Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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very good
675 Ratings
Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited
Australia
coopers.com.au

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
675
Reviews:
386
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
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Photo of TripperDaniel
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes: Bottle conditioned. Best before (what looks like) August 25, 2008 at 07:52. Tasted in Amsterdam on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, from a 375 mL bottle. Ingredients listed on bottle: Water, barley, hops, yeast.

Tasting notes:

Appearance: Pours the colour of weak coffee and dark chocolate with a fine-bubbled dark tan-grey head that takes some coaxing and dissipates quickly to an incomplete covering, a good rim and lots of lace.
Nose: Dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, cherry medicine, coffee candy, molasses, perfumy hops. Faint grassiness on the hops too.
Taste: Dry. Quenching. Coffee candy really comes out followed by a cherry cough syrup medicinal bitterness at the back of the throat. Very gentle carbonation. Lighter-bodied than I expected. Alcohol is integrated but noticeable. Faint hop bitterness and a salty element. Plastic note comes out on the finish as the beer breathes. Adding the yeast makes no difference other than increasing the bitterness.

Overall: Finish too short. Not terribly complex. Up to five years of bottle age could do it some good but it lacks the complexity and body to evolve significantly. An easy drinking stout. Best served at about 6° C.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown color where no light shall shine through--even on the edge. Decent three-finger head that fades slowly in a rocky fashion. The lace is modest, though.

Nice blend of black patent and chocolate malts in the aroma. There is a slight "refrigerator" smell. Notable hop at the end along with a mild alcohol warmth.

Relatively thin body (with an above average level of carbonation). Great burnt malt flavors that resemble espresso. The swallow and aftertaste bring on the lingering dark coffee without any sugar.

In terms of flavor and smell, this beer rivals the Irish offerings.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the fact this stout has a little less body than others. I wouldn't call it watery though. It has a beautiful chocolatey and roasty aroma but this didn't translate equally to the flavour. It's not bad but a bit too roasty and burnt toast which puts it out of balance. If you let it warm up it becomes a bit more malty with treacle notes. I thought it was very drinkable for a stout both with food and just on its own. Good but not great.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that becomes a thick patch before disappearing. Some vanishing lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of dark malt - chocolatey. Roasty and woody with some fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet dark maltiness. Fruity and woody roastiness segue from sweetness to dryness in the finish.

Full-bodied with a bit of an oily texture with a long aftertaste.

It's a bit strong/full for a "session" beer, but it still has quite the drinkability, especially when paired with shell fish such as mussels or clams (and oysters, I presume).

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

can be purchased from jenny lou's (an upmarket import supermarket catering to expats) in beijing.

solidly dark, almost pure black. nice frothy dark tan head, which maintains as a thin layer to the end, but the lacing is sparse. perhaps wasn't too careful in pouring, as some yeast sediment still managed to get through.

nice coffee scent, with some fruity and even herbal character.

flavor is rich roasted malts, again leaning more towards coffee rather than chocolate. boldly bitter, but seems balanced enough not to get in anyone's way. some acidity.

ever so slightly thin, but definitely still has some body to it, and smooth at that.

overall enjoyable, and a welcome addition to my otherwise limited selection of good beer here in beijing.

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Photo of prototypic
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's dark brown with about a finger and a half, creamy tan head. Retention and lacing were good. Has a good bit of particles floating around.

Smell: Mix of roasted and chocolate malts up front. Pretty decent coffee-espresso aroma. Light dark fruit notes. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Coffee flavor seems to predominate this one. Chocolate malts give it some sweetness, but has a bit of an acidic taste to it. Dark fruit and hop flavors are faint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's fairly drinkable, but limited by its somewhat bland flavor. Overall, it's an okay beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of WilliamLious
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk cool out of a tall glass.
Appearance: Dark impenetrable. Pale brown foam thinning to a persistent skin with a slight fizz.
Smell: Rich roasted coffee malt odour.
Taste: Kahlua with whiskey undertones with a bit of bitter burnt toffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy and smooth.
Drinkability: A good beer from Coopers. Easy drinking, not heavy and not thin.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep brown with floating sediment under a 2 finger thin yet fluffy tan head with decent retent

