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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Photo of theteleman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a straight forward oatmeal stout. 5.8% abv. Dark black in appearance with a nice off colored white creamy head. Taste of toasted malts and faint hints of chocolate. A super smooth stout, one of the lightest oatmeal stouts I have tasted, very drinkable. We finally got some rain here in San Diego and I went with this brew for our "cold" weather stint we have going over here. Lost Coast keeps it pretty simple and straightforward, this isnt the most complex beer out there, but its still damn good in its simplicity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes and some residual sugar notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and easily drinkable but a bit short on the complexity level.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.85/600ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a snifter

A- No head what so ever. No film, nothing at all. Opened very weak.

S- Nothing special but ok. Hints of coffee and caramel

T- Pretty good. Very carbonated despite the low carbonation on opening/pouring. Roasted malt and barley as usual for stouts.

M- Ok. Nothing special. Pretty carbonated and light.

O- Ok. Will not buy again. There are much better examples of stouts out there from micro breweries. that will blow this away.

Food Pairing

This ok stout would go well with... cured meats and heavy cheeses.


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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a large brown head that dissipates slowly. As the head dissipates spotty lace is left behind.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate dominate with a touch of woody hops.

Taste: Begins with a slight hops spice which rounds out to a coffee flavor. Finish of bittersweet chocolate and a bit more coffee at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy, creamy body with light carbonation and a very sticky finish that dries out just a bit.

Overall: I haven't had an oatmeal stout for quite some time, but this one is quite good. I'd be more than happy to drink this again and again. A nice after-dinner brew...or maybe breakfast!

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Photo of silverking
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black with a thin tan head. Sticky lacing.

S- dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.

T- acidic coffee, bakers cocoa. There is a light smokiness in the finish.

M- medium/full bodied, velvety carbonation.

O- outstanding. Seriously, buy this beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 Ball Stout is essentially as black as an 8 ball (its light brown outlining notwithstanding). Its head is sepia-toned and sticks mostly to the outlining of the glass, to which it manages to partially grasp onto even as the liquid desists. It's opaque but far from intimidating.

The beer is, by smell anyhow, a liquid Ferrero Rocher; the bouquet is encased in a roasted hazelnut shell, a wafer-like maltiness, and loads of milk chocolate. It's both Christmas and Halloween in a glass. And it smells a bit like a coffee shop. It's not overly rich but still plenty decadent - enough to send those on a diet running for the hills.

That roasted hazelnut, wafer, and milk chocolate flavour profile continues on the palate - again, it's Ferrero Rochers for all! There's lots of caramel and toasted nuttiness. Being a Californian stout, there's naturally also some 'green' flavours; some sips have enough budding floralness to register like a rose-infused green tea (blended with coffee of course).

The mouthfeel is light and agreeable enough to pass for a Schwarzbier. The roast is in essence only - it's suggestive, not so manifest - and it tastes of milk chocolate (as opposed to dark chocolate). It also has a milky, lactose sweetness and the corresponding tanginess. Hops add faint forest-y leafiness but no bitterness. All in all, it's a very agreeable stout.

There's nothing aggressive about Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout - it's one of the few Californian offerings not to make an extreme example of this potentially dark and decadent style. Instead it is a wonderfully approachable, agreeable rendition. It's an easy one to recommend.

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Photo of watermelon
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$3 pint draft had a The Tapp Room in Boone NC

A: Opaque black body with a khaki head. little lacing and decent retention.

S: Smell of dark malts some smoky fragrances as well.

T: Lots of dark malt flavor in the taste. Some bitterness, a little bit of coffee in the flavor.

M: Really thin mouthfeel low carbonation.

O: If you don't mind a thinner body stout I would give it a shot. This one isn't very complex and wont be one that I will be returning to.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: black, with mocha head that vanishes to nothing in no time

Aroma: cassis, chocolate covered cherry; roasted malt aromas are secondary

Taste & Mouthfeel: watery, like bad office coffee - there's really not much to it at all, doesn't taste terrible, just doesn't taste....bitter and tart aspects of the roast are predominant, not the rich coffee and chocolate you'd hope for; carbonation is ok; some mineral, tin flavours

Overall: this doesn't give you much to say so....weak

PS - after reading other reviews, I wonder if I got a bad batch, as everyone else seems to be having vastly different experience (and I share my bottle with a friend, and we both didn't enjoy it)

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Photo of AlbertaJack
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps my review lacks the sophistication of others, but after tasting many porters and stouts- 8 Ball Stout is my number #1 because of it's dark, smooth, rich flavour. To be sure, this stout has alluring, complex tones in smell and taste and for all its boldnes-its dwell gently within.

