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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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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-23-2002)
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Photo of Brunite


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:43:06 | More by IronDjinn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:14:21 | More by Kylito87
Photo of Halcyondays


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy off-white head, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate with that oat sweetness, light dark fruit.

T: Darker chocolate than expected from the nose. Some roasted malt, hops are a tad astringent, some light pine.

M: Medium-bodied, biting carbonation, does not have the creaminess I expect with a stou.

D: Nice enough, not terrible, but nothing to rush out and by. A B stout which is fine at its price point.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:55:03 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of sendsilk


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. purchased today for $2 (I think). Poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

I have read absolutely nothing about this beer and the place I bought it from does not turn a lot of inventory so this may be several years old. I keep seeing it there and finally decided to try one. There are no date markings on the bottle/label/cap.

A- Pours nice and dark, oh yeah! Looks pretty good. upon closer inspection, man, this thing has alot of shit floating around in it. I have not seen a stout this 'dirty' and unfiltered since I started reveiwing. Sure, back in college there could have been rat shit,the beer was usually in a can then anyway, so I would never even know. Who could afford a real pint glass to put it in? Or who wanted to wash it?

s- Not too much here to smell. Relly, not getting much of anything. But, once again, who gives a shit what it smells like as long as it brings the taste....

T- Not too shabby. I did not expect anything out of this stout. Never heard of it, smelled like a black hole, dirty as hell sediment but the taste is not bad at all. Smooth, clean and pretty tasty. Impressive taste all else considered.

M- Not bad, but a little thin. The taste makes up for the weak mouthfeel IMO.

D- Yes, I would gladly have another one of these again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 03:22:11 | More by sendsilk
Photo of jmdrpi


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle, no date

very dark brown in color, but not quite black. off-white head fades to thin covering that then does stay. a little bit of lacing.

smells of roasted malt with hints of coffee. tastes are similar, with flavors of molasses, coffee, bitter chocoloate. dry.

smooth body, lower carbonation. nice "everyday" stout, I imagine would pair great with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:09:10 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout deep brown with ruby on the edges, and the head is surprisingly white and lasting. Smell is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It kind of reminds me of sitting at a diner with pancakes covered in syrup and a mug of coffee in front of me. Taste is smooth, completely unoffensive, with a roasty-ness and a sweetness that bounce back and forth off of each other. Truly a feat in balance, this stout is could accompany BBQ, desert, breakfast, yet always be refreshing.

Truthfully, there isn't anything to dislike, but there isn't anything that knocks me off my feet, either. But a knock-out is only worth a damn when you're in the ring, and this is a friend you can rely on anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:36:58 | More by AlexanderSelby
Photo of fattire513


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, black in color with a nice tan lacing that lasted all the way

smelled not too strong, can smell the roasted malts

taste is pretty good, not as flavorful as other stouts I've had. could taste the oats, roasted malts

I could drink this one again, and again. Overall a real good beer, could have some more coffee flavor to it

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:52:30 | More by fattire513
Photo of RJLarse


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a black walnut color nearly opaque with garnet red hues. Less than resilient beige head.

Smell is faint, with some coffee notes.

Taste is a one-dimensional sweet coffee flavor. Bit of an earthy peat or dirt flavor about it.

Mouthfele is a thin body for the style.

Drinkable but not a very robust representation of the style. There are better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 02:18:18 | More by RJLarse
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour produces a big head that never totally disappears. Lots of lacing.

Smells of roasted dark malts and a bit of oat, but the aroma isn't very strong.

Taste is smooth: dark chocolate and black malt up front with the oat flavor coming in on the tail end. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but it works alright for this beer, I think.

Decently robust in flavor and not a bad oatmeal stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:37:54 | More by musicforairports
Photo of nrbw23


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fairly small tan head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smells of dark roasted malts with a bit of coffee. Chocolate and nuts are here too.

T- Taste is roasted malts, milk chocolate, nuts, and a touch of coffee. Just a bit of earthy hops coming through.

M- Medium in body and lower in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 23:45:41 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice chocolate roastiness aromas upfront with toffee, caramel, brown sugar notes and faint coffee character in the background but didi have some sweetness from the malts as well.

