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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: 926
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 38 | 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 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
Photo of baby4rose
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8Ball is a fine beer and I really enjoyed it!!

It pours - dark in color with a malt / chocolate flavor. One of my favorite scouts… the Lost Coast Brewery knows what they are doing. I have enjoyed all of there beers I have tried.

I would definitely want to have this beer again and would recommend it.

baby4rose, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of drseamus
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body with ruby notes at the edges. There is a bit of tan head on the top. Where the light shines through at the edges there are visible flecks floating around. The smell is decent but isn't strong enough. There is a touch of roasted malt and maybe a touch of caramel in there. Not a bad flavor at all. There is a good caramel sweetness with a nice complementary roasted malt. Medium bodied and decent drinkability

drseamus, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of monkeybeer
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a coffee black with a dark tan head that lingered for a while, also had some light lacing.

S- Roasted malt and sweet chocolate

T/M- Roasted malt with a sweet chocolate taste at the end.

D- Very nice stout. I tend to like things from lost coats. It was very drinkable not to heavy but enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

monkeybeer, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of GAPit
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours syrupy dark, almost black, with plenty of dark frothy head with creamy lacing.

Lighter in smell than I expected. Sweet, dark malts, some chocolate, coffee. Sweetness dominates with a maple/brown sugar finish, smells great!

Sweet dark malt taste, once again a bit less intense than I expected. Nice tight finish for a stout, hop/sweetness balance is perfect for an oatmeal stout. This beer is delicious.

Creamy in the mouth, perfect carbonation til the end. Finish utilizes all tounge realestate.

Overall a great oatmeal stout, very drinkable for this style, certainly wont have any trouble getting through this sixpack, and will buy again in the near future.

GAPit, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of WxAxGxS
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts. Screw-top 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark with a thin, coffee-colored head. Lots of big bubbles and almost no lacing on the sides of the glass this time around. It usually shows off a nice thick head. Smells starts of a roast malt and finishes with a fine smell of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely not a "smooth" stout. Taste of chocolate, roasted walnuts and a bit of coffee. Aftertaste is of dark roasted malts and almost a yeasty finish.

WxAxGxS, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a six pack of capped 12 ounce bottles at Albertson's in Kennewick, Washington. I poured it into a pint glass.

A: It poured a deep dark black with a massive foam head that generated a dense lacing.

S: It had a distinct aroma of burnt malts, bitter chocolate and espresso.

T: It has a bitter bite with little balance from the burnt malts. I expected more chocolate flavors but they did not materialize.

M: It was full bodied and creamy. The low ABV and carbonation resulted in a lingering bitter-sour aftertaste.

D: This is one bitter stout. It is one dimensional and uninteresting. I will leave it on the shelf for someone who likes a bitter brew.

dnichols, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great stout...picked one up from ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69
A: Pours a gorgeous deep black color, very nice 2 finger head that stays around, leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate, dark malts, coffee, and toffee

T: Very nice balance of delicious roasted flavors, coffee, chocolate, and other toasted flavors that I cant put my finger on

MF: Initially sweet with a bitter aftertaste in the mouth, full body, clean finish

D: Pretty easy to drink...

scottyshades, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick black motor oil black with a thick tan foam that quickly disipates to a scant cover with no foam.

S: hoppy chocolate and roasted coffee

T: bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee with sweet cream, licorice and malt

M: Crisp smooth and well balanced from beginning to end.

D: Will be buying again and recommend as a good stout.

NitroGen, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of likestoswallow
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with an ample tan head that fades moderately fast. Some lacing observed. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a bit of molasses. Flavor featuress burnt toast, coffee, walnuts, dirt and some bittersweet chocolate. Moderately hopped. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying. Finish was long and glorious. This is one very nicely well balanced stout. Recommended, I will drink again.

likestoswallow, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of livingregret
1.83/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, no other information on the bottle really

Appearance: What starts off as w/ a promising dark brew leaves NO head. Disappointing

Smell: A touch of chocolate and caramel but a overpowering roasted malt smell.

Taste/mouthfeel: A burnt chocolate taste w/ a very slight caramel. The Burnt taste is VERY strong and overpowers most of the chocolate(leaving a burnt roasted taste) and leaves NO caramel. Goes down fairly easy but leaves a very grimy feeling in the throat. I can deal w/ "burnt" roasted taste but the grimyness in the mouth is just awful

Drinkability: I'm done trying this beer....the grimyness and overly burnt taste pushes me away from this

livingregret, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of sid6581
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass

Fine, long-lasting, creamy head. Aroma is of chocolate and caramel.

Mouth feel is somewhat disappointing but the taste is great. Nice chocolate notes. I wish it were thicker.

Not bitter at all - very drinkable. I could go for another. Completely smooth.

I bought two bottles of this in Indiana last year. This is the first I have opened. Looking forward to the 2nd.

sid6581, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.17/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark brew with a large short lived head. Only a patchy ring of lacing lingers.

S - Not terribly pleasant herbal hops are in the initial nose. Once the head subsides, there is sweet coffee, faint licorice, a touch of chocolate. Earthy/woodsy hops and a touch of very faint fusel alcohol.

T - Hops, grass and flowers, accompanied by some charred malt, then a tiny bit of coffee and earth. This ends with a mild coffee bitterness with a twinge of chemicals. Later in the aftertaste I detect an extremely faint oakiness.

M - Thick and gummy on the throat. A little harsh and not refreshing (mostly due to the gumminess).

