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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BA SCORE
86
very good

897 Ratings
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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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 HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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%

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%

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%

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 01, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of BeerManDan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

When poured, it was on the verge of being black, with very dark tan foam along with medium lace on side of glass. The smell of roasted malts and chocolate was very evident. The taste of roasted malts along with the chocolate was nicely put together. The bitterness was well balanced, along with just a slight sourness to make this stout pleasant. A well balance stout with the bitter/sour feel and taste on the palate was a pleasant surprise.

BeerManDan, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of karengarys
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Well well well...

I am NOT a stout person, but I approached this to judge the beer and not my tastes. I have liked some stouts, but I do not like Guiness. Some sweeter stouts were okay... ...and I am quite pleasently surprised with this one...

Pours tar color as you would expect. Not cloudy. No head at all, though, it looks flat sitting in the glass. There is some brew stuck to the glass, but the glass isn't really laced, it is more, like, coated.

Smells rich of coffee and chocolate (to me, may be odd).

Taste is rich. Rich coffee, rich chocolate, but it is not really bitter. That ickey yuck bitter thing is missing!! Instead, there is a sweetness of some sort. It is very good!

And the mouthfeel - is this a stout?! It is really creamy and syrupey, and somewhat slippery. It is nice to chew!

Somehow this has a clean finish, like from a dry American hoppy summer beer - but it isn't hoppy like that - the dry cleanliness is just there.

I really recommend this for anybody interested in seeing what a stout can be. If you see this, please try it!!!

karengarys, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

Pours a dark color with a tall head that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. The flavor was nice and malty with a fruity character (berries?) and finishes with a coffee bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, as it should be. Smooth drinking. Very enjoyable.

clvand0, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of BrewMan13
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours like a good stout should: black with a small, dark brown head. No lacing to speak of. Taste is roasty up front, with hints of sweetness towards the middle and bitterness in the finish. Very balanced taste, nothing is overpowering. Isnt too bitter or sweet. Kind of like the Goldilocks of stouts. Label indicates presence of oatmeal, roasted and chocolate malts among other ingredients. Very smooth. Just hearty enough: not too filling, but certainly enough to notice. To me, this is the perfect 'middle of the road' stout and probably my favorite non-imperial/double stout. Recommended.

BrewMan13, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance – deep impenetrable blackness, light chestnut colored head, good head retention which creates sheets of lace.

Smell – robust, dark berries, toasted nuts, coffee and charred malt

Taste – strong berry esters up front, middle is dense with charred malt, bitter chocolate and espresso, nice bitterness throughout, leafy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel – nicely creamy but a tad slicker than would be perfect.

Drinkability – superb, great beer with huge roasted and charred notes, could drink these back to back with ease.

FormatKid, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

This beer pours a black color with a finger of dark tan head that falls to thouroughly coat the beer. This beer smells great. There is a ton of chocolate with a coffee background that gives it just a hint of bitterness. The flavor is good chocolate on the start that moves to coffee and finishes almost like burnt coffee, with a huge bitter and roasted malts. Damn. That is the most deep roasted flavor I can remember in a beer. The feel is moderate, with slight creamy tones. The beer is nice and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good on this beer as well. I like the aftertaste a lot. I would like a little more thickness, but its not bad. Overall this is a well built beer. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one with me.

kmpitz2, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance: Black as the 8 ball they based its name on; nice espresso head with good lacing

Smell: Roasted sweet malt nose

Taste: Initial blast of chocolate malt is followed by some bitter espresso notes, almost smokey; both the chocolate and the espresso flavors continue to build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, but could be just a tad thicker

Drinkability: A very nice stout; has a lot to commend

brentk56, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of sublimesipping
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%

I have never been one to equate ice cream with beer. Change that...! Amazinglyl, I think that this beer would make a pretty good float. Weird way to start a review I know, but the flavor of this stout truly stands out as one of the most delicous of its type that I have had in a long time. Dark oil slick black. Deep aromas of coffee and toasted barley. flavor profiles are intense with with strong black coffee up front followed by a nutty creaminess but with an intense cocoa finish. the residual chocolate sweet bitterness lingers and i think would go damm good with a premium vanilla bean ice cream. Balance is superb, and this beer is wonderfully yummy and a joy to drink sip for reflective sip.
Where in Philly can I get a case beer advocates?

sublimesipping, Nov 23, 2004
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.