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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

863 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | 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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and thick looking deep black color. A medium size mocha head forms and then fades to a thick ring. Very little lacing is left in it's wake.
The nose had a pretty hefty roasted malt aroma. There was also hints of coffee and cream or lactose.
A straight forward taste of roasted malts and coffee upfront, some chocolatey notes at finish. Finishes dry and bitter with a roastedness that lingers into the aftertaste.
8 Ball is a satisfying stout that has great drinkability and flair.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 12:11:38 | More by micromaniac129
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kbub6f

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), 3-4 weeks in my fridge, served 45F, reviewed 45F-65F.

Wow. This beer pours like tar. Even with a vigorous pour, there's not much head. And it's a dark brown head. I've never seen such a dark beer. The head collapses to a small layer of dense foam.

The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste is chocolate and coffee. The middle has slight milkiness and some nuttiness as it warms. The finish is quite bitter with a little smoke. This beer is thick and chewy. It's smooth, with little carbonation. And it's thick. Quite nice. Did I mention that it's thick?

Overall, I like this stout quite a bit. It's an excellent dessert beer. It could be stronger, but it develops nicely as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 20:26:09 | More by kbub6f
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a bubbly tan head. The smell is a chocolatey roasted maltiness. The taste is somewhat chocolatey sweet, with a bit of smoky quality and a good hop to it, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Quite nice. A good stout that it would be great to see around here, with a nice sweet and smoky character that melds quite well. Hopefully, this will be one that I can have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 17:59:46 | More by beergeek279
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle. This stuff is Like a micro version of Guinness. An opaque black body with a large brown head of foam that lasts and lasts...Aromas are straight forward and consist of roasted malts, slightly acidic hops, chocolate, and more. The taste is malty, with some hops on the middle of the tongue and some caramel on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and right and the drinkability is pretty excellent as well. A good stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 21:09:42 | More by francisweizen
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer, with limited head and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate with a touch of coffee.

T - Very nice char, roasted character. Flavors of coffee. Good amount of hops balances out the brew nicely. Increased the rating in taste as it cooled. Complexity definitely comes out.

M - A little light in the mouthfeel. Normally like more body.Slightly dry.

O - Very solid Stout. Great taste. With a little addition to the body could be outstanding. Easy drinking for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:37:12 | More by PrivateEquity
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Mosstrooper

California

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a large brown head that dissipates slowly. As the head dissipates spotty lace is left behind.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate dominate with a touch of woody hops.

Taste: Begins with a slight hops spice which rounds out to a coffee flavor. Finish of bittersweet chocolate and a bit more coffee at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy, creamy body with light carbonation and a very sticky finish that dries out just a bit.

Overall: I haven't had an oatmeal stout for quite some time, but this one is quite good. I'd be more than happy to drink this again and again. A nice after-dinner brew...or maybe breakfast!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:02:43 | More by Mosstrooper
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bradybeer

California

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a nice dark brown head. Aroma is of dark chocolate notes and minimal hops. Taste prunes? Dark chocolate with currants? Cadberry's? Rich lush silk mouthfeel. Drinkability-Guinness? No thanks-give a pitcher of this brew and call it a night

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 19:40:35 | More by bradybeer
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aracauna

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I crack the top carefully. I always use a quarter wrapped in a scrap of paper towel so I don't scratch the painted surface. I rinse the cap and shake off the excess water, but just before I toss it into the plastic tub with the others, I take a sniff. It still gives out that bitter mocha coffee aroma. My eyes twinkle with the anticipation. The beer pours black and oily. It eerily makes no sound and kicks up a chocolate cream that laces the sides of the glass perfectly. The aroma is rich with milk chocolate and charcoal. The hops are reserved in this one, but they're there, lurking, giving the burned barley bitterness a little support. It's almost like drinking chocolate milk, this one, it's body thick and smooth with the huge cocoa flavor lingering a touch longer than the rest.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 22:25:40 | More by aracauna
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potownbill

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Stout!

A: Dark brown/black. No light can penetrate this brew. Not much of a tan head, with little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, toffee, etc.... Sweet

T: Roasted malts, Dark semisweet chocolate, a little espresso, and a slight taste of hops at the end. Little hint of alcohol

D: Very tasty. I am a fan.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 21:23:25 | More by potownbill
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with an intial half finger caramel colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Slight rim around the glass. Looks like engine oil.
S: An interesting beer. Spicy dark fruit with sweet chocolate hit the nose first. This is a complex smelling beer! Coffee and oak chips can be noticed underneath the dominant smells. Spicy almost like an RIS.
T/M: Roasted coffee malt comes through first. There are also dark fruit notes that rear their ugly head. Also a sour twang to the 8 ball that can only be noticed for a second, then goes away. Slight bitterness comes through at the end in the aftertaste. Pretty big level of carbonation--hoping that once the beer warms it will calm down a bit. Not as big and bold on the palate as I thought it would be, but not weak either. Medium body on this stout.
D: Very drinkable stout this one is. Almost on the verge of being a RIS--there are spicy notes in there that make me think this. This is one fine stout, with one fine mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:20:49 | More by bjohnson
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Naes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is nice and black, with a dark tan head. Although the head itself is small, you can see traces of its carbonation sticking to the side of the glass. Even when held up to the light, you still see no light shining through.

