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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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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 33 | 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 RootedFool
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint glass, opaque black with a silky milk chocolate colored head.

Smell is of roasted chocolate and espresso with a strong hint of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Taste begins with a smooth yet pungent bitterness, levels out into the espresso and chocolate that leapt out on the nose. Aftertaste is all alcohol warmth and hops tingling on my palate.

Mouthfeel is dense delicious creaminess.

One of my favorites from Lost Coast.

RootedFool, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle. This stuff is Like a micro version of Guinness. An opaque black body with a large brown head of foam that lasts and lasts...Aromas are straight forward and consist of roasted malts, slightly acidic hops, chocolate, and more. The taste is malty, with some hops on the middle of the tongue and some caramel on the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and right and the drinkability is pretty excellent as well. A good stout!

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of pezoids
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark and rich midnight black color. Dark and creamy coffee brown colored head. The aroma is rich and syrupy sweet with fruit, licorice, charcoal and Kaluha liqueur. There’s a sweet and roasted nut-like presence in this beer. The roasted grains taste like they are overdone here – tastes a bit burnt, with a harsh alcohol bite in the finish. This beer is hard to drink. It’s too over the top, without any real mellow smoothness. It’s strong, rich and bold. Some others would probably like it a bit more than me.

pezoids, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thinnish, dark dark tan head. Lovely imperial stout aroma -- rich, chocolatey malt, sweet cherry, and an underlying alcohol scent. The taste is huge. Very chocolatey with heaps of oatmeal. A bit of prune kicks in at the finish, yielding to a lovely roasty aftertaste. Not a lot of hops to the finish here, but not at all cloying. Still, the hops might help to soften the alcohol flavor which, as it stands, becomes just a bit too strong for my taste at the finish. Still, damn drinkable and quite a surprise for me. I'd not heard much about this brewery, but will be sure to look into them more thoroughly!

mzwolinski, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is black. No light getting through. It poured nice and seemed to be a thicker brew. A big frothy brown head formed quickly but faded back to thin layer over the top of the glass. It smells a bit sweet with a malt nose. The first taste was good. Not overly memorable but good. It has a dry roasted flavor to it with some chocolate notes. It is a bit thicker than the stouts I've had recently, which is a good thing...a very good thing. The after taste is a little bland but makes you want another sip. Overall, a nice stout for party and definetly worth the money.

BCMan, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, murky brown, finishes black with almost no sign of light protruding from the sides. A thin chocolate brown head that is gone in the time it took me to write this.

Smells of roast grain and chocolates. Pretty rich smelling, hoping for a full body here....whoa! The roasted malts really shine through strong, accompanied with a bittersweet chocolate undertone that doesn't overpower. Moves on into a nice hoppy finish that leaves you ready for more.

Interesting looking stout, not too many like this out there. Good brew overall, definate winner. Not very full in the mouth, a bit thin in my opinion. A couple of these would suit you well for a taste test.

Definately pick this one up.

Skidz, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I crack the top carefully. I always use a quarter wrapped in a scrap of paper towel so I don't scratch the painted surface. I rinse the cap and shake off the excess water, but just before I toss it into the plastic tub with the others, I take a sniff. It still gives out that bitter mocha coffee aroma. My eyes twinkle with the anticipation. The beer pours black and oily. It eerily makes no sound and kicks up a chocolate cream that laces the sides of the glass perfectly. The aroma is rich with milk chocolate and charcoal. The hops are reserved in this one, but they're there, lurking, giving the burned barley bitterness a little support. It's almost like drinking chocolate milk, this one, it's body thick and smooth with the huge cocoa flavor lingering a touch longer than the rest.

aracauna, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I pour the brew into my glass. Beer is super dark color, gotta say it is black. Brown forthy head foams up slightly even after pouring upside down into glass. Wasnt getting any head with normal pour technique. Head is fading very slowly.

Aroma is malty sweet, with roasty coffee and chocolate notes too. Actually roasty scents seem to dominate but not by much.
ON the first sip I also get a little smoke aroma as well.
Beer is very thick! Almost ready to chew on it! This is one of those meals in a bottle. Average carbonation.
Flavor is mild chocolate up front, and all coffee on the finish, a little bitter but not from the hops, I am getting no hop aromas or flavors.

