Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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675 Ratings
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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Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very nice black with a thin brown head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a bit of roastedness and some alcohol, but really not much else. Smells like your basic stout.

T: Now this is where the beer truly shines. I am getting a great amount of roasted malt, some alcohol, chocolate and some coffee.

M: The beer has a good amount of crispness, but not overwhelming. Very drinkable.

O: This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. It just has so much flavor and just so perfect for winter. I cant wait to have this again!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just like coke with the black/red colour and a thin fizzy brown head. Short lived rings of lace carry on.

S - Roasted malt flavours, powdered dark chocolate, sweet cocoa bean.

T - As with the nose, the roastiness is predominant. Molasses, dark chocolate with a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. Delicious.

M - Thin for a stout, highly carbonated, dry bitter finish.

O - Solid export stout. Not heavy by any means but full flavoured and well balanced. Really nice profile.

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

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with an mocha cream head and lots of it. A small amount of yeast particles show this unfiltered ale has traveled far. The bottle states it is bottle conditioned, and not to fret about the yeast (in a more elegant way).

Smell: Chocolatey, roasted malt greets the nose. Alittle coffee, bread, and faint hop.

Taste: Roasted malt with a fair amount of herbal, earthy, tea like hops. Chocolatey, but well balanced with a moderate amount of bitterness. Just a hint of the ABV, but mostly, cocoa and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Alittle chalky and lingering cocoa flavor.

Overall: A very nice export stout. Good flavors, rich and full. Keeping a few of these on hand is not a bad idea.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a snifter, best after April 30, 2009 date on the bottle (I'm well after that date). I bought this from a store and it's likely been sitting at room temperature for all this time, I'll have to try it again when fresh.

This pours a mostly black color but its not as thick as and imperial stout and doesn't have that motor oil effect. The body was also very yeast / sediment filled hazy with an okay mocha head which quickly dissipated. The feel was medium, a little light for a stout. The smell was of roasted malts and coco. The taste was a little of the same, it wasn't very aggressive, there was the coco, some molasses and a little roasted malts but not enough to give a very bitter after flavor, there was also this unusual earthy taste. Overall a decent stout but nothing memorable enough to go out and buy again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew , malty aroma, sweet for an export stout. Head is thin to non existant, but lightly laces glass.Chocolaty brown color. Roasted grain and slight hop. Think of a Guinness thats gone slightly flat! Lingers on the back of the toung nicely.Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; black and opaque with lots of thick sediment. Very thick light brown head with great retention and lots of chunky lacing.

smell; only the slightest hops poke through the burnt malts. Bitter chocolate syrup and roasted coffee beans with the slightest bit of sweetness and burnt sugar. A bit of black molasses, licorice, grape skin and goose berries with mild alcohol.

taste; Upfront a bit of cocoa bean semi-sweet flavors but quickly changing to bitter dark chocolate. The aftertaste is very powerful of burnt coffee beans. A bit of walnut shell and dry tannic woody flavors in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; rich and creamy, very velvety and powdery. The tannic bitters in the aftertaste form a mild puckering and a very dry finish. Quite a heavy bodied drink.

overall; this beer is awesome, nearly flawless to me but I would like to try more of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Australian journey continued with this beer and my two vintage Old Ales to will be reviewed upon my return home later this week.

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 06 Dec 07"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

I was learning! These are Now & Later beers - pour some now, save some for later. Dang, bottle-conditioned AUS beers!?! Who knew? Not me, apparently.

My initial, gentle pour created little more than tan wisps. Color was a deep-brown with limited light penetration and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was smoky and sweet with notes of dried dark fruit (prunes and raisins). Mouthfeel was bubbly, spritzy for a stout and the initial taste was of dark chocolate, followed by dried fruit. It was like a liquefied Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate bar on the tongue. The finish really got the smoky taste going, followed by a return of the chocolate/fruit taste on the extreme finish.

My second, agitated, aggressive pour garnered a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose became richer and the chocolate/dried fruit scent deepened. Mouthfeel was now creamier, more in line with the style. Taste became much more pronounced in terms of chocolate, dried fruit, and smoke. Finish was very creamy and very chocolaty.

Bottom line: Roll this one around before pouring. The lees really improved it.

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

Pours a near black color with a faint brown/red hue under the surface. Head is brown and foamy with moderate to good retention and average lacing.

Aroma is coffee, dark malts, chocolate and a caramelly/molasses sweetness. I also get a lot of roast coffee tartness in the nose.

Taste starts out very chocolaty and malty with nice dark roasted grain.There is a very perceptible tartness from the roast and almost no sweetness. To counterbalance the tartness a good deal of hop bitterness appear towards the end, lingering in your mouth after the sip.

Body is medium to low so despite the bold flavors the beer drinks fairly well. Carbonation is a little to high for my taste in a stout, but still pretty acceptable.

Overall this is an above average stout that I recommend to a lot of people since it is one of the few good ones available in Brazil. I like how roasty it is and the use of hops to mellow the tartness.

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Sep 9 2010 on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.99.

