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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

868 Ratings
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 24 | 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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mikeys01

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought back a bomber of the 8 ball on our recent trip to the West Coast and sampled it last night here in CT just as the first pre-winter chill was starting to creep in. The 8 ball pours out black as its namesake, dark as a mooness night topped with a nice mahogany head. Smells abundantly of dark roasted coffee and malt, none of the tangy sweetness or hints of alcohol that you often find in some other big stouts. Taste is very full and roasty, like my favorite black coffee, with just a little bit of bitterness hinting of hops and bringing it to a nice crisp finish. Leaves a nice smoky aftertaste that's quite pleasant and leaves you lookign forward to the next sip....

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 01:11:30 | More by mikeys01
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Lost Coast Brewery and Café was conceived in 1986 when Barbara Groom, a pharmacist, and Wendy Pound, a family counsellor, wondered what it would take to start their own brewpub. After years of experimental home brewing, planning and studying, Barbara and Wendy were ready to begin. With the 1989 purchase of the Pythian Castle, a 100-year-old building in Eureka, California, the café was ready to open. The building, a restored wood frame structure built in 1892, was purchased from its original owners, The Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias. After some extensive remodelling, the Lost Coast Brewery and Café began operation in July of 1990. The brewery outgrew its original home in the Pythian Castle and moved production to a larger site down the street. After a record breaking year in 2005, producing over 24,000 barrels, Lost Coast Brewery had expectations of breaking the 30,000-barrel mark. In 2009, it broke that record producing over 50,000 barrels, making Lost Coast Brewery the 33rd largest in the United States. Lost Coast distributes its ales in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and three Canadian Provinces.

With the Canadian winter coming on, Bucky decided to stock up on stouts, including a 650 ml bottle of Lost Coast's 8 Ball Stout ("8 Ball"). Oddly, there was no production or best before date on the bottle. 8 Ball was 5.8% alcohol by volume.

8 Ball poured a very deep brown colour verging on black, with about 1/2" of creamy tan coloured head produced. The head faded to a thin cap of foam after 3 minutes, and left considerable spotting and some modest lacing all down the glass. Its aroma was of dark coffee, dark European chocolate and earthy/herbal hops. 8 Ball's taste very much followed the aroma, with the addition of a certain sweetness which gave way to a mildly bitter dark coffee finish and aftertaste. As the beer warmed there was a bit of booze in the finish...which was surprising given its 5.8% alcohol content, but by no means unpleasant. The only weakness of this beer was its slightly thin mouthfeel, which contrasted noticeable with the creaminess of the head. Carbonation level was moderate, fully in keeping with the style. Overall this is a solid, flavourful stout and not overly hoppy in the finish...well worth a try. Currently selling for $4.80 per 650 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:00:48 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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bboelens

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a guinness tuliped pint glass

A-Beautiful deep dark mahogany with slight shades of light brown, thin khaki head but it stayed essentially unchanged for the entire beverage and left excellent lacing

S-Roast malts, chocolate, caramel, hints of oats and brown sugar

T-The oats and chocolate really come out in the taste, perhaps a hint of coffee in the aftertaste

M-A bit on the thin side for a stout, medium body and carbonation

D-Besides the feel of the beer this one was right on par with what I was looking for, a fantastic beer that I'll most certainly try again

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:21:40 | More by bboelens
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drseamus

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body with ruby notes at the edges. There is a bit of tan head on the top. Where the light shines through at the edges there are visible flecks floating around. The smell is decent but isn't strong enough. There is a touch of roasted malt and maybe a touch of caramel in there. Not a bad flavor at all. There is a good caramel sweetness with a nice complementary roasted malt. Medium bodied and decent drinkability

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 04:47:10 | More by drseamus
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BierReise

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glub Glub Glub, like motor oil pouring out of its quart bottle. This one has a huge dark head to boot which refuses to die. Aroma of sweet espresso and charred wood smoldering in the rain. Smooth and creamy like butter with a slight crispness. Flavor is sweet and bitter, smoked grains, semi-sweet chocolate and a Cuban coffee. This one finishes dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 19:08:41 | More by BierReise
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-27-2013 03:55:24 | More by freshflesh
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 02:36:40 | More by bpfrush
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mte1972

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-26-2014 01:33:20 | More by mte1972
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-03-2013 03:01:15 | More by Jeffwildcat
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap@Lost Coast, May 04. Really nice stout. Rich and Bitter. licorice, roasted malt, cocoa chocolate, lots of flavour, very good. Nice dry, roasted finish. Very well balanced. Quite soft, yet assertive at the same time, man i wish i got to try more of this. Very drinkable. Particularly for its strength.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 17:20:43 | More by rastaman
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-11-2012 14:15:04 | More by syntheticwings
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-19-2012 21:35:53 | More by twowheelssoar
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-15-2014 00:20:37 | More by tdm168
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying Lost Coast 8-Ball Stout....and it is good. The beer pours a opaque dark with off-white head that isnt not lacing that well. The smell is very good....roast malt with slight smoke assistance. The taste is a roast malt with espresso boost...with slight Chocolate hints. The mouthfeel is medium...usually I like a bit more body. The carbonation level for this beer is good. Overall it is a decent stout....but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:44:36 | More by WoodBrew
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DESTRO

Nevada

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So i saw good reviews for this and i bought a sixer. Pours a dark black with a decent little brown head. Smells like coffee, chocolate, burnt malt. Tastes like coffee with a hint of burnt chocolate and roasted malt with just a little bitter kick. Mouth feel is nice, slighty creamy but not too heavy. drinkability is good because this is a solid good stout and who cant keep in downing a tastey stout? would be a good desert beer, good for relaxing and sipping also.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 11:25:40 | More by DESTRO
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-04-2012 14:39:46 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-11-2013 20:12:31 | More by TheMrFarnham
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zillo043068

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2012 23:56:47 | More by zillo043068
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 23:28:07 | More by zonker17
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2012 22:41:22 | More by Nage37
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likestoswallow

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with an ample tan head that fades moderately fast. Some lacing observed. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a bit of molasses. Flavor featuress burnt toast, coffee, walnuts, dirt and some bittersweet chocolate. Moderately hopped. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying. Finish was long and glorious. This is one very nicely well balanced stout. Recommended, I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 15:37:03 | More by likestoswallow
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the dark ebony complexion as it holds a bit of dullness in its flat black way. The head rose amongst a flood of bubbles and gave a highly carbonated look.

They got the scent right here with all the classic char, chocolate, Graham cracker, marshmallow, roasted oat and dry grain maltiness.

The flavor tends more to roasted coffee with a smokey char. There is a sweetness that is light but it seems to be a roasted marshmallow. There is a lactose flavor as if this were a milk stout which adds a creaminess to feel. Since we are talking about feel I'll move into the dry but smooth movement of this stout as it carries across the palate.

This was a real shock as I picked it up in a mixed six pack but it really holds all the components I look for in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:42:10 | More by KYGunner
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2013 01:51:42 | More by thomscottson
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-05-2012 16:56:46 | More by LJWalker
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2013 04:45:32 | More by jaydoc
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.