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Left Coast Black Magic Stout - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Black Magic StoutLeft Coast Black Magic Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KingG on 10-06-2007)
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Reviews by Gusler:
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Gusler

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the 22-ounce bottle its sets an onyx color, the head a two-fingered chocolate brown, creamy and as it ever so slowly vanishes, the lace forms a thick and surrounding sheet. Nose is full of chocolate, sweet and chewy, hops and a bit of smoke backs it up, a delectable treat for the olfactory senses. Front is rich in malt, sweet and thick, hops and burnt grain provide a delectable spicy bitterness, top is full bodied and rich. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops pleasingly spicy, a touch of warming and the aftertaste thick and dry, a stout lovers dream.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:47:58 | More by Gusler
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sharkdigital

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-27-2013 20:00:42 | More by sharkdigital
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-10-2013 22:01:55 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-24-2013 12:20:11 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-30-2012 01:15:36 | More by acurtis
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-26-2012 23:22:53 | More by beerpadawan
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-01-2012 05:47:47 | More by BugTownPub
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I was wondering what my 1,000 beer should be and since this is the only stout I currently have I am going for it!

PS: I love stouts

A - Wow nice body especially for a non-imperial. Pitch black with only a slight glimmer of ruby red at the base and a 1/2 inch of nice mocha head.

S - Smell is of light roast, some cocoa, and toasted barley. Roast is surprisingly aggressive.

T - Anise is the first thing I picked out which is quickly covered by roast. Repeated sips introduce some chocolate flavors and a touch of molasses. The herbal like hops are kind of distracting but not bitter enough to cover any flavors.

M - Medium bodied and tasty.

Overall I picked this one up at the House of 1,000 beers for around 5.75 and will assume it's a touch old (since it was 20% off so at least 4 months) but the hops are earthy and balanced with the flavors. Doubt I will have it again but it's a nice stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:08:20 | More by DrDemento456
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Fermenticusrex

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.6%

01-02-2012 05:32:26 | More by Fermenticusrex
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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 22:18:02 | More by rhino54
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PunkFloyd

California

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-24-2011 07:53:40 | More by PunkFloyd
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wattershed

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 20:53:11 | More by wattershed
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Black and thicker pour yields a 2+ finger, medium thick, tan head with pretty good retention. Jet black body with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains to the end and leaves some good lacing down the glass. Looks good, and much bigger than a regular stout. A thicker, blacker pour than many imperial stouts.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Roasted barley, dark chocolate and coffee notes. Mostly roasted malt and coffee, but bold and commanding. A touch of black licorice in there as well.

TASTE: Different than the nose. Roasted malts, sweet caramel malt, toffee, and notes of dark chocolate and coffee at the finish. Big, bolder aftertaste of sweet toffee, roasted malt and bitter coffee lingers nicely. Sweeter than the nose had suggested, though very flavorful and enjoyable. Again, bigger than the ABV would suggest.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Semi creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes with a bit of a scratch at the back of the throat. A little too much heat for 6.7%, though the rest of the beer is bigger than that, so why not this as well. Finishes rather mouth-coating.

OVERALL: This was a very pleasant surprise. I would have pegged this at 8%+ if I hadn't known better. Looked like an imperial stout, and had lots of nice aroma and flavor for a less than 7% stout. A little too much heat for the style, but hey, if the rest of the beer suffers from Napoleon complex, might as well take the feel along for the ride. If you want a stout with a kick but without the ABV, then this is a good choice. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 13:20:19 | More by Jeffo
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Bizz88

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as black as night with a fast fading finger sized tan head with zilch point shit for lace, oh well. Aromas of dark robust coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. On the palate I found this much as to its aroma. Was a little lighter than expected for the style with good carbonation. A solid none the less brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:53:12 | More by Bizz88
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black; no light comes through, even on the edges. Pored < 1/2 finger chocolate-colored head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the edge. Laced in intermittent wavy rings.

S: Roasted bitter coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Light, floral hop character; also earth and hay.

