Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout

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Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of nick_perry
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black color. Head dissipates quickly. Not a lot of aroma. Taste is of malt at first, followed by a delayed note of coffee and molasses. Quite carbonated. Structure is a bit weak for a stout, but it could be that it’s old. Noticed some sediment in the glass.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: completely black, 3 to 4 orangey finger head, great retention and good lacing.

smell: strong coffee, cocoa, and some woody aromas too. Nice.

taste: bitter coffee flavour with chocolate notes. Much bitter than I expected.

mouthfeel: although the flavours and aromas are strong, I found it a bit watery and with a strong bitter aftertaste.

overall: a really nice stout, maybe too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best AFTER 1-2-15. Ok, guess I aged this one enough. Bottle fermented so I did a light pour into glass. Regret that since I didn't get a true picture of what the head could be. Body was black and opaque.

Got a bitter bite on the initial taste, but was a little overly chilled. let it sit, which I should have from the beginning, and then the magic happened. Started to take on notes almost like an imperial. Great, boozy hints. Faint bitter coffee. Smooth. I'll take it.

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Photo of jmv0009
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours black, with a thin light brown head. Looks like any other stout.

S - Good strong smell. Vanilla and coffee.

T - Coffee, vanilla, and oaky nuttiness with some chocolate if you look for it. Sweet up front and slightly bitter on the finish. I think coffee stands out the most, with a good transition from sweet to bitter. Good strong flavors. More flavour than a guiness, and also a little more on the bitter side.

F - About average for a stout, heavier than guiness, but also not as drinkable. I think it's just about right for a classic stout.

O - Good classic stout. Everything is as it should be. I'll pick this up again for sure this winter. Good strong flavors, good flavor transition, in the middle as far as drinkability. Yeah I like this beer, I'll take this over a guiness or an O'sheas. Props to the guys down under.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

80000 VND for a 375ml brown glass bottle in Hoi An, Vietnam.

A: Tan colour head of ~5+ minute retention. Light lacing as it recedes.

Opaque black body - classic stout.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate malt, malted milk balls, dark malt sweetness. No overt roast.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma, with overt imbalanced bitterness emerging post midpoint. Rough around the edges in terms of build; some roasted barley would be nice, as would deeper chocolate character.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a biteen powdery, well-carbonated, medium-bodied but a bit on the thin weak side for a stout.

O: Enjoyable and within conventions, but far from impressive. Drinkable and enjoyable, but unexceptional.

C+ (3.14) / AVERAGE

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Photo of q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found notes from my 2009 trip to Australia. Had several of these, always bottle to glass or drank from the bottle. Thick black color. Creamy feel. Toasted malt.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best after July 13th 2014. okay then..

Deep dark walnut brown body and out of the bottle with a hint of red mahogany. A bit of floaties and suspended animation appearances. Head creation is a solid two finger with a nice dark espresso top and big bubbled puck and collar. Actually as not as bad it looks, it does look a little bit frozen. Floaties are of course optional.

Aroma is quite invigorating. Real nice dark plum and fruity ester notes, a real soft molasses smell that really cuts nicely. Gets into a bit of raspberry chocolate like angles as well, quite an excellent bouquet on this with lots of complexity.

Pretty neat brew on the palate. Light washing but with excellent body. Nearly char crackling grains, but a quick coffee bean bitterness hits the mid palate and then hits with a big fruited angle. Thick berries, fermented dark fruits take over, with a bit of mineral light body finishing as well. Nice lingering dark cocoa powder bitterness and ripping dark grains.

A different tasting FES that manages almost some real big Russian Imperial like character. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

From Festival de las Naciones. In Teku glass. At dinner, with sausages + cheesr sandwich. Good stout. Although the look isnt pretty (little foam), its amazing in nose and the taste is good enough. Texture maybe is a bit lighter than desiderable

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Photo of BrandonR
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a bottle at Emperor Barton's Boozeland in SF. Smell is a very mild malt. Taste is mainly burnt chocolate. With an acidic chocolate aftertaste. A fair amount of hoppy bitterness, not as smooth as I would have liked.

Overall pretty good, though a bit bitter to my taste.

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Photo of seedyone
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home. Just from the pour I can see this is a serious drink. It's opaque, No difference when held up to the light. Why did I hold it up to the light? Because & I could see by the unctuous viscosity this stuff means business. Business without pretense.

The head was a nice rich tan colored tiny bubbles. No lacing at all. First impression is a distant smokiness that recedes until the aftertaste. All the flavors, & there are many, are nicely balanced...harmonious. Distinctively indistinct. A hint of licorice,,,or so it seemed. The usual grains seemed to present but in varying degrees of roasty/toastyness.

The only thing "down under" about this is it's point of origin.

In a word: solid.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a six pack over two years. Not one regret... but I probably won't buy it again.

