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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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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | 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 gunnerman


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a black as hell pitch black with a fluffy carmel colored head that leaves thick lace on the glass. Smell is of bitter bread with hints of choco in the whiff. Taste is very malty and bready with a bit of a alcohol burn. This is one fine tasting has a coffee aftertaste which I enjoy greatly. This is my favorite brew from Lost Coast and savor each and every time I enjoy this american classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 19:08:08 | More by gunnerman
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger light brown head that is tight and resists fading. Some lacing observed.

I a fan of the aroma. A full aggressive nose of sweet roasted malt (without overdoing the roast) and chocolate of the tootsie roll variety.

The mouth feel is full, creamy and sweet. The nose and the mouth complement each other nicely.

The flavor is sweet and as creamy chocolaty as the smell. The 6.3 ABV is well hidden. A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 21:32:19 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Bitterbill


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large tannish head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer with lacing.

The smell is light but I note roasted and sweet malt.
The taste on first sip has a lot of semi sweet malt to it with some roastiness and grain. Further sips in and there's a touch of citric bitterness midway through and through to the finish. It's a bit thin when it comes to the mouthfeel and the finish itself is on the watery side. Hmm.

Bottom line: This is an okay Stout but I've had many "regular" American Stouts that were much better.

Thanks to Wsatch for this sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 23:22:09 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown bordering on black and nearly headless. Nose is barely there at all and features sweet dark malt. Would probably recognize some coffee notes if the signal was a little stronger.

Heavy carbonation masks the taste initially but eventually a roasted, well balanced flavor emerges but this beer could still use a kickstart. Aftertaste is dry and warming and certainly saves a bit of face for this otherwise weak, anonymous stout. Mouthfeel is thin but smooth. I'll give this another shot in a few months or so but a bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:24:16 | More by daliandragon
Photo of cheers2beers


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearace: Pours a not quite solid black but black non the less. A small one finger head rose up but lacked staying power. Leaves a nice solid collar around the glass.

Smell: A very deep level of roast malt hits you right off, followed by some nice coffee notes. A bit grassy hops and suggestions of chocolate as well. Smell reminds me of a Dry Irish Stout and also has some similarities to a Schwartzbier. Complex and enticing...lets have a taste.

Taste: Wonderfull roasty and cola like flavor. Once again this is tasting like a thin Dry Irish Stout. More coffee and small hints of chocolate are present and a bit of smoke in the finish. Im liking this but It seems small for a stout.

Mouthfeel: The feel on my palate comes off as a bit thin for the style but oddly enough this does not reduce its attractivness. Its smooth for sure but lacks a bit of body. Needs more creamyness IMHO.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy to quaff, almost too easy. It's like a very smooth highly roasted Schwartzbier. A HIGHLY sessionable stout.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 01:56:14 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of ILhophead


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness indicator

Appearance - Poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the top. Black with tints of rubyish brown around the edges.

Smell - Smells yeasty with some roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste - Smooth roasted malt and chocolate followed by hops and a bit of yeastiness, slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding but quite quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 03:32:14 | More by ILhophead
Photo of ChuckD

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz shorty bottle from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Significant tan lacing foaming atop ink black mainline.

To the nose - roasted malts catch you right away. Espresso, charcoal and smoke - but not over the top. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, smells are verified with roasted coffee bean sweetness. Nice hop character to back it up and create a lighter mood. Dried fruits - raisins and prunes are present and make for a highly tasty brew.

The feel does not back up the taste. Too thin and metal like. It finishes dry - you want more.

Musings: A nice stout. The smells and the tastes are full bodied - but the mouthfeel doesn't match up.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 15:10:05 | More by ChuckD
Photo of mithrascruor


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apperance: Pours a slick black color with a heavy dark tan head. The head graually goes down and becomes a thick film atop the beer.

Smell: Smells of bitter-sweet roasted malts and toffee. A bit of chocolate too.

Taste: The roasted malts hit first, leading way to the toffee, which leads way to a chocolate-milk-like taste. That flavor becomes the initial part of the aftertaste, which is later joined by some bitterness, presumably from hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium- to heavy-bodied. Little carbonation, but has a slight tingly feel.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise this isn't excessive, and the flavor makes it quite easy to drink a lot of this.

Though not what I'd consider a typical stout -- taste-wise -- this is still an enjoyable one. I think it's quite accessable and would especially appeal to those not as keen on the heavier stouts. Plus it's a thoroughly enjoyable beer for those of us who do like all kinds of stouts...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:05:29 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy tan head that recedes. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted malt with nice chocolate overtones and mild hints of coffee.