This is a very yummy beer, and one of the best stouts I have had in recent memory. I will definitely be getting this one again in a few weeks when I return to Kclingers!
Highly recommended!

sulldaddy, Jan 05, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a thick black into a pint glass, beige head is minimal even with an agressive pour. Moderate lacing. Nose is all dark malt notes of burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and a touch of oatmeal. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. Alcohol content is not listed and is not noticeable. The taste remains primarily bitter to the end, with hops staying out of the picture. Finishes dry and clean. A very good stout here.

merlin48, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Brent
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer just hit me all wrong. I'm a great fan of oatmeal stouts, but this had a smokey character that was disquieting. Great coal black color. Some dark roasted coffee in the aroma, but a hickory smoke aspect to the malt that also had an odd acidity, like smoked summer sausage. Blah.

Brent, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BierReise for this fine Stout. Jet black color with a medium thick dark brown head. Thin and very sticky lacing. The aroma has a strong roasted malt and coffee character. Rich body and rather smooth, with a nice blend of coffee, malt, molasses and chocolate flavors. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a pinch of hops. This is a solid Stout from start to finish.

Dogbrick, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a bitter stout. Lovely.

This stout pours black and dense. The deep tan head is fluffy and thick. Awsome lacing. The lace coats the glass. Scents are deep coffee, carob and burnt wood.

The flavors are heavy bitter until the end. A deep burnt coffee flavor. Some unsweetened chocolate. Some carob and a heavy dose of oatmeal refine this stout. The finish is mildly sweet. Some raisins and sweet fruits. Dates. A good finish after a wonderfully bitter beginning. A well thoughtout stout for the stout drinker who wants big flavors and a bitter bite to the stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Strong alcohol give this stout a some bite. Nothing to worry about. It is just part of the enjoyment of the stout. This stout would go well with a robust cigar.

Rumrunner, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout. Typical, dark (black) appearance. Just the right amount of bitterness, good, full body. Some chocolate and expresso flavors noted, but relatively subtle. Very good balance and drinkability. I would rate it just below Shakespeare, but above Sierra Nevada. Very nice. Thanks for the sample, Ron.

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Blacker than night since there were no stars or street lights in this hearty stout. The head was very dark brown and lasted for a little while, lacing the hell out of my glass.

Smell – This is a dark roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate delight. There are also some refined sugars and maybe some cocktail cherry juice. This one is loaded.

Taste – The bitter espresso and fine Arabic coffee come out beautifully at the tongue. I can pick up a slight hop balance, but not much. This one is all about the dark malt and huge espresso/coffee bean flavors. The sugars step back a bit at the taste, leaving the big boys to do their job. I can also pick up a sizable oatmeal bite.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth and medium to full in the body. I can’t pick up any alcohol notes, but I’m sure they’re in there.

Drinkability – This is a very interesting rendition of the style. It’s not sold as an oatmeal stout, but clearly it has a bit of that to it. Whatever you call it, it’s gorgeous and went down well.

Comments – This was a nice surprise that I found in a care package from mickeymac. Kudos to my BA bro for hooking me up with this one.

RoyalT, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Lost Coast Brewery came in a 22oz. bomber and poured a flat matte black color something akin to motor oil that should have been changed ten thousand miles back. A thick, amazingly dark espresso colored head perched atop this brew and grudgingly shrank down to a ¼” cap, leaving a wake of patchy lace.
The smell was full of chocolate malts, molasses, coffee, and dark fruits. Really well blended aromas abound. The taste was initially sweet, a blend of dark chocolate, molasses and caramel and plums/prunes. The flavors morphed as a subtle bitterness of dark malt and espresso pushed forth onto the palate. The finish was mildy laced with piney hops flavor. The feel was medium/full-bodied, creamy, and smooth.
I really enjoyed 8 Ball Stout. It had a lush feel and fine balance which made it very easy to drink. I’m developing an affinity for stouts and this one is ranking quite highly on my “best stout” list.

