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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

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870 Ratings
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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee mixed with malts and and a bit of a smokiness. The taste is really well balanced but the beer feels a little thin and watery which is surprising given it's alcohol content. It finishes with a chocolate/coffee slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better beers I've had from this brewer. I'd drink it again for sure. Only needs a little improvement in the mouth feel department.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 13:09:25 | More by spinrsx
Photo of DUBinMIA


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with an almond color head about 3/4 in that reduces to about 1/4 - 1/2 in with good lace.

Smell is of sweet malt and coffee notes... maybe some lagging hops but nothing real pronounced.

roasted malt to start and coffee flavor kicks in... smoothes out then you get a bit of hop bitterness almost floral but more on the piney side if that makes sense. very faint alcohol finish.
mouthfeel is ok could be a bit thicker for a stout but adequate.

Overall a good beer and decent stout that i might be inclined to try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:52:27 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of thirstybrother

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has all the makings of a great stout, looks good, smells good, tastes great.
EXCEPT that the taste dies immediately on my tongue. There is very little aftertaste to speak of, which is a shame because it is quite delicious right away, hints of chocolate, and a great 'oatmeal-ly' feel.
Another thing is that mine has very little carbonation, could use a better head....
Will try again anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:17:22 | More by thirstybrother
Photo of dgilks


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

Pitch black with a small creamy tan head. No lacing.

Mild chocolate and roast. Quite underwhelming.

Roasty with a slightly herbal kick. Mild chocolate but nothing overpowering. I’m looking for a little more.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and unassuming.

A decent though lightweight stout. There’s a bit of flavour here but it falls just a touch flat on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:41:38 | More by dgilks
Photo of jmbranum


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

Very enjoyable dry stout.

Pours a dark brown almost black with big light tan head.

Rich malty aroma.

Flavor is very dry. A little bit of dark chocolate balanced with cream. Counter-balanced by some oatmeal. Lingering bitterness with some malt sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel.

(Bought in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City)

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:50:37 | More by jmbranum
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Believe it or not the first thing I smell is citrus hops then it is followed by hints of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Very subtle dark chocolate coffee and oatmeal notes up front and the backend has some bittering hops

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for a stout with a medium carbonation level and a slightly dry finish

Overall: Everything about this beer is just ok

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:10:19 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of leansean88

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A good, retentive head, opaque and very pleasant looking. I swear the lace was a slight orange color when poured.

S - Not too strong, but nice. Sweet, sugary aroma with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - A pretty nice, somewhat bitter taste. Chocolate, coffee and almond flavors, but not really as strong as I would like. It's pretty good, but I think it lacks creaminess. Not an oatmeal stout person though.

M - Bitter, but not bad. It's still lacking that full body feeling I'm craving.

O - Well, it's not expensive, if anything. For it's price, you could do a lot worse. I just can't see myself actively going out and getting a larger quantity. I think I'm just not an oatmeal stout person, so them's the brakes I suppose. Don't get me wrong, it's still good. I'd order at a bar if they had it cheap.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 00:54:06 | More by leansean88
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ich black, completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. Light notes of chocolate floating around, but again nothing terribly too sweet, more or less just enough to give a slight hint and a nudge in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 15:24:15 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brewskifan55


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought me this one from Four Winds in Pensacola. Love the label. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 finger head; brownish-black in color

Smell: Malts, coffee, toffee and chocolate

Taste: Same as smell. The trick to this stout is to let it warm up a bit. The warmer it got, the more tastes came through, especially the malts. I was wishing I'd served it at about 54 degrees and let the temps work up. It really complimented the baked sole I was having. My wife said it went well with her pizza.

Mouthfeel: medium

Overall: A really nice oatmeal stout. Drink it warm, like in the old country and appreciate the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 14:59:21 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of doughanson78


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into new Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Black as one would expect. About a finger and a half tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Fairly light smell. Lots of roasted oats. Light roasted coffee.

T: Roasted oats. Little coffee. Very light chocolate. Pretty light on the taste also. Not bad at all, just VERY light.

M: Thin. Not much body at all. No creaminess.

O: Not impressed in any way. Maybe the OE 800 (8-Ball) of Oatmeal Stouts. For $1.49 I gave it a shot. Won't again tho. All together light in the ass.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:25:22 | More by doughanson78
Photo of KarlHungus


2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma has hints of roasted malt and cream, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. That is to say there isn't much there. I understand that oatmeal stout is one of the lightest stout styles, but this beer is too light in both flavor and aroma even for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a bland beer that I will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 19:19:24 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of sommersb


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 07-12-2011
Freshness: Bottling date of 03-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with a frothy tan head 3 fingers high. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet aroma, with heavy emphasis on the roasted dark malts and chocolate.

T: Coffee and toasted malt flavors (dark and burnt), along with caramel and dark, bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness from the roasting is nicely balanced by the malty sweetness.

