Left Coast Black Magic Stout - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KingG on 10-06-2007

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 37
Photo of PhxHorn
2.29/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown with a light brown head, leaving a thin lacing. That's about all the positive stuff I can say about this one. Smells too much of carmel, and tastes mostly of vinegar with some chocolate, licorice, and coffee thrown in. But the sour vinegar taste overwhelmed everything else. It's possible this bottle was skunked or something, but it was recommended by an employee at our local place, and they usually know what they're talking about. I'm afraid I didn't care for this one at all, and couldn't finish it.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Deep brown from the bottle, pitch black in the glass. 2-fingered mocha brown head is thick & frothy. Good retention, and left rings of lace upon descent.

A: Bakers chocolate, day-old coffee, roasted malts, and some citric hops. Wish it was more pronounced.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, slightly stale coffee flavors from the start, and begins to become more burnt-tasting as it progresses. Citrusy hops land soon afterward and swing the pendelum of flavors to the bitter side, and stays bitter from there. Alcohol is much too pronounced for only 6.7% ABV, though. Hops almost completely overpower the malt bill, which was surprising. Finish never quite achieves dryness, and features a heavy alcohol presence.

M: Full-bodied, rich, a bit syrupy and chewy.

D: This 22 went down without a problem, but probably wouldn't want another one.

Notes: This is a decent stout, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. Good, solid flavors that seem to favor the hops over the malt, which in a stout is kind of odd. Also, it gets too acrid and burnt at times, which leads to some unwanted bitterness for me. But, nonetheless decent on this particular night.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Bajasith
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished ebony with slivers of dark caramel along the edges of the glass. The head had a nice 'reverse cascade' look initially, but isn't especially creamy when it finally settles. It's attractive enough, though, and is stickier than it looks.

I've been sitting here enjoying the nose from afar... and now I'm enjoying it from up close. The constellation of aromas includes dark chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar and butter toffee. The beer smells like some of those coffee-based drinks that a few of my co-workers drink. Here's hoping it tastes as good as it smells.

Black Magic Stout tastes like it smells, but it doesn't taste as good as it smells, if that makes any sense whatsoever. I think it's because it doesn't have a rock solid roasted malt bottom end to support the less traditional stout flavors on the top end (see 'aroma' above). Not only that, but there's too much unripe fruitiness present.

One of the most interesting aspects of the beer is the interplay between sweet, bitter and sour. They're all present to a considerable extent and they struggle to achieve some sort of balance. The brown sugar-caramel-vanilla family of flavors are still as prominent as the chocolate-coffee ones. With warming, a citric hop bitterness moves from the background to the foreground.

The body/mouthfeel isn't bad for a 6.7% American stout, but I'd like to see it a fraction more full. I have no problem at all with the laid back amount of carbonation.

Left Coast Black Magic Stout doesn't make it all the way to magical. Having said that, it's still somewhat enjoyable beer. It's a pretty good effort that should appeal to those who like unconventional stouts that don't venture too far away from the tried-and-true.

Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into Sam Adams beer glass.

Pours a deep black with a 2 finger deep tan frothy head. Head quickly buubles down into a skim of tan colored small bubbles.

Smells of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, faint fruitiness, candy shop toffee, caramel, smells great.

Toasted malts, roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, kinda tart, all somewhat dissapointing after the great aroma. The flavors the aroma suggested come out quite a bit more as the beer reaches cellar temp.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, dry finish.

Drinks easy enough, but the taste doesn't live up to the build from the aroma. Tastes much better as it warms up.

Photo of drseamus
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown with barely any head. Should be black.

S: It smells...awesome. Tons of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Unfortunately the taste can't match the aroma. It is really roasty initially but fades quickly. My expectations were high too.

M: Medium body...not bad at all.

D: The taste really lets it down but the smell is so good...

Photo of Vlar
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a nice chocolate black, a 1 inch layer of foam on top that dissipated in a matter of minutes.

A thick smoky smell.

You coffee aged tasted.

At first contact it is as smooth as silk and glazes the buds which quickly turns to the stout finish we expect.

Very drinkable, a favorite night cap.

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $4.39.

Beer poured black with a slight ruby undertone. Tan head initially was two fingers and is still hanging nicely. Nose is malty with hints of mocha. Taste is of expresso and chocolate, roasted malts balanced by a dry hop alcohol warming finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than most stouts, light to mediun bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the style and quite enjoyable.

