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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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 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.

pmatz2, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

tempest, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of riversider76
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

riversider76, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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

SwillinBrew, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Brewfan
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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

Brewfan, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of waldowin
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

waldowin, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

far333, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

sinistrsam, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as black as beer gets. A small light brown head disappears rapidly, leaving no lacing behind. The aroma is big roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, and bitter hops. The flavor is very nice. The roasted malts give this a sweet chocolaty, coffee flavor up front, while the generous amount of hops provides more then usual acidity and bitterness. The finish is somewhat smoky. Carbonation is highish making the mouthfeel smooth without being dull. This is a wonderful stout.

goschool, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black n brown with a large cappucino head. Aroma consists of ground coffee and belgian chocolate. Tastes exquisite..roasted and full. Sweet. Dark Chocolate. Medium carbonation. Big, black, and chewy. Your sip transcends into a superb black coffee finish.

This stout is just so well rounded. The sweetness level is perfect. It's more chewy than it is creamy, but it still balances really well.

Thank you Lost Coast. This is why I love you.

grindcore666, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost Coast Breweries stable stout, 8-ball stout (no corner pockets needed), pours a dark color with only a slight color variation if you tip your glass. A nice tan head that remains throughout the drink but no real lacing which is odd for a stout. The smell is strong roasted and all malt. Maybe some slight chocolate tones but really nothing exceptional.

Do you think the other pool balls get jealous of the popularity of the 8-ball? Well 8-ball has a very smooth velvet flavor. The malt flavor is dominate but not overpowering. More of a chocolate or coco flavor. Although there was a smoothness to the drink it was similar to say a milk stout but without that lactate flavor to it. If looking you can find hits of mellow hop flavors. Maybe for citrusy and a American feel to it.

So what’s left to say? 8-ball is very easy to drink and has a full body to it. If nit picking, I would like to say that I would prefer more of a robust character, but for its style (and what I’m judging) it fits very well

Oxymoron, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours very dark with a dark brown sticky lace on the perimeter of the glass.

S - Maybe it's just me, but I'm picking up a lot of alcohol. Touches of malt and chocolate.

T - Alcohol, roasty coffee and malts in that order. The tastes don't seem to be blending at all and everything is too strong seperately.

M - No carbonation to speak of which makes it very heavy on the mouth, while still being a thin stout.

D - At 6.3% it's not a killer, but the taste and how it went down, was a disspointment for me.

Perhaps I got a bad bottle, because this doesn't seem to be in line with what people are saying, but I call it like I see it.

Bumpon10s, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black with not a speck of light getting through. Overall head retention is strong, with generous lace. Easy to see the thickness of this beer.

Over the top caramel and chocolate coffee aroma. A little rough.

Good firm malt base, with tons of caramel stacked upon grain and hearty bready malts. Good hit of bitterness gives way to a very smooth but assertive finish of charcoal smokiness, coffee and cocoa. Nice finish, slightly warming and sweet with the roasted phenols holding strong.

Good thick body, but carbonation is a tad too high. Easily remedied by a swirl of the glass!

Impressed! The price of this one is not too bad at all, pretty good flavor and right on style.

beersarang, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of germaniac
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not one beam of light is able to penetrate the deep, dark black of this brew. Smells of sweet, roasted malts and powdered cocoa. Earth hints of oatmeal are present in the taste, melding smoothly with chocolate malts, hops, and coffee to create one tasty treat. It's thick presence belies a smooth, easy drinking finish. This is my all purpose Stout.

germaniac, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: Black as night brew settles beneath a brown head, make thick from a vigorous pour. The strongest light can't penetrate that black body. Head shows respectable longevity. As stouts go, it doesn't get better than this.

smell: Lighter than you'd expect, but the notes you would expect are here: coffee, smoke, dark grains. Could be more robust, but not bad.

taste: Initial sharpness gives way to sugared coffee, giving way to bitter chocolate and burnt grain in the aftertaste. Rich enough to satisfy stout lovers, but still light enough to keep the less hardy around for more.

mouthfeel: Velvet smooth when it first hits the tongue, this is not as thick as I would like, but it's something that can be overcome.

drinkability: As stouts go, this is a good entry-level brew for what darker beers should be. It has earned a spot in my regular rotation.

Hunter, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very thick and viscous with a nice coffee head that recedes to about a cm. Coats the glass with a oily texture as it pours into the glass. Looks great.

The smell, when I first poured it, was dominated by soy sauce and chocolatey roasted malt. As it warmed up a bit more from cellar temp, however, the undesirable soy sauce aroma disappated to a tolerable level. I didn't like it at first, but after about 1/3 of the way through the bomber, it grew into a very rich and roasty mocha aroma instead of a thin soy aroma. A subtle hop shows up as it warms more.

The taste is very similar to the nose. It also had a strong soy flavor when first poured, but as it warmed and settled, it really opened up. Tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, and mocha. Only a hint of soy sauce left. The hops show through the roastiness in a subtle way. Almost reminds me of a less hoppy version of Gonzo.

