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Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

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Reviews:
537
Ratings:
1,057
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 537 | Ratings: 1,057
Photo of PrivateEquity
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer, with limited head and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malt smell. Dark chocolate with a touch of coffee.

T - Very nice char, roasted character. Flavors of coffee. Good amount of hops balances out the brew nicely. Increased the rating in taste as it cooled. Complexity definitely comes out.

M - A little light in the mouthfeel. Normally like more body.Slightly dry.

O - Very solid Stout. Great taste. With a little addition to the body could be outstanding. Easy drinking for a stout.

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Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep black with a brown/tan head of thick bubbles that leaves nice foam if poured correctly.

S: slight chocolate, malt, slight acidic smell, and sweetness

T: taste is first malty and a bit acidic, then basic and smooth. Some chocolate notes shine through along with grains.

M: smooth as it should be, with medium carbonation and medium body.

O: tastes like a higher quality Sam Adams chocolate bock. Not my favorite, but it's drinkable, available, and on par with similar offerings in price.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: appears black/dark brown, opaque, khaki colored head, decent retention, nice amount of lacing

S: heavy roasted barley, bitter coffee, some hints of herbal hops in the background

T: firm roasted malt profile, roastiness is nearly over the top, doesn't match the lightish body

Mf: somewhat thin for style, high carbonation

O: nice stout, heavy on the roast, nice drinkability

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Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Pint glass]

The pour was a thick rich black with a huge (3-4 finger) medium brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really sticky lacing that coated the glass.

The aroma was nice and robust of a roasted dark chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and a strong leathery yeast with hints of coffee and molasses.

It tasted lightly sweet and mildly bitter with a hint of molasses in the beginning then became a slight more on the bitter side with a nice smooth coffee finish. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow letting the nice bitter-coffee taste settle in nicely.

Mouthfeel was just a tad beyond medium in body with the texture being rather creamy but also slightly watery and having a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a nice and easy to drink Stout with a nice rich smooth coffee flavor.

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Photo of harrymel
1.66/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle date: unk

A: black, a finger of light mocha foam falls to islands of the same. Spotty lace.
S: Roasted malts, hints of tobacco and vinyl. Some coffee tones, but nothing to call home about.
T: Roasty, some oat tones, some raisin and some leather.
M: Thin for the style with WAY too high carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This is a poor example of an oatmeal stout IMO, much less a stout. Too chemical, too thin, too much carb, little on the nose worth desiring.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying Lost Coast 8-Ball Stout....and it is good. The beer pours a opaque dark with off-white head that isnt not lacing that well. The smell is very good....roast malt with slight smoke assistance. The taste is a roast malt with espresso boost...with slight Chocolate hints. The mouthfeel is medium...usually I like a bit more body. The carbonation level for this beer is good. Overall it is a decent stout....but not the best.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a coffee-black color. A dark tan creamy head sits on top. The head eventually recedes to a wisp of cream colored bubbles. Random lacing. Smells of bitter chocolates and a hint of oats. This beer tastes pretty good, surprisingly to me. The chocolate bitterness is there as well as that sort of bitter Oreo cookie note. Burnt malts also. The mouthfeel is slightly more watery than I would prefer. Overall, not bad at all. I only bought one bottle o this, but it was worth it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep, deep brown to almost black. Opaque with a 3 finger tan colored foamy head that stuck around for awhile. Good lacing.

S- Not really prominent, but the usual coffee and chocolates for a stout, followed by a hint of hops piney smell.

T- A lot of coffee followed by dark chocolate flavors. The chocolate is followed by a mild hops bitterness. Then it finishes up with a sweet tinge of chocolate. Like legitimately sweet.

M- Light for a stout. Almost watery by stout standards. Still, the sweet tinge and mouthfeel compliment each other decently.

Overall, this is another stout I enjoyed, but I'm not sure if I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of rstone57
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with a little less than finger's width of caramel colored head.

Smell is prominent dark chocolate.

Taste is dark chocolate malt with a medium body and medium carbonation.

This is a delicious stout from the folks @ Lost Coast up in Eureka.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This black beer was poured for me at Tap & Mallet in Rochester. This oatmeal stout beer was poured in a pint glass. It came with a thin dark head and aromas of chocolate cordials, and vanilla on the nose. My first sip is creamy and thick with flavors of chocolate, cream soda, and a hint of malt.

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Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a 2-finger tan head that leaves a solid, persistent, thick, frothy lace.

S: Sweet roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Smooth slightly sweet roasted malts and slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent stout! Very smooth and easily drinkable.

