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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 525
Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bubrewer
2.88/5  rDev -25%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of HopHeadKen
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Naes
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of ggroller
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of mschofield
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.