Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

very good
675 Ratings
Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque. Nice full, creamy head. Smells nice. with some sweetness, mild coffee, and good malts. The taste is on par with the smell with some added faint anise. Complex with good balance of bitter sweetness. Mouthfeel is good, though slightly thin, but still full bodied. Great drinkability. This was tasty and easy to put back many.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a pitch black opaque body with a thin dark dark head fading to a ring around the glass.

S. Initially bitter-sweet Aroma, is full of roasted malts, Burnt coffee beans, and slight chocolate notes.

T.Roasted malt and dark chocolate gives way to powerful bitter notes and strong, dry finish.

M. Finishes with some bittersweet chocolate and some alcohol. First Coopers I is the Sparkling ale, after I relax my pallet.

D. Could go for another, bitter, yet not cloying or too complex, a very Drinkable Stout.

C....see above.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one falls on the top part of my list. Coopers Best extra stout is a great export. it appears to be light for its class, but once in the glass gains its stout-like characteristics. has a strong aroma of coffee, and malted hops follow it right up. its easy on the mouth, smooth all over the taste buds, with just enough sweet to mesh well with the bitterness. pairs well with a good tobacco, wether it be a fine cigar, or in my case a briar pipe. packs a descent punch in the content category, and for the most part you dont realize it until your three or for in. Coopers stout has heavy notes of chocolate from start to finish, and in my opinion is one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of northaustin
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the 12.7 oz into a schnifter.pours a dark brown that turns to black in the glass. very thin dark brown head which disappears quickly.

smell is a tad subdued. what i am getting is nice coffee and chocolate malts with no alchohol whatsoever. the smell is nice it just needs to be a bit more powerful.

taste: heavy chocolate. pretty full flavored and complex enough to keep me satisfied.

mouthfeel is rich and creamy. a nice sweetness that goes down easy and leaves sort of a silky syrup feel in your mouth. very pleasant.

a little expensive in the six packs but i got mine in a mix and match so cant complain about that. certainnly an interesting stout which is definately worth a try or two. recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best After: 12.06.07.

Appearance: Pours a humble black body with a inch-high head of tan-colored froth.

Smell: Deeply roasted barley malts with notes of half-day-old French Roast coffee and baker's chocolate. Certainly a notable, distinct wafts of fruit esters in there as well.

Taste: Darkened barley with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and powderized toasted bread crusts. Yes, even powderized toasted bread crusts. Medium-low sweetness. Moderate amount of yeast-derived fruitiness. Minimal hop character with most of the bitterness seemingly provided by the burnt grains. Finishes fairly dry and roasty with an enduring taste of unsweetened chocolate-covered fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Worth a try. By no means a bad lil' robust stout, and probably one of the better brews I've had from the Coopers Brewery over these many long years.

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

Wow this is one of those beers i cant believe i havnt tried yet until today it pours a jet black cola colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger creamy head that dissapates slowly to reveal some very nice lacing everywhere all over the sides of the glass and lets no light thru whatsoever,the aroma is strong dark coffee,dark fruits and dark chocolate coated coffee beans very nice,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel to it with big hints of chocolate and strong dark cofffee the most prevalent with a subtle ting of some hop bitterness right at the end,this is one of those beers that i cant believe has taken me this long to discover and will be buying it again without a doubt.

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

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a damn good stout everything about it is good and that makes it easy to drink and enjoy worth trying sometime

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Photo of hosehead83
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark black with one-inch tan head
Aroma-Coffee with chocolate notes
Taste-Definite coffee up front with subtle chocolate notes-An almost biting, dry bitter finish
Overall, a decent stout that would pair well with
BBQ'd meats

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Photo of LXIXME
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep brown almost black color with a big light brown head.
The aroma of this is mixed roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste of this full bodied stout is also a very good blend of roasted coffee and a dark chocolate.
Decent small lacing linger through out the drinking of this glass.
A dark rich but yet light chocolate dry after taste.

