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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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898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
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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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is what I love about a nice Stout!

Black as the darkest of nights with not the slightest bit of light that I can gather seeping through the crevices of the glass. The head upon the initial pour is brown and thick, but dies down around midway through the glass leaving a nice ring to look upon and admire.

The aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate fills the nose and encourages you to take the initial sip.

What a sip it is at that! From a strictly taste standpoint this may very well belong among my alltime favorite Stouts of any type. The flavors are much like what one would expect when taking the nose into account. Deeply roasted malt and the finest of chocolates in tandem with a nice full flavored coffee and just enough hops to balance things out without going overboard.

Make no mistake this is one heck of a Stout and very much worthy of the praise it's gotten thus far. The mouthfeel lingers long after one swallows and begs the drinker for more.

This is the first Brew from Lost Coast I've had the honor of trying, but if this one is any indication I will seek out some of the others. Can't reccomend this Stout highly enough.

JoeyHotrod, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this brew up along with a few other things from Lost Coast this weekend. After my first try of one of their brews I was not sure what to expect with this Stout. This brew poured to a deep black color with a thick frothy light tan head that had great retention while leaving a lot of lacing, the look of this brew is good. The aroma here is nice, coffee comes immediately to my mind. Also there is a nice roasted to slightly burnt malt aroma there and a slight hop presence. The flavor is very nice, this is one easy drinking brew. The coffee and chocolate notes from the malt are very inviting. The astringency and slight smokiness is very light and serves this beer well. Somewhat sweet flavor that goes well with the slight hop end. Now I really like the flavor here but do think if it is based on a American Stout there would be a larger hop presence at the end but I am unsure on the age of this brew. While I do not feel that most people would think that this brew is complex it has the flavors that I really hit the mark for me as a stout. I would get this offering again from Lost Coast.

Stimack, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of pheurton
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pitch black with a really appetizing creamy dark brown head. nice roasted malt and milk chocolate aroma. sturdy, medium to full body with a low level of carbonation. smooth and silky, ample roasted flavors mix well with notes of chocolate and espresso. light and herbal hop flavor. zero astringency. very satisfying while remaining quite drinkable. full of flavor and quite bold, while still remaining not too "in your face". a delicious stout that deserves more recognition. another winner from lost coast.

pheurton, May 15, 2004
Photo of jayb
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

jayb, May 22, 2008
Photo of sid6581
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass

Fine, long-lasting, creamy head. Aroma is of chocolate and caramel.

Mouth feel is somewhat disappointing but the taste is great. Nice chocolate notes. I wish it were thicker.

Not bitter at all - very drinkable. I could go for another. Completely smooth.

I bought two bottles of this in Indiana last year. This is the first I have opened. Looking forward to the 2nd.

sid6581, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Muhly
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Dark opaque black/brown. Beautiful tan head that forms easily upon pouring and looks like it will stick around all day if you let it. Lacing is very strong and sticks to the glass in a foamy layer.

S-Roasted grains are quite prominent with hints of coffee.

T-Sweet coffee and roasted flavours. Bitter chocolate.

M-Round and very smooth. Medium body and carbonation. The bitterness from the roasted malts is very restrained.

O-An extremely pleasant stout to drink (and to look at!). Mediu Lacks any sort of harsh bitterness that sometimes overwhelms the palate. Not a complex ale, but an excellently executed one.

Muhly, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of KingofNoPo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany in color. Light carbonation that produced a big head at first but dissipated quickly. So dark that no light could permeate.

Molasses. Roasted coffee. Faint black olive/citrus esters. I enjoyed teasing these different scents from this brew.

Faint chocolate and coffee notes, not overly sweet. Clean finish.

Syrup-like mouthfeel, medium to heavy body. The amount of carbonation I would expect from a stout.

Bottled in October 2005. Deep color and light lacing give this beer a great appearance in the glass. Would pair nicely with a meat laden pizza, a burger or a nice brick of cheesy macaroni. I would like a little more of a bitter nudge at the end so I probably would not pick this stout as my favorite stout. But overall very drinkable and I definitely enjoyed my 22 oz. serving.

