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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

925 Ratings
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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of stealth
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a khaki head. Nice looking pour with good lacing. Big carbonation bubbles in the head. Subtle coffee and roast aroma, nothing crazy here. This brew tastes great. A nice balance between coffee and dark chocolate. Some bitterness at the end. Feels kind of watery and doesn't have a mouthfeel that matches the great taste. Quality stout, but doesn't seem very 'stoutish'.

stealth, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

schnarr84, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cycoduck, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black going oxblood in light with a beige, creamy Irish stout-style head that fades fast to film. Chocolate syrup and roasty char on the nose with some blackberry.
Bark, brown sugar and milk chocolate with branchy (Willamette?) hops.
Truffle end and astringent ashy linger. Light to medium, tingly, some chew.

Don’t really notice the oatmeal under all that roast. A bit simple and too thin. Still an easy all-arounder, though.

StJamesGate, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is jet black with a dark tan head.

I like the aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There are some coffee notes and molasses.

The taste tracks the smell, lots of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, brown sugar and a dash of espresso. Everything works nicely together. The mouth is very smooth and I'm betting that is a by-product of the oatmeal.

This is an easy drinking very approachable stout. The flavors are well integrated and the beer is a serial repeater. Well done!

Redrover, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a three finger creamy tan head that fades very quickly into a thin film with thin, creamy walls of lace.

Roasty and earthy with coffee and mild chocolate araomas. Caramel and cola undertows with faint vanilla notes.

Chocolate shows up in the taste with cream and vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and big bitter, earthy and herbal notes balancing.

Thick and creamy, smooth

Overall, very tasty and drinkable, balanced and subtle. Slightly on the roasty side. Nice and drinkable.

JayS2629, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

NCLorax, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Rckmo10, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of MelissaJ
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A black with a tan head, remained for a while, nice lacing

S roasted grains, cocoa, coffee. But the aroma is not that strong.

T an obvious coffee taste followed by some dark chocolate. extremely slight hops bitterness. on the sweet side.

M thin and light, but very smooth. Should probably feel heavier and fuller in the mouth for the style. Mouth feel is disappointing, but not terrible.

O the taste is good but it really needs some more body. Bottom line: Average. wouldn't go out of my way to drink it, but if it was my only option it wouldn't be a terrible one.

MelissaJ, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

CGMLS3, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Anew, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of PrivateEquity
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer, with limited head and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate with a touch of coffee.

T - Very nice char, roasted character. Flavors of coffee. Good amount of hops balances out the brew nicely. Increased the rating in taste as it cooled. Complexity definitely comes out.

M - A little light in the mouthfeel. Normally like more body.Slightly dry.

O - Very solid Stout. Great taste. With a little addition to the body could be outstanding. Easy drinking for a stout.

PrivateEquity, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep black with a brown/tan head of thick bubbles that leaves nice foam if poured correctly.

S: slight chocolate, malt, slight acidic smell, and sweetness

T: taste is first malty and a bit acidic, then basic and smooth. Some chocolate notes shine through along with grains.

M: smooth as it should be, with medium carbonation and medium body.

O: tastes like a higher quality Sam Adams chocolate bock. Not my favorite, but it's drinkable, available, and on par with similar offerings in price.

Holland, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: appears black/dark brown, opaque, khaki colored head, decent retention, nice amount of lacing

S: heavy roasted barley, bitter coffee, some hints of herbal hops in the background

T: firm roasted malt profile, roastiness is nearly over the top, doesn't match the lightish body

Mf: somewhat thin for style, high carbonation

O: nice stout, heavy on the roast, nice drinkability

homebrew311, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Pint glass]

The pour was a thick rich black with a huge (3-4 finger) medium brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really sticky lacing that coated the glass.

The aroma was nice and robust of a roasted dark chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and a strong leathery yeast with hints of coffee and molasses.

It tasted lightly sweet and mildly bitter with a hint of molasses in the beginning then became a slight more on the bitter side with a nice smooth coffee finish. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow letting the nice bitter-coffee taste settle in nicely.

Mouthfeel was just a tad beyond medium in body with the texture being rather creamy but also slightly watery and having a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a nice and easy to drink Stout with a nice rich smooth coffee flavor.

KajII, Dec 10, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.