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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

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Reviews: 539 | Ratings: 1,061
Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly pitch black with dark brown hues and a nice tan head that holds up for the most part. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate with dark earthy tones.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some slightly roasted coffee with earthy, slightly vanilla-ish woody tones in the back. On the sweet side, but has a semi-dry finish.

It is velvety smooth with a body that hits full without being thick.

A malty, yet well-balanced smooth easy-drinking stout with nice chocolatey notes.

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Photo of ghostee
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.

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

Pours jet black with a thinnish, dark dark tan head. Lovely imperial stout aroma -- rich, chocolatey malt, sweet cherry, and an underlying alcohol scent. The taste is huge. Very chocolatey with heaps of oatmeal. A bit of prune kicks in at the finish, yielding to a lovely roasty aftertaste. Not a lot of hops to the finish here, but not at all cloying. Still, the hops might help to soften the alcohol flavor which, as it stands, becomes just a bit too strong for my taste at the finish. Still, damn drinkable and quite a surprise for me. I'd not heard much about this brewery, but will be sure to look into them more thoroughly!

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the 8 ball they based its name on; nice espresso head with good lacing

Smell: Roasted sweet malt nose

Taste: Initial blast of chocolate malt is followed by some bitter espresso notes, almost smokey; both the chocolate and the espresso flavors continue to build into the finish

Mouthfeel: Reasonably full-bodied, but could be just a tad thicker

Drinkability: A very nice stout; has a lot to commend

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

Bottle Inspection: Bottle date (Jan. 05, sampled May 05) ingredients listed but no abv %.

Aroma: Rich chocolate/cocoa nose with a hint of hops

Appearance: Midnight black glass with a deep chocolate colored head that collared and left a trace of lace.

Flavor: Wonderful blend of the stout dark malts and the hops, which struck me as NW citric quality. Some bitter coffee taste helped balance the flavor well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth texture with a perfect low level carbonation that fit the beer well. There was an odd delayed chew at the back end where I normally get it at the front.

Overall Impression: Very good beer, massively drinkable. Sorry my review doesn’t do it justice. Creamy, well balanced stout. Worth the hype, a great example of American Stout.

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

Appearance- Pours a light tan head with a little retention to an eventual film and ring o' film. Color is a deep ruddy brown with bourbon colored highlights.

Smell- A strong blend of roasted and creamy malts. Almost milky.

Taste- Pretty half-and-half like malts to start with teh middle allowing more coffee, mocha, chocolate, and spent grain flavor to hit. With the finish bringing all these flavors together and a well maintained hoppy finish.

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Photo of grindcore666
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black n brown with a large cappucino head. Aroma consists of ground coffee and belgian chocolate. Tastes exquisite..roasted and full. Sweet. Dark Chocolate. Medium carbonation. Big, black, and chewy. Your sip transcends into a superb black coffee finish.

This stout is just so well rounded. The sweetness level is perfect. It's more chewy than it is creamy, but it still balances really well.

Thank you Lost Coast. This is why I love you.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black in color with a creamy brown head that leaves webs of lace behind as you drink. Nose is roasted chocolaty malts with notes of smoky charcoal. Full-bodied with a very nice thick and creamy texture (there must be some oatmeal in this brew). Taste starts off with flavors of rich bittersweet chocolate and malt followed by notes of espresso and some bittering hops. A wonderful stout that I would happily recommend to anyone. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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Photo of Derek
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at TuTu Tango in Orlando.

A: Black, tan head, very little retention.

S: Chocolate, molases & some British fruityness.

T: Mocha, molases, licorous, mild roastyness, pleasant fruityness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth, carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good.

I liked this a lot.

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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 Rumrunner
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a bitter stout. Lovely.

This stout pours black and dense. The deep tan head is fluffy and thick. Awsome lacing. The lace coats the glass. Scents are deep coffee, carob and burnt wood.

The flavors are heavy bitter until the end. A deep burnt coffee flavor. Some unsweetened chocolate. Some carob and a heavy dose of oatmeal refine this stout. The finish is mildly sweet. Some raisins and sweet fruits. Dates. A good finish after a wonderfully bitter beginning. A well thoughtout stout for the stout drinker who wants big flavors and a bitter bite to the stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Strong alcohol give this stout a some bite. Nothing to worry about. It is just part of the enjoyment of the stout. This stout would go well with a robust cigar.

