8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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87
very good

524 Reviews
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Reviews: 524
Hads: 991
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 66 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 524 | Hads: 991
Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee mixed with malts and and a bit of a smokiness. The taste is really well balanced but the beer feels a little thin and watery which is surprising given it's alcohol content. It finishes with a chocolate/coffee slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better beers I've had from this brewer. I'd drink it again for sure. Only needs a little improvement in the mouth feel department. (825 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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! (463 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a whispy & fizzy tan head and good lace. The aroma suggests charcoal/smoke, malt and brown sugar. It has a smooth feel with light carbonation and a cherry/raisin flavor that often masks the malt qualities a bit. It finishes with a pretty heavy bitterness but remains fairly drinkable for a stout. I detected some buttery hints despite the tangy overtones. It's kind of different, definitely recommended for a try. (441 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brown with light on edges and red hue. Two finger head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Caramel, malt, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Follows smell, moderate bitterness, good body, dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation, med body

O - Decent Oatmeal stout, but I want more toasted flakes and more oatmeal flavor. (354 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another brew that BeerLovinGrl was able to obtain for me, so my thanks go out to her.

This brew is a deep, dark brown with a sturdy head of foam that retains well and leaves some good lacing.
Strong sweet malts are most prevalent on the nose, with molasses, a gentle smoke, and chocolate on the forefront. There's a bit of dark fruits aroma and a tang to it that compliments the sweetness of the malt nicely. Hops and a light note of alcohol are present also.
This one's got such a sturdy chocolate malt that it almost seems like a chocolate stout. it would certainly suffice as one. Underneath, though, that subtle tang remains. There's a smoky flavor as well with a bit of earthiness added in the finish.
This one is silky smooth and velvety creamy with a bold body
and mild carbonation. (799 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great sweet stout. Thankfully not oversweet. Poured with a fine, foamy, almost creamy light tan head that lasts and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is an almost cloying sweet, cocoa, coffee, malt, toffee, tiny bit roasty. Flavor is not as sweet as nose might have me think. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium in length. (385 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.
Nose shows cocoa and roasted malt with a little sweet liquorice in the background.
More roasted malt as a flavours but not particularly complex. Again a hint of liquorice shows as well as some faint coffee but it's pretty subtle.
Could use more carbonation. (292 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Pours a bit like used motor oil. Burnt roasty espresso-like aroma and taste. Has some Imperial Stout-like characteristics like a slight alcohol nose and taste. Also has some dark chocolate notes. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

One worth searching out !!!

Label states: "Pale malted barley, oatmeal, and chocolate malts" & "Pacific NW hops"

Bottled: 09/2000
Tasted: 08/19/03

($2.49 / 22 oz.) (478 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than night since there were no stars or street lights in this hearty stout. The head was very dark brown and lasted for a little while, lacing the hell out of my glass.

Smell – This is a dark roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate delight. There are also some refined sugars and maybe some cocktail cherry juice. This one is loaded.

Taste – The bitter espresso and fine Arabic coffee come out beautifully at the tongue. I can pick up a slight hop balance, but not much. This one is all about the dark malt and huge espresso/coffee bean flavors. The sugars step back a bit at the taste, leaving the big boys to do their job. I can also pick up a sizable oatmeal bite.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth and medium to full in the body. I can’t pick up any alcohol notes, but I’m sure they’re in there.

Drinkability – This is a very interesting rendition of the style. It’s not sold as an oatmeal stout, but clearly it has a bit of that to it. Whatever you call it, it’s gorgeous and went down well.

Comments – This was a nice surprise that I found in a care package from mickeymac. Kudos to my BA bro for hooking me up with this one. (1,168 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the bottle into the pint glass. Black bodied stout with a two finger light mocha colored head. Texture of the cap is mostly foamy and retention is decent. A bubbly ring deposits just a few patches of lace to the glass.

S- Big cocoa forward, like milk chocolate, with caramel and general roast cracked grains behind it. Inviting and dessert like with some fruit hints as well.

