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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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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a jet black color with a brown, one-finger head. Left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. Great sweet chocolate and malt taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 16:35:36 | More by zeff80
Photo of Brettster


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

This poured a dark black with a very thin tan head that faded fast to just a ring. The nose is slight java, I can't pick up much anything else. There is a good roasted malt flavor with some java and chocolate. It does seem like it is missing something. It has a smooth but not heavy mouthfeel. All in all, not bad but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 02:36:40 | More by Brettster
Photo of ADZA


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

Pours a kola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind little head or lacing,the smell is cocoa,oats,alcohol and spicy hops,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of cocoa,bittersweet dark chocolate,bran and finished with a spicy,herbal hoppiness that counteracts the sweetness perfectly and overall even though ive had better this is still worth a taste as its very sessionable on a cold day like today.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:12:39 | More by ADZA
Photo of Scooter77


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

Pours a deep black color with a thick, rich tan head that fades away quickly, that leaves a thin, sticky lace on the glass. There are some roasted malt aromas that are very apparent with slightly sweet undertones. The taste is like that of a strong coffee mixed with roasted malt and chocolate. There is a mild bitterness that comes through at the end of each drink. The body is medium and well balanced. This isn’t the greatest stout that I’ve had but it was still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 03:24:31 | More by Scooter77
Photo of hu5om


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

thanks to enelson for the excellent extra!
split with newk340
a- black, light khaki foam that disipates quickly
s-bitter chocolate, oats, patent black malts
t-dark bitter/sweet malts, oats, chocolate. good not great.
m-fairly bubbly, and fairly light actually.
d-it's good, not great. doesn't make any mistakes, but doesn't really distinguish itself. either way, a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:29:14 | More by hu5om
Photo of ffejherb


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

On tap at Brewhouse Grille, Camp Hill, PA on 3/11/09.

A - Poured a dark brown body about two shades away from black with some walnut highlights and a slim tan head that reduced to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace on the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt with subtle coffee aroma and hints of chocolate, as well as a slight toasted nutty character.

T - Initial flavor is dark roasted malt followed by milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Some nuttiness and mild earthy bitterness emerges in the finish, with the bitterness picking up steam the longer I enjoyed the brew.

M - Medium body with a watery, yet slightly oily, texture and pretty lively carbonation resulting in some moderate tongue prickle. Mildly astringent in the finish with some residual hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty straight-up American Stout from Lost Coast with a pleasant chocolate and nutty characteristics. This would be nice on nitro!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 14:57:15 | More by ffejherb
Photo of FastBlondesBrewing

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass at about 50deg F.

Initial pour looked great but the slightly yellow/creamy head dissolved very rapidly. Laces very well, a nice dark coffee color.

Smell is solid, a nice coffee/roasted malt smell.

Up front taste is not too aggressive, a well balanced malt offset by a toned down hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is where this beer falls short IMO. I feel that it is over carbonated and this overwhelms the finish.

Overall a solid Stout, definitely a buy and taste for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:29:42 | More by FastBlondesBrewing
Photo of Southernbrew


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour black as motor-oil, small brown head.

Lots of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.

Full body, very smooth with very little carbonation. Very strong roasted flavors that move to bitter chocolate. Coffee flavors are dispersed the whole way through. Roasted finish with a moderate sweet/bitter aftertaste. A nice stout, something to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 01:37:37 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of JosiahS


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tulip

a:Dark, dark brown. Not quit black though. 1-finger creamy tan head. Splashy strings of lacing are left.

s: Citrus hops up front, underneath, a plethora of malts: chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, hazelnuts, brown sugar, dates and grape.

m: Medium to full-bodied, moderate, almost crisp carbonation.

t: hop presence way up front and fades relatively quick into the malty brew it should be. Oats are definitely there, both in the middle and finish. Great blend of chocolate, oats, nuts, caramel. some light sweetness is given by the presence of alcohol near the finish. Muted hop bite finishes things off but the malt and oats linger on.

d: A little too carbonated, that's my only gripe. Flavors are right on. I could drink a bomber of this over the period of an hour to an hour and a half. Solid oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:05:21 | More by JosiahS
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty stout with a little bit of the roughness to challenge the tastebuds. A drinking stout for sure but the roasted malt and the finish is big and pronounced. There is a chocolate side to the beer but the main flavour is roasty and toasty. I liked the fact that the flavour profile is big and the beer stays in your mind after it is gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 00:35:07 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Vancer


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent offering from Lost Coast, I'm was impressed with the first bottle, but longing for more umph by the end of the sixer.

