Ale Epeteios | Left Coast Brewing Company

Ale EpeteiosAle Epeteios
BA SCORE
3.76/5
90 Ratings
Ale EpeteiosAle Epeteios
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States
leftcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SDtastentune on 11-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,631
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
90
pDev:
11.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Jaked12
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Samuel906
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
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.

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Photo of SalukiAlum
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of AWB3
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Beerlover
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ImperialStout
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of imagese
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into IRS tulip

A- jet black with 2 finger head that faded fast and left very little lacing

S- heavy cocoa with a strong coffee kick and some hop bitterness

T- bitter chocolate and piney hop tartness. A heavy roasted crystal malt finish

M- biggest flaw for me. Although it is nice and full, the carbonation is just too high. The carbonation makes the harshness linger too long

D- split a bomber, so it was easy to down. Not sure I'd be able to finish a bomber solo without it aging a bit.

Going to get a bottle to age to see how it does. If the carbonation dies a bit, this could be a killer brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #400 beer shared with Alucard4

Look: Black with a 1/2 inch head and no real retention but settles to a thick collar

Smell: Licorice, chocolate and some alcohol

Taste: Quite heavy on the malt this beer is. Upfront mid palate and on the finish is just copious amounts malt you do pick up traces of chocolate and there is a heavy alcohol presence

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Very interesting beer and kind of a one way street with the flavor profile. The alcohol does become a bit distracting I would say sit on this one for sometime but I don't really see the beer getting much better.

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Photo of jaketaz
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of Zorro
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.

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Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of srandycarter
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.

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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

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Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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