1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

835 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 835
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 835 | Reviews: 512 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of RJLarse
RJLarse

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a black walnut color nearly opaque with garnet red hues. Less than resilient beige head.

Smell is faint, with some coffee notes.

Taste is a one-dimensional sweet coffee flavor. Bit of an earthy peat or dirt flavor about it.

Mouthfele is a thin body for the style.

Drinkable but not a very robust representation of the style. There are better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 02:18:18 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Jinholic
Jinholic

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - 4 fingers of soapy brown head, black body with red on the edges little lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate with the malts, hops are buried down deep. After taste is a lot more mild but still the same flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body a bit watery in the finish and the little dry but not too the point of being bad.

Overall - An okay stout I'd rather have rogue or samuel smith but a big step up from most other oatmeal stouts. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:50:30 | More by Jinholic
Photo of beeroclock
beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark w/ a brown head. Smells kind of sweet w/ a coffee type smell behind it. Tastes very malty w/ some chocolate aftertastes. Overall, this is just above average in my opinion. Its not bad, just nothing special. The chocolate is a bit much for me I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 12:44:52 | More by beeroclock
Photo of rarevos
rarevos

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with moderate tan head. Head dissipates almost instantly. No sticky trails, no real lacing. A foam island, but that's it.

S: With my eyes closed, this doesn't resemble a stout at all. I would have guessed a fruity, hoppy pale ale. A slight--SLIGHT--hint of roastiness, but not much.

T/M: Roasted malts up front with coffee the most noticeable, and some citrus in the middle. Strange combination. Like a roasted grapefruit? Finish is dry, hoppy, and moderately bitter with a burned tail.

D: Eh. As stouts go, it's not very, um, stout. Has a strange fruity hoppiness that doesn't really match up well to the rest of the beer. I'll give it another try at a later date, but I was pretty underwhelemed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 15:46:14 | More by rarevos
Photo of Boppar
Boppar

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

POured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours black with no head. Meh.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

T: See above. This is pretty much a bog-standard stout.

M: Thin, weak, and poorly carbonated. I would have liked either a creamy or silky consistency, or at least some brisker carbonation and more body.

D: There is nothing really limiting the sessionability of this beer, although it didn't really "wow" me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 03:39:41 | More by Boppar
Photo of CaptainTripps
CaptainTripps

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Really dark brown, almost black. Off white almost brown head. Little to almost no head at pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malts, small amount of chocolate and citrus hops. This things isn't to "smelly." Very mute

T: Roasted malts and chocolate are the dominate flavors in this brew, coffee and oats are present as well with a bitter finish. Semi sweet up front.

M: Medium bodied, pretty good carbonation, has some what of an oily quality to it.

D: Average. An ok beer. There is much better in the style making this one less desirable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:02:01 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very dark brown, with large bubbles rising to form a solid 2-finger head of toasty-brown froth. Lingering was good, although lacing unimpressive after the head settled.

S: Burnt coffee and molasses were all that really came to me.

T: Sweet and acrid malt up front. Dark raisins and dried apricot notes are there in the middle, but end up getting drowned by surprisingly strong (for a stout) hops bitterness.

M: Not bad for a beer -- moist, but with good carbonation -- but lacking in the richness and smoothness I expect from a stout.

O: It seemed that it just didn't quite add up, as if the brewer started out to make a stout, but changed his mind and tried to make an ale halfway through. It was neither creamy nor complex. I didn't finish even finish it, so I'll pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 02:09:40 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of BeerLover99
BeerLover99

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: black body, trace khaki head,

S: roasted choc nuts, malt, hint of coffee

T: same as nose hint of sweet up front,
firm roast malt, with semi-burnt finish

M: med/light body, bubbly/semi-dry finish

O: Nose and Taste are fine; great start for stout newbie.
Wish the body was creamier. Alcohol very well hidden.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 20:55:10 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Hex92
Hex92

Virginia

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, smells and tastes OK. Overall its a big meh. It doesn't really excel in any category. The taste is just not much of anything. Very boring. Tastes like something you would get at a brew pub 15 years ago. Its just not big enough for today...or at least not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 02:25:39 | More by Hex92
Photo of watermelon
watermelon

North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 pint draft had a The Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Opaque black body with a khaki head. little lacing and decent retention.

