8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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

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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Photo of irongator
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of pschie1
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of marty21
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Jeffwildcat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pjwilson
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cheers2beers
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +3.9%
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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I feel like this would be an entry level stout, to ppl who are curious about the world of craft. Nothing is dominating in this beer at all. The flavors and aromas, match, both being very subtle. It's not a bad beer, just lacking and distinct flavors. Like roasted Malts and chocolate. Very drinkable nonetheless. Just doesn't taste like much.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of lhaqq
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black, with an off white dense head.
S: Dark malts, some sweetness.
T: A lot of dark malts, a bit of chocolate and some caramel.
M: Smooth, fairly carbonated.
D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, probably will get again. Not the best to warming up, but I guess I'll just have to drink it quicker.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rarevos
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with moderate tan head. Head dissipates almost instantly. No sticky trails, no real lacing. A foam island, but that's it.

S: With my eyes closed, this doesn't resemble a stout at all. I would have guessed a fruity, hoppy pale ale. A slight--SLIGHT--hint of roastiness, but not much.

T/M: Roasted malts up front with coffee the most noticeable, and some citrus in the middle. Strange combination. Like a roasted grapefruit? Finish is dry, hoppy, and moderately bitter with a burned tail.

D: Eh. As stouts go, it's not very, um, stout. Has a strange fruity hoppiness that doesn't really match up well to the rest of the beer. I'll give it another try at a later date, but I was pretty underwhelemed by this one.

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

Pours a dark brown with a dense tan head. Arome is medium sweet roasted malt and chocolate. The Flavor is mildly smoky and has a nice roasted malt base with light chocolate smoothness and just the right amount of bitterness. Finishes long, slightly acidic and smooth. Medium bodied, slick texture.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Tulip

a:Dark, dark brown. Not quit black though. 1-finger creamy tan head. Splashy strings of lacing are left.

s: Citrus hops up front, underneath, a plethora of malts: chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, hazelnuts, brown sugar, dates and grape.

m: Medium to full-bodied, moderate, almost crisp carbonation.

t: hop presence way up front and fades relatively quick into the malty brew it should be. Oats are definitely there, both in the middle and finish. Great blend of chocolate, oats, nuts, caramel. some light sweetness is given by the presence of alcohol near the finish. Muted hop bite finishes things off but the malt and oats linger on.

d: A little too carbonated, that's my only gripe. Flavors are right on. I could drink a bomber of this over the period of an hour to an hour and a half. Solid oatmeal stout.

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

Beer pours almost pitch black with about a finger and a half worth of khaki foam that lingers.

Beer smells very roasty of coffee and a slight bit of earthiness.

Beer tastes very roasty. Chocolate notes start off and the beer finishes with some nice balanced hoppiness.

Beer is appropriately thick and a bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable stout.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jisom123
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 year old bottle from 2005.

I was expecting a flat old boring stout with odd flavors. I was wrong. I am very surprised that the 6.3% abv stout held up so well.

A: black, low viscosity, medium low carbonation and head.

S: The smell had lost about 1/2 of the roasty sent, but otherwise, it was the same as a new 8 ball.

T: It tasted surprisingly good! It did not taste like an "old stale beer" at all. I would never Cellar one of these on purpose, but I'm glad I found this old timer.

M: Standard stout, but lacking full carbonation. smooth, soft easy to drink. wimpy.

O: If you ever see one an old one covered in dust, buy it, they get slightly better, even at 6 years. Make sure it wasn't sun tanning the whole time though.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBGordon
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,083 ratings.
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