Chocolate aroma and taste, burnt toast and solid malt backbone.Just a great drinking stout, smooth - but somewhat thins as you work along several pints.

I was surprised to see the high abv, I thought it would have been lower, but still I enjoyed a sixer during the evening.

Got this on vacation down in Orlando, wish it was available in STL.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 13:31:57 | More by Vancer
Photo of kwm13

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, nearly back, impossible to see through. The head started as an inch full of tan that sank within 30 second to nothing.

This smells of roasted chocolate, oatmeal and a mild scent of alcohol.

Tasted just like it smelled. You get the same roasted flavor of chocolate and oatmeal, in a nice stout style.

The feel in the mouth is pleasant. It has a long aftertaste that keeps the roasted chocolate flavor in your mouth for quite some time after the sip.

Enjoyable brew if you like the chocolate stout taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 02:19:12 | More by kwm13
Photo of pasdachuri


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with about a one finger tan head with nice creamy lacing.

Chocolate malt nose with little to no hop scent to speak of.

A nice, malty flavor of dark chocolate and coffee. Creamy and smooth tasting with a very light hop finish.

Creamy and smooth in texture with a light carbonation crispness finishes out the beer.

A very good stout that begs for another sip

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 17:53:30 | More by pasdachuri
Photo of dtivp


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with ruby hues, a two finger foamy mocha head that fades into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of toasty malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, very pleasant to the nose.

Taste of toasty malt with oatmeal, sweet chocolate and hints of caramel, very little bitterness.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, just a little thin, silky, creamy smooth with a slightly sweet ending.

Overall this was a good oatmeal stout, needs a little more body and a touch more bitterness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:58:28 | More by dtivp
Photo of NitroGen


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick black motor oil black with a thick tan foam that quickly disipates to a scant cover with no foam.

S: hoppy chocolate and roasted coffee

T: bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee with sweet cream, licorice and malt

M: Crisp smooth and well balanced from beginning to end.

D: Will be buying again and recommend as a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 03:25:42 | More by NitroGen
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an oily black body with a small, sand-colored head.

Smell: Enjoyable aroma of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and with just a hint of smoke.

Taste: More sweet milk chocolate flavors, along with instant coffee, butterscotch, and a subdued grassy hop flavor. Short finish that's roasted and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a superlative oatmeal creaminess.

Drinkability: An agreeable light, easy drinking light stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 04:48:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Black and almost opaque. Brown head receded quickly.

S: Strong roasted malt character with a dash of chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt sweetness up front. Balanced nicely by a generous amount of hops, but not so much as to detract from the primary flavors of roast and chocolate.

M: Full-bodied with lower carbonation. Finished with a dry, roasted flavor.

D: Nice and smooth. Goes down quite easily.

Pretty good stuff. I liked the thick mouthfeel and drier finish. A nice, solid stout that I would certainly purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 07:50:03 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of sendsilk


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. purchased today for $2 (I think). Poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

I have read absolutely nothing about this beer and the place I bought it from does not turn a lot of inventory so this may be several years old. I keep seeing it there and finally decided to try one. There are no date markings on the bottle/label/cap.

A- Pours nice and dark, oh yeah! Looks pretty good. upon closer inspection, man, this thing has alot of shit floating around in it. I have not seen a stout this 'dirty' and unfiltered since I started reveiwing. Sure, back in college there could have been rat shit,the beer was usually in a can then anyway, so I would never even know. Who could afford a real pint glass to put it in? Or who wanted to wash it?

s- Not too much here to smell. Relly, not getting much of anything. But, once again, who gives a shit what it smells like as long as it brings the taste....

