Left Coast Black Magic Stout | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Black Magic StoutLeft Coast Black Magic Stout
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Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KingG on 10-06-2007

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Reviews:
37
Ratings:
48
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
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Photo of franksnbeans
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a big chocolate milk head that leave sheets of lacing all over. Smells tasty with toffee, coffee, caramel, and some chocolate. Taste is like french vanilla cappuccino, chocolate, a little roasty and a nice bitter hop finish. Very unique and tasty. Creamy and smooth as silk in the mouth with little carbonation. Extremely drinkable and rather tasty. Thank you sir, Ill have another.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of hops4me
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as night. No light making its way through this dark beauty. 2 fingers of a tan head that quickly falls back into the glass. Lacing is there but a little thin.

S - First thing I noticed was it wan't the normal stout smells of coffee and choc. I smelled a toasted brown sugar smell. Different but very pleasant. Moments later the traditional mocha smells come through.

T - Right up front is a little caramel sweetness and some toastedness. The middle is consumed with a roasted dryness as one would expect. Aftertaste has some unexpected hop bitterness and flavor hanging on the tongue.

M - For the alcohol it is a little lighter feeling then I thought. Not bad though because it is definitely medium bodied. No harsh alcohol heat...that I could detect anyway.

D - I really like this beer. I could have many of these. For almost being 7% it goes down quite easy.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black hue with a small, tan, creamy head that is mostly dissipating, thin lacing slowly creeps down the glass walls
S- Nose is of sweet roasty malts, nice blend of chocolate-over-espresso, hints of brown sugar and alcohol
T- Initial taste is a mix of roasted coffee and chocolate sweetness, opens up and finishes with a bitter, dry hoppiness
M- Medium-bodied stout with a watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Very smooth and solid stout that is easy-drinking, I can see why it won a silver medal at the GABF. This is a great American Stout that is an exemplar for this genre, however it lacks any outstanding complexity or bold taste one would find in top-tier IRS's, and I doubt I would pick this up again in the future

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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.

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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.

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Photo of rallison
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smells of roasted chocolate and dark fruits.

Tastes of smoky, roasty malts. Dark chocolate. Espresso. Touch of dark fruits and molasses. Enjoyable level of dry tartness/sourness at the end - touch acidic I'd say. Overall a relatively rich stout.

Mouthfeel is rich (quite creamy for a stout - in a nice way) but leads to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. A solid stout indeed.

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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.

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Photo of KingG
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a sample from my sales rep. I've had this numerous times on draft. Let's see how the bottled version holds up.
Served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Completely black-colored brew with a soapy tan-colored head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell is good. Large sweet sugary malt presence. Cocoa, roasted barley, milk chocolate and cappuccino.

Taste is very good. Same as the smell but with a much larger roasted barley presence. Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream. Milk chocolate-flavored coffee. Sweet and roasty with enough bitterness in the background to keep from things going crazy.

Mouthfeel is good. Below-average carbonation. Medium-bodied. On par for the style.

Drinkability is good. I can see myself having another one. An easy drinker for a brew with this much flavor. Hitting the spot.

Overall:
Very good interpretation of the style. Glad this is in bottles now. Lacks the complexity and mouthfeel to be up there with the great ones in the style but a very good brew none-the-less. Recommended.

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Photo of route66pubs
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich, deep, dark black, with a thick, tan head from a hard pour. The head has a bubbly carbonation with a good lace on the glass.

S - Malty, bourbon-y aroma from the glass leads to a coffee-bean smell in the nose as you take the first sip.

T - Light malt flavors at the front lead to an espresso taste at the back. Very little flavor in the head, with a long flavor retention of the coffee tastes at the back that lingers well after the beer has left your mouth.

M - Very little happening as the beer crests the lips, but a nice carbonation hits the front of your tongue as the beer gets into your mouth. The back smooths out very nicely before a long, smooth finish at the back of the mouth and down the throad.

D - This is a highly enjoyable brew, with good complexity and a mellow start. It seems higher in alcohol than it actually is, which slightly lessens the drinkability feeling of it. But a highly enjoyable stout nonetheless.

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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.

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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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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.

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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. .

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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