Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

very good
674 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a pitch black colored body, with some suspended particles. Has a small creamy head, tan in color with good lacing. A nice roasted coffee aroma, some vanilla, maybe dark chocolate. Bitter coffee aftertaste, sweet milky taste. Very good.

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Photo of colts9016
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A dark dark brown color, like use motor oil. There is a quarter inch dark tan ring around the glass. There is some effervescence in the beer, visible by the sides of the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque, light will not penetrate the beer.

Nose: A rich dark roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and molasses. In the background of the beer there is an raisin like fruitiness in the beer with some anise and caramel. This beer aroma is kinda similar to a thick RIS.

Taste: A rich dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate and toffee. In the background of the beer there is some caramel, anise, and some slight burnt character.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and dry. The body is medium full body. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. This beer has a better nose than the taste, although, this is a very good beer and it is nice and easy to drink. I just would have like to have the nose and the taste match more evenly.

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Photo of jettjon
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12.7 oz. bottle stamped "Best after 7-13-07," consumed on 2/15/09. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one has a dark brown, nearly opaque cast. There is visible sediment at the bottom; obviously this is an unfiltered stout. One finger tan-brown head slowly fades leaving good lacing. Good-looking brew. As it warms, coffee and powdery chocolate become apparent on the nose. I guess one reasons I don't drink many stouts/porters is the amount of time it takes to warm to proper taste/viscosity. At any rate, after it properly warms the flavor is solid: sweet chocolate malt balanced against coffee-like bitterness with sweet milk chocolate notes. In the mouth, it's semi-viscous and smooth with light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good; this beer is easily sessionable and I would have no problem having several.

Overall: Not the best stout out there, but a solid contender. Subtle, nuanced, and enjoyable, this is what a good stout should be. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut color, nearly black. A nice, latte colored head forms during the pour, most of which gradually fades, leaving a little bit more than a collar around the glass.

Smell: A surprisingly light scent; a very nuanced smokey malt and coffee flavor are the main components, along with a hint of sweet molasses.

Taste: A nice, slightly burnt malt taste dominates from start to finish. Some chocolate and coffee flavors round out the flavor. I am left with a smokey, burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The extra stout is not quite as advertised, and I actually feel that this has a very light feel. The feel is almost smooth, but a little bit of graininess is present.

Drinkability: The lighter mouthfeel and subtle flavors would allow me to drink a few of these before I got tired of it. In general, though, I prefer a stronger taste in my stouts.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized light brown head. Some big floaters. Aromas of roasted malts, light dark fruits, with some chocolate and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and some caramel. Body was a little bit on the thin side.

Notes from: 12/23/05

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep black in color with no real apparent head or carbonation. Very faint "ink" like aroma and not much more. Some mild roasted flavors. Deep roasted bite at first then nothing-fairly one dimensional. Ok hop bite. Rather thin and watery body wise. I had high hope for this beer-dont know why but I did. Rather a bit of a let down. There is better out there trust me.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black. Looks denser than it feels in the mouth. Pretty slight head which dissipated rather quickly. Definitely not the creamy, lingering head I was expecting.

Smells pleasantly burnt. Lots of coffee on the nose. Nice.

Straight up bitter coffee, seriously roasted malt and a *little* alcohol at first, giving way to sweet dark chocolate. A lot of good things going on.

Thinner than a lot of stouts, but not exactly THIN. Just about right. A little more carbonated than is the norm with stout, maybe to ease us Aussies into drinking a style of beer that's not especially popular here. Leaves a pleasant little warmth.

Hard to stop once you've begun. Typically I tire of stout relatively quickly and want to go to bed, but I could keep going on this one for a while.

As an Australian who avoids a lot of Australian beers, I think this is one to be proud of. Rating to style, this is a world-class export stout.

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

Pours a dark black. 1/4 inch tan head with low retention and low lacing. Smells of roasted malts and mostly caramel/chocolate. Fits the style. Very smooth mouth feel and low carbonation level. Slightly chewy feel, but not too thick. There is a noticeable hop bitterness, but it quickly dissipates into a strong roasted malt flavor. Overall, really smooth and not too thick - worth a try.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a modest head and no lacings. Chocolate aroma.
Taste is choco-coffee, molasses, fruits, and earthy bitter hops.
Mouthfeel was average for the style.
Drinkability is good flavor wise but 6.3% abv means a somewhat shorter session than something like Guiniess.
Has a layer of yeast in the bottom from bottle conditioning.

