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.

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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 TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Always fun to ask people if they wanna share your 8 Ball, am I right? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light molasses, roasted malts, and the lightest possible touch of mild charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast character, the addition of dark chocolate (which goes pretty well with the already-present cocoa powder), and without the charcoal, making for a slightly less complex but nevertheless tasty stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout. My only real complaint is that it's a touch thin, but not overly so, allowing this thing to still drink easily and be quite enjoyable.

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Photo of atr2605
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep black with a soft tan head that fades very quickly
S-Roasted coffer, caramel, and a some subtle earthy notes
T-Pretty disappointing. A little of the coffee comes through but the other notes that are in the nose aren't found in the taste. There are no really pronounced flavors
M-Light-medium overall, but quite light bodied for a stout
O-Not a fan. Being a stout I would expect much more in the flavor and more body. The flavor falls behind the aroma.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Beermasons subscription, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Jet black in colour, pouring with a light tan head of foam that hangs around if agitated, otherwise hanging on as film.

Initial smell is of dark chocolate, quite strong, but falls away being replaced by a lighter aroma of burnt malt.

Nice roasted malt flavour, with hints of chocolate and a touch of coffee that comes very late.

Typically good mouthfeel, befitting an oatmeal stout. Felt a little thin early on, but seems to build upon that.

Overall a nice stout, smooth, perhaps a little too straight forward, but decent enough as a go-to beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out as a black color with thick tan head. The smell has a nice chocolate and roasted malt aroma. The taste is of smooth dark chocolate and a slight burnt taste but creamy also. The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light. The overall of this beer is that it's a pretty good stout and it has a good lacing too.

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Photo of CaseyR22
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pretty typical stout look, nearly black, a little bit of dark brown highlights around the edges. Big light brown head that sticks around from beginning to end. Lots of fancy looking lacing that subsides to a few little blotches after a couple minutes.

S- Oatmeal followed by chocolatey coffee and toasty malts.

T- Rich chocolate followed by a hint of overly sweet coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Aftertaste is pure toasty roasted malt.

M- A little on the thin side, feels like its missing something.

O/A- Decent but I've had better. Its a little too sweet and thin for me, but it sure does look pretty and the roasted character is yummy. For the price it's hard to beat ($8/six pack in my area)

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Photo of Jinholic
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance - 4 fingers of soapy brown head, black body with red on the edges little lacing.

Smell - Slight roasted malt with chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate with the malts, hops are buried down deep. After taste is a lot more mild but still the same flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body a bit watery in the finish and the little dry but not too the point of being bad.

Overall - An okay stout I'd rather have rogue or samuel smith but a big step up from most other oatmeal stouts. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Dark black but an ultra thin hint of light gets through at the edges. Head is less than a finger and cocoa colored. Lace doesn't look like it want's to stay to the end.

Smell is chocolate covered dark roasted coffee beans. A bit molasses sweet.

Taste is about the same as the smell but in addition to the coffee and chocolate I am getting some sweet tart. Cherries is my nomination.

Mouth is a bit hollow and watery for the style. More of a porter feel to me.

Overall i think this is a pretty good Sweet Stout, but the hollow mouth hurts it's overall score. I do though recommend you pick this one up if given the chance.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A – Deep, dark black pour. One finger head with a nice light mocha brown color. No real lacing to speak of and the head fades quickly.

S – Big oatmeal smell up front followed by chocolate, mocha and coffee. Roasted malt as well.

T – Nice like the smell. Oats, mocha and chocolate. Coffee flavor is very light compared to the smell. Malty. Has just a bit of sweetness and it closes with just a hint of bitterness.

M – Thinner then expected. Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

D – This is a pretty decent oatmeal. It lacks a little to be upper tier but solid nonetheless. Definitely worthy of a few drinks.

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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 fostachild
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had the 12 oz bottle.

pours dark very, small amount of tan head that fades quickly. smell was coffee, chocolate, malt, bit of hops. had a bitterness to it and a coffee aftertaste. good carbonation and great drinkability. quite enjoyable and overall decent stout.

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

A: Dark black with an inch of creamy tan head. Retention minimal....no lacing at all.

S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Definitely a sweet stout. Did not realize this until I examined the label. Tastes of roasted malt and sweetness. Gets more sweet as it warms.

M: Medium bodied...a bit thin for a stout. Head does form with each swirl.

O: Not too shabby. At a buck a bottle at TJ's (I think that is what I paid)....this is pretty drinkable. I may need to try this again to get a better long-term feel for this one. But; this was pretty good today.

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

Had this on tap at a great little place in downtown Greensboro

The appearance is good, nothing special, nor is the smell.

The taste is good, a hint of chocolate, some burntness, and then some burn on the back of my throat.

The mouthfeel is ok, but i don't like the burn

Overall I would say try another Lost Coast beer, this one is ok, but I must admit the cool tap fooled me!

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Photo of nickfl
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of thick, light tan foam on an opaque, black body. The head settles quicklyand leaves very nice lace.

