8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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Reviews by livingregret:
1.83/5 rDev -52.3%
Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, no other information on the bottle really
Appearance: What starts off as w/ a promising dark brew leaves NO head. Disappointing
Smell: A touch of chocolate and caramel but a overpowering roasted malt smell.
Taste/mouthfeel: A burnt chocolate taste w/ a very slight caramel. The Burnt taste is VERY strong and overpowers most of the chocolate(leaving a burnt roasted taste) and leaves NO caramel. Goes down fairly easy but leaves a very grimy feeling in the throat. I can deal w/ "burnt" roasted taste but the grimyness in the mouth is just awful
Drinkability: I'm done trying this beer....the grimyness and overly burnt taste pushes me away from this
10-21-2007 03:07:59 | More by livingregret
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-12-2003 17:47:30 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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 cant pick up any alcohol notes, but Im sure theyre in there.
Drinkability This is a very interesting rendition of the style. Its not sold as an oatmeal stout, but clearly it has a bit of that to it. Whatever you call it, its 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.
11-26-2003 01:16:44 | More by RoyalT
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-21-2010 04:56:01 | More by newk340
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
08-09-2004 02:56:09 | More by sponberg
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-20-2011 01:53:11 | More by jisom123
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
12-29-2003 02:11:34 | More by merlin48
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-07-2005 22:08:17 | More by warriorsoul
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-27-2013 23:10:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
1.88/5 rDev -51%
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.
09-28-2012 03:41:42 | More by menkros
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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
12-10-2008 18:22:59 | More by magictrokini
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
10-07-2008 18:04:49 | More by beerkittycat
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
11-07-2005 04:07:15 | More by far333
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
09-23-2004 20:39:05 | More by yankeeheel
2.41/5 rDev -37.2%
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)
11-09-2013 23:13:07 | More by BGDrock
4.23/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-14-2013 03:43:30 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-24-2007 03:27:55 | More by monkeybeer
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
03-03-2011 03:40:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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