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Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery Limited

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373 Reviews

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Reviews: 373
Hads: 626
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 29
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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

well, just about the biggest head ive seen on a beer so far. im talking ENORMOUS!!! pouring into a glass about 1/3 larger than the bottle and i had to stop half way through. head forms fine, biege, and rocky. just lovely.
the head leaves an attractive lacing down the sides of the glass.
very mild aroma. a bit of roast malt and coffee.
again, a mild roasted flavor to it. no harshness. maybe im not tuned into stouts enough to pick up on the other subtle aspects of them yet.

re-review 30/7/05
well, over a year since my first review. thought id go back and try this again. ok, actually i couldnt find anything more interesting at the bottle shop.

appearance is still fantastic. head was a bit more controled, and dark tan in color.

much more pronounced aroma. nice roasted and warming on the nose.

taste also dominated by strong dark roasted malts. balancing bitterness, but the focus is malt.

much happier with this brew the second time around. a very good stout that delivers what is expected. score adjusted accordingly.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is black as night with a very dark, blackened head.

Smell – This nose shows a lot of promise. The bulk of the aroma is made up of the dark, roasted malts and burnt coffee. Behind that, the lovely dark chocolate and cocoa notes mix with some refined sugars to give it an extra kick. The bouquet ends with the tease of darkened fruits and cherries.

Taste – The entire nose shows up at the tongue but takes a step back. This is not a full-bodied, all on assult of the taste buds. Instead, this one plays lightly in the mouth, making this a potentially really good session stout (yes, there is such a thing as a session stout).

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied and a little thinner than I prefer, but good nevertheless. It’a actually a little milky creamy in the cheeks.

Drinkability – Very smooth. This one went down well enough. It’s not the heavy hitter that was hinted at the nose, but an excellent medium-bodied effort.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.01/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - standard pour into a pint glass yields only a thin covering which evaporates immediately. Brownish black in color, viewed from a strategic angle shows some brownish red shading, which I rather like. Would have liked to have seen a little more action on the head, though.

Aroma - smoky charcoal with a hint of chocolaty sweetness. That fades a bit after the pour so there's not much aromatic enhancement during the drinking. An underachiever.

Taste - my initial impression is, "Wow, my first shitty stout!". It's not really 'awful' per se, but an awful representation of the style in my opinion. After enjoying the Sparkling Ale, I had high hopes for this one as well, what a letdown. There is a decent smoky charcoal taste, no real hop presence to speak of, no carbonation worth mentioning. There is some fruity sweetness on the swallow and a bit into the aftertaste, but beyond that, there is no more development. I think this stout lacks depth. Thoroughly and sadly unimpressed, I'm actually miffed the beer is so much less than I was anticipating.

Mouthfeel - this is only 10% of the review's score, yet it is the mouthfeel that killed this beer for me. I was expecting stout-like heaviness, I got the opposite. An *extra* stout ought to be even more so in the mouthfeel department. Thin and bodiless, it does nothing to support the flavor profile, indeed, this soldier has deserted his troops on the field of battle and deserves to be shot. *I'M* gonna need a shot, at least one, to recover.

Drinkability - rare it is that I give a 1.0 to any part of a beer's review. You really have to earn a score that low, but this one earned it above. I won't follow up with another one here, after all this could be a good stepping stone to introduce someone to the stout style without choking them on an appropriately thick stout. Kind of like the Cream Ale of stouts, I guess, but I won't be buying this again unless aptly persuaded.

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Photo of Erix
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold, in a taster glass.
Appearance: This poured very dark, with some reddish hues around the edges. Moderate carbonation, yielding a tan, smallish head.
Smell: Roasted malt, a little sourness I've come to associate with a lot of porters and stouts that smells almost like green olives. A little alcohol. Not too sweet.
Taste: Rather tasty, quite toasty. Pleasant, but not great. A little sourness in with the dark malt flavors. Ends with a flavor of burnt toast and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but the body is a little thin. Some residual warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability: I could have a few of these, but it would not be my first nor fifth choice of a stout.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours pitch black into my smaple glass. There is no light escaping. A soft creamy tan head foams up easily and fades very slowly to a surface layer throughout the sampling.
Aroma has hints of chocolate, molasses and roasted malt.
First sip reveals a light gentle carbonation that bubbles along my tongue and paves the way for the thick bodied brew coming through.
Flavor is rich and malty with mild coffee notes up front. The finish is sweet chocolate with mild roast flavor and no hops anywhere.
This is a very smooth and easy drinking stout. I would buy it again to share but not for a special occasion.

