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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

872 Ratings
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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alexgash

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, 8-ball black with dark brown edges and a medium-sized cocoa-brown head. A very nice looking beer.
Bittersweet dark chocolate aromas mix with rum, coffee, and a Cascade hop edge.
Palate starts off with sweet cocoa malt, and light ripe fruit. Smoky and meaty. Big and chewy mouthfeel. Bitterness comes in and lasts into the long finish. Bitter, but not SN Stout bitter. A delicious, full-flavored stout in the spirit of Shakespeare.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 22:01:01 | More by alexgash
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head diminishes quickly, but settles as a small layer of brown bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is dark malts, coffee and chocolate prevalent. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, which quickly turns to bitterness, more of the burnt coffee malt than hop variety. Mouthfeel could be smoother, cut the edges on that coffee bitterness a bit, but drinkability is still good. Reasonable stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 01:48:29 | More by ppoitras
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walleye

Michigan

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

poured tar black and a nice big brown head. aroma roasted malts, smokey caramel, choc. covered cherries, hot prunes, toffee. flavor same as aroma with hints bitterness at the finish. this my idea of a good stout well balanced for me. thanks for my son for telling me about this one

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 02:49:21 | More by walleye
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Smooth roast, with the aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate. Toasty, some hops, coffee and chocolate notes bit bittersweet chocolate. Easy drink but could not finish it. On the bitter side, too acidic.
A bit over-rated as creaminess or extra taste or complexity would help.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 02:42:28 | More by Sammy
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

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

Brown short-neck twist-off bottle with no dates.

This was one of the thickest, darkest beers I've poured into a glass. It's like used motor oil. The head was an inviting tan/brown that lasted long enough to appreciate.

The aroma was roasted barley. A pleasing beer to smell.

A chewy roast grain flavor. I think the malts give some astringency. There are bittering hops to balance, but the flavor swings to the malt side.

A full bodied beer that defines a stout. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 02:30:50 | More by ncbrewerbun
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winomark

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head. Lots of dark malts and coffee tones in the nose. Mild alcohol sweetness noticable. Dry coffee flavors and lots of dark malt control the finish. Great palate. Mouthfeel is very flavorful, but not too thick or heavy. A pleasant beer. Great for a cool autumn evening. Another solid bre from Lost Coast. Definately worth a try if you are a stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 02:13:13 | More by winomark
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good stout. This one’s a dense obsidian with a frothy, solid tan head. The aroma espresso-like, intense roasted barley, burnt and toasted malt smells. It’s certainly deep and complex, but the smell could also be stronger. It’s what I’d call quiet. The taste, on the other hand, is certainly not quiet. It’s full flavored to say the least, with all of the aromas coming out. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a burnt character. Thick and solid mouthfeel. The brew’s on the dry side of life. Overall, this is one yummy stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 12:02:26 | More by Suds
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a kick ass stout! this 8ball pours like motor oil except darker. small head that diminishes to a ring. smell is sweet coffee semi sweet chocolate and malt. taste is robust bitter with a very subtle sweetness. not much carbonation but not missed. mouthfeel is sustantial and thick....a real belly filler. drinkability is great even though after a few you'll feel like napping like after thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 17:54:01 | More by ramrod666
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yankeeheel

Maine

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

Pours a oily squid ink black with a smallish espresso colored head. Small ring of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Smells sweetly chocolatey. Perhaps a little fig too. Works for me. What a great tasting balanced stout. Nicely dark/burnt malts come to the forefront without turning overly bitter in an Imperial stout impersination. Milk choclate sweetness covers the middle with a nice nutty/offee/chalky finish. Mouthfeel is good and oily without being overbearing. This beer is what is is, a really solid american stout. I wish it was local to me. A fine example.

Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 20:39:05 | More by yankeeheel
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bensiff

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer emanated from the 12 oz bottle as though I were pouring liquid liquorice. It filled my glass with a dark mocha color head that quickly dissipated into a small island surrounded by a black sea with a thin ring holding onto the edge of the glass. This is by far the darkest beer I have yet encountered and worthy of extra points for it.

The smell was light on the nose, but what could be detected was dominated by roasted malt with hints of coffee. The taste starts off fairly flat. However, once adjusted after a few sips; complex nuances of espresso, chocolate, toffee, smoke, and roasted hops work together in a narrow flavor band to make the stout surprisingly complex.

