8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Reviews: 524
Hads: 992
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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 Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Pours a bit like used motor oil. Burnt roasty espresso-like aroma and taste. Has some Imperial Stout-like characteristics like a slight alcohol nose and taste. Also has some dark chocolate notes. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

One worth searching out !!!

Label states: "Pale malted barley, oatmeal, and chocolate malts" & "Pacific NW hops"

Bottled: 09/2000
Tasted: 08/19/03

($2.49 / 22 oz.) (478 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily black pour with a miniscule tan head. Not really all that sweet for being a supposed sweet stout, but rather very malty and flecked with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Everything just runs together perfectly in this one, and I could drink the hell out of it because of the low abv. And on many nights I have done just that. (329 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stouts are not for everyone, but I find myself partial to them (oatmeal stouts in particular). Snuggled ever so warmly halfway between a Young's double chocolate and a Rogue Shakespeare, the 8 Ball stout succeeds in achieving that ever so rare and exquisite balance of roasted hop bitterness with sweet oatmeal and chocolate maltiness that makes for a truly unique and enjoyable treat. A bit intense with the first few sips, but an equillibrium is quickly achieved making for one of the most drinkable stouts on the planet. (Are you a Guiness nut and ready for something that will make you re-think your position in the universe? The 8 Ball Stout from the Lost Coast Brewery is the key.} (687 characters)

Photo of C3likesbeer
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BevMo near San Clemente, CA
Have had in a beer glass and straight from the bottle

A - Pours nicely and looks great in a glass but it also nice from the bottle as well.

S - Nice chocolate smell with malty and roasted barley goodness. I like to just smell this beer before drinking.

T- There is a nice smooth chocolate slide as it goes down with a very slight hint of coffee; also a touch of carbonation more predominant than most stouts. Malts are there and hops are hidden and I like that.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- I love this beer. If you are looking for a "drinkable" stout, this is it. As a stout lover, I also like that it is lower in alcohol which makes it a "more than one" stout. (705 characters)

Photo of nmatros
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Came in the mail as part of a craft beer of the month selection (great x-mas present).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was exactly what one would want from an oatmeal stout. A nice mustache-leaving head keeps throughout.

Smell- lots of toasted malts, a touch of chocolate

Taste- Malts are balanced nicely, sweetness does not dominate or limit this to a one-trick dessert pony. Hop in the finish feels just right.

Body- Nice and full, hearty. Just right.

Overall, did the trick and I will want to have some on hand on a regular basis if I can. Hope some east coast distributors carry it.

Had it with grilled turkey caesers salad. (640 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.76/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dense and creamy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen. It became a solid creamy top as it disappated, almost like steamed milk. Left good chunks of lace.
Beautiful looking beer.
Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and heavily roasted malt. Small, mildly tart hop aroma.
Great sweet and bitter flavors. Earthy charred malt, french roast coffee, dark creamy chocolate, molasses, a bit of red fruit and a whisper of licorice and smoke. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness and a tangy sweet lactic presence. Maybe a smidge cloying.
Medium to full bodied with a creamy rich and round mouthfeel. There was a slight stickiness to it. It was like a cross between the creaminess of an Oatmeal stout and the rich viscosity of an Imperial.
I didn't notice alcohol in the taste but it sure did warm the belly. Excellent drinkability nonetheless and I've found a new favorite Stout. Highly Recommended! (929 characters)

Photo of MLegendre
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jet black, zero light penetration, A hard pour got me a very nice inch high head, light brown in color. that disapates fairly slow. No carbonation seen whatsoever. very little lacing

S: Very strong smell off coffee and roasted malt. It's making my mouth water. Smells absolutly delicious.

T: Like the smell there is a very strong, strong taste of roasted malt and coffee. Aftertaste is bittersweet coffee, and a hint of licorice. I don't know how to describe how good this tastes, but this is exactly what I look for in a stout. Flavors are very stong, this could even be called an Imperial Stout.

M: Very thick and creamy, Good amount of carbonation for a stout. Not too bubbly, but not flat.

D: This has won me over as the best stout in the world. I didn't think it could get much better than obsidian, but this one blows it out of the water. I could drink these all day. If you are a fan of Stouts than this is a must have. (943 characters)

Photo of AlbertaJack
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps my review lacks the sophistication of others, but after tasting many porters and stouts- 8 Ball Stout is my number #1 because of it's dark, smooth, rich flavour. To be sure, this stout has alluring, complex tones in smell and taste and for all its boldnes-its dwell gently within. (288 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night with a dense, creamy dark tan head. Pretty good retention as the head slowly slips to a thin cap and leaves chunky lacing behind.

Wonderful dark roasted aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa powder, espresso and roasted barley. Mild dark fruit and faint hops add some tartness to the nose.

