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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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

Definition problem here. Bottle nose has moderate well balanced roastiness and sweetness and it pour a reasonable but short lived big rocky tan head. Glossy black to the eye it has reasonable depth with an effervescent start on the palate which leads to a fairly hollow middle. Thin, not watery, but is in need of more content and individuality.

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

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. This tastes like every foreign stout I've ever had. Sweet lactose creamy aroma with a decidedly roasty flavor profile, plenty of dark bread crusts, a whisper of fruitiness, and a dry finish. A perfectly adequate stout but not something I would care to have again, if only because of its genericness.

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

This sweet and slightly astringent stout beer poured a nice black colour into my glass. The aromas were of dark roasted malts, specialty grains and hops. The taste was a bit too sweet for my liking but it was dry and nice, none-the-less. The mouthfeel on this beer was pretty thick, but not too thick. The drinkability was pretty good as well. This was a decent stout,l but not one of the best, that I have had....

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Photo of Erix
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold, in a taster glass.
Appearance: This poured very dark, with some reddish hues around the edges. Moderate carbonation, yielding a tan, smallish head.
Smell: Roasted malt, a little sourness I've come to associate with a lot of porters and stouts that smells almost like green olives. A little alcohol. Not too sweet.
Taste: Rather tasty, quite toasty. Pleasant, but not great. A little sourness in with the dark malt flavors. Ends with a flavor of burnt toast and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but the body is a little thin. Some residual warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability: I could have a few of these, but it would not be my first nor fifth choice of a stout.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a very deep dark brown with a off white lacy head.
the aroma is of dark malts and burnt bread with a ever so slight hop aroma.
the taste has a burnt fruit cake flavor, little hop flavor, bitterness, with a coffee finish.
the mouthfeel is a little thick
beer is best enjoyed on cool nights.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours an opaque jet black with about a finger of tan foamy head that lingers awhile. The nose is weak, with light hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark malts darting through the spaces betwixt the air itself. The taste follows, with the coffee, malts, subtle bits o' cocoa, and twinge of bitterness all coming in, but sadly seeming somewhat watered-down, all of the flavors perceptibly weaker than they ought to be. The body is a strong medium, with very little carbonation and, though it lightly coats the tongue, a smooth, dry feel. Overall, a decent stout, but not quite a reason to ride down under.

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

Nicely dark with little head and what appears to be chunks of sediment floating in the dark morass. Nose is sweet with coffee and a little touch of molasses.
A round, rich flavor with a quality aftertaste. Some respectable nutty maltiness. This beer has a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin.
This is a slightly lightweight but still tasty stout. Coopers makes a decent product.

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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 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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12.7 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some sweetness, molasses like. Taste is roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, somewhat light and mild, some smokiness as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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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 Murrhey
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass in my house in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger-width khaki head. Long retention. Heavy carbonation. Black color with some fluffy lacing.

S- Roast malts, chocolate, barley. Nice rich smell with a distinct creaminess in the aroma.

T- Roast malts and barley, and some coffee notes with creaminess. The dark chocolate pops out, like a little cocoa nibs.

M- Rich and creamy, but heavy carbonation kills the feel.

O- Weird beer that seems to attempt to be a Guinness. It fails.

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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 JayTheFinn
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out black in the glass with a very tiny but very dark head that evaporates quite quickly. Smells like coffee with like a lot of hazelnut creamer. Tastes very lightly chocolatey, but too watery. Not much body to speak of. Highly drinkable due to wateriness but not cuz of flavor.

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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 beveritt
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12.7oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle is embossed with the Coopers name in script. The label advises drinkers on the age old question of decanting or swirling in the sediment. A very fine, well-packed sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Thin, 1/4 inch light tan head, that quickly disappears. None of the reverse waterfall cascade you see on so many stouts. The beer is black and opaque, just a hint of brown/red around the edges. A small amount of the sediment came over into the glass, but I wasn't careful about decanting.

Smell: Sweet, with undertones of roasted barley. Hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste: Roasted barley upfront, with a finish of sweet alcohol. A ong, lingering taste that develops into a very smoky, slightly hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: A good beer with well blended flavors. A little more bite from carbonation than I typically like in my stouts.

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Photo of BCMan
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up nice generating a nice head but it fades as quickly after is builds. The appearance is very dark. I didn't hold it to a light but I doubt any light would get through. The nose is sweet with chocolate notes. The taste is like cocoa, maybe some chocolate malt. I'm a bit dissapointed with how thin it is. I like a stout to be more on the heavey side. Bottle conditioning left a lot of sediment in the glass. An aggressive pour in attemp to generate some foam made it hard to keep the sediment in the glass. I hope my love for stouts isn't making me give this brew special treatment. A good beer to try but I'd look to purchase so many other brands before this one.

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Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 04/11/2006, served cool in a jug.

A: opaque, nearly black hue, coming with a restrained, tan-foam settling to a thin cap staying throughout the drink.
S: profound bitter-sweet roastiness of dark malts dominates the nose, buttressed by a milder aroma mixed of dried black dates, sweet coffee's roastiness+coffee-flavoured toffee, touches of licorice... overall pretty creamy and sweet, true to the style of "Foreign Stout", but quite simplistic and not very much my cup of tea.
T: light, chewy and sweet roasted-maltiness upfront; bitter-sweet edges of coffee-milk along with date and plum chutney develop all over the palate, resulting in a prevalent, vertically-textured roastiness lingering deep down on the sides of the tongue; a hop like dryish-bitter palate joins the dark maltiness at a later stage, leading to a rather aromatic but dry and slightly sour-bitter coffee-ish finish.
M&D: quite smooth and fine-carbonated on the mouthfeel, but it's still thin-bodied for a 6.3% stout IMO--the sweet edge fails to buttress the maltiness to make a more vertical or thicker appearance on the palate, although the finishing touch with a mild tang of coffee does make up for a bonus to make it more drinkable without falling dull. A solid ale, but showing nothing out-of-this-world.

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Photo of aracauna
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hoppy, the hops make a pleasant impression, but mildness of the roast in the aroma doesn't bode well. The flavor follows up as slightly chocolatey with a little ash. The body is a bit lively with makes this a pretty drinkable beer, but a boring stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights and a good sized tan head that dissipates slowly and throws some lace. Smells of coffee and chocolate and molasses and dark dried fruits. Taste is very roasty with hints of chocolate, figs, molasses, dark fruit, and an annoying mineral or metallic flavor that while not overwhelming distracts me a bit. Creamy grainy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation. I almost enjoyed this one, well I did drink it all. The mineral flavor kinda killed this one for me. These just became available in NH and this bottle is a year old.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best after 7/29/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char-like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with some nice aromas but the flavors come off as a bit too acrid and burnt for my liking.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Roasty black with good coffee aroma but then did not live up to its aroma and presentation. Watery, roast and not much else. Some yeast in there not muich carbonation. Less pleasing than their sparkling beer. Had a bottle in May 2005 that was much better and rerated up.

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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 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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