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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%


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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argock

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 02:53:12 | More by argock
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Troyone

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 10:06:14 | More by Troyone
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 17:20:46 | More by pmcadamis
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 23:35:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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andrewm190

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. I love it. Good, solid sense of roasted malts. Perhaps the most striking thing is the coffee tones that it delivers. There is a fairly faint sense of chocolate, more noticeable in the aftertaste. It pours a thick creamy head, smells nice, not as strong as I might like, but good. This, I believe, is the first beer I have had from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. They have certainly earned themselves onto my list of breweries to look out for.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 03:01:19 | More by andrewm190
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable dry stout.

Pours a dark brown almost black with big light tan head.

Rich malty aroma.

Flavor is very dry. A little bit of dark chocolate balanced with cream. Counter-balanced by some oatmeal. Lingering bitterness with some malt sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel.

(Bought in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City)

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:50:37 | More by jmbranum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 00:39:44 | More by feloniousmonk
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Boilermaker88

California

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 18:43:53 | More by Boilermaker88
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black color with a finger of dark tan head that falls to thouroughly coat the beer. This beer smells great. There is a ton of chocolate with a coffee background that gives it just a hint of bitterness. The flavor is good chocolate on the start that moves to coffee and finishes almost like burnt coffee, with a huge bitter and roasted malts. Damn. That is the most deep roasted flavor I can remember in a beer. The feel is moderate, with slight creamy tones. The beer is nice and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good on this beer as well. I like the aftertaste a lot. I would like a little more thickness, but its not bad. Overall this is a well built beer. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 23:13:46 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color with a tall head that sticks around for a while and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. The flavor was nice and malty with a fruity character (berries?) and finishes with a coffee bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, as it should be. Smooth drinking. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 15:55:12 | More by clvand0
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coastie04

Alaska

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with some garnet highlights. Opaque beer. Light tan head is creamy and poured 2 fingers deep. Persists through drinking.

S: The smell is delicious dark fruit and chocolate - what more could a girl want? Ever present roasty background that hints at a bit of black patent. Some citrusy American hop aroma that is medium low but nicely accentuates the more prominent rich aromas.

T: Rich, complex malt and roast flavors. Delicious bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Some residual sweetness and caramel notes from crystal grains. Hefty malt is balanced by late, clean citrus hop flavor and solid but not overly hoppy bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced without going extreme on the American hops. No acrid roastiness. Hints ever so slightly at the alcohol content.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Potential oats adds silkiness to the mouthfeel. Creamy, right heft, and slightly hint of sweetness on the finish. No alcohol warming.

D: Best American Stout (this should not be an Oatmeal Stout) I have ever tasted (and I have consumed Rogue's Shakespeare, Sierra Nevada's, and North Coast's American Stouts). Just right!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 19:57:01 | More by coastie04
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rstone57

California

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with a little less than finger's width of caramel colored head.

Smell is prominent dark chocolate.

Taste is dark chocolate malt with a medium body and medium carbonation.

This is a delicious stout from the folks @ Lost Coast up in Eureka.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:16:49 | More by rstone57
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 05:11:08 | More by Bighuge
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a oily squid ink black with a smallish espresso colored head. Small ring of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Smells sweetly chocolatey. Perhaps a little fig too. Works for me. What a great tasting balanced stout. Nicely dark/burnt malts come to the forefront without turning overly bitter in an Imperial stout impersination. Milk choclate sweetness covers the middle with a nice nutty/offee/chalky finish. Mouthfeel is good and oily without being overbearing. This beer is what is is, a really solid american stout. I wish it was local to me. A fine example.

Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 20:39:05 | More by yankeeheel
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to give this a try after reading the high reviews here. Why didn't I encorporate this heavenly brew into my rotation long ago! Pours like used motor oil into the glass producing a thick head the color of chocolate milk. Head retention is good with thick, crusty lacing...I like what I see. Full blown aromas of expertly toasted dark malts, English toffee, chocolate-covered raisens, and bitter coffee. A sip reveals a mildly sweet, very roasty and toasty brew brimming with chocolatey goodness, dark fruits dipped in Godiva, espresso, and a nice nip of hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, almost oily, with soft carbonation and a generally chewy texture. There's a hint of sourness that I like to find in an Oatmeal stout. Overall, an excellent stout worthy of praise!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 16:28:45 | More by AlexJ
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pjwilson

