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8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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 brewskifan55


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A friend brought me this one from Four Winds in Pensacola. Love the label. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 finger head; brownish-black in color

Smell: Malts, coffee, toffee and chocolate

Taste: Same as smell. The trick to this stout is to let it warm up a bit. The warmer it got, the more tastes came through, especially the malts. I was wishing I'd served it at about 54 degrees and let the temps work up. It really complimented the baked sole I was having. My wife said it went well with her pizza.

Mouthfeel: medium

Overall: A really nice oatmeal stout. Drink it warm, like in the old country and appreciate the flavors.

07-16-2011 14:59:21 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of doughanson78


3.18/5  rDev -17.2%

12oz. bottle poured into new Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Black as one would expect. About a finger and a half tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Fairly light smell. Lots of roasted oats. Light roasted coffee.

T: Roasted oats. Little coffee. Very light chocolate. Pretty light on the taste also. Not bad at all, just VERY light.

M: Thin. Not much body at all. No creaminess.

O: Not impressed in any way. Maybe the OE 800 (8-Ball) of Oatmeal Stouts. For $1.49 I gave it a shot. Won't again tho. All together light in the ass.

07-16-2011 00:25:22 | More by doughanson78
Photo of KarlHungus


2.9/5  rDev -24.5%

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma has hints of roasted malt and cream, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. That is to say there isn't much there. I understand that oatmeal stout is one of the lightest stout styles, but this beer is too light in both flavor and aroma even for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a bland beer that I will not drink again.

07-13-2011 19:19:24 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of sommersb


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Tasted On: 07-12-2011
Freshness: Bottling date of 03-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with a frothy tan head 3 fingers high. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet aroma, with heavy emphasis on the roasted dark malts and chocolate.

T: Coffee and toasted malt flavors (dark and burnt), along with caramel and dark, bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness from the roasting is nicely balanced by the malty sweetness.

M: Creamy and smooth texture from the oatmeal makes this a very nice drinker. Carbonation is moderate and the body is rich and full. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

O: Excellent and luxurious beer that seems to get better as it warms up. One of my favorite low alcohol stouts and a great way to end an evening.

07-13-2011 03:47:12 | More by sommersb
Photo of ADZA


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a kola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind little head or lacing,the smell is cocoa,oats,alcohol and spicy hops,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of cocoa,bittersweet dark chocolate,bran and finished with a spicy,herbal hoppiness that counteracts the sweetness perfectly and overall even though ive had better this is still worth a taste as its very sessionable on a cold day like today.

07-11-2011 06:12:39 | More by ADZA
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Got this in a trade. Aroma is rich and strong, smoky with a firm molasses component and tones of coffee and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable almost as black as an 8-ball with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Smoky flavor has coffee, unsweet chocolate, nutty, and toffee tones with hints of molasses and caramel. Texture is on the thin side for a stout, but still pleasing, smooth and subtly fizzy. Don't get behind the 8-ball - get this one in your belly!

07-09-2011 20:50:25 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of TMoney2591


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Always fun to ask people if they wanna share your 8 Ball, am I right? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light molasses, roasted malts, and the lightest possible touch of mild charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast character, the addition of dark chocolate (which goes pretty well with the already-present cocoa powder), and without the charcoal, making for a slightly less complex but nevertheless tasty stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout. My only real complaint is that it's a touch thin, but not overly so, allowing this thing to still drink easily and be quite enjoyable.

06-22-2011 05:47:38 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.55/5  rDev -33.6%

A- Pours a deep black with a soft tan head that fades very quickly
S-Roasted coffer, caramel, and a some subtle earthy notes
T-Pretty disappointing. A little of the coffee comes through but the other notes that are in the nose aren't found in the taste. There are no really pronounced flavors
M-Light-medium overall, but quite light bodied for a stout
O-Not a fan. Being a stout I would expect much more in the flavor and more body. The flavor falls behind the aroma.

06-19-2011 02:57:24 | More by atr2605
Photo of MrKennedy


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle courtesy of Beermasons subscription, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Jet black in colour, pouring with a light tan head of foam that hangs around if agitated, otherwise hanging on as film.

Initial smell is of dark chocolate, quite strong, but falls away being replaced by a lighter aroma of burnt malt.

Nice roasted malt flavour, with hints of chocolate and a touch of coffee that comes very late.

Typically good mouthfeel, befitting an oatmeal stout. Felt a little thin early on, but seems to build upon that.

