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8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 535 | Ratings: 1,048
Photo of gshak
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says it is 5.8% whereas the BeerAdvocate lists it at 6.3% ABV. I'll just attribute this to batch variance.
A - Dark brown, not black. A vigorous pour yielded 3 fingers' width of off-whitehead that receded slowly. Plenty of carbonation hidden within the beer.
S - Smells sweet. Toffee, honey, toasted bread, raisins, smoke.
T - Follows smell. Starts off sweet with a honey-porter like vibe. Transitions into dark fruits, and then the roasted grains take over, with lasting bitterness both from the burnt grains and the hops. While the start of the sip is all porter, the finish is all stout.
F - On the thinner side, but doesn't take away the drinkability.
O - A decent stout that is adequately complex for what is evidently an everyday drinker. I wouldn't mind ordering this at a bar, but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Oeyvind
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A drinkable beer for sure but its not thick like some say. Its not black either. Dark brown, a little too dry and thin, better as a drink and forget than a properly made stout, but enjoyable non the less. Just not memorable. Nice to see a bottle conditioned beer on the shelf though...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow head of medium tan over a pitch-black body

S - malt sweetness, chocolate, smoke; underwhelming

T - burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, subtle lactic flavor; not bad, but fairly plain for the style

M - smooth medium body; above-average carbonation

O - a decent brew in and of itself, but not among the greatest of stouts

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Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Appearance : black, brown small foam- goes away quickly
Aroma: toasted grains, nuts, slight coffee aroma
Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness
Palate: medium body, creamy, flat
Overall: Fair not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of Marius
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

35cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa. Chocolate-bitter taste, with notes of cocoa, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of dark cherries.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, dark beige head on it, 1/2". Lots of roast, chocolate malt, nothing unexpected there.

Taste is very non descript, roast, but doesn't have a flavor of chocolate or coffee like you commonly come across. Somewhat chewy. Maybe leans on the lower viscosity end these days. High bitterness, not sure if hops or malt or both. Relatively simple and straightforward. Bomber format sucks though.

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Photo of rbelcher1959
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. A oatmeal stout, a great beer for someone wanting to try an oatmeal stout for the first time.

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is used motor oil black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with some cocoa. The taste is coffee and malt, a nice bitter flavor. An excellent stout.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Pours an almost black colour and beige head with a malty/chocolaty aroma. Flavour is much like the aroma with coffee taste creeping through. Average mouthfeel. If someone is interested in trying a oatmeal stout for the first time, this one is a great place to start.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Tarry chocolate black, with a towering beige head about 4 fingers tall. Lace stringy, webby, and adhesive.

Smell : Charred and roast cocoa malts, burnt chocolate, curdled milk, slight hop funk. Very burnt on the nose.

Taste : Also very burnt on the taste. The malts are somewhat artfully kilned, but too much smoke and char comes through rendering the flavor very harsh and acidic. Beyond that is a bit of oats, lactose, and dark chocolate.

Feel : Medium bodied...smooth, but not creamy. Mild carbonation keeps it simple. Not overly impressive.

Overall : Next. This one wasn't all that great. Another stout ruined by too much smoke/char/liberal roast malts.

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Photo of frozyn
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours dark drown/black with a creamy tan head. Head disappeared quickly despite an aggressive pour.

S -- Roasted malts starting off. Coffee comes out with warmth, very minor sweetness.

T -- First sip is lots of roast and coffee, slight cocoa. A bit of bitterness at the end.

F -- Medium, smooth, but a bit thinner than hoped for.

O -- Overall pretty good. Very easy drinking and would make for a good morning beer with the coffee flavor. Pretty good value for the price.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. Kind of a basic stout, with nothing too terribly unique standing out, but a solid example of the style.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 2/18/14. Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Typical nose of chocolate and roast.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has some slickness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is moderately intense, not complex but is well balanced. It is a mild roast and chocolate blend from start through the finish. The middle brings a mild bitterness coupled with a mild malt sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of roast and chocolate. A good stout.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another rock solid beer from Lost Coast. 8 Ball is reasonably priced, full of great chocolate, malt, and coffee flavours, and very easy on the palate. I would happily seek this out again and again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with strong over roasted notes.

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Photo of KristoferLyons
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark, Foamy Head that dissipates into a creamy top.
Aroma: Malty, Roasted. Makes me think of cinnamon crunch...without the cinnamon.
Flavor: Slight coffee taste with a malty pale ale background
Mouthfeel: It's okay, nothing to shake a stick at. Slightly carbonated, far from the smoothness of say a Guiness.
Overall: I'm slightly biased, I'm not a huge straight black coffee drinker fan. Coffee is good, but I like the coffee to be smooth...the same for this. Overall, I'll drink more of this one (slightly because I have a 6 pack)

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved all the characteristics of this beer. The only derogatory mark was it didn't finish as smooth as I would have hoped. It finished on the boozy side and not as thick and creamy as I had hoped for. Very good. Will search and buy more of this definitely.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into goblet, 5.8% abv. a code is printed on the neck of the bottle but in black ink, so, with this beer being a stout, i could only really see it after pouring some of the contents out. the code reads "07/08/14-4" so hopefully that's the bottling date. enjoyed at home on the afternoon of october 2, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of latte-hued head. ruby/cola tinges around the bottom of the glass

s: coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. slight caramel as well as earthy hints. a bit subdued but still quite nice

t: chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a slight but tasty dark fruit presence mid-palate. dries out with a cocoa-like bitterness along with notes of coffee, earth and wood

m: excellent mouthfeel. medium-ish body, slightly sticky, with mild carbonation

o: a delicious stout with a great roasty character. wouldn't mind picking up a few more of these from the LCBO. i'm glad they bring this beer in

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Caddyshanks in Orlando.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet and bready oats, toasted, roasted, chocolate, a little smoke, and some earthy notes.

