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Left Coast Black Magic Stout - Left Coast Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
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

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Beer added by: KingG on 10-06-2007

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 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 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 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 russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes

Pours a red tinged mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Loads of chocolate, plus roasty malt as this warms

T: Chocolate, roasty malt & herbal hops up front. Slight licorice & chicory flavor as this warms. Finishes roasty with a bit of dryness & nice chocolate

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, a great example of the style

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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 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.

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 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 beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a midnight black with a full creamy one finger tan colored head. Stickiness is pretty good, with spotty thin layers of webbing. Smell is probably one of the best I've ever sampled for the style. Very nice carmel vanilla cream coffee aroma. So sweet in the nose with a hint of smokey-ness. Taste is a sugary wood-like flavor with a bit of sweet toasted oat. A somewhat bitter taste in the finish that seems to balance this out quite well. Pretty solid malt presence from start to just before the finish. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy with a subdued carbonation. I really like this brew. To me, this is a would fit more in the Oatmeal Stout category. I should definitely get some more of this stuff.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy two inchs of milk chocolate colored head erupts atop a thick sticky jet black body. Foam has nice retention. Nose is full of fat , rich chocolate maltiness, it is sweet with a bit of zesty smokey malt in the backround. Enters the mouth with dry coffee like notes. Shortly after the wave of dark chocolate bitter grips the back of the tongue. The almost coco powder dry bitter feel holds on to the taste buds and creates an attractive mouthfeel. Fans if good very dark chocolate will really enjoy this beer. An even drinking wel balanced American stout. I am surprised more BA's havent seeked this one out and made some more reviews, it is a very good brew.

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 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 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 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 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.

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Left Coast Black Magic Stout from Left Coast Brewing Company
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