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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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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 WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy aroma with hints of patent and chocolate malts. It's not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. The taste is great! It has a rich dark malt flavor, but it's really smooth and dry. It goes down easily and finishes with a mild chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. It has all the goods; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

How has 8 Ball Stout slipped under my radar? It's not like it's hard to find or expensive. How this took until review # 1,308 is anyone's guess. On to the beer:

In the median of white and tan is the color of the head, which is a finger's thick. It sits on top a body of black that isn't letting the light in. Strings of lacing are left in the glass. Moderate hoppiness in the nose, a little mocha and roasted malt. Mocha mixed with hops? I prefer fewer hops in my stout, but that's just me.

There's nothing wrong with the intensity of this beer's flavor. Slightly sweet with some roasted character to it. I'm getting roasted coffee bean notes. Mocha as well. Towards the end of the palate, the hops come to play with a game changing hop flavor that I wish there was less of. It's a chewier beer; it's got a medium-full feeling with a touch of sizzle from the carbonation. The aftertaste is somewhat astringent and hoppy, yet milk sweet as well.

The flavors I describe should warrant a higher score, but the way they were exceuted and blended could have been better. I still think Winterbraun is the best beer I've tasted from Lost Coast. That being said, 8 Ball Stout is pleasant stout and fairly affordable.

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

Pours a dark brown appearing black, Light tan dissipating head that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of dark and roasted malts, chocolate. A dark stout, but light on flavor. Flavors that are there are very nice and well balanced with nice toasted malts, but the taste is very light and tame. Mouth fell is surprisingly light, but still has some creaminess. A pleasant, but not remarkable low ABV stout.

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

Thanks goes to nvsblman and someone else sent me a 12oz.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee/caramel. The taste is malty with a slight roasted feel, and mostly toffee/caramel with a nice touch of chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a exceptional stout, very true to style.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is strong coffee up front, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate. I did not detect the oatmeal in either the smell or taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

Pours a pitch black color and is topped by a frothy 1-finger thick full brown head. The aroma is quite roasty with notes of coffee, and roasted barley as well as notes of molasses and chocolate. The nose on this is definitely a tad astringent from all of the dark malts use. This beer has a nice full feeling to it, though it is certainly not overly thick, in fact it is almost a bit on the light side. This beer has a nice complex malty sweetness to it that accentuates the chocolate flavors that are found here. It finishes with a nice balancing bitterness that is a combination of hops and dark malt. I also get notes of coffee, toffee, burnt caramel, plus a bit of burnt raisin as well.

I must admit that this is a really nice, easy drinking stout. It has all of the flavors one looks for in a nice stout, plus it is in balance and it is ultimately easy on the palate and quite the quaffable brew. Ah, I just read the ingredients on the bottle, it is the oatmeal that gives this beer that full yet light quality. The oatmeal really works quite well to add another dimension to this brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 Ball Stout is essentially as black as an 8 ball (its light brown outlining notwithstanding). Its head is sepia-toned and sticks mostly to the outlining of the glass, to which it manages to partially grasp onto even as the liquid desists. It's opaque but far from intimidating.

The beer is, by smell anyhow, a liquid Ferrero Rocher; the bouquet is encased in a roasted hazelnut shell, a wafer-like maltiness, and loads of milk chocolate. It's both Christmas and Halloween in a glass. And it smells a bit like a coffee shop. It's not overly rich but still plenty decadent - enough to send those on a diet running for the hills.

That roasted hazelnut, wafer, and milk chocolate flavour profile continues on the palate - again, it's Ferrero Rochers for all! There's lots of caramel and toasted nuttiness. Being a Californian stout, there's naturally also some 'green' flavours; some sips have enough budding floralness to register like a rose-infused green tea (blended with coffee of course).

The mouthfeel is light and agreeable enough to pass for a Schwarzbier. The roast is in essence only - it's suggestive, not so manifest - and it tastes of milk chocolate (as opposed to dark chocolate). It also has a milky, lactose sweetness and the corresponding tanginess. Hops add faint forest-y leafiness but no bitterness. All in all, it's a very agreeable stout.

There's nothing aggressive about Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout - it's one of the few Californian offerings not to make an extreme example of this potentially dark and decadent style. Instead it is a wonderfully approachable, agreeable rendition. It's an easy one to recommend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black beer that light can't penetrate. Thick brown head that unfortunately disappears.

Smell is chocolate, toasted marsh mellow and coffee. Scent of alcohol has a slight metallic scent. Scent of hops appears are a grapefruit scent.

Taste is on the knifes edge between sweet and dry and is neither. Mildly flavored and the first thing I taste is a big chocolate flavor that changes to coffee in the after taste. Malt comes out as the flavor of yellow cake. After a bit the hops arrive as a fruity flavor that is vaguely citrus but I can't ID exactly which ones. Grapefruit is in here but also the flavor of orange and lime? Faint and pleasant acid flavor arrives after a bit to cleanse the tongue. Doesn't taste that hoppy but it betrays it's presence in the way it slicks up your teeth and mouth.

