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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

873 Ratings
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Ratings: 873
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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swgwilt

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

03-23-2014 18:21:56 | More by swgwilt
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Impressively dark and opaque, pitch black with just the barest hint of a red halo at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is surprisingly sweet, I get considerable caramel initially and then the more expected dark roast coffee and milk chocolate notes, along with a sour fruitiness that couples with the dark malts to yield a pomegranate molasses effect. Smells pretty fantastic if not a bit sweet for the style. No real hop aroma. Tastes similarly sweet and rich, with some diacetyl apparent and an ultra-smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite chewy but not heavy and very drinkable, with considerable residual sugars noted and moderate to high carbonation. Very nice tactile translation of the oatmeal stout style characteristics, although less dry and earthy than some (e.g., Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Samuel Smith's iconic example). The main flavors seem to be coffee with a little cream, light chocolate, butterscotch, and the tiniest tinge of dry ash. The booze is very well-concealed. Finish is roasty and sweet but here some floral earthy hops become apparent, cutting the sweetness and providing a contrast to the main show. I like this a lot, has some sweet stout character and the oats really do add an amazing smoothness. Then again, I have a soft spot for the sweeter side of dark malt and others may prefer something more dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:21:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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cdean801

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-22-2014 14:26:04 | More by cdean801
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Juno_Malone

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-19-2014 02:29:23 | More by Juno_Malone
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-12-2014 20:24:56 | More by Molson2000
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dpage27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-03-2014 22:09:49 | More by dpage27
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vfgccp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

03-02-2014 03:38:56 | More by vfgccp
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theteleman

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:32:36 | More by theteleman
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mlklein27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2014 01:57:54 | More by mlklein27
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:05:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Enjoy!!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 17:48:41 | More by DaveBar
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-15-2014 16:52:59 | More by Mikecap
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emakings

Puerto Rico

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-10-2014 21:50:10 | More by emakings
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-09-2014 01:01:42 | More by wizo
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-06-2014 15:40:37 | More by byronic
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KyleRV

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-30-2014 03:32:00 | More by KyleRV
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-29-2014 21:24:16 | More by JasonTaverner
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Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-27-2014 13:04:38 | More by Vanz
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Mosstrooper

California

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:02:43 | More by Mosstrooper
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BeerBeast

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-25-2014 00:16:37 | More by BeerBeast
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silverking

Florida

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:41:40 | More by silverking
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-23-2014 02:14:42 | More by warpedrevolution
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irongator

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-20-2014 13:06:54 | More by irongator
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BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2014 18:45:07 | More by BeerClubNiagara
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:52:56 | More by biegaman
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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