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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 21
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Photo of tonistruth
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Crosling
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of rastaman
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.

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

12 ounce twist-off. Impenetrable black with chestnut highlight at the bottom of the pint glass; sticky and thick sand colored, finely attenuated foam. Aromas of powdered cocoa, faint whiff of hazelnut; roasted malts finish after brief scent of piney hops. Big chocolate malt roastiness. Beautiful balance of malt and sprucey-peppery hops. A sweet malted milkball meets bitter orange flavor at the finish -- absolutely delicious. Oatmeal adds a silken texture to this medium-bodied and velvety smooth stout. Great achievement, and super-sessionable. Definitely will buy again.

Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent offering from Lost Coast, I'm was impressed with the first bottle, but longing for more umph by the end of the sixer.

Chocolate aroma and taste, burnt toast and solid malt backbone.Just a great drinking stout, smooth - but somewhat thins as you work along several pints.

I was surprised to see the high abv, I thought it would have been lower, but still I enjoyed a sixer during the evening.

Got this on vacation down in Orlando, wish it was available in STL.

Photo of pjwilson
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bimber was bought at a strange with some otter creek that was dated 14 months old. nottle date is august of 05. So i guess this one isn't optimatly fresh, but heard good things about this one, but figured i'd try a bomber first.

appearance: dark, dark with an edge of red. small tan head, small though.

smell: too cold, distant coffee. as it warms more of the coffee comes out, along with the chocolte. hmmm, i think it actually tasted better cold, but as it warms the wonderfull aroma comes out more.

taste: this is right out the fridge, too cold for most stouts, but here all the flavor is coming through amazingly. what a great blend, i'm amazed. this is perhaps the best lost coast beer i've had. Waves of chocolate, coffee, and more coffee was over you. Very low bitterness for stlye, but the beer is not overly sweet. enough complexity to keep things interesting, now i'm wondering whether this would even taste as good fresh.

mouthfeel: right amount of liquidly bread feel.

drinkability: really, really high for a stout. Most stouts have either a harshness, which is good but limit's drinkability, or are too basic. This one isn't harsh and it's pretty complex. the 6.3 alcohol, is enough to provide a bit of a kick, without venturing into imperial terriotory. yeah, i think i'll pick up a sixer next time.

Photo of harpo111
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium thick and very dark sweet stout. Slight bitterness from the roasting..coffee taste with a little chocolate overtone. To me a very balance stout. Very easy to drink, not super filling..but moderately heavy. I would pick up a 6 of these on a regular basis. Good food beer.

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

Dark mahogany in color. Light carbonation that produced a big head at first but dissipated quickly. So dark that no light could permeate.

Molasses. Roasted coffee. Faint black olive/citrus esters. I enjoyed teasing these different scents from this brew.

Faint chocolate and coffee notes, not overly sweet. Clean finish.

Syrup-like mouthfeel, medium to heavy body. The amount of carbonation I would expect from a stout.

Bottled in October 2005. Deep color and light lacing give this beer a great appearance in the glass. Would pair nicely with a meat laden pizza, a burger or a nice brick of cheesy macaroni. I would like a little more of a bitter nudge at the end so I probably would not pick this stout as my favorite stout. But overall very drinkable and I definitely enjoyed my 22 oz. serving.

Note: Allergies colored this review to a small degree as my nose is a little stuffy. Will definitely review again in the future.

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

This beer smells of chocolate, chicory and coffee. Poured it into my boot mug and the head was huge and strong, tan colored with lots of lacing as it receded. Color is opaque dark brown. Great stout flavor with a more sweet then bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good with ample carbonation and a good balance of malt and hops. The higher ABV is almost non detectable, this brew is pure flavor. I could enjoy many of these beers as it is very smooth from start to finish. The price was ideal, 50% off a sixer at my local mercado. I will enjoy immensely. Hope they restock.

Photo of bennetj17
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark black/brown color, not much head forms during pour, only a ring. Carbonation is only subtle in appearance.

S: Notes of the malt aroma include burnt coffee bean, chocolate, and oatmeal. No real smell of alcohol.

T: The malt flavor is not very present, only hints of chocolate and coffee emerge. The taste is mostly dominated by the roasty/burnt finish that is moderately bitter, and perhaps a bit sour.

MF: Thick, but not chewy, it feels like there is enough carbonation to satisfy.

D: Drinkability isn't bad for this brew. It's a pleasing stout, but it could have been much better with more sweetness to balance to burnt/sourness of the dark malts. I would still recommend trying this one...

Photo of Bcant
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I felt a little like Eazy-E (RIP) ordering this stout:
“They greet me with a 40 and I start drinkin’ and from the 8-ball my breath start stinkin’.”
But Lost Cost is not Old English and I am fairly cretin that this fine American stout did not impact my breath adversely.

A: Very dark, nearly black body, with a fluffy brown head made of tiny boubbles.

S: The nose is all malt; tones of toffee, chocolate and caramel.

T: While the malt flavors are prominent, 8-Ball is a well balanced stout, with a hop profile that emerges in the middle and delivers a dry, refreshing finish.

M/D: The carbonation subtle (yet present) delving an flavorful and complex brew that fells even across the palate, allowing the various parts of the tong to experience the beer completely differently. The finish is almost too dry, but the drinkability is not impacted.

Photo of DogFood11
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice representation of an American Stout. 22 Bomber poured aggressive into a sam smith's pounder forms a decent head but dissapates quickly. Pitch black.

Hops are a cutter through the sweet malts, chocolate. This is well put together.

I really enjoyed the mix. Easy drinking, a bit chalky but overall nice.

