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

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Ratings:
1,082
Reviews:
552
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Photo of RJLarse
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a black walnut color nearly opaque with garnet red hues. Less than resilient beige head.

Smell is faint, with some coffee notes.

Taste is a one-dimensional sweet coffee flavor. Bit of an earthy peat or dirt flavor about it.

Mouthfele is a thin body for the style.

Drinkable but not a very robust representation of the style. There are better.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour produces a big head that never totally disappears. Lots of lacing.

Smells of roasted dark malts and a bit of oat, but the aroma isn't very strong.

Taste is smooth: dark chocolate and black malt up front with the oat flavor coming in on the tail end. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but it works alright for this beer, I think.

Decently robust in flavor and not a bad oatmeal stout overall.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fairly small tan head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Smells of dark roasted malts with a bit of coffee. Chocolate and nuts are here too.

T- Taste is roasted malts, milk chocolate, nuts, and a touch of coffee. Just a bit of earthy hops coming through.

M- Medium in body and lower in carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: nice chocolate roastiness aromas upfront with toffee, caramel, brown sugar notes and faint coffee character in the background but didi have some sweetness from the malts as well.

T: the chocolate flavor blended good with the caramel and brown sugar but had toffee roasty accents and malts adding sweetnesss overall. A touch of coffee was also in the background.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, and creamy finish.

D: I have to say these lost coast beers have definitely surprised all around and are better than I remebered. Real tasty and and drank good.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
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.

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

Poured from a bottle into a guinness tuliped pint glass

A-Beautiful deep dark mahogany with slight shades of light brown, thin khaki head but it stayed essentially unchanged for the entire beverage and left excellent lacing

S-Roast malts, chocolate, caramel, hints of oats and brown sugar

T-The oats and chocolate really come out in the taste, perhaps a hint of coffee in the aftertaste

M-A bit on the thin side for a stout, medium body and carbonation

D-Besides the feel of the beer this one was right on par with what I was looking for, a fantastic beer that I'll most certainly try again

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Impervious to light with a little foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Very little head.

S: Some nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a good dose of chocolate and some very feint coffee.

T: Not a ton going on in the flavor to be honest. Very feint chocolate notes, but they never fully develop into the sweetness I am expecting. A little coffee bitterness in the finish with a hint of grain from the oats.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D: Meh. A decent oatmeal stout, but definitely not anything special.

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Photo of coastie04
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with some garnet highlights. Opaque beer. Light tan head is creamy and poured 2 fingers deep. Persists through drinking.

S: The smell is delicious dark fruit and chocolate - what more could a girl want? Ever present roasty background that hints at a bit of black patent. Some citrusy American hop aroma that is medium low but nicely accentuates the more prominent rich aromas.

T: Rich, complex malt and roast flavors. Delicious bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Some residual sweetness and caramel notes from crystal grains. Hefty malt is balanced by late, clean citrus hop flavor and solid but not overly hoppy bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced without going extreme on the American hops. No acrid roastiness. Hints ever so slightly at the alcohol content.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Potential oats adds silkiness to the mouthfeel. Creamy, right heft, and slightly hint of sweetness on the finish. No alcohol warming.

D: Best American Stout (this should not be an Oatmeal Stout) I have ever tasted (and I have consumed Rogue's Shakespeare, Sierra Nevada's, and North Coast's American Stouts). Just right!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: 8 Ball pours a mahogany color tinged with walnut, with a bit of ruby sneaking through with a little bit of light. A small bubbly tan head fades quickly to a ring, not really leaving any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt, some coffee, light citrusy and herbal hops.

Taste: A touch of molasses sweetness up front accompanying the strong roasted and chocolate malts. Some dark cocoa, and some unspecified dark fruits linger in the background. The coffee gradually becomes more dominant, combining with some orange rind citrusy hops to become more bitter. The bitterness carries through to the end.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy, with the bubbly carbonation making my tongue tingle. Above average carbonation, with a medium body. Somewhat smooth, but there is a grainy element to the feel. Slightly acidic and a little bit dry.

Drinkability: There is a good balance with the tastes here, but the mouthfeel is more bubbly than I like. Although I can't put my finger on it, there is something that just comes up short here.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a jet black color. This stout has one of the best retention qualities I've seen for this style. The one finger mocha head has both supreme retention and lacing. I wouldn't change a thing.

S - There are some dark fruit notes with a mix of coco. It could be stronger.

T - This brew has good balance. Sticky fig and plum flavors emerge first followed by a coco layer that reminds me of creamy hot chocolate. Some bitter, chalky hops even things out nicely towards the end with a hint of alcohol.

M - Great balance, thick and creamy. The persistent head really helps things out.

D - A great stout. Great drinkability even for the higher ABV for an oatmeal stout. If you want a session stout this is it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle - been trying to procure a single of this for a while now - time to sink this sucker!

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with amber cola basal highlights, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy beige head, which leaves a consistent pattern of webbed lace around the glass as it gradually fades away.

It smells of slightly meaty roasted caramel malt, dry coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sour black fruit, and musty, leafy hops. The taste is more toasted bready, caramel malt, silken chocolate, cafe au lait, a bit of lactic sourness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, just a lilting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and well smooth, with more than a hint of milky creaminess, though it is all buffeted by some rising heat from the booze. It finishes fairly sweet, with some warm chocolate, grainy caramel, and mild herbal, slightly perfumed hops.

