Coopers Best Extra Stout | Coopers Brewery Limited

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Coopers Best Extra StoutCoopers Best Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Coopers Brewery Limited

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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

Appearance: Dark ruby brown almost black big chunks of nice tan head leaves some lacing down my sampling glass. Aroma: Soft chocolate stronger coffee notes, soft molasses and vanilla notes there as well. Taste: Creamy chocolate edge awesome coffee burst bready note from the excess of yeast floaties in my glass, very nice flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout glad I finally gave this jewel a try smooth carbonation can't complain. Drinkability: Pass on the Foster's search for something from the Coopers line great extra stout excellent balance nice sweetness happy with this one.

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Photo of techdiver
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque black with a modest head that dissipates quickly. There are bits of yeast floating throughout. Has a molasses and dark malt smell. Full-bodied and quite tasty; coffee, and malty molasses most present. All things considered a pretty enjoyable stout.

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

Pours nice and black, a very very dark chocolate brown if held up to the light. One finger of chocolate brown frothy head that left a nice sticky head.

Smell is of dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. A faint touch of dried fruits too.

A nice dark roasted malt flavour, with bitterness that of a strong espresso. Bitter chocolate tastes waver in the background too. There is a bit of malt sweetness there but overall the impression is of a nice full bitterness. There is some hops in there but it just seems along for the ride.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable brew, full flavoured but not overly strong. Basically should be a highly drinkable brew for anyone who enjoys a stout.

Final say? A good stout. I feel if the flavours I noted were more intense I would be in love with this brew. It left me with a little disappointment only because it came so close to really hitting the spot for me. No real faults here, and I think I need to come back to this as I had this after a long days work in a smoky environment and maybe this dulled me to the aromas and flavours somewhat.

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

Appearance.- Very dark color with a tan foam, low retention.

Smell.- Roast, some coffee, malty.

Taste.- Nice roast flavor, light sweetness, bit acidic.

Mouthfeel.- Medium body, not hard to drink at all.

Overall.- Nice representation of a Stout, very flavorful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with faint ruby highlights; the head is not the best I have seen on a stout but it does the job and leaves a fair amount of lace behind

Smell: Roasty aromas, with black bread, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee

Taste: Opens with a black bread and dark chocolate flavor that gets roasty by mid-palate, when a bit of hoppy balance emerges; after the swallow, the coffee arrives to add another dimension; a nice dry, char character lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice example of the style and easily my favorite from this brewery

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Photo of diablo14
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a marvellous robust, balls and all stout that never fails to hit the spot, coopers brew which i rate as the best stout in this country by a considerable way.

pours oily and dark, with a thick but beady tan head. also a dark yeast sediment which makes it look slightly cloudy despite its color. roasted, slightly smokey aroma with mocha like touches and some nutty sweetness. very full bodied, the flavor has a campfire like smoke character, with coffee, some chocolate, dry roasted nuts and an element of saltiness which lends itself to a very dry but still rich finish. one other thing i really like this is a gives you the lovely warm glow a stout should each time you drink it.

goes great with seafood, or with anything deep or pan fried. its interesting to compare this with the old stout, which is the same beer aged in barrels for a further 6 months. i tend to prefer this as i like its bold, in your face nature which is not something you find in a lot of reasonably priced stouts. one of my favorite aussie beers.

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

time to review an old staple.

A- pours a jet black with about an inch of sticky brownish head that leaves a nice amount of lacing. looks great.

S- on the nose coffee and licorice, a touch of chocolate, and a bit of vegemitey yeastiness. tasty again mr cooper.

T- straight up there is a really nice roastyness, all coffee and dark chocolate. following that it gets a little sweeter and the licorice and aniseedy characters come through, maybe a touch of sweeter chocolate as well. starts bitter, and that bitterness is characteristic throughout, but the other flavours seem to sweeten a bit by the end. i like.

M- definitely on the thicker side, very creamy as well. finishes bitter, yet it has a really nice bitter and dry length.

O- i was torn between a 4.5 and a 4. but i thought that i was a little bias and so gave it a 4 only, also that was the most common out of the previous 4 scores. i love this beer, and to think about it critically has made m like it more if anything. great nose, body and look. but the taste is fantastic! easily one of the 4 best stouts in Australia and one of the best priced beers considering the quality.

