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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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very good

527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,014
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 527 | Hads: 1,014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light rejecting, impenetrable onyx. The voluminous head is the color of double coffee ice cream or chocolate fudge cake batter and may be the darkest that I've ever seen. A solid sheet of lace is laid down initially, with tears in the fabric occuring as the beer sits. An impressive look.

The nose is redolent of hugely roasted black malt and dark chocolate primarily, black coffee and hops secondarily. It doesn't have quite enough power, depth or complexity to make me wax poetic, but it's still far better than most American stouts.

We're back on the excellent train. 8 Ball may not the most complex stout on the block, but there's no doubt that it's delicious beer. There's an impressive amount of roastedness without a hint of char. Dark chocolate and espresso now live on an equal footing with citrus fruity hops that zing this way and that to lighten the bottom heavy nature of the style.

Sweet and bitter are both present, with bitter nosing ahead on the finish. A stout this hoppy isn't entirely unexpected from a brewery that graces us with the excellent Indica IPA. The body/mouthfeel is full without being heavy and is chewy without being overly dextrinous. Both are marks of quality.

When prompted to think about my style preferences by the occasional forum post, I've always put stouts in fourth or fifth position. I've been rethinking that lately and may now move them as high as second because of outstanding beer like 8 Ball Stout. If you enjoy the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a thin dark brown head. No lace

Smell: Rich burnt malt, hints of chocolate and smoky.

Taste: Smoky burnt malt. Really rich coffee flavors, bitter and chocolatey.

Mouth: Big and full bodied, smoky bitter aftertaste

Drink: I can't put it down! What a great stout! I probably shouldn't but I could drink this all night.

Overall: A pleasant surprise in a mixed sixer I picked up in Blacksburg, VA (Vintage Cellar). Robust and bold stout.

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Photo of j4mmin42
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, tan head faded quickly to a shallow white ring; Nonetheless, it leaves some serious legs. Deep, rich black color.

The first smell to hit you is the roasted malts, followed by a bit of sweetness from the oatmeal. There may be a little coffee/java smell also...very faint though.

The taste is very similar to other oatmeal stouts: Rich, roasted, sweet-yet-bitter, malty taste, with that signature oatmeal sweetness near the finish.

8-Ball feels kind of velvety; you can feel both the carbonation and the thickness of this beer.

It's not an Anderson Valley oatmeal stout (heh), but it is quite drinkable, ABV being the limiting factor...I'll easily finish my sixer in a day or two.

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Photo of Derek
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at TuTu Tango in Orlando.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention.

S: Chocolate, molases & some British fruityness.

T: Mocha, molases, licorous, mild roastyness, pleasant fruityness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth, carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good.

I liked this a lot.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a bitter stout. Lovely.

This stout pours black and dense. The deep tan head is fluffy and thick. Awsome lacing. The lace coats the glass. Scents are deep coffee, carob and burnt wood.

The flavors are heavy bitter until the end. A deep burnt coffee flavor. Some unsweetened chocolate. Some carob and a heavy dose of oatmeal refine this stout. The finish is mildly sweet. Some raisins and sweet fruits. Dates. A good finish after a wonderfully bitter beginning. A well thoughtout stout for the stout drinker who wants big flavors and a bitter bite to the stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Strong alcohol give this stout a some bite. Nothing to worry about. It is just part of the enjoyment of the stout. This stout would go well with a robust cigar.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly pitch black with dark brown hues and a nice tan head that holds up for the most part. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate with dark earthy tones.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some slightly roasted coffee with earthy, slightly vanilla-ish woody tones in the back. On the sweet side, but has a semi-dry finish.

It is velvety smooth with a body that hits full without being thick.

A malty, yet well-balanced smooth easy-drinking stout with nice chocolatey notes.

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Photo of ghostee
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small offwhite head that recedes quickly.

Smell is typical for a stout. Some coffee and chocolate. Smells a bit creamy. Maybe a hint of hops.

Taste has a nice hop presence upfront. Combined with the chocolate and coffee, and the roasted malt. Taste is slightly creamy like I got in the smell. Also surprisingly smooth, with no real bitterness. The hop bite doesn't linger very long.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little carbonated. Doesn't coat the mouth nearly as much as some stouts do.

Drinkability is high. This is easy drinking for a stout, and goes down super easy.

This was a single bottle the GF brought home from Trader Joes, after never having heard of the brewery. I'm surprised how great this beer is, and will definitely drink again.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thinnish, dark dark tan head. Lovely imperial stout aroma -- rich, chocolatey malt, sweet cherry, and an underlying alcohol scent. The taste is huge. Very chocolatey with heaps of oatmeal. A bit of prune kicks in at the finish, yielding to a lovely roasty aftertaste. Not a lot of hops to the finish here, but not at all cloying. Still, the hops might help to soften the alcohol flavor which, as it stands, becomes just a bit too strong for my taste at the finish. Still, damn drinkable and quite a surprise for me. I'd not heard much about this brewery, but will be sure to look into them more thoroughly!

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the 8 ball they based its name on; nice espresso head with good lacing

Smell: Roasted sweet malt nose

Taste: Initial blast of chocolate malt is followed by some bitter espresso notes, almost smokey; both the chocolate and the espresso flavors continue to build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, but could be just a tad thicker

Drinkability: A very nice stout; has a lot to commend

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Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bottle date (Jan. 05, sampled May 05) ingredients listed but no abv %.

Aroma: Rich chocolate/cocoa nose with a hint of hops

Appearance: Midnight black glass with a deep chocolate colored head that collared and left a trace of lace.

Flavor: Wonderful blend of the stout dark malts and the hops, which struck me as NW citric quality. Some bitter coffee taste helped balance the flavor well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth texture with a perfect low level carbonation that fit the beer well. There was an odd delayed chew at the back end where I normally get it at the front.