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Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with no clarity. Thin off white head that disspates quickly into a nice collar. Very little laciness. Mainly coffee in the nose. Taste seemed water downed but had coffee and chocolate notes, somewhat sweet. Not much body to this beer, thin and watery texture. Not a great beer, would not seek out as a session beer.

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

A: Pours an opaque black with a relatively thick tan head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Definitely looks like a very dark, heavy stout.

S: I served this beer cold, and the smell is not very powerful. Very earthy, smokey, chocolaty and malty. Some espresso, molasses and deep fruits are lingering somewhere in the back. I'm picking up another strange smell in there... maybe some kind of nitrogen or carbonation aura.

T: Extra stout this is: this is a strong, dark and delicious beer. Espresso, molasses, toasted malts and dark chocolate hit the tongue up front, followed by a little bit of dry hopped stout bitterness, and finishing clean with a slight sweetness, burnt wood, nuts and dark cacao. Very tasty.

M: This beer is heavy bodied and will definitely fill you up. It is very well carbonated and rather light on the tongue, but it goes down heavy. If you let it sit in your mouth and warm up a bit, it's almost got a chewy complexion. While this beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel, I could go a little thicker and with a little less carbonation.

D: While this beer is very tasty, it is also very heavy. One of these would probably fill you up (even more so than Guinness I would say). I quite like the drinkability of one, but I don't think I could have much more than that. Overall a very fine dark stout that lives up to it's name. I would prefer this over Guinness any day.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan frothy head, about 1 finger, that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. Held to the light, nothing penetrated it.

Smells of deep roasted malt, coffee, hint of a sweetness.

Smooth and balanced -- I have to start with those terms because that is what this stout is. Roasted coffee , but just the right intensity, with hints of vanilla and a hint of sweetness (almost creamy) at the very end.

Medium to full bodied. No carbonation in this one.

This went down extremely easy. No harsh flavors or anything that dominates. Balanced. I wanted to buy just a single (in case it sucked), but due to the nature of the 6-pack packaging, had to go all in. Glad I did. 6.3% alcohol will sneak up on me after a few of these, but it will be worth it. I got the least 6 in the store, and will definitely be buying this again.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an opaque black color with a thick tan head at first. Head fell quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Great dark malt and chocolaty aromas.

Nice thick stout with the chocolate taste arriving at the end. With just a hint of bitterness, then finishes of with a sweeter taste.

Nice medium to full bodied stout that leaves a slight coating of bitter chocolate taste on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer. Very happy with my purchase. Will drink this again.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sucked in by Cooper's again. Pours very nice; black, thick, with no head. Aroma is good; nice toasted malt with coffee and chocolate. But the taste is so underwhelming. Caramel and earthy flavors mix with the malt and coffee, but it just tastes so weak. It is almost like someone intentionally watered it down becuase they ran out. Its also not cheap. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of Asgeirr
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Coopers Best Extra Stout pours a thick dark, dark, dark, dark-dark opaque brown along with a small crown which diminishes rather quickly.

Smell: Plenty of chocolate along with some notes of dark ryebread and roasted malts.

Taste: Similair to that of smokeporter actually, I get the sensation of charcoal (don't have any perticular recollection of ever tasting it, but who knows right...), it is, however, most likely the roasted malts making themselves noticed. Then what? Well, there's some hints of caramelized sugar and a mellow tone of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: So fudgepackingly thick and creamy, oh lawdy lawd and plenty of carbonation too (NOT too much, but plenty)!

Drinkability: Rich to the flavour, decently poised between the taste and smell, great mouthfeel, shure a bit heavy, but me likey likey AND SO DO YOU!

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.99/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thought I was in for something else....

However, when I opened this bottle, I soon realized that America has the best Stouts and Porters brewed right here in the States.

Why do I keep on thinking I am going to find something extra special made outside when all of the best breweries are right here.

This beer really solidified this for me.

Ever foreign porter and stout never seem to measure up.

A - good. Dark. Black. No head.

S - somewhat of a Baltic Porter - funky is the word that I would describe it. Fresh....No.

T - Ahhh hmmm Yeahhh About the taste... Medicine???? Bitter???? Stale apples???? Never buy again????

M - simple. not complex. thin but not. hard to describe. try it and you will know what I mean.

D - No. I will never purchase this beer again. too bad that I am now off to bed with this beer as the last of the evening. What was I thinking?

