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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Ratings: 957 | Reviews: 525
Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown, almost black with a finger of tan head that lasts a little while but doesn't leave much for lacing.

Smell. Sweet roasty malts, chocolate and a bit of vanilla, a little metalic.

Taste. Sweet chocolate, roasty malt, caramel. Just a little grassy hops. Tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly higher than medium carbonation.

Overall. Bottom line is that this stuff tastes good. Could drink more than a couple pretty easily :-)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tanned head. Not as much retention as I would like but theres some nice lacing to make up for it. Has a pitch black color.

Smells of sweet roasted malts (caramel), faint coffee, chocolate and clay (weird).

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolates and a pretty noticeable bitterness (in a good way). I found it a little thin, but still creamy (if that makes sense). Very drinkable.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine beer.

Black in body, frothy tan in head. The head lasts a bit too shortly, however.

Smell of dry bakers chocolate, with the same sweetness you get from a Hershey's bar.

Taste is thick, sweet, chocolaty, and maybe a bit nutty.

It's not as heavy as you might think.

A fine beer. Moderate carbonation, with a smooth drinkability.

Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep brown low head the slowly falls to a lasting halo.
Aroma of strong dark roasted grains and espresso coffee.
Flavors are similar with molasses and licorice with bitter espresso and grapefruit hops to dry the finish. Alcohol never obvious. Medium to full body and a round solid mouthfeel from the oats. Hints of chocolate malts. A good stout.

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is jet black with a dark tan head.

I like the aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There are some coffee notes and molasses.

The taste tracks the smell, lots of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, brown sugar and a dash of espresso. Everything works nicely together. The mouth is very smooth and I'm betting that is a by-product of the oatmeal.

This is an easy drinking very approachable stout. The flavors are well integrated and the beer is a serial repeater. Well done!

Photo of bpbieste
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 8 Ball stout has a dark color with a striking resemblance to a mug of A&W Root Beer. It has a slight nutty aroma, not overpowering. Wellbuilt beer with a smooth, chewy taste. I was very impressed with the great taste considering the weak aroma. One of the better Stouts I've sampled, I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby black with good amount of tan head and good retention. Hard to go wrong on stout appearance. Aroma is roasty with chocolate. Taste follows with roasted malts and definite chocolate dominance. Nice and dry with excellent balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Surprisingly refreshing for a heavy beer. Overall great!

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black coffee pour with a light tan head that goes away quickly leaving clumps of bubbles. some small patchy lacing going on.

robust roasted coffee&chocolate malts on the nose, cream, sugar. hops undetecable.

a pretty sweet stout, tastes more like heavily roasted malt & oatmeal with some cream & sugar. Definitely more hops in the taste than the smell. Almost milk stout-like (even though it isn't). Body is thoroughly chewy and mouth-coating with very little carbonation to speak of.

a pretty decent stout. nothing really stands out about it but it's full in flavor and in body. a strong, simple example of an american stout.

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eight-ball poured "thick"...meaning it looked like a mouthfull! Dark, dark brown, with a creamy, mocha/coffee hued head. Some lacing added to the viewing pleasure. Nose was a healthy coffee/choco meld...real nice! Smelled like a chocolate shake... Body of the 8-Ball was about medium....could have been a bit more full, if I had my druthers... Pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue none-the-less... A smidge of sweetness presents itself at the tip-off.... chocolate bitterness makes a big play next.... touches of citrussy hops make a cameo to keep things honest.... a lingering roastiness sticks pleasantly in the back of the throat.... An easily quaffable bier....not quite top-shelf, yet still eminently drinkable...

Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Photo of finepaws
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful black with a small chocolate head that dissapates quickly. Lacing throughout glass. Smells like burnt coffee and chocolate. Has a sweet chocolate taste, reminds me of left hand milk stout, while not as sweet. Has a somewhat bitter after taste. Mouthfeel is good. Not too thick, not too thin. A very drinkable stout. Really like this one.

Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its extraction from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an Atramentous color with a planetary sized semi-creamy light chocolate head and after its dissolving the lace forms a sticky and thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is rich in roasted grain, chocolate and coffee, ah that smell, start is sweet and rich in malt with the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste and a decent stout overall.

