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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

899 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

DaveRinn, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

beernads, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Sludgeman, Apr 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

RJLarse, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Jinholic, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ggroller
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, black, used motor oil in appearance and viscosity. Dark mahogany head that surfaced after a very turbulent pour. The head was completely gone after a very short period of time. Even before the first sip. I couldn't coax even the tiniest of heads out of the beer even after swirling the glass around a bit in my hand.

Very smokey in the fore front of the nose with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla lingering in the background.

Very woody, earthy, smokey taste and a super thick mouthfeel to match.

This beer is ok. I wouldn't seek it out but would drink another if the opportunity presented itself.

ggroller, May 20, 2005
Photo of Boppar
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Boppar, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

CaptainTripps, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of beeroclock
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

beeroclock, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

rarevos, Sep 12, 2006
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3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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!

BeerLover99, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of watermelon
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

watermelon, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Hex92
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Hex92, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of waldowin
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

waldowin, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of doughanson78
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

doughanson78, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

CampusCrew, Mar 17, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

marcobrau, Mar 16, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

MrDanno96, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of kemoarps
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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

kemoarps, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 18, 2011
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3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

shivamkejriwal, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.