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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Aug 20, 2005
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
Photo of KoG
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swear this used to be an Oatmeal stout.

Tar colored liquid adorned by a generous amount of frothy tan head that laces pretty well. So black that light was being sucked in as I poured it.

Smell is definately toasted barley with a hint of alcohol and some chocolate with coffee.

Taste is predominately roasted malts with the black patent adding a touch of bitterness along with some hops to finish it off. Light coffee and chocolate are met with a slight alcohol flavor and a hint of oatmeal.

A mouthful indeed, and very tasty for those that like a stiffer stout with very little to no sweetness at all.

KoG, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pleased to see this beer available at Corral Liquors this weekend on my 1st trip there after my recent move back to St. Louis. It poured into the shaker pint a deep inky black with a decent sized tan head. The nose is a blend of roast malt, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and a mild citrus back. The flavor reflected the aromas extremely well. The coffee morphed into more of an espresso character, and the cherry. chocolate really came out well. The citrus evolved into a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The only complaint I have is a mild alcohol burning there on the finish as well. The mouth feel had the richness I expect in a good stout. Nice beer.

carln26, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is nice and black, with a dark tan head. Although the head itself is small, you can see traces of its carbonation sticking to the side of the glass. Even when held up to the light, you still see no light shining through.

The smell is super malty and almost reminds me of fresh wort (wert?, the stuff before it’s beer).

The taste comes on strong and is a great blend of hops and malts. Neither one is over powering the other. Hints of chocolate and coffee are also present as you sip this one. It also has a good burnt quality.

The mouth feel is a bit sticky and chewy. It leaves a thin film on the tongue and has a good amount of carbonation.

8-ball is a good and drinkable beer if you like the thicker styles. I could definitely have another.

I say give this one a try for sure. It’s one of the best stouts I have tried in a while.

Naes, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of warriorsoul.
Pours an inky black with a small but well defined tan head. Retention and lacing are very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, slight coffee and chocolate notes, as well as just a whiff of hop character.
Taste is honestly much smoother than I was expecting from the smell. The roasted character is there, but the chocolate and coffee flavors are punched up quite a bit more than I would have thought. Hops are fairly strong and certainly present in the taste as they round out the flavor of this beer.
Mouthfeel is smooth and very easy to drink.
Overall, a good stout. Nothing to write home about, but certainly nothing to scoff at. I just read on the label that oatmeal is used in the beer which would explain the smoothness. A good stout plain and simple.

LuckySevens82, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bottle date (Jan. 05, sampled May 05) ingredients listed but no abv %.

Aroma: Rich chocolate/cocoa nose with a hint of hops

Appearance: Midnight black glass with a deep chocolate colored head that collared and left a trace of lace.

Flavor: Wonderful blend of the stout dark malts and the hops, which struck me as NW citric quality. Some bitter coffee taste helped balance the flavor well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth texture with a perfect low level carbonation that fit the beer well. There was an odd delayed chew at the back end where I normally get it at the front.

Overall Impression: Very good beer, massively drinkable. Sorry my review doesn’t do it justice. Creamy, well balanced stout. Worth the hype, a great example of American Stout.

HardTarget, May 29, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/24/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Pleasanton, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Very dark in color, dare I say medium black. Large foamy dirty brown head with little specks of yeast or something strewn throughout. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- This one smells pretty dark. Mostly highly roasted deep dark malts. A little chocolate added on the side.

Taste- It tastes dark as well. Kinda like a dark chocolate and mocha iced brew. The one thing that hit me was the bitterness. Very bitter for a stout IMO. Would have liked it better taste-wise if the bitterness was toned down slightly.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation for a stout. Maybe a tad creamy and sticky.

Drinkability- This guy has too much hops jumping around in it for me, but besides that, it drinks pretty well. I probably won't try it again, but I would definitely suggest it to other people that like the bitterness in their stouts.

GClarkage, May 25, 2005
Photo of ggroller
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, black, used motor oil in appearance and viscosity. Dark mahogany head that surfaced after a very turbulent pour. The head was completely gone after a very short period of time. Even before the first sip. I couldn't coax even the tiniest of heads out of the beer even after swirling the glass around a bit in my hand.

Very smokey in the fore front of the nose with chocolate, coffee, and vanilla lingering in the background.

Very woody, earthy, smokey taste and a super thick mouthfeel to match.

