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BEER INFO

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:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
1,061
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.36%
 
 
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26
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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 1,061
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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Photo of OldManMetal
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)

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Nice opaque brown color with a one-finger tan head that lingered. Aromas: milk chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of toffee. Dry burnt chocolate/coffee taste up front, with a silky sweet sensation in the mid-palate, followed by a bitter dry roasty finish. Full-bodied and with medium carbonation.

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Photo of gshak
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says it is 5.8% whereas the BeerAdvocate lists it at 6.3% ABV. I'll just attribute this to batch variance.
A - Dark brown, not black. A vigorous pour yielded 3 fingers' width of off-whitehead that receded slowly. Plenty of carbonation hidden within the beer.
S - Smells sweet. Toffee, honey, toasted bread, raisins, smoke.
T - Follows smell. Starts off sweet with a honey-porter like vibe. Transitions into dark fruits, and then the roasted grains take over, with lasting bitterness both from the burnt grains and the hops. While the start of the sip is all porter, the finish is all stout.
F - On the thinner side, but doesn't take away the drinkability.
O - A decent stout that is adequately complex for what is evidently an everyday drinker. I wouldn't mind ordering this at a bar, but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Oeyvind
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A drinkable beer for sure but its not thick like some say. Its not black either. Dark brown, a little too dry and thin, better as a drink and forget than a properly made stout, but enjoyable non the less. Just not memorable. Nice to see a bottle conditioned beer on the shelf though...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow head of medium tan over a pitch-black body

S - malt sweetness, chocolate, smoke; underwhelming

T - burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, subtle lactic flavor; not bad, but fairly plain for the style

M - smooth medium body; above-average carbonation

O - a decent brew in and of itself, but not among the greatest of stouts

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Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Appearance : black, brown small foam- goes away quickly
Aroma: toasted grains, nuts, slight coffee aroma
Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness
Palate: medium body, creamy, flat
Overall: Fair not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of Marius
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

35cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa. Chocolate-bitter taste, with notes of cocoa, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of dark cherries.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, dark beige head on it, 1/2". Lots of roast, chocolate malt, nothing unexpected there.

Taste is very non descript, roast, but doesn't have a flavor of chocolate or coffee like you commonly come across. Somewhat chewy. Maybe leans on the lower viscosity end these days. High bitterness, not sure if hops or malt or both. Relatively simple and straightforward. Bomber format sucks though.

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Photo of rbelcher1959
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. A oatmeal stout, a great beer for someone wanting to try an oatmeal stout for the first time.

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is used motor oil black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with some cocoa. The taste is coffee and malt, a nice bitter flavor. An excellent stout.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Pours an almost black colour and beige head with a malty/chocolaty aroma. Flavour is much like the aroma with coffee taste creeping through. Average mouthfeel. If someone is interested in trying a oatmeal stout for the first time, this one is a great place to start.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Tarry chocolate black, with a towering beige head about 4 fingers tall. Lace stringy, webby, and adhesive.

Smell : Charred and roast cocoa malts, burnt chocolate, curdled milk, slight hop funk. Very burnt on the nose.

Taste : Also very burnt on the taste. The malts are somewhat artfully kilned, but too much smoke and char comes through rendering the flavor very harsh and acidic. Beyond that is a bit of oats, lactose, and dark chocolate.

Feel : Medium bodied...smooth, but not creamy. Mild carbonation keeps it simple. Not overly impressive.

Overall : Next. This one wasn't all that great. Another stout ruined by too much smoke/char/liberal roast malts.

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Photo of frozyn
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours dark drown/black with a creamy tan head. Head disappeared quickly despite an aggressive pour.

S -- Roasted malts starting off. Coffee comes out with warmth, very minor sweetness.

T -- First sip is lots of roast and coffee, slight cocoa. A bit of bitterness at the end.

F -- Medium, smooth, but a bit thinner than hoped for.

O -- Overall pretty good. Very easy drinking and would make for a good morning beer with the coffee flavor. Pretty good value for the price.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. Kind of a basic stout, with nothing too terribly unique standing out, but a solid example of the style.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BOD 2/18/14. Pours pitch black. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Typical nose of chocolate and roast.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has some slickness. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is moderately intense, not complex but is well balanced. It is a mild roast and chocolate blend from start through the finish. The middle brings a mild bitterness coupled with a mild malt sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of roast and chocolate. A good stout.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another rock solid beer from Lost Coast. 8 Ball is reasonably priced, full of great chocolate, malt, and coffee flavours, and very easy on the palate. I would happily seek this out again and again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with strong over roasted notes.

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Photo of KristoferLyons
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark, Foamy Head that dissipates into a creamy top.
Aroma: Malty, Roasted. Makes me think of cinnamon crunch...without the cinnamon.
Flavor: Slight coffee taste with a malty pale ale background
Mouthfeel: It's okay, nothing to shake a stick at. Slightly carbonated, far from the smoothness of say a Guiness.
Overall: I'm slightly biased, I'm not a huge straight black coffee drinker fan. Coffee is good, but I like the coffee to be smooth...the same for this. Overall, I'll drink more of this one (slightly because I have a 6 pack)

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I loved all the characteristics of this beer. The only derogatory mark was it didn't finish as smooth as I would have hoped. It finished on the boozy side and not as thick and creamy as I had hoped for. Very good. Will search and buy more of this definitely.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into goblet, 5.8% abv. a code is printed on the neck of the bottle but in black ink, so, with this beer being a stout, i could only really see it after pouring some of the contents out. the code reads "07/08/14-4" so hopefully that's the bottling date. enjoyed at home on the afternoon of october 2, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of latte-hued head. ruby/cola tinges around the bottom of the glass

s: coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. slight caramel as well as earthy hints. a bit subdued but still quite nice

t: chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a slight but tasty dark fruit presence mid-palate. dries out with a cocoa-like bitterness along with notes of coffee, earth and wood

m: excellent mouthfeel. medium-ish body, slightly sticky, with mild carbonation

o: a delicious stout with a great roasty character. wouldn't mind picking up a few more of these from the LCBO. i'm glad they bring this beer in

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Caddyshanks in Orlando.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet and bready oats, toasted, roasted, chocolate, a little smoke, and some earthy notes.

Taste: You pick up molasses noted in the taste in top of everything else with some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, little to medium bodied, a little bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Surprised to see it here in Orlando, but happy to have found it.

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Photo of Daveypicksbluegrass1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Not a bad brew, there's a slight burnt smell upon first sniff, but it's not off putting. It goes down well, and is very sessionable. Overall, it's an A-.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Pitch black color. Big, lumpy, course, tan head. Awesome stickage.

Smell - Toasted malt. Slightly sweet aroma. A whiff of herbs.

Taste - Toasted malt. Taffy. Chocolate. Mild black licorice. A touch buttery. The hops are almost nonexistent.

Mouth - A bit oily. Good carbonation. A brew with a presence.

Overall - Big and bold with a slightly bitter finish. Dark yet chugable. Another great California ale!

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