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Photo of arizcards
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout is colored "dead of the middle of the night" black. Virtually no head deveploped with my pour. The aroma of toasted malts was very prevelant. The taste was a smooth toasted malt start with a nice little bitter hop finish. This has a moderately heavy mouthfeel. This is not a bad stout, much better than the pale ale from the same brewery.

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Photo of BCMan
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up nice generating a nice head but it fades as quickly after is builds. The appearance is very dark. I didn't hold it to a light but I doubt any light would get through. The nose is sweet with chocolate notes. The taste is like cocoa, maybe some chocolate malt. I'm a bit dissapointed with how thin it is. I like a stout to be more on the heavey side. Bottle conditioning left a lot of sediment in the glass. An aggressive pour in attemp to generate some foam made it hard to keep the sediment in the glass. I hope my love for stouts isn't making me give this brew special treatment. A good beer to try but I'd look to purchase so many other brands before this one.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a loud sounds of gases escaping the bottle. Poured a black without much of a head just a thing ring and slick of tan. Smelled heavily of espresso and sweet sweet chocolate with mollassas pulling at my nose. Taste was a little too cloying with a kinda wet sloppy brown sugar taste and more overly sweetness everywhere. Mouthfeel was overly thin for an export stout, tiny carbonation bubbles but too watery. Overall a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12.7 oz bottle. The color is black, with a wisp of white head. The smell is a nice roasted malt. The taste is a very dry, strong roasted malt taste. Mouthfeel is very heavily carbed. Drinkability, could probably have another one.

Not bad...probably the best of the 3 Coopers sent to America. A decent Export stout that I would likely have again.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a very dark beer that let only a minimal amount of ruddy brown light through around the edges. It had a weak-ass head that was coarse, brown, and fizzy. It flashed off in no time, leaving nothing but a thin ring around the edge of the glass. This, of course, meant that there was no lacing. It had the look of an imperial stout as it sat there in the pint glass, all thick, black, and headless.

Smell: Fresh after the pour, a sharp aroma of tart cherries dominated the smell of the dark liquid. This was combined with smoke, BBQ, and charred wood. As the beer warmed up, though, the smoke and heavily roasted aromas started to dominate the nose. There was a dark malt smell that added a good bottom end to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Border line full-bodied beer that had a nice, viscous feel to it. It was velvety and just barely tickled the tongue. It was close to being perfectly smooth. Very nice.

Taste: The flavor upfront was sharp dark fruit that was borderline vinuous. It bit at the tip of the tongue, but quickly subsided as some roasted malt flavors emerged. There was smoke on the finish and a nice burnt flavor. Some residual sweetness lingered, but it was light. There had to have been some hops in there to balance this brew out, but it blended well and did its job without standing out.

This was my first time with this beer and I must say that I am impressed. Coopers did a good job with this one.

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Photo of diablo14
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a marvellous robust, balls and all stout that never fails to hit the spot, coopers brew which i rate as the best stout in this country by a considerable way.

pours oily and dark, with a thick but beady tan head. also a dark yeast sediment which makes it look slightly cloudy despite its color. roasted, slightly smokey aroma with mocha like touches and some nutty sweetness. very full bodied, the flavor has a campfire like smoke character, with coffee, some chocolate, dry roasted nuts and an element of saltiness which lends itself to a very dry but still rich finish. one other thing i really like this is a gives you the lovely warm glow a stout should each time you drink it.

goes great with seafood, or with anything deep or pan fried. its interesting to compare this with the old stout, which is the same beer aged in barrels for a further 6 months. i tend to prefer this as i like its bold, in your face nature which is not something you find in a lot of reasonably priced stouts. one of my favorite aussie beers.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color is attractive but not classic stout black. Dark brown head, coursely bubbled, and fairly quick to disappear. Almost no lacing. Residue from bottle conditioning is curious at first, but doesn't affect a great taste experience.
Smells exquisite. Coffee, molasses, huge malt and roasted malt nose. A whiff of alcohol as well.
Taste is big malt, sweet, slight alcohol warmth, smoke, then somewhat dry finish. A lot going on in the mouth here, but all very balanced.
Carbonation level is perfect and tingly. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel slightly watery for the style, but not distracting.
Very drinkable... I could sit for 3 or 4 of these.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't quite put my finger on what disappointed me about this beer, but I believe it was the thiness of the feel. I've come to want more of a fullness in the body of stouts and this just seemed a bit watery and thin.