T- Follows the nose nicely with that cocoa I mentioned, a good cocoa powder-like flavor. More malts add to the taste with caramel, toasted nuts and burnt roast grains. Other hints of dark fruits, raisin, some esters and hops.

MF- Silky feel from the oatmeal but the overall body is a bit thin feeling. Carbonation is on the higher end for a stout. Some dark roast bitterness the finish.

Good cocoa and fruit driven stout. The body is just a bit light for me but it is flavorful and that keeps it solid. (897 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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! (437 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle, no date

very dark brown in color, but not quite black. off-white head fades to thin covering that then does stay. a little bit of lacing.

smells of roasted malt with hints of coffee. tastes are similar, with flavors of molasses, coffee, bitter chocoloate. dry.

smooth body, lower carbonation. nice "everyday" stout, I imagine would pair great with food. (378 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 fl.oz. Bomber, with a bold looking label, that has a picture of a large 8-Ball above the word Stout. Plain but effective. Bottle Date August 2002.

Totally devoid of any color – this supremely black fluid pours without a care in the World. You cannot see through it at all, not even refracted light makes it through the edge of the Glass – it impudently sits there, and stares at you with an attitude akin to a look that says “I don’t give a f**k how I appear to you , because I am gonna kick your ass”.

The head is a brown offering at first, but this quickly rescinds to a halo like ring that clings around the edge of the Glass. Though as I continually top the beer up, the head has greater staying power.

The nose is of sharp, bitter, roasted malts that intrigue and invite.

Minimal carbonation is evident when swirled.

Tastes are immediately bitter and of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very impressive, potent and sturdy. But yet it has a really smooth creamy feel on the mouth, which although the carbonation is low, lends a velvet texture to the experience. Towards the middle, a roast coffee aspect is discernable and contributes to a deep richness that has a milk-chocolate after-taste. Hops are there, but they remain in the background. The finish is dry, smooth, silky and lingering.

This is one very serious, cocky, big-headed, self assertive, I know I'm good, 8-Ball ‘Husler’ Stout.

The Paul Newman of the Beer-Pool Hall,
– So Do Not Bet Against It,
– Because You’ll Loose !!!!

Superb – Strongly Recommended you Sink One of these if you get chance. (1,600 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with strong over roasted notes. (154 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma has hints of roasted malt and cream, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. That is to say there isn't much there. I understand that oatmeal stout is one of the lightest stout styles, but this beer is too light in both flavor and aroma even for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a bland beer that I will not drink again. (567 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Black pour, light cream head. Aroma is subtle roast and dark chocolate, a little lactose. Tastes coffee and slight chocolates, pretty balanced with carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Don't remeber this one registerig in above 6%. Real drinkable and pretty sure abv is lower than listed. Good for the style. Nothing real extreame here, may be good for someone just adventuring into dark beers or someone who prefers lighter styles. (437 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good stout. This one’s a dense obsidian with a frothy, solid tan head. The aroma espresso-like, intense roasted barley, burnt and toasted malt smells. It’s certainly deep and complex, but the smell could also be stronger. It’s what I’d call quiet. The taste, on the other hand, is certainly not quiet. It’s full flavored to say the least, with all of the aromas coming out. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a burnt character. Thick and solid mouthfeel. The brew’s on the dry side of life. Overall, this is one yummy stout. (534 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep black with a brown/tan head of thick bubbles that leaves nice foam if poured correctly.

S: slight chocolate, malt, slight acidic smell, and sweetness

T: taste is first malty and a bit acidic, then basic and smooth. Some chocolate notes shine through along with grains.

M: smooth as it should be, with medium carbonation and medium body.

O: tastes like a higher quality Sam Adams chocolate bock. Not my favorite, but it's drinkable, available, and on par with similar offerings in price. (509 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black going oxblood in light with a beige, creamy Irish stout-style head that fades fast to film. Chocolate syrup and roasty char on the nose with some blackberry.
Bark, brown sugar and milk chocolate with branchy (Willamette?) hops.
Truffle end and astringent ashy linger. Light to medium, tingly, some chew.

Don’t really notice the oatmeal under all that roast. A bit simple and too thin. Still an easy all-arounder, though. (431 characters)

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