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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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887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 29 | 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 Swedgin_Wu


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%

Was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Upon the first couple of sips it's become one of my favorite stouts. Reminds me somewhat of a more chocolatey/coffee-ish Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout..which is one of my favs to begin with.

A- Nice thick creamy tan head. Didn't pour jet black, slightly brown but mostly black.

S- Not that powerful of a smell. I pick up the roasted malt, small hint of chocolate . but that's about it

T- This is where this stout wins me over. Coffee hits you at first, then the chocolate and roasted malt hit the tongue. There's a VERY minor hop presence in the finish, which is just the right amount. This is a treat to drink.

M- The carbonation might be a little higher than some stouts, but it works well in this case. It never feels watery in your mouth. It's medium bodied.

O- as i said. a really pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much out of this. It was kind of a blind pick during my bi weekly craft beer spree at Total Wine. But this is the type of beer that makes those leaps of faith worth it.

03-28-2013 00:17:45 | More by Swedgin_Wu
Photo of sublimesipping


4.7/5  rDev +22.4%

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?

11-23-2004 03:54:56 | More by sublimesipping
Photo of barbarianmojo

4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

08-17-2014 22:26:29 | More by barbarianmojo
Photo of ramrod666


4.63/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

09-25-2004 17:54:01 | More by ramrod666
Photo of Loki

North Carolina

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!

06-27-2003 07:55:39 | More by Loki
Photo of GAPit


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

Pours syrupy dark, almost black, with plenty of dark frothy head with creamy lacing.

Lighter in smell than I expected. Sweet, dark malts, some chocolate, coffee. Sweetness dominates with a maple/brown sugar finish, smells great!

Sweet dark malt taste, once again a bit less intense than I expected. Nice tight finish for a stout, hop/sweetness balance is perfect for an oatmeal stout. This beer is delicious.

Creamy in the mouth, perfect carbonation til the end. Finish utilizes all tounge realestate.

Overall a great oatmeal stout, very drinkable for this style, certainly wont have any trouble getting through this sixpack, and will buy again in the near future.

12-23-2007 01:00:44 | More by GAPit
Photo of mattcrill


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

I felt the need to review this because it was early on in our stout tasting night, I had good notes on it, and it was far an away my favorite stout of the evening. Big thanks go out to BA cmaruschak for allowing me to sample this wonderful stout.

Appearance: Thick and syrupy black in the glass with a thin tan head. The head doesn't last too long but it may be due to the ABV.

Smell: Light chocolate and dry cocoa powder. This is by far the most chocolate I've smelled in a beer that doesn't proclaim itself to be a chocolate stout. Very nicely done in a way that whets the appetite.

Taste: Chocolate continues to predominate. There is a light hop bitterness throughtout that is enough to balance the chocolate and keep it interesting. However, the chocolate powder-like quality keeps shining through. I'm not picking up any alcohol or hops that sometimes overshadow stouts that aren't done well. This tastes complex and finely crafted.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly crisp due to the carbonation. Definitely coats the mouth and leaves me wanting the next sip.

Drinkability: I could easily see this being a session for me. It's so balanced and good that it isn't prohibitive for me to have a lot of this fine brew.

Notes: The chocolately goodness keeps me coming back for more...and I'm not even a big fan of chocolate. It was just so well done in this beer that I have to tip my hat to it.

02-05-2005 21:14:18 | More by mattcrill
Photo of yemenmocha


4.58/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours dark brown to almost black, with light tan head that doesn't excite too much, and fades to a thin layer that lasts awhile. Probably the only major flaw with this beer.

Nose is a beautiful mixture of roasted flavors, whopper's nougat candy, chocolate, & coffee beans.

Palate is soft, roasty chocolate up front, light to medium body, hops come in to tame things towards the end, and the finish is modest. The modest finish helps to make this a more sessionable beer, one that can be enjoyed without notable pauses between each savoring sip.

One of the best domestic craft stouts on the shelf.

09-07-2008 03:59:22 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz bottle with a cool-as-hell 8 ball on the label. Pours opaque (no light at all gets through this bad boy), slightly cloudy with a tan-brown foamy head that settles down to a long lasting lace. *sniiiff* Ahhh... roasted barley and a whiskey like maltiness, with a faint whiff of yesterday morning's oatmeal. My kind of aroma.

Bottle's too damned small. Starts out with some alcoholic (no fusel burn) notes, then the roasty toasty chocolatey malts grab a cue stick and start knocking the tastebuds around. Simply luscious blend of all the right stout notes - faint oatmeal oiliness (but not as pronounced as I'd like - a bit more viscousness and this would be the perfect stout IMO), dry unsweetened cocoa, round smoky maltiness, and enough hop bitterness to balance. Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor, but with all of the dark malts kicking around the hops would just confuse the issue rather than help. The carbonation is a bit tingly on the tongue at first, which detracts slightly, but as it warms it settles down and lets the flavors play a bit more. Chewy but not overly huge mouthfeel.

I gave two of these to a friend who was visiting from VA. Went over to the beer store and they were out. Now I want to track my buddy's hinder down and get those beers back.

Nice, nice stout, one that I will be buying again and again.

08-09-2004 02:56:09 | More by sponberg
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 !

03-23-2003 19:01:15 | More by StevieW
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Thick black liquid topped with a rocky tan head that clings to the glass. Interesting tiny bubbles below the line where the head starts.