This beer is ok. I wouldn't seek it out but would drink another if the opportunity presented itself.

ggroller, May 20, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that leaves traces of lace. Totally opaque black color. Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Nose is coffee/chocolate. Starts with a sweet roasted coffee flavor and finishes with some bitter chocolate overtones. The brewer says that the ABV is 5.8%. 22oz bottle from Mark in California.

jdhilt, May 02, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry in its flavor, but not acidic, the 8 Ball delivers a very drinkable and satisfying stout. It's black as can be, with a decent-sized head of deep tan that fades shortly to a wide collar, but leaves little lace. The nose is more roasty than anything else (think spent espresso grounds), but there are hints of caramel there as well. Surprisingly, it's quite smooth across the tongue with a medium and somewhat dextrinous body and a fine, restrained carbonation. The flavor is very much like the aroma.... straightforward. It's not complex at all, but there are some notes of yeasty fruitiness, molasses, dark cocoa, coffee, low-key citrusy hops, and alcohol as well (not that alcohol has flavor, but its presence is noticeable). The bitterness is nicely balanced and lends towards a dry finish, but it's really the combination of bitterness and roastiness that gets it there. And then it simply disappears from the palate. But everything in life is a trade-off, and here we pick up a great drinkability in the deal. The 8 Balls is a smooth, drinkable, and satisfying stout that probably deserves more credit than it gets because it doesn't go over the top! Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color and is topped by a frothy 1-finger thick full brown head. The aroma is quite roasty with notes of coffee, and roasted barley as well as notes of molasses and chocolate. The nose on this is definitely a tad astringent from all of the dark malts use. This beer has a nice full feeling to it, though it is certainly not overly thick, in fact it is almost a bit on the light side. This beer has a nice complex malty sweetness to it that accentuates the chocolate flavors that are found here. It finishes with a nice balancing bitterness that is a combination of hops and dark malt. I also get notes of coffee, toffee, burnt caramel, plus a bit of burnt raisin as well.

I must admit that this is a really nice, easy drinking stout. It has all of the flavors one looks for in a nice stout, plus it is in balance and it is ultimately easy on the palate and quite the quaffable brew. Ah, I just read the ingredients on the bottle, it is the oatmeal that gives this beer that full yet light quality. The oatmeal really works quite well to add another dimension to this brew.

Gueuzedude, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second Florida import in as many days was poured into a standard pint glass, where it sat dark black, opaque, with a thin brown head. The aroma was dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, burnt grains, and floral hops. The taste was sweet and rich. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, bitter coffee, and sour apple found in generous dollops. Oaty, oily mouthfeel with some lingering burnt toast aftertaste. Hop bitterness was also noticeable towards the end of each sip. As easy drinking a stout as any I’ve come across.

rajendra82, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown/black topped with a two finger creamy dark khaki/chocolate head, leaves a sheet of lacing. The head looks almost like it was poured off nitro.
Creamy chocolate and oatmeal aroma, malty and earthy.
Sweet and earthy taste, lots of roasted malt and chocolate, a "dark" floral and herbal hop, plenty of coffee as well.
Full bodied and smooth, goes good with roasted meats and chili, it's just the thing if you're in the mood for a roasty beer.

mschofield, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown, not 100% opaque. Creamy brown head, rocky, thin-bubbled. Rather underwhelming lactic malt aroma. Typical choco-coffee profile is complemented by a vanilla touch that gets somehow beany. It gets even more obvious in mouth, I figure on some days, I would call it vegetal, a blend of the almost husky malt, coffee beans and the greenish hops, today it just feels beany, roasty and milky. Sweet finish, sticking the lips together by the end of the bottle. Medium body. Still a decent drinking beer to me, appearing richer than it really is, but how this is one of the best stouts in the whole world is far and away beyond me.

Rastacouere, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My choice for week 2 of "New Beer Sunday."
Picked up a six pack while at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY....what a great store. Cannot locate this brew in my area...glad to find it on the shelves.
No freshness date to be found on the bottle...didn't check the holder...don't care.
Pours a deathly dark brown, almost black w/ not a hint of light passing thru this beer. A cocoa head forms almost a full finger thick...disappears shortly. Lacing is present, but simply recedes its way back into the drink...more for me to enjoy.
Chocolate malt comes to mind on first smell...and then chocolate covered espresso beans...ok, so chocolate is definitely the theme here. A very faint scent of liquor, but real subtle.
The taste is first bitter, and contains nowhere near the chocolate I was smelling...this is a good thing...if I want a chocolate beer, I'll buy one.
A very impressive roasted malt backbone w/ just a touch of hops...again, just a touch of coffee...not overpowering. Bitter finish as well, but the taste does not linger on the pallet.
The mouthfeel could be thicker, but for an American stout, it is right on target.
I do like this beer and could drink a number of these if in the mood.
Looking forward to trying a few more of the Lost Coast brews...a great first impression.

warriorsoul, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light rejecting, impenetrable onyx. The voluminous head is the color of double coffee ice cream or chocolate fudge cake batter and may be the darkest that I've ever seen. A solid sheet of lace is laid down initially, with tears in the fabric occuring as the beer sits. An impressive look.

The nose is redolent of hugely roasted black malt and dark chocolate primarily, black coffee and hops secondarily. It doesn't have quite enough power, depth or complexity to make me wax poetic, but it's still far better than most American stouts.

We're back on the excellent train. 8 Ball may not the most complex stout on the block, but there's no doubt that it's delicious beer. There's an impressive amount of roastedness without a hint of char. Dark chocolate and espresso now live on an equal footing with citrus fruity hops that zing this way and that to lighten the bottom heavy nature of the style.

