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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
548
Ratings:
1,075
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
114
For Trade:
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Reviews: 548 | Ratings: 1,075
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 jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice and black. Small brown head forms and then disappears as quickly. A rimming is left to leave some spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roasted nut, PacNW hops, smoke, char.... Yeah, I like it. The taste is solid. I really like the combo of bitter roasted malt tones with bitter NW hops. The burnt malts are upfront and quite enjoyable. On the flipside, there's also a lactic-like sweetness that rounds the edges off nicely. The mouthfeel is silky and the body is about medium. This one I would drink in high quantities if it were available here.

Thanks for gem of a stout Murph.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the bottle into the pint glass. Black bodied stout with a two finger light mocha colored head. Texture of the cap is mostly foamy and retention is decent. A bubbly ring deposits just a few patches of lace to the glass.

S- Big cocoa forward, like milk chocolate, with caramel and general roast cracked grains behind it. Inviting and dessert like with some fruit hints as well.

T- Follows the nose nicely with that cocoa I mentioned, a good cocoa powder-like flavor. More malts add to the taste with caramel, toasted nuts and burnt roast grains. Other hints of dark fruits, raisin, some esters and hops.

MF- Silky feel from the oatmeal but the overall body is a bit thin feeling. Carbonation is on the higher end for a stout. Some dark roast bitterness the finish.

Good cocoa and fruit driven stout. The body is just a bit light for me but it is flavorful and that keeps it solid.

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

Lost Coast used to be killer, and somewhere along the way stuff like this and indica kinda fell out of grace with my palate. Anyways, revisited an old friend in this one.

Dark brown, tan head, clumpy. Aroma was of heavily roasted chocolate malt. Doesn't have a distinctive coffee or chocolate bend to the flavor profile, nor is it hoppy. It is decently chewy, but a tad too thin. Has an off bitterness to it, paired with a gritty texture. Could get away with it moreso if it had a better viscosity, or thicker I guess would be more accurate. Decently priced at least.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black going oxblood in light with a beige, creamy Irish stout-style head that fades fast to film. Chocolate syrup and roasty char on the nose with some blackberry.
Bark, brown sugar and milk chocolate with branchy (Willamette?) hops.
Truffle end and astringent ashy linger. Light to medium, tingly, some chew.

Don’t really notice the oatmeal under all that roast. A bit simple and too thin. Still an easy all-arounder, though.

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Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Black pour, light cream head. Aroma is subtle roast and dark chocolate, a little lactose. Tastes coffee and slight chocolates, pretty balanced with carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Don't remeber this one registerig in above 6%. Real drinkable and pretty sure abv is lower than listed. Good for the style. Nothing real extreame here, may be good for someone just adventuring into dark beers or someone who prefers lighter styles.

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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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a small creamy tan head. No lacing.

Mild chocolate and roast. Quite underwhelming.

Roasty with a slightly herbal kick. Mild chocolate but nothing overpowering. I’m looking for a little more.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and unassuming.

A decent though lightweight stout. There’s a bit of flavour here but it falls just a touch flat on the palate.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good stout. This one’s a dense obsidian with a frothy, solid tan head. The aroma espresso-like, intense roasted barley, burnt and toasted malt smells. It’s certainly deep and complex, but the smell could also be stronger. It’s what I’d call quiet. The taste, on the other hand, is certainly not quiet. It’s full flavored to say the least, with all of the aromas coming out. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a burnt character. Thick and solid mouthfeel. The brew’s on the dry side of life. Overall, this is one yummy stout.

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Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown, almost black with a finger of tan head that lasts a little while but doesn't leave much for lacing.

Smell. Sweet roasty malts, chocolate and a bit of vanilla, a little metalic.

Taste. Sweet chocolate, roasty malt, caramel. Just a little grassy hops. Tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly higher than medium carbonation.

Overall. Bottom line is that this stuff tastes good. Could drink more than a couple pretty easily :-)

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its extraction from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an Atramentous color with a planetary sized semi-creamy light chocolate head and after its dissolving the lace forms a sticky and thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is rich in roasted grain, chocolate and coffee, ah that smell, start is sweet and rich in malt with the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste and a decent stout overall.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an snifter.
No date, ingredients listed, but no other info.

A - A tall but quiet pour releases a thin tan head. The loose foam fizzes away rather quickly leaving a little ring on top of the clear deep chocolate brown color.