Sweet and intense chocolate smells, like cocoa. A touch of lemony twang, cold coffee, and tobacco.

Full bodied with a creamy middle. Chocolate flavors of a dark persuasion come out front. A touch of bitty-ness shows up alongside coffee notes in the middle. The oatmeal lends a creamy mouthfeel and lingering sweet and silky touch.

Damned fine stout!

04-01-2006 19:58:43 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of argock


4.53/5  rDev +18%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wineglass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Very dark brown with tan 1-2 finger, big-bubbled head with decent retention and several lace spots down the glass.

S: Delicious sweet chocolate, ground espresso, orange and resinous hops, with plenty of dark malt cookie aromas. Kind of like a chocolate-espresso biscotti with orange glaze.

T: Brilliant bittersweet chocolate and espresso meet their match in the flavor with abundant orange, resin and earthy hoppiness which provides a bitter eclipse to the cookie sweetness that the big dark malts pack.

M: Medium-bodied, good for the style, but a little more carbonation that I am looking for which hurt the creamy texture a little. THe aftertaste more than makes up for it, however, boasting major orange hops bitterness and a healthy coffee-chocolate wallop.

D: A superb American stout, loaded with cookie sweetness and all the coffee and chocolate you expect with a complex hoppy bitterness that really rounds out this exceptional brew from Lost Coast, easily the best in their lineup.

08-08-2010 02:53:12 | More by argock
Photo of MobBarley


4.53/5  rDev +18%

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.

04-17-2004 01:57:36 | More by MobBarley
Photo of rkuhnel


4.53/5  rDev +18%

After rating the bottle version I decided to compare the draft pour.
Same very dark, and very thick look. Not much head, but then that is a problem with draft pours....they try to give your your money's worth so carefully fill it to the brim. Nose of chocolate and coffee. A little fruit there too. Mouthfeel is very rich and silky. The flavor is mostly dark malts with a hint of hops. Really tasty and I cannot tell any differerce between this and the bottled brew.

12-01-2006 07:10:54 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of xymyl


4.53/5  rDev +18%

Very dark red/black in color with a thin, dark tan head that is easily roused up due to strong carbonation.

Aroma is like a brewery, not just a beer, lots of sweet malt notes and fresh floral hop notes, mixed with a soft yeast note. Hop spices hide just below the surface. Raisins and burnt notes come forward as it warms. If you search you can find the alcohol. Is there rye in this? Great spice in here.

Taste: Soft vanilla and milky notes lead into spicy notes that mingle with a tarry seared raisin flavor. A silky, oat/milk quality stays in the background. Coffee and dark chocolates are also ever present.

A medium bodied stout, but it has so much going on. This is one of the most perfectly balanced stouts in my opinion. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable whatever your drinking speed.

04-13-2007 22:22:12 | More by xymyl
Photo of lovesoutherntier

New York

4.53/5  rDev +18%

this is a nice stout. the drinkability as with any stout grows with warming. at low temps. this beer is good yet not outstanding. After warming a bit, like any good stout it grows in flavor. With very heavey malt flavors n some oatmeal flavors with a touch of chockolate it is a good change up in stouts. Once again when it comes to good beers you get what you pay for. this is a very good beer that pours up thick with a small head and very dark. The smell of the beer is great. the mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is wonderful. A must try if you like stouts.

05-31-2007 07:03:20 | More by lovesoutherntier
Photo of Shlongadongdong

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-29-2013 05:07:12 | More by Shlongadongdong
Photo of ABokononist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-16-2012 19:39:37 | More by ABokononist
Photo of pmcadamis


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

A - A creamy and solid looking four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew. The head shows amazing retention and gets rocky as it eventually settles to a thick finger. Viewed from above, this head looks like yeasty cookie dough. Big sheets of lace coat the glass and leave traces of khaki bubbles behind as they slide back down into the brew.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies, chocolate marshmallow (rocky road?) ice cream, and coffee with loads of vanilla flavored cream and sugar. Doesn't smell as dark as other stouts....it lacks the dark chocolate and espresso notes that stouter stouts have, but it smells extraordinary.

T - Oh, wow. This one is mellow, creamy, and subdued with delicate flavors. I like the fact that this takes a different approach to the style....it doesn't hit you over the head with espresso bitterness, but it gets under your skin with rich silky dark chocolate mousse and malty goodness. This is almost more of a porter than a stout as far as roaty bitterness goes.

M - Light in body, but rich and silky. The carbonation is very fine and quite subdued...luscious and silky in my mouth. Feels more hefty than it actually is. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - Could anything be more drinkable? This is mellow, creamy, complex, and it doesn't tax your taste buds over the course of a session. Not the heaviest hitting stout, but one of the most tasty and drinkable IMO.

09-06-2007 17:20:46 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Troyone


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

08-14-2005 10:06:14 | More by Troyone
Photo of enelson


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-08-2014 18:12:54 | More by enelson
Photo of matjack85


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-11-2013 21:47:17 | More by matjack85


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-04-2012 03:42:02 | More by FRANKIEEEE
Photo of pstam87


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-02-2014 23:42:01 | More by pstam87
Photo of CGMLS3


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-27-2011 22:21:05 | More by CGMLS3
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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