This is a smooth and highly drinkable stout that I will assuredly visit with regularity.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 00:25:18 | More by bensiff
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large tan head that foams alot ... when head dies it laces well. aroma is coffe, toffe, chocolate .. Nice taste a bit more coffee prevails with a hint of toffee in the back ground.. Hops are around to keep it in line and not too sweet. Very smooth and tasty stout. Just enough hops to keep it west coast. Nothing that mind blowing but very tasty. will drink it again.

in the famous words-- 8 ball junkie, 8 ball junkie. 8 ball junkie...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 05:37:50 | More by TinusTime
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

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

Foamy, cherry cola colored head fades quickly to a thin ring. Opaque black colored beer. Rich cocoa and chocolate malt aroma is just a pinch smokey. On the bitter side for a stout. Mainly bitter chocolate flavor, with a bit of vegetably? note. The flavor is a bit one dimensional, what hits you up front just fades all the way through to the finish. Rich flavor upfront, a bit dry overall, possibly smokey. I like stouts so it works for me, but it may not be for all.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 01:38:59 | More by HappyHourHero
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Comes in a 12 oz short neck bottle.
Well there is no way I can fault the look of this ale..its perfect for style darkest of black with a huge frothy light brown head..beeee-u-tiful.
The aroma is mostly of roasted malts,some coffee and its nice.
Taste is of dark dark unsweetned chocolate, and coffee a slight tangyness near the end and a long burnt bitter aftertaste.
Very nice and smooth on the tongue..goes down a treat.
Nice drinkability for a stout though I suspect its quite strong in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 03:11:28 | More by Reidrover
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2004 18:09:49 | More by Gavage
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

This came in a 22oz bomber with an 8 ball on the front that I had right before I was going to play pool, maybe it would help my game. This pours out a pitch-black color with a thick dark tan head of about three fingers height, a picture perfect stout. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt rise from the glass with a bit of sweetness to it as well, very pleasing smell indeed. Taste is heavy with a roasted coffee flavor jumping out with bittersweet dark chocolate playing a big role as well. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering coffee flavor and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Very well balanced with the sweetness not being over done and the bitterness being very present. Medium to full body this brew has a creamy mouthfeel that makes every sip enjoyable. A surprisingly good stout that is up there on my favorite stouts list, highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 17:59:45 | More by meathookjones
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer after its extraction from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an Atramentous color with a planetary sized semi-creamy light chocolate head and after its dissolving the lace forms a sticky and thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is rich in roasted grain, chocolate and coffee, ah that smell, start is sweet and rich in malt with the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste and a decent stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 21:49:34 | More by Gusler
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sponberg

New York

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a cool-as-hell 8 ball on the label. Pours opaque (no light at all gets through this bad boy), slightly cloudy with a tan-brown foamy head that settles down to a long lasting lace. *sniiiff* Ahhh... roasted barley and a whiskey like maltiness, with a faint whiff of yesterday morning's oatmeal. My kind of aroma.

Bottle's too damned small. Starts out with some alcoholic (no fusel burn) notes, then the roasty toasty chocolatey malts grab a cue stick and start knocking the tastebuds around. Simply luscious blend of all the right stout notes - faint oatmeal oiliness (but not as pronounced as I'd like - a bit more viscousness and this would be the perfect stout IMO), dry unsweetened cocoa, round smoky maltiness, and enough hop bitterness to balance. Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor, but with all of the dark malts kicking around the hops would just confuse the issue rather than help. The carbonation is a bit tingly on the tongue at first, which detracts slightly, but as it warms it settles down and lets the flavors play a bit more. Chewy but not overly huge mouthfeel.

I gave two of these to a friend who was visiting from VA. Went over to the beer store and they were out. Now I want to track my buddy's hinder down and get those beers back.

Nice, nice stout, one that I will be buying again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 02:56:09 | More by sponberg
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Guinness4me

Florida

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

Whoa...awesome beer! And it's brewed by beer chicks! And it's a stout! And it tastes great! Can you tell I like this beer?

