Ale Epeteios
Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.74 | pDev: 12.83%
Jan 02, 2018
Nov 23, 2010
Very Good
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Rated: 1.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Reviewed by Schoeni from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Reviewed by Coop___ from California

4.61/5  rDev +23.3%
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
Rated: 4.02 by Keananmichael5 from California

Jun 11, 2017
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Rated: 3.79 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by sunsjammer from Arizona

Sep 27, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by jaketaz from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Rated: 3.71 by TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Furlinator from California

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 21, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by OGdirty from California

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 4 by sweemzander from Illinois

Nov 11, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by user785335 from Florida

Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 4 by Alan_Z from Australia

Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by NickySop from New York

Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by buckyp from South Carolina

Aug 21, 2015
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Reviewed by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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
Rated: 3.5 by rspauldi from Texas

Jul 08, 2015
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Reviewed by silverking from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +8%
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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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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
Rated: 3.67 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 06, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by highdeserthophead from New Mexico

Mar 21, 2015
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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
Rated: 3.7 by GTJayG from Georgia

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by nickfl from Florida

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by Eddiehop from Texas

Feb 21, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by MiloBuckley from California

Feb 08, 2015
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Reviewed by CrazyDavros from Australia

4.04/5  rDev +8%
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
Rated: 3.77 by BeerBeast from Florida

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 3.78 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 18, 2014
Rated: 4.08 by ragarazor

Dec 14, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by ImperialStout from California

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by Notacraftdrinker from Florida

Dec 02, 2014
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