S: Smell of dark malts some smoky fragrances as well.

T: Lots of dark malt flavor in the taste. Some bitterness, a little bit of coffee in the flavor.

M: Really thin mouthfeel low carbonation.

O: If you don't mind a thinner body stout I would give it a shot. This one isn't very complex and wont be one that I will be returning to.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 05:56:01 | More by watermelon
Photo of waldowin
waldowin

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an inky black, with a thin brown head that faded extremely quickly, leaving nothing behind.

Smells of cherries, raisins, and smoke.

Tastes heavily of roast, with a very thin hint of sweetness at the finish. Very simple, and not very impressive, it tastes like a mass-produced "micro" almost. A bit of a let-down from the smell.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little bit harsh. The hops leave your tongue stinging, and the smoke leaves your throat feeling a little raw.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 07:53:09 | More by waldowin
Photo of doughanson78
doughanson78

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into new Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Black as one would expect. About a finger and a half tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Fairly light smell. Lots of roasted oats. Light roasted coffee.

T: Roasted oats. Little coffee. Very light chocolate. Pretty light on the taste also. Not bad at all, just VERY light.

M: Thin. Not much body at all. No creaminess.

O: Not impressed in any way. Maybe the OE 800 (8-Ball) of Oatmeal Stouts. For $1.49 I gave it a shot. Won't again tho. All together light in the ass.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:25:22 | More by doughanson78
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, its not the best stout in the world. Making irish stout stew for st pats dsy and this wss the least expesive single at the store. Looks pretty nice in glass, nkce dark black with crothy tsn head. Sme, ls metallic and a litgle plasticy. Flavors are not off, just underwhelimng. I love stouts but this is a de ent stout at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 18:23:07 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of marcobrau
marcobrau

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like a porter; very dark brown with some ruby highlights. pours with a good release of carbonation forming a light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a persistent, fine layer of bubbles.

Smells: like grain, coffee and dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of prune.

Tastes: more fruity than I expected, and even a touch tart. Some coffee, but more chocolate malt flavor. The dry, tart and almost tannic finish is interesting, but I'm not sure that I like it. Very welll attenuated and comes across rather watery.

Feels: light and thin, even spritzy.

Overall: This would be a more drinkable stout if it weren't more than six percent alcohol. A more vigorous pour would probably have smoothed out this brew. I imagine a draft version might be more impressive. In the bottle I think this compares to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout which can be for $3 less a six-pack in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 02:47:18 | More by marcobrau
Photo of MrDanno96
MrDanno96

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Impervious to light with a little foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Very little head.

S: Some nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a good dose of chocolate and some very feint coffee.

T: Not a ton going on in the flavor to be honest. Very feint chocolate notes, but they never fully develop into the sweetness I am expecting. A little coffee bitterness in the finish with a hint of grain from the oats.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D: Meh. A decent oatmeal stout, but definitely not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:14:10 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little on the lackluster side, no nose to speak of, thin weak head, that dissipates quickly, no lacing of the glass.Very unexiting brew.
Taste is decent but not exceptional, hints of chocolate and burnt oatmeal.

Surprizingly disappointing, since the ingredients are fully listed on the bottle and they should yeild an otherwise remarkable stout!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:26:13 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of kemoarps
kemoarps

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard (albeit pretty) pour. Cola dark, with an almond/cappucino head. Lingers, but not much lacing.

Nose is roasty with some cocoa sweetness

There's a roasty quality there, with some stale coffee, and a little grassy/bitter character. Meh.

Way thinner than I want right now. smoothe enough with the oats. I like Lost Coast as a brewery (both most of their products, and the brewery/people who work there as well), but this stout just doesn't do anything for me. There are infinitely more appealing options available in my area (many of which are even more local than LC), although it's not an atrocious fallback if the only other options are BMC status

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 16:20:03 | More by kemoarps
Photo of AndIWantYou
AndIWantYou

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the black blackness of this black beer (yup, it's dark) and the deep brown of the head, I was prepared to be blown away. The smell led me further towards this expectation-- it smelled so clean and delicious. I began to be a little let down, although this is still a great beer, when I took a sip.