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Photo of inebrius
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this Aussie stout hard to get a two-finger, craggy cocoa head that will coat your rapidly draining glass brilliantly. Mellow roastiness snuggles with a hint of fruit to finish tart and dry and long. Perhaps a bit too sparkly for the style, but the bubbles do a good job keeping the roast barley astringency from overwhelming the buds. A sound, swiggable stout.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice stout that pours deep deep brown with an almost white head. i had two that night because i was so intrigued. first is english porter fruit... quite a bit of sweet apple and grape... a tad sherry quality. the second was straight up plum and apple malt. the palate was a decent body for a earthy mild smokiness that gave way to a very mild sour quality. i had both a tad warm as the palate was very bland otherwise. alcohol comes through a bit as a sherry quality. finish of shiraz grape, vanilla bean. very interesting with a subtle tobacco earth. quite a surprise how wonderful.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black pour with tight, creamy tan head which disappeared fairly quickly; minimal lace. Burnt grain and toasty malt nose. Roasted malt and slightly burnt; bittersweet dark chocolate; bitter finish. Dry medium mouthfeel; smooth creamy tongue coating. Medium carbonation. Strong long lasting bitter linger.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque coffee brown with a nice, thick, fairly persistent tan head - couldn't look more appetizing. Aroma is rich, smoky, oily, having tones of molasses and miso. Flavor is smoky and has tones of quality roast coffee and brown sugar. Texture is tingly and fizzy, sometimes seeming just a mite watery but still good. Worthy.

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

Sampled out of 375mL bottle at Alex's grandma's house (did the strawberry tablecloth give it away?). Label reads, "Best After 10/7/08" so I'm very excited to see how it has aged. Pours very dark, almost pitch black color, and didn't bother decanting out the sediment. Produces a thick, rocky, mocha-colored head with lacing that clings in clusters down the glass. Sediment sits on top like powered hot chocolate. Nose of roasted coffee, some smokey hints. Palate is nutty, mostly hazelnut, with the smokey aftertaste much more pronounced. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds linger along with the slight warmth from the 6.3% ABV (maybe even higher after bottle-conditioning + aging.) Very rich brew, medium body and drinkable with slight dryness in the finish. DELICIOUS.

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

20 December 2005, Best After May 05

Opaque black colour with a thin light brown head. A little lacing is left behind and some murky yeast in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of roasted malt, burnt coffee and a little chocolate. Rich roasted coffee malt flavour. A slight yeasty fruity taste appears too. Finishes with some bitterness and chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with mild carbonation. Overall I enjoyed sipping it. A good introduction for me to stouts.

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

Pours a deep black. Looks denser than it feels in the mouth. Pretty slight head which dissipated rather quickly. Definitely not the creamy, lingering head I was expecting.

Smells pleasantly burnt. Lots of coffee on the nose. Nice.

Straight up bitter coffee, seriously roasted malt and a *little* alcohol at first, giving way to sweet dark chocolate. A lot of good things going on.

Thinner than a lot of stouts, but not exactly THIN. Just about right. A little more carbonated than is the norm with stout, maybe to ease us Aussies into drinking a style of beer that's not especially popular here. Leaves a pleasant little warmth.

Hard to stop once you've begun. Typically I tire of stout relatively quickly and want to go to bed, but I could keep going on this one for a while.

As an Australian who avoids a lot of Australian beers, I think this is one to be proud of. Rating to style, this is a world-class export stout.

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

this one falls on the top part of my list. Coopers Best extra stout is a great export. it appears to be light for its class, but once in the glass gains its stout-like characteristics. has a strong aroma of coffee, and malted hops follow it right up. its easy on the mouth, smooth all over the taste buds, with just enough sweet to mesh well with the bitterness. pairs well with a good tobacco, wether it be a fine cigar, or in my case a briar pipe. packs a descent punch in the content category, and for the most part you dont realize it until your three or for in. Coopers stout has heavy notes of chocolate from start to finish, and in my opinion is one of the best stouts out there.

