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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

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)

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

04-01-2003 23:35:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Boilermaker88


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

11-17-2003 18:43:53 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of coastie04


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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!

01-05-2011 19:57:01 | More by coastie04
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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

12-22-2004 15:55:12 | More by clvand0
Photo of rstone57


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

11-06-2011 03:16:49 | More by rstone57
Photo of kmpitz2


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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

06-23-2003 00:39:44 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of yankeeheel


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

09-23-2004 20:39:05 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

07-08-2007 01:41:52 | More by Slatetank
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.