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 DoctorZombies
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black pour into SAPP, creamy tan head and thereafter good lacing. Whisper of roasted malt. Cereal and semi sweet malt. Lite mouthfeel. Overall, ok.

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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 nlmartin
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes my way from my Secret Santa 2006 Fartingdog. The beer was served lightly chilled in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a finger and a half high. The head was a long lasting dark creamed coffee coloration.

Smell: The beer smells of espresso that has been passed through a charcoal filter. Molasses a whiff of vanilla and semi sweet chocolate make up the balance.

Taste: This beer delivers a very sturdy semi-sweet chocolate and espresso flavor. The beer has a bit of sweetness; however, the hops dry the flavor out with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkabilty: This beer is very smooth. The beer has no over the top flavors or smells. This is a very fine stout and if I had access this could easily become a regular. This beer is very easy to drink and is a solid offering.

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

This is a tasty stout with a little bit of the roughness to challenge the tastebuds. A drinking stout for sure but the roasted malt and the finish is big and pronounced. There is a chocolate side to the beer but the main flavour is roasty and toasty. I liked the fact that the flavour profile is big and the beer stays in your mind after it is gone.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lost Coast Breweries stable stout, 8-ball stout (no corner pockets needed), pours a dark color with only a slight color variation if you tip your glass. A nice tan head that remains throughout the drink but no real lacing which is odd for a stout. The smell is strong roasted and all malt. Maybe some slight chocolate tones but really nothing exceptional.

Do you think the other pool balls get jealous of the popularity of the 8-ball? Well 8-ball has a very smooth velvet flavor. The malt flavor is dominate but not overpowering. More of a chocolate or coco flavor. Although there was a smoothness to the drink it was similar to say a milk stout but without that lactate flavor to it. If looking you can find hits of mellow hop flavors. Maybe for citrusy and a American feel to it.

So what’s left to say? 8-ball is very easy to drink and has a full body to it. If nit picking, I would like to say that I would prefer more of a robust character, but for its style (and what I’m judging) it fits very well

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

Pours a dark brown almost black color with about a one finger tan head with nice creamy lacing.

Chocolate malt nose with little to no hop scent to speak of.

A nice, malty flavor of dark chocolate and coffee. Creamy and smooth tasting with a very light hop finish.

Creamy and smooth in texture with a light carbonation crispness finishes out the beer.

A very good stout that begs for another sip

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alerdo91
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FastBlondesBrewing
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip glass at about 50deg F.

Initial pour looked great but the slightly yellow/creamy head dissolved very rapidly. Laces very well, a nice dark coffee color.

Smell is solid, a nice coffee/roasted malt smell.

Up front taste is not too aggressive, a well balanced malt offset by a toned down hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is where this beer falls short IMO. I feel that it is over carbonated and this overwhelms the finish.

Overall a solid Stout, definitely a buy and taste for yourself!

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Photo of Perroloco
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbone78
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And here is what I think.

A- Pours dark, not too dark with a tan head. Typical to oatmeal beers. this also contributes to mouthfeel.
S- Not impressed. Not alot of smell. I would think there would be more roasty aroma, but nope.
T- I like the taste. It is simple enough to identify the flavors of chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, but complex enough to blend.
M- I have already touched on the mouthfeel. And I personaly like the oatmeal texture.
D- Good


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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 brocktune
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Stebow1289
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but not as heavy as you'd expect with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this stout doesn't overload you with sweetness or heaviness, which makes it more poundable than most stouts. It's worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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

Consumed 05/11/08 at The Yardhouse, Las Vegas.

Very dark brown beer with good clarity and some lighter brown highlights. One finger tan head at start soon reduces to a nice foamy lacing.

Aroma is a little sweet with chocolate and oat notes.

Smooth textured as it almost glides into the mouth. Well-rounded soft flavors: chocolate malts and oats. Not much bitterness. Aftertaste of chocolate.

An easy drinker.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Dark black with thin one finger light brown creamy head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, slight hop presence.

Taste: Coffee and dark roasted sweet malts, bitter english hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body, warming presence.

Overall: A delicious oatmeal stout full of flavor and a pleasant aroma. Satisfying.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tulip

a:Dark, dark brown. Not quit black though. 1-finger creamy tan head. Splashy strings of lacing are left.

s: Citrus hops up front, underneath, a plethora of malts: chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, hazelnuts, brown sugar, dates and grape.

m: Medium to full-bodied, moderate, almost crisp carbonation.

t: hop presence way up front and fades relatively quick into the malty brew it should be. Oats are definitely there, both in the middle and finish. Great blend of chocolate, oats, nuts, caramel. some light sweetness is given by the presence of alcohol near the finish. Muted hop bite finishes things off but the malt and oats linger on.

d: A little too carbonated, that's my only gripe. Flavors are right on. I could drink a bomber of this over the period of an hour to an hour and a half. Solid oatmeal stout.

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

This poured a dark black with a very thin tan head that faded fast to just a ring. The nose is slight java, I can't pick up much anything else. There is a good roasted malt flavor with some java and chocolate. It does seem like it is missing something. It has a smooth but not heavy mouthfeel. All in all, not bad but not great.

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

Pours a kola hue with average carbonation that leaves behind little head or lacing,the smell is cocoa,oats,alcohol and spicy hops,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of cocoa,bittersweet dark chocolate,bran and finished with a spicy,herbal hoppiness that counteracts the sweetness perfectly and overall even though ive had better this is still worth a taste as its very sessionable on a cold day like today.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hu5om
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to enelson for the excellent extra!
split with newk340
a- black, light khaki foam that disipates quickly
s-bitter chocolate, oats, patent black malts
t-dark bitter/sweet malts, oats, chocolate. good not great.
m-fairly bubbly, and fairly light actually.
d-it's good, not great. doesn't make any mistakes, but doesn't really distinguish itself. either way, a very solid beer.

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

On tap at Brewhouse Grille, Camp Hill, PA on 3/11/09.

A - Poured a dark brown body about two shades away from black with some walnut highlights and a slim tan head that reduced to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace on the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt with subtle coffee aroma and hints of chocolate, as well as a slight toasted nutty character.

T - Initial flavor is dark roasted malt followed by milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Some nuttiness and mild earthy bitterness emerges in the finish, with the bitterness picking up steam the longer I enjoyed the brew.

M - Medium body with a watery, yet slightly oily, texture and pretty lively carbonation resulting in some moderate tongue prickle. Mildly astringent in the finish with some residual hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty straight-up American Stout from Lost Coast with a pleasant chocolate and nutty characteristics. This would be nice on nitro!

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