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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Ratings: 896
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 mikeys01
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 06, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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%

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
Photo of Loki
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle (wish I would have grabbed the 22oz., but oh well). Best sampled when just slightly chilled between 60-70 degrees F.

Poured a pitch black, dark as coal and completely opaque with a great dark beige head that settled fairly quickly to a small ring covering.

Full, large aromas of roasted malt, burnt chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Truly enticing.

The tastes is very full bodied, with big flavors of chocolate, burnt malt, smoke, espresso. Is that hints of oatmeal as well? Very creamy and smooth. This tastes like a hybrid stout, as if somebody said what if we put a chocolate, imperial, and oatmeal stout together? What would that taste like? Well I imagine it would taste just like this. Truly wonderful. But I am a stout lover so I may be a little biased. But no, I don't think so. Two Pints Up!

Loki, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance: dark as dark can be, the perfect match for it's gamepiece namesake, no light creeps out at all. Head is deep tan, big, but slows down, settles to a small burnt brown ring.
Aroma: excellent example for the style, richly roasted, big and bold, full of burnt espresso notes, very, very tasty.
Big alcohol taste, too, and hints of stronger stuff, of molasses, anise, tar, pitch, coffee, and ..well, that's plenty, isn't it?
Seems so much like a hybrid of an oatmeal stout and a chocolate/Imperial, and that's a good thing.
Wonderfully smooth, easy-drinking, richly rewarding.
Big 22oz. bottle, just enough, not too little, not too much, and a perfect nightcap. Ah, to sleep....although, this would make an excellent accompaniament to breakfast, too. Ah, there's the life! It's raining outside, I've got Coltrane on the Hi-Fi and a nice warming stout to take me to slumber...
Another one to add to my list of favorites...
thanks, BierRiese!

feloniousmonk, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%

Stouts are not for everyone, but I find myself partial to them (oatmeal stouts in particular). Snuggled ever so warmly halfway between a Young's double chocolate and a Rogue Shakespeare, the 8 Ball stout succeeds in achieving that ever so rare and exquisite balance of roasted hop bitterness with sweet oatmeal and chocolate maltiness that makes for a truly unique and enjoyable treat. A bit intense with the first few sips, but an equillibrium is quickly achieved making for one of the most drinkable stouts on the planet. (Are you a Guiness nut and ready for something that will make you re-think your position in the universe? The 8 Ball Stout from the Lost Coast Brewery is the key.}

TripelJ, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4/5  rDev +4.2%

So i saw good reviews for this and i bought a sixer. Pours a dark black with a decent little brown head. Smells like coffee, chocolate, burnt malt. Tastes like coffee with a hint of burnt chocolate and roasted malt with just a little bitter kick. Mouth feel is nice, slighty creamy but not too heavy. drinkability is good because this is a solid good stout and who cant keep in downing a tastey stout? would be a good desert beer, good for relaxing and sipping also.

DESTRO, May 26, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured a pitch a black color with a slight dark brown head,smelled sweet of bitter chocolate.Very smooth texture,and nice body.Taste didnt have enough umph to it to me,some roasted sweetness at the start and a pretty dry finish.Very well made and a good find.

oberon, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

A 22 fl.oz. Bomber, with a bold looking label, that has a picture of a large 8-Ball above the word Stout. Plain but effective. Bottle Date August 2002.

Totally devoid of any color – this supremely black fluid pours without a care in the World. You cannot see through it at all, not even refracted light makes it through the edge of the Glass – it impudently sits there, and stares at you with an attitude akin to a look that says “I don’t give a f**k how I appear to you , because I am gonna kick your ass”.

The head is a brown offering at first, but this quickly rescinds to a halo like ring that clings around the edge of the Glass. Though as I continually top the beer up, the head has greater staying power.

The nose is of sharp, bitter, roasted malts that intrigue and invite.

Minimal carbonation is evident when swirled.

