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Ale Epeteios - Left Coast Brewing Company

Ale EpeteiosAle Epeteios

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83
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%


Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SDtastentune on 11-23-2010)
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Celtics17:
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Celtics17

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is labeled as retired, but we just got a new shipment at my store.

A- This was a deep black, with not much brown in this one. It poured thick.

S- Coffee, not much chocolate at all in the smell.

T- This was coffee all the way. It took awhile, or a few sips for the chocolate to come through. When it did. It went from Dark chocolate at the start, but it finished with a slight milk chocolate taste.

Not a bad imperial stout at all. Drinkable

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 08:08:25 | More by Celtics17
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

04-16-2014 01:06:46 | More by SalukiAlum
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Coast Brewery Ale Epeteios.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Black brew... Brown on the edges... Finger of tan head. Slowly settled to a thin collar.

S) Really nice aroma here. Quite distinct even at a cooler temp. Very rich and chocolatey. Light roast, barley, alcohol mingling nicely on the nose. The lightest of hop bitterness.

T) Not as enjoyable as the aroma. Where did that chocolate go??? Much more roast... Again there is light hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a little warmth.

M) Pretty much medium bodied with medium carbonation. A little chalky... As mentioned above, has a dry finish,that kind of lingers on the palate.

O) The aroma here got my hopes up, but really after that I found this beer to be just pretty good, not outstanding. Worth a try....

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 16:46:35 | More by RoamingGnome
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Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Beerlover

Minnesota

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03-14-2014 23:16:28 | More by Beerlover
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-14-2014 12:46:06 | More by Drknight
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a medium creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is roasted grains, black licorice, fudgy chocolate and a little dark fruit.

The flavor is bitter charred roasted grain with some black licorice, chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

Overall, an OK imperial stout. It's thin and dominated by charred roast and black licorice.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:34:04 | More by Beaver13
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Nice dark brown-black beer but with minimal tan head on it. Leaves sparse lacing.
S - 4.25 - Nice coffee, chocolate, roasted malt smell to it. IT actually does smell a lot like chocolate syrup or hot fudge. Some smooth oatmeal/malt in the background balances out the sweetness of the chocolate.
T - 3.75 - It's very smooth, with a nice chocolate, coffee and roasted malt taste, but it lacks a little bit of depth.
M - 3.75 - Medium mouthfeel, actually pretty thin bodied for an imperial stout. Alc covered completely. Aftertaste is again roasted coffee and chocolate.
O - 3.75 - It does exactly what it should do as an imperial stout. It's a little one dimensional and a little light bodied. For 6 bucks a bomber - it's a good deal, but I'd rather get Stone RIS or Barleywine (or Smoked Barleywine!)

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:34:10 | More by ISmith87
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Samuel906

California

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Somewhat disappointed here, but I think I may have got over-hyped for it. Just an adequate stout when I was expecting amazing. Everything is pretty standard up to the taste. Thin, subtle, watery, bitter which is not what you expect from an Imperial Stout. Does have some really good coffee flavor though, but also contributes to its bitterness. Mouthfeel is rather thin for the style, with a character more similar to a mild porter. Some alcohol warmth. Overall, not bad, not great. Don't be upset if someone buys one for you, but don't go out of your way to find one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 08:00:02 | More by Samuel906
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-16-2013 00:32:19 | More by andrenaline
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Zorro

California

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black colored ale with a tall brown colored head. Looks like used motor oil with a head.

Smell is patent malt and chocolate with a little smoke. Toasted grain and coffee scents. Little bit of carrot scent.

Starts out bittersweet. Strong coffee and bitterness. Chocolate and char there is some berry under all the roast but it is hard to find. Definitely on the out edge of using massive amounts of patent malt.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall it is just to strong on the patent malt to be that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:02:08 | More by Zorro
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-11-2013 01:16:43 | More by sansho
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-28-2013 21:36:47 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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aflies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-24-2013 04:11:59 | More by aflies
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Pegasus

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a modest tan head, which retains fairly well, with thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Bitter cocoa, cold coffee, charcoal, sweet alcohol, and moderate herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with coffee and bitter cocoa, soon after, sweet, warming alcohol appears. As the taste progresses, the coffee and cocoa ascend and the alcohol warms pleasantly. Finishes with a long, lingering bitter cocoa note and a bit of herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very nicely done, well-suited to cold winter days.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

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ATXRyan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

08-04-2012 05:23:08 | More by ATXRyan
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DaBears1985


5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint bottle and just about room temp. color is dark and poured with a overflow head, probably due to being a bit warm. has a dark brown head with lacing that drips back into the head with no lacing, keeps a small thin head throughout the drink. tastes rich with a small hint of tang in the mid....smooth finish and good. good drinking stout. leaves the mouth wanting more. for the price of 9 bucks a pint, very drinkable stout

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 05:05:56 | More by DaBears1985
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – How many ways are the to say “really, really black”?? Well, this one is just that, accompanied by a one-finger tan head of small compact bubbles. Lacing coats every square inch of the glass when sipped.

S – Powerful aroma of chocolate, black coffee, burnt toast, and booze. Gotta admit, it smells awesome.