Lightly roasty upfront, it allows chocolate flavors to rush in. I notice some light caramel flavors and tones of espresso. Very mild bitterness. Finishes quite clean with only a mild lingering roasted taste.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Very tasty and drinkable stout. Quite sessionalbe, even at 6.3%.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 23:19:30 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice 4 finger rocky light brown head. Aroma of molassas, pine, oak, raisin, and smoke. Taste is mostly the same but with chocolate and coffee notes coming through. No fruity or floral type notes at all, this is strictly a heavy dark beer. Carbonation level is good, alcohol is only mildly apparent, mouthfeel is somewhat slick. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 03:39:01 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of flexabull


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Beer smells a lot like baked chocolate. With a sweet malt aroma as well.

Beer is surprisingly crisp, dry, and slightly bittersweet on the front. There is an overall bitter chocolate quality, some dry oats noticed, and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is above average, thick on the front of the taste, but a tad lean and watery on the finish. But certainly not bad.

This is a very nice American Stout. Not really heavy, and that lends this one to being very drinkable and session worthy. This isn't going to wow you, but it is good, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:16:52 | More by flexabull
Photo of akorsak


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The stout is a dark black-brown color, a little lighter around the edges. The head is a mere wisp, thick around the edge and nonexistent in the center of the glass.

S: The stout has a grainy aroma with hints of roasted darkness.

T: The flavor is a nice take on a straightforward stout. The roasted malts are evident in the first sip, a burnt chocolatey taste. There is a dryness to the roast, adding a subtle Irish stout element into the picture. The finish is somewhat grainy but retains the roasted element nicely.

M: A nice mix of biscuity and roasted malts without kicking the alcohol up too high.

D: I've had quite a bit of imperial and double stouts of late, so it is nice to have a subtle, well-roasted stout that doesn't knock me out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 02:54:33 | More by akorsak
Photo of nlmartin


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes my way from my Secret Santa 2006 Fartingdog. The beer was served lightly chilled in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a finger and a half high. The head was a long lasting dark creamed coffee coloration.

Smell: The beer smells of espresso that has been passed through a charcoal filter. Molasses a whiff of vanilla and semi sweet chocolate make up the balance.

Taste: This beer delivers a very sturdy semi-sweet chocolate and espresso flavor. The beer has a bit of sweetness; however, the hops dry the flavor out with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkabilty: This beer is very smooth. The beer has no over the top flavors or smells. This is a very fine stout and if I had access this could easily become a regular. This beer is very easy to drink and is a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 12:22:06 | More by nlmartin
Photo of bgraney


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, bubbly black, the head looks like coffee foam.
Aroma is sweet, like molasses with roasty malt.
Full, rich malty flavor, sweet and highly carbonated.
Medium mouthfeel with the molasses flavor lingering.
A very good but not great stout in my view. A little too sweet for me to want to go beyond one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 16:27:07 | More by bgraney
Photo of rkuhnel


4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After rating the bottle version I decided to compare the draft pour.
Same very dark, and very thick look. Not much head, but then that is a problem with draft pours....they try to give your your money's worth so carefully fill it to the brim. Nose of chocolate and coffee. A little fruit there too. Mouthfeel is very rich and silky. The flavor is mostly dark malts with a hint of hops. Really tasty and I cannot tell any differerce between this and the bottled brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2006 07:10:54 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BOldfacelies for this one.

This beer poured a black color that let through a little brown tinted light around the edges of my pint. The head consisted of a very narrow collar.

Smells of light sweet caramel barley, red and green grapes and a dry charcoal.

Tastes of light oats and a little brown sugar with a touch of milk chocolate. This also carried a dry sting that was totally out of place that became more prominent in the finish along with an ashy dryness. If I could really nail the sting down to an appropriate flavor, it wouldn’t be that bad.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a light tiny carbonation.

Meh. Not too hot and a little too much of a sting for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 23:25:39 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of dbalsock


3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a decent brown/red head that dissapates to a thin layer quickly. It looks pretty good through the whole bomber though.

Smell: Caramel and deep rich chocolate with definite notes of coffee. Pretty average.

Taste: Slight apple taste with a very strong chocolate taste. The coffee is pretty noticable too. The caramel comes into play on the tip of th tounge while a very rich slickness coats the palate (it reminds me of diacetyl).

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with a great balancing bitterness (actually a little too bitter). The finish is also too sharp from the alcohol and it leaves the mouth kinda dry.