Photo of Crosling
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as the inside of an owls beak during enclosure. Small milk chocolate head of foam with an aroma of chocolate, roast and coffee with a hint of resiny and fruity hops. Big, roasted malt taste bring forth notes of coffee and chocolate. I often feel in an overwhelmed state of redundancy when I describe the flavor of stouts, but this particular one has a very appealing hop bitterness and flavor, especially on the finish.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with caramel edges, a cocoa brown cap leaves some stringy lacing as it slowly recedes. The nose is semi-sweet chocolate with subtle coffee notes. This is a surprisingly complex Stout. Tootsie rolls and vanilla pudding with small amounts of hazel-nut coffee and citrus hoppage, this is a winner. The body is full of life,creamy, bitter and tickling the taste buds from start to finish. Damn close to the most drinkable Stout I've ever had.

Photo of degerbah
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried to get some head, this beer wouldn'r cooperate. I might have been thinking that some head would think of appearing on the top of this pitch black pour. I might've imagined it as it was completely gone within seconds. The aroma is all malt. The scent reminds me of a mocha stout I had recently.

This is a cery clean stout slight coffee taste, but not too over-powering. Slightly sour taste stays with me, but I don't exactly count that as a downgrade. Basically this is what guinness would be if it were a much better beer. This might be my favorite lost coast brew, and this might be my current favorite american stout.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry in its flavor, but not acidic, the 8 Ball delivers a very drinkable and satisfying stout. It's black as can be, with a decent-sized head of deep tan that fades shortly to a wide collar, but leaves little lace. The nose is more roasty than anything else (think spent espresso grounds), but there are hints of caramel there as well. Surprisingly, it's quite smooth across the tongue with a medium and somewhat dextrinous body and a fine, restrained carbonation. The flavor is very much like the aroma.... straightforward. It's not complex at all, but there are some notes of yeasty fruitiness, molasses, dark cocoa, coffee, low-key citrusy hops, and alcohol as well (not that alcohol has flavor, but its presence is noticeable). The bitterness is nicely balanced and lends towards a dry finish, but it's really the combination of bitterness and roastiness that gets it there. And then it simply disappears from the palate. But everything in life is a trade-off, and here we pick up a great drinkability in the deal. The 8 Balls is a smooth, drinkable, and satisfying stout that probably deserves more credit than it gets because it doesn't go over the top! Nicely done!

Photo of BeerManDan
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured, it was on the verge of being black, with very dark tan foam along with medium lace on side of glass. The smell of roasted malts and chocolate was very evident. The taste of roasted malts along with the chocolate was nicely put together. The bitterness was well balanced, along with just a slight sourness to make this stout pleasant. A well balance stout with the bitter/sour feel and taste on the palate was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of winomark
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head. Lots of dark malts and coffee tones in the nose. Mild alcohol sweetness noticable. Dry coffee flavors and lots of dark malt control the finish. Great palate. Mouthfeel is very flavorful, but not too thick or heavy. A pleasant beer. Great for a cool autumn evening. Another solid bre from Lost Coast. Definately worth a try if you are a stout fan.

Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured blackish brown into a Duvel tulip with an inch of fairly quick-fading tan head. Roasted coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.

Fairly high carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Toasty oatmeal flavor up front followed by more dark chocolate and slightly bitter coffee. Long, smokey finish that grew more dominant as the beer warmed. Easy-drinking and somewhat reminiscent of Alaskan Smoked Porter (that's not a bad thing!).

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown short-neck twist-off bottle with no dates.

This was one of the thickest, darkest beers I've poured into a glass. It's like used motor oil. The head was an inviting tan/brown that lasted long enough to appreciate.

The aroma was roasted barley. A pleasing beer to smell.

A chewy roast grain flavor. I think the malts give some astringency. There are bittering hops to balance, but the flavor swings to the malt side.

A full bodied beer that defines a stout. Very nice.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oily black pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is sweet and smoky, which works well for this brew. The mouthfeel is heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, I think that the taste is interesting and compelling. I prefer heavier beers and consider this to be very drinkable.

