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Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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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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Ratings: 676 |  Reviews: 386
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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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty damn close to black. Tan to light brown head is quite dense and holds in some form for a really long time. Some of that is just in a ring around the top, but it's still pretty thick.

Good power in the nose; lots of the proper roasted notes including chocolate and espresso. Definitely some molasses in there.

Leading with the coffee bitterness, along with some dark fruit flavor that probably is partly hops and partly the thick sweetness of the malt. Finish is a little dry, mouthfeel is solid. Not too light, definitely not too heavy.

There's a lot going on here, and only 6.3% to boot. Definitely no overbearing alcohol tones going on here, although the finish is quite sticky and coating. A little something for later...

I haven't had many of this style, but Cooper's is a good one: I didn't like this quite as much as Lion Stout, but better than any of the American versions I've had. Nicely done.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black without question.

Fruity nose...slight coffee, watermelon and a decent amount of hop aroma.

Pleasently surprised. Light and crisp, refreshing mocha flavor. Fruit is a bit forward for a stout, highly carbonated..kind of reminds me of a smoother version of a Samuel Smith's imperial stout.

Pretty bonzer, mate! A fair dinkum. My first Cooper's and it's not bad at all. I would be happy to drink this one again.

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

Got a bit of a fascination with Australian Stouts at the moment, because they appear to have a character about them that is distinctive, and they are fairly traditional, being the first beverage brewed here alongside a type of pale ale in the early days.

Coopers Best Extra Stout is one of the more creamy looking stouts I've seen, jet black and almost sliding into the glass. This one has a roasty smell about it, but the aroma isnt very strong. The taste is rich, with some kind of black/burnt malt character and definite presence of alcohol which isnt fully masked by the slight vanilla/caramel/medicinal mouthfeel. A slightly bitter finish but not overpowering.

At 6.3% you wouldnt want to session on these, and I could only drink them in cooler weather.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good looking stout with a thick off white head fading slowly to lace over a dark brown body with a bit of red at the edges when backlit. maybe it's a little cold off of this particular tap, but the aroma isn't overly exciting little bit of chocolate roastiness, but the good chocolate malt qualities come through quite nicely in the taste. nice full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation... a good drinkable stout.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours a nice dark brown. Light definitely makes it through at the edges, but it has a nice, thick brown head of stubborn nature. Some lace left in odd patterns here and there. Looks good.

Heavily roasted malt dominates the nose, with more than a little coffee backing. A little sweet carmelized sugar, and perhaps a touch of bitter twang from burnt malt. Nice.

Tasty, although I'm not blown away. A little too thin for the style, but overall satisfying and very easy drinking. A little more coffee than I expected from the aroma. Malt seems a little less roasty too - more caramel, less molasses. Long pleasant finish.

I'd have this again. Seems to be missing something, but there's a lot to like, and not anything to truly dislike. Nice effort.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a nice foamy tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. Sides of the glass were clean as I drank it down.
Nice roasty sweet aroma. Flavor has hints of chocolate, black coffee, and a touch of molasses. Hops are subdued, but provide perfect balance to the heavy malts. Powdery dry finish; quite clean for a stout.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, & creamy. Subtle carbonation.
An incredibly balanced & drinkable Export Stout. Probably my favorite of the style to this point.

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

I got ripped off at a bar yesterday when they poured me a 14 ounce draft when a expected a pint. But Coopers is here to help relieve the pain by offering a 12.7 ounce bottle instead of the usual 12. On to the beer:

Pours thick black into an Imperial Pint glass, where it's pitch black with a slight coffee tan head. Aroma is made up of bakers chocoalte and some dark malt. The taste starts with some unsweetened and bitter chocolate. Just as it makes its appearance, it gets knocked to the ground with smokey wood and charcoal-like flavors. Good balance all-around, nothing gets cloying, and it doesn't go down with much trouble.

A good beer on its own, but the smokey flavors makes this very intriguing to pour onto BBQ'd meats.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle just recently purchased from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
Definitely one of the top foreign stouts I've sampled from probably the best Australian brewery...
Pours a pitch-black, ebony-hue with a modest head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all...
Unassertive, yet noticeable chocolate, malt-dominated aroma with hints of vanilla in the mix...
Smooth, crisp, non-cloying taste dominated with roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, light mocha, and cappuccino essences...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a very good level of drinkability to match...

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black/brown with a small brown head. There are decent sized waxy white particles floating around in my glass. The bottom of the glass looks like the bottom of a fish tank. The pebble sediment is kind of a turn off here but I should have listened to the label. The aroma is malty and sweet with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is roasty and sweet with just enough hops to work, but I prefer more. Slightly dry. Feel is moderate and slick with a good amount of tingly from the carbonation. This is quite drinkable. A slightly above average stout.

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Photo of Ior
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost jet black with a two finger tan head that quickly recedes into a thin ring. No lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and milk chocolate, with hints of coffee and dark fruits maybe some licorice. No surprises here.

There is a not altogether pleasant metallic taste up front, which luckily disappears after the first couple of sips. Taste is otherwise what you'd expect from a stout, roasted malts dominate with some hops. Not very complex. Big, bone dry and bitter finish - nice!

Somewhat thick and a little oily mouthfeel. Medium to full body.

Overall an above average stout, but nothing exceptional.

