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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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926 Ratings
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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 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.

nlmartin, Jan 03, 2007
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.

bgraney, Dec 05, 2006
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.

rkuhnel, Dec 01, 2006
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 02, 2006
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.

dbalsock, Oct 30, 2006
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.

AndoBrew, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
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.

tastybeer, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Oct 06, 2006
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.

DaveFL1976, Oct 05, 2006
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.

Bluemoonlover, Sep 30, 2006
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.

klewis, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
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.

Rudgers73, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of crwills
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.

crwills, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of rarevos
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.

rarevos, Sep 12, 2006
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 03, 2006
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.

hero27, Aug 14, 2006
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.

bjohnson, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
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.

Graebner, Aug 08, 2006
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.

MLegendre, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of fightingirishcmk
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.

fightingirishcmk, Jul 28, 2006
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.

BlindPig, Jul 23, 2006
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.

EvilKeith, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of beeroclock
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.

beeroclock, Jul 15, 2006
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.

briman, Jul 08, 2006
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.