Taste: You pick up molasses noted in the taste in top of everything else with some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, little to medium bodied, a little bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Surprised to see it here in Orlando, but happy to have found it.

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Photo of Daveypicksbluegrass1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Not a bad brew, there's a slight burnt smell upon first sniff, but it's not off putting. It goes down well, and is very sessionable. Overall, it's an A-.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black color. Big, lumpy, course, tan head. Awesome stickage.

Smell - Toasted malt. Slightly sweet aroma. A whiff of herbs.

Taste - Toasted malt. Taffy. Chocolate. Mild black licorice. A touch buttery. The hops are almost nonexistent.

Mouth - A bit oily. Good carbonation. A brew with a presence.

Overall - Big and bold with a slightly bitter finish. Dark yet chugable. Another great California ale!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.
Nose shows cocoa and roasted malt with a little sweet liquorice in the background.
More roasted malt as a flavours but not particularly complex. Again a hint of liquorice shows as well as some faint coffee but it's pretty subtle.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours very dark near black with a two finger head that breaks quickly leaving nothing behind but a touch of lacing. The smell is roasts, coffee and molasses with smoke. The taste is roasts and malt with coffee and hints of vanilla. The feel is good with medium carbonation and medium body.

A good effort and something I would have again.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Lost Coast Brewery and Café was conceived in 1986 when Barbara Groom, a pharmacist, and Wendy Pound, a family counsellor, wondered what it would take to start their own brewpub. After years of experimental home brewing, planning and studying, Barbara and Wendy were ready to begin. With the 1989 purchase of the Pythian Castle, a 100-year-old building in Eureka, California, the café was ready to open. The building, a restored wood frame structure built in 1892, was purchased from its original owners, The Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias. After some extensive remodelling, the Lost Coast Brewery and Café began operation in July of 1990. The brewery outgrew its original home in the Pythian Castle and moved production to a larger site down the street. After a record breaking year in 2005, producing over 24,000 barrels, Lost Coast Brewery had expectations of breaking the 30,000-barrel mark. In 2009, it broke that record producing over 50,000 barrels, making Lost Coast Brewery the 33rd largest in the United States. Lost Coast distributes its ales in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and three Canadian Provinces.

With the Canadian winter coming on, Bucky decided to stock up on stouts, including a 650 ml bottle of Lost Coast's 8 Ball Stout ("8 Ball"). Oddly, there was no production or best before date on the bottle. 8 Ball was 5.8% alcohol by volume.

8 Ball poured a very deep brown colour verging on black, with about 1/2" of creamy tan coloured head produced. The head faded to a thin cap of foam after 3 minutes, and left considerable spotting and some modest lacing all down the glass. Its aroma was of dark coffee, dark European chocolate and earthy/herbal hops. 8 Ball's taste very much followed the aroma, with the addition of a certain sweetness which gave way to a mildly bitter dark coffee finish and aftertaste. As the beer warmed there was a bit of booze in the finish...which was surprising given its 5.8% alcohol content, but by no means unpleasant. The only weakness of this beer was its slightly thin mouthfeel, which contrasted noticeable with the creaminess of the head. Carbonation level was moderate, fully in keeping with the style. Overall this is a solid, flavourful stout and not overly hoppy in the finish...well worth a try. Currently selling for $4.80 per 650 ml bottle.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Impressively dark and opaque, pitch black with just the barest hint of a red halo at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is surprisingly sweet, I get considerable caramel initially and then the more expected dark roast coffee and milk chocolate notes, along with a sour fruitiness that couples with the dark malts to yield a pomegranate molasses effect. Smells pretty fantastic if not a bit sweet for the style. No real hop aroma. Tastes similarly sweet and rich, with some diacetyl apparent and an ultra-smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite chewy but not heavy and very drinkable, with considerable residual sugars noted and moderate to high carbonation. Very nice tactile translation of the oatmeal stout style characteristics, although less dry and earthy than some (e.g., Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Samuel Smith's iconic example). The main flavors seem to be coffee with a little cream, light chocolate, butterscotch, and the tiniest tinge of dry ash. The booze is very well-concealed. Finish is roasty and sweet but here some floral earthy hops become apparent, cutting the sweetness and providing a contrast to the main show. I like this a lot, has some sweet stout character and the oats really do add an amazing smoothness. Then again, I have a soft spot for the sweeter side of dark malt and others may prefer something more dry.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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