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

Poured black 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 madvoice
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark chocolate colour with a bubbly head that disappeared to leave some lacing on the glass. Smells very much of malt, barley and coffee. Nice strong stouty flavour but a bit sweeter than what I'm used to. Has a rather caramelly aftertaste and a slight bite. Mouthfeel is what I'd expect from a stout. Nice and chewy. I could drink these all night.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best and certainly not the worst. Maybe I had this beer on a non-stout day. Beer feels a bit fizzy while festering on pallette....something I don't usually notice in a stout. I do not find this beer to be as bitter as described by some others. All in all, this is still a decent overall stout.

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

The liquid is black; the high compact head is brown. It surely looks elegant!

The smell is powerful and fresh. Sourish fruity hops. Lots of roasted sweet malt. Some chemical hints of soap and pine-needles.

The taste is bitter and a little woody (cedar, pine). Roasted malt, roasted nuts, meat. The bitterness is dry and clean. The aftertaste includes notes of bitter oranges, sal ammoniac and bitter hops. The finish is dry and fresh.

The carbonation is mild with medium sized bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a bit thick.

An unexpectedly fresh and highly drinkable stout. I like!

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

12.7 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque black with two fingers of brown head that remains for a couple minutes leaving light lacings.

aroma is sweet and roasted, with chocolate and caramel notes, alongside a tinge of alcohol and a base of coffee. somewhat simple profile, but nicely proportioned.

taste is roasted, with the same notes as above and a more pronounced coffee character. burnt coffee is the most prevalent flavor, until the finish, in which chocolate and cream take over. aftertaste is of light coffee and roasted malt. nicely porportioned.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth and heavy texture and a smooth finish. no alcoholic tinge here, well masked.

drinkability is good. this is a full bodied and full flavored brew, with all the flavors present to make a great stout. the profile is great, but the coffee seems to dominate a bit too much, leaving the roasted malt and chocolate in the background. regardless, a solidly crafted stout. cheers!

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Photo of Hornet2003
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up on a whim just for something to try. Overall, it had flavours of musty, stale potatoes. A little smokey as well with some licorice taste. It looked great though. Nice chocolaty head which fades quickly leaving little lace.

Overall, not my thing, but I guess I'm not a fan of export stouts to begin with.

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

I had this for the first time paired with some outstanding food at my friend's coffee house in Fort Myers. I was impressed with it. Poured a dark chocolate brown. The nose has a nice earthy brewed coffee smell. The taste was robust with mellow dark brewed coffee notes and a hint of chocolate. Not too shabby for an organic beer.

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Photo of animal69
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one at Outback, best AFTER date 3/07, aged for me i guess ; pours a deep brownish-black, w/ a med. brown head flecked w/ darker cirlcles around the bubbles leaving a decent lacing in my glass ; not a strong smell, some hints of coffee and alcohol, a bit of wood noticed ; an interesting taste, an earthy, darkly roasted coffee flavor, finishes w/ a faint "dirt" note, no hop presence ; a light-med body, moderate co2 ; a drinkable brew for sure, esp. for 6.3% ABV, i'd def. drink this one again...

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Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a black color and a thick consistency. A decent amount of head.

S: Malt, hops and little bit of coffee in the aroma.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, some hops. Was a little thinner than some stouts. Not as complex, but not bad either.

M: Decent level of carbonation, fairly dry finish. An OK mouthfeel.

D: This is a good but not great example of a stout. It wasn't bad, but I can think of several others I'd choose before it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a creamy, light brown, small head. It also had a good deal of sediment floating near the bottom of the glass.

S - It smelled very sweet and of roasted malt.

T - It tasted of very sweet chocolate. Also a nice roasted maltiness with caramel notes. Hops provided a bittersweet kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this import from Australia.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - jet black color with a light tan head that settles quickly

S - strong sweet malt scent, little hops to speak of

T - dominant roasted malt character with some flavoring hops noticed, finished relatively dry considering the sweetness of the malt

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent example of the style, but perhaps not my favorite. Not surprisingly this reminds me of homebrews made with Cooper's malt extract.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - completely opaque, creamy dark tan head, eventually recedes to a thin cap. Leaves a few good splotches of lace.

S - decent aroma, some fruity sweet malt, nuts, and mild roast

T - nicely balanced between sweet and roasted malt. I'm getting a bit of cherry fruit at the start. Flavours are smooth and creamy, but still robust. A bit of earthy hop bitterness towards the end. Very dry chocolate roast finish, quite longlasting.

M - pretty good body on this one, nice and full. It appeared a little syrupy when pouring, but the medium carbonation creates a full creaminess.

D - a classic example of the style, pretty much bang on.

I have been craving stouts lately, and this one does not dissapoint. I love the dry finish, it's REALLY dry, but it manages to avoid being burnt or ashy. My only experience with Coopers previous to this is their awful homebrew kits, so this is quite impressive.

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Photo of Rayek
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice strong stout.

A: Dark as night with good clarity. Has a dark tan head that is somewhat soapy. The head sticks with the beer the whole way down and leaves a nice lace.

S: Somewhat sweet by stout standards. Cherry, molasses and faint charcoal.

T: Coffee with a burnt charcoal bitterness. Alcohol content gives it a nice warmth. Sweetness from the aroma doesn't follow through to the beer's flavor. Complexity grows as it warms up.

M: Good, Medium body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Good nightcap. Alcohol content keeps me from drinking multiples.

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