8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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

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.

Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,082
Reviews:
552
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding heavy beer with lots of strong flavors.

A: Deep black, concentrated color

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor)

T: Malts, chocolate, coffee, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor). Sweet and bitter mix together nicely. Not too sweet, but also not overly bitter.

M: Full body with some creaminess

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the power of the flavors.

Overall, an excellent easy-to-drink stout that is full of flavors, but not overly harsh.

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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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4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. Pours a bit like used motor oil. Burnt roasty espresso-like aroma and taste. Has some Imperial Stout-like characteristics like a slight alcohol nose and taste. Also has some dark chocolate notes. Full bodied, smooth, and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

One worth searching out !!!

Label states: "Pale malted barley, oatmeal, and chocolate malts" & "Pacific NW hops"

Bottled: 09/2000
Tasted: 08/19/03

($2.49 / 22 oz.)

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4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily black pour with a miniscule tan head. Not really all that sweet for being a supposed sweet stout, but rather very malty and flecked with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Everything just runs together perfectly in this one, and I could drink the hell out of it because of the low abv. And on many nights I have done just that.

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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stouts are not for everyone, but I find myself partial to them (oatmeal stouts in particular). Snuggled ever so warmly halfway between a Young's double chocolate and a Rogue Shakespeare, the 8 Ball stout succeeds in achieving that ever so rare and exquisite balance of roasted hop bitterness with sweet oatmeal and chocolate maltiness that makes for a truly unique and enjoyable treat. A bit intense with the first few sips, but an equillibrium is quickly achieved making for one of the most drinkable stouts on the planet. (Are you a Guiness nut and ready for something that will make you re-think your position in the universe? The 8 Ball Stout from the Lost Coast Brewery is the key.}

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4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BevMo near San Clemente, CA
Have had in a beer glass and straight from the bottle

A - Pours nicely and looks great in a glass but it also nice from the bottle as well.

S - Nice chocolate smell with malty and roasted barley goodness. I like to just smell this beer before drinking.

T- There is a nice smooth chocolate slide as it goes down with a very slight hint of coffee; also a touch of carbonation more predominant than most stouts. Malts are there and hops are hidden and I like that.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- I love this beer. If you are looking for a "drinkable" stout, this is it. As a stout lover, I also like that it is lower in alcohol which makes it a "more than one" stout.

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4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Came in the mail as part of a craft beer of the month selection (great x-mas present).

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance was exactly what one would want from an oatmeal stout. A nice mustache-leaving head keeps throughout.

Smell- lots of toasted malts, a touch of chocolate

Taste- Malts are balanced nicely, sweetness does not dominate or limit this to a one-trick dessert pony. Hop in the finish feels just right.

Body- Nice and full, hearty. Just right.

Overall, did the trick and I will want to have some on hand on a regular basis if I can. Hope some east coast distributors carry it.

Had it with grilled turkey caesers salad.

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4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dense and creamy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen. It became a solid creamy top as it disappated, almost like steamed milk. Left good chunks of lace.
Beautiful looking beer.
Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and heavily roasted malt. Small, mildly tart hop aroma.
Great sweet and bitter flavors. Earthy charred malt, french roast coffee, dark creamy chocolate, molasses, a bit of red fruit and a whisper of licorice and smoke. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness and a tangy sweet lactic presence. Maybe a smidge cloying.
Medium to full bodied with a creamy rich and round mouthfeel. There was a slight stickiness to it. It was like a cross between the creaminess of an Oatmeal stout and the rich viscosity of an Imperial.
I didn't notice alcohol in the taste but it sure did warm the belly. Excellent drinkability nonetheless and I've found a new favorite Stout. Highly Recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Jet black, zero light penetration, A hard pour got me a very nice inch high head, light brown in color. that disapates fairly slow. No carbonation seen whatsoever. very little lacing

S: Very strong smell off coffee and roasted malt. It's making my mouth water. Smells absolutly delicious.

T: Like the smell there is a very strong, strong taste of roasted malt and coffee. Aftertaste is bittersweet coffee, and a hint of licorice. I don't know how to describe how good this tastes, but this is exactly what I look for in a stout. Flavors are very stong, this could even be called an Imperial Stout.

M: Very thick and creamy, Good amount of carbonation for a stout. Not too bubbly, but not flat.

D: This has won me over as the best stout in the world. I didn't think it could get much better than obsidian, but this one blows it out of the water. I could drink these all day. If you are a fan of Stouts than this is a must have.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps my review lacks the sophistication of others, but after tasting many porters and stouts- 8 Ball Stout is my number #1 because of it's dark, smooth, rich flavour. To be sure, this stout has alluring, complex tones in smell and taste and for all its boldnes-its dwell gently within.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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