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Beer #131 – May 13, 2010: Coopers Best Extra Stout

July 28, 2010

Beer: Coopers Best Extra Stout

Brewery: Coopers Brewery, Leabrook, Australia

Style: Foreign Export Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 6.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A tasty, slightly sweet stout that is a little rich on a warm and sunny Spring day, but still quite enjoyable

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep, dark, almost black with a big, frothy, tan head

Aroma: Mild roasted notes with a hint of chocolate syrup

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation

Taste: Initial mildly creamy sweetness reminiscent of chocolate milk into a roasted, caramel, and peanut middle with a slightly bitter, charred, over-roasted coffee bean finish.

Pairing: While this big stout would overpower “shrimp on the barbie”, it would pair nicely with a marinated flank steak on the barbie!

Trivia: While Foster’s, founded in the 1970’s, calls itself “Australian for Beer”, Coopers would have a much better claim at this title, having started this still family-owned brewery in the 1860’s.

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