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Photo of j4mmin42
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, tan head faded quickly to a shallow white ring; Nonetheless, it leaves some serious legs. Deep, rich black color.

The first smell to hit you is the roasted malts, followed by a bit of sweetness from the oatmeal. There may be a little coffee/java smell also...very faint though.

The taste is very similar to other oatmeal stouts: Rich, roasted, sweet-yet-bitter, malty taste, with that signature oatmeal sweetness near the finish.

8-Ball feels kind of velvety; you can feel both the carbonation and the thickness of this beer.

It's not an Anderson Valley oatmeal stout (heh), but it is quite drinkable, ABV being the limiting factor...I'll easily finish my sixer in a day or two.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a good stout should: black with a small, dark brown head. No lacing to speak of. Taste is roasty up front, with hints of sweetness towards the middle and bitterness in the finish. Very balanced taste, nothing is overpowering. Isnt too bitter or sweet. Kind of like the Goldilocks of stouts. Label indicates presence of oatmeal, roasted and chocolate malts among other ingredients. Very smooth. Just hearty enough: not too filling, but certainly enough to notice. To me, this is the perfect 'middle of the road' stout and probably my favorite non-imperial/double stout. Recommended.

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Photo of orfeu
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce twist-off. Impenetrable black with chestnut highlight at the bottom of the pint glass; sticky and thick sand colored, finely attenuated foam. Aromas of powdered cocoa, faint whiff of hazelnut; roasted malts finish after brief scent of piney hops. Big chocolate malt roastiness. Beautiful balance of malt and sprucey-peppery hops. A sweet malted milkball meets bitter orange flavor at the finish -- absolutely delicious. Oatmeal adds a silken texture to this medium-bodied and velvety smooth stout. Great achievement, and super-sessionable. Definitely will buy again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light rejecting, impenetrable onyx. The voluminous head is the color of double coffee ice cream or chocolate fudge cake batter and may be the darkest that I've ever seen. A solid sheet of lace is laid down initially, with tears in the fabric occuring as the beer sits. An impressive look.

The nose is redolent of hugely roasted black malt and dark chocolate primarily, black coffee and hops secondarily. It doesn't have quite enough power, depth or complexity to make me wax poetic, but it's still far better than most American stouts.

We're back on the excellent train. 8 Ball may not the most complex stout on the block, but there's no doubt that it's delicious beer. There's an impressive amount of roastedness without a hint of char. Dark chocolate and espresso now live on an equal footing with citrus fruity hops that zing this way and that to lighten the bottom heavy nature of the style.

Sweet and bitter are both present, with bitter nosing ahead on the finish. A stout this hoppy isn't entirely unexpected from a brewery that graces us with the excellent Indica IPA. The body/mouthfeel is full without being heavy and is chewy without being overly dextrinous. Both are marks of quality.

When prompted to think about my style preferences by the occasional forum post, I've always put stouts in fourth or fifth position. I've been rethinking that lately and may now move them as high as second because of outstanding beer like 8 Ball Stout. If you enjoy the style, you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a thin dark brown head. No lace

Smell: Rich burnt malt, hints of chocolate and smoky.

Taste: Smoky burnt malt. Really rich coffee flavors, bitter and chocolatey.

Mouth: Big and full bodied, smoky bitter aftertaste

Drink: I can't put it down! What a great stout! I probably shouldn't but I could drink this all night.

Overall: A pleasant surprise in a mixed sixer I picked up in Blacksburg, VA (Vintage Cellar). Robust and bold stout.

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Photo of zerk
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a persistent chestnut colored head... not a single ray of light passes through this baby. Aroma is full of chocolate malt, coffee, and a light note of pine. Flavor begins sweet with chocolate and molasses, then becomes bitter with coffee and some piney hops. Well balanced and full of flavor. Full bodied with medium to low carbonation. This is a very good stout... worth seeking out!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours like black ink. The head is very dark brown and rocky. As it dies back it laces the glass. The aroma is roasted barley and chocolate. The flavor is roasted, then chocolate that lasts into a dry chocolate finish. The body is very well done, and the drinkability due to the myriad of flavors is good.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to give this a try after reading the high reviews here. Why didn't I encorporate this heavenly brew into my rotation long ago! Pours like used motor oil into the glass producing a thick head the color of chocolate milk. Head retention is good with thick, crusty lacing...I like what I see. Full blown aromas of expertly toasted dark malts, English toffee, chocolate-covered raisens, and bitter coffee. A sip reveals a mildly sweet, very roasty and toasty brew brimming with chocolatey goodness, dark fruits dipped in Godiva, espresso, and a nice nip of hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, almost oily, with soft carbonation and a generally chewy texture. There's a hint of sourness that I like to find in an Oatmeal stout. Overall, an excellent stout worthy of praise!

