Dark Ale | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Dark AleDark Ale

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 90
Reviews by magnusdave:
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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a light molasses colered brew with a thin, off-white layer. You can see plenty of yeast chunks and floaties being battered about by very vigorus and visible carbonation. The nose is a mix of booze, chocolate, and skittles. I probably smell skittles more than anything in this.

On my first sip, the first thing I notice is the mouthfeel, which is thin and super-fizzy. It tastes like watery cola with a pinch of cocoa and a slight chips-ahoy aftertaste. This beer is light on the palate, but that damn carbonation hurts drinkability.

This beer is different and interesting, but I'm just not into it. I've had Cooper's Sparkling Ale which is awesome, and this was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.7 oz stubby brown bottle with a best before freshness date. Some sediment is noticeable on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin tan lace, dark stained wood hue with a good clarity because I left the sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Chocolate syrup, toasted biscuit and mild plum-like fruitiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Lots of sweet toasted malt, bakers chocolate and a toasted grain husk in the back. Mild hop bitterness lends a hand to help balance out the sweetness. Moderate body with a nice crispness. Faint mix of buttery / nutty yeast and a plumy fruitiness. Slow drying finish with remnants of the toasted husk.

Drinkability & Notes: A tasty brew, nothing earth shattering. I’ll chalk this one as a great lunch time brew … I paired it with a press Boursin cheese and roasted beef on pumpernickel sandwich.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Austral, in Rundle St Adelaide. I asked for a pint (568mL) at this pub, but was served a schooner (425mL) and when I asked again, I was told that I had been given a pint. The first time this happened, the other night, I didn't bother to clarify. I've never seen a schooner glass been called a pint before, anywhere in my travels. Weird.

Anyway the beer is good.
Appearance: Warm, dark oud bruin colour. Dark chestnut with a hint of warm red/orange at the bottom of the glass. Cloudy, not very effervescent, with a very thin head and lacing everywhere. Lace is non-sticky, more bubbly. Towards the end of the beer, a few yeast particles could be seen near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very faint smell, consistent with the sytle. Hints of nut, maybe hay. Pleasant but faint - would be amplified if served in a snifter, a few degrees warmer.

Taste: Warm, real ale-like, refreshing. Unusual hoppy bitterness on the palate. Nice and complex: grassy yet grainy - full oat or rye flavours. Very satisfying - much like you'd imagine a refreshing, quaffable dark ale would taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Not too fizzy but not flat: goes down real easy but can be savoured.

Drinkability: Veyr drinkable. Cheap here in South Australia, and you could have one after the other all night. They are, however, pretty filling.

A good ale; one of my long-term favourites.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

This is my first English Dark Mild Ale.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark malt with some caramel and toffee. The flavor is dark malt with some light coffee. The mouthfeel is watery with medium carbonation.

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Photo of RollingAlong
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, some guy beer-mailed me and abused me about my rating, look i don't really like the stuff that much and you can't force me too. This was deep brown in colour, quite oily, dry, but lacks a lot of character, also perhaps a bit sticky, i'm sorry, but i really can't see anyhting in this brew which appeals to me, but its not horrific at all, its quite drinkable.

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Photo of asabreed
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark but not opaque, with faint hints of dark brown and amber through the light. The head stays at about 1/2" and the lacing's fairly accompanying as it stays floating above and spiders well enough down the glass.

Smell: Mild dark fruit, heavy bread, a bit of yeast, some sweet malt, a bit of maple and vanilla, and some hops in there to as a tinge of bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Like a brown in a way, with some dark fruit, some sweet malt, and some hops at the finish for bittering. Nothing spectacular, but pretty balanced I'd say.

Mouthfeel: Full enough without being too carbonated or too sweet, and light enough to make me take the next sip, but once again more like a brown ale if I would compare this style to that one.

Drinkability: I admit I don't know as much about the style as I probably should, but I like this beer and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I definitely liked this better than the Sparkling Ale. While still cold I got some nice cocoa flavors that likened this beer to a light porter. Still sweet yeast flavors overcome the grains and make for a somewhat bland drink. Not a bad option if I were in Australia, but not worth picking up as an import.

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Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi hazy chestnut/mahogany with 1 finger deep white head. No lacing or head retention

S: Slight licorice notes with some fruitty scents

T: Licorice & fruittyness up front then dryness & a little oakyness. Finishes fruitty & dry

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation

Drinks okay, should've known a beer this low in ABV wouldn't fare well with it's trans-pacific journey

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Photo of trackstar1043
2.14/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a deep brown with a slight ruby hint, nice full 2 in tan rocky head with good retention, but thats where the good part of this beer ends.