It pours like the motor oil that came out of my '67 Ford Falcon after a summer of drag racing on dirt roads, but it's a beautiful thing. The tan head was slight and lingered around the corona of the glass.

After it was poured into a snifter, the aroma itself was intoxicating. Chocolate and malt are perfectly balanced and had me salivating immediately.

The taste was extraordinary with an quick alcoholic burst followed by a surprising taste of a pimento-stuffed green olive! Then the chocolate maltiness hit, followed by a mellow smokiness. The aftertaste was wonderful and lingering.

I need more. This stuff rocks. But what is the ABV?

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 02:12:21 | More by Guinness4me
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euskera

North Carolina

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

Pours out like black molasses into my snifter. Small tannish head that clings to life at the edge of the glass. Smell is very roasty, lots of chocolate overtones with roasted coffee beans. Taste is heavily smoky, with the coffee bean flavor in the lead. Just a hint of the sweetness, but the malt backbone is still quite present. I liked this one quite a bit, especially when I'm not in the mood for a sweeter stout. Very solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 21:45:09 | More by euskera
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy aroma with hints of patent and chocolate malts. It's not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. The taste is great! It has a rich dark malt flavor, but it's really smooth and dry. It goes down easily and finishes with a mild chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. It has all the goods; a good sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 00:00:47 | More by WesWes
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finepaws

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful black with a small chocolate head that dissapates quickly. Lacing throughout glass. Smells like burnt coffee and chocolate. Has a sweet chocolate taste, reminds me of left hand milk stout, while not as sweet. Has a somewhat bitter after taste. Mouthfeel is good. Not too thick, not too thin. A very drinkable stout. Really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 00:24:01 | More by finepaws
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a two-finger creamy head that's probably the darkest I've ever seen on a beer, somewhere between mud-brown and dark coffee. Deep, earthy nose holds notes of coffee, molasses, roasted malt, and a touch of smokiness. Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel is absoultely wonderful, like good chocolate milk. Palate is chocolate malt and coffee up front, with a subtle hint of hops kicking up towards the back of the mouth. Don't know why I haven't had this stout before, it's a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 02:13:55 | More by ElGordo
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woemad

Washington

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a viscous looking pitch black color, with a moderate brown head that dropped fast, but left a dark foamy ring. Slight lacing.

Smell was rather subdued. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee greet the nostrils, along with a very slight hoppy note.

This is a very tasty stout. It kind of reminds me of a slightly less robust foreign stout, but with a little bit of oatmeal stout thrown in.Sweet and bitter chocolate greet the tastebuds, along with a roasty coffee bitterness, finishing with a mild, dry hoppiness. While it's not the best tasting stout I've had, it's pretty damn good!

Not as thick as I thought it would be when I poured it, this is still quite full-bodied. Bud drinkers would probably choke on this, but it's not too thick for an afficionado of stouts.

This went down velvety smooth. I could drink several of these. This was the first beer I've had from Lost Coast, but it won't be the last.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 07:48:30 | More by woemad
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rkhaze

California

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dense and creamy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen. It became a solid creamy top as it disappated, almost like steamed milk. Left good chunks of lace.
Beautiful looking beer.
Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and heavily roasted malt. Small, mildly tart hop aroma.
Great sweet and bitter flavors. Earthy charred malt, french roast coffee, dark creamy chocolate, molasses, a bit of red fruit and a whisper of licorice and smoke. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness and a tangy sweet lactic presence. Maybe a smidge cloying.
Medium to full bodied with a creamy rich and round mouthfeel. There was a slight stickiness to it. It was like a cross between the creaminess of an Oatmeal stout and the rich viscosity of an Imperial.
I didn't notice alcohol in the taste but it sure did warm the belly. Excellent drinkability nonetheless and I've found a new favorite Stout. Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 01:49:50 | More by rkhaze
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henrysunset

Washington

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

jet black and pours thick, with a short, but fery dark tan/brown head. Smeel is also superb; dark chocolate malts and a tasty and balanced biterness, coffee scent shines through also.

Taste is dark and rich, like an espresso drink but with beautiful smoothness and a more pleasently balanced bitterness. Smoothness and ever-so-subtle carbonation make for a great combination.

drinkability is quite high for this is a smooth, rich beer. Will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 06:23:48 | More by henrysunset
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86 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.