A: Black with thick, heavy brown, tightly bubbled 1-2 finger head with decent retention and a single thin crust of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas of chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, molasses, roasted barley, and light vanilla. Hops are not there in any appreciable presence. The rounded nature of the not sweet, not bitter, but complex aroma is really well-crafted.

T: The flavor is also rounded and complex with bright dark fruit presence, vanilla more prominent than in the nose, a strong roast component accents the chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors.

M: Carbonation is too high. The body is medium and layering on the palate.

O: I really liked the aroma on this brew -- complex and well-rounded. I would pick this one up again on occasion.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm starting to run out of Coopers beers to review (gasp!). Todays brew is a classic and direct competitor to Sheaf Stout (the first beer I reviewed on BA), so prepare for something similar in this review.

Poured from a 750ml "tallie" into a tulip pint... least most of it was anyway.

A: Obsidian body with a creamy tan head. This brew is bottle-conditioned so you wouldn't be able to see through it with a flashlight, not that its something one would usually do.

S: Roasted barley and chicory. There is a strong scent of sweet sharp Guaiacol Phenols (roasted coffee) giving us a hint of the alcohol content that lay in wait.

T: The flavour is bitter, smoky and heavy with toasted malts. It has quite a fair bit more roasted barley and chicory taste than I was expecting. The ABV is not quite as pronounced as the aroma led me to believe. There is more balance at play than Sheaf, the various flavours becoming better paired as glass reaches the bottom.

M: Higher viscosity than most other beers out there. It is mildly carbonated and not quite as watery as the Sheaf. The stickiness is nice because the balance is there in the flavour (its not cloying with its sweetness).

D: Decent and drinkable for the ABV. Compared to previous reviews of extra stouts like "Sheaf" and "Guinness" this one is the winner for me. The hint of smoke is value added in my opinion and provides extra dimension to a "malty" faceted brew. Two pints up!

Food match: Rich and hearty stews would work well. Anything that you would call "rustic" or "peasant" food would go down well with this drop, huzzah!

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at (formerly) the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle, now known as the Bier Baron. Poured from a bottle into, of all things, a small pilsner glass.

Appearance: Imagine one step from black into brown. That's how dark it is, even in a narrow glass. It is completely opaque and very intimidating. I deducted points because the caramel-colored head only appears if you pour quickly, and it disappears soon after. It doesn't really leave lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate syrup and fainter hints of booze and bitter chocolate -- almost like a brownie coated lightly in acid. Only the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste: The beginning is a sour boozy taste, but it's not unbearable. The middle is where the chocolate comes through, a little closer to the bitter than to the sweet side, but both flavors are very prevalent. Perhaps some brown sugar or molasses, as well. The finish is dryer, with noticeable hops and bittersweet malt. Flavors could be blended better, but it's not bad. Plenty of black patent malt burn.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and a hair too slick to be called "smooth." There's a kick of carbonation at the front, but it dies quickly as it moves back in your mouth.

Overall: Bolder and even sweeter than many milk stouts, and a LOT sweeter than dry stout. It makes a great dessert beer, and I could see myself drinking it again.

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Photo of shambeano
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

time to review an old staple.

A- pours a jet black with about an inch of sticky brownish head that leaves a nice amount of lacing. looks great.

S- on the nose coffee and licorice, a touch of chocolate, and a bit of vegemitey yeastiness. tasty again mr cooper.

T- straight up there is a really nice roastyness, all coffee and dark chocolate. following that it gets a little sweeter and the licorice and aniseedy characters come through, maybe a touch of sweeter chocolate as well. starts bitter, and that bitterness is characteristic throughout, but the other flavours seem to sweeten a bit by the end. i like.

M- definitely on the thicker side, very creamy as well. finishes bitter, yet it has a really nice bitter and dry length.

O- i was torn between a 4.5 and a 4. but i thought that i was a little bias and so gave it a 4 only, also that was the most common out of the previous 4 scores. i love this beer, and to think about it critically has made m like it more if anything. great nose, body and look. but the taste is fantastic! easily one of the 4 best stouts in Australia and one of the best priced beers considering the quality.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours an opaque black body with a thin khaki-colored head. Milk chocolate dominates the aroma with some espresso and nut notes. Dark chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor, with caramel sweetness playing a nice supporting role and some biscuity flavor too. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Every bit as good as I remember it being years ago. Glad I picked this one up again.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black opaque body, with a tan head.... 1-2 fingers. Lacing stays all night...

Aromas are subject to a bit of bottle variation, with the first bottle I had giving aromas of malts, cigar boxes and chocolate, the next bottle I had, very little on the nose. Both at same temperature.

Taste is chocolate, malts and some smoke overall, balanced smoky bitter aftertaste that catches up more as the bottle warms.

Mouthfeel is thin, not what I expected, also more carbonation than I thought.

Not so sure I am with the majority here in terms of a 'classic Aussie Ale' ...