T: Very consistent with the nose; roasted bitter coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Some alcohol presence coupled with an even, balancing bitter.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Lots of stout malt flavor with some hop character...yet nicely balanced. I really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 16:44:03 | More by Haybeerman
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black hue into my Sierra Nevada hop tulip pint glass. Large thicket of dark tan head with a scattered fine laced pattern forming between sips. Aroma dark roasted malt layers combine with a touch of herbal anise tones. Dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee nearly burnt tones. Flavor has a bit of caramel, anise, and dark fruit tones with a bright herbal back ground infused hop character. Dark chocolate dry finish with hints of dark roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is big medium to full bodied stout with even soft carbonation, creamy textured for the most part. Drinkability is solid a nice big west coast style export ale, crazy brew big bold flavors from the Oggi chain out West this is quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 21:49:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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Schmittymack

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this tonight at my watering hole, Old Chi's Westy. Poured from 22 oz bottle after I'd warmed it a bit into a warm shaker glass. Poured pretty black with no lacing to speak of. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate on the nose; taste was coffee and chocolate with vry little bitterness. Mouthfeel was rather thin for a stout. Good effort but doubt I'd seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 07:54:57 | More by Schmittymack
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Near pitch black, not much head, some spotty lace.

S - CC cookies. Nice. Comforting. Raw cocoa there too.

T - Not as impressive. Cocoa there, but very simple overall.

M - Light carb, med body, just not that impressive.

D - Not a bad beer. Not stellar, but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 03:49:38 | More by srandycarter
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Bajasith

California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aquired from a friend since I could not find Left Coast brews here...
A: Solid dark brown to almost flat black with a thin tan pancake head that later faded...
S: Coffee is predominant with a slight whiff of chocolate present.
T: Bitter chocolate and roasted coffee with a slight creamy feel.
M: Creamy mixed in with slight cabonation and mild sweetness detected at the end. Blends well with the alcohol.
D: Very drinkable... next time I will definitely pair it with a slice of cheesecake. I am sure both will compliment very well making this stout very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:06:20 | More by Bajasith
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shivtim

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Konrad for the bottle. Poured out into a pint glass.
Dark black/brown, slight light brown around the edges. Thick mocha head, which subdues into a gentle topping of brown.

Nose is sweet brown sugar and toasted malts. Some nice smokiness. Slight hints of cream and a vague nuttiness (maybe hazelnut?) Great combination.

Taste is a very solid dark roasted malts with a strong nutty chocolate base. Some alcohol sneaks in on the end. Rich yet dry.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a bit weak compared to the other attributes of the beer. Good drinkability. A great stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:30:05 | More by shivtim
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts with hints of piney and citric hops in the aroma.

Taste is full of dark cocoa, coffee, a little bit of toffee and some herbal and citric hops. Alcohol sneaks up at the end hinting at the strength.

Mouthfeel and body are nice and full with mild carbonation.

A nicely done American stout that drinks a little bigger than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 03:57:47 | More by bump8628
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MisterClean

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duffman069 for supplying, oh yeah!

A - Pours black with 1 finger of capuccino head. Dissipates moderately leaving little lacing.

S - Light roast coffee, rich chocolate, and flowery hops. Smells good!

T - Light roast coffee, moderately chocolatey, and moderate alcohol.

M - Moderate bodied, malt dominated, and with moderate alcohol.

D - Shit just went downhill after the smell. Way too much alcohol in this beer. May have been fermented on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:07:43 | More by MisterClean
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mithrascruor

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with 2-finger creamy tan head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Mild roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Up front it is slightly watery, with some hints of roasted malt. Then some citrus/pine hops rush out, overwhelming the flavor and give it a bitter finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-bodied feel. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.

Drinkability: The flavors and alchol could be turned down a bit, but otherwise this is pretty easy to drink.

Not my favourite stout. This is a bit too overwhelmed by hops, and the other flavors can't quite come out.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 23:47:35 | More by mithrascruor
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about an inch of lingering, creamy tan foam. Flavors and aromas are of medium roasted grains, chocolate covered caramels, mocha, mildly bitter citrus hop notes. A notch better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for a stout. Certainly worth trying if you come across a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 14:27:17 | More by ClockworkOrange
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GRG1313

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a thick light tan head and very nice lacing.

A simple and "sweet" new pine wood/dark chocolate nose. Simple but attractive.

Mouth is medium to full with nice creamy character.

Flavors are layered with dark chocolate, coffee, and goes on to nice hop character of pine resin while still maintaining a coffee/chocolate character. Finishes with coffee and bitter dark chocolate. A nice and pure example of a coffee/chocolate type of stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 07:04:12 | More by GRG1313
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Left Coast Black Magic Stout from Left Coast Brewing Company
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