T: the chocolate flavor blended good with the caramel and brown sugar but had toffee roasty accents and malts adding sweetnesss overall. A touch of coffee was also in the background.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, and creamy finish.

D: I have to say these lost coast beers have definitely surprised all around and are better than I remebered. Real tasty and and drank good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 05:36:21 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in wine glass on Jan 9, 2011.

Appearance = 3.5
Opaque brown-black body with 1/2 inch of brown/white head, which tends to quickly dissipate quite quickly. Mild lacing.

Smell = 4
Sweet, molasses and chocolate malt dominates with notes of roastedness. Also gets hints of alcohol of warmth and dark fruits. Overall, quite appealing and improves as beer warms.

Taste = 3.5
Starts similar to aroma, with molasses and chocolate malt as well as roasted flavor. Through the middle of the taste and lingering to the end, the bitterness of the hops become more present. I have a difficult time deciding about the balance of the malt and hops. It strikes me as somewhat too hoppy, and although the balance between the two improves as I let the beer warm, I still feel like I would enjoy more malt presence (as there is in the smell)

Mouthfeel = 3
Average with a little too thin feeling and moderate carbonation. It's not bad considering ETOH content, but I like it to be a bit more full feeling

Drinkability = 3.5
Overall, above-average, but not necessarily something I'd seek out again. It is easy to drink, but not the most interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:23:34 | More by EnemyWithin
Photo of DaveBlack


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black. A finger's width of tan head with a pretty decent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Great smell. Darkly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Smells like a stout should, deep and rich.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of chocolate malts up front which give way to a nice roasted coffee flavor. Not much on the finish, which makes the flavor kind of fall flat. There's not a whole lot of complexity to it, either.

M: Heavy body, medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D: It is a drinkable beer, but there are better stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:33:43 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of bboelens


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a guinness tuliped pint glass

A-Beautiful deep dark mahogany with slight shades of light brown, thin khaki head but it stayed essentially unchanged for the entire beverage and left excellent lacing

S-Roast malts, chocolate, caramel, hints of oats and brown sugar

T-The oats and chocolate really come out in the taste, perhaps a hint of coffee in the aftertaste

M-A bit on the thin side for a stout, medium body and carbonation

D-Besides the feel of the beer this one was right on par with what I was looking for, a fantastic beer that I'll most certainly try again

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:21:40 | More by bboelens
Photo of MrDanno96


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Impervious to light with a little foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Very little head.

S: Some nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a good dose of chocolate and some very feint coffee.

T: Not a ton going on in the flavor to be honest. Very feint chocolate notes, but they never fully develop into the sweetness I am expecting. A little coffee bitterness in the finish with a hint of grain from the oats.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D: Meh. A decent oatmeal stout, but definitely not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:14:10 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of coastie04


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: 8 Ball pours a mahogany color tinged with walnut, with a bit of ruby sneaking through with a little bit of light. A small bubbly tan head fades quickly to a ring, not really leaving any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt, some coffee, light citrusy and herbal hops.

Taste: A touch of molasses sweetness up front accompanying the strong roasted and chocolate malts. Some dark cocoa, and some unspecified dark fruits linger in the background. The coffee gradually becomes more dominant, combining with some orange rind citrusy hops to become more bitter. The bitterness carries through to the end.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy, with the bubbly carbonation making my tongue tingle. Above average carbonation, with a medium body. Somewhat smooth, but there is a grainy element to the feel. Slightly acidic and a little bit dry.

Drinkability: There is a good balance with the tastes here, but the mouthfeel is more bubbly than I like. Although I can't put my finger on it, there is something that just comes up short here.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:29:49 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a jet black color. This stout has one of the best retention qualities I've seen for this style. The one finger mocha head has both supreme retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing.

S - There are some dark fruit notes with a mix of coco. It could be stronger.

T - This brew has good balance. Sticky fig and plum flavors emerge first followed by a coco layer that reminds me of creamy hot chocolate. Some bitter, chalky hops even things out nicely towards the end with a hint of alcohol.

M - Great balance, thick and creamy. The persistent head really helps things out.

D - A great stout. Great drinkability even for the higher ABV for an oatmeal stout. If you want a session stout this is it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:17:44 | More by LairdChisholm
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.