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Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to have another stout - this one came from either Fred or Pier-Luc, but my memory is hazy, so thanks to both of them for being great traders.

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a bubbly tan head which put down some good lace as it settled to a thick cap of foam. Nice retention compliments a very decent all-round appearance. Strong cocoa notes dominate the aroma and are joined by coffee to produce an oder to roasted malt. Quite a simple, but thick and satisfying aroma.

Big roasted malt flavours dominate the palate. Bittersweet chocolate leads off, and the coffee is stronger here than in the nose, taking on an almost astringent quality. Anise and molasses combine with smoke to produce an added layer of complexity. Certainly a lot of big flavour for its weight! Medium body and carbonation round things off.

This turned out to be a very nice FES, with a whole boatload of roasted malt flavour. Nice job from Coopers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a 2 fingers deep tan head. No lacing & minimal head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & toasted malt

T: Chocolate & iron up front. I also pick up hints of oakyness & vanilla, with fruittyness as it warms. Licorice surfaces half-way through the bottle. Finishes dry with choclate & licorice

MF: Medium bodied with subtle carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, a pretty nice stout. I'd certainly buy this again

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. Best after 24.05.07 17:56. "Real Aussie Stout".

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this bottle!

A - A taller-than-normal pour reveals the beer to be a clear dark brown color but in the glass it's as black as night. The head foams up right away to a dense tan froth with great retention and dense, thick lacing on the glass. A bit of cascading after the pour contributes to this picture-perfect stout.

S - Nice deep nose filled with chocolate and black patent roasted malts. A nice, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa nose too but it is a timid aroma overall.

T - Dense, rich malts are all this beer contains. Roasted and very dark, they provide a dry bitterness with hints of chocolate, dark coffee, and brown sugar.

M - Rich but fairly crisp due to a higher carbonation level. The finish is very dry with a medium bitterness to it.

D - Huge waves of lace and foam til the last sip, this Extra Stout looks perfect, tastes good, and feels fine which really makes it one easy drinking extra stout. A pleasant treat from the land down under!

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best AFTER 1-2-15. Ok, guess I aged this one enough. Bottle fermented so I did a light pour into glass. Regret that since I didn't get a true picture of what the head could be. Body was black and opaque.

Got a bitter bite on the initial taste, but was a little overly chilled. let it sit, which I should have from the beginning, and then the magic happened. Started to take on notes almost like an imperial. Great, boozy hints. Faint bitter coffee. Smooth. I'll take it.

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Photo of Nrod
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericj551
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout pours a deep inky black with a thin head that doesn't last long. The aroma is rich sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Sweet, caramel malt and chocolate come first in the flavor, leading to some mild astringency and damp, earthy hop flavor. Roasted malt comes through in the finish, leaving a nice coffee flavor. The bitterness is mild and coupled with the astringency from the roasted malt balances the flavor well.

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Photo of arizcards
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout is colored "dead of the middle of the night" black. Virtually no head deveploped with my pour. The aroma of toasted malts was very prevelant. The taste was a smooth toasted malt start with a nice little bitter hop finish. This has a moderately heavy mouthfeel. This is not a bad stout, much better than the pale ale from the same brewery.

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

The bottle has a best before date. It pours dark, creamy, and black. Has a nice head and carbonation.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and toasted malt. Tastes toasty, sweet malt, with light alcohol taste. Finishes chocolately with dark roasted coffee. Tastes chewy, thick like a meal in a glass. Attractive head throughout. At halfglass it yields more toasted sweetness flavor.

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

Coopers Best Extra Stout is black as pitch, and it is very malty with a strong roast barley flavour, however, as far as the body, I find it to be relatively watery, and the bitterness is not that strong; I’m able to more or less guzzle this. The head is thin and beige (wide-brim glass), and a good amount of lacing is left. Lots of of beige yeast chunks are present, and they drop straight to the bottom. The aroma is of dark coffee, some odd vegetable (celery?), and the flavor is of dark, unsweetened baker’s chocolate, dark coffee, and malt. Coopers Best Extra Stout finishes dry and easy drinking. It is not really a sipper. I like it.