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

8 Ball Stout poured from a bomber bottle: A typical dark brown that becomes endowed with a nice fluffy cocoa coloured head piece. Spitty lacing develops in the aftermath. Really fine gas bubbles emanate in decent quantity. The head shrinks to a thin cap, but remains intact for some time.

The nose carries some typical chocolate scents as well as roasted overtones. There is some dairy like milk chocolate feel as well and a hop bouquet of small magnitude. There are vague coffee impressions although not boldly so. Smells inviting and mild.

The taste is easy going and mild. The nose sums up the gentle taste quite well. The chocolate tones are smooth and accented by a bit of smoky roastiness. Somewhat ashy at times. Faintly bitter. There are no blunt flavours here, just easily enjoyable stout goodness. Quite pleasing.

The mouthfeel is medium to full. It carries a creaminess and fluffy aspect that make it enjoyable to swish across the palate. It keeps itself hearty without reaching an overfilling level. Nice.

The drinkability is good. The flavour stays mild and delicious. It compels me to take another pull without becoming heavy and tiresome to consume. Very tasteful and well balanced. My first Lost Coast experience and it was a good one indeed.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a very nice thick, tan head. Nice spider web lacing.

Aroma full of roasted caramel, chocolate malts and black coffee.

Very full bodied. Sweet, roasty toasty flavor full of caramel toffee, and chocolate. A nice smokey dry coffee bitter finish.

Awesome stout, balanced and very drinkable. This brew has everything I love about a stout.


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

Completely opaque with a thin 1/4" brown head. Motor oil dark... looks nice.

Smells of toffee, coffee, and mocha in the nose.... very musty... almost nutty... I dig it.

Very nutty and dry in the flavour.... quite nice.... the flavour closely matches the smell. Not as much complexity as I would like, but nevertheless... not much to complain about here.

HUGE mouthfeel.... extremely thick... I have had very few Impy Stouts that match this thickness... and thus, to this brew, I give two thumbs up.

The drinkability of this beer is limited by its thickness. However, all in all, I was quite impressed with this one... I'd had it in my cellar for about 6 months... glad I decided to pull it out.

Photo of pmatz2
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black , ruby red around the top when held to the light. Very little head, with some lacing. Smells of espresso with a hint of licorice. Initial taste of soy, that decreases as the beer warms to room temperature. This beer improves as it warms to room temperature. Alcohol does not jump out at you. Medium to full body. The mouthfeel starts thin but improves as the beer warms up. This is very smooth making this a very easy to drink. Overall an enjoyable stout that I would drink again. Initial serving was to cold.

Photo of tempest
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always in search of the perfect stout, I picked a single of this up from Finger Lakes Bev.

Dark ruby, near-black body with a tall tan head that leave good lacing and a small head the whole drink through.

Smell is a little weak. Sweet malty and roasty, almost sour like Guinness, but not quite - sort of a milky note to it.

Nice balancing act on the tastebuds. Roasted chocolate malts with sweetness meet perfectly with hops bitterness. MMMmmm.

A little thickness to the body, but nothing too heavy. Its just letting you know its there.

I could probably put back a six'er of this easily in a night if I felt so inclined. This is great beer. A little too mellow in the flavor category to be an amazing beer though.

Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a nice tan head,and pleanty of lacing.Smell is roasted,but sweet. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is malty,with a nice edge. This is a good tasting beer, light for a stout,but still full flavored. Very drinkable. I recommend this beer.

Photo of SwillinBrew
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I finally reviewing this after having it again after an 8 month absence if it.

Beatiful as ever on the pour. A rich cant-see-thru-the-glass motor oil black with a cappuccino brown head that is short lived. The aromas were a bit too faint from what i recall but were of roasted coffee and charred coffee beans.

The taste is as you expect form the aroma, more roasted coffee with hops giving it the bitterness. I want a bit more punch here. This is a very easy stout to drink

Photo of Brewfan
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my 3-Philosophers chalace.
Very dark with hints of auburn daylight around the edges. One finger beige head dissapated rather quickly. Light lace surrounded the far reaches of the beer. Lines of carbonation make their way to the top of the glass.
Smell of slightly charred raisins and light malt. Not much nose to speak of.
Upon smelling, I was hoping the taste would be more prevelant, but I was dissapointed. Smokiness, low grade-over watery gas station coffee taste, a bit of sweetness towards the back of the tongue. Other than that, not much to speak of.
Quite watery and too carbonated for my tastes in a stout. Not impressed

Photo of waldowin
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an inky black, with a thin brown head that faded extremely quickly, leaving nothing behind.

Smells of cherries, raisins, and smoke.

Tastes heavily of roast, with a very thin hint of sweetness at the finish. Very simple, and not very impressive, it tastes like a mass-produced "micro" almost. A bit of a let-down from the smell.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little bit harsh. The hops leave your tongue stinging, and the smoke leaves your throat feeling a little raw.

Photo of far333
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany colored with a low beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate laced with chicory and cherry, a bit of molasses and some smoke. Flavor is cocoa, espresso, dark molasses, some charred bark and a cherry tartness in the background. Mouthfeel is low carbonation, a bit tannic and chalky, not rich or full. Average drinkability.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout had a dark brown to black color, with a typical head. The bouquet was originally weak but even after warming up the aromas never fully came out. The most obvious thing I noticed was the carbonation; it was too harsh for a stout. Despite the almost nonexistent bouquet, the flavors were pronounced with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel was mediocre, due to the carbonation and a watery consistency. I think this is a very typical micro stout, unfortunately from a favorite brewery of mine.

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.