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Ale Epeteios - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SDtastentune on 11-23-2010)
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Photo of DaBears1985

5/5  rDev +35.1%
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
Photo of SDtastentune


5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Dark amber with no head or lace.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate/coffee thing going on, very sophisticated.

T - Starts out chocolate and mid way is alcohol, finishes with a balanced coffee/malt/chocolate thing.

M - Medium to light carbonation "just right", kinda hot alcoholish but well balanced.

D - Drinks SUPER for an imperial stout! Definite amount of taste and great mouth-feel that generates a great balanced flavor and imperialistic stout! Thumbs WAY up! Only $4.50 a pint!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:53:56 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of ATXRyan


4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

08-04-2012 05:23:08 | More by ATXRyan
Photo of GilGarp


4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:55:43 | More by GilGarp
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-14-2014 12:46:06 | More by Drknight
Photo of mentor


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of dark brown head over a pitch liquid with no edgings. Smells richly roast,coffee, dry chocolate, dash of smoke, and strong blackberry (likely northern brewer hops). Smells yum yum.

Tastes strong sweet tempered by drying roast and gentle black malt sourness. Lovely chocolate rises late to keep the alcohol from drying too much in the finish. Strong hop flavor and moderate hop bitter (hard to get hop bitter in a malt with such strong flavors). This is a very nice beer. Hop grassiness in the aftertaste keeps me from pondering the malt, which is unfortunate. Md body and moderate carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:52:57 | More by mentor
Photo of arizcards


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in early February for $6.89.

Beer poured black with a tan head that was small and dissipated quickly.

Nose is sweet mocha with light hints of coffee.

Taste is bitter chocolate and light coffee. Hop presence balances big malt backbone. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very nice impy stout,. well balanced, not over the top at all. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 23:31:31 | More by arizcards
Photo of Pegasus


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

12-07-2012 23:58:56 | More by Pegasus
Photo of ISmith87


3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2014 08:40:12 | More by Hardcore
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-11-2013 01:16:43 | More by sansho
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-17-2014 04:42:36 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-20-2014 18:41:39 | More by Tricerahops
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-31-2014 22:08:15 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-24-2013 04:11:59 | More by aflies
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-28-2013 21:36:47 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of Celtics17


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of mactrail


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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
Photo of srandycarter


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pitch black, tan head leaves to ring. Some but not much lace.

S - Best part. Chocolate chip cookies, bittersweet chocolate, espresso.

T - Taste falls short. More watery, bitter, unbalanced than smell suggested.

M - Unbalanced, thin, bitter. Coffee in the pot too long.

D - High ABV and low balance, bitter flavor and watery notes make this not so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:16:14 | More by srandycarter
Photo of cdwil


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-26-2011 13:59:06 | More by cdwil
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
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