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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
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 markaberrant
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tanned head. Not as much retention as I would like but theres some nice lacing to make up for it. Has a pitch black color.

Smells of sweet roasted malts (caramel), faint coffee, chocolate and clay (weird).

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolates and a pretty noticeable bitterness (in a good way). I found it a little thin, but still creamy (if that makes sense). Very drinkable.

irishkyle21, May 31, 2008
Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, with a thin tan head despite an aggressive pour.

Smells of iced coffee and slightly charred bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate, and just the slightest caramel.

Well balanced, lightly sweet and chocolatey up front, coffee flacour to the mid and a roasted bitter finish. Flavours meld smoothly, and make for a pleasant mouthfull each time.

Medium to thick body, with lowish carbonation add to the smoothness that the flavour brings. Definitely an easy drinking stout, no complaints when this is in my glass.

elricorico, May 31, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Pitch black, with an inch of sticky tan foam.

S - Roasty and kinda hoppy - good start. Some smokiness, citrus, molasses, maybe a hint of earthiness. Kinda like roasted grapefruits over a peat fire...

T - Not nearly as bitter as expected, a little tart up front, and somewhat sweet. Some toasted flavours and a bit of nuttiness is present, but I'm not getting *anything* but the tartness up front.

M - A bit chewy, but mostly the feeling of not tasting any flavour is odd and disconcerting.

D - Kinda bland in a wierd way. Not even sure how to describe it... I wouldn't even think a stout could be made to taste this little.

allergictomacros, May 30, 2008
Photo of jayb
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance
pours black, quite black for the most part. looks like strong black coffee when held to the light, maybe a bit of amber. 2 fingers of khaki colored foam settles to a quarter inch of dense suds. a small amount of sediment settles to the bottom.

smell
sweet malt most apparent. followed by coffee, chocolate, caramel, toast, very subtle smokiness. Smells like breakfast.

taste
sweet and roasty. that sweet base malt is quite apparent in the taste as well, and very welcome. roasted grains have their say but aren't sharp or acrid. Very balanced. mild alcohol warmth near the end, almost whiskey like, with a tinge of hop bitterness. bitterness kicks in a bit more in the aftertaste. sweet up front, dry finish.

mouthfeel
medium bodied and smooth as butter.

drinkability
Very drinkable, a good stout. seemed to be easy to sip, or have a couple without much trouble. its been a long while since i had a good, solid stout. i am quite pleased with this offering and hope to try again soon. enjoy.

jayb, May 22, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a nice dark brown head. Aroma is of dark chocolate notes and minimal hops. Taste prunes? Dark chocolate with currants? Cadberry's? Rich lush silk mouthfeel. Drinkability-Guinness? No thanks-give a pitcher of this brew and call it a night

bradybeer, May 14, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/11/08 at The Yardhouse, Las Vegas.

Very dark brown beer with good clarity and some lighter brown highlights. One finger tan head at start soon reduces to a nice foamy lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet with chocolate and oat notes.

Smooth textured as it almost glides into the mouth. Well-rounded soft flavors: chocolate malts and oats. Not much bitterness. Aftertaste of chocolate.

An easy drinker.

charlzm, May 13, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The color is dark brown with a creamy tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The nose of this stout is sweet, figs and molasses, followed by nice espresso aromas. The taste is toasty malty and sweet followed by nice balanced finished. It is medium to full bodied and has a slightly creamy texture, but less than some stouts, this can still be refreshing. This is not a bad offering from Lost Coast, a stand up stout

aquaderek, May 12, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night with a dense, creamy dark tan head. Pretty good retention as the head slowly slips to a thin cap and leaves chunky lacing behind.

Wonderful dark roasted aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa powder, espresso and roasted barley. Mild dark fruit and faint hops add some tartness to the nose.

Starts with heavily roasted malt, slight char, and healthy dose of French roast coffee. Roasted bitterness fades into sweetness with dark chocolate, molasses, fig, and a touch of anise. Finishes with light hop bitterness and some roasted acidity.

