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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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87
very good

525 Reviews
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Reviews: 525
Hads: 997
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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: 525 | Hads: 997
Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,373 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (768 characters)

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. (656 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE! (338 characters)

Photo of Hex92
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.82/5  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. (511 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (475 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of PlayitAgain
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Kmat10
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (286 characters)

Photo of nmatros
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of PaleZombie
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (332 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 IllNate
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (329 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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 (667 characters)

Photo of FastBlondesBrewing
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (529 characters)

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.