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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | 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 scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a light tan head with a little retention to an eventual film and ring o' film. Color is a deep ruddy brown with bourbon colored highlights.

Smell- A strong blend of roasted and creamy malts. Almost milky.

Taste- Pretty half-and-half like malts to start with teh middle allowing more coffee, mocha, chocolate, and spent grain flavor to hit. With the finish bringing all these flavors together and a well maintained hoppy finish.

Photo of stoutman
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really good beer. Chocolate barely loses the battle to the hops at the finish. Black color. Sweet aroma with good maltiness, nuts, coffee and salty licorice. The taste is dryer but still full-bodied with coffee, licorice and hops. The finish is charred-roasted with hints of nuts, not as good as the initial flavor on the palate, but still excellent.

Photo of surferman576
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with thick dark head. rich aroma with hints of chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. taste is similar to the aroma but is quite sweet. a very smooth yet bold stout that i could drink any time. if you haven't already, pour one of these over some vanilla ice cream for an 8 ball stout float. lost coast recommends this on the bottom of their six packs, and for good reason!

Photo of custardcb
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown and black with very little head. The small mahogany head that builds while coming out of the bottle dissipates pretty quick. The body is completely dark with hardly any light passing through.

The nose is full of heavy roasted malts, sweet coffee, and a light caramel essence. The taste is of rich and sweet espresso. It is also very smoothe for a stout and doesnt have the common bitterness. The mouthfeel is overall pleasant and since it isnt too rich it is possible to enjoy of small session of these without worrying about that heavy stout buildup.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a full dark amber head that settles to very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is richly coffee and toasted malt.
Taste is coffee, brown sugar malts, a little anise and maybe a hint of dark bitter chocolate, but only a hint. Mostly this is all about espresso coffee flavors.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
After taste lingers with the coffee, carmel, and anise tastes on the tongue.
A rich, flavorfull, complex stout....not an imperial, but in the realm of single stouts, this one is very good.

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

Pours an opaque black. Huge head that's brown-tinged in color. Nice lacing.

Strong roasty aroma, but not a whole lot of complexity to it. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate toward the tail end of the aroma.

Wow, lots of layers to the taste here. Chocolatey, roasted coffee, bitter... a touch of cinnamon, and then a clean finish.

Good carbonation for the style. Slightly thick while managing to be nice and dry.

Good session stout! This is a fine beer!

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

Received this from my dad from his trip to Vegas. Here we go…

Appearance – Two words. Black and opaque. The head gives about one finger worth and is a medium brown. Looks appetizing.

Smell – Heavy on espresso and burnt coffee bean. There is some bitter smells with chocolate and roasted malts as well. A nice combination.

Taste – Very dominated up front by coffee. There are subtleties of bitter chocolate in there as well. It’s very nice. The finish is quite chocolaty right touches of roasted malt flavor. Although there were a few flavors here, the coffee was more of less the primary flavor...so good.

Mouthfeel – This beer is quite thick and creamy with a toned down carbonation. Just right for the style.

Drinkability – No complaints. It’s a pretty heavy beer which makes drinking a lot of it tough, but there’s nothing wrong with that as I enjoyed savoring this one.

I hope I get to revisit this beer again. It’s an excellent Stout.

Photo of fisherman34
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are a combination of dark and milk chocolate, with touches of dark fruit and the slightest hint of molasses. Some mild chocolate flavors are present, along with some assertive roasted malt and a bit of dark crystal malt. Medium bodied, and very drinkable. No surprises

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.

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.