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

A: Dark and Beautiful, Black, the head was a bit small though.

S: Nice, fragrent

T: Decent, not too bold, malty

M: Full, but a little bitter.

O: A decent stout for the price.

I bought this at my local Trader Joe's and for the price and overall taste, I think I'll buy more.

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

A: A very dark brown pour with a milk chocolate head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Pretty simple, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate.

T: Lots of roasted malt (but not too much) and the smooth oatmeal with a bit of chocolate. A little bit milky like a borderline milk stout. Simple but great.

M: Super creamy and smooth, just like a proper oatmeal stout.

O: Great oatmeal stout. Not super complex or fancy, just a smooth, creamy, easy drinking stout. I could drink about 50 of these.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black color with a large three-finger, beige head. Plenty of streaky lace that I'd describe as a cross between spotty and ring-like.

Aroma: Creamy, mocha aroma, slightly chalky.

Thin bodied and above average carbonation starts off the taste. The flavor reminds me of iced coffee, both in taste and consistency. This is a weak stout, but it has the elements of a darker and drier dark beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little on the lackluster side, no nose to speak of, thin weak head, that dissipates quickly, no lacing of the glass.Very unexiting brew.
Taste is decent but not exceptional, hints of chocolate and burnt oatmeal.

Surprizingly disappointing, since the ingredients are fully listed on the bottle and they should yeild an otherwise remarkable stout!

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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 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 spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, roasted coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate and roasted/burnt coffee mixed with malts and and a bit of a smokiness. The taste is really well balanced but the beer feels a little thin and watery which is surprising given it's alcohol content. It finishes with a chocolate/coffee slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall – One of the better beers I've had from this brewer. I'd drink it again for sure. Only needs a little improvement in the mouth feel department.

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

Poured pitch black with an almond color head about 3/4 in that reduces to about 1/4 - 1/2 in with good lace.

Smell is of sweet malt and coffee notes... maybe some lagging hops but nothing real pronounced.

roasted malt to start and coffee flavor kicks in... smoothes out then you get a bit of hop bitterness almost floral but more on the piney side if that makes sense. very faint alcohol finish.
mouthfeel is ok could be a bit thicker for a stout but adequate.

Overall a good beer and decent stout that i might be inclined to try again.

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Photo of thirstybrother
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has all the makings of a great stout, looks good, smells good, tastes great.
EXCEPT that the taste dies immediately on my tongue. There is very little aftertaste to speak of, which is a shame because it is quite delicious right away, hints of chocolate, and a great 'oatmeal-ly' feel.
Another thing is that mine has very little carbonation, could use a better head....
Will try again anyway.

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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 jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable dry stout.

Pours a dark brown almost black with big light tan head.

Rich malty aroma.

Flavor is very dry. A little bit of dark chocolate balanced with cream. Counter-balanced by some oatmeal. Lingering bitterness with some malt sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel.

(Bought in Manhattan, Kansas. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City)

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Believe it or not the first thing I smell is citrus hops then it is followed by hints of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Very subtle dark chocolate coffee and oatmeal notes up front and the backend has some bittering hops

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for a stout with a medium carbonation level and a slightly dry finish

Overall: Everything about this beer is just ok

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Photo of leansean88
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A good, retentive head, opaque and very pleasant looking. I swear the lace was a slight orange color when poured.

S - Not too strong, but nice. Sweet, sugary aroma with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - A pretty nice, somewhat bitter taste. Chocolate, coffee and almond flavors, but not really as strong as I would like. It's pretty good, but I think it lacks creaminess. Not an oatmeal stout person though.

M - Bitter, but not bad. It's still lacking that full body feeling I'm craving.

O - Well, it's not expensive, if anything. For it's price, you could do a lot worse. I just can't see myself actively going out and getting a larger quantity. I think I'm just not an oatmeal stout person, so them's the brakes I suppose. Don't get me wrong, it's still good. I'd order at a bar if they had it cheap.

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

ich black, completely opaque liquid coming forward in front of me. Rich dark brown notes, with a good sized head of maybe an inch in height coming over the top of it. Nice settling left behind a thin layer and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was your typical oatmeal stout, though a touch more bitter then what I was expecting. Nice notes of lactose, chocolate and vinous hops. Some light grain notes as well in the finish. Rich, though not terribly filling. Lots of burnt and roasted malt flavors in here. Not as sweet as the aroma would have led me to believe it would have been, still though very solid in both bitterness and malt profile. Light notes of chocolate floating around, but again nothing terribly too sweet, more or less just enough to give a slight hint and a nudge in the right direction.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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