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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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925 Ratings
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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 37 | 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 woemad
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a viscous looking pitch black color, with a moderate brown head that dropped fast, but left a dark foamy ring. Slight lacing.

Smell was rather subdued. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee greet the nostrils, along with a very slight hoppy note.

This is a very tasty stout. It kind of reminds me of a slightly less robust foreign stout, but with a little bit of oatmeal stout thrown in.Sweet and bitter chocolate greet the tastebuds, along with a roasty coffee bitterness, finishing with a mild, dry hoppiness. While it's not the best tasting stout I've had, it's pretty damn good!

Not as thick as I thought it would be when I poured it, this is still quite full-bodied. Bud drinkers would probably choke on this, but it's not too thick for an afficionado of stouts.

This went down velvety smooth. I could drink several of these. This was the first beer I've had from Lost Coast, but it won't be the last.

woemad, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dense and creamy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen. It became a solid creamy top as it disappated, almost like steamed milk. Left good chunks of lace.
Beautiful looking beer.
Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and heavily roasted malt. Small, mildly tart hop aroma.
Great sweet and bitter flavors. Earthy charred malt, french roast coffee, dark creamy chocolate, molasses, a bit of red fruit and a whisper of licorice and smoke. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness and a tangy sweet lactic presence. Maybe a smidge cloying.
Medium to full bodied with a creamy rich and round mouthfeel. There was a slight stickiness to it. It was like a cross between the creaminess of an Oatmeal stout and the rich viscosity of an Imperial.
I didn't notice alcohol in the taste but it sure did warm the belly. Excellent drinkability nonetheless and I've found a new favorite Stout. Highly Recommended!

rkhaze, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and pours thick, with a short, but fery dark tan/brown head. Smeel is also superb; dark chocolate malts and a tasty and balanced biterness, coffee scent shines through also.

Taste is dark and rich, like an espresso drink but with beautiful smoothness and a more pleasently balanced bitterness. Smoothness and ever-so-subtle carbonation make for a great combination.

drinkability is quite high for this is a smooth, rich beer. Will definitely seek out again.

henrysunset, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pitch black with a really appetizing creamy dark brown head. nice roasted malt and milk chocolate aroma. sturdy, medium to full body with a low level of carbonation. smooth and silky, ample roasted flavors mix well with notes of chocolate and espresso. light and herbal hop flavor. zero astringency. very satisfying while remaining quite drinkable. full of flavor and quite bold, while still remaining not too "in your face". a delicious stout that deserves more recognition. another winner from lost coast.

pheurton, May 15, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a bubbly tan head. The smell is a chocolatey roasted maltiness. The taste is somewhat chocolatey sweet, with a bit of smoky quality and a good hop to it, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Quite nice. A good stout that it would be great to see around here, with a nice sweet and smoky character that melds quite well. Hopefully, this will be one that I can have again.

beergeek279, May 02, 2004
Photo of MobBarley
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slithers out of the bottle an opaque black with a short-lived cocao head that leaves some rings of wavy lacing.Smell is chocolate liquer with some roast chicory and mild hop notes. The taste is initially pungently bitter and continues to become sweeter and oatier until a creamy, citric smoothness takes over. Oiliness lingers...reminds one of good coffee. Mouthfeel is fabulous, if a little thin for the style in some people's books. Drinkability is slow and deep and dark and goood. I'll have another.

MobBarley, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a thin dark brown head. No lace

Smell: Rich burnt malt, hints of chocolate and smoky.

Taste: Smoky burnt malt. Really rich coffee flavors, bitter and chocolatey.

Mouth: Big and full bodied, smoky bitter aftertaste

Drink: I can't put it down! What a great stout! I probably shouldn't but I could drink this all night.

Overall: A pleasant surprise in a mixed sixer I picked up in Blacksburg, VA (Vintage Cellar). Robust and bold stout.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of BrewMan82
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer - as I have heard good things about it. Anywho - pours a syrupy looking jet black, with a pretty dark tan head that settles out quickly. The aroma was very roasty and bread-like with a hint of sweetness - pleasant. The taste is strong and complex, very strong maltiniess at first and a finish with the standard trio of carmel/chocolate/coffee notes. I was impressed with the feel of aftertaste, as I found it to be velvety smooth and buttery - very nice. The syrupy texture is surprisingly light on the tongue, enough so that I found it to be slightly lacking in mouthfeel and a bit thin for my taste. Overall I was pleased - I wouldn't write home about it, but I would buy it again sometime.

BrewMan82, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour black as motor-oil, small brown head.

Lots of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.

Full body, very smooth with very little carbonation. Very strong roasted flavors that move to bitter chocolate. Coffee flavors are dispersed the whole way through. Roasted finish with a moderate sweet/bitter aftertaste. A nice stout, something to drink again.

Southernbrew, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of AndIWantYou
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the black blackness of this black beer (yup, it's dark) and the deep brown of the head, I was prepared to be blown away. The smell led me further towards this expectation-- it smelled so clean and delicious. I began to be a little let down, although this is still a great beer, when I took a sip.

It has a pretty intense coffee and burnt malt taste, which could be very desireable in some contexts. The main drawback is a somewhat sharp bitterness in the aftertaste and a sesame oil flavor that I've discussed in other beer reviews (hint: I don't like it).

There's nothing really notable about the mouthfeel, but nothing wrong with it either. Overall I had to give this a 3.0 for drinkability (I treat drinkability as a general "will I buy this again" ranking) because there's nothing bad about it but the cost for what you get. If you like bitter and the deep coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I'll buy it again, but it'll be a while.

AndIWantYou, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice and black. Small brown head forms and then disappears as quickly. A rimming is left to leave some spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roasted nut, PacNW hops, smoke, char.... Yeah, I like it. The taste is solid. I really like the combo of bitter roasted malt tones with bitter NW hops. The burnt malts are upfront and quite enjoyable. On the flipside, there's also a lactic-like sweetness that rounds the edges off nicely. The mouthfeel is silky and the body is about medium. This one I would drink in high quantities if it were available here.

Thanks for gem of a stout Murph.

Bighuge, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of BitteBier
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely opaque, black pour topped with tight, foamy head the color of brown sugar. The head doesn't stick around long at all, though, and lacing is minimal. Smell is a pleasant blend of traditional roasted cocoa- and coffee-like notes that are lightened by a hoppy twang. That twang carries over to the taste, which is lighter than a typical stout. Roasted flavors are muted but form a nice foundation. Mouthfeel similarly is lighter than expected, though this makes for a stout that goes down easier than most.

BitteBier, Mar 16, 2004
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
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.