Boilermaker88, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours like black ink. The head is very dark brown and rocky. As it dies back it laces the glass. The aroma is roasted barley and chocolate. The flavor is roasted, then chocolate that lasts into a dry chocolate finish. The body is very well done, and the drinkability due to the myriad of flavors is good.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow was this an unusual site to be seen!! This beer poured darker than any I have seen and the head was so incredibly brown I thought I was looking at a rich chocolate mousse!! The fragrance has a really nice roasty scent to it that should be savoured!! This is one for anyone who truly appreciates a nice dark rich brew!! While there is no coffee to be found in here, it could be compared to a nice dark roast cup of coffee like the ones I have had in the Yukon in Canada as opposed to your typical (U.S.) mass market brewed coffee. The head lingered for quite some time as did the roastiness of the flavor. Find this and ENJOY!!

gueuzegeek, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought back a bomber of the 8 ball on our recent trip to the West Coast and sampled it last night here in CT just as the first pre-winter chill was starting to creep in. The 8 ball pours out black as its namesake, dark as a mooness night topped with a nice mahogany head. Smells abundantly of dark roasted coffee and malt, none of the tangy sweetness or hints of alcohol that you often find in some other big stouts. Taste is very full and roasty, like my favorite black coffee, with just a little bit of bitterness hinting of hops and bringing it to a nice crisp finish. Leaves a nice smoky aftertaste that's quite pleasant and leaves you lookign forward to the next sip....

mikeys01, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of zerk
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a persistent chestnut colored head... not a single ray of light passes through this baby. Aroma is full of chocolate malt, coffee, and a light note of pine. Flavor begins sweet with chocolate and molasses, then becomes bitter with coffee and some piney hops. Well balanced and full of flavor. Full bodied with medium to low carbonation. This is a very good stout... worth seeking out!

zerk, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate malt. Very thick pour, motor oil or tar. A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts, chocolaty and slightly sweet. Oaty and not very bitter. Flavor is big and chewy, with coffee and chocolate predominating. Not very sweet but also not very bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a slight bitter tinge. Very drinkable stout

beerguy101, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick, rich tan head that fades away quickly, that leaves a thin, sticky lace on the glass. There are some roasted malt aromas that are very apparent with slightly sweet undertones. The taste is like that of a strong coffee mixed with roasted malt and chocolate. There is a mild bitterness that comes through at the end of each drink. The body is medium and well balanced. This isn’t the greatest stout that I’ve had but it was still quite enjoyable.

Scooter77, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Pours a bit like used motor oil. Burnt roasty espresso-like aroma and taste. Has some Imperial Stout-like characteristics like a slight alcohol nose and taste. Also has some dark chocolate notes. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

One worth searching out !!!

Label states: "Pale malted barley, oatmeal, and chocolate malts" & "Pacific NW hops"

Bottled: 09/2000
Tasted: 08/19/03

($2.49 / 22 oz.)

RBorsato, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eight-ball poured "thick"...meaning it looked like a mouthfull! Dark, dark brown, with a creamy, mocha/coffee hued head. Some lacing added to the viewing pleasure. Nose was a healthy coffee/choco meld...real nice! Smelled like a chocolate shake... Body of the 8-Ball was about medium....could have been a bit more full, if I had my druthers... Pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue none-the-less... A smidge of sweetness presents itself at the tip-off.... chocolate bitterness makes a big play next.... touches of citrussy hops make a cameo to keep things honest.... a lingering roastiness sticks pleasantly in the back of the throat.... An easily quaffable bier....not quite top-shelf, yet still eminently drinkable...

Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in color with a creamy brown head that leaves webs of lace behind as you drink. Nose is roasted chocolaty malts with notes of smoky charcoal. Full-bodied with a very nice thick and creamy texture (there must be some oatmeal in this brew). Taste starts off with flavors of rich bittersweet chocolate and malt followed by notes of espresso and some bittering hops. A wonderful stout that I would happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

Morris729, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glub Glub Glub, like motor oil pouring out of its quart bottle. This one has a huge dark head to boot which refuses to die. Aroma of sweet espresso and charred wood smoldering in the rain. Smooth and creamy like butter with a slight crispness. Flavor is sweet and bitter, smoked grains, semi-sweet chocolate and a Cuban coffee. This one finishes dry and bitter.

BierReise, Jun 28, 2003
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.