T- Not too shabby. I did not expect anything out of this stout. Never heard of it, smelled like a black hole, dirty as hell sediment but the taste is not bad at all. Smooth, clean and pretty tasty. Impressive taste all else considered.

M- Not bad, but a little thin. The taste makes up for the weak mouthfeel IMO.

D- Yes, I would gladly have another one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 03:22:11 | More by sendsilk
Photo of charlzm


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/11/08 at The Yardhouse, Las Vegas.

Very dark brown beer with good clarity and some lighter brown highlights. One finger tan head at start soon reduces to a nice foamy lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet with chocolate and oat notes.

Smooth textured as it almost glides into the mouth. Well-rounded soft flavors: chocolate malts and oats. Not much bitterness. Aftertaste of chocolate.

An easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 23:26:15 | More by charlzm
Photo of Josiah2729


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Dark black with thin one finger light brown creamy head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, slight hop presence.

Taste: Coffee and dark roasted sweet malts, bitter english hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body, warming presence.

Overall: A delicious oatmeal stout full of flavor and a pleasant aroma. Satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 04:50:01 | More by Josiah2729
Photo of nlmartin


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes my way from my Secret Santa 2006 Fartingdog. The beer was served lightly chilled in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a finger and a half high. The head was a long lasting dark creamed coffee coloration.

Smell: The beer smells of espresso that has been passed through a charcoal filter. Molasses a whiff of vanilla and semi sweet chocolate make up the balance.

Taste: This beer delivers a very sturdy semi-sweet chocolate and espresso flavor. The beer has a bit of sweetness; however, the hops dry the flavor out with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkabilty: This beer is very smooth. The beer has no over the top flavors or smells. This is a very fine stout and if I had access this could easily become a regular. This beer is very easy to drink and is a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 12:22:06 | More by nlmartin
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha coloured head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is a bit mild, but some musty chocolate and light espresso scents come through.

T - Chocolate malts dominate though are a little musty. It could be a bit sweeter, but it's by no means sour or bitter. Some faint espresso lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - This is a pretty tasty stout with some nice chocolate flavours, but it could be a bit sweeter. Definitely worth a try, but I do have a couple others that I would prefer over this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:29:37 | More by andrenaline
Photo of homebrew311


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: appears black/dark brown, opaque, khaki colored head, decent retention, nice amount of lacing

S: heavy roasted barley, bitter coffee, some hints of herbal hops in the background

T: firm roasted malt profile, roastiness is nearly over the top, doesn't match the lightish body

Mf: somewhat thin for style, high carbonation

O: nice stout, heavy on the roast, nice drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:59:53 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Oxymoron


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost Coast Breweries stable stout, 8-ball stout (no corner pockets needed), pours a dark color with only a slight color variation if you tip your glass. A nice tan head that remains throughout the drink but no real lacing which is odd for a stout. The smell is strong roasted and all malt. Maybe some slight chocolate tones but really nothing exceptional.

Do you think the other pool balls get jealous of the popularity of the 8-ball? Well 8-ball has a very smooth velvet flavor. The malt flavor is dominate but not overpowering. More of a chocolate or coco flavor. Although there was a smoothness to the drink it was similar to say a milk stout but without that lactate flavor to it. If looking you can find hits of mellow hop flavors. Maybe for citrusy and a American feel to it.

So what’s left to say? 8-ball is very easy to drink and has a full body to it. If nit picking, I would like to say that I would prefer more of a robust character, but for its style (and what I’m judging) it fits very well

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 02:45:08 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of PorterLambic


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely black with a medium brown head. Drops rather quickly from 1 1/2" to 1/2" then to just a thing ring. No lace.
Smell is malt, vanilla, oak, yeast, chocolate (not too strong).
Taste is malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, hops, alcohol in aftertaste (with choc., vanilla, hops and malt).
Slightly warming, fairly smooth with a medium full body & light effervescence. Good stuff, not great, but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 18:33:37 | More by PorterLambic
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.