8 Ball Stout
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #212
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,510
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
560
Ratings:
1,117
From:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  27
Gots
  118
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: 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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This oatmeal stout's black, copiously ruby-litten, slightly effervescent body is capped by a brief-lived, slightly pebbly medium tan head; lacing is fair and consists of irregular bands. The nose is light-medium in intensity: a fairly undifferentiated medium-roast dark malt aroma that touches on molasses and cocoa. The palate is a thin, mostly undifferentiated light-roast darkish malt flavor that alludes to the lighter side of molasses and cocoa, countered by a modest earthy hop bitterness that is actually discernable as a flavor because of the light-footedness of the malt character; as a result, this stout lands a bit on the bitter end of the balance. The finish is a light hit of very thin darkish malt that quickly vanishes; the linger is a brief echo of the finish. The mouthfeel is thin for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the overexpressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 140 days after pkg)

Jun 20, 2016
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Murph from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super black with a thick brown head that fades a little too quickly. Smell is of roasted/burnt malts with some coffee and a whiff of chocolate thrown in. Huge dark chocolate flavors start off with some hints of raisnins and other dark fruits. The smooth chocolate flavor slowly fades into a nice bitter coffee flavor which then fades into a nice lingering bitter roasted/burnt finish. Very smooth and creamy, this brew is definitely very drinkable. A very good brew all around.

Jul 23, 2002
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0tt0 from Georgia

2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounces into a Duvel glass...

Pitch-black motor oil in color, with a 3/4 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a slight collar. Missing some of that big creamy cap that I see with other stouts. A big sniff presents brown sugar, molasses, a touch of butterscotch, and a tad of bittersweet chocolate. Though I am no stout pro by any means, it strikes me as a bit of a departure. First sip: right off, I get some of that brown sugar and toffee-like characteristics, but the middle is a strong fruitiness, some berry and (am I crazy, here) some raisin? Finishes with a quick slap of liquorice and the faintist hint of chocolate. I'm stumped, honestly. It seems to have more in common with a dubbel or quad than a stout. All of the quintessential things I would look for are absent. And then to compound the crime, it resembles a Belgian, but not a very good one either. Body is medium, with not much in the way of carbonation or hoppy tingle. A bad bottle, maybe? I can't tell. But I am very much underwhelmed.

Jul 26, 2007
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EnemyWithin from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Jan 09, 2011
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marty717 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Sep 01, 2012
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DamoTO700 from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Sep 26, 2014
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bcm119 from California

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black in color with a dark brown head that fades to nothing in a few minutes. Aroma is roasty and estery with hints of chocolate. Big malty nose with some fruity esters too, but as it warms it turns a bit minerally, almost salty. Bittering hops are abundant, and take over the finish with an herbal, mineral bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Overall a very hoppy stout, and the pale malt they use gives it a fruity flavor in the nose, but finishes very dry. Flavors are a little shallow in general, but very drinkable for the style.

Updated 2010. This is a really nice stout, Lost Coast's best brew in my opinion. It must be that hint of oatmeal that gives it a fullness and little sour tang, which I really like.

Aug 23, 2002
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee and hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some dark roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate and some hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side for stouts with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, something that I wouldn't mind enjoying again.

Feb 16, 2009
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DaveBlack from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Jan 07, 2011
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KrisDLSmith from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Dec 02, 2013
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LPHIV from Japan

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Sep 25, 2014
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Brent from Kentucky

2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer just hit me all wrong. I'm a great fan of oatmeal stouts, but this had a smokey character that was disquieting. Great coal black color. Some dark roasted coffee in the aroma, but a hickory smoke aspect to the malt that also had an odd acidity, like smoked summer sausage. Blah.

Dec 08, 2003
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Hornet2003 from Canada

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great creamy tan head and pitch black in body.

Smell: Lots of roastiness, and a touch of sweet fruitiness as well. I get the feeling this is more like an export stout style. A little coffee and smoke as well.

Taste: Tangy sweetness brought out by an immense chocolate malt flavour. Excellent burnt caramel flavour with a little bit of candied fruit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as cream in a dream. The sweetness makes it really pleasant on the tongue and the low-ish carbonation makes it really soft on the palate.

Drinkability: High. Smooth, chocolately and with an interesting fruitiness. alcohol is kind of high, but for it's strength, the drinkability is as high as one could expect.

Overall: Got this on special as a 6-pack. I'm glad I did. It's got enough body and flavour to make it a sipper that you could sip a lot of.

Jun 12, 2009
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ghostee from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small offwhite head that recedes quickly.

Smell is typical for a stout. Some coffee and chocolate. Smells a bit creamy. Maybe a hint of hops.

Taste has a nice hop presence upfront. Combined with the chocolate and coffee, and the roasted malt. Taste is slightly creamy like I got in the smell. Also surprisingly smooth, with no real bitterness. The hop bite doesn't linger very long.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little carbonated. Doesn't coat the mouth nearly as much as some stouts do.

Drinkability is high. This is easy drinking for a stout, and goes down super easy.

This was a single bottle the GF brought home from Trader Joes, after never having heard of the brewery. I'm surprised how great this beer is, and will definitely drink again.

May 11, 2010
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StroppyMare from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 07, 2012
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31Sam13 from New Hampshire

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

Mar 14, 2015
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that leaves traces of lace. Totally opaque black color. Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Nose is coffee/chocolate. Starts with a sweet roasted coffee flavor and finishes with some bitter chocolate overtones. The brewer says that the ABV is 5.8%. 22oz bottle from Mark in California.

May 02, 2005
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tonistruth from Nevada

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very deep dark brown, tan head with little retention, tan lacing on glass

S- scents of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate are all in there while the brew also smells rich and sweet.

T- a stout where you can taste the hops! Then there is also a strong roasted malt/coffee aftertaste. The sweet roasted flavor increases as the brew warms.

M- smooth, very soda like with the carbonation at colder temperatures, though it mellows very nicely at warmer temps.

D- very interesting to taste a stout that lets you taste the hops. Easy to drink especially since any bitterness or sourness from burnt malts arent evident at all.

Apr 14, 2006
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

May 23, 2011
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EigenBeer from Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jul 12, 2012
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Nickgiraud

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 28, 2014
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Orlando.

Black as night with a small grayish, brownish head.
Nice deep roast aroma that is rich and complex.
Flavor has similar qualities with a nice hop presence of mild bitterness. Nice bit of sourness in middle before, which preceeds a mild dryness.
Moderately rich and and medium feel. Smooth.
Nicely balanced, well done and served at a good temperature.

Apr 04, 2006
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a brown, one-finger head. Left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. Great sweet chocolate and malt taste.

Jun 16, 2007
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johnhenryconway

3/5  rDev -22.1%

Nov 19, 2011
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mportnoy from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Nov 20, 2013
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