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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Photo of BeerIsYummy
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A stout beer readily available in most Australian bottle shops. It is a bitter stout with a reasonably good head for a bottle fermented carbonation.

It is nice and dark. Shining a light through through the beer reveals a burgundy glow.

It has a dark malty, grassy aroma.

It has a malty, tangy taste at first followed by a bitter grass like flavour.

For a bottle carbonated stoutIt feels reasonably thick and full bodied in the mouth.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pitch black with a cola-like hue on the very edges through the light. An espresso-foam colored head dissipates to an uneven film. Lots of sticky lacing coat the glass. The beer smells like milk chocolate and bitter dry chocolate. The taste is exceptional -- There's a clean, dry chocolate profile to start. In the middle or end, a milk chocolate note takes over. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dry cocoa, milk ... it's all there, and it's delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean dry finish.

Overall, blown away. The Aussies make an exceptional stout here. Totally dominated by a milk chocolate tone, it's just delicious and "feels" perfect. I could almost give this a perfect score, mate.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There is excellent head retention and the beer is completely opaque. There is also some sediment in this bottle that is visible on the bottom of the glass during consumption.

There are aromas of roasted barley malt, sweet milk chocolate, and faint hints of coffee and alcohol. You get roasted malts and that milk chocolate flavor right up front. There is that coffee type bitterness on the back end and the alcohol is not very detectable in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent stout. It covers all what you expect from a stout.

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

Appearance - Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Chocolate, sweet aromas, roasted malts, hint of coffee bean, alcohol.

Taste - Sharp flavours of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavours are more intense in comparison to other stouts. Bit of a milkiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly bubbles and not too dense.

Overall - A unique stout by Coopers. This is my first foreign/export stout and I'm quite surprised by the intensity of flavours. Tastes more potent than the ABV suggests. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local supermarket.

A - Pours black with a two finger medium brown, big bubbled head. Pretty good drape of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Cola, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and nuttiness..

T - Dark breadiness, cola, burnt coffee perhaps, and some milk chocolate with some nuttiness.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, medium to full body with alot of creaminess and a dryness in the finish.

O/D - Considering this is ranked so high on the top Oz beers, this is pretty weak. In no way is this even comparable to a number of the craft examples here. This is in no way a bad beer, just not a hype worthy one, and not necessarily a good one. I wish I just had a small bottle. Decent, but not worth going out of your way for. I had no interest in finishing the bottle.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a opaque jet black in color with very light reddish hints when held up to the light. The beer has a thin and patchy beige head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. There is significant visible beige sediment in the beer, mostly concentrated at the bottom of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of dark and roasted malts as well as some hints of dark fruit followed by some lighter touches of anise and chocolate.

T: The flavor is very well balanced, starting a little sweet and finishing just a touch bitter. Lots of roasted malt flavor with some dark fruits and notes of anise.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Probably the best beer I have had from Coopers, though none of them are bad beers. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I would certainly get this one again.

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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 DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best after "Sep 19 2010" must be brewed then so at least 5 months old.

A - Opted for a slower pour to not get any yeast. It is carbonated but not much since I got a dead calm black liquid but I do see a tan colored lace ring.

S - Very vibrant I get some mild roast, cocoa, and some anise and licorice.

T - Quite a smooth stout drinking like a lower hopped version of the Guinness Foreign stout. I am getting smooth chocolate, mild roasts, and a taste of balanced anise. Their is a mild hop presence in the finish.

M - Medium bodied I am impressed by the taste.

Overall a touch old but this is forgiven since it came from around the world. A really good stout overall.

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

12.7oz twist off bottle, fridge temp, snifter. best after 16 JUL 09 (?)

pours out nearly black, actually a dark brown. a thin biege colored head, pretty good retention. some lacing from a swirl of the glass. big chunks of yeast visible.

some roasted malt, raisony, figgy dark fruits, nutty aromas possibly from the yeast. a little molasses.

a nice blend of some roast, chocolate, dark fruits, nutty yeast, some fruity esters, a bit of a molasses, borwn sugar taste. finishes with a bitter sweet chocolate flavor.

a little too much carbonation, fizzy feel. makes for a weaker overall feel.

overall, a surprisingly decent beer. i wasnt expecting much, a friend found these in the back of his fridge and knew i liked beer. not something i would ever really buy, but atleast the other 5 wont be too hard to drink.

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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 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 bnes09
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ink black with lots of floating yeast chunks that remain suspended as if stuck in jello. Weak tan colored head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Just what I was hoping for.