Medium in body, silky smooth, creamy, and rich. Alcohol is not at all present, though you are expecting it. Almost like a "baby" RIS. Incredible drinkabilty - wonderful flavors and complexity, but still sessionble at 6.3%. Quite refreshing as well. Gets just a little cloying by the end of the glass. Top notch - if this was available in my area I would try to always have a few on hand.

Lupe, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Black and heavy-looking. Very little caramel-colored head which quickly withdraws to a ring bordering the glass.

Smell: Coffee and brown sugar smell. Smell is coming off pretty weak. It is there, just not in any substantial quantity. Some molasses and a deeper coffee flavor come into play as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: Not so present, either. Old coffee and water. A bit of carbonation does a little to enhance the flat, deflated taste--but not much. Some caramel sweetness coming through. An aftertaste of coffee that's been in the pot all day.

Mouthfeel: I actualy like the mouthfeel. My first impression was that it was pretty watery for a stout. However, it has just enough bulk to it, and the carbonation dances on my tongue enough to be stimulating. Its personality seems to be changing as I'm writing these last few sentences. Odd, it seems like the stout is becoming more watery in the last two sips. Hmm . . . I change my mind again. Mouthfeel is plummeting--back to watery.

Drinkability: I wouldn't want another one. Drinking this suffices for drinking a stout like one of those yellowed complementary coffee pots suffice for caffeine when you're in some awkward public place. I guess it "works," but not well. I really don't feel like finishing the last 1.5 inch of this in the glass. I'm kind of let down. The name had me so stoked.

I had this in Portland, and didn't think anything good--nor bad--of it at the time. Maybe this bottle is a fluke. If I have another opportunity to try it out, I will. And if my future experience is different, I'll update it. Otherwise, it stands.

blackjack000, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Boppar
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

POured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours black with no head. Meh.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

T: See above. This is pretty much a bog-standard stout.

M: Thin, weak, and poorly carbonated. I would have liked either a creamy or silky consistency, or at least some brisker carbonation and more body.

D: There is nothing really limiting the sessionability of this beer, although it didn't really "wow" me.

Boppar, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark mahogany color. It poured with a huge, light mocha colored head; decent lace and retention.

s: Mild roasty malts along with faint aromas of cherry, sweet vanilla, and fresh bread,

t: Sweet and milky toasted grains are the most noticeable flavors. The finish is dry, bitter, and tastes faintly of very dark chocolate.

m: The carbonation is fantastic at first, but fades to quickly.

d: If this was a local offering, I'd drink it often. Thanks to tayner for this one.

DIM, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured opaque black with only a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet molasses and dark bitter chocolate malts with some toasted oatmeal sweetness. It tasted like a good mix of dark chocolate and robust roasted coffee, although the flavor faded some as I drank it. It was watery with a bit of carbonation and a bitter but short aftertaste. Overall this was a solid stout that was very clean and easy to drink. I would love to try a thicker and more powerfully flavored imperial big brother to this beer.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of rebel1771
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a lovely tan head that fades quickly.

Aromas of cocoa powder, coffee, and rich malts dominate the smell.

Strong powdered chocolate flavors dominate the taste with a hint of coffee. A little underwhelming.

Not a great stout by any means but decent.

rebel1771, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of kwm13
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, nearly back, impossible to see through. The head started as an inch full of tan that sank within 30 second to nothing.

This smells of roasted chocolate, oatmeal and a mild scent of alcohol.

Tasted just like it smelled. You get the same roasted flavor of chocolate and oatmeal, in a nice stout style.

The feel in the mouth is pleasant. It has a long aftertaste that keeps the roasted chocolate flavor in your mouth for quite some time after the sip.

Enjoyable brew if you like the chocolate stout taste.

kwm13, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of marcobrau
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like a porter; very dark brown with some ruby highlights. pours with a good release of carbonation forming a light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a persistent, fine layer of bubbles.

Smells: like grain, coffee and dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of prune.

