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
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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 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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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a creamy tan colored head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet dark malts and a bit of burnt coffee. Medium in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and dark fruit up front followed by some chocolaty flavors. A touch of bitter hops are present in the end leaving a dry finish. An easy drinking stout thatÂ’s quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been able to find this around lately. The review is from my notes written 3 years ago. This pitch-black stout is as heavily bodied as it looks. It is not overly sweet, nor overly dry. Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, smoky and quite hoppy with underlying bitter citrus bite. The gorgeous tan head doesn't last long. Deep and complex fragrance. Rare treat!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottled fermented stout - That is not your typical find. And Australian at that. The head is weak to non-existent and the nose is the same. The color is a beautiful and rich almost a pure black. Now it gets better. The flavor is complex with a really excellent balance of hops. There is smoke & coffee flavors with very complex malt and spice followed by a sharp hop flavor that leaves no lingering after taste.

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Photo of stoutman
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost completely opaque, with a short and short-lasting, but thick, head, and nice lacing. Aroma is roast coffee with hints of raisin/prune. The coffee predominates in the taste, as the combination of roasted malt and hops prevent the fruit notes from making it very sweet, and also do a good job of concealing the alcohol level. A somewhat thin stout, but perfect for the outback!!!!

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Photo of porter17
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout with a nice black appearance, a nice aroma and solid stout taste. This one was a bit off the run-of-the-mill beaten path, having a slightly porter-esque tint to it. Even though I had this beer following a 20% ABV Raison d'Extra, I still found it hit the spot rather nicely. If you're looking for a beer that is 100% true to it's style, you may be let down a bit, but if you like a little bit of differentiation or strecthing of the style limits, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is blackest black, as ebon as espresso grounds, and a thin, simmering tannish head rests on top. Aroma looms large and bursts forth with dominant roasty chocolate and espresso associations. An especially burnt flavor comes through, more so than I've found in most stouts, along with hints of anise and cloves. Incredible texture, thick, full body, great bitterness, but balanced by sweet malt on the palate. A grainy, gritty quality continues through the middle, by which time the mouthfeel can best be described as "motor oily", in viscosity and flavor! But that's good, in this case!
An eternal finish, one that digs in it's claws and won't let go! A contemplative stout, one to savor, linger over, and enjoy late at night, with a good book. The flavors come in waves and layers, your appreciation of this dark and delicious stout grows and grows. First rate all the way.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly suprised with this stout. I had purchased singles of all three Coopers beers, and both of the ales were skunked (unless they naturally taste that way?). Nothing skunked here. A very smooth, easy to drink stout. Pours a nice, foamy tan head, with good retention. Some foamy lace throughout. Nice burnt, chocolatey flavor (but subtle). Somewhat creamy, initially made me think of the nitro-draught Guinness, but with more flavor and kick. Sediment floating around in the glass. Not very hoppy, so for anyone looking for an alternative between the dry Guinness and the hoppy micros, this one has a very nice balance.
(note; this is a follow-up review, so i'll leave my original review above, although I've changed the numbers). I bought a six of this to follow up the single I had bought and reviewed before. Unfortunately, upon further review I found this beer to be sweet and thin for a stout. If your in the mood for a sweet stout, this is a decent one, but I'd prefer Young's or Lion in that regard.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black as a moonless night, with a brown head that dissipates to a slight ring. I didn’t get much lacing at all. The aroma is a bit sweet, with a burnt roastiness. The flavor is mostly of a burnt roast malt flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. It has a somewhat smooth, oily texture. The bitterness is at a good level, subdued by the roast malt. Overall, not a bad stout, but it does not shout out “drink me again”.

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

Impenetrable brown with eager spritzy head that diminished. Very strong, robust aroma, particularly from the bottle, of molasses and soy sauce. Bottle says 32601 which I presume means the bottle is just about a year old. Some sediment and a mellowness indicate its age; I'm laying a bottle down (not literally) to see how long this bottle-conditioned brew can last. Some lingering soy or teriyaki sauce in the flavor could be a remnant of improper handling (dead yeast) or the result of Cooper's unique maltings for this beer. A fascinating combo of sweet, lactic flavors and bitter coffee flavors, set askew from normal stout expectations by a stern wood quality and aforementioned soy. Almost nothing in the way of hops although the beer is dry enough to not be cloying. Rather fizzy mouthfeel for the style but that's the Adelaide way. A very interesting drink: a stout that verges on doppelbock territory. Should be a great thing to try in a recipe.

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Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on the pours is as black as they come, the head impressive, the lace in sticky sheets that cling mightily to the glass, both are a light chocolate brown in color. Nose is toasted malts, the front is sweet, the top medium, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, light carbonation. Not as good as I remember it, but still, quite decent stout and worth the try.

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

Pours a black color that, when held to light, exhibits a deep ruby tone. A nice creamy head sits atop the dark liquid. Smell is reminiscent of a sweeter stout, but upon first taste, one can tell this is a stout of the dry variety. Nice coffee, chocolate and roasted malt characteristics in the first sip. Finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel is a touch watery for the style, which brings the drinkability up a bit. Overall, a pretty good stout that packs a little punch. Worth checking out.

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

Crikey but this is a good Stout! Thanks to a trade from an Aussie I got this brew, then prompty found it in a local store the next week. Well there was $25 down the drain!

Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal taupe head and quick lacing. Aroma of coffee and caramel that I found very appealing. Slightly dry/bitter flavor that kept my palate interested. Hints of coffee and chocolate with a nice roasted after-effect. I am a Stout fan and I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Maestro
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The nose makes you think that it is a milk stout but during the first taste you realize that it is not. It is bottle fermented and they may use a little too much sugar in this process. In fact, there are brown specs in the head. The head is decent at first but dwindles quickly. The taste is a little strange, almost oily. The high alcohol content is not overpowering. Overall, this beer was quite disappointing. The hops do not break through at all. It almost seems as though the brewers do not have a direct goal in mind with this beer.

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

Pours an utter sable with a modest dark caramel head, a little lace, a fair amount of swirling sediment noted, mild carbonation. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and dark roasted malt. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee, and dark fruit all ride a wave of sharp tartness to a crisp and very dry finish. Alcohol provides a warming note. This beer is nothing less than excellent and seems particularly suited to the winter season.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking black beer topped with a creamy brown head. Not a lot of lacing going on though. Nice blackened malt aroma. Some slight burnt tones. Nice chocolatey taste. Roasted tones. Coffee comes to mind. All of this is melded together very subtely. There is nothing overbearing about this stout. Some slight burnt tones as well. Body is a tad light checking in slight above medium. This is better than average but nothing special.

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Photo of inebrius
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this Aussie stout hard to get a two-finger, craggy cocoa head that will coat your rapidly draining glass brilliantly. Mellow roastiness snuggles with a hint of fruit to finish tart and dry and long. Perhaps a bit too sparkly for the style, but the bubbles do a good job keeping the roast barley astringency from overwhelming the buds. A sound, swiggable stout.

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