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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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very good

897 Ratings
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Ratings: 897
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 jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours nearly pitch black with dark brown hues and a nice tan head that holds up for the most part. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate with dark earthy tones.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some slightly roasted coffee with earthy, slightly vanilla-ish woody tones in the back. On the sweet side, but has a semi-dry finish.

It is velvety smooth with a body that hits full without being thick.

A malty, yet well-balanced smooth easy-drinking stout with nice chocolatey notes.

jwc215, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 23, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Near black color with a large three-finger, beige head. Plenty of streaky lace that I'd describe as a cross between spotty and ring-like.

Aroma: Creamy, mocha aroma, slightly chalky.

Thin bodied and above average carbonation starts off the taste. The flavor reminds me of iced coffee, both in taste and consistency. This is a weak stout, but it has the elements of a darker and drier dark beer.

smcolw, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a pitch black color and is topped by a frothy 1-finger thick full brown head. The aroma is quite roasty with notes of coffee, and roasted barley as well as notes of molasses and chocolate. The nose on this is definitely a tad astringent from all of the dark malts use. This beer has a nice full feeling to it, though it is certainly not overly thick, in fact it is almost a bit on the light side. This beer has a nice complex malty sweetness to it that accentuates the chocolate flavors that are found here. It finishes with a nice balancing bitterness that is a combination of hops and dark malt. I also get notes of coffee, toffee, burnt caramel, plus a bit of burnt raisin as well.

I must admit that this is a really nice, easy drinking stout. It has all of the flavors one looks for in a nice stout, plus it is in balance and it is ultimately easy on the palate and quite the quaffable brew. Ah, I just read the ingredients on the bottle, it is the oatmeal that gives this beer that full yet light quality. The oatmeal really works quite well to add another dimension to this brew.

Gueuzedude, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
3/5  rDev -21.9%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

12 oz. bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy off-white head, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate with that oat sweetness, light dark fruit.

T: Darker chocolate than expected from the nose. Some roasted malt, hops are a tad astringent, some light pine.

M: Medium-bodied, biting carbonation, does not have the creaminess I expect with a stou.

D: Nice enough, not terrible, but nothing to rush out and by. A B stout which is fine at its price point.

Halcyondays, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Obtained from a Lee's Discount in Las Vegas and consummed in a motel room outside Bryce Canyon, Utah.

The large brown bottle was poured (a few times) into our plastic toothbrush cups, sorry, that's all we had.

The beer was a lovely dark brown/black colour and on each pour a bubbly tanned crown of foam sat on top.

The smell was earthy with dark chocolate and slightly burnt malted bread mixed in.

The taste was bitter chocolate, not a bitter hop flavour, the hops didn't appear at all to me.

The mouth dried very quickly after each sip, again it was the bitterness of the chocolate flavours that appeared to be the over riding factor, as it took over everything else.

Not unpleasant, but a bit unbalanced for my palate.

BlackHaddock, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.9%

beernads, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew.

Gavage, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

05/24/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Pleasanton, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Very dark in color, dare I say medium black. Large foamy dirty brown head with little specks of yeast or something strewn throughout. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- This one smells pretty dark. Mostly highly roasted deep dark malts. A little chocolate added on the side.

Taste- It tastes dark as well. Kinda like a dark chocolate and mocha iced brew. The one thing that hit me was the bitterness. Very bitter for a stout IMO. Would have liked it better taste-wise if the bitterness was toned down slightly.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation for a stout. Maybe a tad creamy and sticky.

Drinkability- This guy has too much hops jumping around in it for me, but besides that, it drinks pretty well. I probably won't try it again, but I would definitely suggest it to other people that like the bitterness in their stouts.

GClarkage, May 25, 2005
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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 DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

How has 8 Ball Stout slipped under my radar? It's not like it's hard to find or expensive. How this took until review # 1,308 is anyone's guess. On to the beer:

In the median of white and tan is the color of the head, which is a finger's thick. It sits on top a body of black that isn't letting the light in. Strings of lacing are left in the glass. Moderate hoppiness in the nose, a little mocha and roasted malt. Mocha mixed with hops? I prefer fewer hops in my stout, but that's just me.

There's nothing wrong with the intensity of this beer's flavor. Slightly sweet with some roasted character to it. I'm getting roasted coffee bean notes. Mocha as well. Towards the end of the palate, the hops come to play with a game changing hop flavor that I wish there was less of. It's a chewier beer; it's got a medium-full feeling with a touch of sizzle from the carbonation. The aftertaste is somewhat astringent and hoppy, yet milk sweet as well.

The flavors I describe should warrant a higher score, but the way they were exceuted and blended could have been better. I still think Winterbraun is the best beer I've tasted from Lost Coast. That being said, 8 Ball Stout is pleasant stout and fairly affordable.

DoubleJ, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

Zorro, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours with a two-finger brown head that leaves traces of lace. Totally opaque black color. Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Nose is coffee/chocolate. Starts with a sweet roasted coffee flavor and finishes with some bitter chocolate overtones. The brewer says that the ABV is 5.8%. 22oz bottle from Mark in California.

jdhilt, May 01, 2005
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks goes to nvsblman and someone else sent me a 12oz.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee/caramel. The taste is malty with a slight roasted feel, and mostly toffee/caramel with a nice touch of chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a exceptional stout, very true to style.

Wasatch, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head diminishes quickly, but settles as a small layer of brown bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is dark malts, coffee and chocolate prevalent. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, which quickly turns to bitterness, more of the burnt coffee malt than hop variety. Mouthfeel could be smoother, cut the edges on that coffee bitterness a bit, but drinkability is still good. Reasonable stout.

ppoitras, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%

8 Ball Stout is essentially as black as an 8 ball (its light brown outlining notwithstanding). Its head is sepia-toned and sticks mostly to the outlining of the glass, to which it manages to partially grasp onto even as the liquid desists. It's opaque but far from intimidating.

The beer is, by smell anyhow, a liquid Ferrero Rocher; the bouquet is encased in a roasted hazelnut shell, a wafer-like maltiness, and loads of milk chocolate. It's both Christmas and Halloween in a glass. And it smells a bit like a coffee shop. It's not overly rich but still plenty decadent - enough to send those on a diet running for the hills.

That roasted hazelnut, wafer, and milk chocolate flavour profile continues on the palate - again, it's Ferrero Rochers for all! There's lots of caramel and toasted nuttiness. Being a Californian stout, there's naturally also some 'green' flavours; some sips have enough budding floralness to register like a rose-infused green tea (blended with coffee of course).

The mouthfeel is light and agreeable enough to pass for a Schwarzbier. The roast is in essence only - it's suggestive, not so manifest - and it tastes of milk chocolate (as opposed to dark chocolate). It also has a milky, lactose sweetness and the corresponding tanginess. Hops add faint forest-y leafiness but no bitterness. All in all, it's a very agreeable stout.

There's nothing aggressive about Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout - it's one of the few Californian offerings not to make an extreme example of this potentially dark and decadent style. Instead it is a wonderfully approachable, agreeable rendition. It's an easy one to recommend.

biegaman, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.