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

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, and hints of cocoa. The taste is full of roasted malt, with toffee, graham cracker, and hints of cocoa and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lot of carbonation for a stout. Overall, this is a fine beer that I could easily drink again.

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


Smells of cowboy coffee and hot cast-iron almost create a sound of crackling green wood burning underneath the bouquet. Roasted, but not burnt, this is an intriguing smell. Notes of toasted hazelnuts, and other sweet nuts are also abundant.
In the mouth it's clean and slightly watery. No more so than hundreds of other commercially successful stouts and porters, but I was hoping for authority here. No, this is a stout with loads of character, well-balanced,'s only missing an element of viscosity to make it perfect. Drink it on a camping trip.

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

This is a very enjoyable stout. Dry and somewhat smoky, with a strong cofee / roast malt flavor and aroma. The beer smells as though it's going to be sweet, but there is almost no sweetness in the flavor. It's probably a little on the thin side for a stout, but it's thicker than your average porter. Dark and opaque as you'd expect, with a tan lace on top. Probably the best brew I've sampled from Coopers.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Format: a traditional Coopers brown 375mL bottle. A standard macro lager label.

Appearance: looks exactly as a stout should: a non-transluscent jet black body, with a dark tan head that drops from one finger to a creamy half. Good lacing too.

Aroma: a stronger aroma than the majority of stouts. Plenty of heavy chocolate and roast coffee. Some smoke also.

Taste: very strong roast malts and cocoa, with the smoke and some bitterness.

Aftertaste: the finish is quite chocolatey, with some bitterness from the roasted malts. Lingers for quite a time.

Mouth feel: medium in body with an almost lager-like carbonation, which makes it a refreshing and easy to drink stout.

Overall: one of my favourite stouts. Well put together, very traditional style with a big, punchy flavour. Add to that a price of AU$58 a case of 24 x 375mL, and this is also one of the best value stouts around, along with CUB's Sheaf Stout.

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

Appearance: Coal-black with tan floaters... damn, I wish I had read the label and seen that this was bottle-conditioned so I would have poured more carefully. Oh well. Head is lush and tan with good retention.

Smell: Fusels, rich, somewhat smoky chocolate malts, cream, almonds, and tonic water. Yeast character has Hefe-like notes, with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste: Lots of delicious coffee and dark chocolate, a smidge smokier than your average American stout but without the same level of charred dryness. Malted milk. Pretty damn good, really. Maybe a tad too sweet, but wow, what a great beer to pair with dessert!

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied oily and chewy. Carbonation is at the right level, just enough to lighten things up but still maintain creaminess. A tad syrupy, but otherwise good.

Drinkability: Good stuff! This would be more drinkable if it were a little more dry, but it's still easy to sip and savor and would fit nicely into the latter half of a session.

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

Thanks to my good friend Jdostal for this Christmas gift...I owe you man!

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The label showed a "Best after" date of 12:06:07. Wow...this beer is over 2 years old...let's hope it cellars well!

A - Poured a dark dark opaque brown/black with a fluffy tan head. The head dissipated to a thin cap after a couple of minutes and left spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Nice malty aroma with a decent amount of bitter chocolate in the nose. Also, a bit of a sweet dark fruit aroma.

T & M - The taste way outperformed the nose on this brew. The roasted malt body is accentuated by a nice playful mixture of bitter chocolate and hints of espresso. Some hop bitterness lingers toward the back end. There is an impressive complexity to this brew with the different flavors playing so well together. Creamy mouthfeel, but it does seem to have a bit of an abrasive character from the carbonation. It finishes well with a slight hop aftertaste.

D - This is an excellent stout, and my first foray into the world of Coopers. I'm impressed and am also a bit curious to try some of Coopers other brews. I could probably session this beer!

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Photo of engagechad
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured awesome with a perfect head and great carb. The head was very dark which I love. It was Black as night and smelled good. The smell wasn't very prominent but what was there was quite good, it was malty and sweet with some dark chocolate undertones. Tasted wonderful, the body was perfect. Tasted of sweet chocolate but it was hopped evenly so that the sweetness isn't over powering. VERY drinkable.

This beer will be in my fridge again in the future.

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