8 Ball Stout - Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
The Lost Coast Brewery and Café was conceived in 1986 when Barbara Groom, a pharmacist, and Wendy Pound, a family counsellor, wondered what it would take to start their own brewpub. After years of experimental home brewing, planning and studying, Barbara and Wendy were ready to begin. With the 1989 purchase of the Pythian Castle, a 100-year-old building in Eureka, California, the café was ready to open. The building, a restored wood frame structure built in 1892, was purchased from its original owners, The Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias. After some extensive remodelling, the Lost Coast Brewery and Café began operation in July of 1990. The brewery outgrew its original home in the Pythian Castle and moved production to a larger site down the street. After a record breaking year in 2005, producing over 24,000 barrels, Lost Coast Brewery had expectations of breaking the 30,000-barrel mark. In 2009, it broke that record producing over 50,000 barrels, making Lost Coast Brewery the 33rd largest in the United States. Lost Coast distributes its ales in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and three Canadian Provinces.
With the Canadian winter coming on, Bucky decided to stock up on stouts, including a 650 ml bottle of Lost Coast's 8 Ball Stout ("8 Ball"). Oddly, there was no production or best before date on the bottle. 8 Ball was 5.8% alcohol by volume.
8 Ball poured a very deep brown colour verging on black, with about 1/2" of creamy tan coloured head produced. The head faded to a thin cap of foam after 3 minutes, and left considerable spotting and some modest lacing all down the glass. Its aroma was of dark coffee, dark European chocolate and earthy/herbal hops. 8 Ball's taste very much followed the aroma, with the addition of a certain sweetness which gave way to a mildly bitter dark coffee finish and aftertaste. As the beer warmed there was a bit of booze in the finish...which was surprising given its 5.8% alcohol content, but by no means unpleasant. The only weakness of this beer was its slightly thin mouthfeel, which contrasted noticeable with the creaminess of the head. Carbonation level was moderate, fully in keeping with the style. Overall this is a solid, flavourful stout and not overly hoppy in the finish...well worth a try. Currently selling for $4.80 per 650 ml bottle.
04-13-2014 23:00:48 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Impressively dark and opaque, pitch black with just the barest hint of a red halo at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is surprisingly sweet, I get considerable caramel initially and then the more expected dark roast coffee and milk chocolate notes, along with a sour fruitiness that couples with the dark malts to yield a pomegranate molasses effect. Smells pretty fantastic if not a bit sweet for the style. No real hop aroma. Tastes similarly sweet and rich, with some diacetyl apparent and an ultra-smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite chewy but not heavy and very drinkable, with considerable residual sugars noted and moderate to high carbonation. Very nice tactile translation of the oatmeal stout style characteristics, although less dry and earthy than some (e.g., Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Samuel Smith's iconic example). The main flavors seem to be coffee with a little cream, light chocolate, butterscotch, and the tiniest tinge of dry ash. The booze is very well-concealed. Finish is roasty and sweet but here some floral earthy hops become apparent, cutting the sweetness and providing a contrast to the main show. I like this a lot, has some sweet stout character and the oats really do add an amazing smoothness. Then again, I have a soft spot for the sweeter side of dark malt and others may prefer something more dry.
03-23-2014 17:21:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.75/5 rDev -2.3%
a straight forward oatmeal stout. 5.8% abv. Dark black in appearance with a nice off colored white creamy head. Taste of toasted malts and faint hints of chocolate. A super smooth stout, one of the lightest oatmeal stouts I have tasted, very drinkable. We finally got some rain here in San Diego and I went with this brew for our "cold" weather stint we have going over here. Lost Coast keeps it pretty simple and straightforward, this isnt the most complex beer out there, but its still damn good in its simplicity.
03-01-2014 01:32:36 | More by theteleman
3.45/5 rDev -10.2%
Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes and some residual sugar notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and easily drinkable but a bit short on the complexity level.
02-20-2014 03:05:45 | More by Phyl21ca
3.49/5 rDev -9.1%
Purchased at the LCBO for $4.85/600ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a snifter
A- No head what so ever. No film, nothing at all. Opened very weak.
S- Nothing special but ok. Hints of coffee and caramel
T- Pretty good. Very carbonated despite the low carbonation on opening/pouring. Roasted malt and barley as usual for stouts.
M- Ok. Nothing special. Pretty carbonated and light.
O- Ok. Will not buy again. There are much better examples of stouts out there from micro breweries. that will blow this away.
This ok stout would go well with... cured meats and heavy cheeses.
02-17-2014 17:48:41 | More by DaveBar
8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.