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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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897 Ratings
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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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 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!

arizcards, Nov 22, 2008
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.

aubuc1, Oct 18, 2008
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.

beerkittycat, Oct 07, 2008
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.

dstc, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Sep 28, 2008
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.

BeerSox, Sep 28, 2008
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.

joekfsu, Sep 24, 2008
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.

bbothen, Sep 19, 2008
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.

katan, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%

3 A black with orange and brown tones. brown foam leaves quickly, poor to no lacework.
3.5 S very hoppy for a stout. actually smells a bit like an IPA and reminds me slightly of Indica (tasted blind, so not imagining--guessed this stout was a lost coast offering). interesting, but very odd for the style.
3 T tangy, only a modicum of typical stout flavors. light-med body. dryish from start to finish. tangyness seems out of place
2.5 M on the flatter side
2 D too tangy. if I'm in the mood for a stout i wouldn't reach for this. if I'm in the mood for a good ipa or apa I'll go for a good ipa or apa.

brewmudgeon, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours dark brown to almost black, with light tan head that doesn't excite too much, and fades to a thin layer that lasts awhile. Probably the only major flaw with this beer.

Nose is a beautiful mixture of roasted flavors, whopper's nougat candy, chocolate, & coffee beans.

Palate is soft, roasty chocolate up front, light to medium body, hops come in to tame things towards the end, and the finish is modest. The modest finish helps to make this a more sessionable beer, one that can be enjoyed without notable pauses between each savoring sip.

One of the best domestic craft stouts on the shelf.

yemenmocha, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a dark brown with a dense tan head. Arome is medium sweet roasted malt and chocolate. The Flavor is mildly smoky and has a nice roasted malt base with light chocolate smoothness and just the right amount of bitterness. Finishes long, slightly acidic and smooth. Medium bodied, slick texture.

kmeves, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Almost completely black with a medium brown head. Drops rather quickly from 1 1/2" to 1/2" then to just a thing ring. No lace.
Smell is malt, vanilla, oak, yeast, chocolate (not too strong).
Taste is malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, hops, alcohol in aftertaste (with choc., vanilla, hops and malt).
Slightly warming, fairly smooth with a medium full body & light effervescence. Good stuff, not great, but quite good.

PorterLambic, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Got this one from my downstairs neighbor. Poured out of a short brown glass with...whatdayaknow...an eight ball on the front label.
Dark brown with a minimal head, even after a hard pour. Little lacing.

Chocolate, caramel and roasted malt in the nose.

Palate has heavy caramel and chocolate malt, coffee and a cocoa bitterness. Very small hop presence. Thinner body than I expected considering the heavy flavors.

Pretty good stout. I'd drink it again.

RodBurg, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours chestnut with 3= fingers of mocha head. Good head retention with nice sheets of splotches lacing on the glass

S: Roasty malt & cocoa

T: Roasty malt, some coffee, & slight cocoa flavor up front. Some oaky dryness & coffee as this warms. Finishes dry with more cocoa & roasty malt

MF: Pretty smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great stout, but worth a few pints

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%

poured a jet black into my tremens tulip with a bit of head that rose and fell into some rocky bubbles. black as the eight ball for sure.

i'm picking up mostly chocolate and coffee in the nose. doesn't smell extremely complex, but smells good nonetheless.

the taste is also chocolate and the coffee is more faint than i figured it would be based on the way it smelled. tastes a bit toasty.

the mouthfeel is pretty thick from jump street. even refrigerator cold.

the drinkability of this beer is pretty good. nothing offensive about it at all and it goes down easy. at just over 6%, i could drink a few. i'm glad i got to try it, but wouldn't seek it out.

deepsouth, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.38/5  rDev -12%

Dark coffee brown as it pours into the glass with a quickly dissipating creamy tan head. Not much aroma at all, just a bit of toasted, not quite burnt barley. More carbonation than in many oatmeal stouts; I look for oatmeal stouts to be creamy, this one isn't. Taste is decidedly non-sweet--in fact, it's almost savory/salty. Not especially bitter, either. The finish is nicely dry and the aftertaste is nicely roasty, making the best part of drinking this beer the few seconds after swallowing. I love stouts and while this isn't a bad beer, I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

PhiloPsych, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from bottle to pint glass

A-Black all around. A tan head comes to the top but dies quickly and barely laces the sides.

