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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: 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 rarevos

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with moderate tan head. Head dissipates almost instantly. No sticky trails, no real lacing. A foam island, but that's it.

S: With my eyes closed, this doesn't resemble a stout at all. I would have guessed a fruity, hoppy pale ale. A slight--SLIGHT--hint of roastiness, but not much.

T/M: Roasted malts up front with coffee the most noticeable, and some citrus in the middle. Strange combination. Like a roasted grapefruit? Finish is dry, hoppy, and moderately bitter with a burned tail.

D: Eh. As stouts go, it's not very, um, stout. Has a strange fruity hoppiness that doesn't really match up well to the rest of the beer. I'll give it another try at a later date, but I was pretty underwhelemed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 15:46:14 | More by rarevos
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an oily black body with a small, sand-colored head.

Smell: Enjoyable aroma of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, and with just a hint of smoke.

Taste: More sweet milk chocolate flavors, along with instant coffee, butterscotch, and a subdued grassy hop flavor. Short finish that's roasted and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a superlative oatmeal creaminess.

Drinkability: An agreeable light, easy drinking light stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 04:48:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of hero27


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Very dark brown..thin tan head.
Aroma of roasted malts & cocoa powder..but fairly faint.
Coffee, oatmeal, and heavy roasted malt flavor. Good finishing hop bitterness.
Medium-bodied, somewhat oily mouthfeel..
Certainly not jawdropping in my book, but it's a decent stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 04:46:22 | More by hero27
Photo of bjohnson


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with an intial half finger caramel colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Slight rim around the glass. Looks like engine oil.
S: An interesting beer. Spicy dark fruit with sweet chocolate hit the nose first. This is a complex smelling beer! Coffee and oak chips can be noticed underneath the dominant smells. Spicy almost like an RIS.
T/M: Roasted coffee malt comes through first. There are also dark fruit notes that rear their ugly head. Also a sour twang to the 8 ball that can only be noticed for a second, then goes away. Slight bitterness comes through at the end in the aftertaste. Pretty big level of carbonation--hoping that once the beer warms it will calm down a bit. Not as big and bold on the palate as I thought it would be, but not weak either. Medium body on this stout.
D: Very drinkable stout this one is. Almost on the verge of being a RIS--there are spicy notes in there that make me think this. This is one fine stout, with one fine mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:20:49 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at TuTu Tango in Orlando.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention.

S: Chocolate, molases & some British fruityness.

T: Mocha, molases, licorous, mild roastyness, pleasant fruityness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth, carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good.

I liked this a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 01:12:03 | More by Derek
Photo of Graebner


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black, lets not a hint of light through its massive body. Develops a finger of brown head, but this goes away leaving only a tan lace on top.

Smells strong, for one thing...I can smell this one from a couple of feet away, where it's sitting in my pint. Upon closer olfactory inspection, I detect huge coffee, dried blueberries and raspberries, barely detectable sulfer smell, chicory and coriander.

Taste is quite sweet up front with some cacao and coffee flavor hitting in the middle-back, along with dark herbal hints such as coriander. Hops dry things up nicely in the finish, leaving my mouth clean and slightly cacao/coffee flavored. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is just about spot on. Perfect levels of carbonation up front and in the finish to balance the thick body. Leaves my mouth clean; not cloying. Has ample body to let you know you've graduated from Heineken to a real man's beer, but balanced enough that you can drink it after a hot day mowing the lawn (what I just got done doing), or all night long out with your boys. Really a terrific stout, I will certainly be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 22:26:15 | More by Graebner
Photo of MLegendre


4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jet black, zero light penetration, A hard pour got me a very nice inch high head, light brown in color. that disapates fairly slow. No carbonation seen whatsoever. very little lacing

S: Very strong smell off coffee and roasted malt. It's making my mouth water. Smells absolutly delicious.

T: Like the smell there is a very strong, strong taste of roasted malt and coffee. Aftertaste is bittersweet coffee, and a hint of licorice. I don't know how to describe how good this tastes, but this is exactly what I look for in a stout. Flavors are very stong, this could even be called an Imperial Stout.

M: Very thick and creamy, Good amount of carbonation for a stout. Not too bubbly, but not flat.