Drinkability: Bold... but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 02:53:03 | More by dbalsock
Photo of AndoBrew


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*kinda liked would not buy*

app: nice and black wee a lil tan cap looks like a stout huh. you bett ya

smell: smell is wee, wee hints of roasty malts, wee hint of of booze.

taste: please please please be good! AND... it is!!!! well its okie dokie at least. some soy flavors some sweetness in some of the malts maybe a titch to much. the black stoutish part of the flavor I personally think is to small in the mix. its there then its gone, so much so that its hard to nail down all the little cute different flavors that make it up.. some coffeeness.. sure, chocolate.. I guess so. There is a pleasing hint of richness and it closes off with a touch of faint bitterness that also could be bigger.

ALL n ALL this is a nice easy smooth lil stout, not all beers can be huge .. and if they were, well that might suck.

Mf: a bit carbonationy and a tad thin. but okay I guess.

drinkable?: uh huh. it is, goes down 7.5 times easier than cola.

the carbonation the amount of sweets and the slightly strange finish are my big cons.. my pros are that this is a fine lil stout wich should give no one any reason to pout.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 07:00:26 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Attractive black color, with an occasional redish mahogany glint at the sides and surface as you swirl it under the light. Head is a decent couple fingers high and a rosy tan color. A creamy ring remains leaving struggling lace behind. Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate, sweet persistent roasty malt, a touch of vanilla, smoke, nuts and coffee. Solid nose which I think should be bigger. Taste follows the nose with more roastiness, some hop, and an extended, mouthwatering, bittersweet finish. Nice. Mouthfeel stands out. In all the bitter roastiness it sneaks out, delicate and smooth. Body is on the light side of full but definitely carries some weight. Its very swirlable in the mouth, with steady calm carbonation, and is also nicely coating. Drinkability is great for me, but I find good stouts usually are.

Good, good, good, better, good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 03:16:15 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fails to penetrate the pitch blackness of this stout. The light tan head is creamy and modest in size. Roasted, near burnt malt aroma - bitter and dry but lacking somewhat in power although some alcohol creeps in as it warms. Bitter chocolate malts are offset by a creamy sweetness and a hint of fruit behind. Some faint citrusy hops sour the tongue a little. Mouthfeel medium and seems a little thin for the style.

Not bad, but this is a fairly straightforward stout. Decent but disappointingly unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 02:47:54 | More by wedge
Photo of DaveFL1976


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

A fine beer.

Black in body, frothy tan in head. The head lasts a bit too shortly, however.

Smell of dry bakers chocolate, with the same sweetness you get from a Hershey's bar.

Taste is thick, sweet, chocolaty, and maybe a bit nutty.

It's not as heavy as you might think.

A fine beer. Moderate carbonation, with a smooth drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 05:09:21 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of Bluemoonlover


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.poured dark brown with thick
creamy head.

S-sweet,smokey aroma.Like drinking a milkshake while grilling steaks over a woodfire.

T-Chocolaty,smokey,sweet milky flavor with a really smokey after taste.

M-Very smooth beer.like drinking a lightly flattened cola.

D-Very easy to drink.Im drinking it as I review and sadly Im out!
I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 09:15:44 | More by Bluemoonlover
Photo of klewis


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Faro

A: Pours black as an 8-ball with a two-finger bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and anise

T: Strong chocolate flavors with a smooth roasted character. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied with fine carbonation and a silky smooth texture.

D: Smooth and tasty, this one is a winner. I've never thought of stouts as a sessions beers, but this one could pass as one. Recommended. I'm glad that Faro sent two.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 19:59:22 | More by klewis
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a shorter 12 oz. bottle.

A- Smooth, dark, no head.

S- Rich, malty, chocolaty, not much coffee.

T- Sweet and bold like a russian porter. Malty, burnt, chocolate.

M- Smooth, syrupy. No fizz whatsoever. I like the way it goes down.

D- Not too strong, very drinkable. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 02:52:58 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking (and tasting) stout. Sampled a bottle with some friends, most of whom were intimidated by the colour and 'heaviness' of it. Personally, I loved it and wish I had more.

Pours an absolutely obsidian black, with a small, contrasting white head. I was actually expecting a dryer stout, but this one was pleasantly sweet in both aroma and flavour, without taking on some of the cloying aspects of some strong milk or Caribbean extra stouts. Definite dryness in the aftertaste, though, with some good, unsweetened chocolate and roasted grain elements. Super easy to drink. I could easily have polished off a bomber of this on my own.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 20:26:39 | More by crwills
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