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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

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very good

527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,014
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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

a straight forward oatmeal stout. 5.8% abv. Dark black in appearance with a nice off colored white creamy head. Taste of toasted malts and faint hints of chocolate. A super smooth stout, one of the lightest oatmeal stouts I have tasted, very drinkable. We finally got some rain here in San Diego and I went with this brew for our "cold" weather stint we have going over here. Lost Coast keeps it pretty simple and straightforward, this isnt the most complex beer out there, but its still damn good in its simplicity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes and some residual sugar notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and easily drinkable but a bit short on the complexity level.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.85/600ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a snifter

A- No head what so ever. No film, nothing at all. Opened very weak.

S- Nothing special but ok. Hints of coffee and caramel

T- Pretty good. Very carbonated despite the low carbonation on opening/pouring. Roasted malt and barley as usual for stouts.

M- Ok. Nothing special. Pretty carbonated and light.

O- Ok. Will not buy again. There are much better examples of stouts out there from micro breweries. that will blow this away.

Food Pairing

This ok stout would go well with... cured meats and heavy cheeses.


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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a large brown head that dissipates slowly. As the head dissipates spotty lace is left behind.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate dominate with a touch of woody hops.

Taste: Begins with a slight hops spice which rounds out to a coffee flavor. Finish of bittersweet chocolate and a bit more coffee at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy, creamy body with light carbonation and a very sticky finish that dries out just a bit.

Overall: I haven't had an oatmeal stout for quite some time, but this one is quite good. I'd be more than happy to drink this again and again. A nice after-dinner brew...or maybe breakfast!

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Photo of silverking
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black with a thin tan head. Sticky lacing.

S- dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.

T- acidic coffee, bakers cocoa. There is a light smokiness in the finish.

M- medium/full bodied, velvety carbonation.

O- outstanding. Seriously, buy this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 Ball Stout is essentially as black as an 8 ball (its light brown outlining notwithstanding). Its head is sepia-toned and sticks mostly to the outlining of the glass, to which it manages to partially grasp onto even as the liquid desists. It's opaque but far from intimidating.

The beer is, by smell anyhow, a liquid Ferrero Rocher; the bouquet is encased in a roasted hazelnut shell, a wafer-like maltiness, and loads of milk chocolate. It's both Christmas and Halloween in a glass. And it smells a bit like a coffee shop. It's not overly rich but still plenty decadent - enough to send those on a diet running for the hills.

That roasted hazelnut, wafer, and milk chocolate flavour profile continues on the palate - again, it's Ferrero Rochers for all! There's lots of caramel and toasted nuttiness. Being a Californian stout, there's naturally also some 'green' flavours; some sips have enough budding floralness to register like a rose-infused green tea (blended with coffee of course).

The mouthfeel is light and agreeable enough to pass for a Schwarzbier. The roast is in essence only - it's suggestive, not so manifest - and it tastes of milk chocolate (as opposed to dark chocolate). It also has a milky, lactose sweetness and the corresponding tanginess. Hops add faint forest-y leafiness but no bitterness. All in all, it's a very agreeable stout.

There's nothing aggressive about Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout - it's one of the few Californian offerings not to make an extreme example of this potentially dark and decadent style. Instead it is a wonderfully approachable, agreeable rendition. It's an easy one to recommend.

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Photo of watermelon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 pint draft had a The Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Opaque black body with a khaki head. little lacing and decent retention.

S: Smell of dark malts some smoky fragrances as well.

T: Lots of dark malt flavor in the taste. Some bitterness, a little bit of coffee in the flavor.

M: Really thin mouthfeel low carbonation.

O: If you don't mind a thinner body stout I would give it a shot. This one isn't very complex and wont be one that I will be returning to.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: black, with mocha head that vanishes to nothing in no time

Aroma: cassis, chocolate covered cherry; roasted malt aromas are secondary

Taste & Mouthfeel: watery, like bad office coffee - there's really not much to it at all, doesn't taste terrible, just doesn't taste....bitter and tart aspects of the roast are predominant, not the rich coffee and chocolate you'd hope for; carbonation is ok; some mineral, tin flavours

Overall: this doesn't give you much to say so....weak

PS - after reading other reviews, I wonder if I got a bad batch, as everyone else seems to be having vastly different experience (and I share my bottle with a friend, and we both didn't enjoy it)

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.