Ale Epeteios
Left Coast Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,369
Ranked #33,502
3.76 | pDev: 12.77%
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a standard black pour imperial stout with a tan head around 2/3" deep. Aroma of heavily burnt and roasted barley. Gives off more of a coffee from the roasted malt feel as opposed to chocolate malt kind of aroma.

Taste, a very bitter, huge malt beer. Giant. There is a little bit of a licorice feel with it. The alcohol and ibus are prominent. There are no adjuncts. This is just tons of roasting and some high alpha acid hops it feels like. Massive bitterness. Even the coffee and chocolate feels from it recede quickly and you're just left drinking a roasted bitter bomb. Not much of a deft hand, but also no off flavors or anything. They didn't really skimp on ingredients. Its just one of those old school recipes for an American imperial stout. Yeast stands neutral. Carbonation is high. There are some russian imperial like stout aspects of the beer, but the majority of it falls in the American category. $6 bomber is a nice price.

Nov 21, 2017
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Schoeni from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good representative for that style of beer. Dark brown, chestnut colour and a superfine and fluffy head. Colour of the head is crazy: it is cool Grey or sth like that. Amazing colour! The beer looks apetizing in the glass, it is thick and creamy, consistency of bran. The aroma is a little smoky, roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, plum. The first sip is delicious: notes of chocolate, liquorice and sweet dark fruits, very creamy..just the right mouthfeel. The finish is great, and it feels just like I had some mousse au chocolat, also warming brandy notes, and herbal notes of the hops coming through. I think this is one of the best imperial stouts I ever had . Yeah...

Nov 21, 2017
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Coop___ from California

4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is their anniversary ale and it is only $6. Its incredible. full of great flavors, especially licorice. It sits on the tongue and enlightens your taste buds and your spirit. Perfect for dessert and just slowly sipping. I cant recommend highly enough.

Jul 14, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as pitch. Small brownish head disappears quickly.
Smell is malty, cardboard, soy & a hint of hop.
Taste is much more complex. Notes of malt (roasted), soy, molasses, wood, hops, coffee, whiskey. Balance is very good.
Nearly full body with a light effervescence. Dry finish. Good stuff, Maynard.

Jan 14, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: Black with a thin tan head and no real retention but settles to a thick collar

Aroma: Black licorice, chocolate and some coffee and alcohol

Flavor: Loads of dark roasted grains with some alcohol, coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: a rich RIS.

Sep 03, 2016
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jaketaz from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with a tall tan head that settles quickly. High roasted malt quotient, I don't taste either the chocolate or coffee that's supposedly in here. It's one of the most bitter imperial stouts I've had. Herbal odor and pine taste of barrel aged gin. Medium body and high carbonation, bubbles running up the glass the whole time I drank it. It's not bad, but I'd rather spend my ten bucks on a stout with more traditional flavor.

Aug 06, 2016
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Furlinator from California

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew & Meatball Company on 04/28/16.

Pours pitch black with a thick beige head that remains as a cap on top and leaves thick strings of lace. Dark chocolate aroma with some faint herbal notes. The taste follows with dark chocolate up front and a bitter, herbal finish.

Apr 29, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Aug 14, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Aug 01, 2015
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silverking from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jun 07, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

May 26, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slips out a black body with a quickly receding (but what's left lasts) beige head.

Smell: Well roasted malts with espresso extract giving a liquory hint, powdered anise, chocolate Whoppers, mild hops hinting a little bit of citrus rind.

Taste: A start of strong espresso-flecked roasted malts glazed with undoubtedly bitter chocolate. Relatively light sweetness. Low dark fruitiness. Steely, floral, citrusy hops with a growing, encroaching bitterness. Drying, bittered, slightly boozy burn of a finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: I'd hoped for more. No, it's not bad, but it falls far short of so many great stouts out there today.

Mar 13, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jan 07, 2015
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Apr 27, 2014
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev 0%
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....

Mar 30, 2014
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Mar 13, 2014
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ISmith87 from Arizona

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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!)

Mar 07, 2014
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Samuel906 from California

3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Dec 13, 2013
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Celtics17 from California

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Nov 20, 2013
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Zorro from California

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sep 15, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Dec 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%
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

May 25, 2012
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TempeBeerMan from Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Apr 03, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Mar 30, 2012
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Lawl3ss from Texas

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Feb 16, 2012
Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 93 ratings