Overall a nice stout, smooth, perhaps a little too straight forward, but decent enough as a go-to beer.

06-18-2011 11:52:46 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of Knapp85


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

This pours out as a black color with thick tan head. The smell has a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The taste is of smooth dark chocolate and a slight burnt taste but creamy also. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light. The overall of this beer is that it's a pretty good stout and it has a good lacing too.

05-23-2011 01:36:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of CaseyR22


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

12 oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pretty typical stout look, nearly black, a little bit of dark brown highlights around the edges. Big light brown head that sticks around from beginning to end. Lots of fancy looking lacing that subsides to a few little blotches after a couple minutes.

S- Oatmeal followed by chocolatey coffee and toasty malts.

T- Rich chocolate followed by a hint of overly sweet coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is pure toasty roasted malt.

M- A little on the thin side, feels like its missing something.

O/A- Decent but I've had better. Its a little too sweet and thin for me, but it sure does look pretty and the roasted character is yummy. For the price it's hard to beat ($8/six pack in my area)

05-01-2011 00:55:32 | More by CaseyR22
Photo of Jinholic


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - 4 fingers of soapy brown head, black body with red on the edges little lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate with the malts, hops are buried down deep. After taste is a lot more mild but still the same flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body a bit watery in the finish and the little dry but not too the point of being bad.

Overall - An okay stout I'd rather have rogue or samuel smith but a big step up from most other oatmeal stouts. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

04-29-2011 04:50:30 | More by Jinholic
Photo of azdback


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Dark black but an ultra thin hint of light gets through at the edges. Head is less than a finger and cocoa colored. Lace doesn't look like it want's to stay to the end.

Smell is chocolate covered dark roasted coffee beans. A bit molasses sweet.

Taste is about the same as the smell but in addition to the coffee and chocolate I am getting some sweet tart. Cherries is my nomination.

Mouth is a bit hollow and watery for the style. More of a porter feel to me.

Overall i think this is a pretty good Sweet Stout, but the hollow mouth hurts it's overall score. I do though recommend you pick this one up if given the chance.

04-28-2011 06:13:57 | More by azdback
Photo of GallowsThief


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A – Deep, dark black pour. One finger head with a nice light mocha brown color. No real lacing to speak of and the head fades quickly.

S – Big oatmeal smell up front followed by chocolate, mocha and coffee. Roasted malt as well.

T – Nice like the smell. Oats, mocha and chocolate. Coffee flavor is very light compared to the smell. Malty. Has just a bit of sweetness and it closes with just a hint of bitterness.

M – Thinner then expected. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

D – This is a pretty decent oatmeal. It lacks a little to be upper tier but solid nonetheless. Definitely worthy of a few drinks.

04-23-2011 00:13:32 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of jisom123


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

6 year old bottle from 2005.

I was expecting a flat old boring stout with odd flavors. I was wrong. I am very surprised that the 6.3% abv stout held up so well.

A: black, low viscosity, medium low carbonation and head.

S: The smell had lost about 1/2 of the roasty sent, but otherwise, it was the same as a new 8 ball.

T: It tasted surprisingly good! It did not taste like an "old stale beer" at all. I would never Cellar one of these on purpose, but I'm glad I found this old timer.

M: Standard stout, but lacking full carbonation. smooth, soft easy to drink. wimpy.

O: If you ever see one an old one covered in dust, buy it, they get slightly better, even at 6 years. Make sure it wasn't sun tanning the whole time though.

04-20-2011 01:53:11 | More by jisom123
Photo of fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

had the 12 oz bottle.

pours dark very, small amount of tan head that fades quickly. smell was coffee, chocolate, malt, bit of hops. had a bitterness to it and a coffee aftertaste. good carbonation and great drinkability. quite enjoyable and overall decent stout.

04-16-2011 04:38:10 | More by fostachild
Photo of Brunite


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Dark black with an inch of creamy tan head. Retention minimal....no lacing at all.

S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Definitely a sweet stout. Did not realize this until I examined the label. Tastes of roasted malt and sweetness. Gets more sweet as it warms.

M: Medium bodied...a bit thin for a stout. Head does form with each swirl.

O: Not too shabby. At a buck a bottle at TJ's (I think that is what I paid)....this is pretty drinkable. I may need to try this again to get a better long-term feel for this one. But; this was pretty good today.