Tastes: more fruity than I expected, and even a touch tart. Some coffee, but more chocolate malt flavor. The dry, tart and almost tannic finish is interesting, but I'm not sure that I like it. Very welll attenuated and comes across rather watery.

Feels: light and thin, even spritzy.

Overall: This would be a more drinkable stout if it weren't more than six percent alcohol. A more vigorous pour would probably have smoothed out this brew. I imagine a draft version might be more impressive. In the bottle I think this compares to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout which can be for $3 less a six-pack in my area.

marcobrau, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of tobyandgina
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast is one of my favorite breweries, but I was not impressed with this one.

After pour, very thin, tan, quickly diminishing, fizzy head. Zero lacing.
Color was very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: sweet, molasses, sort of licorice, with a slight hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel was not very impressive, pretty thin and watery. Very light hint of malts, slightly toasted, hint of coffee.

All in all, very light body, thin texture with flat carbonation.

Pretty disappointed in Lost Coast's Oatmeal Stout - sorry guys.

tobyandgina, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Fordest for this bottle-

Nice black opaque pour, with a medium lasting tan head. Smell wasn't the strongest but was nicely of roastiness, some coffee, and definite sweetness present too. Taste was roasty, light coffee flavor, and fairly sweet overall, with a light bitterness and light chalky, drying finish to it. Medium to thick body, but medium to high carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is good, even though its more carbonated that expected. A really nice sweet stout worth getting.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a thick look out of the bottle. Not a lot of head but it did stick around and left nice lace edge. Absolutely black with NO light going through it.

Nose is roasted malt and coffee.

The taste is malty, coffee.

Mouth feel is rather disappointing considering the "thick" look when poured and the very dark color. I guess I made an assumption. There is a slight amount of carbonated bite but not alot of complex flavors. Drinkability is pretty good but I found this beer a little watery despite all the other characteristics.

daledeee, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding heavy beer with lots of strong flavors.

A: Deep black, concentrated color

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor)

T: Malts, chocolate, coffee, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor). Sweet and bitter mix together nicely. Not too sweet, but also not overly bitter.

M: Full body with some creaminess

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the power of the flavors.

Overall, an excellent easy-to-drink stout that is full of flavors, but not overly harsh.

Surefire, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and tan body and head. Roasted black malt and bitter chocolate malt nose with some sweet vanilla. The same in the taste, along with a light fresh ground coffee bitterness that finishes a bit dry. A watery medium body has some large bubbled carbonation. A decent offering of the style.

Slynger, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby... brewed with pale malted barley, chocolate and roasted malts, oatmeal, and Pac NW hops. It appears jet-black with medium carbonation, and an inch of yellowed-cocoa head that delivers nice lacing. The bouquet is roasted, chocolatey, and hoppy, but is a bit subdued. Not too flavorful when cold, but as it warms it reveals notes of citric hops, backed by charred and chocolate malts, hints of coffee and dark fruits. However, it is a bit watery and seems fully attenuated - needs a bit of sweetness for balance. The body is light - too thin for the style I feel - with high carbonation, quite dry, and imparts a medium finish. Overall it's not too bad, but is a bit rough around the edges and almost harsh when served cold.

mmmbeer, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black into a pint glass. No head whatsoever, very little lacing. Smells highly of roasted barley and coffee. Taste is refreshing and with only slight bitterness. Carbonation is quite low and the mouthfeel is smooth but dry. Very drinkable even with the somewhat high alcohol, which, by the way, is not obvious from the taste.

HardcoreKeith, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black opaque body with a small head which leaves some lacing.

Smells pretty typical; sweet/sour mix from the yeast and lots of roast.

The flavor starts out with sweet roastiness and finishes with some nice bittering that seems to grow a bit the longer you wait for the next sip.

Great smooth, creamy mouthfeel. They hit it right on with this level of CO2 as far as bottled beers go.

Pretty good. Definitely will be a go-to beer if I'm in he mood for a nice, thick, flavorful stout. The 6.3 ABV also means that one will do ya, but one or two more aren't going to kill you. I like it.

bboven, Jan 06, 2008
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.