It has a pretty intense coffee and burnt malt taste, which could be very desireable in some contexts. The main drawback is a somewhat sharp bitterness in the aftertaste and a sesame oil flavor that I've discussed in other beer reviews (hint: I don't like it).

There's nothing really notable about the mouthfeel, but nothing wrong with it either. Overall I had to give this a 3.0 for drinkability (I treat drinkability as a general "will I buy this again" ranking) because there's nothing bad about it but the cost for what you get. If you like bitter and the deep coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I'll buy it again, but it'll be a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 01:46:41 | More by AndIWantYou
Photo of hero27
hero27

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Very dark brown..thin tan head.
Aroma of roasted malts & cocoa powder..but fairly faint.
Coffee, oatmeal, and heavy roasted malt flavor. Good finishing hop bitterness.
Medium-bodied, somewhat oily mouthfeel..
Certainly not jawdropping in my book, but it's a decent stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 04:46:22 | More by hero27
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black color with a large three-finger, beige head. Plenty of streaky lace that I'd describe as a cross between spotty and ring-like.

Aroma: Creamy, mocha aroma, slightly chalky.

Thin bodied and above average carbonation starts off the taste. The flavor reminds me of iced coffee, both in taste and consistency. This is a weak stout, but it has the elements of a darker and drier dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:53:10 | More by smcolw
Photo of kflorence
kflorence

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a finger thick head of tan foam.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel oatmeal, dark fruits and alcohol. Inviting, especially during the colder months.

T: This one is pretty flavorful... lots of different notes in there. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, caramelized oatmeal and a roasted malt/hop flavor are the distinguishing features. A bit bitter on the backend... some coffee like tastes and chocolate that linger on the tongue.

M: Slightly syrupy but not overly thick, I would say a bit watery for a stout, but I've had worse. Pleasant on the tongue.

D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, but not overly heavy. I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:40:48 | More by kflorence
Photo of kbutler1
kbutler1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Had to pour pretty aggressive to get the head. Coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma maybe even some coconut but pretty faint to me. The taste is ok. Roasted malts are the first flavors that make an appearance followed by some bitterness from either the roast or the hops. Pretty smooth and velvety. Medium mouthfeel Not bad but somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 19:22:45 | More by kbutler1
Photo of BDTyre
BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown-ruby, almost black colour. Fairly thick sand coloured head.

Roasted malt, oatmeal, hints of butter. Slight creamy essence to it. Low hops in the nose.

Somewhat 'standard' taste to this. Rich, chocolatey roasted malt with a dry oatmeal finish. Slight metallic note to it, lessening as it warms. Dry and slightly bitter.

Smooth, but a little thin when cold and when it warms it almost becomes slick. Not a bad beer, but fairly pedestrian for what it is. This would make a great starter to craft stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 06:10:39 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Kylito87
Kylito87

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one, 12 oz into my Boulevard brewing CO pint glass.

Appearance- Dark opacue brown nearly black. Reddish notes in body whrn held up to the light. Creamy tan head that falls into a cap. Slight lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some fruit, caramel and toffee

Taste- Bold roasty coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. There is a slight astringant note there too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with smooth low carbonation. Sort of slick not as viscous as I like my stouts but it isn't watery. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability- A decent session stout. I can drink a few. This is ok but I was expecting more. Maybe a good beer to ween someone into stouts with out making them feel 10 lbs heavier. I will take a RIS anyday.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:14:21 | More by Kylito87
Photo of williamjbauer
williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brown with light on edges and red hue. Two finger head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Caramel, malt, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Follows smell, moderate bitterness, good body, dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation, med body

O - Decent Oatmeal stout, but I want more toasted flakes and more oatmeal flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 21:12:34 | More by williamjbauer
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.