The body was dark and opaque, there was only a small token head, and minimal lacing. The aroma was light and gave off small hints of roasted coffee. The flavor was good, though even here it seemed more an oatmeal than a strong stout.

I was expecting more, but I'd have to admit that this was drinakble, if not exceptional, beer.

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


Smells of cowboy coffee and hot cast-iron almost create a sound of crackling green wood burning underneath the bouquet. Roasted, but not burnt, this is an intriguing smell. Notes of toasted hazelnuts, and other sweet nuts are also abundant.
In the mouth it's clean and slightly watery. No more so than hundreds of other commercially successful stouts and porters, but I was hoping for authority here. No, this is a stout with loads of character, well-balanced, integrated...it's only missing an element of viscosity to make it perfect. Drink it on a camping trip.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Black Color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and bananas (?). A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts are balanced by a very surprising fruitiness. A touch of banana and vanilla. Nicely balanced. A very drinkable milder stout. Nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a quickly dissipating light-brown, medium-sized head. Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes much like it smells. Wood and coffee up front with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Pretty good balance overall. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but smooth. I could drink several, but then again, I am partial to stouts.

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Photo of granger10
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting stout because it had some characteristics of an imperial stout but it was very thin in body. Lots of chocolate and coffee taste. A good level of hoppiness made this beer really balanced. The finish was dry and roasted. This was a solid, but not spectacular beer.

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

This sweet and slightly astringent stout beer poured a nice black colour into my glass. The aromas were of dark roasted malts, specialty grains and hops. The taste was a bit too sweet for my liking but it was dry and nice, none-the-less. The mouthfeel on this beer was pretty thick, but not too thick. The drinkability was pretty good as well. This was a decent stout,l but not one of the best, that I have had....

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Photo of fastfwd
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night. Nice fat creamy head. One of the best stouts I've had in awhile. If you don't really like hop bitterness this is your beer. It's not completely void of hop, but it strikes a really nice balance with a strong lean to malt. Super easy to drink. It's got a pretty strong abv to boot - certianly took me by surprise. Creeper beer!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a cloudy ink-black with innumerable flecks of brown yeast conglomerating at the bottom of my goblet, with particles in a suspended gradient. The tan head has poor retention and sits atop very fine bubbles. Lacing is very poor to non-existent. Carbonation is paradoxical...mild to moderate by looks, but moderate to strong by texture. Aroma reminds me quite strongly of Mackeson's XXX Milk Stout mixed 50/50 with Guinness Export Stout...sweet with caramel, burnt yet expressive, hints of toffee and butterscotch, dark roast coffee. Wonderful aroma...strong, complex, and rich. Mouthfeel is at first flitting and spritzy on the tongue but the dense body smooths it out and makes for a very refreshing, mild finish. Taste is very nice...starts with vanilla...thin, burnt malts backed up by substantial malts nicely filling out the body, smooth caramelized sugar, rather mild hops teetering between being earthy and herbal at the same time, and finishing with a touch of wood and a hint of smoke. Hops are well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Easy to drink, yet sippable owing to it's complexities. Alcohol is not perceptable in aroma or flavor, though there is a hint of warmth going down and it packs a decent buzz. Quite odd feeling in the belly..the carbonation is out of cahoots with the density of the brew. Drawing upon the best of the two beers I mentioned above, but without their weaknesses, this beer is well crafted and bests them both. It had been a long time since I last drank this, but I am thoroughly impressed.

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

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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black, appeared clear when pouring. Good and steady head. Aroma was the weakest area. Quite high in fruitiness and this was backed by a mild roast malt, but not much else. Well balanced flavor with no extremes in any direction (eg. neither too sweet or dry). Nicely balanced roast flavor, with a prominant fruitness too, that leaves a pleasant lingering. As advertised on the bottle, low astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not necessarily creamy. Carbonation aids this, but also adds a filling quality. This is really quite a nice stout. Well balanced. Can feel but not taste the alcohol. I'd recomment this, except that the fruitiness may be high for some.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a finely frothed lace that show an ample amount of stickage.

Smell: Quite aromatic with suggestions of soft espresso, liquorish, black currants and faint charcoal.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid creamy malty backing that holds the thick medium body together. Hints of vanilla and highly roasted coffee on the palate, the hopping is there for balance and is not too expressive. Layered crispness draws out a little bit of roasted bitterness that is faintly astringent. A sweet finish with light roasted grain in the end.

Notes: A highly drinkable, big bodied stout. A recommended ale for stout lovers to have in their fridge at all times. A versatile beer to pair food with, I could see doing chocolate as well as a hearty beer stew.

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Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
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