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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | 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%

sonorb7, Jul 21, 2012
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.

NitroGen, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Fossilhunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Fossilhunter, Dec 31, 2012
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.

euskera, Jul 23, 2004
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


jbone78, May 06, 2009
Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
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?

Guinness4me, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of AmishRockstar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

AmishRockstar, Oct 03, 2013
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.

LairdChisholm, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NorthernSoul, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: classic stout appearance, can't complain....black with healthy tan head...

s: fresh malt and light chocolate waft through the nostrils, nothing fishy here and nothing surprising...

t: light chocolate bite, malty...

m: very light and smooth, well balanced, even carbonation...

d: this is stout lite...underwhelming without being overly disappinting, this is a fair if not not adventurous take on the style. i won't run out to buy it again but i wouldn't be dead set against ever tasting it again either...


sirdrinkwell, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of snocntry
4/5  rDev +4.2%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
Photo of Ruger
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Ruger, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheBeerbarian, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of pasdachuri
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with about a one finger tan head with nice creamy lacing.

Chocolate malt nose with little to no hop scent to speak of.

A nice, malty flavor of dark chocolate and coffee. Creamy and smooth tasting with a very light hop finish.

Creamy and smooth in texture with a light carbonation crispness finishes out the beer.

A very good stout that begs for another sip

pasdachuri, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of projektyle
4/5  rDev +4.2%

projektyle, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An aggressive pour yields a thick two finger head, decent retention.

S- Sweet cola-like, a little chocolate, not much else.

T- Cola again, like a chocolatey coke. A little coffee.

M- A little thin for a stout, a little too carbonated.

0- A decent, albeit run of the mill stout (I am sampling this after a Founder's Breakfast Stout though.)

whendeathsleeps, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of cbak999
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black - opaque - small dark tan head - gone after pour.

S - strong malts; slight coffee notes.

T - chocalate and coffee - typical of a good stout.

M - lacks carbonation in my opinion. Little lace, if any left in the glass as consumed.

D - all in all, a good stout. I will probaly drink this again. Ranks slightly above average in the category.

cbak999, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of EnemyWithin
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in wine glass on Jan 9, 2011.

Appearance = 3.5
Opaque brown-black body with 1/2 inch of brown/white head, which tends to quickly dissipate quite quickly. Mild lacing.

Smell = 4
Sweet, molasses and chocolate malt dominates with notes of roastedness. Also gets hints of alcohol of warmth and dark fruits. Overall, quite appealing and improves as beer warms.

Taste = 3.5
Starts similar to aroma, with molasses and chocolate malt as well as roasted flavor. Through the middle of the taste and lingering to the end, the bitterness of the hops become more present. I have a difficult time deciding about the balance of the malt and hops. It strikes me as somewhat too hoppy, and although the balance between the two improves as I let the beer warm, I still feel like I would enjoy more malt presence (as there is in the smell)

Mouthfeel = 3
Average with a little too thin feeling and moderate carbonation. It's not bad considering ETOH content, but I like it to be a bit more full feeling

Drinkability = 3.5
Overall, above-average, but not necessarily something I'd seek out again. It is easy to drink, but not the most interesting.

EnemyWithin, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of wesbourne
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

wesbourne, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of rpjordan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rpjordan, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Poured Dark Dark Amber, the slightest hint of red around the edges in bright light. Creamy tan head with good staying power.
This beer was consumed at about 70 deg. F and had a rich roasty malt smell. First taste was toasty malt with a hint of sweet. Maybe coffee or chocolate which seem to come out more at higher temperatures.
Hops seem nicely balanced. I did not perceive the alcohol.

I thought this was a very nice american stout, I would like to drink these often. Ingrediants list oats, so I consider this to be a health beverage.

HopHeadKen, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of drwolfe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

drwolfe, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of emakings
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Brewfan
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my 3-Philosophers chalace.
Very dark with hints of auburn daylight around the edges. One finger beige head dissapated rather quickly. Light lace surrounded the far reaches of the beer. Lines of carbonation make their way to the top of the glass.
Smell of slightly charred raisins and light malt. Not much nose to speak of.
Upon smelling, I was hoping the taste would be more prevelant, but I was dissapointed. Smokiness, low grade-over watery gas station coffee taste, a bit of sweetness towards the back of the tongue. Other than that, not much to speak of.
Quite watery and too carbonated for my tastes in a stout. Not impressed

Brewfan, Nov 09, 2005
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.