Sweet and bitter are both present, with bitter nosing ahead on the finish. A stout this hoppy isn't entirely unexpected from a brewery that graces us with the excellent Indica IPA. The body/mouthfeel is full without being heavy and is chewy without being overly dextrinous. Both are marks of quality.

When prompted to think about my style preferences by the occasional forum post, I've always put stouts in fourth or fifth position. I've been rethinking that lately and may now move them as high as second because of outstanding beer like 8 Ball Stout. If you enjoy the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served in a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle at room temperature.

Pours a lovely dark brown color with hints of ruby highlights. 2 inchest of frothy, chestnut color,light head sits on top then dissipates mostly to some semblance of cling to the glass, leaving a nice edge layer. Some roasted malts (toasted almonds) and caramel are smelled upon sniffing. A slight cascade hops aroma also pierces through on this one along with some bits of chocolate and alcohol presence. Lots of smoke flavor with the roasted malts, with a bit of caramel and chocolate backing them up. Also the cascade hops even comes through a slight bit leaving a bitter finish. The carbonation hits the tongue quickly but then subsides with the lighter body of this brew. The alcohol is present on my tongue after the swallow, but not much warming with this one. A bit of an almond aftertaste. Quite easy to consume, and the avb% would sneak up on you in a hurry I believe. Definitely worth trying.

Fish113d, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of littlebibs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Sarasota while on vacation from the frozen tundra
of New Hampshire 2--05 and its growing on me. Creamy, dark
as night roasted chocolate. Slighty bitter with a nice balance
of tastes. Although its 75 degrees and sunny I still enjoy the
taste of this fine stout. Still love the Heart of Darkness from Magic
Hat brewery but this has some lasting power, great session beer.

littlebibs, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I felt the need to review this because it was early on in our stout tasting night, I had good notes on it, and it was far an away my favorite stout of the evening. Big thanks go out to BA cmaruschak for allowing me to sample this wonderful stout.

Appearance: Thick and syrupy black in the glass with a thin tan head. The head doesn't last too long but it may be due to the ABV.

Smell: Light chocolate and dry cocoa powder. This is by far the most chocolate I've smelled in a beer that doesn't proclaim itself to be a chocolate stout. Very nicely done in a way that whets the appetite.

Taste: Chocolate continues to predominate. There is a light hop bitterness throughtout that is enough to balance the chocolate and keep it interesting. However, the chocolate powder-like quality keeps shining through. I'm not picking up any alcohol or hops that sometimes overshadow stouts that aren't done well. This tastes complex and finely crafted.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly crisp due to the carbonation. Definitely coats the mouth and leaves me wanting the next sip.

Drinkability: I could easily see this being a session for me. It's so balanced and good that it isn't prohibitive for me to have a lot of this fine brew.

Notes: The chocolately goodness keeps me coming back for more...and I'm not even a big fan of chocolate. It was just so well done in this beer that I have to tip my hat to it.

mattcrill, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is what I love about a nice Stout!

Black as the darkest of nights with not the slightest bit of light that I can gather seeping through the crevices of the glass. The head upon the initial pour is brown and thick, but dies down around midway through the glass leaving a nice ring to look upon and admire.

The aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate fills the nose and encourages you to take the initial sip.

What a sip it is at that! From a strictly taste standpoint this may very well belong among my alltime favorite Stouts of any type. The flavors are much like what one would expect when taking the nose into account. Deeply roasted malt and the finest of chocolates in tandem with a nice full flavored coffee and just enough hops to balance things out without going overboard.

Make no mistake this is one heck of a Stout and very much worthy of the praise it's gotten thus far. The mouthfeel lingers long after one swallows and begs the drinker for more.

This is the first Brew from Lost Coast I've had the honor of trying, but if this one is any indication I will seek out some of the others. Can't reccomend this Stout highly enough.

JoeyHotrod, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours thick and dark. The head is a dark tan that fades to laces rather quickly. It smells strongly of alcohol. It smells malty. Aslo, it smells slightly coffee like. It tastes like chocolate and rosted malts. Also I detect a toffee. This beer is very thick, but well balanced. It has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer is great. I would like to drink it all night, but it is a little strong. Everyone should definately tru this one. It is always available, so you can enjoy it when ever you want.

OStrungT, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to give this a try after reading the high reviews here. Why didn't I encorporate this heavenly brew into my rotation long ago! Pours like used motor oil into the glass producing a thick head the color of chocolate milk. Head retention is good with thick, crusty lacing...I like what I see. Full blown aromas of expertly toasted dark malts, English toffee, chocolate-covered raisens, and bitter coffee. A sip reveals a mildly sweet, very roasty and toasty brew brimming with chocolatey goodness, dark fruits dipped in Godiva, espresso, and a nice nip of hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, almost oily, with soft carbonation and a generally chewy texture. There's a hint of sourness that I like to find in an Oatmeal stout. Overall, an excellent stout worthy of praise!

AlexJ, Jan 22, 2005
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.