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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

968 Ratings
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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 968 | Reviews: 527
Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well well well...

I am NOT a stout person, but I approached this to judge the beer and not my tastes. I have liked some stouts, but I do not like Guiness. Some sweeter stouts were okay... ...and I am quite pleasently surprised with this one...

Pours tar color as you would expect. Not cloudy. No head at all, though, it looks flat sitting in the glass. There is some brew stuck to the glass, but the glass isn't really laced, it is more, like, coated.

Smells rich of coffee and chocolate (to me, may be odd).

Taste is rich. Rich coffee, rich chocolate, but it is not really bitter. That ickey yuck bitter thing is missing!! Instead, there is a sweetness of some sort. It is very good!

And the mouthfeel - is this a stout?! It is really creamy and syrupey, and somewhat slippery. It is nice to chew!

Somehow this has a clean finish, like from a dry American hoppy summer beer - but it isn't hoppy like that - the dry cleanliness is just there.

I really recommend this for anybody interested in seeing what a stout can be. If you see this, please try it!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch a black color with a slight dark brown head,smelled sweet of bitter chocolate.Very smooth texture,and nice body.Taste didnt have enough umph to it to me,some roasted sweetness at the start and a pretty dry finish.Very well made and a good find.

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than night since there were no stars or street lights in this hearty stout. The head was very dark brown and lasted for a little while, lacing the hell out of my glass.

Smell – This is a dark roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate delight. There are also some refined sugars and maybe some cocktail cherry juice. This one is loaded.

Taste – The bitter espresso and fine Arabic coffee come out beautifully at the tongue. I can pick up a slight hop balance, but not much. This one is all about the dark malt and huge espresso/coffee bean flavors. The sugars step back a bit at the taste, leaving the big boys to do their job. I can also pick up a sizable oatmeal bite.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth and medium to full in the body. I can’t pick up any alcohol notes, but I’m sure they’re in there.

Drinkability – This is a very interesting rendition of the style. It’s not sold as an oatmeal stout, but clearly it has a bit of that to it. Whatever you call it, it’s gorgeous and went down well.

Comments – This was a nice surprise that I found in a care package from mickeymac. Kudos to my BA bro for hooking me up with this one.

Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

split with hu5om (received as a trade extra) in 6oz sampler glasses.

A: nice black pour, slight brownish hue, some slight carbonation evident.

S: very dark chocolate smell comes to mind with a faint hint of oatmeal as an afterthought.

T: a punch of chocolate blasts the tastebuds and fizzles in to a light oatmeal on the way down.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of light carbonation that fades into a very smooth finish at the tail-end of each sip. a decent stout.

Photo of sponberg
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a cool-as-hell 8 ball on the label. Pours opaque (no light at all gets through this bad boy), slightly cloudy with a tan-brown foamy head that settles down to a long lasting lace. *sniiiff* Ahhh... roasted barley and a whiskey like maltiness, with a faint whiff of yesterday morning's oatmeal. My kind of aroma.

Bottle's too damned small. Starts out with some alcoholic (no fusel burn) notes, then the roasty toasty chocolatey malts grab a cue stick and start knocking the tastebuds around. Simply luscious blend of all the right stout notes - faint oatmeal oiliness (but not as pronounced as I'd like - a bit more viscousness and this would be the perfect stout IMO), dry unsweetened cocoa, round smoky maltiness, and enough hop bitterness to balance. Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor, but with all of the dark malts kicking around the hops would just confuse the issue rather than help. The carbonation is a bit tingly on the tongue at first, which detracts slightly, but as it warms it settles down and lets the flavors play a bit more. Chewy but not overly huge mouthfeel.

I gave two of these to a friend who was visiting from VA. Went over to the beer store and they were out. Now I want to track my buddy's hinder down and get those beers back.

Nice, nice stout, one that I will be buying again and again.

Photo of jisom123
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 year old bottle from 2005.

I was expecting a flat old boring stout with odd flavors. I was wrong. I am very surprised that the 6.3% abv stout held up so well.


A: black, low viscosity, medium low carbonation and head.

S: The smell had lost about 1/2 of the roasty sent, but otherwise, it was the same as a new 8 ball.