S- roasted malts, tea, and sweet cream

T- taste revovles around roasted mlats and coffee, with subtle hints of tea, some burnt malts, and a lingering toffee throughout

M- full body and smooth

D- brew is rather filling so sessions could be a chore, but wonderful complexity of brew is wonderful, recommended

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

P: 1 PT. 9.4 fl oz. Brown Bomber

A: Thick coffee pours with two fingers of intense brown foam that resides to a cover.

S: Coffee, caramel, roasted grains and an alcohol nose.

T: Espresso, cream and slight sugar with a burnt caramel aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly mouth-feel that is crisp rather than a thick and syrupy liquid. Invigorating tastes are a treat for the entire mouth and a very pleasant dry aftertaste. Very well balanced beer!

D: If one wanted a session stout, I would recommend this one as it does not tire the mouth with any overkill.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer that is mostly impervious to light and a tall semi-long lasting brown head.

Smell is sweet and a bit fruity with a fairly strong patent malt aroma. Figs and a little cherry in the aroma and some herbal hops that smell mostly like Fuggles.

The taste starts out a little sweet with lots of chocolate and a little fig taste. Coffee shows up in aftertaste but it is nice and mellow. Slight amount of boozy flavor after a bit, the flavor of Scotch whiskey and not Kahlúa like most beers of the style. A few hints of more subtle flavors appear here and there like mint but they are brief flashes and not major flavors. The main base flavor of chocolate and a little vanilla with a mellow coffee and patent malt aftertaste last all the way through the beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable and probably the most interest beer for a beer enthusiast from Coopers. This is no Guinness FES but it is a decent introduction to the FES style of beer. Decent Mellow beer that I can see drinking again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ink-black color with a one-finger head. Sediment on the bottom due to the bottle-conditioning. Aroma is thick and strong and reminiscent of dark coffee. Some cocoa aroma as well. Taste is strong and interesting. Hints of mostly dark coffee stand out in the middle. Roasty and slightly creamy. Finishes dry at the back of the throat with the roastiness second to none. A second sip confims the same thing. Definitely strong as an export stout should be. Somewhat better than Guinness' effort but if there's one thing I'd change about this beer, I'd exploit the cocoa notes more and improve the creaminess. Still a decent export stout and you can't really argue with something that sticks to the style.

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew was as dark as night with a creamy 1/2 inch brown head. Upon first smell I noticed a sweetness almost taffy like and strong coffee. There was also a roasted smell. First sip you have a coffee taste with roasted malt and chocolate in the background. Not as heavy as I though, but a nice light bitterness in the after taste. This is a nice beer to sit back and just enjoy. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rich black color, crowned by a thin, creamy tan head. A good bit of suspended particles float within, due to the lack of a careful pour on my part. Aroma of rich roasted malt and a touch of lactose sweetness. Palate is rich and roasty up front, with a mild hoppy bitterness emerging towards the back of the mouth. Finish is dry and a touch bitter.
Body is nice, rich, and creamy, like a good stout should be. This is an enjoyable, highly drinkable stout. Excellent flavor and body show this one to be a great example of an export stout. I wish this was available in Oregon; until it is, I'll just have to continue buying it in Washington.

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Photo of kdales77
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as the coal you get in your stocking, with a good sized brown head

S- Standard stout smell although a little more coffee than most

T- Devine! caramel, chocolate, coffee, malt. Great hop balance

M- Very smooth

D- very easy to drink...and order another

It used to be hard for me to find this one but it seems to be gaining popularity. Outback has started carrying it also.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a solid 2 fingers of brown head which steadily reduced to about half a finger. Small bubbles cling to the side, the colour is almost a solid black.

Smell - 4.0
There was a strong banana aroma at first, but this reduced. I can also smell black coffee with some burnt malt and a little fruity sweetness once it warmed.