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Photo of generallee
4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12.7oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brownish black color which is nearly opaque. The pour produces a small head that fades quickly down to a small ring of foam. It is light tan in color and makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a solid full aroma. There is a lot of nice roasted character with sweet malted grain, caramel and dark chocolate notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has solid roasted grain character with some sweet caramel, bitter/sweet chocolate and creamy coffee notes mixed with mild hop bitterness. The finish has mild bitterness from the hops and bitter/sweet cocoa powder fading slowly off the tongue. Its palate is slick and creamy with a viscous texture and soft carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! This beer is very enjoyable and surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet and slightly roasted malts with hints of molasses and dark fruits. As it warms very slight hints of milk chocolate comes out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors up front are joined by solid amounts of molasses and lighter amounts of dark fruits. The ending is lightly sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my bottle quickly and could have a few of these.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by Cooper's attempt at an export stout. Nothing is overly exciting but everything is very solid. Worth a shot.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a decent finger and a half thick milky and tan head, which clumps together a bit and has good lacing. The color of the brew is jet black with zero reddish hues, and there is a lot of floaties hanging around (bottle conditioned apparently).

The aroma is of semisweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste wise it's got a good chocolaty taste upfront, and then gives in to the roasty flavors of coffee. Honestly, I haven't had a stout taste this good in a while.

MF wise it's a typical stout, but has a powdery dry finish, which is likely from the left over yeast.

Drinkability speaking, it is a well balanced beer and I enjoyed the robust roastiness this brings to the table.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black, with a dark foamy head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: dark roasted malts with notes of honey.

Taste: dry but with a distinct light honey flavor, which leads it to be almost floral. Bitter but little if any hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium thick with a fair amount of carbonation. I think less carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability: this is a relatively thick-bodied, above-average-alcohol stout with complex flavors. It's tasty, but I don't think I would drink pint after pint -- one is good, though.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pour jet black with a pretty decent brown head.
Dark chocolate and espresso on the nose with some chalk, sweet fruitiness (and bananas???) and liquorice in the background.
Big rich flavour: huge roasted malt presence, almost burnt, with some sweet alcohol hidden underneath. Finishes with a strong unbalanced roasted bitterness.
Big rich creamy body, some alcoholic heat.
A very ashy, full-on stout

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Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My shout mates! My wanker friends in OZ would laugh, but what do they know, they're drinking Bud because it's an import. This is a damn fine stout. And not because it feels good, or looks good, but because it flat out tastes good. It's the only Cooper's entry worth a shout, and admittedly, I am the last person your should take advice from, BUT TRY IT.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very slightly red-tinged glass of blackness with a nice espresso-coloured head of visible bubbles, about 1 finger thick but sinks quite quickly to a thin crown. Does leave some excellent lacing behind though, thin but very clingy. Looks decent, but not an amazing stout.

Nose is very sour and smoky, a lot of ash, oak and just general wood smoke. Slightly meaty aspect and a hint of tobacco. Quite acrid, really, without much of a sweet or fruity character. For all the darkness it's not very potent. Actually not very impressed.

Taste is mostly a heavy-roasted coffee character, very strong toasted grain flavour with a slight woody aspect to it, oaky or perhaps even pine, with a very light stonefruit character, plum or cherry. A slightly sweet flavour comes through on the very back, slightly latte-esque with a bit of a milky note to it.

Mouthfeel is really quite thin, with the flavour kind of releasing itself more from an emanating aroma than any substantial body. I'm really surprised to find out this is 6.3%, it feels and tastes really quite thin.

It is of course drinkable, because there's nothing outwardly unpleasant about this. It certainly has good moments, but the flavour is weak and simple, and there just isn't enough to this. If I were pressed I'd want to refer to this as a girl's stout, but really I just think it's a poor one. (Yes, pour your waves of hate on me, female beer drinkers)

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

This is a first rate stout with a full palate of flavors. The beer pours a murky mahogany brown with a good deal of grainy sediment on the bottom of the glass. The nose is mocha and chocolate.