S-Lots of burnt coffee and toasted grain aromas. Some presence of alcohol or maybe some phenols in the background.

T/M-Very good. Coffee hits you off the bat and that fades to a spicy hop flavor that gives the beer a well balance crisp and dry finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good. The carbonation could be a little less and I would like it to be a little more creamy.

Overall this is a good beer and stout lovers will enjoy this one.

Drink em if ya got em...

Tbn2, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Appears to be solid black, but light shining through reveals it to be a very dark ruby color. Totally tiny head, almost non-existant, which fades to nothing, quickly.

Smells of malts and sweetbreads. Slight fruitiness.

Tastes of 'medium-level' malt content. It's there, just not really big and bold. A nice 'safe' amount, it seems. Burning coffee mixed with burnt chocolate.

Nice in the mouth, though a bit on the watery side, for a stout.

Very easy to drink, but I'd like to drink something that pleases me more. (But, thats's just me.)

coldmeat23, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours black with a pretty sturdy whit-ish head. Aroma is lots of dry roastiness with some condensed milk sweetness. Flavor is very dry, a bit sweet, an rather roasty. There is a touch of sourness, a bit like a malted milk ball, that I don't particularly care for but is not unpleasant, but this taste seems common in a lot of stouts. Mouthfeel is not thick, but is appropriate for the style. All in all though, I like it. Perhaps not as much as some others on this site, but I like it.

I would recommend this beer; I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

BeerBelcher, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

A: A black pour, sandy head that was a little delayed and short lived. Just a little bit of stick.

S: Light chocolate, sugar cookie or a buttery shortbread. Rather sweet with a bit of a fruity aroma.

T: Sweet and fruity... a bit more light and fruit flavoured (rather berry like) than I would expect from a stout. The coffee and chocolate flavours are there, but take a backburner in a way.

M + D: A little lighter bodied, carbonation is also tame. Maybe a better cask performer, not much going on. Decent overall, and I like it... but not often. Mediocre, but not bad.

Proteus93, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of altadenabrou
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A beautiful opaque black that doesn't admit light even when held up to the window. I got a thick head that dissipated quickly and left behind even lacing that has now lasted a good ten minutes.

The aroma is earthy and slightly metallic, but not in an unpleasant way. The expected stout scents are there but a bit muted.

The taste is malty but very dry, like unsweetened caramel. The carbonation is subtle, with a smooth mouthfeel. This would be an amazing session beer. More please.

altadenabrou, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

A - opaque black, big head forms, recedes to a thick cap, and eventually disolves, likely due to low carbonation. I light swirl quickly brings the head back to ife. Leaves a bit of lace.

S - well rounded chocolate nose, nutty and creamy, toasted oats perhaps?, no hop aroma

T - doughy sweet malt, dark fruits, and more chocolate. Earthy hops sneak in the middle, but quickly disappear. Tasty roasted aftertaste lingers for some time on the pallette. Picking up some citrus hop bitterness way into the finish.

M - medium body, not particularly heavy, but enough to carry the flavours. Mild carbonation. Dry finish.

D - goes down easy due to the semi-light body, and tasty flavours

Excellent interpretation of a stout. There is a little bit of everything, but it all works together. Body is light and narrowly avoids becoming watery. I'm not saying it's mind blowing or expanding new horizons, but it is very enjoyable and recommended.

markaberrant, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Small capped bottle, thanks to mixylplik3.

Poured into a snifter, this pitch black stout has a very thin burnt brown head that does not hold well and leaves little lacing.
Nice but unidimensional, roasted malt aroma opens to a medium bodied brew with a pleasant but not very deep or complex taste mainly composed of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and coffee. All in all a decent stout.

brdc, Jun 01, 2008
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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