Good roasted character. Burnt maple, mild coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted almonds. Sweet molasses mid-drink. Hops are on the weaker side with a leafy quality. Pretty well rounded.

Sturdy medium body. Good carbonation. Dryish finish. No thick or syrupy feel.

Good stuff.

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Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a very nice black with a thin brown head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a bit of roastedness and some alcohol, but really not much else. Smells like your basic stout.

T: Now this is where the beer truly shines. I am getting a great amount of roasted malt, some alcohol, chocolate and some coffee.

M: The beer has a good amount of crispness, but not overwhelming. Very drinkable.

O: This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. It just has so much flavor and just so perfect for winter. I cant wait to have this again!

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Photo of dansmcd
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Just like coke with the black/red colour and a thin fizzy brown head. Short lived rings of lace carry on.

S - Roasted malt flavours, powdered dark chocolate, sweet cocoa bean.

T - As with the nose, the roastiness is predominant. Molasses, dark chocolate with a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. Delicious.

M - Thin for a stout, highly carbonated, dry bitter finish.

O - Solid export stout. Not heavy by any means but full flavoured and well balanced. Really nice profile.

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

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with an mocha cream head and lots of it. A small amount of yeast particles show this unfiltered ale has traveled far. The bottle states it is bottle conditioned, and not to fret about the yeast (in a more elegant way).

Smell: Chocolatey, roasted malt greets the nose. Alittle coffee, bread, and faint hop.

Taste: Roasted malt with a fair amount of herbal, earthy, tea like hops. Chocolatey, but well balanced with a moderate amount of bitterness. Just a hint of the ABV, but mostly, cocoa and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Alittle chalky and lingering cocoa flavor.

Overall: A very nice export stout. Good flavors, rich and full. Keeping a few of these on hand is not a bad idea.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a snifter, best after April 30, 2009 date on the bottle (I'm well after that date). I bought this from a store and it's likely been sitting at room temperature for all this time, I'll have to try it again when fresh.

This pours a mostly black color but its not as thick as and imperial stout and doesn't have that motor oil effect. The body was also very yeast / sediment filled hazy with an okay mocha head which quickly dissipated. The feel was medium, a little light for a stout. The smell was of roasted malts and coco. The taste was a little of the same, it wasn't very aggressive, there was the coco, some molasses and a little roasted malts but not enough to give a very bitter after flavor, there was also this unusual earthy taste. Overall a decent stout but nothing memorable enough to go out and buy again.

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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 Sachsenfreude
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance; black and opaque with lots of thick sediment. Very thick light brown head with great retention and lots of chunky lacing.

smell; only the slightest hops poke through the burnt malts. Bitter chocolate syrup and roasted coffee beans with the slightest bit of sweetness and burnt sugar. A bit of black molasses, licorice, grape skin and goose berries with mild alcohol.

taste; Upfront a bit of cocoa bean semi-sweet flavors but quickly changing to bitter dark chocolate. The aftertaste is very powerful of burnt coffee beans. A bit of walnut shell and dry tannic woody flavors in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; rich and creamy, very velvety and powdery. The tannic bitters in the aftertaste form a mild puckering and a very dry finish. Quite a heavy bodied drink.

overall; this beer is awesome, nearly flawless to me but I would like to try more of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Australian journey continued with this beer and my two vintage Old Ales to will be reviewed upon my return home later this week.

From the bottle: "Real Aussie Ale"; "Brewed in Australia"; "No Additives-No Preservatives-Australian Made-Australian Owned"; "Best After [!] 06 Dec 07"; "Coopers Ales and Stout are brewed using the centuries old top fermentation method and natural bottle conditioning, resulting in a characteristic fine sediment forming on the base of the bottle. This sediment is completely natural and can be gently mixed before drinking or poured carefully leaving the sediment in the bottle."

I was learning! These are Now & Later beers - pour some now, save some for later. Dang, bottle-conditioned AUS beers!?! Who knew? Not me, apparently.

My initial, gentle pour created little more than tan wisps. Color was a deep-brown with limited light penetration and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose was smoky and sweet with notes of dried dark fruit (prunes and raisins). Mouthfeel was bubbly, spritzy for a stout and the initial taste was of dark chocolate, followed by dried fruit. It was like a liquefied Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate bar on the tongue. The finish really got the smoky taste going, followed by a return of the chocolate/fruit taste on the extreme finish.

My second, agitated, aggressive pour garnered a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with decent retention. The nose became richer and the chocolate/dried fruit scent deepened. Mouthfeel was now creamier, more in line with the style. Taste became much more pronounced in terms of chocolate, dried fruit, and smoke. Finish was very creamy and very chocolaty.

