The Brewski Report Reviews Coopers Best Extra Stout And The End Of The World
File Date: 4.17.10
File Name: When Not Creating Mayhem, What Beer Do The Four Horsemen Drink?
The Beer: Best Extra Stout
Type: Foreign/Export Stout
Stats: 6.3% ABV
Brewer: Coopers Brewery Limited
Web Site: http://www.coopers.com.au
Country of Origin: Australia
Brewer Info: The Coopers story began in a newly established colony, with a brilliant accident. After turning his hand to a number of trades, Thomas Cooper discovered his talent as a brewer by accident; when he created his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann. 1862 – In the beginning South Australia was only 26 years old and, although there were a number of well-established breweries, most settlers preferred to drink imported beer from the mother country rather than colonial beer. Thomas Cooper saw the opportunity to create a beer that was free from the ‘peculiar flavour’ of colonial ales – he would introduce an all-natural beer from the very best ingredients. 1897 – Handing over the reins when Thomas Cooper died in 1897, his sons – John, Christopher, Samuel and Stanley –assumed control of the family business. In the late 1960s, through concerns about the long-term survival of naturally conditioned ales, Coopers invested heavily in lager production. And under Managing Director Bill Cooper, interstate and overseas sales of ales and stout grew through the 1980s, to represent 50% of beer production by 1990. Despite many changes, successive Cooper generations have never lost sight of Thomas Cooper’s vision of providing value and quality. Coopers Brewery products are now marketed nationally and internationally in a concerted way, ensuring the Coopers brand is well known beyond its South Australian home. Today, Coopers is Australia’s sole remaining family-owned brewery of stature, so it’s still an every day occurrence to meet a Cooper at the Brewery.
Brewer Brand Hype: It reigns every winter. When to Drink: On cold, wintry days in front of a roaring fire with hearty food and heardy mates. Who Should Drink: Not a beer for the fainthearted, but there are more ways than one to enjoy a grand stout. The Ritual: Gently lay it down and rotate only once before opening.
Label: No Additives. No Preservatives. 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 teh 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.
The Brewski Review: I’ve been hearing more about the Icelandic volcano and the resulting ash plume in the news lately. Starting Wednesday, April 14th, the ash plume, which was hurled up 7 miles into the atmosphere, is being caused by liquid magma being instantly cooled by the melting ice cap. The volcanic ash consists of tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock. Obviously, this is unhealthy to breath. Combined with the moisture in your lungs, it would make a nice cement concoction that would eventually shut down your respiratory system. It has the same affect on a jet engine: the ash builds up inside the jet turbines and clogs the airflow, thus seizing up the unit. All this points out just how frail our civilized infrastructure really is. Think about it: what if the grand daddy of them all blows – the Yellowstone Caldera? It’s said the resulting eruption could be 2,500 times greater than Mt. St. Helens. Should the stratospheric odds actually come to realization, it would be best if everyone had their affairs in order. Forget about interrupted air traffic, War, Famine, Pestilence and Death will most certainly follow. What to do at this point? Pull up a lawn chair and watch the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride down your street. And what a better way to do this than to be drinking a tasty beer. A light, crisp American Adjunct Lager just wouldn’t cut it. You’ll need something a little more capable. Coopers Best Extra Stout would fill that need. Of course, you may feel the need to ingest massive quantities to help ease the transition from ‘civilized world’ to the ‘end of the world’. Drink up.
Drinkability: Good. Although, I would try other Stouts before Coopers again.
Appearance: Black. Thick, muddy colored head.
The Buds: Hearty. Roasty bitterness would sum it up.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.