This is an 8.5% ABV stout from the Left Coast Brewing Company of San Clemente, California. It won a bronze at the World Beer Cup in 2012 in the Foreign Style Stout category (yet the label calls it an American stout, go figure).
The beer pours as black as a glass jar of indigo ink. There is about an inch of thick and mostly creamy head of brown foam. The aroma is dark roasted malt, sweet, creamy, bittersweet dark chocolate. The taste is highly bitter bittersweet dark chocolate, mocha, touch of cold and strong coffee, creamy, and smooth. It has a medium-heavy mouthfeel without being thick. The carbonation is apparent, but the overall effect is creamy and smooth.