Overall Impression: Very good beer, massively drinkable. Sorry my review doesn’t do it justice. Creamy, well balanced stout. Worth the hype, a great example of American Stout.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a light tan head with a little retention to an eventual film and ring o' film. Color is a deep ruddy brown with bourbon colored highlights.

Smell- A strong blend of roasted and creamy malts. Almost milky.

Taste- Pretty half-and-half like malts to start with teh middle allowing more coffee, mocha, chocolate, and spent grain flavor to hit. With the finish bringing all these flavors together and a well maintained hoppy finish.

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Photo of grindcore666
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black n brown with a large cappucino head. Aroma consists of ground coffee and belgian chocolate. Tastes exquisite..roasted and full. Sweet. Dark Chocolate. Medium carbonation. Big, black, and chewy. Your sip transcends into a superb black coffee finish.

This stout is just so well rounded. The sweetness level is perfect. It's more chewy than it is creamy, but it still balances really well.

Thank you Lost Coast. This is why I love you.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in color with a creamy brown head that leaves webs of lace behind as you drink. Nose is roasted chocolaty malts with notes of smoky charcoal. Full-bodied with a very nice thick and creamy texture (there must be some oatmeal in this brew). Taste starts off with flavors of rich bittersweet chocolate and malt followed by notes of espresso and some bittering hops. A wonderful stout that I would happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a 2-finger tan head that leaves a solid, persistent, thick, frothy lace.

S: Sweet roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Smooth slightly sweet roasted malts and slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent stout! Very smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy aroma with hints of patent and chocolate malts. It's not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. The taste is great! It has a rich dark malt flavor, but it's really smooth and dry. It goes down easily and finishes with a mild chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. It has all the goods; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a very nice thick, tan head. Nice spider web lacing.

Aroma full of roasted caramel, chocolate malts and black coffee.

Very full bodied. Sweet, roasty toasty flavor full of caramel toffee, and chocolate. A nice smokey dry coffee bitter finish.

Awesome stout, balanced and very drinkable. This brew has everything I love about a stout.


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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. Kind of a basic stout, with nothing too terribly unique standing out, but a solid example of the style.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice 4 finger rocky light brown head. Aroma of molassas, pine, oak, raisin, and smoke. Taste is mostly the same but with chocolate and coffee notes coming through. No fruity or floral type notes at all, this is strictly a heavy dark beer. Carbonation level is good, alcohol is only mildly apparent, mouthfeel is somewhat slick. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a very nice cocoa head on top. Good aroma-somewhat of a roasted and toasted malt scent with a very mild though nice espresso tinge. Killer roasted flavor-dark chocolate and coffee like flavors abound. Great roasted graininess with a soft, velvety oatmeal tinge. Nice, soft and smooth body. A damn killer oatmeal stout. 6.3%? this could be a very nice session beer for the likes of me! Great stuff...

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Photo of FormatKid
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – deep impenetrable blackness, light chestnut colored head, good head retention which creates sheets of lace.

Smell – robust, dark berries, toasted nuts, coffee and charred malt

Taste – strong berry esters up front, middle is dense with charred malt, bitter chocolate and espresso, nice bitterness throughout, leafy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel – nicely creamy but a tad slicker than would be perfect.

Drinkability – superb, great beer with huge roasted and charred notes, could drink these back to back with ease.

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Photo of Guinness4me
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa...awesome beer! And it's brewed by beer chicks! And it's a stout! And it tastes great! Can you tell I like this beer?

It pours like the motor oil that came out of my '67 Ford Falcon after a summer of drag racing on dirt roads, but it's a beautiful thing. The tan head was slight and lingered around the corona of the glass.

After it was poured into a snifter, the aroma itself was intoxicating. Chocolate and malt are perfectly balanced and had me salivating immediately.

The taste was extraordinary with an quick alcoholic burst followed by a surprising taste of a pimento-stuffed green olive! Then the chocolate maltiness hit, followed by a mellow smokiness. The aftertaste was wonderful and lingering.

I need more. This stuff rocks. But what is the ABV?

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Photo of goschool
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as black as beer gets. A small light brown head disappears rapidly, leaving no lacing behind. The aroma is big roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and bitter hops. The flavor is very nice. The roasted malts give this a sweet chocolaty, coffee flavor up front, while the generous amount of hops provides more then usual acidity and bitterness. The finish is somewhat smoky. Carbonation is highish making the mouthfeel smooth without being dull. This is a wonderful stout.

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Photo of Bluemoonlover
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.poured dark brown with thick
creamy head.

S-sweet,smokey aroma.Like drinking a milkshake while grilling steaks over a woodfire.

T-Chocolaty,smokey,sweet milky flavor with a really smokey after taste.

M-Very smooth beer.like drinking a lightly flattened cola.

D-Very easy to drink.Im drinking it as I review and sadly Im out!
I love this beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I pour the brew into my glass. Beer is super dark color, gotta say it is black. Brown forthy head foams up slightly even after pouring upside down into glass. Wasnt getting any head with normal pour technique. Head is fading very slowly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with roasty coffee and chocolate notes too. Actually roasty scents seem to dominate but not by much.
ON the first sip I also get a little smoke aroma as well.
Beer is very thick! Almost ready to chew on it! This is one of those meals in a bottle. Average carbonation.
Flavor is mild chocolate up front, and all coffee on the finish, a little bitter but not from the hops, I am getting no hop aromas or flavors.

This is a very yummy beer, and one of the best stouts I have had in recent memory. I will definitely be getting this one again in a few weeks when I return to Kclingers!
Highly recommended!

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.