/ Doug's Beer Republic /
Review: Coopers Stout
Posted: 7 October 2015
Coopers Stout is robust, hearty, fruit, chocolatey, and you
feel like you're drinking something that borders on the
artisanal. If you're lucky enough to see a Coopers Stout and
not asked to pay dearly for it, get it!
Avg price/liter: USD 7.74
ABV %: 6.3
It's always nice to re-visit
an old friend, particularly when the friend isn't all that
hard to look up and you don't have to spend a lot of
money to make it happen.
That's what Coopers is to me.
An old friend. I spent a year driving around Australia
throughout 2006 and drank my share of Coopers' ales.
Coopers' distinction, then as
now, is that it is the largest Australian-owned brewery.
There are are larger 'Australian' breweries, like Lion
owned by Japan) and Carlton & United (South African).
Coopers is the one that hasn't been bought out ... yet. In
2005, Lion Nathan attempted a takeover bid that was
Coopers was founded by Thomas
Cooper in Adelaide, South Australia in 1862 and willed to his sons upon his death 35 years later. In 1923,
the company was incorporated and outside shareholders and
brewers took minor interests. It took another 70 years
before the Cooper family again became the sole owners of the
Coopers has a reputation,
mostly in Australia, as being the company which
manufacturers natural beers. Outside Australia, few
have ever heard of it. At the time I was in Australia,
Australian craft brewers were barely gaining a toehold in
the market. You'd have a hard time finding an Aussie
craft brew in a bottleshop. If anything, a better
known American microbrewery would have had more credibility.
As a result, I found myself being drawn to Coopers quite
The easiest way to think of
Coopers, at least in the Australian market, is like a better
than average craft brew at a better than average price, even
though, officially, Coopers doesn't qualify as a craft
For years, I wasn't fond of
stouts, probably because Guinness was the only stout around.
It took many more years for me to taste enough decent
tasting stouts, like Coopers, to realize that my only gripe
was in mainstream stout made with fillers.
Coopers Stout is robust,
hearty, fruit, chocolatey, and you feel like you're drinking
something that borders on the artisanal. It probably
isn't even close to artisanal and if I really chose to probe
deeper, I am afraid I'd be horrified at what I found out.
In exchange for the quality, you're not asked to cough up an
hour's minimum wage either.
If you're lucky enough to see
a Coopers Stout and not asked to pay dearly for it, get it!