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Photo of pknyc
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BB: 07/18/2015
Opened: 06/23/2014

A: Large three finger tan head with an aggressive pour. The head dissolves to a film and leaves pretty nice lacing. Body is opaque black.

S: Nice chocolate. Then it has that bitterness that I always associate with export stouts. There is some coffee roast in there as well with a little bit of dark fruit.

T: Very similar to the nose. Bitter export stout taste with some dark roast. Nice dark chocolate on the swallow.

MF: Very nice. It is slightly thicker than a normal export stout and I think that helps. It is a little creamy. Medium.

O: Export stouts aren't usually my thing, but this was pretty good.

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

Black pour. Chocolate cover lasts long. Bottle-conditioned. Huge complex aroma of tobacco, peat malt. Big smoke character. Vegetably feel in the hoppiness (chive). Multi-layered roastiness, cofeeish.. Yummy. Palate feels just a bit less interesting, mostly because of this tart strike toward the end, it’s rather mild, but doesn’t blend with the roastiness in harmony at all. Dark chocolate flavors, fennel notes, grassy off-dry finish. Wet mouthfeel, medium bodied, but not as full as I expected. Really sheeting the mouth sides though. Great stuff.

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Photo of bob3701
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Poured black, light does not shine through, with a big tan creamy head that hangs around and laces nicely. Heavey roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor with a coffee/chocolate bitterness and a pleasant smokey finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Very good stout.

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

Consumed 3/21/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Almost pitch black with slight ruby edging when held up to the light. Capped off by about a finger and a half, bubbly tan head that hung around for a good bit. Pretty decent lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malt, light dark chocolate. Smelled more like a milk stout.

T- Roasted dark chocolate with a little of the sweetness, maybe hints of licorice as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D- Hadnt had this one in a long time and forgot how much I liked it. Could easily have several of these in a sitting. I was suprised that more of the sweetness didnt come through in the taste.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Dark black in colour with no hint of much other colour. Good firm tan head that persists. Low carbonation.

Coffee, roasted malt, yeast and some hints of dark fruits on a very well balanced nose that is not too over powering.

Good hard body that contains good length and ample bitterness. Full flavoured with toffee, malt and a good type of nuttiness to it. Only a touch of sweetness. Again, well balanced.

Enjoyable stout from Coopers, and arguabley one of Australia's best stouts. Good to see this making it to the States!

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black stout that is very peculiar. The scent is light but with hints of roasted malt and coffee. The taste differs not overly much except that it's very sweet for being a dry (?) stout. I can find coffee and roasted malt in the taste but with a little licorice and soap.

A very sweet and sour stout that I surely will drink again.

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Photo of Drew966
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coopers Best Extra Stout pours a very dark brown with a thin, tan head from a brown 12.7 ounce bottle which has yeast residue in it. The aroma is a bit estery, and I pick up a little roasted malt. The taste is a bit estery at first, but then it's roasted malt all the way. Recommended.

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Photo of smithj4
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

This poured into a pint glass with a thick foamy, tan head that stayed the entire session. The color was a dark ebony. The aroma was a faint raosted malts, but not lingering affect or pungent smell. The taste was quite good; choclate with some balanced bitterness. The body is a little thin, but extremely smooth in the finish which adds to its drinkability. Overall I would like to sit and drink a few of these brews because I believe this is a great brew just mabye not this time.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of berries and fruit with slight coffee. Tastes of slight coffee with sour fruit, intersting combination that is pretty good. Beer is carbonated heavily Andy goes down really easy for its medium body. Overall a pretty good beer.

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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 Hypersomnia
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nightgardener
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mzrebiec
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer to start. You do not see a lot of Australian beers in America.
The beer poured a midnight black with a dark tan head that was about 2 fingers worth but dissipated rather quickly.
Upon tasting this Extra Stout it is rather light with a lot of roasty flavors swirling around. A bit of nuttyness comes through and finishes with a bit of dark coffee. I would certainly recommend this beer to anybody that enjoys a dark beer, and even to those who do not. It is even drinkable during these warm days.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 677 ratings
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