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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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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of Hornet2003
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great creamy tan head and pitch black in body.

Smell: Lots of roastiness, and a touch of sweet fruitiness as well. I get the feeling this is more like an export stout style. A little coffee and smoke as well.

Taste: Tangy sweetness brought out by an immense chocolate malt flavour. Excellent burnt caramel flavour with a little bit of candied fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as cream in a dream. The sweetness makes it really pleasant on the tongue and the low-ish carbonation makes it really soft on the palate.

Drinkability: High. Smooth, chocolately and with an interesting fruitiness. alcohol is kind of high, but for it's strength, the drinkability is as high as one could expect.

Overall: Got this on special as a 6-pack. I'm glad I did. It's got enough body and flavour to make it a sipper that you could sip a lot of.

Hornet2003, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The stout appears a clear dark brown color with about two fingers of frothy ecru foam. The head lingers for a bit before settling to a thin layer. Nose and flavor are of dark roasted grain and malt, bittersweet chocolate, medium roast coffee beans, pleasantly bitter. Somewhat light carbonation, but still a notch better than medium bodied. Tasty stuff, worth checking out.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of tjcortez
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with reddish hues. I struggled to get much more than a 1cm temporary head out of it.

Smells great, coffee and nutty and was a nice drink at first, but I got bored with the taste pretty quickly. I'm partially biased because I prefer a sweeter stout and this just didn't do it for me.

A good stout but I would buy something else for the price.

tjcortez, May 27, 2009
Photo of Shadman
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'spensive here in the land of socialism & high taxes, but these guys do make some interesting brews so worth a shot.

Very dark brown, with a whipped, tan foam head. Certainly not Guiness-like, but nice none-the-less.

Foral hop with some nice chocolate undertones in the aroma.

Smooth as all hell. Certainly more hopped up than it's ancestors, but then again it's an in-your-face Yank brewery. Thing is the hop is well balanced with the coffee/chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, given the style and the high ABV, but still nice and smooth.

Damn...wish this was slightly more affordable as it is very nicely done.

Shadman, May 09, 2009
Photo of degerbah
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried to get some head, this beer wouldn'r cooperate. I might have been thinking that some head would think of appearing on the top of this pitch black pour. I might've imagined it as it was completely gone within seconds. The aroma is all malt. The scent reminds me of a mocha stout I had recently.

This is a cery clean stout slight coffee taste, but not too over-powering. Slightly sour taste stays with me, but I don't exactly count that as a downgrade. Basically this is what guinness would be if it were a much better beer. This might be my favorite lost coast brew, and this might be my current favorite american stout.

degerbah, May 09, 2009
Photo of jbone78
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And here is what I think.

A- Pours dark, not too dark with a tan head. Typical to oatmeal beers. this also contributes to mouthfeel.
S- Not impressed. Not alot of smell. I would think there would be more roasty aroma, but nope.
T- I like the taste. It is simple enough to identify the flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, but complex enough to blend.
M- I have already touched on the mouthfeel. And I personaly like the oatmeal texture.
D- Good


jbone78, May 06, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty stout with a little bit of the roughness to challenge the tastebuds. A drinking stout for sure but the roasted malt and the finish is big and pronounced. There is a chocolate side to the beer but the main flavour is roasty and toasty. I liked the fact that the flavour profile is big and the beer stays in your mind after it is gone.

canucklehead, May 06, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tanned leather one finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Chocolate, coffee, leaves

T. Chocolate coffee, lasting bitterness expresso, brown sugar.

M. Fullbodied lightly carbonated.Creamy.

D. A really good stout. I like that it is not very sweet. The taste lasts a good while. It is slightly filling.

smibroncos, May 01, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep dark brown with no foam to speak of, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass

S - Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - dark roasted malts to start, then the coffee and chocolate follow finishing with the bitterness

M/D - light bodied for a stout, a bit of dryness that makes it not as smooth as I like. Overall not bad, but there are better.

mikereaser, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I've tried anyhting from this brewery...let's see what Lost Coast has to offer.

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass. Two finger tan fluffy head with really good head retention. Leaves a pretty fishnet lacing down the inside of my glass. This brew is pitch black opaque in color - as dark as a moon free night.

Smell - Not very volatile. Malty nose with a hint of bitter chocolate. A little coffee undertone as well.