Photo of azdback
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep black. Head a roasted brown color, but small, maybe a quarter of an inch. Lace was minimal.

Smell- Roasted coffee, toffee, a little sweet.

Taste- About the same as the smell. Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, a bit sweet. A medium hop after...but there is a taste it took me a while to pinpoint. Buttered popcorn???? Yeah. Butter toffee? No buttered popcorn. A little out of place.

Mouth Feel- Overall good...carbonation good, alcohol good.

Drinkability- With an alcohol level in the mid sixes it drank very easily. I probably could have had my bomber down in a short time but I was having a hard time with the buttered popcorn thing. So I let it warm a bit to see if it would go away. Overall a very easy drink. Summary....Good Stout but I probably wont try this one again. There are just too many great stouts out there to enjoy and discover.

Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  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.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, oats, roasted malt and mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and caramel. It had a toasty malt flavor with a subtle bitter kick from the hops.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied, easy drinking stout.

D - This is a pretty good stout. Good balance with a nice mix of sweet chocolate and bitter hops.

Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a rich foamy head that slowly fades.Aroma is very chocolatey.Taste is cocoa,coffee and smoked malts.A very good stout,I'd probably rank this among one of the best stouts I've had in a while.Nothing negative to say about this one.Great job by Left Coast Brewing company!!

Photo of Bizz88
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black, a thin tan head atop the glass that leaves some lacing. Smell is of nice light roasted malts. Chocolate comes through with less coffee. A caramel undertone in there with a subtle smoke to it. Taste is much of the same with the addition of some bitter and dry notes. Sweet chocolate up front and caramel again. Mouthfeel is pretty good except for a nagging dry/bitter finish which is a little too rough for me. Overall a fairly easy beer to drink. Interesting for sure.

Thanks to seaoflament for the bottle...

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P : 22 FL oz. Bomber 6.7% ALC by Vol.

A: pours thick black ink, no hope of seeing anything on the other side of the glass, with an intense one finger dark caramel colored foam head that lowers to a thick cover with huge lacing.

S: Sweet molasses, dark roasted coffee and grains with a hint of alcohol vapor.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark espresso, slightly sweet-burnt caramel aftertaste.

M: Crisp, bright flavors wake up the entire mouth nothing syrupy sweet, rather a very dry bittersweet mouth feel. Well balanced with the favors slowly unfolding from start to finish.

D: Very enjoyable stout that I enjoyed from start to finish and will look for this again. .

Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. silk-screened bottle poured to a pint glass. Picked up this bottle on a brief shopping trip to BevMo - La Mesa. Label design seems loosely based on a 'Mardi Gras/Carnival' theme - a strand of beads, a fringed mask and...a striking rattlesnake??? Back lists 2 recent GABF silver medals amongst its awards and states: "Brewed and Bottled for Oggi's by Left Coast Brewing Co, San Clemente, CA, USA".

Description also wavers a bit by calling this 'a great American Style Stout' and also 'a stronger version of a traditional Dry Irish Stout'. 6.7% ABV.

A: Pours with a billowing, frothy head at least 4-fingers high; color is a dusty tan, tinged amber, and sticks on all sides as a sparkling, thin foam. Deep ebony brown/black liquid with slivers of auburn at the edges. Opaque enough to conceal any carbonation.

S: Malty, slightly candy sweet aroma that hints at butterscotch or a caramel glaze. That's just the first whiff's impression, though - next comes a light cereal grain, barley/wheat. Traces of honey and a faint grassiness. Keep searching and a deeper, toastier malt emerges, much less sweet.

T: Roast flavor is immense, loads of chocolate bitterness and acrid coffee. Behind the bitterness lurks a sweeter, maltier side...amply barley and a touch of vanilla. It all ends quite dryly.

M: Has some carbonation prickle that mellows and becomes creamier as it crosses the tongue. Body seems to be medium, showing a little of the amped-up 'Dry Irish' side. Then the 'American' side is revealed in an all-coating velvety blanket that holds the tongue like a rich espresso or 70% cacao.

D: An intriguing stout, very flavorful and long-lasting. Good aroma and appealing look, too. Great for sipping; dessert-like. One I'd certainly have again.

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Left Coast Black Magic Stout from Left Coast Brewing Company
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