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bimber was bought at a strange with some otter creek that was dated 14 months old. nottle date is august of 05. So i guess this one isn't optimatly fresh, but heard good things about this one, but figured i'd try a bomber first.

appearance: dark, dark with an edge of red. small tan head, small though.

smell: too cold, distant coffee. as it warms more of the coffee comes out, along with the chocolte. hmmm, i think it actually tasted better cold, but as it warms the wonderfull aroma comes out more.

taste: this is right out the fridge, too cold for most stouts, but here all the flavor is coming through amazingly. what a great blend, i'm amazed. this is perhaps the best lost coast beer i've had. Waves of chocolate, coffee, and more coffee was over you. Very low bitterness for stlye, but the beer is not overly sweet. enough complexity to keep things interesting, now i'm wondering whether this would even taste as good fresh.

mouthfeel: right amount of liquidly bread feel.

drinkability: really, really high for a stout. Most stouts have either a harshness, which is good but limit's drinkability, or are too basic. This one isn't harsh and it's pretty complex. the 6.3 alcohol, is enough to provide a bit of a kick, without venturing into imperial terriotory. yeah, i think i'll pick up a sixer next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:29:53 | More by pjwilson
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking (and tasting) stout. Sampled a bottle with some friends, most of whom were intimidated by the colour and 'heaviness' of it. Personally, I loved it and wish I had more.

Pours an absolutely obsidian black, with a small, contrasting white head. I was actually expecting a dryer stout, but this one was pleasantly sweet in both aroma and flavour, without taking on some of the cloying aspects of some strong milk or Caribbean extra stouts. Definite dryness in the aftertaste, though, with some good, unsweetened chocolate and roasted grain elements. Super easy to drink. I could easily have polished off a bomber of this on my own.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 20:26:39 | More by crwills
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a goblet
A - Charcoal black with a tan head made up of minute bubbles. The foam leaves a nice glazed appearance on the glass.

S - Mocha, malted milk, coffee and pine scented hops dominate with chocolate and smoke accents

M - Dry, roasted, mild, full bodied, sweet and rich with a pleasing level of effervescence.

T - Masterful flavors of a dry stout. Deep roasted malt, sweet with dark cocoa, coffee and sweet smoky malt that is accented w/ a woody piney hop spice that fits so well. The french roast smokiness of deep kilned malts. The flavors compliment the ale so well the are so subtle and smooth.

D - A wise choice for those who like a dry roasty stout. An extremely smooth roasted and drinkable stout in every sense.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:41:52 | More by Slatetank
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yesyouam

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 Ball Stout is black with an orange hue. It has a fleeting light orange head that quickly fades to a small, bubbly ring. Dark, roasty malt dominates the aroma: coffee and chocolate and smoke. It has a smooth, medium-full body with a dry finish. It has a very well balanced flavor. The bitterness seems to come as much from the malt as it does the hops. There are notes of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and maybe a hint of rye bread. It is resiny and oaken, with a touch of sweetness and medicine. A damn fine stout!
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 14:38:13 | More by yesyouam
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zerk

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 17:00:00 | More by zerk
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 23:49:12 | More by GCBrewingCo
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 01:58:40 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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BrewMan13

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a good stout should: black with a small, dark brown head. No lacing to speak of. Taste is roasty up front, with hints of sweetness towards the middle and bitterness in the finish. Very balanced taste, nothing is overpowering. Isnt too bitter or sweet. Kind of like the Goldilocks of stouts. Label indicates presence of oatmeal, roasted and chocolate malts among other ingredients. Very smooth. Just hearty enough: not too filling, but certainly enough to notice. To me, this is the perfect 'middle of the road' stout and probably my favorite non-imperial/double stout. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 04:50:39 | More by BrewMan13
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 15:40:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce twist-off. Impenetrable black with chestnut highlight at the bottom of the pint glass; sticky and thick sand colored, finely attenuated foam. Aromas of powdered cocoa, faint whiff of hazelnut; roasted malts finish after brief scent of piney hops. Big chocolate malt roastiness. Beautiful balance of malt and sprucey-peppery hops. A sweet malted milkball meets bitter orange flavor at the finish -- absolutely delicious. Oatmeal adds a silken texture to this medium-bodied and velvety smooth stout. Great achievement, and super-sessionable. Definitely will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 01:22:53 | More by orfeu
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
87 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.