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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

932 Ratings
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

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!

Photo of BeerManDan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of karengarys
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!!

Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BrewMan13
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sublimesipping
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, 8-ball black with dark brown edges and a medium-sized cocoa-brown head. A very nice looking beer.
Bittersweet dark chocolate aromas mix with rum, coffee, and a Cascade hop edge.
Palate starts off with sweet cocoa malt, and light ripe fruit. Smoky and meaty. Big and chewy mouthfeel. Bitterness comes in and lasts into the long finish. Bitter, but not SN Stout bitter. A delicious, full-flavored stout in the spirit of Shakespeare.

Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head diminishes quickly, but settles as a small layer of brown bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is dark malts, coffee and chocolate prevalent. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, which quickly turns to bitterness, more of the burnt coffee malt than hop variety. Mouthfeel could be smoother, cut the edges on that coffee bitterness a bit, but drinkability is still good. Reasonable stout.

Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured tar black and a nice big brown head. aroma roasted malts, smokey caramel, choc. covered cherries, hot prunes, toffee. flavor same as aroma with hints bitterness at the finish. this my idea of a good stout well balanced for me. thanks for my son for telling me about this one

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

Smooth roast, with the aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate. Toasty, some hops, coffee and chocolate notes bit bittersweet chocolate. Easy drink but could not finish it. On the bitter side, too acidic.
A bit over-rated as creaminess or extra taste or complexity would help.

Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown short-neck twist-off bottle with no dates.

This was one of the thickest, darkest beers I've poured into a glass. It's like used motor oil. The head was an inviting tan/brown that lasted long enough to appreciate.

The aroma was roasted barley. A pleasing beer to smell.

A chewy roast grain flavor. I think the malts give some astringency. There are bittering hops to balance, but the flavor swings to the malt side.

A full bodied beer that defines a stout. Very nice.

Photo of winomark
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head. Lots of dark malts and coffee tones in the nose. Mild alcohol sweetness noticable. Dry coffee flavors and lots of dark malt control the finish. Great palate. Mouthfeel is very flavorful, but not too thick or heavy. A pleasant beer. Great for a cool autumn evening. Another solid bre from Lost Coast. Definately worth a try if you are a stout fan.

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good stout. This one’s a dense obsidian with a frothy, solid tan head. The aroma espresso-like, intense roasted barley, burnt and toasted malt smells. It’s certainly deep and complex, but the smell could also be stronger. It’s what I’d call quiet. The taste, on the other hand, is certainly not quiet. It’s full flavored to say the least, with all of the aromas coming out. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a burnt character. Thick and solid mouthfeel. The brew’s on the dry side of life. Overall, this is one yummy stout.

Photo of ramrod666
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a kick ass stout! this 8ball pours like motor oil except darker. small head that diminishes to a ring. smell is sweet coffee semi sweet chocolate and malt. taste is robust bitter with a very subtle sweetness. not much carbonation but not missed. mouthfeel is sustantial and thick....a real belly filler. drinkability is great even though after a few you'll feel like napping like after thanksgiving dinner.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a oily squid ink black with a smallish espresso colored head. Small ring of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Smells sweetly chocolatey. Perhaps a little fig too. Works for me. What a great tasting balanced stout. Nicely dark/burnt malts come to the forefront without turning overly bitter in an Imperial stout impersination. Milk choclate sweetness covers the middle with a nice nutty/offee/chalky finish. Mouthfeel is good and oily without being overbearing. This beer is what is is, a really solid american stout. I wish it was local to me. A fine example.

Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

Photo of bensiff
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer emanated from the 12 oz bottle as though I were pouring liquid liquorice. It filled my glass with a dark mocha color head that quickly dissipated into a small island surrounded by a black sea with a thin ring holding onto the edge of the glass. This is by far the darkest beer I have yet encountered and worthy of extra points for it.

The smell was light on the nose, but what could be detected was dominated by roasted malt with hints of coffee. The taste starts off fairly flat. However, once adjusted after a few sips; complex nuances of espresso, chocolate, toffee, smoke, and roasted hops work together in a narrow flavor band to make the stout surprisingly complex.

This is a smooth and highly drinkable stout that I will assuredly visit with regularity.

Photo of TinusTime
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large tan head that foams alot ... when head dies it laces well. aroma is coffe, toffe, chocolate .. Nice taste a bit more coffee prevails with a hint of toffee in the back ground.. Hops are around to keep it in line and not too sweet. Very smooth and tasty stout. Just enough hops to keep it west coast. Nothing that mind blowing but very tasty. will drink it again.

in the famous words-- 8 ball junkie, 8 ball junkie. 8 ball junkie...

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy, cherry cola colored head fades quickly to a thin ring. Opaque black colored beer. Rich cocoa and chocolate malt aroma is just a pinch smokey. On the bitter side for a stout. Mainly bitter chocolate flavor, with a bit of vegetably? note. The flavor is a bit one dimensional, what hits you up front just fades all the way through to the finish. Rich flavor upfront, a bit dry overall, possibly smokey. I like stouts so it works for me, but it may not be for all.

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

Comes in a 12 oz short neck bottle.
Well there is no way I can fault the look of this ale..its perfect for style darkest of black with a huge frothy light brown head..beeee-u-tiful.
The aroma is mostly of roasted malts,some coffee and its nice.
Taste is of dark dark unsweetned chocolate, and coffee a slight tangyness near the end and a long burnt bitter aftertaste.
Very nice and smooth on the tongue..goes down a treat.
Nice drinkability for a stout though I suspect its quite strong in alcohol.

Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew.

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

This came in a 22oz bomber with an 8 ball on the front that I had right before I was going to play pool, maybe it would help my game. This pours out a pitch-black color with a thick dark tan head of about three fingers height, a picture perfect stout. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt rise from the glass with a bit of sweetness to it as well, very pleasing smell indeed. Taste is heavy with a roasted coffee flavor jumping out with bittersweet dark chocolate playing a big role as well. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering coffee flavor and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Very well balanced with the sweetness not being over done and the bitterness being very present. Medium to full body this brew has a creamy mouthfeel that makes every sip enjoyable. A surprisingly good stout that is up there on my favorite stouts list, highly recommend.

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.