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The Coopers Tavern (Joule's)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tower - Pale AleExceptional1
Castle Rock - Black Gold MildExcellent1
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleExcellent1
Joule's - Pure Blonde (was Blonde)Excellent1
Joule's - Pale AleExcellent1
Acorn - Keyworth IPAExcellent1
Storm - Silk of AmnesiaExcellent1
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla StoutExcellent1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Red NightExcellent1
Kelham Island - Best BitterGood1
Marston's - BassGood3
Tower - Black Tower StoutNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - HirundoNot Tried0
Joule's - Slumbering MonkNot Tried0
Beowulf - Chocolate PorterNot Tried0
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Oakham - Hawse BucklerNot Tried0
Nene Valley - OZPNot Tried0
Wood's - Pot of GoldNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Dragon SlayerNot Tried0
Potbelly - Beijing BlackNot Tried0
Kinver - Half CenturionNot Tried0
Salopian - KashmirNot Tried0
Salopian - PolygraphNot Tried0
Joule's - Moon Madness Not Tried0
George Wright - Harvest GoldNot Tried0
AJ's Ales - Stuck In The Dog HouseNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanNot Tried0
Joule's - WolpertingerNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Maggie MayNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Newby Wyke - Distant Grounds IPANot Tried0
Milestone - Green ManNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Coopers Tavern, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire
Picture 2. The Coopers Tavern, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Visits Details

16 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and fairly quiet, I recognised one customer that I had seen earlier in the Last Heretic. Joules beers were served on handpump whils most of the others were on gravity dispense. Still one of the very best pubs in this town.
Marston's - Bass4.40Excellent
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Joule's - Slumbering Monk4.50Not Tried
Milestone - Green Man4.50Not Tried
Joule's - Pure Blonde (was Blonde)3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hirundo4.50Not Tried
Beowulf - Chocolate Porter4.70Not Tried
24 Nov 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and busy in the bar area. I had a pie and a pint for £4.60.
Acorn - Keyworth IPA5.00ExcellentRefreshing full bodied, washed my pie down well.
Marston's - Bass4.40Good
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Dragon Slayer4.50Not Tried
Potbelly - Beijing Black4.40Not Tried
Joule's - Slumbering Monk4.50Not Tried
Kinver - Half Centurion5.00Not Tried
Salopian - Kashmir5.50Not Tried
Salopian - Polygraph7.40Not Tried
Joule's - Moon Madness 4.60Not Tried
AJ's Ales - Stuck In The Dog House4.70Not Tried
Joule's - Wolpertinger4.50Not Tried
18 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Why on earth did Bass then Hardys & Hansons then Castle Rock give up here. A classic which Joule's must be very proud to run.
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10ExcellentOn handpump in second to none condition
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Oakham - Hawse Buckler5.60Not Tried
Joule's - Slumbering Monk4.50Not Tried
Joule's - Pure Blonde (was Blonde)3.80Not Tried
Nene Valley - OZP4.40Not Tried
Wood's - Pot of Gold4.40Not Tried
23 May 2012 (ChrisE)
A lunchtime visit, a group of us met up here and enjoyed a few pints. There was a very good selection of beers on offer, but I did not make a note of them all.
Castle Rock - Black Gold Mild3.80Excellent
Joule's - Pure Blonde (was Blonde)3.80Excellent
21 Mar 2011 (Garry)
Few in but lovely, homeyl atmosphere
Tower - Pale Ale4.80ExceptionalThis I did not expect. Absolutely marvellous beer, could drink happily until comatose, exceptionally hoppy and truly exceptional IPA
Blue Monkey - Guerrilla Stout4.90ExcellentLovely stout full of chocolate malt, liquorice and burnt toffee overtones.
Marston's - Bass4.40Goodnice beer off gravity, took a few sips for the flavour to kick in but a nice pint in the end
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Distant Grounds IPA5.20Not Tried
Tower - Black Tower Stout4.20Not Tried
Joule's - Slumbering Monk4.50Not Tried
24 Feb 2011 (Garry)
Rammed and fantastic. First time I've took my d' to this wonderful pub
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80ExcellentLovely pint
Kelham Island - Best Bitter3.80GoodReally nice. Typical best bitter, nicely hopped with a bitter finish with just a tiny hint of toffee at the very end. Nice colour, and balance, no real aroma
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Maggie May4.70Not Tried
Joule's - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
16 Dec 2010 (Garry)
Storm - Silk of Amnesia4.70ExcellentOnly had a sip but another nice red ale, more flavour that the Sadler's
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Red Night4.80ExcellentEnjoyed this. Rich, fruity deep ale which I don't normally go for, served excellently and recommended
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
George Wright - Harvest Gold4.10Not Tried

About The Coopers Tavern

The pub sign. The Coopers Tavern, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1EG.

Proper drinkers' pub. The main frontage is on Cross Street but it is also accessible "round the back" from Milton Street. Ale straight from the cask! Once the Bass Brewery Tap 'til the accountants got hold of it, then it had a spell with Hardys & Hansons then Castle Rock and now Joule's. The inner tap room has barrel tables and bench seating where the beer is served from a small counter, next to the cask stillage, using a mixture of gravity and 5 handpumps. The more comfortable lounge leads to a third small room. There is an outside corridor with benches too. Reopened in March 2017 after a far ranging refurbishment which added an additional room which was previously part of the pub's living quarters.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 32 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE14 1EG