Note: Allergies colored this review to a small degree as my nose is a little stuffy. Will definitely review again in the future.

KingofNoPo, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of orangemoustache
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

orangemoustache, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Aroma is rich and strong, smoky with a firm molasses component and tones of coffee and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable almost as black as an 8-ball with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Smoky flavor has coffee, unsweet chocolate, nutty, and toffee tones with hints of molasses and caramel. Texture is on the thin side for a stout, but still pleasing, smooth and subtly fizzy. Don't get behind the 8-ball - get this one in your belly!

Cyberkedi, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/30/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsver flute glass with a '8 ball" next to the stem.

Pours nearly black with a very tiny tan head that hangs around the whole time. Lots of lacing is seen actually that settles ever so slowly back down. Very nice aroma of coffee, roasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate. Taste is the same with just the right amount of carbonation for a stout. LOTS of black coffee flavor right up front on the tongue. Very pleasant overall with just a slight bitter finish.

BeerWithMike, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitches out a dark chestnut brown that imitates black unless held to a light source. The head is pale tan, chunky and lasting in thick sheets of lace.
The nose features an oily roastedness that tows carob and cocoa, as well as mild roast coffee beans, and burnt grains.
Roasted qualities settles in on the tongue immediately, but are partially offset by the oatmeal with its creamed grainy smoothness. Cocoa and coffee are mild, but mainstays. Some woody nuance appears, as does traces of liquorice, and a gentle lactic sourness. There is no coarseness here. Hops add a dollop of mint bitterness late.
Fullish bodied with low carbonation. Sturdy build with a velveteen feel than slams this against the back of the throat.
There are no real frills here, and honestly, not a ton of depth. But as a good ol' basic oatmeal stout, this does the job and begs for more.
Simple and tasty works every time.

cokes, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always in search of the perfect stout, I picked a single of this up from Finger Lakes Bev.

Dark ruby, near-black body with a tall tan head that leave good lacing and a small head the whole drink through.

Smell is a little weak. Sweet malty and roasty, almost sour like Guinness, but not quite - sort of a milky note to it.

Nice balancing act on the tastebuds. Roasted chocolate malts with sweetness meet perfectly with hops bitterness. MMMmmm.

A little thickness to the body, but nothing too heavy. Its just letting you know its there.

I could probably put back a six'er of this easily in a night if I felt so inclined. This is great beer. A little too mellow in the flavor category to be an amazing beer though.

tempest, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The stout is a dark black-brown color, a little lighter around the edges. The head is a mere wisp, thick around the edge and nonexistent in the center of the glass.

S: The stout has a grainy aroma with hints of roasted darkness.

T: The flavor is a nice take on a straightforward stout. The roasted malts are evident in the first sip, a burnt chocolatey taste. There is a dryness to the roast, adding a subtle Irish stout element into the picture. The finish is somewhat grainy but retains the roasted element nicely.

M: A nice mix of biscuity and roasted malts without kicking the alcohol up too high.

D: I've had quite a bit of imperial and double stouts of late, so it is nice to have a subtle, well-roasted stout that doesn't knock me out.

akorsak, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of pbrian
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one serious stout. Pours out of the bottle like ketchup. The head is the darkest brown I've ever seen, fades quickly but leaves a nice covering on the beer. Huge roasted coffee/malt aroma, chocolately too. Hits the palate astringently bitter from the burnt malts. Turns mocha. Nice velvety mouthfeel.

Thanks Murph.

pbrian, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black in color with a dark brown head that fades to nothing in a few minutes. Aroma is roasty and estery with hints of chocolate. Big malty nose with some fruity esters too, but as it warms it turns a bit minerally, almost salty. Bittering hops are abundant, and take over the finish with an herbal, mineral bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Overall a very hoppy stout, and the pale malt they use gives it a fruity flavor in the nose, but finishes very dry. Flavors are a little shallow in general, but very drinkable for the style.

