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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

925 Ratings
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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth roast, with the aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate. Toasty, some hops, coffee and chocolate notes bit bittersweet chocolate. Easy drink but could not finish it. On the bitter side, too acidic.
A bit over-rated as creaminess or extra taste or complexity would help.

Sammy, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa powder, and some ground coffee bean flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid stout that is very easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -21.9%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the 8 ball they based its name on; nice espresso head with good lacing

Smell: Roasted sweet malt nose

Taste: Initial blast of chocolate malt is followed by some bitter espresso notes, almost smokey; both the chocolate and the espresso flavors continue to build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, but could be just a tad thicker

Drinkability: A very nice stout; has a lot to commend

brentk56, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes and some residual sugar notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and easily drinkable but a bit short on the complexity level.

Phyl21ca, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light rejecting, impenetrable onyx. The voluminous head is the color of double coffee ice cream or chocolate fudge cake batter and may be the darkest that I've ever seen. A solid sheet of lace is laid down initially, with tears in the fabric occuring as the beer sits. An impressive look.

The nose is redolent of hugely roasted black malt and dark chocolate primarily, black coffee and hops secondarily. It doesn't have quite enough power, depth or complexity to make me wax poetic, but it's still far better than most American stouts.

We're back on the excellent train. 8 Ball may not the most complex stout on the block, but there's no doubt that it's delicious beer. There's an impressive amount of roastedness without a hint of char. Dark chocolate and espresso now live on an equal footing with citrus fruity hops that zing this way and that to lighten the bottom heavy nature of the style.

Sweet and bitter are both present, with bitter nosing ahead on the finish. A stout this hoppy isn't entirely unexpected from a brewery that graces us with the excellent Indica IPA. The body/mouthfeel is full without being heavy and is chewy without being overly dextrinous. Both are marks of quality.

When prompted to think about my style preferences by the occasional forum post, I've always put stouts in fourth or fifth position. I've been rethinking that lately and may now move them as high as second because of outstanding beer like 8 Ball Stout. If you enjoy the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ich black, completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. Light notes of chocolate floating around, but again nothing terribly too sweet, more or less just enough to give a slight hint and a nudge in the right direction.

mikesgroove, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kylehay2004, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out as a black color with thick tan head. The smell has a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The taste is of smooth dark chocolate and a slight burnt taste but creamy also. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light. The overall of this beer is that it's a pretty good stout and it has a good lacing too.

Knapp85, May 23, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an oily black body with a small, sand-colored head.

Smell: Enjoyable aroma of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and with just a hint of smoke.

Taste: More sweet milk chocolate flavors, along with instant coffee, butterscotch, and a subdued grassy hop flavor. Short finish that's roasted and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a superlative oatmeal creaminess.

Drinkability: An agreeable light, easy drinking light stout.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch a black color with a slight dark brown head,smelled sweet of bitter chocolate.Very smooth texture,and nice body.Taste didnt have enough umph to it to me,some roasted sweetness at the start and a pretty dry finish.Very well made and a good find.

oberon, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Always fun to ask people if they wanna share your 8 Ball, am I right? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light molasses, roasted malts, and the lightest possible touch of mild charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast character, the addition of dark chocolate (which goes pretty well with the already-present cocoa powder), and without the charcoal, making for a slightly less complex but nevertheless tasty stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout. My only real complaint is that it's a touch thin, but not overly so, allowing this thing to still drink easily and be quite enjoyable.

TMoney2591, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle - been trying to procure a single of this for a while now - time to sink this sucker!

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with amber cola basal highlights, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy beige head, which leaves a consistent pattern of webbed lace around the glass as it gradually fades away.

It smells of slightly meaty roasted caramel malt, dry coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sour black fruit, and musty, leafy hops. The taste is more toasted bready, caramel malt, silken chocolate, cafe au lait, a bit of lactic sourness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a lilting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and well smooth, with more than a hint of milky creaminess, though it is all buffeted by some rising heat from the booze. It finishes fairly sweet, with some warm chocolate, grainy caramel, and mild herbal, slightly perfumed hops.

An enjoyable enough oatmeal stout, the slight astringent sourness kind of adding a bit of complexity to the whole deal. Very dessert-ready, this 8-ball will satisfy your sweet-tooth, yet won't leave you in a sugar coma.

biboergosum, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a brown, one-finger head. Left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. Great sweet chocolate and malt taste.

zeff80, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of thick, light tan foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles quicklyand leaves very nice lace.

S - Light, nutty malt with a bit of caramel, surprisingly little else.

T - Creamy, sweet malt with some toffee and light, bittersweet chocolate. A little bit more chocolate in the middle with a hint of coffee. The beer finishes with a mocha note and some light pine hop flavor with moderate grain bitterness.

M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit one dimensional but nice. I expected more complexity, especially in the flavor which is kind of weak. Still, it manages to develop a decent level of roasted malt character by the finish and there are no major flaws.

nickfl, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but not as heavy as you'd expect with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this stout doesn't overload you with sweetness or heaviness, which makes it more poundable than most stouts. It's worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a goblet
A - Charcoal black with a tan head made up of minute bubbles. The foam leaves a nice glazed appearance on the glass.

S - Mocha, malted milk, coffee and pine scented hops dominate with chocolate and smoke accents

M - Dry, roasted, mild, full bodied, sweet and rich with a pleasing level of effervescence.

T - Masterful flavors of a dry stout. Deep roasted malt, sweet with dark cocoa, coffee and sweet smoky malt that is accented w/ a woody piney hop spice that fits so well. The french roast smokiness of deep kilned malts. The flavors compliment the ale so well the are so subtle and smooth.

D - A wise choice for those who like a dry roasty stout. An extremely smooth roasted and drinkable stout in every sense.

Slatetank, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3= fingers of mocha head. Good head retention with nice sheets of splotches lacing on the glass

S: Roasty malt & cocoa

T: Roasty malt, some coffee, & slight cocoa flavor up front. Some oaky dryness & coffee as this warms. Finishes dry with more cocoa & roasty malt

MF: Pretty smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great stout, but worth a few pints

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark as dark can be, the perfect match for it's gamepiece namesake, no light creeps out at all. Head is deep tan, big, but slows down, settles to a small burnt brown ring.
Aroma: excellent example for the style, richly roasted, big and bold, full of burnt espresso notes, very, very tasty.
Big alcohol taste, too, and hints of stronger stuff, of molasses, anise, tar, pitch, coffee, and ..well, that's plenty, isn't it?
Seems so much like a hybrid of an oatmeal stout and a chocolate/Imperial, and that's a good thing.
Wonderfully smooth, easy-drinking, richly rewarding.
Big 22oz. bottle, just enough, not too little, not too much, and a perfect nightcap. Ah, to sleep....although, this would make an excellent accompaniament to breakfast, too. Ah, there's the life! It's raining outside, I've got Coltrane on the Hi-Fi and a nice warming stout to take me to slumber...
Another one to add to my list of favorites...
thanks, BierRiese!

feloniousmonk, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -21.9%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.