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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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887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 29 | 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 Azumel


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Somewhat light for a stout, but a good solid drink. Pours nice and dark, smell isn't all that strong, but the taste and drinkability make up for that. Not my favorite, but one that I would never turn down. Carbonation seems a bit lacking to me sometimes...much better from the tap then from the bottle in my opinion.

02-06-2009 01:40:34 | More by Azumel
Photo of Magpie14


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

A: the pour was deep red in color and looked far from any black tones. Once it settled in the glass, and upon inspection, black hues were all around but still maintained a softer shade of black and lighter brown edges. This was capped off with a foamy mild brown color. No retention and lace was paltry

S: nose of dark roasted malts, barley, and most notably oats. An even whiff of coffee, hops, and dark chocolate

T: the oat/oatmeal notes always make things nice and bring about a light sweet creaminess. They also help maintain a smooth and consistent profile. Roasted coffee notes make a showing with a very light hop bitterness. Delicate chocolate with hazelnut flavors are rather subdued and yet help push the creamy sweeter side. Sweet and bitter flavors are mild and tasty.

M: a pretty light body for a stout and has a nice drinkable quality. Carbonation is mild and has a foamy mouthfeel after the swallow. Dry roasted flavors in the finish and agreeable bitterness

D: not the most complex stout and somewhat mild in regards. Still, just a great drinker all around and a solid showing

01-31-2009 19:57:59 | More by Magpie14
Photo of GreenCard


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: dark brown with red highlights, slight haze, nice layer of tan fine-beaded foam, lace

Aroma: roast, malt, cola, iron

Flavor: smooth sweetness laced with a mellow roast and hints of toasted hazelnuts; slight acidity but nicely balanced; finishes semisweet with a lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, silky, smooth, creamy, slight warming in the throat

Other comments: This is one of those that takes you by surprise. By sight and smell, it's a bit pedestrian. Then you taste it and you go "Ooh!" and your eyes kind of widen. Sip, sip, sip and suddenly the beer is gone and you feel a little sad.

01-28-2009 19:51:40 | More by GreenCard
Photo of HappyBivouac


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

black coffee pour with a light tan head that goes away quickly leaving clumps of bubbles. some small patchy lacing going on.

robust roasted coffee&chocolate malts on the nose, cream, sugar. hops undetecable.

a pretty sweet stout, tastes more like heavily roasted malt & oatmeal with some cream & sugar. Definitely more hops in the taste than the smell. Almost milk stout-like (even though it isn't). Body is thoroughly chewy and mouth-coating with very little carbonation to speak of.

a pretty decent stout. nothing really stands out about it but it's full in flavor and in body. a strong, simple example of an american stout.

01-25-2009 21:29:28 | More by HappyBivouac
Photo of orangemoustache


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a dark brown with caramel edges, a cocoa brown cap leaves some stringy lacing as it slowly recedes. The nose is semi-sweet chocolate with subtle coffee notes. This is a surprisingly complex Stout. Tootsie rolls and vanilla pudding with small amounts of hazel-nut coffee and citrus hoppage, this is a winner. The body is full of life,creamy, bitter and tickling the taste buds from start to finish. Damn close to the most drinkable Stout I've ever had.

01-14-2009 19:07:20 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of kaseydad


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Dark beer pour with a small head of foam which stays throughout the beer experience. Sediment was present at the bottom of the bottle.

Dark chocolate and roasted black coffee aroma.

Very smooth taste. The low alcohol (compared to other stouts) is a nice change of pace and makes it very drinkable.

Creamy mouthfeel with a nice lingering aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Pretty good stout from a great brewery.

01-14-2009 04:21:00 | More by kaseydad
Photo of biggmike


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours an attractive black color with decent tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin film along the top. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is the same and very balanced. Mouthfeel is good. This is a very nice stout.

01-12-2009 15:24:36 | More by biggmike
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.88/5  rDev +27.1%

Oily black pour with a miniscule tan head. Not really all that sweet for being a supposed sweet stout, but rather very malty and flecked with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Everything just runs together perfectly in this one, and I could drink the hell out of it because of the low abv. And on many nights I have done just that.

01-01-2009 00:09:59 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

The dark dark brown looks like a flat black paint. Head is tall but disappears fast. Not a speck of light comes through.

Very nice smoky aroma. Raisins and dark chocolate. Some mild mocha/coffee malt. Really roasted and good.

Heavy tobacco flavor. Heavy but mild mocha coffee. Bitter coffee; sweetish milky chocolate. Nicely balanced.

The milky and smooth feel is almost TOO drinkable for a stout. This is a smooth, sweetish drinkable stout. Milky and very pleasant.

12-31-2008 00:49:39 | More by williamherbert
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

8 Ball Stout is black with an orange hue. It has a fleeting light orange head that quickly fades to a small, bubbly ring. Dark, roasty malt dominates the aroma: coffee and chocolate and smoke. It has a smooth, medium-full body with a dry finish. It has a very well balanced flavor. The bitterness seems to come as much from the malt as it does the hops. There are notes of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and maybe a hint of rye bread. It is resiny and oaken, with a touch of sweetness and medicine. A damn fine stout!
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

12-15-2008 14:38:13 | More by yesyouam
Photo of magictrokini


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A terrific stout. Dark black pour with no head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with some burnt coffee. Taste is smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt and strong, but with a bitter finish. Not too heavy to border on the Imperial A sweet stout that keeps to its roots as a stout instead of being a weak Imperial

12-10-2008 18:22:59 | More by magictrokini
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Out of bottle that was a lovely birthday gift this beer was a deep, opaque black with a tan head. Short on the retention but some scattered streaks of lacing from the thin ring. The aroma was dry, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The flavors were very similar with the addition of some alcohol heat and a bitter, slightly acidic finish that lingered on and on. Classic. The mouthfeel was a little off for me because I though the med/high carbonation a little too much for the style. Otherwise, however, it was full and on point for the style.

