8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of roasted malts, with a little bit of sweetness. Taste has hints of chocolate but seems like it's really watered down for a stout. I do like the slight hip presence that really saves this brew.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Brown, frothy head. Diminishes to a small crown. Decent lacing. Coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits aroma. Medium hop bitterness, medium malty sweetness. Low fruitiness and chocolate like flavor. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, oily, grainy. Long, moderate dry finish with some sweet notes getting in.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this from tap at the cafe in Eureka. Not very impressed for an oatmeal stout. With that being said, this is a decent offering that I would drink again.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with very little light passing through. Has a light colored head that goes away quickly. Can smell the roasted malts, with a little bit of sweetness. Taste has hints of chocolate and seems really watered down.

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Photo of Sid_Smith
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as bold as the description would lead you to believe, but still a very nice stout. The body is exceptional, but it is the best characteristic by far. Head thin, dissipates quickly. Taste not as strong as I would like. Might buy again, not sure.

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Photo of IsaacCraft
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color not quite black. Finger and a half Carmel head dissipates quickly.

The nose gives hints of coffee and toasted malts. Rather pleasant.

The taste follows the nose. The flavor is not overwhelming, but it has a good amount of coffee with hints of dark chocolate. There is a nice hoppy bitterness that rounds out the flavor profile.

The feel is really nice and smooth and thick like you want a stout to be. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a solid stout. I do like my stouts to be a little more "stout", but I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this may be my first offering from Lost Coast, and it was decent enough...

A dark beer with red highlights, it had a short-lived head and no lacing to whatsoever. The odor was truly special - chocolaty, malty, and a slight sweetness to the nose. This is where the rest of the experience was not necessarily impressive, but neither was it notable. The mouthfeel was a bit watery, the taste had the chocolaty taste too it but overpowered by the malt, and all of it adding up to a decent enough brew.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a pint glass at Wishbeer, Bangkok.

Very deep brown in color, it comes with thick silky tan head that stands with great retention before slowly sinking to an eternal foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot all along.

Heavily roasted malt in the aroma with some astringency, dark chocolate, mild espresso, roasted coffee bean, malty sweet, toasted bread, some smoke, and biscuit.

The taste is led by espresso coffee and roasted malt flavor that also yield some sourness and astringency through the taste buds. Some malty bready sweet in the middle together with smoothness from oat as well as toasted bread and smokiness. Some acidic too together with a slight bitterness from hop.

Medium body with some lightness touch and moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel with some crispness through the palate, finish is dry.

Good Stout offering from Lost Coast, it is truth to the style, very straightforward and very drinkable yet enjoyable drink.

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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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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark brown coloration with a tan one finger head that almost immediately collapses to just covering the top of the beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate and malts with some dark fruit bringing up the rear.

Taste: Malts and smooth dark coffee.

Feel: Thinner side of medium with moderate carbonation, probably a tad too thin for the style.

Overall: An average stout, doesn't really do anything to stand out from the pack, either good or bad.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with slightly more than a finger of head. The nose is decently roasty. The flavor also has a relatively decent roasted essence to it.

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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 crwrunner
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ok. It has the dark brown color of an oatmeal stout. It has a very good chocolate smell to it (smells like a Hershey kiss). However it is lacking roast aroma. I do not get any roast smell at all. The flavor oddly to me does not taste like the aroma. It taste like a crash of sweet malts. The roast on the back end is subtle, however the more I drink it the more pronounced it becomes. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would hope but not bad. At the first sip of this beer I thought it was ok but the more I drink it the more messy it becomes.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This oatmeal stout's black, copiously ruby-litten, slightly effervescent body is capped by a brief-lived, slightly pebbly medium tan head; lacing is fair and consists of irregular bands. The nose is light-medium in intensity: a fairly undifferentiated medium-roast dark malt aroma that touches on molasses and cocoa. The palate is a thin, mostly undifferentiated light-roast darkish malt flavor that alludes to the lighter side of molasses and cocoa, countered by a modest earthy hop bitterness that is actually discernable as a flavor because of the light-footedness of the malt character; as a result, this stout lands a bit on the bitter end of the balance. The finish is a light hit of very thin darkish malt that quickly vanishes; the linger is a brief echo of the finish. The mouthfeel is thin for the medium-full body, and the texture is medium-creamy and medium-peppery from the overexpressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 140 days after pkg)

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Photo of Buck89
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Nice opaque brown color with a one-finger tan head that lingered. Aromas: milk chocolate, roasty malt, and a bit of toffee. Dry burnt chocolate/coffee taste up front, with a silky sweet sensation in the mid-palate, followed by a bitter dry roasty finish. Full-bodied and with medium carbonation.

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Photo of gshak
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says it is 5.8% whereas the BeerAdvocate lists it at 6.3% ABV. I'll just attribute this to batch variance.
A - Dark brown, not black. A vigorous pour yielded 3 fingers' width of off-whitehead that receded slowly. Plenty of carbonation hidden within the beer.
S - Smells sweet. Toffee, honey, toasted bread, raisins, smoke.
T - Follows smell. Starts off sweet with a honey-porter like vibe. Transitions into dark fruits, and then the roasted grains take over, with lasting bitterness both from the burnt grains and the hops. While the start of the sip is all porter, the finish is all stout.
F - On the thinner side, but doesn't take away the drinkability.
O - A decent stout that is adequately complex for what is evidently an everyday drinker. I wouldn't mind ordering this at a bar, but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Oeyvind
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A drinkable beer for sure but its not thick like some say. Its not black either. Dark brown, a little too dry and thin, better as a drink and forget than a properly made stout, but enjoyable non the less. Just not memorable. Nice to see a bottle conditioned beer on the shelf though...

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Photo of lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow head of medium tan over a pitch-black body

S - malt sweetness, chocolate, smoke; underwhelming

T - burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, subtle lactic flavor; not bad, but fairly plain for the style

M - smooth medium body; above-average carbonation

O - a decent brew in and of itself, but not among the greatest of stouts

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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 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 rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, dark beige head on it, 1/2". Lots of roast, chocolate malt, nothing unexpected there.

Taste is very non descript, roast, but doesn't have a flavor of chocolate or coffee like you commonly come across. Somewhat chewy. Maybe leans on the lower viscosity end these days. High bitterness, not sure if hops or malt or both. Relatively simple and straightforward. Bomber format sucks though.

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Photo of rbelcher1959
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A chocolaty and smooth texture. Very drinkable and very tasty. A oatmeal stout, a great beer for someone wanting to try an oatmeal stout for the first time.

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Photo of ordybill
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is used motor oil black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee with some cocoa. The taste is coffee and malt, a nice bitter flavor. An excellent stout.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Tarry chocolate black, with a towering beige head about 4 fingers tall. Lace stringy, webby, and adhesive.

Smell : Charred and roast cocoa malts, burnt chocolate, curdled milk, slight hop funk. Very burnt on the nose.

Taste : Also very burnt on the taste. The malts are somewhat artfully kilned, but too much smoke and char comes through rendering the flavor very harsh and acidic. Beyond that is a bit of oats, lactose, and dark chocolate.

Feel : Medium bodied...smooth, but not creamy. Mild carbonation keeps it simple. Not overly impressive.

Overall : Next. This one wasn't all that great. Another stout ruined by too much smoke/char/liberal roast malts.

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