Saturday, December 10, 2011

Coopers: Extra Stout – From the Land Down Under

Located in Adelaide, Australia, Coopers is a relatively old, family-owned brewery and producer of home brewing ingredients. This Extra Stout is just one out of a variety of reasonably good quality beers made by Coopers. With an ABV of 6.3 percent, Coopers Extra Stout can be classified as a foreign stout (FES), which is a higher ABV and hoppier version of traditional Irish stouts. The term "foreign" or "export" applies because ales in this style were originally brewed to survive export to British colonies throughout the tropic regions of the world (hence the more generous use of hops and the higher alcohol content).

Coopers Extra Stout pours with a black color, culminating in a medium-sized beige head, but one that does not stick around for long. The lacing is tight and sticky, clinging to the glass long after the beer is gone. All-in-all, Extra Stout's body is robust, minus the somewhat weak head. The nose is heavenly - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. It could have been a bit more complex perhaps, but it was still very aromatic. The mouth feel is creamy and slight dry and the taste is pleasurable: roasted malts, caramel, a bit hoppy with a strong focus on coffee. All-in-all, Coopers makes a very good extra stout, with some minor flaws all around.


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Coopers Extra Stout on BeerAdvocate

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