An enjoyable enough oatmeal stout, the slight astringent sourness kind of adding a bit of complexity to the whole deal. Very dessert-ready, this 8-ball will satisfy your sweet-tooth, yet won't leave you in a sugar coma.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a very nice cocoa head on top. Good aroma-somewhat of a roasted and toasted malt scent with a very mild though nice espresso tinge. Killer roasted flavor-dark chocolate and coffee like flavors abound. Great roasted graininess with a soft, velvety oatmeal tinge. Nice, soft and smooth body. A damn killer oatmeal stout. 6.3%? this could be a very nice session beer for the likes of me! Great stuff...

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Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is hops and chocolate malts.Taste is cocoa,coffee,and light sweetner.Smooth and easy going down.Overall a decent beer that is solid but isn't going to wow you.I would recommend to try at least once and probably would buy again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great sweet stout. Thankfully not oversweet. Poured with a fine, foamy, almost creamy light tan head that lasts and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is an almost cloying sweet, cocoa, coffee, malt, toffee, tiny bit roasty. Flavor is not as sweet as nose might have me think. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium in length.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A: Pours pretty much black with a 3 finger head(I had a mildly aggressive pour). Nice head that sticks around and finishes to a creamy looking texture. Beautiful lacing.

S: Dark, roasted smell mostly. Hints of coffee in the background.

T: The taste had an amazing espresso taste. Very dark and roasted at the start with a nice bitter finish. Hints of bitter chocolate also.

This beer is a great find for me. I love espresso and coffee and this beer has it down to an art. It is like drinking a cold, carbonated espresso!!!! Taste is a bit bitter on the finish, but matches the taste perfectly. Will definitely be having this one again. GREAT BEER LOST COAST BREWERY!!!!

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha coloured head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is a bit mild, but some musty chocolate and light espresso scents come through.

T - Chocolate malts dominate though are a little musty. It could be a bit sweeter, but it's by no means sour or bitter. Some faint espresso lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - This is a pretty tasty stout with some nice chocolate flavours, but it could be a bit sweeter. Definitely worth a try, but I do have a couple others that I would prefer over this one.

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Photo of kjyost
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 660 mL undated bomber into a pint mug.

Pours an unimpressive deep brown with a small fizzy head that laces a bit, but this is a stout. It should be big head and great retention. Aromas are muted, primarily of molasses and a bit of roast. Taste continues in the same manner, just overall an unimpressive and uninspired stout IMHO.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

I'm not much of one for darker beers, but I had heard good things about this beer. It pours a very dark brown as the scent of cocoa comes from the bottle. Upon tasting it has a fairly mild cocoa taste as well as a slight hint of coffee. It has a good thick texture that makes this an excellent beer for the winter. Definetly worth a try!

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Photo of aepb1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black with a tiny white head and decent lacing

S- Roasted malts and chocolatey

T- Bitter chocolate, oakey? and no real oatmeal...

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation just wish the body was a bit more full...

D- Decent stout and I certainly will return to, just wish there was more complexity and a bigger body

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Photo of jschlesinger
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely doesn't have the typical characteristics you find in other oatmeal stouts, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much since I am not a hardcore stout drinker (so this may be a negative if you really love this style).

A - Very dark with very little head
S - Oatmeal and a tiny bit of chocolate, very pleasant
T - Slightly sweet very little bitterness. You get a tiny bit of chocolate after taste
M - Medium bodied, not typical of the style but pleasant none the less
D - Easier to drink than other beers in the same style, not a bad thing if you ask me!

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Really dark brown, almost black. Off white almost brown head. Little to almost no head at pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malts, small amount of chocolate and citrus hops. This things isn't to "smelly." Very mute

T: Roasted malts and chocolate are the dominate flavors in this brew, coffee and oats are present as well with a bitter finish. Semi sweet up front.

M: Medium bodied, pretty good carbonation, has some what of an oily quality to it.

D: Average. An ok beer. There is much better in the style making this one less desirable.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, Deep, Deep brown with a little amber under light, nice cream brown/white head. Very Thick

S- Roasted Barley, slight chocolate finish, very sweet on the nose

T- Very chocolaty right up front with a toasty warm lingering finish

M- Surprisingly light, feels very creamy. Not chewy like the color and thickness told me it was going to be

D- Very good on my taste buds. Would make an excellent pairing beer. One of the better stouts I have poured lately

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Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown-ruby, almost black colour. Fairly thick sand coloured head.

Roasted malt, oatmeal, hints of butter. Slight creamy essence to it. Low hops in the nose.

Somewhat 'standard' taste to this. Rich, chocolatey roasted malt with a dry oatmeal finish. Slight metallic note to it, lessening as it warms. Dry and slightly bitter.

Smooth, but a little thin when cold and when it warms it almost becomes slick. Not a bad beer, but fairly pedestrian for what it is. This would make a great starter to craft stouts.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watching Darren McFadden run up 100 yards in offense and 3 TDs...in the first HALF, while languishing on my fantasy bench...ouch...

Moving right along, however: The eight-ball pours a dense, deep near-opaque brown/black with only hints of clarity near the edges in the light. No real head, which is a tad disappointing. No lacing to speak of. Aromas a very roasty, as would be expected. Some tangy grapefuity notes in the very back of this optherwise typical smelling stout. Flavor is very robust and tangy upfront, loaded with grapefruit juice notes and a lot of roasty-roasto maltiness. More tangy than other if its ilk, to be sure. Super-well-priced at $3.69/bomber. Flavor is pretty long, and the tangy front gives way to a long and not-too-dry finish, punctuated by some hoppy-hoppo butterness. This stout is like your "first time": after you've had a few more and different ones, this isn't going to be something you rank in your top 10.

What I like most: The price and tangy-ness.

What I like least: The lack of complexity.

Verdict: Worth the price, but not elite.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 1,082 ratings.
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