If this beer has a weakness mouth feel is it. This is almost creamy but it doesn't have enough body to quite pull it off.

A tasty and friendly stout here that never gets harsh. Body is a little light but that is just perfect for drinking at lunchtime when you don't want something heavy in you stomach.

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

Obtained from a Lee's Discount in Las Vegas and consummed in a motel room outside Bryce Canyon, Utah.

The large brown bottle was poured (a few times) into our plastic toothbrush cups, sorry, that's all we had.

The beer was a lovely dark brown/black colour and on each pour a bubbly tanned crown of foam sat on top.

The smell was earthy with dark chocolate and slightly burnt malted bread mixed in.

The taste was bitter chocolate, not a bitter hop flavour, the hops didn't appear at all to me.

The mouth dried very quickly after each sip, again it was the bitterness of the chocolate flavours that appeared to be the over riding factor, as it took over everything else.

Not unpleasant, but a bit unbalanced for my palate.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark hue which lets only a few shreds of ruby through when held up to the light. Head poured a big 3 fingers of frothy tan foam which are subsiding nicely. Good looking beer.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes as well. A fair amount of vegetal hop aroma comes through as well, but this is nearly unavoidable in the style.

Taste: nice roasty flavor shows some of the chocolate and some of the coffee notes, but is overall qute balanced. There's a nice semi-sweet creamy character which I also rather like. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and a decent, if not great, creaminess. I would have expected a little more from an oatmeal stout, but it's not terrible.

Overall: a tasty stout, this could easily be a go-to stout for me.

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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 jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger brown head that leaves traces of lace. Totally opaque black color. Heavy bodied and light carbonation. Nose is coffee/chocolate. Starts with a sweet roasted coffee flavor and finishes with some bitter chocolate overtones. The brewer says that the ABV is 5.8%. 22oz bottle from Mark in California.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The stout is a dark black-brown color, a little lighter around the edges. The head is a mere wisp, thick around the edge and nonexistent in the center of the glass.

S: The stout has a grainy aroma with hints of roasted darkness.

T: The flavor is a nice take on a straightforward stout. The roasted malts are evident in the first sip, a burnt chocolatey taste. There is a dryness to the roast, adding a subtle Irish stout element into the picture. The finish is somewhat grainy but retains the roasted element nicely.

M: A nice mix of biscuity and roasted malts without kicking the alcohol up too high.

D: I've had quite a bit of imperial and double stouts of late, so it is nice to have a subtle, well-roasted stout that doesn't knock me out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee and hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some dark roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate and some hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side for stouts with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, something that I wouldn't mind enjoying again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large tannish head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer with lacing.

The smell is light but I note roasted and sweet malt.
The taste on first sip has a lot of semi sweet malt to it with some roastiness and grain. Further sips in and there's a touch of citric bitterness midway through and through to the finish. It's a bit thin when it comes to the mouthfeel and the finish itself is on the watery side. Hmm.

Bottom line: This is an okay Stout but I've had many "regular" American Stouts that were much better.

Thanks to Wsatch for this sample!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee mixed with malts and and a bit of a smokiness. The taste is really well balanced but the beer feels a little thin and watery which is surprising given it's alcohol content. It finishes with a chocolate/coffee slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better beers I've had from this brewer. I'd drink it again for sure. Only needs a little improvement in the mouth feel department.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/2/12

A dark cola with some ruby red when held to the light, short lived two finger of tan foam leaves no lace, loads of sediment is just visible in the dark body

S sweet roasted malts, slightly fruity and lots of milk chocolate and little cold coffee

T along the same lines as the smell but a slightly darker roast with a little charred wood on the finish, slightly sweet and just a little nutty dark toffee

M medium bodied, enters silky and has enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, long aftertaste remains strong for a while

O pretty solid oatmeal stout overall, solid smell and taste and the feel is right on, big flavors in something I could session

I did like this brew but its quite overpriced here in Alberta at 18$ a 6er, with St Ambroise on the shelf for 12$ I doubt I'll drink it again

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

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head diminishes quickly, but settles as a small layer of brown bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is dark malts, coffee and chocolate prevalent. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, which quickly turns to bitterness, more of the burnt coffee malt than hop variety. Mouthfeel could be smoother, cut the edges on that coffee bitterness a bit, but drinkability is still good. Reasonable stout.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/almost black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells sweet and malty, like chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops noticable in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's quite sessionable for a stout. Overall I think this is a decent stout, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with a slightly ruby hue on the base. Color of the head is a nice mocha colored head that turns to a thick lace ring. Slightly sticky good looking stout.

S - Ow nice bit of cocoa and bakers chocolate. Some roast suggest a nice touch of coffee too. Hope it's good.

T - Taste is pretty smooth as expected for the style smooth oatmeal and chocolate flavors and the roast is their but kind of minimal. Even has a nice balanced hoppy finish. Good stuff.

M - Medium bodied a bit light but the stout body is of par to style.

Overall a very tasty brew from a company that I didn't like before. Makes me want to try others things from them.

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