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Coopers Stout 
Posted: 7 October 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Coopers Stout from Australia 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  Type: Stout    
       


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 Nation (now 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 rejected.      

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 operation.      

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 often.     

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 brewery.        

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!        

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