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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

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835 Ratings
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of Hex92


3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, smells and tastes OK. Overall its a big meh. It doesn't really excel in any category. The taste is just not much of anything. Very boring. Tastes like something you would get at a brew pub 15 years ago. Its just not big enough for today...or at least not for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 02:25:39 | More by Hex92
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with ruby hues, a two finger foamy mocha head that fades into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of toasty malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, very pleasant to the nose.

Taste of toasty malt with oatmeal, sweet chocolate and hints of caramel, very little bitterness.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, just a little thin, silky, creamy smooth with a slightly sweet ending.

Overall this was a good oatmeal stout, needs a little more body and a touch more bitterness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:58:28 | More by dtivp
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/30/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsver flute glass with a '8 ball" next to the stem.

Pours nearly black with a very tiny tan head that hangs around the whole time. Lots of lacing is seen actually that settles ever so slowly back down. Very nice aroma of coffee, roasted malts with a hint of bitter chocolate. Taste is the same with just the right amount of carbonation for a stout. LOTS of black coffee flavor right up front on the tongue. Very pleasant overall with just a slight bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:04:09 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lost Coast '8 Ball' Oatmeal Stout @ 6.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.30

A-pour is dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan head which is leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-roasted coffee , chocolate malts

T-smooth and crisp to start but gives way to a very sweet chocolate milk finish

MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , almost has a RIS feel on the palate

Ov-ok/good beer yes I'd buy again

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 05:01:04 | More by LampertLand
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:45:56 | More by chinchill
Photo of PlayitAgain

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I must say, after skimming the other reviews here I really wasn't expecting much. Received a bottle as part of a "beer of the month." Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

What really makes this beer work for me is the chocolate flavor. The chocolate is really smooth, while managing to not be too creamy or too bitter. Hints of caramel and definitely some coffee flavor complement the chocolate without threatening to overwhelm it. As with most oatmeal stouts, there is nothing particularly bold going on here, but it manages to avoid falling into the "watered down" territory that so many oatmeal stouts seem to live in.

My biggest gripe with oatmeal stouts in general is that they usually have a very watery mouthfeel with minimal flavor to back it up. Here, the mouthfeel is for sure thin, but there's enough going on that it's not bothering me. While it would probably be a stretch to call this beer "complex," it has enough subtle, mild flavors working together that "delicate" might be more apt. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 11:41:20 | More by PlayitAgain
Photo of Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black, one finger of tan head that stayed for a bit

S- Toasted malts, little chocolate, and hints of coffee

T- Sweet coffee, malty, chocolate

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, dry finish

O- Good oatmeal stout, Very easy drinking, not too sweet, balance is very nice

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 04:37:44 | More by Kmat10
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New York

4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Came in the mail as part of a craft beer of the month selection (great x-mas present).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was exactly what one would want from an oatmeal stout. A nice mustache-leaving head keeps throughout.

Smell- lots of toasted malts, a touch of chocolate

Taste- Malts are balanced nicely, sweetness does not dominate or limit this to a one-trick dessert pony. Hop in the finish feels just right.

Body- Nice and full, hearty. Just right.

Overall, did the trick and I will want to have some on hand on a regular basis if I can. Hope some east coast distributors carry it.

Had it with grilled turkey caesers salad.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:41:50 | More by nmatros
Photo of Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Dark opaque black/brown. Beautiful tan head that forms easily upon pouring and looks like it will stick around all day if you let it. Lacing is very strong and sticks to the glass in a foamy layer.

S-Roasted grains are quite prominent with hints of coffee.

T-Sweet coffee and roasted flavours. Bitter chocolate.

M-Round and very smooth. Medium body and carbonation. The bitterness from the roasted malts is very restrained.

O-An extremely pleasant stout to drink (and to look at!). Mediu Lacks any sort of harsh bitterness that sometimes overwhelms the palate. Not a complex ale, but an excellently executed one.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:57:51 | More by Muhly
Photo of PaleZombie


3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Very dark with ruby hints around the edges. Two fingers of thick creamy head.

S - Rich chocolate, toasty malts, coffee, slight hint of the oatmeal sweetness.

T - Here is where you notice the oatmeal. Chocolate, coffee, toasty malts and the oatmeal sweetness really shines through here.

M - Very nice and creamy with a slight stickiness. Medium to high carbonation.

O - I'll probably get this again. Its cheap and a very pleasant beer. Very drinkable. Could session this pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:35:07 | More by PaleZombie
Photo of Swedgin_Wu


4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Upon the first couple of sips it's become one of my favorite stouts. Reminds me somewhat of a more chocolatey/coffee-ish Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout..which is one of my favs to begin with.

A- Nice thick creamy tan head. Didn't pour jet black, slightly brown but mostly black.

S- Not that powerful of a smell. I pick up the roasted malt, small hint of chocolate . but that's about it

T- This is where this stout wins me over. Coffee hits you at first, then the chocolate and roasted malt hit the tongue. There's a VERY minor hop presence in the finish, which is just the right amount. This is a treat to drink.

M- The carbonation might be a little higher than some stouts, but it works well in this case. It never feels watery in your mouth. It's medium bodied.

