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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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917 Ratings
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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | 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 MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black, light brown head and lacing.
S: chocolate, coffee, dark stone fruit.
T: sweet dark malts are prominent, with sourish fruit reminiscent of cherries. molasses. finishes semisweet with some roastiness and underlying hops.
M: medium bodied, residual sugars linger, somewhat viscous.
D: decent.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of JWU
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Deep black, no hues coming through when held to the light. Khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- nice notes of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and a touch of earthy hops. I can pickup on the oatmeal on the nose as well.

T- Eh, a bit of a letdown after the nice nose, but it's overall good. The nose pretty much sums it up, no one taste note dominates over the others, so it scores well for balance, but the intensity of the taste is just a bit lacking.

M- Seriously? This much carbonation on a Stout? It totally ruins the use of the oatmeal, as the smoothness of the oatmeal is just cancelled out by the excessive carbonation. It's also thin for a Stout. We're talking Guinness thin.

O- It had the makings of a great stout, but a few trip ups downgrade it to merely good.

JWU, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a pretty sturdy whit-ish head. Aroma is lots of dry roastiness with some condensed milk sweetness. Flavor is very dry, a bit sweet, an rather roasty. There is a touch of sourness, a bit like a malted milk ball, that I don't particularly care for but is not unpleasant, but this taste seems common in a lot of stouts. Mouthfeel is not thick, but is appropriate for the style. All in all though, I like it. Perhaps not as much as some others on this site, but I like it.

I would recommend this beer; I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watching Darren McFadden run up 100 yards in offense and 3 TDs...in the first HALF, while languishing on my fantasy bench...ouch...

Moving right along, however: The eight-ball pours a dense, deep near-opaque brown/black with only hints of clarity near the edges in the light. No real head, which is a tad disappointing. No lacing to speak of. Aromas a very roasty, as would be expected. Some tangy grapefuity notes in the very back of this optherwise typical smelling stout. Flavor is very robust and tangy upfront, loaded with grapefruit juice notes and a lot of roasty-roasto maltiness. More tangy than other if its ilk, to be sure. Super-well-priced at $3.69/bomber. Flavor is pretty long, and the tangy front gives way to a long and not-too-dry finish, punctuated by some hoppy-hoppo butterness. This stout is like your "first time": after you've had a few more and different ones, this isn't going to be something you rank in your top 10.

What I like most: The price and tangy-ness.

What I like least: The lack of complexity.

Verdict: Worth the price, but not elite.

SolomonGrundy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of AndoBrew
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*kinda liked would not buy*

app: nice and black wee a lil tan cap looks like a stout huh. you bett ya

smell: smell is wee, wee hints of roasty malts, wee hint of of booze.

taste: please please please be good! AND... it is!!!! well its okie dokie at least. some soy flavors some sweetness in some of the malts maybe a titch to much. the black stoutish part of the flavor I personally think is to small in the mix. its there then its gone, so much so that its hard to nail down all the little cute different flavors that make it up.. some coffeeness.. sure, chocolate.. I guess so. There is a pleasing hint of richness and it closes off with a touch of faint bitterness that also could be bigger.

ALL n ALL this is a nice easy smooth lil stout, not all beers can be huge .. and if they were, well that might suck.

Mf: a bit carbonationy and a tad thin. but okay I guess.

drinkable?: uh huh. it is, goes down 7.5 times easier than cola.

the carbonation the amount of sweets and the slightly strange finish are my big cons.. my pros are that this is a fine lil stout wich should give no one any reason to pout.

AndoBrew, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
No bottled on date noticed
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Lost Coast's oatmeal stout features classic oatmeal stout pieces, such as the ultra-smooth body with some dark roasted flavors, smoke, and sweetness. While good, I felt the beer was a bit too lacking in the aromatic and taste components for my taste.

1.5 cm tan head descends to a thin ring around the glass with a single island in the middle. Some spots left around glass perimeter as lacing. Body is very dark brown to black, totally opaque.

Aroma of bagged, roasted barley; faint chocolate; smoke, with some licorice and menthol aspects to it; slight cumin. Interesting, if not a bit bland.

Taste opens with slightly acidic, but still quite sweet, roasted malt. Roasted flavors continue, with some milk chocolate, cola, faint coffee with cream, and subtle smoke. Closes out with mild roasted barley and some smoke flavors. Aftertaste is of roasted malt and some soy sauce, the latter of which is rather unwanted.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, and is expectedly smooth. Carbonation is surprisingly modest, leaving this feeling decent, but a bit slow/sluggish moving on the palate. Finish is dry.

falloutsnow, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cam477, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I felt a little like Eazy-E (RIP) ordering this stout:
“They greet me with a 40 and I start drinkin’ and from the 8-ball my breath start stinkin’.”
But Lost Cost is not Old English and I am fairly cretin that this fine American stout did not impact my breath adversely.

A: Very dark, nearly black body, with a fluffy brown head made of tiny boubbles.

S: The nose is all malt; tones of toffee, chocolate and caramel.

T: While the malt flavors are prominent, 8-Ball is a well balanced stout, with a hop profile that emerges in the middle and delivers a dry, refreshing finish.

M/D: The carbonation subtle (yet present) delving an flavorful and complex brew that fells even across the palate, allowing the various parts of the tong to experience the beer completely differently. The finish is almost too dry, but the drinkability is not impacted.

Bcant, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of MalcolmJames
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

MalcolmJames, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of GeorgeH
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GeorgeH, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

VeganUndead, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of mobrockman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mobrockman, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour produces a big head that never totally disappears. Lots of lacing.

Smells of roasted dark malts and a bit of oat, but the aroma isn't very strong.

Taste is smooth: dark chocolate and black malt up front with the oat flavor coming in on the tail end. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but it works alright for this beer, I think.

Decently robust in flavor and not a bad oatmeal stout overall.

musicforairports, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Kirby
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Kirby, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

StroppyMare, Jul 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

warpedrevolution, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of wchasse222
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

wchasse222, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Keananmichael5
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Keananmichael5, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

thereal_adam, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of creepinjeeper
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

creepinjeeper, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Kahlerbock, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of leansean88
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A good, retentive head, opaque and very pleasant looking. I swear the lace was a slight orange color when poured.

S - Not too strong, but nice. Sweet, sugary aroma with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - A pretty nice, somewhat bitter taste. Chocolate, coffee and almond flavors, but not really as strong as I would like. It's pretty good, but I think it lacks creaminess. Not an oatmeal stout person though.

M - Bitter, but not bad. It's still lacking that full body feeling I'm craving.

O - Well, it's not expensive, if anything. For it's price, you could do a lot worse. I just can't see myself actively going out and getting a larger quantity. I think I'm just not an oatmeal stout person, so them's the brakes I suppose. Don't get me wrong, it's still good. I'd order at a bar if they had it cheap.

leansean88, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.