S - Low notes of creamy chocolate and coffee subside to dry cocoa and surround the robust malt nose. Creamy oats give the aroma an inviting, smooth appeal that finishes out with an earthy American hop nose.

T - Rich roasted malts with potent notes of coffee and smooth dark chocolate give way to a drier, dusty cocoa flavor, mirroring the aroma. Stronger than the aroma lets on, it's creamy and smooth tasting with a very light earthy hop finish.

M - Smooth in texture, the dry roasted malt finishes the beer dry and lightly acridly bitter. An abundance of carbonation keeps the oatmeal from really adding a nice creaminess to it.

O - It's a solid stout offering but provides little depth; not much is alluded to but, still a fine beer regardless. 8-Ball Stout's real short-coming keeping it from greatness is the higher level of carbonation, obstructing the oats from fully participating in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is there in the nose but doesn't carry through to the palate.

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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 Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured opaque black with only a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet molasses and dark bitter chocolate malts with some toasted oatmeal sweetness. It tasted like a good mix of dark chocolate and robust roasted coffee, although the flavor faded some as I drank it. It was watery with a bit of carbonation and a bitter but short aftertaste. Overall this was a solid stout that was very clean and easy to drink. I would love to try a thicker and more powerfully flavored imperial big brother to this beer.

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

Got this in a trade. Aroma is rich and strong, smoky with a firm molasses component and tones of coffee and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable almost as black as an 8-ball with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Smoky flavor has coffee, unsweet chocolate, nutty, and toffee tones with hints of molasses and caramel. Texture is on the thin side for a stout, but still pleasing, smooth and subtly fizzy. Don't get behind the 8-ball - get this one in your belly!

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Photo of Durge
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a whispy & fizzy tan head and good lace. The aroma suggests charcoal/smoke, malt and brown sugar. It has a smooth feel with light carbonation and a cherry/raisin flavor that often masks the malt qualities a bit. It finishes with a pretty heavy bitterness but remains fairly drinkable for a stout. I detected some buttery hints despite the tangy overtones. It's kind of different, definitely recommended for a try.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown nearly black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma has hints of roasted malt and cream, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. That is to say there isn't much there. I understand that oatmeal stout is one of the lightest stout styles, but this beer is too light in both flavor and aroma even for an oatmeal stout. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat watery texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a bland beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.
Nose shows cocoa and roasted malt with a little sweet liquorice in the background.
More roasted malt as a flavours but not particularly complex. Again a hint of liquorice shows as well as some faint coffee but it's pretty subtle.
Could use more carbonation.

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

This is another brew that BeerLovinGrl was able to obtain for me, so my thanks go out to her.

This brew is a deep, dark brown with a sturdy head of foam that retains well and leaves some good lacing.
Strong sweet malts are most prevalent on the nose, with molasses, a gentle smoke, and chocolate on the forefront. There's a bit of dark fruits aroma and a tang to it that compliments the sweetness of the malt nicely. Hops and a light note of alcohol are present also.
This one's got such a sturdy chocolate malt that it almost seems like a chocolate stout. it would certainly suffice as one. Underneath, though, that subtle tang remains. There's a smoky flavor as well with a bit of earthiness added in the finish.
This one is silky smooth and velvety creamy with a bold body
and mild carbonation.

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

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brown with light on edges and red hue. Two finger head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Caramel, malt, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Follows smell, moderate bitterness, good body, dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation, med body

O - Decent Oatmeal stout, but I want more toasted flakes and more oatmeal flavor.

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Photo of Marius
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

35cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa. Chocolate-bitter taste, with notes of cocoa, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of dark cherries.

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

On-tap at Helm’s Alehouse.

A: Pours black with a great frothy light tan head that left wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Rich dark malts, dark chocolate, a touch of sweet caramel and a smoky and inviting kind of meaty campfire smell.
T: Follows the nose with notes of sweet dark roated malts, dark chocolates and a good light smoky finish.
M: Medium slicky body, low carbonation, thinnish mouth but not too watery.
O: Really solid oatmeal stout that isn’t the most complex, but doesn’t have any outrageous flaws.

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

Thanks to BierReise for this fine Stout. Jet black color with a medium thick dark brown head. Thin and very sticky lacing. The aroma has a strong roasted malt and coffee character. Rich body and rather smooth, with a nice blend of coffee, malt, molasses and chocolate flavors. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a pinch of hops. This is a solid Stout from start to finish.

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