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

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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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Ratings: 1,095 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of Rumrunner
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a bitter stout. Lovely.

This stout pours black and dense. The deep tan head is fluffy and thick. Awsome lacing. The lace coats the glass. Scents are deep coffee, carob and burnt wood.

The flavors are heavy bitter until the end. A deep burnt coffee flavor. Some unsweetened chocolate. Some carob and a heavy dose of oatmeal refine this stout. The finish is mildly sweet. Some raisins and sweet fruits. Dates. A good finish after a wonderfully bitter beginning. A well thoughtout stout for the stout drinker who wants big flavors and a bitter bite to the stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Strong alcohol give this stout a some bite. Nothing to worry about. It is just part of the enjoyment of the stout. This stout would go well with a robust cigar.

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Photo of JuanAlberto
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of likeemdark
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

As it pours from the bottle the color is that of vanilla extract, a dark rusty brown. In the glass it could be black, faint ruby highlights when backlit. Granules of yeast find their way to the bottom of the glass.
The head begins as two fingers of dense tan colored foam. Head fell off to a wispy cap and a thick halo of bubbles.
The smell is a blend of sweet creamy chocolate milk and rich toasted notes. As it warmed molasses and toffee came to dominate the nose.
The taste was not as sweet as the nose would indicate, bitter-sweet cocoa and strong bitter dark roasted coffee.
Creamy silky mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body, mild to moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable, not overly heavy, and very drinkable.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a lovely tan head that fades quickly.

Aromas of cocoa powder, coffee, and rich malts dominate the smell.

Strong powdered chocolate flavors dominate the taste with a hint of coffee. A little underwhelming.

Not a great stout by any means but decent.

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Photo of wac9
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love oatmeal stouts but the frist sip I just didn't like a little bitter to me

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Photo of briman
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Some ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Thin dark brown head dissipates quickly, leaving little or no lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront...mild chocolate, some dark roasted malts. Mild coffee peeks through in the finish. Some mild resinous hops in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced, but this sample seems a little mild. Was expecting something much roastier...this example just seems subdued.

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Photo of cdean801
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nickss
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completely opaque with a thin 1/4" brown head. Motor oil dark... looks nice.

Smells of toffee, coffee, and mocha in the nose.... very musty... almost nutty... I dig it.

Very nutty and dry in the flavour.... quite nice.... the flavour closely matches the smell. Not as much complexity as I would like, but nevertheless... not much to complain about here.

HUGE mouthfeel.... extremely thick... I have had very few Impy Stouts that match this thickness... and thus, to this brew, I give two thumbs up.

The drinkability of this beer is limited by its thickness. However, all in all, I was quite impressed with this one... I'd had it in my cellar for about 6 months... glad I decided to pull it out.

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Photo of KevieJames
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tanned leather one finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Chocolate, coffee, leaves

T. Chocolate coffee, lasting bitterness expresso, brown sugar.

M. Fullbodied lightly carbonated.Creamy.

D. A really good stout. I like that it is not very sweet. The taste lasts a good while. It is slightly filling.

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Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is pitch black with a thin tan head. The beer smells of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee. The beer tastes similar but has a dark coffee touch to it. The beer is smooth and very drinkable with a nice feeling from the carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of marty21
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with two fingers worth of creamy tan head. Settles to a thick ring with some islands of bubbles. Left a decent amount of skinny lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with some light chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Tons of milk chocolate with some coffee notes coming in as well. Little bit of roasted malt. It's pretty sweet.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium to full body.

D: The bottle actually has a sticker marking it at 7.1% Abv. instead of the 6.3% on BA. I really enjoyed this beer. Tons of chocolate in the taste would make this a great dessert beer.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bimber was bought at a strange with some otter creek that was dated 14 months old. nottle date is august of 05. So i guess this one isn't optimatly fresh, but heard good things about this one, but figured i'd try a bomber first.

appearance: dark, dark with an edge of red. small tan head, small though.

smell: too cold, distant coffee. as it warms more of the coffee comes out, along with the chocolte. hmmm, i think it actually tasted better cold, but as it warms the wonderfull aroma comes out more.

taste: this is right out the fridge, too cold for most stouts, but here all the flavor is coming through amazingly. what a great blend, i'm amazed. this is perhaps the best lost coast beer i've had. Waves of chocolate, coffee, and more coffee was over you. Very low bitterness for stlye, but the beer is not overly sweet. enough complexity to keep things interesting, now i'm wondering whether this would even taste as good fresh.

mouthfeel: right amount of liquidly bread feel.

drinkability: really, really high for a stout. Most stouts have either a harshness, which is good but limit's drinkability, or are too basic. This one isn't harsh and it's pretty complex. the 6.3 alcohol, is enough to provide a bit of a kick, without venturing into imperial terriotory. yeah, i think i'll pick up a sixer next time.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of cheers2beers
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearace: Pours a not quite solid black but black non the less. A small one finger head rose up but lacked staying power. Leaves a nice solid collar around the glass.

Smell: A very deep level of roast malt hits you right off, followed by some nice coffee notes. A bit grassy hops and suggestions of chocolate as well. Smell reminds me of a Dry Irish Stout and also has some similarities to a Schwartzbier. Complex and enticing...lets have a taste.

Taste: Wonderfull roasty and cola like flavor. Once again this is tasting like a thin Dry Irish Stout. More coffee and small hints of chocolate are present and a bit of smoke in the finish. Im liking this but It seems small for a stout.

Mouthfeel: The feel on my palate comes off as a bit thin for the style but oddly enough this does not reduce its attractivness. Its smooth for sure but lacks a bit of body. Needs more creamyness IMHO.

Drinkability: This beer is very easy to quaff, almost too easy. It's like a very smooth highly roasted Schwartzbier. A HIGHLY sessionable stout.


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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint glass, opaque black with a silky milk chocolate colored head.

Smell is of roasted chocolate and espresso with a strong hint of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Taste begins with a smooth yet pungent bitterness, levels out into the espresso and chocolate that leapt out on the nose. Aftertaste is all alcohol warmth and hops tingling on my palate.

Mouthfeel is dense delicious creaminess.

One of my favorites from Lost Coast.

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Photo of cornucopia
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Pours an almost black colour and beige head with a malty/chocolaty aroma. Flavour is much like the aroma with coffee taste creeping through. Average mouthfeel. If someone is interested in trying a oatmeal stout for the first time, this one is a great place to start.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/black color. Almost completely opaque. One finger brown had, with okay retention. No visible carbonation can be seen. Some lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a molasses syrupy sweetness. Dark fruit flavors as well.

Taste: Roasted malts, but more mild than the nose. A smoky and dark nuttiness as well. Minimal sweetness and little dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied. Some carbonation bite. Very smooth.

Drinkability: A very good stout and an easy drinker. Not an overwhelmingly complex flavor, but the roasted malts are very good and balance with just the right amount of sweetness.

Buy Again? Yes

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