Thursday, October 6, 2011

Coopers Best Extra Stout

My first REAL Australian beer (Foster's doesn't count - it's made in Texas). Australian fan requested I review any Aussie beer for "All Viewer Request Month." I've known about the Coopers line for a long time but I don't know why I've never reviewed one on the show before. Well, actually I tried to review their "Sparkling Ale" this summer but it was a 2-year-old bottle and it was undrinkable. I figured a 1-year-old stout would at least be drinkable. But would be any good? Let's see...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (644) - Albany, USA - OCT 5, 2011
I poured a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque black hue, forms a large, light brown frothy/soapy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Sweet candy-like aromas of black licorice, cola, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Coopers Best Extra Stout is one of those stout that’s not quite a pub stout, but is definitely not a weighty imperial brew by any means. Its flavor is all natural and quite pleasing I must say. It’s sweet up front with the same notes as the nose: black licorice, cola and chocolate. Then it quickly transitions to a heartier, heavier stout on the backend with a punch of deeply roasted malts and coffee bitterness that lingers on the tongue. It’s quite pleasant, especially with the quick return to the original sweetness of the palate. This is a well-balanced beer to be sure. The only problem is it’s essentially the same flavors as most other generic stouts, but doesn’t have any "better" taste per se.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and fizzy considering the style and the ABV. One of the few stouts that can actually get carbonation stuck in the throat.

Drinkability: For a bigger than average beer at 6.3% ABV, Coopers Best Extra Stout tastes and feels like something much lighter. The palate is flavorful, but may be a little mild for a foreign extra stout. The lighter mouthfeel makes it very easy to quaff despite the slight fizziness as it just glides across the tongue and goes down smooth. Good for an after-dinner treat.

Grade: 7/10

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