D - It isn't awful, but I don't think I will have this again, the mouthfeel is really bad. It is an okay beer, I could see someone else liking it, but it is definitely not for me.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black, letting no light in whatsoever. A one finger khaki colored head emerges, has pretty good retention, and leaves behind a little lace.

Aroma is definitely filled with some roasty goodness. Chocolate seems to predominate, but a touch of coffee is present as well. Slight scents of a fruity yeast ester are also present... Fermented hot perhaps?

Flavor is a little surprising. The roasted malts lend a much more coffee centric flavor than the chocolate on the nose. Fruity yeast is still present, but blends well with those citrusy west coast hops. Well balanced, with a dry and lingering finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Its refreshing to see a brewer (especially one on the left coast) to still be making a stout without "imperializing" it. Definitely one of the better beers I've had from Lost Coast.... but they need to clean up the ferment a bit. Those fruity flavors have got to go! Without them, this could be a damn good stout I think. I'd buy it again, but I won't be rushing out for more

phisig137, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a whispy & fizzy tan head and good lace. The aroma suggests charcoal/smoke, malt and brown sugar. It has a smooth feel with light carbonation and a cherry/raisin flavor that often masks the malt qualities a bit. It finishes with a pretty heavy bitterness but remains fairly drinkable for a stout. I detected some buttery hints despite the tangy overtones. It's kind of different, definitely recommended for a try.

Durge, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Finger brown head quickly disapating. First one I had was warmer than what I normally sample at. Roasted chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Opaque black, one of the most ever opaque. Thin/light mouthfeel. Some spotty lacing. Leaves a slick palate. Alcohol warming effect. Slight sting on conditioning, not bloating though. Toasty porter at the end and aftertaste. Drinkability is high altogether. Perfect balance between hop/malt/chocolate/oatmeal. Had 2 cooler ones later on with my lovely friend. then finished the final 3 later at home... Definitely NOT one-dimentional. A little astringent.

TechMyst, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A creamy and solid looking four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew. The head shows amazing retention and gets rocky as it eventually settles to a thick finger. Viewed from above, this head looks like yeasty cookie dough. Big sheets of lace coat the glass and leave traces of khaki bubbles behind as they slide back down into the brew.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies, chocolate marshmallow (rocky road?) ice cream, and coffee with loads of vanilla flavored cream and sugar. Doesn't smell as dark as other stouts....it lacks the dark chocolate and espresso notes that stouter stouts have, but it smells extraordinary.

T - Oh, wow. This one is mellow, creamy, and subdued with delicate flavors. I like the fact that this takes a different approach to the style....it doesn't hit you over the head with espresso bitterness, but it gets under your skin with rich silky dark chocolate mousse and malty goodness. This is almost more of a porter than a stout as far as roaty bitterness goes.

M - Light in body, but rich and silky. The carbonation is very fine and quite subdued...luscious and silky in my mouth. Feels more hefty than it actually is. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - Could anything be more drinkable? This is mellow, creamy, complex, and it doesn't tax your taste buds over the course of a session. Not the heaviest hitting stout, but one of the most tasty and drinkable IMO.

pmcadamis, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 8 ball is dark as the last ball of the rack. The foam head is gone muy rapido.

The smell was okay but I didn't get much from the aroma.

The taste was mellow and more on the malt side. Didn't taste much chocolate or coffee.

The mouthfeel hit the roof of my mouth and didn't stay long.

cswhitehorse, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of andrewm190
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. I love it. Good, solid sense of roasted malts. Perhaps the most striking thing is the coffee tones that it delivers. There is a fairly faint sense of chocolate, more noticeable in the aftertaste. It pours a thick creamy head, smells nice, not as strong as I might like, but good. This, I believe, is the first beer I have had from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. They have certainly earned themselves onto my list of breweries to look out for.

andrewm190, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of roller
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with deep orange edges and a half inch tan head. The smell is of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt and cocoa bitterness with some hop notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is velvety from the oats, although a little on the thin side. Very smooth and stays on your tongue. Overall, a tasty and robust stout I'd have again.

roller, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oily black pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is sweet and smoky, which works well for this brew. The mouthfeel is heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, I think that the taste is interesting and compelling. I prefer heavier beers and consider this to be very drinkable.

barefootbrewer, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounces into a Duvel glass...

Pitch-black motor oil in color, with a 3/4 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a slight collar. Missing some of that big creamy cap that I see with other stouts. A big sniff presents brown sugar, molasses, a touch of butterscotch, and a tad of bittersweet chocolate. Though I am no stout pro by any means, it strikes me as a bit of a departure. First sip: right off, I get some of that brown sugar and toffee-like characteristics, but the middle is a strong fruitiness, some berry and (am I crazy, here) some raisin? Finishes with a quick slap of liquorice and the faintist hint of chocolate. I'm stumped, honestly. It seems to have more in common with a dubbel or quad than a stout. All of the quintessential things I would look for are absent. And then to compound the crime, it resembles a Belgian, but not a very good one either. Body is medium, with not much in the way of carbonation or hoppy tingle. A bad bottle, maybe? I can't tell. But I am very much underwhelmed.

0tt0, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of bryskal
2.03/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the wimpiest stout I have ever drank. If you are a wimp beer drinker and go for the girly drinks, you'll love it. I had to stop and double check that I wasn't drinking Bud Light. For my stout taste, nothing compares to Guinness. Don't waste your money on this one.

bryskal, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - black color with a small tan head that left nice lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma with a slight hop scent.

T - sweet chocolate malty taste.

M - a stout on the lighter side, mild carbonation.

D - a good drinking stout, goes down smooth and easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 15, 2007
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.