Starts with heavily roasted malt, slight char, and healthy dose of French roast coffee. Roasted bitterness fades into sweetness with dark chocolate, molasses, fig, and a touch of anise. Finishes with light hop bitterness and some roasted acidity.

Medium in body, silky smooth, creamy, and rich. Alcohol is not at all present, though you are expecting it. Almost like a "baby" RIS. Incredible drinkabilty - wonderful flavors and complexity, but still sessionble at 6.3%. Quite refreshing as well. Gets just a little cloying by the end of the glass. Top notch - if this was available in my area I would try to always have a few on hand. (946 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew. (588 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never been one to equate ice cream with beer. Change that...! Amazinglyl, I think that this beer would make a pretty good float. Weird way to start a review I know, but the flavor of this stout truly stands out as one of the most delicous of its type that I have had in a long time. Dark oil slick black. Deep aromas of coffee and toasted barley. flavor profiles are intense with with strong black coffee up front followed by a nutty creaminess but with an intense cocoa finish. the residual chocolate sweet bitterness lingers and i think would go damm good with a premium vanilla bean ice cream. Balance is superb, and this beer is wonderfully yummy and a joy to drink sip for reflective sip.
Where in Philly can I get a case beer advocates? (751 characters)

Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Upon the first couple of sips it's become one of my favorite stouts. Reminds me somewhat of a more chocolatey/coffee-ish Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout..which is one of my favs to begin with.

A- Nice thick creamy tan head. Didn't pour jet black, slightly brown but mostly black.

S- Not that powerful of a smell. I pick up the roasted malt, small hint of chocolate . but that's about it

T- This is where this stout wins me over. Coffee hits you at first, then the chocolate and roasted malt hit the tongue. There's a VERY minor hop presence in the finish, which is just the right amount. This is a treat to drink.

M- The carbonation might be a little higher than some stouts, but it works well in this case. It never feels watery in your mouth. It's medium bodied.

O- as i said. a really pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much out of this. It was kind of a blind pick during my bi weekly craft beer spree at Total Wine. But this is the type of beer that makes those leaps of faith worth it. (1,037 characters)

Photo of GAPit
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours syrupy dark, almost black, with plenty of dark frothy head with creamy lacing.

Lighter in smell than I expected. Sweet, dark malts, some chocolate, coffee. Sweetness dominates with a maple/brown sugar finish, smells great!

Sweet dark malt taste, once again a bit less intense than I expected. Nice tight finish for a stout, hop/sweetness balance is perfect for an oatmeal stout. This beer is delicious.

Creamy in the mouth, perfect carbonation til the end. Finish utilizes all tounge realestate.

Overall a great oatmeal stout, very drinkable for this style, certainly wont have any trouble getting through this sixpack, and will buy again in the near future. (668 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle (wish I would have grabbed the 22oz., but oh well). Best sampled when just slightly chilled between 60-70 degrees F.

Poured a pitch black, dark as coal and completely opaque with a great dark beige head that settled fairly quickly to a small ring covering.

Full, large aromas of roasted malt, burnt chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Truly enticing.

The tastes is very full bodied, with big flavors of chocolate, burnt malt, smoke, espresso. Is that hints of oatmeal as well? Very creamy and smooth. This tastes like a hybrid stout, as if somebody said what if we put a chocolate, imperial, and oatmeal stout together? What would that taste like? Well I imagine it would taste just like this. Truly wonderful. But I am a stout lover so I may be a little biased. But no, I don't think so. Two Pints Up! (832 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I felt the need to review this because it was early on in our stout tasting night, I had good notes on it, and it was far an away my favorite stout of the evening. Big thanks go out to BA cmaruschak for allowing me to sample this wonderful stout.

Appearance: Thick and syrupy black in the glass with a thin tan head. The head doesn't last too long but it may be due to the ABV.

Smell: Light chocolate and dry cocoa powder. This is by far the most chocolate I've smelled in a beer that doesn't proclaim itself to be a chocolate stout. Very nicely done in a way that whets the appetite.

Taste: Chocolate continues to predominate. There is a light hop bitterness throughtout that is enough to balance the chocolate and keep it interesting. However, the chocolate powder-like quality keeps shining through. I'm not picking up any alcohol or hops that sometimes overshadow stouts that aren't done well. This tastes complex and finely crafted.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly crisp due to the carbonation. Definitely coats the mouth and leaves me wanting the next sip.

Drinkability: I could easily see this being a session for me. It's so balanced and good that it isn't prohibitive for me to have a lot of this fine brew.

