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8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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3.83/5
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1,090 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,926
Reviews:
553
Ratings:
1,090
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
114
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,090 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of assman79
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My choice for week 2 of "New Beer Sunday."
Picked up a six pack while at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY....what a great store. Cannot locate this brew in my area...glad to find it on the shelves.
No freshness date to be found on the bottle...didn't check the holder...don't care.
Pours a deathly dark brown, almost black w/ not a hint of light passing thru this beer. A cocoa head forms almost a full finger thick...disappears shortly. Lacing is present, but simply recedes its way back into the drink...more for me to enjoy.
Chocolate malt comes to mind on first smell...and then chocolate covered espresso beans...ok, so chocolate is definitely the theme here. A very faint scent of liquor, but real subtle.
The taste is first bitter, and contains nowhere near the chocolate I was smelling...this is a good thing...if I want a chocolate beer, I'll buy one.
A very impressive roasted malt backbone w/ just a touch of hops...again, just a touch of coffee...not overpowering. Bitter finish as well, but the taste does not linger on the pallet.
The mouthfeel could be thicker, but for an American stout, it is right on target.
I do like this beer and could drink a number of these if in the mood.
Looking forward to trying a few more of the Lost Coast brews...a great first impression.

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Photo of walleye
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured tar black and a nice big brown head. aroma roasted malts, smokey caramel, choc. covered cherries, hot prunes, toffee. flavor same as aroma with hints bitterness at the finish. this my idea of a good stout well balanced for me. thanks for my son for telling me about this one

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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 Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dtivp
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with ruby hues, a two finger foamy mocha head that fades into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of toasty malt, coffee, some dark chocolate, very pleasant to the nose.

Taste of toasty malt with oatmeal, sweet chocolate and hints of caramel, very little bitterness.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, just a little thin, silky, creamy smooth with a slightly sweet ending.

Overall this was a good oatmeal stout, needs a little more body and a touch more bitterness for balance.

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Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep brown low head the slowly falls to a lasting halo.
Aroma of strong dark roasted grains and espresso coffee.
Flavors are similar with molasses and licorice with bitter espresso and grapefruit hops to dry the finish. Alcohol never obvious. Medium to full body and a round solid mouthfeel from the oats. Hints of chocolate malts. A good stout.

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Photo of carln26
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pleased to see this beer available at Corral Liquors this weekend on my 1st trip there after my recent move back to St. Louis. It poured into the shaker pint a deep inky black with a decent sized tan head. The nose is a blend of roast malt, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and a mild citrus back. The flavor reflected the aromas extremely well. The coffee morphed into more of an espresso character, and the cherry. chocolate really came out well. The citrus evolved into a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The only complaint I have is a mild alcohol burning there on the finish as well. The mouth feel had the richness I expect in a good stout. Nice beer.

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Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magine
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a dark brown near black color, has a dark tan head. Head has alot of nice tight bubbles and lots of puckered spots on top. Head sits a minimal lacy island and rims the sides the whole drink. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smellls of big chocolate and roasted nuttiness/oats. Lots of roasted notes. A good nutty coffee bean and barley malt nose as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is carbonated and more peppery then I would have expected or have preferred. Lots of barley and milk chocolate. Good roasted notes are there in the finish. Finishes slightly dry. The brew has some good hops in there as well which helps thin it and and some spice to the mouthfeel. A good tasting albeit thin feeling brew.

I wanted more malt and creaminess, instead a little more carbonation and hops were found here. Never the less you are left with a very sessionable good dark brew here. Good stuff.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +6.5%
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 -2.1%

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 trytoketchup
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +4.4%

Photo of elliott1184
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dnichols
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BlindPig
2.49/5  rDev -35%
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 +4.4%

Photo of DaveRinn
3/5  rDev -21.7%

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,090 ratings
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