Taste - 3.5
Quite a mouthful, this is a seriously strong tasting stout! Definitely tastier than Guinness, with the predominant flavour being of coffee. Bitterness is high, perhaps a little too high. The aftertaste is velvety smooth and a little sweet, leaving malt and coffee flavours.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
More carbonated that your average stout, and without the usual creaminess, which is a disappointment. Reasonably heavy in the mouth with a sharpish carbonation that is not desired. Smoothed out once it warmed a little.

Drinkability - 2.5
I could never see myself drinking a second of these unless I was already drunk. Just the one was hard to finish.

OVERALL - 3.45
Not being a stout lover, I found it hard to get through a glass of this. It is definitely tastier than Guinness, but lacks the smooth personality and is a little too bitter in its finish for my liking. I buy this infrequently when I'm in the mood for a stout, it's good value and would pair well with a steak and ale pie, or hearty stew.

Edit: Since the above review, I have grown to enjoy stouts and have decided to re-review this beer.
A- 4.5, S - 3.5, T - 3.5, M - 3.5, D - 3.0, Overall - 3.65

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

This beer is black and has a thin, off-white head. Just the typical stout appearance.

Smell is lightly roasted, with some chocolate smell. Not the strongest smell I ever had.

Taste is mildly roasted and burned with a nice earthy bitter. The dark malts give the beer a maltbitter. Alcohol is evident and is somewhat warming. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is smooth.
Actually just the typical stout.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as black as night with a thin bubbly head that recedes to a rim of lace and holds there.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and charcoal.
Rich taste. Espresso, a burnt graininess. The graininess is most prominate in the middle and then it kind of fades away to a rich roasted and mild fruit finish. Long roasted aftertaste.
IMHO the mouthfeel doesn't fit the style or the flavor of the beer. Lighter in body than I expected with lot's of bubbly carbonation.
Overall this is a damn fine beer that shines in the most important category...taste! I'd recommend you pick this one up when you see it.

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Photo of rec
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While this is a beer that is local to my city, I picked it up only after seeing how highly it had been reviewed here at BA.

The pour presented an opaque black body and a head that not only lasted standing tall, but laced the glass brilliantly as it dissipated. Some sediment is visable, floating in the glass.

The smell was one typical of a stout, with roast malts coming through in the aroma first and foremost, but little complexity after it.

Mild chocolate and rye come through in a taste that is otherwise most disinctly roasted coffee. It's sweet and chewy with a remarkable smoothness. I get a faint nuttiness in the aftertaste, which once again revolves around roasted coffee.

I'm not a huge stout drinker, so the chances of me going out of my way to buy this, or any other stout, is rather slim. I definately wouldn't turn one down if offered, though. It has certainly done the Australian beer world proud.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.7 oz. bottle with rustic 1800s-style label.

A: Black, with a beautiful tan head which looks great in a pint glass. Great lace.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate, a lot of malt sweetness, with caramel and toffee.

M: Very good, full-bodied, smooth. Just incredibly silky smooth.

D: Insanely drinkable for a stout, a rare style, but is drinkable in all occasions, from a 140 degree day in the Outback, to a cold winter's night. Used to be able to pick up a 750 from Hi-Times for $2.87 plus tax, hope they bring those back. For me, this is Australian for beer. Really, all I'd want in a stout.

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Photo of basica
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a long shot at numerous ales and lagers, I finally tried... stouts. Believe it or not,
this's my first ever stout over Guinness and ABC stouts which were spammed like nothing at
all on the TV adverts since I was a kid. Anyway the Coopers Stout pours out coffee black with
minimal head and minimal retention. The right-in-the-face smell was a disappointing medicinal
smell which was pretty strong. Good thing the taste was not all medicinal; it was subtlely
caramel sweet like but this was countered by the bitter medicinal taste making it only ok
tasting. The after taste was a little caramel, malty but medicinal as well. (Can't seem to
escape the medicine part of it) The mouth feel was more like medium body with an apt amount of
carbonation and it was acutally very smooth drinking tho not as drinkable due to the medicinal
bitterness. I read that the Coopers stout is already a more mellow version of the stouts out in
the market. I rest my case; I am not a stout person and I will stick to my Belgian ales and
German Weizen.

