8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Eight Ball Stout is not for the faint of heart. It’s bold as hell and robust as can be, but it’ll reward your palate like no other stout. Roasted malts and heavy hops give it a flavor that will have you pouring another before you’re even finished with the first.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.93/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lost Coast 8 Ball stout is the first of my three stout tasting, bottle date Dec 28 2016, bought at World Market on May 13 2017. A little older than I like, but ..
this was the best stout I had tasted at that point...
Smooth, rich, balanced roast, not overly chocolate or coffee, just right. It still tastes like a perfectly made dark beer, with the perfect hints of those flavors we look for in a quality stout. Dryness finish factor is spot on, and well worth having again.

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Photo of bshefftz
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of roasted malts, with a little bit of sweetness. Taste has hints of chocolate but seems like it's really watered down for a stout. I do like the slight hip presence that really saves this brew.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bombelsky
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Brown, frothy head. Diminishes to a small crown. Decent lacing. Coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits aroma. Medium hop bitterness, medium malty sweetness. Low fruitiness and chocolate like flavor. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, oily, grainy. Long, moderate dry finish with some sweet notes getting in.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this from tap at the cafe in Eureka. Not very impressed for an oatmeal stout. With that being said, this is a decent offering that I would drink again.

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Photo of steverx8
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with very little light passing through. Has a light colored head that goes away quickly. Can smell the roasted malts, with a little bit of sweetness. Taste has hints of chocolate and seems really watered down.

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Photo of Sid_Smith
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as bold as the description would lead you to believe, but still a very nice stout. The body is exceptional, but it is the best characteristic by far. Head thin, dissipates quickly. Taste not as strong as I would like. Might buy again, not sure.

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Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IsaacCraft
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color not quite black. Finger and a half Carmel head dissipates quickly.

The nose gives hints of coffee and toasted malts. Rather pleasant.

The taste follows the nose. The flavor is not overwhelming, but it has a good amount of coffee with hints of dark chocolate. There is a nice hoppy bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile.

The feel is really nice and smooth and thick like you want a stout to be. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a solid stout. I do like my stouts to be a little more "stout", but I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this may be my first offering from Lost Coast, and it was decent enough...

A dark beer with red highlights, it had a short-lived head and no lacing to whatsoever. The odor was truly special - chocolaty, malty, and a slight sweetness to the nose. This is where the rest of the experience was not necessarily impressive, but neither was it notable. The mouthfeel was a bit watery, the taste had the chocolaty taste too it but overpowered by the malt, and all of it adding up to a decent enough brew.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

Very deep brown in color, it comes with thick silky tan head that stands with great retention before slowly sinking to an eternal foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot all along.

Heavily roasted malt in the aroma with some astringency, dark chocolate, mild espresso, roasted coffee bean, malty sweet, toasted bread, some smoke, and biscuit.

The taste is led by espresso coffee and roasted malt flavor that also yield some sourness and astringency through the taste buds. Some malty bready sweet in the middle together with smoothness from oat as well as toasted bread and smokiness. Some acidic too together with a slight bitterness from hop.

Medium body with some lightness touch and moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel with some crispness through the palate, finish is dry.

Good Stout offering from Lost Coast, it is truth to the style, very straightforward and very drinkable yet enjoyable drink.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a thin tan head. The beer smells of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee. The beer tastes similar but has a dark coffee touch to it. The beer is smooth and very drinkable with a nice feeling from the carbonation.

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Photo of DaPan
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark brown coloration with a tan one finger head that almost immediately collapses to just covering the top of the beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate and malts with some dark fruit bringing up the rear.

Taste: Malts and smooth dark coffee.

Feel: Thinner side of medium with moderate carbonation, probably a tad too thin for the style.

Overall: An average stout, doesn't really do anything to stand out from the pack, either good or bad.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with slightly more than a finger of head. The nose is decently roasty. The flavor also has a relatively decent roasted essence to it.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like this would be an entry level stout, to ppl who are curious about the world of craft. Nothing is dominating in this beer at all. The flavors and aromas, match, both being very subtle. It's not a bad beer, just lacking and distinct flavors. Like roasted Malts and chocolate. Very drinkable nonetheless. Just doesn't taste like much.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ok. It has the dark brown color of an oatmeal stout. It has a very good chocolate smell to it (smells like a Hershey kiss). However it is lacking roast aroma. I do not get any roast smell at all. The flavor oddly to me does not taste like the aroma. It taste like a crash of sweet malts. The roast on the back end is subtle, however the more I drink it the more pronounced it becomes. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would hope but not bad. At the first sip of this beer I thought it was ok but the more I drink it the more messy it becomes.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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