8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 17:21:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 03:41:53 | More by CrazyDavros
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.