Bottom line: Roll this one around before pouring. The lees really improved it.

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

Pours a near black color with a faint brown/red hue under the surface. Head is brown and foamy with moderate to good retention and average lacing.

Aroma is coffee, dark malts, chocolate and a caramelly/molasses sweetness. I also get a lot of roast coffee tartness in the nose.

Taste starts out very chocolaty and malty with nice dark roasted grain.There is a very perceptible tartness from the roast and almost no sweetness. To counterbalance the tartness a good deal of hop bitterness appear towards the end, lingering in your mouth after the sip.

Body is medium to low so despite the bold flavors the beer drinks fairly well. Carbonation is a little to high for my taste in a stout, but still pretty acceptable.

Overall this is an above average stout that I recommend to a lot of people since it is one of the few good ones available in Brazil. I like how roasty it is and the use of hops to mellow the tartness.

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by Sep 9 2010 on label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.99.

A: Black with thick, heavy brown, tightly bubbled 1-2 finger head with decent retention and a single thin crust of lace.

S: Wonderful aromas of chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, molasses, roasted barley, and light vanilla. Hops are not there in any appreciable presence. The rounded nature of the not sweet, not bitter, but complex aroma is really well-crafted.

T: The flavor is also rounded and complex with bright dark fruit presence, vanilla more prominent than in the nose, a strong roast component accents the chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors.

M: Carbonation is too high. The body is medium and layering on the palate.

O: I really liked the aroma on this brew -- complex and well-rounded. I would pick this one up again on occasion.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm starting to run out of Coopers beers to review (gasp!). Todays brew is a classic and direct competitor to Sheaf Stout (the first beer I reviewed on BA), so prepare for something similar in this review.

Poured from a 750ml "tallie" into a tulip pint... least most of it was anyway.

A: Obsidian body with a creamy tan head. This brew is bottle-conditioned so you wouldn't be able to see through it with a flashlight, not that its something one would usually do.

S: Roasted barley and chicory. There is a strong scent of sweet sharp Guaiacol Phenols (roasted coffee) giving us a hint of the alcohol content that lay in wait.

T: The flavour is bitter, smoky and heavy with toasted malts. It has quite a fair bit more roasted barley and chicory taste than I was expecting. The ABV is not quite as pronounced as the aroma led me to believe. There is more balance at play than Sheaf, the various flavours becoming better paired as glass reaches the bottom.

M: Higher viscosity than most other beers out there. It is mildly carbonated and not quite as watery as the Sheaf. The stickiness is nice because the balance is there in the flavour (its not cloying with its sweetness).

D: Decent and drinkable for the ABV. Compared to previous reviews of extra stouts like "Sheaf" and "Guinness" this one is the winner for me. The hint of smoke is value added in my opinion and provides extra dimension to a "malty" faceted brew. Two pints up!

Food match: Rich and hearty stews would work well. Anything that you would call "rustic" or "peasant" food would go down well with this drop, huzzah!

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at (formerly) the Brickskeller in Dupont Circle, now known as the Bier Baron. Poured from a bottle into, of all things, a small pilsner glass.

Appearance: Imagine one step from black into brown. That's how dark it is, even in a narrow glass. It is completely opaque and very intimidating. I deducted points because the caramel-colored head only appears if you pour quickly, and it disappears soon after. It doesn't really leave lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate syrup and fainter hints of booze and bitter chocolate -- almost like a brownie coated lightly in acid. Only the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste: The beginning is a sour boozy taste, but it's not unbearable. The middle is where the chocolate comes through, a little closer to the bitter than to the sweet side, but both flavors are very prevalent. Perhaps some brown sugar or molasses, as well. The finish is dryer, with noticeable hops and bittersweet malt. Flavors could be blended better, but it's not bad. Plenty of black patent malt burn.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and a hair too slick to be called "smooth." There's a kick of carbonation at the front, but it dies quickly as it moves back in your mouth.

Overall: Bolder and even sweeter than many milk stouts, and a LOT sweeter than dry stout. It makes a great dessert beer, and I could see myself drinking it again.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz brown bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours an opaque black body with a thin khaki-colored head. Milk chocolate dominates the aroma with some espresso and nut notes. Dark chocolate and coffee dominate the flavor, with caramel sweetness playing a nice supporting role and some biscuity flavor too. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Every bit as good as I remember it being years ago. Glad I picked this one up again.

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