Best Extra Stout
Coopers Brewery Limited

Best Extra StoutBest Extra Stout
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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #40
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,584
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.92%
Reviews:
389
Ratings:
695
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Coopers Brewery Limited
 
Australia
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  89
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Now here's a beer with punch. Coopers Best Extra Stout is a beacon for lovers of a hearty brew. With its robust blend of fruit and chocolate flavours and bitter hop notes, it's everything a stout should be. An all malt brew that's naturally conditioned in the bottle, Coopers Best Extra Stout's unique rich, dark texture comes from our liberal use of specially roasted black malt. No additives. No preservatives.
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Sep 20, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Apr 04, 2003
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Kulrak from Australia

3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black color, with a small but tight creamy head. No noticeable aroma, really. The taste is a very nice thick combo of chocolate, coffee and malt. Barely any bitterness to it, though it finishes pretty clean. A very tasty brew, especially on a cold night. Very drinkable. Another fine Coopers ale.

Aug 13, 2004
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dqrull from Sweden

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Feb 20, 2010
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Sergioelijah from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Oct 29, 2014
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a clear brown brew, not as dark as I would have expected. It had almost no head to speak of, and I poured it at cellar temperature (about 55° - 60°F here).

Aroma was nice, cherries and apples, sweet dark malt with a hint of roastiness underneath. But not what I expected from a stout.

Flavor was of roasted malt and coffee, with a light hop bitterness. Quite stout-like.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little light.

Driankability was OK, if you're in the mood for a mild stout.

Dec 13, 2005
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brewerburgundy from California

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, goblet, best after date of 07-09-08.

Dark coffee brown liquid, my this is a dark one, with no real highlights. The head is big bubbled and fizzy and tall. It leaves a little khaki cap and wispy lacing. A large pile of sediment plopped out at the bottom of the pour, guess I should be more careful next time, or not.

The nose is deep dark chocolate with the suggestion of coffee liqueur. Licorice, hot cocoa, cherry.

Creamy chocolate, molasses, licorice, spent coffee, small maraschino cherry, and there's the coffee liqueur again. There is some nice char in the finish for balance and no trace of hops. What we have here is a darn good Export Stout. The nose reminds me of a Baltic Porter.

This is a thin beer. It may be significantly thinned out by the active carbonation, another characteristic that points toward Baltic Porter. Swirl it, let it sit, warm, and enjoy it with a few less bubbles and more apparent flavors. It's too thin.

At the moment I'm not sure what the abv is here. This would be a real winner if available in six-packs at a nice Sierra Nevada price point. The face it is I can't remember how much this single cost me, but likely more than $2. Anyhow, this is a good one if run across.

Sep 18, 2010
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lmaduells from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A beer to share with friends who love all things British. A style that is not mine. beer I miss tour and complexity

Jan 17, 2016
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Nov 10, 2009
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kpoole25 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Feb 18, 2010
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Sellen from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aug 08, 2014
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BeerZack from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with lots of sediment floaties being pushed around by constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Huge head that settles to a nice thick covering of khaki foam that leaves big clumpy lacing.

Smells very sweet and yeasty. Banana, marshmallow, toffee, mild clove or nutmeg spice scents.

Sweet flavors similar to the nose, banana and marshmallow with some chocolate and bit of coffee underneath. Mildly dry finish that balances well.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, despite all the carbonation, thanks to the bottle conditioning; but still feels kinda weak. Overall, this stout reminds me a lot of a dopplebock with its medium body and soft yeasty character.

Mar 07, 2008
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buyyourfreedom from New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Aug 31, 2013
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JoelClark from Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aug 03, 2014
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BrewMaster from California

4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy brown color with a bit of sediment in it. The aroma is very sweet with notes of hazelnut and coconut rind. The taste proceeds in an interesting fashion by sliding into the roasty and chocolately taste and finishing with a light cherry. None of the flavors come on strong, but they slowly build. Minimal hop contribution. The beer is thinner on the palate than expected by looking at the beer, but it still has a medium body to it.

Oct 15, 2004
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 22, 2011
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wilsonbaron from Colombia

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 20, 2015
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santoslhalper from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a deep black with a chocolate head. The head it's decent sized and leaves decent lacing. There's more carbonation on the side of the glass than I like to see in my stouts.

Smell: Smells of smooth and creamy malts. Nice, rich chocolate notes blend with other dark rouches creating an interesting smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's pretty bitter with a nice chocolate flavor. The back of it is nice and smooth with a great coffee touch. The aftertaste last for a pretty long time. The hops present themselves well without being too upfront. The rich and full-bodied mouthfeel only adds to the flavor.

Drinkability and Overall: A solid, smooth stout that will please all stout drinkers around. A rich, complex and hearty ale that will keep you sipping. While far from the best stout I've had, I'd have to say this would be my choice for a session stout. Try it.

Dec 18, 2004
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 01, 2009
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theinsanefoodie from Australia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Not fizzy! That is what did it for me and a definite coffee lover's brew

Nov 22, 2014
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SCW from New York

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance was rather disappointing; even with a direct pour and some agitation I had absolutely no head on this beer. I want head!

Aroma? This is this beer's saving grace. A really nice aroma that actually had subtle smoky tones underneath; a real treat. Not too much hops in the nose, but a small amount of roasted barley to make it interesting. Nice.

Taste? A very well-balanced beer, but a bit weak given the style. Same feelings for the mouthfeel, as this beer seemed a bit lacking in texture.

Overall, a great session ale, and probably one of the best offerings from Cooper's.

Jul 14, 2005
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased at a Sydney Mr. Liquor.

Poured into the tumbler the hotel room had kicking about. Deep chestnut, almost black, with a mocha head which recedes quickly with snappy bubble bursts. Some lacing sheets.

The nose is quite pleasant: coffee, cream, milk chocolate, toasted malt, a bit of booze.

A pleasant stout that does what it sets out to do quite well. Begins nice and malty with that sweet chocolate creamy flavor, then transitions to a dry, bitter roasted coffee finish. Quite enjoyable.

Carbonation is a bit hot, but the body is slick n' thick - just right for the stout.

A solid brew and a pleasant evening sipper. Nothing out of the ordinary, but everything seems to be put together properly. A stout you can order with security knowing you won't be disappointed. Great work.

May 07, 2011
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Garethau

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Oct 01, 2014
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Weizenmensch from Japan

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL longneck with a Best After date of 26/8/04 13:10.

Appearance: Opaque black covered by a thin sheet of persistent head on top, with stubborn, cohesive lace coating the sides.

Smell: Mild - alcohol is detectable, but through the smell alone this is not an overpowering element.

Taste: Malty, effervescent and complex. Strong coffee flavours upon contemplation. Pleasant, peaty finish, somewhere between a cheap Porter and a complex English Dark Ale. Alcohol, coffee and creamy vanilla flavours are primary constituents. Roasted malt flavours are implied, particularly by the coffee esters.

Notes: A very adult stout. Many lager drinkers do not like this beer, since its 'serious' characteristics hit one in the face from first sip. Would be perfect for a casserole, or for testing the Irish theory of the appropriateness of the stout & oysters combination. This beer highlights the reason for this style being called a "stout": any sane man would back away if meeting this beer personified in a dark alley. An excellent session beer: bottle-conditioned and roasted properties improve the drinker's impression of the beer with every passing bottle.

N.B. This beer has greater complexity in the longneck (750mL) than the stubbie (375mL), the latter of which I believe to be more readily available abroad, unfortunately.

Dec 14, 2004
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getkrunkhoe from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Aug 18, 2014
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