T – Lots and lots of chocolate, even going from milk chocolate to dark chocolate over the course of a sip. Flavor extremely rich, like a drinking a chocolate cupcake. Not getting as much (any?) coffee as the nose would indicate. Some dark fruits (plum and even a hint of black cherry) in the middle, adding more residual sweetness to what is already a pretty sweet affair. Sweetness gets a little cloying after a while. Also, it’s pretty boozy. What balance/bitterness there is in the finish tastes like solely a byproduct of burnt grains. No hops detectable.

M – Carbonation is low to medium low, and it’s kind of got a slick/oily feel. Overall body best described as “medium” and unusually thin for an IS.

O – I enjoyed the swirls of chocolate here (honestly, it’s damn near a chocolate stout if you ask me) but a couple things keep this from being a great IS; a little too sweet, not enough balance, and a slightly “off” mouth feel. For those familiar with Left Coast's "Voodoo" stout, this is it's slightly unruly immature little brother. :) That said, it’s not a bad beer by any means, and I’ll probably pick up another bottle sometime when I’m in the mood. Might make a decent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 04:26:47 | More by TempeBeerMan
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass.Pours nearly black with a hint of dark tan head and speckling of foam on the glass. Nice dark malt, light coffee and strong chocolate aroma. Dark, roasted malt, bitter coffee and light chocolate, not very assertive, alcohol kick in the middle and a dark malt, bitter coffee finish. Medium bodied. A decent stout, but understated and unexceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:31:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber poured into a stemmed tulip. No date of any sort on the bottle.

Look- Pours a rich-looking opaque near-black with brilliant ruby facets. Chocolate-milk colored head starts off frothy and effervescent, but settles down to a half-finger of dense foam that falls fairly slowly. Minimal amount of speckled lacing.

Smell- Surprisingly, bold toffee is foremost here, with relatively light touches of coffee and milk chocolate. Swirling brings out hints of alcohol and anise.

Taste- Something of a letdown here, tastes like booze and mocha. Plenty of crystal malt and a hint of roasted grains. Overt pinelike hops come out in the middle, and there's a lingering bitter, sour taste. In fact, the aftertaste is a bit like coffee lightened with nearly soured milk. Not particularly appetizing, and the flavor builds as I drink it. Mildly flavored for the ABV, but that's not a character I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel- Thin for the style but smooth. Mild carbonation, finishes with a bit of alcohol burn and a light sticky feeling. Not a fan.

Overall- Big buildup, big letdown. The funky aftertaste and thin body really kill this one for me. I've got no way of telling how old it is, but it's either too old or too young. As I picked it up in a decent grocery store, I’m guessing the latter, in which case the brewers should have held on to it for a while before sending it out. If it was a draught, I'd inquire about the tap lines and ask for a different one, but it's a bottle and it doesn’t appear to be skunked. I give the brewers kudos for keeping the alcohol under wraps, but I'm not going to be trying this one again soon. Surprising, really, as I've really enjoyed more than a few Left Coast offerings in the past.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:30:04 | More by Lawl3ss
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #400 beer shared with Alucard4

Look: Black with a 1/2 inch head and no real retention but settles to a thick collar

Smell: Licorice, chocolate and some alcohol

Taste: Quite heavy on the malt this beer is. Upfront mid palate and on the finish is just copious amounts malt you do pick up traces of chocolate and there is a heavy alcohol presence

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Very interesting beer and kind of a one way street with the flavor profile. The alcohol does become a bit distracting I would say sit on this one for sometime but I don't really see the beer getting much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:21:41 | More by DarthKostrizer
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-26-2011 13:59:06 | More by cdwil
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is an opaque, jet-black coloring with a half inch of milk chocolate colored head that recedes to a film fairly quickly. I was actually surprised the head retention was so little the way it poured. Aromas are thick with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. This is enticing. The flavor is dark roasted coffee first, which blends into chocolate, but retains the bitter throughout. Some nutty highlights, as well as brief appearances from the ABV characteristics. The beer is creamy and bold in mouth, with the slightest bit of sharpness at the end. Aftertaste is all bitter, dark roasted coffee with the slightest hint of the sweetness every here and there. The beer's finish lingers just enough to beg for a second sip. I'm not sure, but I would imagine this beer would age fairly well, and would be interested to see how it tasted after a year or two of cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:24:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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mactrail

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Powerful black ale.

Really dark brown edge to the color. Looks quite nice in the chalice with foamy lacing swirling around which lasts through quite a long sipping session. Aroma is definitely alcohol with some hops. Tastes hot, too, and warms the gullet. Really quite pleasant for a high octane brew. Not a lot of rich complexity. A more austere flavor profile but great for a slow nightcap. Burnt malt is main flavor with some roasted flavors. Just not much sweetness, which is OK for the style. Hops seem just right to give an edge but are not overly bitter or obtrusive.

I don't think this is bad at all, and the price is certainly right, as others have noted. Apparently this was released in October 2010.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 06:16:17 | More by mactrail
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imagese

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into IRS tulip

A- jet black with 2 finger head that faded fast and left very little lacing

S- heavy cocoa with a strong coffee kick and some hop bitterness

T- bitter chocolate and piney hop tartness. A heavy roasted crystal malt finish

M- biggest flaw for me. Although it is nice and full, the carbonation is just too high. The carbonation makes the harshness linger too long

D- split a bomber, so it was easy to down. Not sure I'd be able to finish a bomber solo without it aging a bit.

Going to get a bottle to age to see how it does. If the carbonation dies a bit, this could be a killer brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:43:01 | More by imagese
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