S - The aroma or lack of was surprising, there was a weak smell of malts, brown sugar and a metalic grainy scent.

T - Again a lack of flavor just a slightly sweet malt, with a hollow grainy taste as if it were spoiled.

M - Med to light bodied, ok carbonation, left a bad aftertaste and residue to the palate.

D - If you have the opition, pass.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very light taste of brown sugar and chocolate

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a stifled off tan foamy head. A head that quickly slid off to leave some mild sliding lace.
The aroma had some sweet cocoa powder/milk chocolate sweetness, light baked to toasty notes with a warming sweet wafer/slightly vanilla-esque sort of glance.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas to arrange sweetly and provide a decent caramel backing. Mild aftertaste of milk chocolate, caramel, biscuit/wafer and toast.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Nothing distractible and had a nice ratio of carbonation and ABV projections. Nice semi-dry finish with some caramel and milk chocolate notes.
Overall, nice English Dark Mild that I would have again, preferably with some dessert.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour, small head that fades quickly.
Aroma is very weak. There's some toasty, nutty, chocolate notes and some very faint hops.
Flavours are much better, lots of roasted malt with some nutty notes. Light roasty bitterness.
Slightly watery, high carbonation.

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Photo of SpecialK088
2.16/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark brown with a moderate head and laceing very thin can easily see through against the light.

S&T-My 2 main issues with this was there was nothing going on in eaihter of these areas it has extremly small notes of chocolate but was like drinking very weak tea.

M%D-Light body and a bit overcarbonated i could drink this beer again but im not sure why I ever would

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky brown (I poured the bottle-conditioning yeast in before I realized it was there), and nothing every more than a thin film over the beer represents the head. No carbonation to speak of. They flecks of off-white yeast hang in middle of the glass, giving it an odd stratified look.

Aroma is light, a slight roasty malt that has chocolate and raisins. Reminds me of Sam Adams Black Lager.

Roasted malt is dominant here, with just a slight bitterness/astringency at the end that tells of hops. Decent mouthfeel makes this for an enjoyable experience. Overall, a good beer that doesn't wow me.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade from chaosworrier. Thanks, Paul.

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark brown, slightly cloudy, red oak colored, good two finger off white head on pour slowly dissipated leaving a good cover of foam on surface.

S = Light smells of hops but mostly get fresh bread malt scents with some hints of caramel and chocolate.

T = Lightly buttered toast, slight pepperiness or possible light cinnamon, in any case there is a definite but very light spicy note, some cocoa flavors, light bitterness in the mid-palate, especailly at the sides of the tongue. Only draw back is it is just a little watery in flavor, the flavors are there, but they seem too watered down. Medium finish.

M = Light bodied, carbonation perhaps stings tongue just a little more than desireable.

D = This would be a good session beer, I would recommend it for anyone looking for a mild ale with a little more mellow, sweet flavors than a paler mild.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolatey red with almost no head at all, actually looks sort of like root beer.
Smell: Slight roast malt & chocolate scent.
Taste: Sweet, malty, little bit of roast malt, just enough bitterness to balance it out. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: A little thick, a little creamy.
Drinkability: Yeah, I could drink a few of these. Not too strong, not weak, just about right.

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Photo of techdiver
4.04/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear mahogany with minimal head that is soon gone. Also noted, bits of yeast in bottom of the glass. Nose is of caramelly dark malt. Has a rich mellow well-balanced taste that's easy to swallow. Finish is smooth and easy drinking. I find this is a pretty good brew, could easily throw a few down.

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Photo of Gusler
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer escapes the bottle a beclouded deep mahogany to almost brown color, the head substantial, and the texture frothy, the color a toothsome light tan with the lace a solid sheet to encircle the glass. Nose is dominated by the sweet malt, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh with the start lightly sweet, the top light in its feel upon the palate. Finish is meek in acidity, the hops mild and pleasant, with the aftertaste dry, a drinkable but barely average beer.

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Photo of foles
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a soft head that disappears very quickly. Very little on the noise. Nice fresh taste on the tongue, roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, cola. Slight sour yeast twang is left in my mouth. Soft hit of bittnerness on the finish. The coopers yeast characteristic suits this beer well. Similar to an Australian stout, with a lower ABV, and not as strong flavoured.

Not a bad drop. I will pick up some more given its quite cheap.

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Photo of Noelito76
1.75/5  rDev -47%

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