I note when a beer is listed in one of three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson 1999 "Pocket Edition" gave this 3.5 of 4 stars and declared it "coffeeish, oil, almost tar-like."
"1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", page 657.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black color with brown head. Aroma is malty, roasty, sweet and slightly smokey. Taste starts roasty sweet, slightly smokey and dry on the finish. Just a bit of roasty bitterness on the aftertaste. Body is quite light and dry. Quite simple, straight forward dry and roasty stout.

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Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's best by 2010, so rating is set to current average.

Aroma is dominated by caramel and cocoa. Fairly sweet, with syrupy fig notes.

Flavor is slightly vinous upfront, becoming fudgy and roasty bitter at the finish.

Past its prime, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this one a long time ago and just recently had it again in Chiang Mai. I can't recommend this beer highly enough. It's a fantastic stout and is strong, but not too strong, while remaining smooth to drink. It's very flavorful initially and gets stronger as you go down, and proves rich in its aftertaste. I will get this one again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with tight, creamy tan head which disappeared fairly quickly; minimal lace. Burnt grain and toasty malt nose. Roasted malt and slightly burnt; bittersweet dark chocolate; bitter finish. Dry medium mouthfeel; smooth creamy tongue coating. Medium carbonation. Strong long lasting bitter linger.

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Photo of ordybill
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA.
This is a dark black beer with a large tan head. The aroma is a blend of chocolate, roasted coffee and maybe some malt. the flavor is nice with the roasted flavor carrying the day. Very enjoyable, i would drink this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after 4/21/14. Pours dark as a starless night. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of chocolate, roast and a hint of coffee. Underneath are notes of black cherry, anise and currant.

Almost medium bodied with a rich smooth texture that has creamy moments. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescence from the middle on ending with a nice prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, but not harsh, somewhat complex and well balanced. All flavors of the nose are present, but never separate very much. Light fruit notes (currant, cherry) begin then flow to a mild subtle roast bitterness in the middle that also has a hop influence. Chocolate makes it's strongest showing in the finish during the slow fade as does a bit of uncovered alcohol.

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

"Best" is a bold claim, Coopers. I've had better. It isn't a terrible beer, but it isn't anything special for stout. The taste is bitter, the feel isn't smooth, it reminds me of an imperial stout overall and I'm not a fan of those.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, A blend of fruit, chocolate and hop bitter notes .This beer's unique rich, dark texture comes from specially roasted black malt. Not to bad.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into pint glass, best after 4/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink with a great creamy mouthfeel. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of gshak
2.07/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

Heavy diacetyl...the bottle had a best after 29/7/2012 date, which I suppose isn't all too helpful. I hoped it would have kept for 3 years, sadly it did not. The only best part of this beer is that I bought a single of it, so it ended up being a $2 drainpour....

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an australian classic, something about this one makes it work in a warm or cold weather context, perfect for australian climate, but also neat on this side of the pond, especially as spring tries to fight through winter here in february. huge milky frothy mocha head, lacy and airy on top of the dark brown hersheys colored brew. some bitterness going on in the nose and taste, a hint of grass, this has more hops than others, and that helps. it also seems to have as much of a brown ale malt base as it does a stout one. roast is there, but the cocoa malt thing is too. chocolate gives way to coffee in the finish, intense coffee, but there is no java in this brew from what i a aware of. the feel also is different for a stout, tons of bubbles and english yeast character. i think in some ways its the best of three different worlds, foreign stout, black ale, and english brown, all contributing equally. drinkable as anything, fairly priced, and quite different from others. one of the best coopers beers going.

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Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep chocolate brown not wanting to let any light through. Decent head dissipating quickly, leaving nice light tan lacing. Light malty nose with hints of sugared coffee. Taste, to me, has a hint of licorice up front, followed by some bitter malt and roasted(almost burnt) coffee. Not bad, a little unbalanced, but overall, ok !

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Photo of SmashPants
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Format: a traditional Coopers brown 375mL bottle. A standard macro lager label.

Appearance: looks exactly as a stout should: a non-transluscent jet black body, with a dark tan head that drops from one finger to a creamy half. Good lacing too.

Aroma: a stronger aroma than the majority of stouts. Plenty of heavy chocolate and roast coffee. Some smoke also.

Taste: very strong roast malts and cocoa, with the smoke and some bitterness.

Aftertaste: the finish is quite chocolatey, with some bitterness from the roasted malts. Lingers for quite a time.

Mouth feel: medium in body with an almost lager-like carbonation, which makes it a refreshing and easy to drink stout.

Overall: one of my favourite stouts. Well put together, very traditional style with a big, punchy flavour. Add to that a price of AU$58 a case of 24 x 375mL, and this is also one of the best value stouts around, along with CUB's Sheaf Stout.

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Photo of mhuber
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Deep reddish-brown color. A nice burnt-caramel flavor, and surprisingly refreshing for a stout. Not too heavy. This one was great - I really like this beer!

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