8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of aquaderek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is dark brown with a creamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The nose of this stout is sweet, figs and molasses, followed by nice espresso aromas. The taste is toasty malty and sweet followed by nice balanced finished. It is medium to full bodied and has a slightly creamy texture, but less than some stouts, this can still be refreshing. This is not a bad offering from Lost Coast, a stand up stout

Photo of sbarre
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of andrewm190
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. I love it. Good, solid sense of roasted malts. Perhaps the most striking thing is the coffee tones that it delivers. There is a fairly faint sense of chocolate, more noticeable in the aftertaste. It pours a thick creamy head, smells nice, not as strong as I might like, but good. This, I believe, is the first beer I have had from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. They have certainly earned themselves onto my list of breweries to look out for.

Photo of wesbourne
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of xymyl
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark red/black in color with a thin, dark tan head that is easily roused up due to strong carbonation.

Aroma is like a brewery, not just a beer, lots of sweet malt notes and fresh floral hop notes, mixed with a soft yeast note. Hop spices hide just below the surface. Raisins and burnt notes come forward as it warms. If you search you can find the alcohol. Is there rye in this? Great spice in here.

Taste: Soft vanilla and milky notes lead into spicy notes that mingle with a tarry seared raisin flavor. A silky, oat/milk quality stays in the background. Coffee and dark chocolates are also ever present.

A medium bodied stout, but it has so much going on. This is one of the most perfectly balanced stouts in my opinion. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable whatever your drinking speed.

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer, with limited head and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate with a touch of coffee.

T - Very nice char, roasted character. Flavors of coffee. Good amount of hops balances out the brew nicely. Increased the rating in taste as it cooled. Complexity definitely comes out.

M - A little light in the mouthfeel. Normally like more body.Slightly dry.

O - Very solid Stout. Great taste. With a little addition to the body could be outstanding. Easy drinking for a stout.

Photo of sonorb7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I felt a little like Eazy-E (RIP) ordering this stout:
“They greet me with a 40 and I start drinkin’ and from the 8-ball my breath start stinkin’.”
But Lost Cost is not Old English and I am fairly cretin that this fine American stout did not impact my breath adversely.

A: Very dark, nearly black body, with a fluffy brown head made of tiny boubbles.

S: The nose is all malt; tones of toffee, chocolate and caramel.

T: While the malt flavors are prominent, 8-Ball is a well balanced stout, with a hop profile that emerges in the middle and delivers a dry, refreshing finish.

M/D: The carbonation subtle (yet present) delving an flavorful and complex brew that fells even across the palate, allowing the various parts of the tong to experience the beer completely differently. The finish is almost too dry, but the drinkability is not impacted.

Photo of RodBurg
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one from my downstairs neighbor. Poured out of a short brown glass with...whatdayaknow...an eight ball on the front label.
Dark brown with a minimal head, even after a hard pour. Little lacing.

Chocolate, caramel and roasted malt in the nose.

Palate has heavy caramel and chocolate malt, coffee and a cocoa bitterness. Very small hop presence. Thinner body than I expected considering the heavy flavors.

Pretty good stout. I'd drink it again.

Photo of NitroGen
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick black motor oil black with a thick tan foam that quickly disipates to a scant cover with no foam.

S: hoppy chocolate and roasted coffee

T: bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee with sweet cream, licorice and malt

M: Crisp smooth and well balanced from beginning to end.

D: Will be buying again and recommend as a good stout.

Photo of Fossilhunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of euskera
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like black molasses into my snifter. Small tannish head that clings to life at the edge of the glass. Smell is very roasty, lots of chocolate overtones with roasted coffee beans. Taste is heavily smoky, with the coffee bean flavor in the lead. Just a hint of the sweetness, but the malt backbone is still quite present. I liked this one quite a bit, especially when I'm not in the mood for a sweeter stout. Very solid offering.

Photo of jbone78
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And here is what I think.

A- Pours dark, not too dark with a tan head. Typical to oatmeal beers. this also contributes to mouthfeel.
S- Not impressed. Not alot of smell. I would think there would be more roasty aroma, but nope.
T- I like the taste. It is simple enough to identify the flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, but complex enough to blend.
M- I have already touched on the mouthfeel. And I personaly like the oatmeal texture.
D- Good


Photo of rpjordan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Guinness4me
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa...awesome beer! And it's brewed by beer chicks! And it's a stout! And it tastes great! Can you tell I like this beer?

It pours like the motor oil that came out of my '67 Ford Falcon after a summer of drag racing on dirt roads, but it's a beautiful thing. The tan head was slight and lingered around the corona of the glass.

After it was poured into a snifter, the aroma itself was intoxicating. Chocolate and malt are perfectly balanced and had me salivating immediately.

The taste was extraordinary with an quick alcoholic burst followed by a surprising taste of a pimento-stuffed green olive! Then the chocolate maltiness hit, followed by a mellow smokiness. The aftertaste was wonderful and lingering.

I need more. This stuff rocks. But what is the ABV?

Photo of JamesH
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AmishRockstar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a jet black color. This stout has one of the best retention qualities I've seen for this style. The one finger mocha head has both supreme retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing.

S - There are some dark fruit notes with a mix of coco. It could be stronger.

T - This brew has good balance. Sticky fig and plum flavors emerge first followed by a coco layer that reminds me of creamy hot chocolate. Some bitter, chalky hops even things out nicely towards the end with a hint of alcohol.

M - Great balance, thick and creamy. The persistent head really helps things out.

D - A great stout. Great drinkability even for the higher ABV for an oatmeal stout. If you want a session stout this is it.

Photo of Ruger
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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