Updated 2010. This is a really nice stout, Lost Coast's best brew in my opinion. It must be that hint of oatmeal that gives it a fullness and little sour tang, which I really like.

bcm119, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

barefootbrewer, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bomber with an 8 ball on the front that I had right before I was going to play pool, maybe it would help my game. This pours out a pitch-black color with a thick dark tan head of about three fingers height, a picture perfect stout. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt rise from the glass with a bit of sweetness to it as well, very pleasing smell indeed. Taste is heavy with a roasted coffee flavor jumping out with bittersweet dark chocolate playing a big role as well. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering coffee flavor and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Very well balanced with the sweetness not being over done and the bitterness being very present. Medium to full body this brew has a creamy mouthfeel that makes every sip enjoyable. A surprisingly good stout that is up there on my favorite stouts list, highly recommend.

meathookjones, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very thick and viscous with a nice coffee head that recedes to about a cm. Coats the glass with a oily texture as it pours into the glass. Looks great.

The smell, when I first poured it, was dominated by soy sauce and chocolatey roasted malt. As it warmed up a bit more from cellar temp, however, the undesirable soy sauce aroma disappated to a tolerable level. I didn't like it at first, but after about 1/3 of the way through the bomber, it grew into a very rich and roasty mocha aroma instead of a thin soy aroma. A subtle hop shows up as it warms more.

The taste is very similar to the nose. It also had a strong soy flavor when first poured, but as it warmed and settled, it really opened up. Tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, and mocha. Only a hint of soy sauce left. The hops show through the roastiness in a subtle way. Almost reminds me of a less hoppy version of Gonzo.

This beer went from a disappointment to a hell of an enjoyable stout in less than five minutes. Thanks go to Vintage Cellar for this one, as well as some other goodies currently stocked in my cellar fridge.

neonbrown82, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of GreenCard
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

GreenCard, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of fattire513
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, black in color with a nice tan lacing that lasted all the way

smelled not too strong, can smell the roasted malts

taste is pretty good, not as flavorful as other stouts I've had. could taste the oats, roasted malts

I could drink this one again, and again. Overall a real good beer, could have some more coffee flavor to it

fattire513, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

Black as night with a small grayish, brownish head.
Nice deep roast aroma that is rich and complex.
Flavor has similar qualities with a nice hop presence of mild bitterness. Nice bit of sourness in middle before, which preceeds a mild dryness.
Moderately rich and and medium feel. Smooth.
Nicely balanced, well done and served at a good temperature.

garymuchow, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 07-12-2011
Freshness: Bottling date of 03-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with a frothy tan head 3 fingers high. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet aroma, with heavy emphasis on the roasted dark malts and chocolate.

T: Coffee and toasted malt flavors (dark and burnt), along with caramel and dark, bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness from the roasting is nicely balanced by the malty sweetness.

M: Creamy and smooth texture from the oatmeal makes this a very nice drinker. Carbonation is moderate and the body is rich and full. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

O: Excellent and luxurious beer that seems to get better as it warms up. One of my favorite low alcohol stouts and a great way to end an evening.

sommersb, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with an attractive brown head that retains fairly well. Aromas are similar to, but sweeter than, and more milk chocolatey than many oatmeal stouts. Very roasty. The flavors align with the aromas and linger long on the dark chocolate notes. Bodyweight befits a beer of its austerity. Excellent stuff. I've been buying 8 Ball for over 4 years now and plan to continue with it.

droomyster, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle that was a lovely birthday gift this beer was a deep, opaque black with a tan head. Short on the retention but some scattered streaks of lacing from the thin ring. The aroma was dry, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The flavors were very similar with the addition of some alcohol heat and a bitter, slightly acidic finish that lingered on and on. Classic. The mouthfeel was a little off for me because I though the med/high carbonation a little too much for the style. Otherwise, however, it was full and on point for the style.

thekevlarkid, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured opaque black with only a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet molasses and dark bitter chocolate malts with some toasted oatmeal sweetness. It tasted like a good mix of dark chocolate and robust roasted coffee, although the flavor faded some as I drank it. It was watery with a bit of carbonation and a bitter but short aftertaste. Overall this was a solid stout that was very clean and easy to drink. I would love to try a thicker and more powerfully flavored imperial big brother to this beer.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.