03-23-2011 01:36:40 | More by Brunite
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Had this on tap at a great little place in downtown Greensboro

The appearance is good, nothing special, nor is the smell.

The taste is good, a hint of chocolate, some burntness, and then some burn on the back of my throat.

The mouthfeel is ok, but i don't like the burn

Overall I would say try another Lost Coast beer, this one is ok, but I must admit the cool tap fooled me!

03-20-2011 20:08:41 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of nickfl


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

A - Pours with one finger of thick, light tan foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles quicklyand leaves very nice lace.

S - Light, nutty malt with a bit of caramel, surprisingly little else.

T - Creamy, sweet malt with some toffee and light, bittersweet chocolate. A little bit more chocolate in the middle with a hint of coffee. The beer finishes with a mocha note and some light pine hop flavor with moderate grain bitterness.

M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit one dimensional but nice. I expected more complexity, especially in the flavor which is kind of weak. Still, it manages to develop a decent level of roasted malt character by the finish and there are no major flaws.

03-19-2011 03:39:55 | More by nickfl
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers worth of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick ring with some islands of bubbles. Left a decent amount of skinny lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with some light chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Tons of milk chocolate with some coffee notes coming in as well. Little bit of roasted malt. It's pretty sweet.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

D: The bottle actually has a sticker marking it at 7.1% Abv. instead of the 6.3% on BA. I really enjoyed this beer. Tons of chocolate in the taste would make this a great dessert beer.

03-15-2011 01:13:21 | More by marty21
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Lost Coast used to be killer, and somewhere along the way stuff like this and indica kinda fell out of grace with my palate. Anyways, revisited an old friend in this one.

Dark brown, tan head, clumpy. Aroma was of heavily roasted chocolate malt. Doesn't have a distinctive coffee or chocolate bend to the flavor profile, nor is it hoppy. It is decently chewy, but a tad too thin. Has an off bitterness to it, paired with a gritty texture. Could get away with it moreso if it had a better viscosity, or thicker I guess would be more accurate. Decently priced at least.

03-03-2011 03:40:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Dark brown color, mostly black in the middle, with a tanned head of an inch or two. Pretty standard look. Nose leads with dark and macerated fruits. Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy hops contribute. A little faint.

Overly carbonated for best mouthfeel and drinkability. Definitely easy to sip, but you do like to see more body and silkiness from a stout. Some citric hops add to the flavors from the nose. Dextrin as well. Nothing to sneeze at but a little undercooked. Give this a shot for a good price on a good stout.

03-03-2011 03:31:00 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

From a squat 12 oz. brown bottle, managed to pick up a single of this. Pours out a deep dark brown, garnet translucency when held to light. Tall creamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Nutty, roasty malt on the nose, some coffee, and some wafery chocolate in the background.

Starts off with some nutty, coffee malt, becomes more mocha-like in the middle, with more of a dry cocoa building in the finish, but hits its peak within the aftertaste.

On the low end of full-bodied, heavy texture with some brisk carbonation on the finish.

An Stout that leans more towards a Porter, lacking the roastiness but providing a decent amount of other dark malt character. Overall mocha characteristic to it. Would make a good local go-to stout, however not noteworthy enough to justify the import price on a regular basis.

03-01-2011 05:43:06 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Dated: 10/11/10-6

A: Pitch black body with very little mocha head. Retention is minimal and lacing is non-exsistant.

S: Strong front of roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Very pleasing aroma, full bodied.

T: Flavours are much weaker than the aroma, but follows the same. Mix of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It's tasty, but kind of weak and thin.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Texture is water like and very thin. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D: Not a bad stout, but it doesn't really come off as a good one or an Oatmeal stout. Wouldn't try it again - nothing special.

03-01-2011 00:43:01 | More by Long813
Photo of Kylito87


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Never got around to reviewing this one, 12 oz into my Boulevard brewing CO pint glass.

Appearance- Dark opacue brown nearly black. Reddish notes in body whrn held up to the light. Creamy tan head that falls into a cap. Slight lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some fruit, caramel and toffee

Taste- Bold roasty coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. There is a slight astringant note there too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with smooth low carbonation. Sort of slick not as viscous as I like my stouts but it isn't watery. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability- A decent session stout. I can drink a few. This is ok but I was expecting more. Maybe a good beer to ween someone into stouts with out making them feel 10 lbs heavier. I will take a RIS anyday.

02-28-2011 01:14:21 | More by Kylito87
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.