O- as i said. a really pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much out of this. It was kind of a blind pick during my bi weekly craft beer spree at Total Wine. But this is the type of beer that makes those leaps of faith worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:17:45 | More by Swedgin_Wu
Photo of CampusCrew


3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, its not the best stout in the world. Making irish stout stew for st pats dsy and this wss the least expesive single at the store. Looks pretty nice in glass, nkce dark black with crothy tsn head. Sme, ls metallic and a litgle plasticy. Flavors are not off, just underwhelimng. I love stouts but this is a de ent stout at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 18:23:07 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of cbutova


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:29:39 | More by cbutova
Photo of IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby black with good amount of tan head and good retention. Hard to go wrong on stout appearance. Aroma is roasty with chocolate. Taste follows with roasted malts and definite chocolate dominance. Nice and dry with excellent balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Surprisingly refreshing for a heavy beer. Overall great!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:31:02 | More by IllNate
Photo of AmitC


4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Graphics on the label are very poor and rustic.

Dark black color inside the glass. Just a half finger thick tan colored head that fades into a ring. Excellent lacing with good stickiness. Opaque.

Aroma is of burnt and roasted malts with oatmeal smell. No hops. Overall strength is mild. Some sweetness in the nose.

Taste is full of oatmeal creaminess. Malts are roasted and slightly charred. No bitterness and the finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly creamy light bodied. Moderate carbonation. A bit watery. No astringency with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:20:38 | More by AmitC
Photo of kemoarps


3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard (albeit pretty) pour. Cola dark, with an almond/cappucino head. Lingers, but not much lacing.

Nose is roasty with some cocoa sweetness

There's a roasty quality there, with some stale coffee, and a little grassy/bitter character. Meh.

Way thinner than I want right now. smoothe enough with the oats. I like Lost Coast as a brewery (both most of their products, and the brewery/people who work there as well), but this stout just doesn't do anything for me. There are infinitely more appealing options available in my area (many of which are even more local than LC), although it's not an atrocious fallback if the only other options are BMC status

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 16:20:03 | More by kemoarps
Photo of FastBlondesBrewing

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass at about 50deg F.

Initial pour looked great but the slightly yellow/creamy head dissolved very rapidly. Laces very well, a nice dark coffee color.

Smell is solid, a nice coffee/roasted malt smell.

Up front taste is not too aggressive, a well balanced malt offset by a toned down hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is where this beer falls short IMO. I feel that it is over carbonated and this overwhelms the finish.

Overall a solid Stout, definitely a buy and taste for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:29:42 | More by FastBlondesBrewing
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured the 8 Ball into a tulip style glass. The coloring on this stout is very dark. The two fingers of tan head drop down to a scum pretty soon after the initial pour.

Off the top I pick up plenty of coffee and malt. There is also a good amount of roastiness in each whiff. I really like the way this one smells.

The flavor on this one is clean coffee presence. The body on this one is not too heavy, as you would expect from an oatmeal stout.

This makes for an easy to drink stout by Lost Coast. I would definitely pick this one up again next time I see it on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 19:51:41 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Black/brown that shows clear deep garnet red in light, with thick tan head that dissipates after a bit but leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows smell, almost so sweet I'd swear it was a milk stout. Mouthfeel slightly fizzy but overall nice and creamy. One of the better stouts in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:43:30 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BevMo near San Clemente, CA
Have had in a beer glass and straight from the bottle

A - Pours nicely and looks great in a glass but it also nice from the bottle as well.

S - Nice chocolate smell with malty and roasted barley goodness. I like to just smell this beer before drinking.

T- There is a nice smooth chocolate slide as it goes down with a very slight hint of coffee; also a touch of carbonation more predominant than most stouts. Malts are there and hops are hidden and I like that.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- I love this beer. If you are looking for a "drinkable" stout, this is it. As a stout lover, I also like that it is lower in alcohol which makes it a "more than one" stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:44:10 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown. Pours with a moderate head, but retains a thin khaki head.

S - Mostly chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T - Starts off with dark chocolate, followed by coffee bitterness and roasted malts. Finishes with some oats. I'm not big on oatmeal stouts, typically, but this is a pretty good beer.

M - Pretty smooth, with moderate carbonation and a little creaminess. Not watery at all.

O - Enjoyable stout. Nothing earth shattering, but definitely something I could see myself drinking again. I'd like to try this one again on draft, because I bet it's a lot tastier.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:50:51 | More by RWLawman
Photo of whendeathsleeps


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 22:47:59 | More by whendeathsleeps
Photo of DannyHartman

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice average 1 inch head appears over a beautiful dark black brew that's impossible to see through in even the brightest light.

I take a whiff, and immediately, roasted malts hit the nose.... Following soon after are deep notes of chocolate and coffee with the slightest hint of cola.

As I sip it, I get creamy chocolate notes with coffee, roasted malts, and smokiness also hit the palate.

This is a pretty creamy brew with a medium body.

Overall, I really enjoyed this stout.... Not the best stout I've ever had, but I certainly liked it just like most brews I've had out of the Lost Coast Brewery there in good ol' Humboldt County.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:11:53 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of menkros


1.88/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black, smells of oak and wood. Taste of very high carbonation it needs to age a lot more. Bitter burnt coffee beans. Not good. Aroma- slight roasted notes, chocolate, metallics pitch black, no real head Taste- lactose, cream, slight chocolate, roasted notes Palate- decent body, nice mouthfeel,but not special either.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:41:42 | More by menkros
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Poured as black as can be, with about a finger or so frothy mocha head that died down into a mere ring around the liquid within minutes.

S: Mild, yet candy-like, with malted milk balls leading the way. This had a very lactose heavy disposition overall.

T: Very chocolatey without being sweet, and with a nice deep, rich addition added by the oats. There was a mild bitter finish, but overall, I just got chocolate milk.

M: I think the carbonation was way too much here and it really detracted from the creaminess. That was its only flaw to my mind. The lacing was non-existent.

O: This was a really nice, tasty stout that I'd try again... even in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 21:22:42 | More by Chaney
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