D: This has won me over as the best stout in the world. I didn't think it could get much better than obsidian, but this one blows it out of the water. I could drink these all day. If you are a fan of Stouts than this is a must have.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 01:34:45 | More by MLegendre
Photo of fightingirishcmk

New York

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

Came in standard 22 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass, and noticed a fairly small amount of tan head, dissipated at an somewhat quick pace with smallish bubbles. Looks pretty tasty.

Smell of malts, coffee, and chocolate permeate the senses. Taste is rather good, with the strong coffee presence, there was a lack of bitterness and overall tasted rather sweet. A somewhat complex taste, but there did seem to be some room for a little improvement

Carbonation only medium, and the strength of the beer was pretty impressive. One or two bottles will keep you rather happy for an evening, especially since it goes down very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:58:05 | More by fightingirishcmk
Photo of BlindPig


2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- ½” coffee (2nd time poured 1½”) colored head which goes away fast. Can’t see any carbonation. Black with brown around edges. Very little lacing.

Smell- Light scent. Coffee and chocolate malts. Didn’t smell any hops.

Taste- Coffee taste. Pretty strong no roasted taste just coffee maybe a little chocolate in there. Coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and light carbonation.

Drinkability- Didn’t like it much at all. Way to much of a coffee flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:41:07 | More by BlindPig
Photo of EvilKeith


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it pours from the bottle the color is that of vanilla extract, a dark rusty brown. In the glass it could be black, faint ruby highlights when backlit. Granules of yeast find their way to the bottom of the glass.
The head begins as two fingers of dense tan colored foam. Head fell off to a wispy cap and a thick halo of bubbles.
The smell is a blend of sweet creamy chocolate milk and rich toasted notes. As it warmed molasses and toffee came to dominate the nose.
The taste was not as sweet as the nose would indicate, bitter-sweet cocoa and strong bitter dark roasted coffee.
Creamy silky mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body, mild to moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable, not overly heavy, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 01:01:36 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is very dark w/ a brown head. Smells kind of sweet w/ a coffee type smell behind it. Tastes very malty w/ some chocolate aftertastes. Overall, this is just above average in my opinion. Its not bad, just nothing special. The chocolate is a bit much for me I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 12:44:52 | More by beeroclock
Photo of briman


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Some ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Thin dark brown head dissipates quickly, leaving little or no lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront...mild chocolate, some dark roasted malts. Mild coffee peeks through in the finish. Some mild resinous hops in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, but this sample seems a little mild. Was expecting something much roastier...this example just seems subdued.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 02:18:52 | More by briman
Photo of scruffwhor


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

Appearance- Pours a light tan head with a little retention to an eventual film and ring o' film. Color is a deep ruddy brown with bourbon colored highlights.

Smell- A strong blend of roasted and creamy malts. Almost milky.

Taste- Pretty half-and-half like malts to start with teh middle allowing more coffee, mocha, chocolate, and spent grain flavor to hit. With the finish bringing all these flavors together and a well maintained hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:37:40 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of stoutman


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer. Chocolate barely loses the battle to the hops at the finish. Black color. Sweet aroma with good maltiness, nuts, coffee and salty licorice. The taste is dryer but still full-bodied with coffee, licorice and hops. The finish is charred-roasted with hints of nuts, not as good as the initial flavor on the palate, but still excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 06:09:31 | More by stoutman
Photo of surferman576


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with thick dark head. rich aroma with hints of chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. taste is similar to the aroma but is quite sweet. a very smooth yet bold stout that i could drink any time. if you haven't already, pour one of these over some vanilla ice cream for an 8 ball stout float. lost coast recommends this on the bottom of their six packs, and for good reason!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 05:43:05 | More by surferman576
Photo of custardcb


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

Pours a rich dark brown and black with very little head. The small mahogany head that builds while coming out of the bottle dissipates pretty quick. The body is completely dark with hardly any light passing through.