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Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than night black with minimal head which I was expecting to be bigger.
Chocolate first hits the nose with some coffee to follow up. So far so good.
The aromas continue into the taste but with a lot more roasty, almost burnt dryness coming through as well.
The mouthfeel is a little light given the style and awesome malty taste. Fairly high carbonation.
Good stout for sure. Could drink a couple in a row no problems but that would be about it.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black, ruby highlights, milk chocolate head, and nice lacing. Textbook stout appearance. Nose is a nice mix of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, and ash. Flavor is a lot roasty up front with not much else discernible but some dark maltiness. The finish, however brings some vinous qualities as well as some chocolate and prunes. Aftertaste is an awesome espresso bean roastiness that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is a little light and the carbonation could chill out a bit. A fine, drinkable stout. After having had their Sparkling Ale (and being extremely disappointed with it), this was a pleasant surprise. Tried this with some queso mahón, which goes alright with it, but I think this beer needs a cheese with more punch to it to stand up to the intense roastiness.

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Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottom line: it was decent, but nothing great or noteworthy enough to seek out. It was included in a world-wide party pack I bought at a charity auction.

12.7 ounces listed on the label. WTF?

Jet black pour with a foamy tan head that fought to delivery some lace rings. Lots of goodies left on the bottle bottom. So far, so good.

Subtle, but still solid, notes of chocolate malt, topped by anise and grapes in the aroma. But the taste; somewhat cholcky and gritty, dry stout-wise. Hints of dark fruit (cherries and plums), but this thing thins way too quick. It just doesn’t pack any drinking punch – I guessed 4.5%, but see on the web it’s higher.

Ehh, I wouldn’t turn one down, wouldn’t order one.

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

This is from a 750ml bottle with no apparent use by/after date.

Appearance: Truly opaque black stout, with a dense brown/tan head that dissapates fairly quickly leaving just the right amount of head around the edges.

Smell: Sweet molasses with hints of chocolate and even sublter hints of coffee. Distinct presence of roasted malts. Slight tinge of alcohol in the nose, but in an inviting sense and not warning of overpowering alocholic notes. Extremely enticing smell to a fan of stouts.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malts is the first flavor impression given by this beer and, true to the nose, hides any negative alcoholic notes while leaving you with just enough to enjoy breathing out through the nose after taking your sip. Hints of roasty chocolate and coffee throughout with a dry nuttiness. Excellent flavor complexity for a beer that is so widely availble in Australia. Powdery dry chocolate and slight amount of hop bitterness chracterize the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, smooth and creamy as a stout should be, but perhaps a tiny bit more "fizzy" than desired, but not overly noticable. Finish leaves the mouth dry.

Drinkability: Personally, I could drink this stuff as a session beer. You wouldn't konw it's 6.3% when drinking it and I would, and have, got a bit ahead of myself drinking these now and again.

Overall, this is just a great stout and an outstanding offering from Coopers, and as I mentioned earlier, it's great that it's so widely available here in Australia. I discovered and instantly loved these brews when I first came to Australia and use them as my go-to beers - particularly the Best Extra Stout. I have to say that the aged version of this beer (Coopers Special Stout) is even better.

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Photo of goatherder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type 375ml stubbie bottle. Best after 22/03/06

Ample tan head which sticks like glue to the glass. This is the beer equivalent of a black hole - no light can escape it. Complex on the nose - golden syrup, blackcurrant, plums. The taste is a let-down after the promising aroma. The just doesn't seem to be the depth of other stouts in the same market. The body is quite thin though the alcohol is very well disguised.

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Coopers Best Extra Stout from Coopers Brewery Limited
3.84 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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