Coopers Dark Ale

Coopers Dark Ale

Rated 2.950 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Coopers Brewery

Regency Park, South Australia, Australia

Style:  Brown Ale

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

21 International Bittering Units

This beer is available all year

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A dark brew full of promise. Coopers Dark Ale is a journey in taste, starting fresh and creamy, and finishing with a lingering coffee flavour. Conditioned and naturally brewed using the top fermentation method, Coopers 'Dark' is made using roasted and chocolate malts, giving it a rich dark colour and unique flavour. Coopers Dark Ale has no additives and no preservatives.

ID: 2618 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank40637
Overall Percentile14.7
Style Rank955 of 1047
Style Percentile8.8
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.0
Average Score2.941
Weighted Score2.950
Standard Deviation0.553

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    A little light and prickly, even for a brown. The chocolate and roasty aroma and flavor are pleasant enough, but there's little depth to them. I nuch prefer their stout.

  • STBLUES 183 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This brew poured a dark brown with golden higlights and a medium white foamy head. Aroma is malt and sweet. The mouth feel is medium. The flavor is sweet nutty malts with very sparse hop bitterness. It finished crisp and the aftertaste is slightly bitter.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This is an "OK" brew. Dark colored. Aroma is a little strong but its not bad at all. Taste isn't very strong but a little watered down with a hint of caramel or coffee. Metallic taste is a little potent in this one but wasn't as bad as some others I have had before. All and all a average to below average brew.

  • PICKENS3 24 reviews
    rated 2.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Like most Australian brews, this brown ale from "down under" has a very 'watered-down' mouthfeel in my opinion. It pours very dark and cloudy and with very little head, which should be expected considering the flat taste and low carbonation. A sweet, fruity taste can be detected - probably from prunes or some other dark fruit.

  • ~WELDER~ 279 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    its poured creamy milky like. very little head. light/med body. the color is nice, its like a dark brown with floaters in it, lol. it looks like wheat or yeast. maybe its just unfillered. still a great beer full of flavor and texture, again a little milk coffee like.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 2.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    One thing I don't like about Coopers is the massive sediment that is in ever one of its brews they make, that being said, you must pour carefully. The aroma is sweet and malty and of faint chocolate with maybe some light profiles of coffee and creaminess. The appearance is a nice, dark burgundy when held to the light with a respectable head on top that maintains nice retention and is a light-tan in color and carbonated. The mouthfeel is light-bodied with much less balance or complexity than I predicted with a palate that is wet-like and not too terribly bad. The flavor is of light roasted coffee and chocolate with some overtones of some burnt malts with an aftertaste that is thin and a bit watery with a finish that is creamy, smooth, and chocolatey. Overall, this brew lacks complexity that a dark ale needs and to say the list there is almost no flavor profile in my opinion but at least it is a beer that is easily consumed and maybe they were shooting for a brown ale that was easily pounded in the Australian Outback during the Winter months in the Southern Hemisphere but if that was the case why not just brew a dark (dunkel) lager, decent dark mild I guess; anyway, next beer PLEASE! Geez...

  • VANDERLA 265 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Dense foamy head, not much bubble activity. Sinks leaving a dense ring near the rim. Some tiny suspended particles, but not cloudy per se. Copper. Notes of subtle roasted malt, Aussie hops, touch of honey. I taste some smoke, before & after, maybe some honeycomb, but not sweet. A nice lingering aftertaste of the dark malt. Finishes quite dry, not heavy at all. I'd drink this for morning tea (if I was allowed to).

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 2.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Dark brown, dissapearing bubbly foam. Weak aroma of roasted nalt and chocolate. Thin flavour of toasted bread, dark malt and chocolate. Thin, almost watery aftertaste.

  • MTNOLE 68 reviews
    rated 2.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Pours easy no real lacing, nice deep brown color. Mild aroma with very faint malt. Strange flat mouthfeel, very light flavor with a dry hazelnut finish. I will try this beer again as I hope I purchased a flat six-pack, this was not very good.

  • JONMOORE 1367 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle. Opaque dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma of dark fruits and malts with some chocolate. Very thin mouthfeel; doesn't really give the flavours the best chance, needs more alcohol to boot. Sweet, light caramel, light roast malts, light bitterness in the finish.

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