Taste - Malty, roasted coffee with a hint of milk chocolate. As it warms, it seems to get a little more bitter on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel & drinkability - Seems a little bit oily on the tongue. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. The relatively low ABV helps make this even more drinkable. I'm pretty impressed by this one. The 8-ball on the label made me second guess before picking it up...I'm glad I didn't judge this book by its cover. An excellent example of an American Stout!

drizzam, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a with 2 millimeter tanish head with a dissolving whispiness.
Smells like Godiva chocolate liqour. A little roast but the notes are right there.
Very chocolate start with a highly roasted malt finish.
Nearly 30 seconds after I last drink I still have some malty goodness with me.
It has a nice flavor and while not sessionable, goes down well.

ThaBobfather, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/ruby beer with beige/coffee colored foam.

Smells like a stout. Rich, slightly sweet. Coffee and chocolate aromas. Good but not outstanding.

Maybe a little overcarbonated for the style. Not as smooth, mouthfeel wise, as many Oatmeal Stouts.
Slightly sweet. Somewhat rich.

I'm enjoying drinking this but I don't know if I'd seek it out. Good but not great

nms1987, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get behind this eight ball!

One of my favorite stouts for a while, had another one last night, so thought I would review it. Poured a pitch black in my tulip glass, like well, and eight ball. A frothy tan head floated on top. Smell was a little chocolately malt. This brew really shines with its complex and ever changing flavor. First poured, its rather coffee dominated with a little bitter chocolate and a litte sweetness. As it warms, the chocolate starts to dominate and a raspberry or blueberry note comes into play. Nice creamy mouth feel and a smooth drinakble brew with all the roasted malt goodness going on.

RunDWP, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BigRedBeerDude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark almost black. The initial taste is a pleasant blast of coffee and roasted malt, it also finishes off with a very pleasant and balanced blast of hops. I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. I find their other brews generally unimpressive but Lost Coast stepped up their game on this one. It's a nice, cheaper, alternative than the ole classic "go-to" oatmeal stout-Sam Smith. Overall, I will definitely buy again.

BigRedBeerDude, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black as a cloudy, starless sky at midnight.

S. dark malt, nice malty stout.

T. Initially good, dark malt, chocolate, and burned caramel

M. Too light for a stout

D. Fine, not overly filling like some stouts can be

Felt that the taste waned too easily for a stout

Chelsea1905, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewhouse Grille, Camp Hill, PA on 3/11/09.

A - Poured a dark brown body about two shades away from black with some walnut highlights and a slim tan head that reduced to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace on the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt with subtle coffee aroma and hints of chocolate, as well as a slight toasted nutty character.

T - Initial flavor is dark roasted malt followed by milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Some nuttiness and mild earthy bitterness emerges in the finish, with the bitterness picking up steam the longer I enjoyed the brew.

M - Medium body with a watery, yet slightly oily, texture and pretty lively carbonation resulting in some moderate tongue prickle. Mildly astringent in the finish with some residual hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty straight-up American Stout from Lost Coast with a pleasant chocolate and nutty characteristics. This would be nice on nitro!

ffejherb, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic glass for which once again I am very sorry...but you use what ya got.

Pours a cola color with a moderately fluffy head that recedes quickly but leaves way more than ample lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, coffee caramel and cream. Slightly fruity note creeps in with a nice chocolate aroma.

Flavor is deep roasted malt up front. Dark chocolate and coffee. Vanilla bean and butter. Slightly smokey with a very roasty finish. Small amount of sweetness on the finish that keeps you wanting another sip.

Mourhfeel is full and creamy, one of the best in an American Stout I have had yet. Carbonation is spot on and makes the beer smooth and thick, chewy and creamy....excellent.

wheatyweiss, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Black and almost opaque. Brown head receded quickly.

S: Strong roasted malt character with a dash of chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt sweetness up front. Balanced nicely by a generous amount of hops, but not so much as to detract from the primary flavors of roast and chocolate.

M: Full-bodied with lower carbonation. Finished with a dry, roasted flavor.

D: Nice and smooth. Goes down quite easily.

Pretty good stuff. I liked the thick mouthfeel and drier finish. A nice, solid stout that I would certainly purchase again.

PirateUlf73, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee and hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some dark roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate and some hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side for stouts with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, something that I wouldn't mind enjoying again.

cjgator3, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Azumel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Azumel, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Magpie14, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GreenCard, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of HappyBivouac
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

HappyBivouac, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of orangemoustache
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

orangemoustache, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kaseydad, Jan 14, 2009
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.