This beer went from a disappointment to a hell of an enjoyable stout in less than five minutes. Thanks go to Vintage Cellar for this one, as well as some other goodies currently stocked in my cellar fridge.

neonbrown82, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black beer that light can't penetrate. Thick brown head that unfortunately disappears.

Smell is chocolate, toasted marsh mellow and coffee. Scent of alcohol has a slight metallic scent. Scent of hops appears are a grapefruit scent.

Taste is on the knifes edge between sweet and dry and is neither. Mildly flavored and the first thing I taste is a big chocolate flavor that changes to coffee in the after taste. Malt comes out as the flavor of yellow cake. After a bit the hops arrive as a fruity flavor that is vaguely citrus but I can't ID exactly which ones. Grapefruit is in here but also the flavor of orange and lime? Faint and pleasant acid flavor arrives after a bit to cleanse the tongue. Doesn't taste that hoppy but it betrays it's presence in the way it slicks up your teeth and mouth.

If this beer has a weakness mouth feel is it. This is almost creamy but it doesn't have enough body to quite pull it off.

A tasty and friendly stout here that never gets harsh. Body is a little light but that is just perfect for drinking at lunchtime when you don't want something heavy in you stomach.

Zorro, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 OZ. Bottle pours a deep brown, opaque no light through at all. Also pours with a nice head that diminishes but does not completely disappear. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate there could be a hint of coffee in there. The taste has a slight chocolate feel much like the smell and a slight, slight bitterness but nothing that takes away from the flavor. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and the next time I head to the beer store will be sure to pick up some more.

LucaBrasi, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This screw-top bottle was one of the more affordable in my local beer store, at $1.69 per bottle in a mixed six pack. At least the low price made this run-of-the-mill stout feel like a better value.

Aroma shows plenty of dark malt, but it is odd - tobacco like; more specifically, not like a pipe or cigar, but like Copenhagen snuff. No, I don't dip, so it wasn't from a lump stuck to my moustache or anything.

Flavor is just OK. Enough dark malt to know it is a dark beer. Enough hops to know it;s not a porter, but nothing outstanding at all. Around the tasting table we all shrugged and went "eh, it's OK. What's next?"

I won't turn one down next time I run across it, but I won't go out of my way to get one either. There is a place in town that has it on tap; perhaps it will fare better served that way.

bubrewer, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really smooth and pleasant beer. It's surprisingly drinkable for a stout. Some stouts achieve drinkability by scaling back on mouthfeel and flavor. Not this beer. Although it is not as complex as my favorite stouts, this beer is thick and ferocious enough to hold its own in the category. The sweetness is distinct and present from the smell to the aftertaste, and everywhere in between. Yet the sweetness never overwhelms the palate or becomes cloying. I drank this in August, and it was refreshing; I'm guessing that in January, it'll be comforting and warming.

GnomeKing, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep brown low head the slowly falls to a lasting halo.
Aroma of strong dark roasted grains and espresso coffee.
Flavors are similar with molasses and licorice with bitter espresso and grapefruit hops to dry the finish. Alcohol never obvious. Medium to full body and a round solid mouthfeel from the oats. Hints of chocolate malts. A good stout.

karst, Aug 22, 2005
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 Ball Stout pours black with some red tint at the top and bottom. It is topped by a 1 1/2" rocky tan head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty. There is some chocolate in the nose along with mild roast coffee.

The beer is at first sweet with an oatmeal stout quality to it. The chocolate flavor kicks in mid-palate followed by some roasted and earthy notes, and some hops in the finish. Even a little taste of amaretto in there. Everything blends together very nicely.

Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. For having the sweetness that it does this stout finishes fairly dry and roasty. I could drink this on a regular basis and I wish it was readily available to me. Highly recommended.

Photo of Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with no hue and impossible to see the carb action. The light brown head was minimal with little to no lacing.

The smell has hints of a heavy roasted molasses malt with coffee and chocolate in the background and has a resin and grapefruit hop aroma.

The best part is tasting the deep rich moderately sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted molasses malt with some grapefruit and lime hops.

Full bodied, smooth resony texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a hint of metallic in the smooth finish.

Excellent drinking Stout probably the best with around 6.3% abv. that I have had.

Troyone, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of HopHeadKen
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Poured Dark Dark Amber, the slightest hint of red around the edges in bright light. Creamy tan head with good staying power.
This beer was consumed at about 70 deg. F and had a rich roasty malt smell. First taste was toasty malt with a hint of sweet. Maybe coffee or chocolate which seem to come out more at higher temperatures.
Hops seem nicely balanced. I did not perceive the alcohol.

I thought this was a very nice american stout, I would like to drink these often. Ingrediants list oats, so I consider this to be a health beverage.

HopHeadKen, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black body with a nice dark caramel head. Head retention was decent.

Smell: Nice toasted malt aroma.

Taste/Feel: Very nice flavor. Roasted barley really shines through, but it's balanced by a nice sweet malt flavor. Just enough bitterness to balance the malt. Pretty clean and crisp for a stout and slightly dry finish. Pleasant nutty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very nice stout, hope to work it in regularly.

JackStraw22, Jul 09, 2005
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.