The taste is very creamy and well carbonated for a stout of any variety. There is a nice balance with the bittering hop and the roasted chocolate notes and dark malts. The creaminess, the carbonation, the pleasant balance with the hops and roasted caramel notes make this a very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of dgilks
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Very good head retention with the head lasting the entire glass. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Little to fault here.

S - Plenty of roasted malt. A nice astringent bitterness.

T - There is a good bit going on here. Some nice espresso notes, bitter chocolate as well. The roasty bitterness is plentiful. I get some of the fruitiness and breadiness that comes from Cooper's house yeast.

M - Medium to heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is what I expect from the style. It isn't an RIS and it isn't a big, bad American Stout. Good.

D - This is dangerously drinkable. It goes down nicely, the 6.3% ABV is well hidden and it is easy to drink a few. You wouldn't want more than 2 or 3 but overall this is quite good.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems BC has a lot of Coopers around ( 6 at last counting). This is a real solid Stout with a full mouthfeel and that kinda rough finish that seems to be an Aussie stout thing ( Sheaf is kinda the same , though this is a better beer). I liked the way once it warmed up the roasty notes came out in the nose and the flavour opened up too. Worth picking up

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

Pours nice and black, a very very dark chocolate brown if held up to the light. One finger of chocolate brown frothy head that left a nice sticky head.

Smell is of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A faint touch of dried fruits too.

A nice dark roasted malt flavour, with bitterness that of a strong espresso. Bitter chocolate tastes waver in the background too. There is a bit of malt sweetness there but overall the impression is of a nice full bitterness. There is some hops in there but it just seems along for the ride.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable brew, full flavoured but not overly strong. Basically should be a highly drinkable brew for anyone who enjoys a stout.

Final say? A good stout. I feel if the flavours I noted were more intense I would be in love with this brew. It left me with a little disappointment only because it came so close to really hitting the spot for me. No real faults here, and I think I need to come back to this as I had this after a long days work in a smoky environment and maybe this dulled me to the aromas and flavours somewhat.

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Photo of sbe1
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Australian stout.

Appearance: Jet black with a coffee and cocoa colored head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, sweetened dark chocolate, ripe cherries, roasted malt, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent, recommended.

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

Standard bottle into a schooner shaker glass. Outside of this bar's large umbrella its raining so this is quite memorable.

Appearance: Black and a small head that fads into a tan ring around the sides of the glass. Rather opaque, but people are looking at me funny as I am looking at it in the light, forget them.
Nose: Beautiful dark roasted malt. I am getting dancing chocolate and coffee. Some sweet dried fruit. Somewhat stronger than other standard stouts.
Taste: Just like the smell just stronger and mildly sweet.
Mouthfeel- Its quite moderate for the body's color and intense taste/nose. Slightly Warming, in a good way. The carbonation lightens things up, without over doing it.

Summary- Liquid sustenance for times like these. So bad it was the bar's last one in the cooler.

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Photo of cmaloy
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer was very dark and the head disappeared quickly.

S: There is a strong chocolate coffee taste and strong hints of malt.

T: The initial taste was strong chocolate and coffee and ended with bitter hops. The taste did linger for a while.

M: There is a lot of carbonation. It is a very filling beer.

D: I probably will not be getting this beer again. I prefer other stouts over this one. I wasn't completely disappointed, but I wasn't extremely impressed either.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: dark black with thin head and little lacing looks light in texture
S: smells of chocolate, coffee, and dank yeast.
T: tastes extremely bitter with some faint chocolate flavors from the malts but the yeast that remained in the bottle threw a untasteful dank flavor in there
M/d: lightly carbonated and dry from hops with a light syrup feeling. Not very drinkable for me definitely will not purchase again

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3.84 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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