T: It tasted surprisingly good! It did not taste like an "old stale beer" at all. I would never Cellar one of these on purpose, but I'm glad I found this old timer.

M: Standard stout, but lacking full carbonation. smooth, soft easy to drink. wimpy.

O: If you ever see one an old one covered in dust, buy it, they get slightly better, even at 6 years. Make sure it wasn't sun tanning the whole time though.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick black into a pint glass, beige head is minimal even with an agressive pour. Moderate lacing. Nose is all dark malt notes of burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and a touch of oatmeal. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. Alcohol content is not listed and is not noticeable. The taste remains primarily bitter to the end, with hops staying out of the picture. Finishes dry and clean. A very good stout here.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My choice for week 2 of "New Beer Sunday."
Picked up a six pack while at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY....what a great store. Cannot locate this brew in my area...glad to find it on the shelves.
No freshness date to be found on the bottle...didn't check the holder...don't care.
Pours a deathly dark brown, almost black w/ not a hint of light passing thru this beer. A cocoa head forms almost a full finger thick...disappears shortly. Lacing is present, but simply recedes its way back into the drink...more for me to enjoy.
Chocolate malt comes to mind on first smell...and then chocolate covered espresso beans...ok, so chocolate is definitely the theme here. A very faint scent of liquor, but real subtle.
The taste is first bitter, and contains nowhere near the chocolate I was smelling...this is a good thing...if I want a chocolate beer, I'll buy one.
A very impressive roasted malt backbone w/ just a touch of hops...again, just a touch of coffee...not overpowering. Bitter finish as well, but the taste does not linger on the pallet.
The mouthfeel could be thicker, but for an American stout, it is right on target.
I do like this beer and could drink a number of these if in the mood.
Looking forward to trying a few more of the Lost Coast brews...a great first impression.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. Part of the fall release.

Poured into a snifter. Dark chestnut, nearly black, with a third of an inch head that recedes into a thick ring with loads of lace. Nice looking brew.

Nose is roast coffee, dark dry chocolate, cream, anise.

Nice tasting brew, reasonably balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of sugar sweetness, finishes with a touch of dryness. A bit hard to pin down, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but still tasty enough.

Lacks the creaminess and dryness I've come to expect from oatmeal stouts, and the carbonation was a bit sharper than expected.

Good brew for a good price (under $5, at least in Ontario). There are some more distinct brews to be had of this style, but this one was certainly enjoyable.

Photo of menkros
1.93/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black, smells of oak and wood. Taste of very high carbonation it needs to age a lot more. Bitter burnt coffee beans. Not good. Aroma- slight roasted notes, chocolate, metallics pitch black, no real head Taste- lactose, cream, slight chocolate, roasted notes Palate- decent body, nice mouthfeel,but not special either.

Photo of magictrokini
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific stout. Dark black pour with no head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with some burnt coffee. Taste is smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt and strong, but with a bitter finish. Not too heavy to border on the Imperial A sweet stout that keeps to its roots as a stout instead of being a weak Imperial

Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an inky-like black-brown with a frothy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is full of yummy roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke. A bit low on hop aroma which is a signature of American stout. Taste is a wonderful mix of roast malts, dark bitter chocolate, and in the background some notes of red wine like a cabernet or merlot. Medium hop bitterness but low hop flavor. Nice full mouthfeel finishes somewhat dry leaving you yearning for more of those wonderful flavors. Watch out for this big boy at 6+% ABV. This is an very tasty stout and if they ramped up the hops a bit this would be a picture perfect American stout.

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany colored with a low beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate laced with chicory and cherry, a bit of molasses and some smoke. Flavor is cocoa, espresso, dark molasses, some charred bark and a cherry tartness in the background. Mouthfeel is low carbonation, a bit tannic and chalky, not rich or full. Average drinkability.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a oily squid ink black with a smallish espresso colored head. Small ring of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Smells sweetly chocolatey. Perhaps a little fig too. Works for me. What a great tasting balanced stout. Nicely dark/burnt malts come to the forefront without turning overly bitter in an Imperial stout impersination. Milk choclate sweetness covers the middle with a nice nutty/offee/chalky finish. Mouthfeel is good and oily without being overbearing. This beer is what is is, a really solid american stout. I wish it was local to me. A fine example.

Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

Photo of BGDrock
2.46/5  rDev -35.9%
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)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Black/brown that shows clear deep garnet red in light, with thick tan head that dissipates after a bit but leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows smell, almost so sweet I'd swear it was a milk stout. Mouthfeel slightly fizzy but overall nice and creamy. One of the better stouts in my opinion.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a coffee black with a dark tan head that lingered for a while, also had some light lacing.

S- Roasted malt and sweet chocolate

T/M- Roasted malt with a sweet chocolate taste at the end.

D- Very nice stout. I tend to like things from lost coats. It was very drinkable not to heavy but enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast used to be killer, and somewhere along the way stuff like this and indica kinda fell out of grace with my palate. Anyways, revisited an old friend in this one.

Dark brown, tan head, clumpy. Aroma was of heavily roasted chocolate malt. Doesn't have a distinctive coffee or chocolate bend to the flavor profile, nor is it hoppy. It is decently chewy, but a tad too thin. Has an off bitterness to it, paired with a gritty texture. Could get away with it moreso if it had a better viscosity, or thicker I guess would be more accurate. Decently priced at least.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brown with light on edges and red hue. Two finger head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Caramel, malt, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Follows smell, moderate bitterness, good body, dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation, med body

O - Decent Oatmeal stout, but I want more toasted flakes and more oatmeal flavor.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated 5 Feb. 2013 served in a snifter.
A: Deep brown, nearly black in the glass, with a modest, bubbly tan head that has weak retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Pleasing aroma features dark roasted malts, a hint of smoke and a touch of sweet caramel.

T: Good flavor. Solid but middle-of-the-road, and, therefore, weak on the dimensions of interesting and distinctiveness.

M: Smooth; medium body.

O: Very good but not outstanding across the board.

Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours thick and dark. The head is a dark tan that fades to laces rather quickly. It smells strongly of alcohol. It smells malty. Aslo, it smells slightly coffee like. It tastes like chocolate and rosted malts. Also I detect a toffee. This beer is very thick, but well balanced. It has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is great. I would like to drink it all night, but it is a little strong. Everyone should definately tru this one. It is always available, so you can enjoy it when ever you want.

Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding heavy beer with lots of strong flavors.

A: Deep black, concentrated color

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor)

T: Malts, chocolate, coffee, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor). Sweet and bitter mix together nicely. Not too sweet, but also not overly bitter.

M: Full body with some creaminess

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the power of the flavors.

Overall, an excellent easy-to-drink stout that is full of flavors, but not overly harsh.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap@Lost Coast, May 04. Really nice stout. Rich and Bitter. licorice, roasted malt, cocoa chocolate, lots of flavour, very good. Nice dry, roasted finish. Very well balanced. Quite soft, yet assertive at the same time, man i wish i got to try more of this. Very drinkable. Particularly for its strength.

Photo of degerbah
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried to get some head, this beer wouldn'r cooperate. I might have been thinking that some head would think of appearing on the top of this pitch black pour. I might've imagined it as it was completely gone within seconds. The aroma is all malt. The scent reminds me of a mocha stout I had recently.

This is a cery clean stout slight coffee taste, but not too over-powering. Slightly sour taste stays with me, but I don't exactly count that as a downgrade. Basically this is what guinness would be if it were a much better beer. This might be my favorite lost coast brew, and this might be my current favorite american stout.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another brew that BeerLovinGrl was able to obtain for me, so my thanks go out to her.

This brew is a deep, dark brown with a sturdy head of foam that retains well and leaves some good lacing.
Strong sweet malts are most prevalent on the nose, with molasses, a gentle smoke, and chocolate on the forefront. There's a bit of dark fruits aroma and a tang to it that compliments the sweetness of the malt nicely. Hops and a light note of alcohol are present also.
This one's got such a sturdy chocolate malt that it almost seems like a chocolate stout. it would certainly suffice as one. Underneath, though, that subtle tang remains. There's a smoky flavor as well with a bit of earthiness added in the finish.
This one is silky smooth and velvety creamy with a bold body
and mild carbonation.

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86 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.