Ale Epeteios | Left Coast Brewing Company

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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

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Added by SDtastentune on 11-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
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 jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is an opaque, jet-black coloring with a half inch of milk chocolate colored head that recedes to a film fairly quickly. I was actually surprised the head retention was so little the way it poured. Aromas are thick with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. This is enticing. The flavor is dark roasted coffee first, which blends into chocolate, but retains the bitter throughout. Some nutty highlights, as well as brief appearances from the ABV characteristics. The beer is creamy and bold in mouth, with the slightest bit of sharpness at the end. Aftertaste is all bitter, dark roasted coffee with the slightest hint of the sweetness every here and there. The beer's finish lingers just enough to beg for a second sip. I'm not sure, but I would imagine this beer would age fairly well, and would be interested to see how it tasted after a year or two of cellaring.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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 DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Ale Epeteios from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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