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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | 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 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
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a goblet
A - Charcoal black with a tan head made up of minute bubbles. The foam leaves a nice glazed appearance on the glass.

S - Mocha, malted milk, coffee and pine scented hops dominate with chocolate and smoke accents

M - Dry, roasted, mild, full bodied, sweet and rich with a pleasing level of effervescence.

T - Masterful flavors of a dry stout. Deep roasted malt, sweet with dark cocoa, coffee and sweet smoky malt that is accented w/ a woody piney hop spice that fits so well. The french roast smokiness of deep kilned malts. The flavors compliment the ale so well the are so subtle and smooth.

D - A wise choice for those who like a dry roasty stout. An extremely smooth roasted and drinkable stout in every sense.

Slatetank, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Black in color, almost no light gets through the mug. Cream colored head which dissapates fairly quickly with very little lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of spiced fruits. The taste starts out with a strong coffee flare followed by a slightly bitter hoppy kick. There is quite a bit of carbonation and it is fairly thick. It is a decently drinkable beer, easy to sip on but 1 bomber seems to be enough.

Lothore, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really dark black with brown suds about 1 fingers worth.
Smell is roasted malt and coffee with a slight plum/raisin aroma.
Taste is watery. Some coffee comes through as the hops are in here but there is nothing else going on here.
Mouthfeel is dirty.
I would think that Lost Coast has better offering than this stout.

peabody, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of drlumps62
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at 40 degrees/

A: Wow. Very dark, along with impressive thick head.

S: Smoky, but not overbearing. Got my mouth watering though.

T: Smooth and creamy. Malty sweet, slight bitterness.Roasted flavor is it's finest quality and it doesn't step all over the other aspects of this beer.
What this brew does is a juggling act. It has a lot of character coming from all different places, but it smooths them all out.
And it does it with a 6.3 ABV. Good trick.

M: Carbonation is mild. Not a lightweight, but it does not offend.

D: Fantastic.For all the reasons I mentioned. In a word smooth.

drlumps62, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a brown, one-finger head. Left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. Great sweet chocolate and malt taste.

zeff80, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of cbak999
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black - opaque - small dark tan head - gone after pour.

S - strong malts; slight coffee notes.

T - chocalate and coffee - typical of a good stout.

M - lacks carbonation in my opinion. Little lace, if any left in the glass as consumed.

D - all in all, a good stout. I will probaly drink this again. Ranks slightly above average in the category.

cbak999, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This selection from Lost Coast pours deep brown/black with a rather short head that diminished quickly and leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma is smokey with a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. Mild coffee notes throughout.

Initially the flavor is smokey and full with undertones of cocoa and spent coffee grounds. It finishes with a load of sweetness and a rather yeasty quality that can almost be described as acidic (a fruity reminisce: cider, raisin, date), very curious.

Good carbonation that works in an interesting fashion with the almost fruit-like/yeasty qualities in the finish. Pretty good throughout. Different and unexpected but likable.

letsgopens, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of lovesoutherntier
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. the drinkability as with any stout grows with warming. at low temps. this beer is good yet not outstanding. After warming a bit, like any good stout it grows in flavor. With very heavey malt flavors n some oatmeal flavors with a touch of chockolate it is a good change up in stouts. Once again when it comes to good beers you get what you pay for. this is a very good beer that pours up thick with a small head and very dark. The smell of the beer is great. the mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is wonderful. A must try if you like stouts.

lovesoutherntier, May 31, 2007
Photo of Reed415
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour a black color, a dark brown head

S - Bitter Roasted Malts

T - Roasted Malts, Chocolate, but it has a sort of acidic taste that I am not fond of

M - Minimal Carbonation, Full Bodied, Acidic Burning in my throat

D - Decent taste, but too Acidic to drink a lot of

Reed415, May 31, 2007
Photo of potownbill
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Stout!

A: Dark brown/black. No light can penetrate this brew. Not much of a tan head, with little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, toffee, etc.... Sweet

T: Roasted malts, Dark semisweet chocolate, a little espresso, and a slight taste of hops at the end. Little hint of alcohol

D: Very tasty. I am a fan.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth.

potownbill, May 13, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Near black in color with dark brown hues. Craggy tan head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Ring of sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Fiant smoke.

T: Dark roasted malts dominate the front end of this beer and are followed by the tastes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Hops make themselves known with soft citrus and pine offering. Sweetness of dark fruit is followed by an astrigent roasted grain finish and a touch of smoke.

M: Creamy and silky smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slighly dry.

D: Extremely complex for a smaller stout. Drinkibility is high and has a medium body for a stout. I lliked this brew but it lacked in the finishing department. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, May 06, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to nvsblman and someone else sent me a 12oz.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee/caramel. The taste is malty with a slight roasted feel, and mostly toffee/caramel with a nice touch of chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a exceptional stout, very true to style.

Wasatch, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of xymyl
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark red/black in color with a thin, dark tan head that is easily roused up due to strong carbonation.

Aroma is like a brewery, not just a beer, lots of sweet malt notes and fresh floral hop notes, mixed with a soft yeast note. Hop spices hide just below the surface. Raisins and burnt notes come forward as it warms. If you search you can find the alcohol. Is there rye in this? Great spice in here.

Taste: Soft vanilla and milky notes lead into spicy notes that mingle with a tarry seared raisin flavor. A silky, oat/milk quality stays in the background. Coffee and dark chocolates are also ever present.

A medium bodied stout, but it has so much going on. This is one of the most perfectly balanced stouts in my opinion. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable whatever your drinking speed.

xymyl, Apr 13, 2007
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.

gunnerman, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
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.

jjayjaye, Mar 31, 2007
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!

Bitterbill, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, Mar 07, 2007
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.


cheers2beers, Mar 02, 2007
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.

ILhophead, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of ChuckD
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.

ChuckD, Feb 05, 2007
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...

mithrascruor, Feb 01, 2007
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%.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of BeerNinja007
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.

BeerNinja007, Jan 26, 2007
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.