Tastes are immediately bitter and of roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very impressive, potent and sturdy. But yet it has a really smooth creamy feel on the mouth, which although the carbonation is low, lends a velvet texture to the experience. Towards the middle, a roast coffee aspect is discernable and contributes to a deep richness that has a milk-chocolate after-taste. Hops are there, but they remain in the background. The finish is dry, smooth, silky and lingering.

This is one very serious, cocky, big-headed, self assertive, I know I'm good, 8-Ball ‘Husler’ Stout.

The Paul Newman of the Beer-Pool Hall,
– So Do Not Bet Against It,
– Because You’ll Loose !!!!

Superb – Strongly Recommended you Sink One of these if you get chance.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz bottle. No freshness dating noted. Murky, dark, dark black pour. Thick pour, creamy beige head, with purple hues on the edge. Bubbles up when swirled. Thin coating lasts and lasts. Robust bitter roasted malt smells. Burnt diner coffee, smooth bitterness, lasts and lasts. First taste is full, creamy, rich and superbly bitter roasted malt. Full coffee flavors with a hint of rich sweet chewy oatmeal malt. The oatmeal adds body and flavor. Bitterness subsides and becomes supersmooth with subtle chocolate malt sweetness. Finally hops slip by, medium size hop burps are enjoyed. Thick, full bodied stout, perfect going down. Flavors become balanced, but never waver. An exceptional example. Please give it a try, highly recommended !

StevieW, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Bought online, ground shipping (unrefrigerated), 3-4 weeks in my fridge, served 45F, reviewed 45F-65F.

Wow. This beer pours like tar. Even with a vigorous pour, there's not much head. And it's a dark brown head. I've never seen such a dark beer. The head collapses to a small layer of dense foam.

The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste is chocolate and coffee. The middle has slight milkiness and some nuttiness as it warms. The finish is quite bitter with a little smoke. This beer is thick and chewy. It's smooth, with little carbonation. And it's thick. Quite nice. Did I mention that it's thick?

Overall, I like this stout quite a bit. It's an excellent dessert beer. It could be stronger, but it develops nicely as it warms up.

kbub6f, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of maxpower
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Rich dark black color, creamy sticky brown head that leaves a clingy lace in my glass. Chocalate and burnt coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty flavor, nice bitter- burnt dry finish, medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, man this is pretty good!!!!!!!

maxpower, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of pbrian
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

This is one serious stout. Pours out of the bottle like ketchup. The head is the darkest brown I've ever seen, fades quickly but leaves a nice covering on the beer. Huge roasted coffee/malt aroma, chocolately too. Hits the palate astringently bitter from the burnt malts. Turns mocha. Nice velvety mouthfeel.

Thanks Murph.

pbrian, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of jreitman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours thick black with a dark brown head that faded in seconds. Smell is very nice with chocolate and roasted coffee dominating. Sweet chocolate starts out and leads into the roasted coffee flavors near the back of the mouth. Fairly bitter for my liking, but still an enjoyable, pretty complex brew. There was a strong taste of alcohol in there that detracted from the rest of the flavors.

jreitman, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Opaque black in color with a dark brown head that fades to nothing in a few minutes. Aroma is roasty and estery with hints of chocolate. Big malty nose with some fruity esters too, but as it warms it turns a bit minerally, almost salty. Bittering hops are abundant, and take over the finish with an herbal, mineral bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Overall a very hoppy stout, and the pale malt they use gives it a fruity flavor in the nose, but finishes very dry. Flavors are a little shallow in general, but very drinkable for the style.

Updated 2010. This is a really nice stout, Lost Coast's best brew in my opinion. It must be that hint of oatmeal that gives it a fullness and little sour tang, which I really like.

bcm119, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a super black with a thick brown head that fades a little too quickly. Smell is of roasted/burnt malts with some coffee and a whiff of chocolate thrown in. Huge dark chocolate flavors start off with some hints of raisnins and other dark fruits. The smooth chocolate flavor slowly fades into a nice bitter coffee flavor which then fades into a nice lingering bitter roasted/burnt finish. Very smooth and creamy, this brew is definitely very drinkable. A very good brew all around.

Murph, Jul 23, 2002
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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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