8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,082
Reviews:
552
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
113
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,082 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with an attractive brown head that retains fairly well. Aromas are similar to, but sweeter than, and more milk chocolatey than many oatmeal stouts. Very roasty. The flavors align with the aromas and linger long on the dark chocolate notes. Bodyweight befits a beer of its austerity. Excellent stuff. I've been buying 8 Ball for over 4 years now and plan to continue with it.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an oily black pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is sweet and smoky, which works well for this brew. The mouthfeel is heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, I think that the taste is interesting and compelling. I prefer heavier beers and consider this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of TaborTime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a curving tan head.

Smell is mainly roasted malt with some light fruity sweetness in the background- maybe cherry.

Taste is a good balance of sweetness and roasted malt. Initially it is sweet, then the malt follows. Not too much coffee.

Nice chewy feel and still a light easydrinking stout.

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Photo of mixed_master7
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of elliott1184
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into goblet, 5.8% abv. a code is printed on the neck of the bottle but in black ink, so, with this beer being a stout, i could only really see it after pouring some of the contents out. the code reads "07/08/14-4" so hopefully that's the bottling date. enjoyed at home on the afternoon of october 2, 2014

a: pitch black with just over a finger of latte-hued head. ruby/cola tinges around the bottom of the glass

s: coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. slight caramel as well as earthy hints. a bit subdued but still quite nice

t: chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a slight but tasty dark fruit presence mid-palate. dries out with a cocoa-like bitterness along with notes of coffee, earth and wood

m: excellent mouthfeel. medium-ish body, slightly sticky, with mild carbonation

o: a delicious stout with a great roasty character. wouldn't mind picking up a few more of these from the LCBO. i'm glad they bring this beer in

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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 dnichols
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a six pack of capped 12 ounce bottles at Albertson's in Kennewick, Washington. I poured it into a pint glass.

A: It poured a deep dark black with a massive foam head that generated a dense lacing.

S: It had a distinct aroma of burnt malts, bitter chocolate and espresso.

T: It has a bitter bite with little balance from the burnt malts. I expected more chocolate flavors but they did not materialize.

M: It was full bodied and creamy. The low ABV and carbonation resulted in a lingering bitter-sour aftertaste.

D: This is one bitter stout. It is one dimensional and uninteresting. I will leave it on the shelf for someone who likes a bitter brew.

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Photo of Caskaway
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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 firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BlindPig
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- ½” coffee (2nd time poured 1½”) colored head which goes away fast. Can’t see any carbonation. Black with brown around edges. Very little lacing.

Smell- Light scent. Coffee and chocolate malts. Didn’t smell any hops.

Taste- Coffee taste. Pretty strong no roasted taste just coffee maybe a little chocolate in there. Coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and light carbonation.

Drinkability- Didn’t like it much at all. Way to much of a coffee flavor for me.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaveRinn
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of gandres
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tap to glass @ Lost Coast tap room@ Eureka,CA
Appearance : black, brown small foam- goes away quickly
Aroma: toasted grains, nuts, slight coffee aroma
Taste: lightly bitter, light sweetness
Palate: medium body, creamy, flat
Overall: Fair not to repeat
Drank: April 11, 2016

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Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, murky brown, finishes black with almost no sign of light protruding from the sides. A thin chocolate brown head that is gone in the time it took me to write this.

Smells of roast grain and chocolates. Pretty rich smelling, hoping for a full body here....whoa! The roasted malts really shine through strong, accompanied with a bittersweet chocolate undertone that doesn't overpower. Moves on into a nice hoppy finish that leaves you ready for more.

Interesting looking stout, not too many like this out there. Good brew overall, definate winner. Not very full in the mouth, a bit thin in my opinion. A couple of these would suit you well for a taste test.

Definately pick this one up.

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

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TicoCali
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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