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black beer that light can't penetrate. Thick brown head that unfortunately disappears.

Smell is chocolate, toasted marsh mellow and coffee. Scent of alcohol has a slight metallic scent. Scent of hops appears are a grapefruit scent.

Taste is on the knifes edge between sweet and dry and is neither. Mildly flavored and the first thing I taste is a big chocolate flavor that changes to coffee in the after taste. Malt comes out as the flavor of yellow cake. After a bit the hops arrive as a fruity flavor that is vaguely citrus but I can't ID exactly which ones. Grapefruit is in here but also the flavor of orange and lime? Faint and pleasant acid flavor arrives after a bit to cleanse the tongue. Doesn't taste that hoppy but it betrays it's presence in the way it slicks up your teeth and mouth.

If this beer has a weakness mouth feel is it. This is almost creamy but it doesn't have enough body to quite pull it off.

A tasty and friendly stout here that never gets harsh. Body is a little light but that is just perfect for drinking at lunchtime when you don't want something heavy in you stomach.

Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with red highlights, slight haze, nice layer of tan fine-beaded foam, lace

Aroma: roast, malt, cola, iron

Flavor: smooth sweetness laced with a mellow roast and hints of toasted hazelnuts; slight acidity but nicely balanced; finishes semisweet with a lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, silky, smooth, creamy, slight warming in the throat

Other comments: This is one of those that takes you by surprise. By sight and smell, it's a bit pedestrian. Then you taste it and you go "Ooh!" and your eyes kind of widen. Sip, sip, sip and suddenly the beer is gone and you feel a little sad.

Photo of jayb
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black, quite black for the most part. looks like strong black coffee when held to the light, maybe a bit of amber. 2 fingers of khaki colored foam settles to a quarter inch of dense suds. a small amount of sediment settles to the bottom.

sweet malt most apparent. followed by coffee, chocolate, caramel, toast, very subtle smokiness. Smells like breakfast.

sweet and roasty. that sweet base malt is quite apparent in the taste as well, and very welcome. roasted grains have their say but aren't sharp or acrid. Very balanced. mild alcohol warmth near the end, almost whiskey like, with a tinge of hop bitterness. bitterness kicks in a bit more in the aftertaste. sweet up front, dry finish.

medium bodied and smooth as butter.

Very drinkable, a good stout. seemed to be easy to sip, or have a couple without much trouble. its been a long while since i had a good, solid stout. i am quite pleased with this offering and hope to try again soon. enjoy.

Photo of Graebner
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black, lets not a hint of light through its massive body. Develops a finger of brown head, but this goes away leaving only a tan lace on top.

Smells strong, for one thing...I can smell this one from a couple of feet away, where it's sitting in my pint. Upon closer olfactory inspection, I detect huge coffee, dried blueberries and raspberries, barely detectable sulfer smell, chicory and coriander.

Taste is quite sweet up front with some cacao and coffee flavor hitting in the middle-back, along with dark herbal hints such as coriander. Hops dry things up nicely in the finish, leaving my mouth clean and slightly cacao/coffee flavored. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is just about spot on. Perfect levels of carbonation up front and in the finish to balance the thick body. Leaves my mouth clean; not cloying. Has ample body to let you know you've graduated from Heineken to a real man's beer, but balanced enough that you can drink it after a hot day mowing the lawn (what I just got done doing), or all night long out with your boys. Really a terrific stout, I will certainly be buying this one again.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a jet black color. This stout has one of the best retention qualities I've seen for this style. The one finger mocha head has both supreme retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing.

S - There are some dark fruit notes with a mix of coco. It could be stronger.

T - This brew has good balance. Sticky fig and plum flavors emerge first followed by a coco layer that reminds me of creamy hot chocolate. Some bitter, chalky hops even things out nicely towards the end with a hint of alcohol.

M - Great balance, thick and creamy. The persistent head really helps things out.

D - A great stout. Great drinkability even for the higher ABV for an oatmeal stout. If you want a session stout this is it.

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