The nose is full of heavy roasted malts, sweet coffee, and a light caramel essence. The taste is of rich and sweet espresso. It is also very smoothe for a stout and doesnt have the common bitterness. The mouthfeel is overall pleasant and since it isnt too rich it is possible to enjoy of small session of these without worrying about that heavy stout buildup.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 05:05:13 | More by custardcb
Photo of IntriqKen


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a full dark amber head that settles to very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is richly coffee and toasted malt.
Taste is coffee, brown sugar malts, a little anise and maybe a hint of dark bitter chocolate, but only a hint. Mostly this is all about espresso coffee flavors.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
After taste lingers with the coffee, carmel, and anise tastes on the tongue.
A rich, flavorfull, complex stout....not an imperial, but in the realm of single stouts, this one is very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 00:14:49 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of hunteraw


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

Pours an opaque black. Huge head that's brown-tinged in color. Nice lacing.

Strong roasty aroma, but not a whole lot of complexity to it. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate toward the tail end of the aroma.

Wow, lots of layers to the taste here. Chocolatey, roasted coffee, bitter... a touch of cinnamon, and then a clean finish.

Good carbonation for the style. Slightly thick while managing to be nice and dry.

Good session stout! This is a fine beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 23:47:14 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this from my dad from his trip to Vegas. Here we go…

Appearance – Two words. Black and opaque. The head gives about one finger worth and is a medium brown. Looks appetizing.

Smell – Heavy on espresso and burnt coffee bean. There is some bitter smells with chocolate and roasted malts as well. A nice combination.

Taste – Very dominated up front by coffee. There are subtleties of bitter chocolate in there as well. It’s very nice. The finish is quite chocolaty right touches of roasted malt flavor. Although there were a few flavors here, the coffee was more of less the primary flavor...so good.

Mouthfeel – This beer is quite thick and creamy with a toned down carbonation. Just right for the style.

Drinkability – No complaints. It’s a pretty heavy beer which makes drinking a lot of it tough, but there’s nothing wrong with that as I enjoyed savoring this one.

I hope I get to revisit this beer again. It’s an excellent Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 01:59:06 | More by Orrshow
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are a combination of dark and milk chocolate, with touches of dark fruit and the slightest hint of molasses. Some mild chocolate flavors are present, along with some assertive roasted malt and a bit of dark crystal malt. Medium bodied, and very drinkable. No surprises

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 21:22:46 | More by fisherman34
Photo of tonistruth


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very deep dark brown, tan head with little retention, tan lacing on glass

S- scents of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate are all in there while the brew also smells rich and sweet.

T- a stout where you can taste the hops! Then there is also a strong roasted malt/coffee aftertaste. The sweet roasted flavor increases as the brew warms.

M- smooth, very soda like with the carbonation at colder temperatures, though it mellows very nicely at warmer temps.

D- very interesting to taste a stout that lets you taste the hops. Easy to drink especially since any bitterness or sourness from burnt malts arent evident at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 01:54:28 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Crosling


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

Black as the inside of an owls beak during enclosure. Small milk chocolate head of foam with an aroma of chocolate, roast and coffee with a hint of resiny and fruity hops. Big, roasted malt taste bring forth notes of coffee and chocolate. I often feel in an overwhelmed state of redundancy when I describe the flavor of stouts, but this particular one has a very appealing hop bitterness and flavor, especially on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:28:25 | More by Crosling
Photo of garymuchow


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

Served at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

Black as night with a small grayish, brownish head.
Nice deep roast aroma that is rich and complex.
Flavor has similar qualities with a nice hop presence of mild bitterness. Nice bit of sourness in middle before, which preceeds a mild dryness.
Moderately rich and and medium feel. Smooth.
Nicely balanced, well done and served at a good temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 23:50:33 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Thick black liquid topped with a rocky tan head that clings to the glass. Interesting tiny bubbles below the line where the head starts.

Sweet and intense chocolate smells, like cocoa. A touch of lemony twang, cold coffee, and tobacco.

Full bodied with a creamy middle. Chocolate flavors of a dark persuasion come out front. A touch of bitty-ness shows up alongside coffee notes in the middle. The oatmeal lends a creamy mouthfeel and lingering sweet and silky touch.

Damned fine stout!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 19:58:43 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

Tap@Lost Coast, May 04. Really nice stout. Rich and Bitter. licorice, roasted malt, cocoa chocolate, lots of flavour, very good. Nice dry, roasted finish. Very well balanced. Quite soft, yet assertive at the same time, man i wish i got to try more of this. Very drinkable. Particularly for its strength.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2006 17:20:43 | More by rastaman
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.