Notes: The chocolately goodness keeps me coming back for more...and I'm not even a big fan of chocolate. It was just so well done in this beer that I have to tip my hat to it. (1,417 characters)

Photo of ramrod666
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a kick ass stout! this 8ball pours like motor oil except darker. small head that diminishes to a ring. smell is sweet coffee semi sweet chocolate and malt. taste is robust bitter with a very subtle sweetness. not much carbonation but not missed. mouthfeel is sustantial and thick....a real belly filler. drinkability is great even though after a few you'll feel like napping like after thanksgiving dinner. (415 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown to almost black, with light tan head that doesn't excite too much, and fades to a thin layer that lasts awhile. Probably the only major flaw with this beer.

Nose is a beautiful mixture of roasted flavors, whopper's nougat candy, chocolate, & coffee beans.

Palate is soft, roasty chocolate up front, light to medium body, hops come in to tame things towards the end, and the finish is modest. The modest finish helps to make this a more sessionable beer, one that can be enjoyed without notable pauses between each savoring sip.

One of the best domestic craft stouts on the shelf. (599 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness dating noted. Murky, dark, dark black pour. Thick pour, creamy beige head, with purple hues on the edge. Bubbles up when swirled. Thin coating lasts and lasts. Robust bitter roasted malt smells. Burnt diner coffee, smooth bitterness, lasts and lasts. First taste is full, creamy, rich and superbly bitter roasted malt. Full coffee flavors with a hint of rich sweet chewy oatmeal malt. The oatmeal adds body and flavor. Bitterness subsides and becomes supersmooth with subtle chocolate malt sweetness. Finally hops slip by, medium size hop burps are enjoyed. Thick, full bodied stout, perfect going down. Flavors become balanced, but never waver. An exceptional example. Please give it a try, highly recommended ! (739 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Thick black liquid topped with a rocky tan head that clings to the glass. Interesting tiny bubbles below the line where the head starts.

Sweet and intense chocolate smells, like cocoa. A touch of lemony twang, cold coffee, and tobacco.

Full bodied with a creamy middle. Chocolate flavors of a dark persuasion come out front. A touch of bitty-ness shows up alongside coffee notes in the middle. The oatmeal lends a creamy mouthfeel and lingering sweet and silky touch.

Damned fine stout! (533 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After rating the bottle version I decided to compare the draft pour.
Same very dark, and very thick look. Not much head, but then that is a problem with draft pours....they try to give your your money's worth so carefully fill it to the brim. Nose of chocolate and coffee. A little fruit there too. Mouthfeel is very rich and silky. The flavor is mostly dark malts with a hint of hops. Really tasty and I cannot tell any differerce between this and the bottled brew. (468 characters)

Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wineglass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Very dark brown with tan 1-2 finger, big-bubbled head with decent retention and several lace spots down the glass.

S: Delicious sweet chocolate, ground espresso, orange and resinous hops, with plenty of dark malt cookie aromas. Kind of like a chocolate-espresso biscotti with orange glaze.

T: Brilliant bittersweet chocolate and espresso meet their match in the flavor with abundant orange, resin and earthy hoppiness which provides a bitter eclipse to the cookie sweetness that the big dark malts pack.

M: Medium-bodied, good for the style, but a little more carbonation that I am looking for which hurt the creamy texture a little. THe aftertaste more than makes up for it, however, boasting major orange hops bitterness and a healthy coffee-chocolate wallop.

D: A superb American stout, loaded with cookie sweetness and all the coffee and chocolate you expect with a complex hoppy bitterness that really rounds out this exceptional brew from Lost Coast, easily the best in their lineup. (1,149 characters)

Photo of xymyl
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark red/black in color with a thin, dark tan head that is easily roused up due to strong carbonation.

Aroma is like a brewery, not just a beer, lots of sweet malt notes and fresh floral hop notes, mixed with a soft yeast note. Hop spices hide just below the surface. Raisins and burnt notes come forward as it warms. If you search you can find the alcohol. Is there rye in this? Great spice in here.

Taste: Soft vanilla and milky notes lead into spicy notes that mingle with a tarry seared raisin flavor. A silky, oat/milk quality stays in the background. Coffee and dark chocolates are also ever present.

A medium bodied stout, but it has so much going on. This is one of the most perfectly balanced stouts in my opinion. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable whatever your drinking speed. (798 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slithers out of the bottle an opaque black with a short-lived cocao head that leaves some rings of wavy lacing.Smell is chocolate liquer with some roast chicory and mild hop notes. The taste is initially pungently bitter and continues to become sweeter and oatier until a creamy, citric smoothness takes over. Oiliness lingers...reminds one of good coffee. Mouthfeel is fabulous, if a little thin for the style in some people's books. Drinkability is slow and deep and dark and goood. I'll have another. (503 characters)

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.