12-05-2008 19:37:20 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Reviewed on 2/25/08. Bottle. Poured dark brown with a small light colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roast. Initial taste was of coffee, roast, and vanilla but as the beer warmed, the chocolate malt really came out. A hearty beer (even though it's only 5.9% abv) with a thick mouthfeel. I enjoyed it a lot!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

12-02-2008 00:34:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of bluejacket74


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/almost black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells sweet and malty, like chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops noticable in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's quite sessionable for a stout. Overall I think this is a decent stout, I'd buy it again in the future.

11-27-2008 01:39:50 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of lhaqq


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Near black, with an off white dense head.
S: Dark malts, some sweetness.
T: A lot of dark malts, a bit of chocolate and some caramel.
M: Smooth, fairly carbonated.
D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, probably will get again. Not the best to warming up, but I guess I'll just have to drink it quicker.

11-23-2008 07:56:02 | More by lhaqq
Photo of arizcards


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Picked up a bomber at Bevmo in late October for $3.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice long lasting tan head. Nose is of malts with a hint of mocha coffee. Taste is of roasted chocolate malts and coffee complimented by a mild dose of west coast hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth from the oats. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice little stout that I could definitely see myself sampling more of in the future!

11-22-2008 23:10:00 | More by arizcards
Photo of aubuc1


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a curving tan head.

Smell is mainly roasted malt with some light fruity sweetness in the background- maybe cherry.

Taste is a good balance of sweetness and roasted malt. Initially it is sweet, then the malt follows. Not too much coffee.

Nice chewy feel and still a light easydrinking stout.

10-18-2008 00:50:29 | More by aubuc1
Photo of beerkittycat


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance is an inky-like black-brown with a frothy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is full of yummy roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke. A bit low on hop aroma which is a signature of American stout. Taste is a wonderful mix of roast malts, dark bitter chocolate, and in the background some notes of red wine like a cabernet or merlot. Medium hop bitterness but low hop flavor. Nice full mouthfeel finishes somewhat dry leaving you yearning for more of those wonderful flavors. Watch out for this big boy at 6+% ABV. This is an very tasty stout and if they ramped up the hops a bit this would be a picture perfect American stout.

10-07-2008 18:04:49 | More by beerkittycat
Photo of dstc


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours black with a nice, light brown head that falls to a minimal head. Thin lace.

Smells like a stout. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

Mild flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavors come through but rather mild.

Full and smooth in the mouth.

Easy drinking stout, not overpowering so if you are looking to drink many and want something more than a Guinness this is a nice choice.

10-07-2008 11:33:27 | More by dstc
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but not as heavy as you'd expect with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this stout doesn't overload you with sweetness or heaviness, which makes it more poundable than most stouts. It's worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

10-01-2008 03:39:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

The beer poured an opaque black with a tan single-finger head. The smell is some very heavily roasted malts with a bit of coffee. The taste starts off with a sweet/slightly bitter mix between milk and dark chocolate and ends with some coffee flavor. The mouthfeel has some nice thickness with surprisingly fine carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable stout, it would probably be a good intro beer to someone who doesn't think they like dark beers.

09-28-2008 21:00:50 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of BeerSox


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a thin light brown head that slowly settles to a bubbly rim along the glass.

Deep burnt malt aromas with a bit of molasses and caramel.

Bitter burnt malts in the flavor, like the aroma, with some light roasty coffee flavor. Very little bitterness from the hops. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering coffee flavors.

Not a bad stout, but a little above a good session level. A good mix of the burnt malt and roasty coffee flavors. Very enjoyable if you like stouts.

09-28-2008 01:57:15 | More by BeerSox
Photo of joekfsu


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours opaque pitch black with 2 cm tan foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of sweet fruit and coffee mostly. Initial flavor is malty and fruity, turning to dry bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee and oats. Moderate aftertaste. Light lacing, light carbonation, light on alcohol, and medium, creamy body. Overall, a pretty decent beer and a great choice if you like a tasty, creamy stout.

09-24-2008 03:45:46 | More by joekfsu
Photo of bbothen


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a deep black with a nice 2 finger tan head. Plenty of sticky webbing left on glass.

Nice roasted/toasted aromas, some coffee, chocolate, & some caramel like sweetness.

Tastes great. Toasted/charred maltiness, coffee, bitter chocolate, & some hop zip.

Smooth, somewhat creamy, rich, medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is great. Moderate ABV. Highly enjoyable.

My uncle had a suped up Chevy Chevelle when I was a kid with an 8 ball on the shifter. I thought he was the coolest. He was. So is this delicious stout from Lost Coast.

09-19-2008 01:50:44 | More by bbothen
Photo of katan


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pitch black to say the least - can hardly see through this thing at the fringes. The head was light and delayed, but came through eventually with the stout trademark mocha colored head. Carbonation disappeared quickly overall.

S - Heavy roasted malt character. Some chocolate undertones accentuate it.

T - Starts and continues with an interesting chocolate flavor - very refined and not overbearing. Not much here for bitter balance. Finishes with a smooth roasted coffee finish. After taste is very pleasant with the return of some of the chocolate notes.

M - Has a fairly strong body to it - perhaps loaded with more unfermentables than I would of thought. Consistency is that of a stronger stout profile to me - more thick. Smooth as it goes down.

D - Overall a quite drinkable beer. The pleasant chocolate flavors and the surprisingly light amount of "filling feeling" makes me want to enjoy this beer over a few at a tailgate.

Well done beer. Similar to a Rogue Chocolate stout but backs off alot on the IBUs.

09-12-2008 03:52:41 | More by katan
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