away to a dense tan froth with great retention and dense, thick lacing on the glass. A bit of cascading after the pour contributes to this picture-perfect stout.

S - Nice deep nose filled with chocolate and black patent roasted malts. A nice, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa nose too but it is a timid aroma overall.

T - Dense, rich malts are all this beer contains. Roasted and very dark, they provide a dry bitterness with hints of chocolate, dark coffee, and brown sugar.

M - Rich but fairly crisp due to a higher carbonation level. The finish is very dry with a medium bitterness to it.

D - Huge waves of lace and foam til the last sip, this Extra Stout looks perfect, tastes good, and feels fine which really makes it one easy drinking extra stout. A pleasant treat from the land down under!

Photo of keitho
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.Best after 14 May 09.

Appearance-Pours with thick tan head which retains well,black body ,good carbonation,bits of yeast floating in glass.Leaves light lacing.

Smell-Roasted malt,hint of chocolate and hops.

Taste-Roasted malt, coffee flavours,bitter tang off the hops.

Mouthfeel- Slghtly creamy a tad thin.

Drinkability-It's a nice brew,easily available here and would buy again.

Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle From Beers of the World in Rochester for around $2.99

Color is deep dark brown, almost black and light could not get through the contents of the glass. poured and got a small amount of head in the glass.

Smell was great - roasted coffee, toffee and chocolate aromas.

Taste - good amt. of carbonation,malty goodness along with a hint of coffee, toffee and chocolate, great flavor lingered on the tongue long afterwards

Overall a solid stout that I would gladly revisit.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque. Nice full, creamy head. Smells nice. with some sweetness, mild coffee, and good malts. The taste is on par with the smell with some added faint anise. Complex with good balance of bitter sweetness. Mouthfeel is good, though slightly thin, but still full bodied. Great drinkability. This was tasty and easy to put back many.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a pitch black opaque body with a thin dark dark head fading to a ring around the glass.

S. Initially bitter-sweet Aroma, is full of roasted malts, Burnt coffee beans, and slight chocolate notes.

T.Roasted malt and dark chocolate gives way to powerful bitter notes and strong, dry finish.

M. Finishes with some bittersweet chocolate and some alcohol. First Coopers I tried...next is the Sparkling ale, after I relax my pallet.

D. Could go for another, bitter, yet not cloying or too complex, a very Drinkable Stout.

C....see above.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe) Best after 04 may 09
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a grayish-tan cobweb head that has bubbles popping through the surface.
S- The soft black roasted malt aroma doesn't really have any malt qualities to it but there are some faint circus peanuts and yeasty hints that come through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a roasted black malt flavor that is smooth with a slight char finish and a black bitterness that lingers after each sip. There is a a watery taste that grows as the beer warms and a soft inky hint with soft oatmeal flavor underneath.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish and a slight slippery texture.
D- This beer has a light flavor but good roasted flavors. however there are not much malt flavor or depth to the beer.

Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
86 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.