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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tdm168, May 15, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle dated 5 Feb. 2013 served in a snifter.
A: Deep brown, nearly black in the glass, with a modest, bubbly tan head that has weak retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Pleasing aroma features dark roasted malts, a hint of smoke and a touch of sweet caramel.

T: Good flavor. Solid but middle-of-the-road, and, therefore, weak on the dimensions of interesting and distinctiveness.

M: Smooth; medium body.

O: Very good but not outstanding across the board.

chinchill, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

liamt07, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice and black. Small brown head forms and then disappears as quickly. A rimming is left to leave some spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roasted nut, PacNW hops, smoke, char.... Yeah, I like it. The taste is solid. I really like the combo of bitter roasted malt tones with bitter NW hops. The burnt malts are upfront and quite enjoyable. On the flipside, there's also a lactic-like sweetness that rounds the edges off nicely. The mouthfeel is silky and the body is about medium. This one I would drink in high quantities if it were available here.

Thanks for gem of a stout Murph.

Bighuge, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Coast used to be killer, and somewhere along the way stuff like this and indica kinda fell out of grace with my palate. Anyways, revisited an old friend in this one.

Dark brown, tan head, clumpy. Aroma was of heavily roasted chocolate malt. Doesn't have a distinctive coffee or chocolate bend to the flavor profile, nor is it hoppy. It is decently chewy, but a tad too thin. Has an off bitterness to it, paired with a gritty texture. Could get away with it moreso if it had a better viscosity, or thicker I guess would be more accurate. Decently priced at least.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

harpus, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at TuTu Tango in Orlando.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention.

S: Chocolate, molases & some British fruityness.

T: Mocha, molases, licorous, mild roastyness, pleasant fruityness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth, carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good.

I liked this a lot.

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown appearing black, Light tan dissipating head that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of dark and roasted malts, chocolate. A dark stout, but light on flavor. Flavors that are there are very nice and well balanced with nice toasted malts, but the taste is very light and tame. Mouth fell is surprisingly light, but still has some creaminess. A pleasant, but not remarkable low ABV stout.

LiquidAmber, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with bubbly white head that slowly dissipated.

S - Nose is full of bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt.

T - Roasted, smoky malts with a hint of caramel.

M - somewhat of a light body for a stout. Some carbonation.

D - A good overall stout, but not one that I would buy over and over again.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Gusler, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark hue which lets only a few shreds of ruby through when held up to the light. Head poured a big 3 fingers of frothy tan foam which are subsiding nicely. Good looking beer.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes as well. A fair amount of vegetal hop aroma comes through as well, but this is nearly unavoidable in the style.

Taste: nice roasty flavor shows some of the chocolate and some of the coffee notes, but is overall qute balanced. There's a nice semi-sweet creamy character which I also rather like. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and a decent, if not great, creaminess. I would have expected a little more from an oatmeal stout, but it's not terrible.

Overall: a tasty stout, this could easily be a go-to stout for me.

flagmantho, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/2/12

A dark cola with some ruby red when held to the light, short lived two finger of tan foam leaves no lace, loads of sediment is just visible in the dark body

S sweet roasted malts, slightly fruity and lots of milk chocolate and little cold coffee

T along the same lines as the smell but a slightly darker roast with a little charred wood on the finish, slightly sweet and just a little nutty dark toffee

M medium bodied, enters silky and has enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, long aftertaste remains strong for a while

O pretty solid oatmeal stout overall, solid smell and taste and the feel is right on, big flavors in something I could session

I did like this brew but its quite overpriced here in Alberta at 18$ a 6er, with St Ambroise on the shelf for 12$ I doubt I'll drink it again

wordemupg, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying Lost Coast 8-Ball Stout....and it is good. The beer pours a opaque dark with off-white head that isnt not lacing that well. The smell is very good....roast malt with slight smoke assistance. The taste is a roast malt with espresso boost...with slight Chocolate hints. The mouthfeel is medium...usually I like a bit more body. The carbonation level for this beer is good. Overall it is a decent stout....but not the best.

WoodBrew, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large tannish head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer with lacing.

The smell is light but I note roasted and sweet malt.
The taste on first sip has a lot of semi sweet malt to it with some roastiness and grain. Further sips in and there's a touch of citric bitterness midway through and through to the finish. It's a bit thin when it comes to the mouthfeel and the finish itself is on the watery side. Hmm.

Bottom line: This is an okay Stout but I've had many "regular" American Stouts that were much better.

Thanks to Wsatch for this sample!

Bitterbill, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a light tan head with a little retention to an eventual film and ring o' film. Color is a deep ruddy brown with bourbon colored highlights.

Smell- A strong blend of roasted and creamy malts. Almost milky.

Taste- Pretty half-and-half like malts to start with teh middle allowing more coffee, mocha, chocolate, and spent grain flavor to hit. With the finish bringing all these flavors together and a well maintained hoppy finish.

scruffwhor, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

vfgccp, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is strong coffee up front, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate. I did not detect the oatmeal in either the smell or taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an snifter.
No date, ingredients listed, but no other info.

A - A tall but quiet pour releases a thin tan head. The loose foam fizzes away rather quickly leaving a little ring on top of the clear deep chocolate brown color.

S - Low notes of creamy chocolate and coffee subside to dry cocoa and surround the robust malt nose. Creamy oats give the aroma an inviting, smooth appeal that finishes out with an earthy American hop nose.

T - Rich roasted malts with potent notes of coffee and smooth dark chocolate give way to a drier, dusty cocoa flavor, mirroring the aroma. Stronger than the aroma lets on, it's creamy and smooth tasting with a very light earthy hop finish.

M - Smooth in texture, the dry roasted malt finishes the beer dry and lightly acridly bitter. An abundance of carbonation keeps the oatmeal from really adding a nice creaminess to it.

O - It's a solid stout offering but provides little depth; not much is alluded to but, still a fine beer regardless. 8-Ball Stout's real short-coming keeping it from greatness is the higher level of carbonation, obstructing the oats from fully participating in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is there in the nose but doesn't carry through to the palate.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Lare453, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with a slightly ruby hue on the base. Color of the head is a nice mocha colored head that turns to a thick lace ring. Slightly sticky good looking stout.

S - Ow nice bit of cocoa and bakers chocolate. Some roast suggest a nice touch of coffee too. Hope it's good.

T - Taste is pretty smooth as expected for the style smooth oatmeal and chocolate flavors and the roast is their but kind of minimal. Even has a nice balanced hoppy finish. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied a bit light but the stout body is of par to style.

Overall a very tasty brew from a company that I didn't like before. Makes me want to try others things from them.

DrDemento456, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/almost black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells sweet and malty, like chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops noticable in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's quite sessionable for a stout. Overall I think this is a decent stout, I'd buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 01, 2003
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.