S - Light, nutty malt with a bit of caramel, surprisingly little else.

T - Creamy, sweet malt with some toffee and light, bittersweet chocolate. A little bit more chocolate in the middle with a hint of coffee. The beer finishes with a mocha note and some light pine hop flavor with moderate grain bitterness.

M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit one dimensional but nice. I expected more complexity, especially in the flavor which is kind of weak. Still, it manages to develop a decent level of roasted malt character by the finish and there are no major flaws.

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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 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 BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, mostly black in the middle, with a tanned head of an inch or two. Pretty standard look. Nose leads with dark and macerated fruits. Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, and earthy hops contribute. A little faint.

Overly carbonated for best mouthfeel and drinkability. Definitely easy to sip, but you do like to see more body and silkiness from a stout. Some citric hops add to the flavors from the nose. Dextrin as well. Nothing to sneeze at but a little undercooked. Give this a shot for a good price on a good stout.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a squat 12 oz. brown bottle, managed to pick up a single of this. Pours out a deep dark brown, garnet translucency when held to light. Tall creamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Nutty, roasty malt on the nose, some coffee, and some wafery chocolate in the background.

Starts off with some nutty, coffee malt, becomes more mocha-like in the middle, with more of a dry cocoa building in the finish, but hits its peak within the aftertaste.

On the low end of full-bodied, heavy texture with some brisk carbonation on the finish.

An Stout that leans more towards a Porter, lacking the roastiness but providing a decent amount of other dark malt character. Overall mocha characteristic to it. Would make a good local go-to stout, however not noteworthy enough to justify the import price on a regular basis.

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Photo of Long813
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: 10/11/10-6

A: Pitch black body with very little mocha head. Retention is minimal and lacing is non-exsistant.

S: Strong front of roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Very pleasing aroma, full bodied.

T: Flavours are much weaker than the aroma, but follows the same. Mix of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It's tasty, but kind of weak and thin.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Texture is water like and very thin. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D: Not a bad stout, but it doesn't really come off as a good one or an Oatmeal stout. Wouldn't try it again - nothing special.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one, 12 oz into my Boulevard brewing CO pint glass.

Appearance- Dark opacue brown nearly black. Reddish notes in body whrn held up to the light. Creamy tan head that falls into a cap. Slight lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some fruit, caramel and toffee

Taste- Bold roasty coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. There is a slight astringant note there too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with smooth low carbonation. Sort of slick not as viscous as I like my stouts but it isn't watery. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability- A decent session stout. I can drink a few. This is ok but I was expecting more. Maybe a good beer to ween someone into stouts with out making them feel 10 lbs heavier. I will take a RIS anyday.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy off-white head, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate with that oat sweetness, light dark fruit.

T: Darker chocolate than expected from the nose. Some roasted malt, hops are a tad astringent, some light pine.

M: Medium-bodied, biting carbonation, does not have the creaminess I expect with a stou.

D: Nice enough, not terrible, but nothing to rush out and by. A B stout which is fine at its price point.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. purchased today for $2 (I think). Poured into my trusty "Crab House" pint glass.

I have read absolutely nothing about this beer and the place I bought it from does not turn a lot of inventory so this may be several years old. I keep seeing it there and finally decided to try one. There are no date markings on the bottle/label/cap.

A- Pours nice and dark, oh yeah! Looks pretty good. upon closer inspection, man, this thing has alot of shit floating around in it. I have not seen a stout this 'dirty' and unfiltered since I started reveiwing. Sure, back in college there could have been rat shit,the beer was usually in a can then anyway, so I would never even know. Who could afford a real pint glass to put it in? Or who wanted to wash it?

s- Not too much here to smell. Relly, not getting much of anything. But, once again, who gives a shit what it smells like as long as it brings the taste....

T- Not too shabby. I did not expect anything out of this stout. Never heard of it, smelled like a black hole, dirty as hell sediment but the taste is not bad at all. Smooth, clean and pretty tasty. Impressive taste all else considered.

M- Not bad, but a little thin. The taste makes up for the weak mouthfeel IMO.

D- Yes, I would gladly have another one of these again.

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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 AlexanderSelby
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical stout deep brown with ruby on the edges, and the head is surprisingly white and lasting. Smell is of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It kind of reminds me of sitting at a diner with pancakes covered in syrup and a mug of coffee in front of me. Taste is smooth, completely unoffensive, with a roasty-ness and a sweetness that bounce back and forth off of each other. Truly a feat in balance, this stout is could accompany BBQ, desert, breakfast, yet always be refreshing.

Truthfully, there isn't anything to dislike, but there isn't anything that knocks me off my feet, either. But a knock-out is only worth a damn when you're in the ring, and this is a friend you can rely on anytime.

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Photo of fattire513
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, black in color with a nice tan lacing that lasted all the way

smelled not too strong, can smell the roasted malts

taste is pretty good, not as flavorful as other stouts I've had. could taste the oats, roasted malts

I could drink this one again, and again. Overall a real good beer, could have some more coffee flavor to it

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