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Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber into a tulip glass Colour is a dark brown with a solid creamy tan film with nice lacing. Looks good. 3.75
S – nice hints of coffee, dark cocoa, sortof earthy/herbal notes, its mellow but pleasant and balanced, not too hoppy with nice roasty malt profile that has a bit of toasty caramel sweetness. 3.75
T – a sweetish coffee start, hints of cocoa, mild roasty malts, then a caramel toffee body really comes out, it is rather sweet overall before drying out a bit on the finish. Some earthy bitterness that develops more as the beer sits, but overall a smooth balanced stout. 4.
M – moderate body, mild to moderate carbonation, and quite smooth with some malty chocolaty sweetness and some creaminess to the feel, really drinkable though. Finish is a balanced dryness. Good substantial but also refreshing stout. 3.75
Overall, I liked the sessionable and tasty aspects on this stout and thought they were worked quite well. Hop character could be more interesting and forward I thought, and sometimes they struggled to cut the sweet chocolate notes, but this resolved itself. I think this is definitely worth a try for a well-made stout, not the most interesting stylistically, but it does drink quite nicely, and is certainly well above-average. 4

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt with lemon and some burnt malt too.
The taste is burnt wood, roasted malt, molasses, coffee and dark chocolate. Wonderful.
The texture is smooth with low to moderate carbonation.
An excellent stout.

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

I really like the dark ebony complexion as it holds a bit of dullness in its flat black way. The head rose amongst a flood of bubbles and gave a highly carbonated look.

They got the scent right here with all the classic char, chocolate, Graham cracker, marshmallow, roasted oat and dry grain maltiness.

The flavor tends more to roasted coffee with a smokey char. There is a sweetness that is light but it seems to be a roasted marshmallow. There is a lactose flavor as if this were a milk stout which adds a creaminess to feel. Since we are talking about feel I'll move into the dry but smooth movement of this stout as it carries across the palate.

This was a real shock as I picked it up in a mixed six pack but it really holds all the components I look for in a stout.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle from LCBO for $4.80 CDN poured into a pint glass. Left out for about 30 minutes before serving. Bottle reads 5.8%ABV

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black opaque beer. Poured a nice 2 finger tan head that lasted for a while and left a soapy residue through the session. Just a glint of red detected when looking through the glass into the sun. decent lacing left over as well.

Smell - Not quite as much here as I was hoping for, some roasted grains and a certain sourness that is intriguing.

Taste - Hint of sweetness, roasted malts and dark cocoa hit the palate and provide a pleasant experience. Little bit of booze on the back end. Nothing otherworldly, but not unpleasant and full flavored.

Mouthfeel - Quite rich and creamy, but retains a nice light character, that makes getting to the bottom of the glass not a chore. Finishes medium dry with a moment where all flavor is gone, then rushes back into the mouth with the aftertaste. I can't say it had the fullness and weight of other oatmeal stouts I've had, although that selection is limited, it was perhaps more refreshing than they could ever be.

Overall - Quite a good beer, and seeing that I had never seen in stores, thought it was worthy of a try. Glad I did because it's quite tasty and is a nice bridge in the stout world between the lower ABV stouts and the more serious Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola brown, nearly pure black, with a big rocky tan head with excellent retention. Some roasted barley, dark chocolate and sourness in the nose. The taste is dry and malty with lots of dark malt roastyness and bitterness and coffee and caramel notes. Hops are restrained throughout, just adding a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied for the style with sparse, prickly carbonation. Light bitterness and roastyness in the finish.

A decent stout. Lots of dark malt and roasted barley flavor with a light body to make it quaffable. Could be a bit heartier in the malt profile and the hopping rate, but still good stuff.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650mL bottle from the Conestoga LCBO. Part of the fall release.

Poured into a snifter. Dark chestnut, nearly black, with a third of an inch head that recedes into a thick ring with loads of lace. Nice looking brew.

Nose is roast coffee, dark dry chocolate, cream, anise.

Nice tasting brew, reasonably balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of sugar sweetness, finishes with a touch of dryness. A bit hard to pin down, it's nothing out of the ordinary, but still tasty enough.

Lacks the creaminess and dryness I've come to expect from oatmeal stouts, and the carbonation was a bit sharper than expected.

Good brew for a good price (under $5, at least in Ontario). There are some more distinct brews to be had of this style, but this one was certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ABV on the bottle is listed as 5.8% rather than 6.3%. Whether a new recipe or a recalculation, I do not know.

Beer is jet black. A vigorous pour results in only a minimally-sized tan head.

Smell contains dark chocolate and roast malt. Also some oatmeal, but maybe that is power of suggestion. Nice smell.

Taste is creamy and roasty, with a bit of an oatmeal flavour. A surprisingly large anise flavour. Some chocolate. Nice balance between sweet and bitter.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated (despite the lack of head). Nice and soft, but the carbonation is too high.

Overall, pretty good, but there are certainly better oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich and thick looking deep black color. A medium size mocha head forms and then fades to a thick ring. Very little lacing is left in it's wake.
The nose had a pretty hefty roasted malt aroma. There was also hints of coffee and cream or lactose.
A straight forward taste of roasted malts and coffee upfront, some chocolatey notes at finish. Finishes dry and bitter with a roastedness that lingers into the aftertaste.
8 Ball is a satisfying stout that has great drinkability and flair.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: black body, trace khaki head,

S: roasted choc nuts, malt, hint of coffee

T: same as nose hint of sweet up front,
firm roast malt, with semi-burnt finish

M: med/light body, bubbly/semi-dry finish

O: Nose and Taste are fine; great start for stout newbie.
Wish the body was creamier. Alcohol very well hidden.


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Photo of Hex92
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of PlayitAgain
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Kmat10
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

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