Ale Epeteios
Left Coast Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,396
ABV:
10%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,686
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 12.77%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
93
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Left Coast Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  18
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by Furlinator:
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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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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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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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mentor from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Dec 08, 2010
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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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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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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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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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deereless from Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nov 01, 2014
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 13, 2015
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

May 31, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 21, 2015
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srandycarter from California

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Jan 10, 2011
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Dec 20, 2010
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

May 06, 2015
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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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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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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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emmasdad from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a whim at the Total Beverage in Westminster, Colorado (I think?) 5 bucks or so for a bomber of imperial stout, so...Anyways, this one left me seriously disappointed. Not bad, really, but rather bland and uninspiring for the style. Black, roasted malt, black licorice, a little smoke, but mostly just bland.

Jan 18, 2011
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sunsjammer from Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 27, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

2.97/5  rDev -21%
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.

Dec 24, 2010
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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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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Mar 31, 2011
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sweemzander from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2015
Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 93 ratings