Bells, Surly, Floyds, Founders, Great Lakes...don't worry....Coopers won't be taking over your corner of the market on Stouts and Porters any time soon. WOW!!!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : opaque black color, with tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : rich dark texture comes from roasted dark malts. Coffee and notes of vanilla. Medium bodied with alcohol presence of a foreign stout.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Foreign export stout.

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

A- Pours a pitch black color with 1.5 finger head. As this fluffy thick head recedes, it leaves some nice clinging lace.

S- Very fresh chocolate and slight coffee, also a nice creaminess evident, and just suggestions of dark fruit. There is also some hop presence.

T- Starts out quite dry with dark chocolate, roastiness, and slight coffee notes. The finish is dark chocolate.

M- Light carbonation works well. The alcohol is hidden well.

D- Anyone who is a fan of guinness extra stout should give this a shot. It's nice a dry and has some easy drinking qualities. The ABV however hurts sessionability.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick opaque black with hints of brown at the edges. A fairly decent two-finger khaki-colored head faded fairly quickly leaving some decent sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma is malty, smoky, bready, with some hints of coffee beans and cocoa nibs. A very pleasant aroma with just a twinge of aggressiveness.

The taste is wonderful. Rich dark toasted toffee malt with hints of sour and bitter - probably a combination of the toasted dark malt and some hops. Very pleasant... rich, malty, cocoa and coffee without being overboard, and just a sour and piney bite at the end to even it all out nicely.

It's fairly thick with some heavy duty carbonation. A nice fresh smoothness with a touch of slickness coats the tongue nicely, leaving some residual sweet sugars and a bit of bitterness. Carbonation is a bit heavy for my taste, but definitely doesn't detract too much.

This is a pretty solid brew. Possibly one of my favorite stouts, the flavors and aroma are brilliant but not too extreme. This one is easy drinking and could easily be sessionable, but it's got enough character to sip and enjoy.

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

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, and hints of cocoa. The taste is full of roasted malt, with toffee, graham cracker, and hints of cocoa and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation for a stout. Overall, this is a fine beer that I could easily drink again.

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

This is a good, very tasty, yet drinkable stout.

It is very dark, essentially black, with a big brown heard that gradually shrinks and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is very leasant and interesting with toasted grain, bread crust, sourdough, an overall light roasty quality, chocolate, molasses cake, hints of licorice and grass.

The taste is chocolate, fruit, prunes, hints of wine, spice and brown bread. It has toasty hay in the finish which is dryish and has a light spiciness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tannish head. In the aroma, a roasty, oatmeal like sweetness. In the taste, roasty, caramel like sweetness, and just a hint of piney hops. A small bitterness and a medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasty aftertaste. A nice stout, but just over average. Nice hops and sweet oatmeal.

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Photo of WHROO
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as expected, thick & opaque with a nice 2 finger thick head, & 'some' lacing but not as much as with other stouts I have enjoyed.
Smell is very smokey, coffeeish, with dark roasted malts & cocoa..& some nice sweet maltiness
taste: defintately very tasty, full of dark roasted malts, with some toffee sweetness (banana'ry) & definately a nice kick of bitterness in each mouthful - left a feeling like I just had a smoke with a coffee!!!
Mouthfeel is very nice for a stout, a little heavy as expected...good carbonation, goes down very well...
Drinkability is absolutely fine - for another comparable but cheaper aussie stout try Abbotsford Invalid - both are enjoyable!!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark opaque nature with a 1 finger cream tan head.

S: deep roasted coffee and chocolate aroma.

T: The initial flavor yielded a hearty body full of chocolate and fresh coffee flavor. The dark roasted malt is accompanied by a light underlying sweetness balancing the bitterness nicely. Smooth on the finish with a good lingering coffee fade and dark chocolate.

M: Mouthful is smooth but kinda light, with a good deal of carbonation. A nice roasted sweetness laces the tongue with a decent bitterness.

D: Good drinkability, rich in flavor, but light enough to enjoy in multiples and wont fill you up.

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Photo of nem2006
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a strong brown head that holds well.

The smell was fairly complex. I caught coffee, dark chocolate and a toasted note to it. My sister pointed out that she smelled cherries.

This is a heavy-bodied beer to say the least. A good mouthfeel if you know what you are getting into. There is a heavy coffee start followed by heavy smokiness. It finishes with some bitterness that pales in comparison to the smoky middle.

This beer is one you would drink in autumn or any chilly night. Would go well with smoked gouda and maybe a smoked extra sharp cheddar.

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