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Photo of pjwilson
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bimber was bought at a strange with some otter creek that was dated 14 months old. nottle date is august of 05. So i guess this one isn't optimatly fresh, but heard good things about this one, but figured i'd try a bomber first.

appearance: dark, dark with an edge of red. small tan head, small though.

smell: too cold, distant coffee. as it warms more of the coffee comes out, along with the chocolte. hmmm, i think it actually tasted better cold, but as it warms the wonderfull aroma comes out more.

taste: this is right out the fridge, too cold for most stouts, but here all the flavor is coming through amazingly. what a great blend, i'm amazed. this is perhaps the best lost coast beer i've had. Waves of chocolate, coffee, and more coffee was over you. Very low bitterness for stlye, but the beer is not overly sweet. enough complexity to keep things interesting, now i'm wondering whether this would even taste as good fresh.

mouthfeel: right amount of liquidly bread feel.

drinkability: really, really high for a stout. Most stouts have either a harshness, which is good but limit's drinkability, or are too basic. This one isn't harsh and it's pretty complex. the 6.3 alcohol, is enough to provide a bit of a kick, without venturing into imperial terriotory. yeah, i think i'll pick up a sixer next time.

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Photo of crwills
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great looking (and tasting) stout. Sampled a bottle with some friends, most of whom were intimidated by the colour and 'heaviness' of it. Personally, I loved it and wish I had more.

Pours an absolutely obsidian black, with a small, contrasting white head. I was actually expecting a dryer stout, but this one was pleasantly sweet in both aroma and flavour, without taking on some of the cloying aspects of some strong milk or Caribbean extra stouts. Definite dryness in the aftertaste, though, with some good, unsweetened chocolate and roasted grain elements. Super easy to drink. I could easily have polished off a bomber of this on my own.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a oily squid ink black with a smallish espresso colored head. Small ring of lacing around the circumference of the glass. Smells sweetly chocolatey. Perhaps a little fig too. Works for me. What a great tasting balanced stout. Nicely dark/burnt malts come to the forefront without turning overly bitter in an Imperial stout impersination. Milk choclate sweetness covers the middle with a nice nutty/offee/chalky finish. Mouthfeel is good and oily without being overbearing. This beer is what is is, a really solid american stout. I wish it was local to me. A fine example.

Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees into a goblet
A - Charcoal black with a tan head made up of minute bubbles. The foam leaves a nice glazed appearance on the glass.

S - Mocha, malted milk, coffee and pine scented hops dominate with chocolate and smoke accents

M - Dry, roasted, mild, full bodied, sweet and rich with a pleasing level of effervescence.

T - Masterful flavors of a dry stout. Deep roasted malt, sweet with dark cocoa, coffee and sweet smoky malt that is accented w/ a woody piney hop spice that fits so well. The french roast smokiness of deep kilned malts. The flavors compliment the ale so well the are so subtle and smooth.

D - A wise choice for those who like a dry roasty stout. An extremely smooth roasted and drinkable stout in every sense.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice and black. Small brown head forms and then disappears as quickly. A rimming is left to leave some spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roasted nut, PacNW hops, smoke, char.... Yeah, I like it. The taste is solid. I really like the combo of bitter roasted malt tones with bitter NW hops. The burnt malts are upfront and quite enjoyable. On the flipside, there's also a lactic-like sweetness that rounds the edges off nicely. The mouthfeel is silky and the body is about medium. This one I would drink in high quantities if it were available here.

Thanks for gem of a stout Murph.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 Ball Stout is black with an orange hue. It has a fleeting light orange head that quickly fades to a small, bubbly ring. Dark, roasty malt dominates the aroma: coffee and chocolate and smoke. It has a smooth, medium-full body with a dry finish. It has a very well balanced flavor. The bitterness seems to come as much from the malt as it does the hops. There are notes of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and maybe a hint of rye bread. It is resiny and oaken, with a touch of sweetness and medicine. A damn fine stout!
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,061 ratings.
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