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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

872 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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bubrewer

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This screw-top bottle was one of the more affordable in my local beer store, at $1.69 per bottle in a mixed six pack. At least the low price made this run-of-the-mill stout feel like a better value.

Aroma shows plenty of dark malt, but it is odd - tobacco like; more specifically, not like a pipe or cigar, but like Copenhagen snuff. No, I don't dip, so it wasn't from a lump stuck to my moustache or anything.

Flavor is just OK. Enough dark malt to know it is a dark beer. Enough hops to know it;s not a porter, but nothing outstanding at all. Around the tasting table we all shrugged and went "eh, it's OK. What's next?"

I won't turn one down next time I run across it, but I won't go out of my way to get one either. There is a place in town that has it on tap; perhaps it will fare better served that way.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 04:16:23 | More by bubrewer
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma has hints of roasted malt and cream, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. That is to say there isn't much there. I understand that oatmeal stout is one of the lightest stout styles, but this beer is too light in both flavor and aroma even for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a bland beer that I will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 19:19:24 | More by KarlHungus
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Bumpon10s

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark with a dark brown sticky lace on the perimeter of the glass.

S - Maybe it's just me, but I'm picking up a lot of alcohol. Touches of malt and chocolate.

T - Alcohol, roasty coffee and malts in that order. The tastes don't seem to be blending at all and everything is too strong seperately.

M - No carbonation to speak of which makes it very heavy on the mouth, while still being a thin stout.

D - At 6.3% it's not a killer, but the taste and how it went down, was a disspointment for me.

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, because this doesn't seem to be in line with what people are saying, but I call it like I see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 04:05:09 | More by Bumpon10s
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown, not 100% opaque. Creamy brown head, rocky, thin-bubbled. Rather underwhelming lactic malt aroma. Typical choco-coffee profile is complemented by a vanilla touch that gets somehow beany. It gets even more obvious in mouth, I figure on some days, I would call it vegetal, a blend of the almost husky malt, coffee beans and the greenish hops, today it just feels beany, roasty and milky. Sweet finish, sticking the lips together by the end of the bottle. Medium body. Still a decent drinking beer to me, appearing richer than it really is, but how this is one of the best stouts in the whole world is far and away beyond me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:25:42 | More by Rastacouere
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tobyandgina

Nevada

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast is one of my favorite breweries, but I was not impressed with this one.

After pour, very thin, tan, quickly diminishing, fizzy head. Zero lacing.
Color was very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: sweet, molasses, sort of licorice, with a slight hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel was not very impressive, pretty thin and watery. Very light hint of malts, slightly toasted, hint of coffee.

All in all, very light body, thin texture with flat carbonation.

Pretty disappointed in Lost Coast's Oatmeal Stout - sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 05:07:03 | More by tobyandgina
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 660 mL undated bomber into a pint mug.

Pours an unimpressive deep brown with a small fizzy head that laces a bit, but this is a stout. It should be big head and great retention. Aromas are muted, primarily of molasses and a bit of roast. Taste continues in the same manner, just overall an unimpressive and uninspired stout IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:05:32 | More by kjyost
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-08-2013 03:51:51 | More by iemailjack
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

09-23-2012 15:33:52 | More by Tarks
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-10-2011 18:01:38 | More by GRG1313
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peabody

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really dark black with brown suds about 1 fingers worth.
Smell is roasted malt and coffee with a slight plum/raisin aroma.
Taste is watery. Some coffee comes through as the hops are in here but there is nothing else going on here.
Mouthfeel is dirty.
I would think that Lost Coast has better offering than this stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:38:11 | More by peabody
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-02-2012 15:02:56 | More by JohnQVD
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quintonmaximoff

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-31-2012 23:06:23 | More by quintonmaximoff
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civicm87

New York

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-10-2013 18:53:34 | More by civicm87
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NCLorax

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.9%

12-31-2011 13:13:18 | More by NCLorax
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-14-2013 02:16:31 | More by cfalovo97
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jkd03c

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-25-2013 22:38:20 | More by jkd03c
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-01-2014 17:52:13 | More by KevMo84
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mbabble

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-06-2012 00:24:54 | More by mbabble
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-15-2011 20:34:54 | More by projhex
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-29-2012 15:32:25 | More by OriolesFan1008
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.9%

10-29-2012 15:45:43 | More by WoodburyMN
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twax

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-13-2013 05:07:27 | More by twax
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johnhenryconway


3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-19-2011 05:49:38 | More by johnhenryconway
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dwtyler

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-23-2013 03:53:46 | More by dwtyler
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Achilles811

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-30-2013 22:31:12 | More by Achilles811
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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