Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

BA SCORE
86
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 Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an utter sable with a modest dark caramel head, a little lace, a fair amount of swirling sediment noted, mild carbonation. Aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and dark roasted malt. Taste begins with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue; dark roasted malt, bitter coffee, and dark fruit all ride a wave of sharp tartness to a crisp and very dry finish. Alcohol provides a warming note. This beer is nothing less than excellent and seems particularly suited to the winter season.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a cloudy ink-black with innumerable flecks of brown yeast conglomerating at the bottom of my goblet, with particles in a suspended gradient. The tan head has poor retention and sits atop very fine bubbles. Lacing is very poor to non-existent. Carbonation is paradoxical...mild to moderate by looks, but moderate to strong by texture. Aroma reminds me quite strongly of Mackeson's XXX Milk Stout mixed 50/50 with Guinness Export Stout...sweet with caramel, burnt yet expressive, hints of toffee and butterscotch, dark roast coffee. Wonderful aroma...strong, complex, and rich. Mouthfeel is at first flitting and spritzy on the tongue but the dense body smooths it out and makes for a very refreshing, mild finish. Taste is very nice...starts with vanilla...thin, burnt malts backed up by substantial malts nicely filling out the body, smooth caramelized sugar, rather mild hops teetering between being earthy and herbal at the same time, and finishing with a touch of wood and a hint of smoke. Hops are well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Easy to drink, yet sippable owing to it's complexities. Alcohol is not perceptable in aroma or flavor, though there is a hint of warmth going down and it packs a decent buzz. Quite odd feeling in the belly..the carbonation is out of cahoots with the density of the brew. Drawing upon the best of the two beers I mentioned above, but without their weaknesses, this beer is well crafted and bests them both. It had been a long time since I last drank this, but I am thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of fastfwd
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night. Nice fat creamy head. One of the best stouts I've had in awhile. If you don't really like hop bitterness this is your beer. It's not completely void of hop, but it strikes a really nice balance with a strong lean to malt. Super easy to drink. It's got a pretty strong abv to boot - certianly took me by surprise. Creeper beer!

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Photo of matuto
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, exp. 03/2017. Great beer.

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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 drtth
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is dark brown, almost black color, with a ½" light brown head. There's lots of lacing left on the glass from the head, which recedes quite slowly. Sipping leaves nice rings, sheets, and patches of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is definitely one of roasted malts that contain threads of coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark molasses. There are some hops detectable but no real alcohol presence.

Taste: The flavors include some almost burnt roasted malt with noticeable coffee, dark chocolate and dark molasses as expected from the nose. There is a bit of alcohol sweetness detectable

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium full bodied and creamy smooth with light carbonation. The finish is long and has a coffee like bitterness that ends with a nice bitter dryness trailing off to nothing.

Drinkability: This was a nicely drinkable beer, both easy to drink and to finish. I'd certainly be willing to have it again. One nice thing, or perhaps dangerous thing, about this beer is that it is quite easy to keep drinking it and to regret pouring the last drop. A good solid well made beer and one worth having.

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

Pours a rich deep brown almost black color with a big light brown head.
The aroma of this is mixed roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
The taste of this full bodied stout is also a very good blend of roasted coffee and a dark chocolate.
Decent small lacing linger through out the drinking of this glass.
A dark rich but yet light chocolate dry after taste.

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Photo of IPA17
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout with a nice black appearance, a nice aroma and solid stout taste. This one was a bit off the run-of-the-mill beaten path, having a slightly porter-esque tint to it. Even though I had this beer following a 20% ABV Raison d'Extra, I still found it hit the spot rather nicely. If you're looking for a beer that is 100% true to it's style, you may be let down a bit, but if you like a little bit of differentiation or strecthing of the style limits, you won't be disappointed.

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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 ducksteen
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to see this on the shelves here in town. I always loved this beer when I studied at University of Adelaide, so lets see what I think now.

Pours the deepest of brown colors with just a hit of light coming through the bottom of the glass. A very ephemeral head explodes as it is poured, leaving a sparse patch over top that is maintained by an active bubble at the top of the beer. Nose is very rich with sweet dark fruit, molasses, deep roasted malt and coffee. I would venture that there are some oats in this one as well. It has that creamy essence I associate with oats. Flavor is very nice and has a nice progression from initial sip to finish. It starts as roasted to light burnt malt with prunes and sharply turns to a light chocolate and finally settles on a lighly creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is a touch light for my taste. its right at the lower end of moderate with a fairly light carbonation. Its just too close to water for me. Drinkability is very good. There is nothing to keep me from really drinking this one. Easily could be a beer I could have more than one of in a night. Better than I remember it.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer from Coopers I'm reviewing. Picked up a bottle from Tops in Bangkok. Poured into a colins glass (only option available at that time).

The beer poured a dark brown, almost black colour - in fact at and below eye level it was a ravenous black, only if you would hold up the glass to a light source could you make out the brown around the edges. The dishwater froth coloured head was loose, about an inch high - quickly receded and vanished leaving very light, spotted lacing. To the unknowing, this could be easily mistaken for a glass of Coca Cola.