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Photo of Stew41
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nicely with a thick, light tan head. Breaks up very quickly. Attractive chocolate brown in colour. Aromas are a touch underwhelming; mild chocolate and dry roasted malts. Good length. Fairly fizzy palate for the style and probably subdues the flavours from really hitting their straps. Again what should be obvious stout characters of chcoloate and roast is mild. Not really deserved of its top 5 Oz status. Given this beer was drank relatively young I can only assume in needs a little time to show its best.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jale
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown almost black with three fingers of brown head.

S: Nice roasted malt and roasted coffee. Small amount of cocoa.

T: Roasted malt and nice coffee bitterness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with great carbonaton.

O: Would have another.

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Photo of Macca
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours black with a generous tan head. Looks good.

The nose is all coffee and milk chocolate. I'm getting something thinner in the background that reminds me of Coke. Tobacco as well.

Coffee dominates the palate. Choc is in there too and I'm still getting tobacco/smoke.

Medium to full bodied.

A great stout.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank for my De Struise tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark Ebony colour with a tanned head that stays around and laces

S - Sweet roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - Nice burnt roasted malt flavours with a tiny bit of chocolate and heavy coffee on the finish.

M - Full dodied and minimal carbonation that makes for a very smooth stout.

D - A top quality stout from coopers, and well worth a try

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with faint ruby highlights; the head is not the best I have seen on a stout but it does the job and leaves a fair amount of lace behind

Smell: Roasty aromas, with black bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Opens with a black bread and dark chocolate flavor that gets roasty by mid-palate, when a bit of hoppy balance emerges; after the swallow, the coffee arrives to add another dimension; a nice dry, char character lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice example of the style and easily my favorite from this brewery

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Photo of engagechad
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured awesome with a perfect head and great carb. The head was very dark which I love. It was Black as night and smelled good. The smell wasn't very prominent but what was there was quite good, it was malty and sweet with some dark chocolate undertones. Tasted wonderful, the body was perfect. Tasted of sweet chocolate but it was hopped evenly so that the sweetness isn't over powering. VERY drinkable.

This beer will be in my fridge again in the future.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a wine glass from a rare 12.7 oz. brown twist off bottle. Pours a solid black with no notable highlights. Half inch of mocha foam bubbles away slowly, looking nearly identical to the Guinness next to it. Offers good retention

Nose of dark roasted malts along with some sweet cocoa mixed with dry dark chocolate. Offers a nice yet not overbearing roast character on the nose which segues seamlessly to the flavor. Nice carbonation and malt body yield a decent feel and drink.

Overall a nicely done brew yet kept in check by a limited depth of character overall. Quite pleasant though restrained a bit. Interestingly this bottle offers a 'Best After' date, but I couldn't read it. Flavor expands some with warming, adding some hop notes on the nose.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Extra Best Stout excited me as it poured a thick inky-blackness into my glass mug with a light khaki-colored head.

It's smell reminded me of a Japanese Dorayaki (Red Bean Cake); doughy and sweet, but not overly sugary. The red beans giving it an earthy aspect. Harmonious and well-balanced.

This is a great full-flavored beer, but not heavy by any means. It start with sweetness but slowly transitions it's flavor as it glides down the tongue reaching for the gullet. A bitter coffee, kiss of chocolate and a flaky-biscuit finish of this simple, comforting and exceptionally beautiful stout.

It's like reclining in my favorite, well-worn, comfy couch - I could just sit here all night.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

Very deep brown to almost opaque black in color with massive burning brown head that is rocky, frothy, creamy and very well retention. The head settles into one finger of foamy layer covering the top and standing until the last sip also leaving plenty of nice-looking sticky lacing. There are some particles of light brown sediment floating around while carbonation is barely detectable underneath its dusky body.

Roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee with hint of creaminess.

Boast by rich roasted malt flavor with hint of dark chocolate and coffee which is creamy and slightly sweet, bitterness and slight astringency are also up there by a trait of roast and with a hand of hop in term of bitterness.

The body is medium, smooth mouthfeel with some liveliness from active carbonation, dry finish.

Rather bold stout but still very good drinkable, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours thick black and yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and a ring, both of which remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass. Dark and thicker for the style, but could use a more persistent head and some lacing.

SMELL: Medium strength on the nose. Roasted barley malt with some oat notes, though this isn't an oatmeal stout. Chocolate, cocoa powder, and some coffee notes as well. Some sweet caramel makes an appearance too. Pretty nice really.

TASTE: Matches the nose well, though perhaps not as bold. Again, roasted barley malt, caramel and toffee notes, with hints of molasses. Generally pretty sweet, but some nice, bitter chocolate and coffee show up at the swallow. Bold but short lived aftertaste is bitter-sweet, with caramel, molasses, chocolate and coffee flavors, and is quite enjoyable and well balanced. Good profile for an export stout.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. A little light on the palate, unfortunately. Creamy and smooth enough, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry. Fine here, though it could use a little more weight.

OVERALL: A very nice example of an export stout. This is one of the better brews in its style, though the relatively average look and feel kept it back in the ratings a bit. If you're a fan of export stouts, you can't go wrong here. Recommended.

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