M: Creamy and smooth texture from the oatmeal makes this a very nice drinker. Carbonation is moderate and the body is rich and full. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

O: Excellent and luxurious beer that seems to get better as it warms up. One of my favorite low alcohol stouts and a great way to end an evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:47:12 | More by sommersb
Photo of ADZA


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a kola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind little head or lacing,the smell is cocoa,oats,alcohol and spicy hops,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of cocoa,bittersweet dark chocolate,bran and finished with a spicy,herbal hoppiness that counteracts the sweetness perfectly and overall even though ive had better this is still worth a taste as its very sessionable on a cold day like today.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:12:39 | More by ADZA
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Aroma is rich and strong, smoky with a firm molasses component and tones of coffee and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable almost as black as an 8-ball with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Smoky flavor has coffee, unsweet chocolate, nutty, and toffee tones with hints of molasses and caramel. Texture is on the thin side for a stout, but still pleasing, smooth and subtly fizzy. Don't get behind the 8-ball - get this one in your belly!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 20:50:25 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of TMoney2591


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Always fun to ask people if they wanna share your 8 Ball, am I right? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light molasses, roasted malts, and the lightest possible touch of mild charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast character, the addition of dark chocolate (which goes pretty well with the already-present cocoa powder), and without the charcoal, making for a slightly less complex but nevertheless tasty stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout. My only real complaint is that it's a touch thin, but not overly so, allowing this thing to still drink easily and be quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 05:47:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep black with a soft tan head that fades very quickly
S-Roasted coffer, caramel, and a some subtle earthy notes
T-Pretty disappointing. A little of the coffee comes through but the other notes that are in the nose aren't found in the taste. There are no really pronounced flavors
M-Light-medium overall, but quite light bodied for a stout
O-Not a fan. Being a stout I would expect much more in the flavor and more body. The flavor falls behind the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:57:24 | More by atr2605
Photo of MrKennedy


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Beermasons subscription, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Jet black in colour, pouring with a light tan head of foam that hangs around if agitated, otherwise hanging on as film.

Initial smell is of dark chocolate, quite strong, but falls away being replaced by a lighter aroma of burnt malt.

Nice roasted malt flavour, with hints of chocolate and a touch of coffee that comes very late.

Typically good mouthfeel, befitting an oatmeal stout. Felt a little thin early on, but seems to build upon that.

Overall a nice stout, smooth, perhaps a little too straight forward, but decent enough as a go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 11:52:46 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of Knapp85


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out as a black color with thick tan head. The smell has a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The taste is of smooth dark chocolate and a slight burnt taste but creamy also. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light. The overall of this beer is that it's a pretty good stout and it has a good lacing too.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:36:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of CaseyR22


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pretty typical stout look, nearly black, a little bit of dark brown highlights around the edges. Big light brown head that sticks around from beginning to end. Lots of fancy looking lacing that subsides to a few little blotches after a couple minutes.

S- Oatmeal followed by chocolatey coffee and toasty malts.

T- Rich chocolate followed by a hint of overly sweet coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is pure toasty roasted malt.

M- A little on the thin side, feels like its missing something.

O/A- Decent but I've had better. Its a little too sweet and thin for me, but it sure does look pretty and the roasted character is yummy. For the price it's hard to beat ($8/six pack in my area)

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:55:32 | More by CaseyR22
Photo of Jinholic


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - 4 fingers of soapy brown head, black body with red on the edges little lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate with the malts, hops are buried down deep. After taste is a lot more mild but still the same flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body a bit watery in the finish and the little dry but not too the point of being bad.

Overall - An okay stout I'd rather have rogue or samuel smith but a big step up from most other oatmeal stouts. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:50:30 | More by Jinholic
Photo of azdback


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Dark black but an ultra thin hint of light gets through at the edges. Head is less than a finger and cocoa colored. Lace doesn't look like it want's to stay to the end.

Smell is chocolate covered dark roasted coffee beans. A bit molasses sweet.

Taste is about the same as the smell but in addition to the coffee and chocolate I am getting some sweet tart. Cherries is my nomination.

Mouth is a bit hollow and watery for the style. More of a porter feel to me.

Overall i think this is a pretty good Sweet Stout, but the hollow mouth hurts it's overall score. I do though recommend you pick this one up if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 06:13:57 | More by azdback
Photo of GallowsThief


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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A – Deep, dark black pour. One finger head with a nice light mocha brown color. No real lacing to speak of and the head fades quickly.

S – Big oatmeal smell up front followed by chocolate, mocha and coffee. Roasted malt as well.

T – Nice like the smell. Oats, mocha and chocolate. Coffee flavor is very light compared to the smell. Malty. Has just a bit of sweetness and it closes with just a hint of bitterness.

M – Thinner then expected. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

D – This is a pretty decent oatmeal. It lacks a little to be upper tier but solid nonetheless. Definitely worthy of a few drinks.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:13:32 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of jisom123


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

6 year old bottle from 2005.

I was expecting a flat old boring stout with odd flavors. I was wrong. I am very surprised that the 6.3% abv stout held up so well.

A: black, low viscosity, medium low carbonation and head.

S: The smell had lost about 1/2 of the roasty sent, but otherwise, it was the same as a new 8 ball.

T: It tasted surprisingly good! It did not taste like an "old stale beer" at all. I would never Cellar one of these on purpose, but I'm glad I found this old timer.

M: Standard stout, but lacking full carbonation. smooth, soft easy to drink. wimpy.

O: If you ever see one an old one covered in dust, buy it, they get slightly better, even at 6 years. Make sure it wasn't sun tanning the whole time though.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:53:11 | More by jisom123
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had the 12 oz bottle.

pours dark very, small amount of tan head that fades quickly. smell was coffee, chocolate, malt, bit of hops. had a bitterness to it and a coffee aftertaste. good carbonation and great drinkability. quite enjoyable and overall decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:38:10 | More by fostachild
Photo of Brunite


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with an inch of creamy tan head. Retention minimal....no lacing at all.

S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Definitely a sweet stout. Did not realize this until I examined the label. Tastes of roasted malt and sweetness. Gets more sweet as it warms.

M: Medium bodied...a bit thin for a stout. Head does form with each swirl.

O: Not too shabby. At a buck a bottle at TJ's (I think that is what I paid)....this is pretty drinkable. I may need to try this again to get a better long-term feel for this one. But; this was pretty good today.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:36:40 | More by Brunite
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 870 ratings.