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8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout
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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.

Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a squat 12 oz. brown bottle, managed to pick up a single of this. Pours out a deep dark brown, garnet translucency when held to light. Tall creamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Nutty, roasty malt on the nose, some coffee, and some wafery chocolate in the background.

Starts off with some nutty, coffee malt, becomes more mocha-like in the middle, with more of a dry cocoa building in the finish, but hits its peak within the aftertaste.

On the low end of full-bodied, heavy texture with some brisk carbonation on the finish.

An Stout that leans more towards a Porter, lacking the roastiness but providing a decent amount of other dark malt character. Overall mocha characteristic to it. Would make a good local go-to stout, however not noteworthy enough to justify the import price on a regular basis.

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Photo of Long813
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: 10/11/10-6

A: Pitch black body with very little mocha head. Retention is minimal and lacing is non-exsistant.

S: Strong front of roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Very pleasing aroma, full bodied.

T: Flavours are much weaker than the aroma, but follows the same. Mix of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It's tasty, but kind of weak and thin.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Texture is water like and very thin. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D: Not a bad stout, but it doesn't really come off as a good one or an Oatmeal stout. Wouldn't try it again - nothing special.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one, 12 oz into my Boulevard brewing CO pint glass.

Appearance- Dark opacue brown nearly black. Reddish notes in body whrn held up to the light. Creamy tan head that falls into a cap. Slight lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some fruit, caramel and toffee

Taste- Bold roasty coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. There is a slight astringant note there too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with smooth low carbonation. Sort of slick not as viscous as I like my stouts but it isn't watery. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability- A decent session stout. I can drink a few. This is ok but I was expecting more. Maybe a good beer to ween someone into stouts with out making them feel 10 lbs heavier. I will take a RIS anyday.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy off-white head, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate with that oat sweetness, light dark fruit.

T: Darker chocolate than expected from the nose. Some roasted malt, hops are a tad astringent, some light pine.

M: Medium-bodied, biting carbonation, does not have the creaminess I expect with a stou.

D: Nice enough, not terrible, but nothing to rush out and by. A B stout which is fine at its price point.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. purchased today for $2 (I think). Poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

I have read absolutely nothing about this beer and the place I bought it from does not turn a lot of inventory so this may be several years old. I keep seeing it there and finally decided to try one. There are no date markings on the bottle/label/cap.

A- Pours nice and dark, oh yeah! Looks pretty good. upon closer inspection, man, this thing has alot of shit floating around in it. I have not seen a stout this 'dirty' and unfiltered since I started reveiwing. Sure, back in college there could have been rat shit,the beer was usually in a can then anyway, so I would never even know. Who could afford a real pint glass to put it in? Or who wanted to wash it?

s- Not too much here to smell. Relly, not getting much of anything. But, once again, who gives a shit what it smells like as long as it brings the taste....

T- Not too shabby. I did not expect anything out of this stout. Never heard of it, smelled like a black hole, dirty as hell sediment but the taste is not bad at all. Smooth, clean and pretty tasty. Impressive taste all else considered.

M- Not bad, but a little thin. The taste makes up for the weak mouthfeel IMO.

D- Yes, I would gladly have another one of these again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby bottle, no date

very dark brown in color, but not quite black. off-white head fades to thin covering that then does stay. a little bit of lacing.

smells of roasted malt with hints of coffee. tastes are similar, with flavors of molasses, coffee, bitter chocoloate. dry.

smooth body, lower carbonation. nice "everyday" stout, I imagine would pair great with food.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout deep brown with ruby on the edges, and the head is surprisingly white and lasting. Smell is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It kind of reminds me of sitting at a diner with pancakes covered in syrup and a mug of coffee in front of me. Taste is smooth, completely unoffensive, with a roasty-ness and a sweetness that bounce back and forth off of each other. Truly a feat in balance, this stout is could accompany BBQ, desert, breakfast, yet always be refreshing.

Truthfully, there isn't anything to dislike, but there isn't anything that knocks me off my feet, either. But a knock-out is only worth a damn when you're in the ring, and this is a friend you can rely on anytime.

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Photo of fattire513
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, black in color with a nice tan lacing that lasted all the way

smelled not too strong, can smell the roasted malts

taste is pretty good, not as flavorful as other stouts I've had. could taste the oats, roasted malts

I could drink this one again, and again. Overall a real good beer, could have some more coffee flavor to it

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Photo of RJLarse
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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 -8.9%
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 -4.7%
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 +4.4%
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 -6.8%
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 -7.6%
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 +3.9%
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 -15.1%
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 +16.2%
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 -6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +2.1%
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 +12.8%
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 -7.8%
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 +12.3%
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 +11%
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 -2.1%
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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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,090 ratings
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