The smell is super malty and almost reminds me of fresh wort (wert?, the stuff before it’s beer).

The taste comes on strong and is a great blend of hops and malts. Neither one is over powering the other. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also present as you sip this one. It also has a good burnt quality.

The mouth feel is a bit sticky and chewy. It leaves a thin film on the tongue and has a good amount of carbonation.

8-ball is a good and drinkable beer if you like the thicker styles. I could definitely have another.

I say give this one a try for sure. It’s one of the best stouts I have tried in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 01:47:25 | More by Naes
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gunnerman

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a black as hell pitch black with a fluffy carmel colored head that leaves thick lace on the glass. Smell is of bitter bread with hints of choco in the whiff. Taste is very malty and bready with a bit of a alcohol burn. This is one fine tasting has a coffee aftertaste which I enjoy greatly. This is my favorite brew from Lost Coast and savor each and every time I enjoy this american classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 19:08:08 | More by gunnerman
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RunDWP

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get behind this eight ball!

One of my favorite stouts for a while, had another one last night, so thought I would review it. Poured a pitch black in my tulip glass, like well, and eight ball. A frothy tan head floated on top. Smell was a little chocolately malt. This brew really shines with its complex and ever changing flavor. First poured, its rather coffee dominated with a little bitter chocolate and a litte sweetness. As it warms, the chocolate starts to dominate and a raspberry or blueberry note comes into play. Nice creamy mouth feel and a smooth drinakble brew with all the roasted malt goodness going on.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 14:53:33 | More by RunDWP
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'spensive here in the land of socialism & high taxes, but these guys do make some interesting brews so worth a shot.

Very dark brown, with a whipped, tan foam head. Certainly not Guiness-like, but nice none-the-less.

Foral hop with some nice chocolate undertones in the aroma.

Smooth as all hell. Certainly more hopped up than it's ancestors, but then again it's an in-your-face Yank brewery. Thing is the hop is well balanced with the coffee/chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, given the style and the high ABV, but still nice and smooth.

Damn...wish this was slightly more affordable as it is very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 20:31:07 | More by Shadman
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout. Typical, dark (black) appearance. Just the right amount of bitterness, good, full body. Some chocolate and expresso flavors noted, but relatively subtle. Very good balance and drinkability. I would rate it just below Shakespeare, but above Sierra Nevada. Very nice. Thanks for the sample, Ron.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 06:10:57 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 Ball Stout pours black with some red tint at the top and bottom. It is topped by a 1 1/2" rocky tan head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty. There is some chocolate in the nose along with mild roast coffee.

The beer is at first sweet with an oatmeal stout quality to it. The chocolate flavor kicks in mid-palate followed by some roasted and earthy notes, and some hops in the finish. Even a little taste of amaretto in there. Everything blends together very nicely.

Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. For having the sweetness that it does this stout finishes fairly dry and roasty. I could drink this on a regular basis and I wish it was readily available to me. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 00:33:29 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers worth of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick ring with some islands of bubbles. Left a decent amount of skinny lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with some light chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Tons of milk chocolate with some coffee notes coming in as well. Little bit of roasted malt. It's pretty sweet.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

D: The bottle actually has a sticker marking it at 7.1% Abv. instead of the 6.3% on BA. I really enjoyed this beer. Tons of chocolate in the taste would make this a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:13:21 | More by marty21
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WxAxGxS

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts. Screw-top 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark with a thin, coffee-colored head. Lots of big bubbles and almost no lacing on the sides of the glass this time around. It usually shows off a nice thick head. Smells starts of a roast malt and finishes with a fine smell of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely not a "smooth" stout. Taste of chocolate, roasted walnuts and a bit of coffee. Aftertaste is of dark roasted malts and almost a yeasty finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:37:21 | More by WxAxGxS
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BierReise for this fine Stout. Jet black color with a medium thick dark brown head. Thin and very sticky lacing. The aroma has a strong roasted malt and coffee character. Rich body and rather smooth, with a nice blend of coffee, malt, molasses and chocolate flavors. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a pinch of hops. This is a solid Stout from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 14:47:32 | More by Dogbrick
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive black color with decent tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin film along the top. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is the same and very balanced. Mouthfeel is good. This is a very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 15:24:36 | More by biggmike
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Black/brown that shows clear deep garnet red in light, with thick tan head that dissipates after a bit but leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows smell, almost so sweet I'd swear it was a milk stout. Mouthfeel slightly fizzy but overall nice and creamy. One of the better stouts in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:43:30 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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magictrokini

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific stout. Dark black pour with no head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with some burnt coffee. Taste is smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt and strong, but with a bitter finish. Not too heavy to border on the Imperial A sweet stout that keeps to its roots as a stout instead of being a weak Imperial

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 18:22:59 | More by magictrokini
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CCInCharge

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-02-2013 06:23:21 | More by CCInCharge
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-24-2014 23:38:36 | More by kristenrae8
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-21-2013 01:46:50 | More by ninaturner
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.