The nose was full of dark malts, caramel and bitter chocolate initially. Although the smell was profound at first, it was shortlived - a second sniff to bring out any hidden aromas yielded no result, in fact even the initial bouquet seemed blunt. The surprise lay within - a sip and an array of flavours burst inside. First up it was bitter chocolate and coffee which were perfectly blended, followed with a shot of caramel sweetness - all that highlighted the quality of brewing, the choice of malts and the careful degree of roasting chosen. The bitterness that complimented the sweeter flavours did not seem to come from the hops - this was purely malt driven also. The taste was Ace.

The beer was velvety smooth inspite of above average carbonation, bearing testimony to the impact of the big flavour it has to offer. I would certainly be looking out for this beer again. Frankly, I am very impressed with this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours out a dark, beautiful black, slight touch of brown with a tight looking 1.5 inch head, and great, lacing streaking down the glass.

Smells potent, some cocoa powder, smoke, and roasted malt. Smells even more concentrated straight from the neck of the bottle.

Tastes dark, dark, dark. Probably the best export stout I've ever had. Some espresso bitterness, a bit of baker's chocolate, some tea-like hop bitterness, and some light dark fruit flavors. A lot of roasted malt flavor, but it's not overpowering at all. Some black bready pumpernickel flavors as well. Bit of licorice.

Medium bodied, quite thick for a stout of its ABV. Just really full and lovely. Medium carbonation, supremely drinkable. Creamy, smooth, mouthfeel, almost nitro-like, but not so flattened out.

This is a really good beer. My first beer tried from Australia, and I'd like to buy a ton more of it please.

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Photo of absolutbc2001
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured with very little head and is thin (for a stout) but dark in appearance. The color is a deep and pleasingly black.

The smell is simple but nice. I could have used a little more aroma but nothing to complain about.

The taste is great and balanced well with the smell. Wanted a little more flavor but simplicity means this beer goes with a lot of food. Reminds me of an unbelievable stout that’s been watered down.

Wanted a thicker and more carbonated mouthfeel.

Extremely easy to drink beer. Simple and sure to please any stout lover and stout liker equally. Most drinkable stout I’ve ever had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is blackest black, as ebon as espresso grounds, and a thin, simmering tannish head rests on top. Aroma looms large and bursts forth with dominant roasty chocolate and espresso associations. An especially burnt flavor comes through, more so than I've found in most stouts, along with hints of anise and cloves. Incredible texture, thick, full body, great bitterness, but balanced by sweet malt on the palate. A grainy, gritty quality continues through the middle, by which time the mouthfeel can best be described as "motor oily", in viscosity and flavor! But that's good, in this case!
An eternal finish, one that digs in it's claws and won't let go! A contemplative stout, one to savor, linger over, and enjoy late at night, with a good book. The flavors come in waves and layers, your appreciation of this dark and delicious stout grows and grows. First rate all the way.

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Photo of jheimiller
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chad_Spinks
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle, interestingly enough it has a best after date which is 30 apr 09.

Pourse a dense black with hints of ruby on the edges. The head is big and fluffy, and rootbeer float cream colored. The head sticks for a bit and slowly leaves some decent lacing.

It smells rich with hints of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. It is very sweet and very intense.

The flavor is amazingly intense, the malts paint your tongue. There is strong roasted malt, thick bitter coffee and chocolate , and some mild fruitiness on the palate. The malts taste vibrant, like drinking malt juice.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and works excellent here.

This is a fine stout, better than others of the style I have tried, an Australian gem of a beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been able to find this around lately. The review is from my notes written 3 years ago. This pitch-black stout is as heavily bodied as it looks. It is not overly sweet, nor overly dry. Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, smoky and quite hoppy with underlying bitter citrus bite. The gorgeous tan head doesn't last long. Deep and complex fragrance. Rare treat!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew , malty aroma, sweet for an export stout. Head is thin to non existant, but lightly laces glass.Chocolaty brown color. Roasted grain and slight hop. Think of a Guinness thats gone slightly flat! Lingers on the back of the toung nicely.Overall a decent beer.

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

Pours a charcoal black, lines of nice lacing, some thin carbonation. An aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate also detected. A sharp and crisp tasted of roasted malts, mixed with chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans. Very thick and full bodied, stout lovers only. A finish that is dry and smokey, very rich, very easy and smooth drinking, an awesome stout that rivals the best.

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

I'm impressed with this.

Pours black with a light foam, tan head that dissipates quickly . . .

Nose gives hints of coffee, alchohol and currants . . .

Taste is nice, not too heavy/ not too light in body. Yeah there's a slight
hint of cocoa as well, but nothing stands out as being a predominant flavor. There's a bit of sediment (ruffage) in the bottom of my glass. Good fiber!

This is just a good, hearty stout--light carbonation rounds this off.

I could drink this everyday.

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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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