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Ale Epeteios - Left Coast Brewing Company

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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: SDtastentune on 11-23-2010

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 78
Reviews by andrenaline:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 9.5% ABV. Pours black with a smaller sized brown head. Smells like earthy hops, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is very similar with some good roasted malt coming through. Medium body and low-medium carbonation. Some of the flavors (especially the hops and chocolate) reminded me of Hoppin' Frog - B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of tigg924
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black with 1/4 inch head. Taste is molasses, roasted malt, and light cream. Tasty sipper. I do prefer others in the style, but this one keeps me curious about the brewery. I would get this again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A 22 oz bottle fills a stout goblet with a brilliant dark brown liquid under a 1” persistent tan head that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Fruit, prune and espresso aromas rise form the glass.
T: the beer starts with chocolate over a light layer of molasses, fresh grain, and then espresso creeps up and grows providing a coffee bitter that balances the molasses and then dries out in the finish as coffee and grain astringency do their work.
F: Very creamy to oily, thick, chewy, medium low carbonation, very fine and soft, very fine bead.
O: The flavors of this beer are so rich and intense that you forget all about the 10.0% alcohol.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GilGarp
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served cool into an imperial pint glass.

Very nearly black in color with good clarity on the pour. The head is a nice crema color but settles almost instantly.

Aroma is really pleasant. There is a lot of great roasty malts and a surprising hoppy quality. Chocolate and coffee come forward in a way that makes me crave the first sip.

Flavor is quite nice too - rich roasted malt body supports a well-hopped aroma/flavor to bring it into balance. There is a slight fruitiness to it which includes black cherries and something like a port wine quality.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Alcohol is evident but it's definately not 'hot' in any way.

Overall a very solid imperial stout and that's considering a lot of tough competition. Well done.

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Photo of 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

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Photo of Jaked12
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GRG1313
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black, short/thin dark tan head. Chocoate nose; assertive with tones of light cherry and lots of whiskey. "Sweet" smell of alcohol is primary charcter of nose, and could be confused with "sweet" fruit or sweet malt. Not bad - just alcoholic. Vanilla tones under the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thin in the sense that it's not creamy. There is a lot going on in the mouth. Light carbonation and a lot of whiskey "hot" and alcohol. Alcohol is really present in the mouth.

Flavors are disappointing to the extent that alcohol dominates; primarily alcohol with undertones of bitter black chocolate and roasted grain with vanilla. Would prefer the other way around.

Alcohol does not disipate with age to my knowlege; this will not get less alcoholic with age and likekly will not improve.

Flavor profile also has some bitter hop character in the finish but, again, you get the hop and then the bitter coffee only as undertones to the extreme presence of alcohol.

I love big alcoholic brews. This one is just too much with not enough to otherwise redeem it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a small light tan head.
Nose shows coffee, sweet-smelling bready malt and liquorice.
Flavours include heavy roast, liquorice and coffee. Finishes with a balanced bittersweet finish.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GTJayG
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SalukiAlum
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with a thin khaki head. Poor head retention, a thin ring of foam is left along the edge of the glass. Attractive lacing.

S- deep chocolate aroma with a touch of espresso. As it warms up, it shows some licorice and dried dark fruits: cherry, plum. The alcohol is detectable, but only slightly.

T- dark fruits and chocolate. Coffee/espresso and chocolate in the mid palate and finish. There is a light burnt/smokey character throughout. The alcohol is much more detectable in the taste than in the aroma.

M- medium bodied, thinner than I was expecting. Light carbonation. Warming.

O- bought it on a whim, glad I did. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.