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8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout
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1,090 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,090 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of kjyost
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 660 mL undated bomber into a pint mug.

Pours an unimpressive deep brown with a small fizzy head that laces a bit, but this is a stout. It should be big head and great retention. Aromas are muted, primarily of molasses and a bit of roast. Taste continues in the same manner, just overall an unimpressive and uninspired stout IMHO.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in fall 2010.

I'm not much of one for darker beers, but I had heard good things about this beer. It pours a very dark brown as the scent of cocoa comes from the bottle. Upon tasting it has a fairly mild cocoa taste as well as a slight hint of coffee. It has a good thick texture that makes this an excellent beer for the winter. Definetly worth a try!

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Photo of aepb1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black with a tiny white head and decent lacing

S- Roasted malts and chocolatey

T- Bitter chocolate, oakey? and no real oatmeal...

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation just wish the body was a bit more full...

D- Decent stout and I certainly will return to, just wish there was more complexity and a bigger body

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Photo of jschlesinger
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely doesn't have the typical characteristics you find in other oatmeal stouts, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much since I am not a hardcore stout drinker (so this may be a negative if you really love this style).

A - Very dark with very little head
S - Oatmeal and a tiny bit of chocolate, very pleasant
T - Slightly sweet very little bitterness. You get a tiny bit of chocolate after taste
M - Medium bodied, not typical of the style but pleasant none the less
D - Easier to drink than other beers in the same style, not a bad thing if you ask me!

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Really dark brown, almost black. Off white almost brown head. Little to almost no head at pour. Little to no lacing.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malts, small amount of chocolate and citrus hops. This things isn't to "smelly." Very mute

T: Roasted malts and chocolate are the dominate flavors in this brew, coffee and oats are present as well with a bitter finish. Semi sweet up front.

M: Medium bodied, pretty good carbonation, has some what of an oily quality to it.

D: Average. An ok beer. There is much better in the style making this one less desirable.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, Deep, Deep brown with a little amber under light, nice cream brown/white head. Very Thick

S- Roasted Barley, slight chocolate finish, very sweet on the nose

T- Very chocolaty right up front with a toasty warm lingering finish

M- Surprisingly light, feels very creamy. Not chewy like the color and thickness told me it was going to be

D- Very good on my taste buds. Would make an excellent pairing beer. One of the better stouts I have poured lately

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Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown-ruby, almost black colour. Fairly thick sand coloured head.

Roasted malt, oatmeal, hints of butter. Slight creamy essence to it. Low hops in the nose.

Somewhat 'standard' taste to this. Rich, chocolatey roasted malt with a dry oatmeal finish. Slight metallic note to it, lessening as it warms. Dry and slightly bitter.

Smooth, but a little thin when cold and when it warms it almost becomes slick. Not a bad beer, but fairly pedestrian for what it is. This would make a great starter to craft stouts.

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

Watching Darren McFadden run up 100 yards in offense and 3 TDs...in the first HALF, while languishing on my fantasy bench...ouch...

Moving right along, however: The eight-ball pours a dense, deep near-opaque brown/black with only hints of clarity near the edges in the light. No real head, which is a tad disappointing. No lacing to speak of. Aromas a very roasty, as would be expected. Some tangy grapefuity notes in the very back of this optherwise typical smelling stout. Flavor is very robust and tangy upfront, loaded with grapefruit juice notes and a lot of roasty-roasto maltiness. More tangy than other if its ilk, to be sure. Super-well-priced at $3.69/bomber. Flavor is pretty long, and the tangy front gives way to a long and not-too-dry finish, punctuated by some hoppy-hoppo butterness. This stout is like your "first time": after you've had a few more and different ones, this isn't going to be something you rank in your top 10.

What I like most: The price and tangy-ness.

What I like least: The lack of complexity.

Verdict: Worth the price, but not elite.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very dark black, unable to see through. About a finger's worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - typical oatmeal smell, fairly malty.

Taste - fairly chocolaty in taste, more so than any oatmeal taste. Fairly smooth until the aftertaste, which is bitter. Maybe a hint of molasses. Texture is typically thick like a stout, but not as thick as it could be.

Drinkability - not terribly complex, but not bad for this type of brew. Aftertaste is manageable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black color with a dark cherry walnut hue on the edge. A pretty thick, creamy, frothy, and slightly sticky, khaki head. Very good retention with a very nice creamy layer of lace.

S - Roasted malt and barley with dark chocolate. Fair amount of earthy and citrus hops also present. Some charred oatmeal and earthy aroma.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate and some roasted coffee come out along with the roasted malt, barley and oatmeal. Some earthy and spicy hops with maybe a faint hint of citrus. A strong earthy and woody flavor on the finish.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth with a touch of a slick feel. Some creaminess, but not what I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.

D - Fairly drinkable oatmeal stout, but it didn't really have me wanting more. I could see drinking another in the night though.

Notes: A pretty good oatmeal stout, fairly typical for the style. Tasty beer worth a try although it wasn't quite as oatmealy or creamy as I was hoping.

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The 12 oz bottle has a big 8 Ball on it, which I'll admit was the reason I bought it. The beer comes out of the bottle as a very dark brown liquid with a large head of tan bubbles, ranging in size from big to tiny. It beer smells chocolaty-sweet, and a bit powdery, like chocolate milk or hot chocolate mix. I can also detect the aroma of alcohol and dark roasted malts. The flavor includes notes of chocolate, both milk and dark, but I certainly wouldn't call it a chocolate stout. It's more noticeable as hints of sweetness and bitterness as opposed to actual cocoa flavors. The bitterness and alcohol are strongest as I swallow and both linger on. The malts have a slightly burnt quality to them; it's not quite roasted but nor is it outright charred. The body is on the lighter side of medium and is slightly creamy. Carbonation is low. A coating is left behind, but it isn't too significant. Some stickiness remains on my lips. Overall, it is a very drinkable stout. I could easily have a few rounds of this beer, especially with some burgers or steak. It would even go well with dessert! It's too bad this is the only bottle I have; if I ever get a chance, I certainly order this one again.

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Photo of SteelKettle
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

smells of roasted malts,biscuit,chocolate
nice thick head
full bodied mouthfeel
easy drinking
very smooth taste
enjoyed very much.
6pak was gone way to fast.would like to see what else Lost Coast has to offer. something to drink all year long. would like to try and brew my own.

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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - red through the center of the glass. Tall tight tan head.

S - mild malts, porter like, not great but not bad.

T - roasted malts, mild chocolate, but bitter.

M - mid coating light tingles.

D - easily drinkable but there are much better options out there

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Photo of PintOHops
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Near pitch black color with a 1-finger head that dissipated very quickly to a thing ring of bubbles. It left some spots here & there on my glass.

S - Dark chocolate with faint roasted notes and a touch of coffee. I pick up soft cherry but that's about it, very muted aroma.

T - Wow I get allot more flavor than the smell lead me to believe! Rich roasted malts, coffee, charcoal and licorice flood the palate. It finishes dry with slight alcohol and faint cherry fruit. Bitterness is mild and rounds out beer decently, not too sweet either.

M - Creamy & smooth with soft crispness. A solid medium bodied brew.

D - A very good stout with around average quaff-ability. It offers up great roasted malts in the taste although the aroma is quite soft. The price is excellent in my area of CA, 5.99$ a sixer! With that price I'd probably buy it again. Worth a try I'd say. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a very nice dark brown color with a 1 inch head that is light tan and recedes pretty slowly to a thin film.

S - Delicious vanilla aromas are present with nice sweet caramel and slight toasty malt.

T - Starts of with a mild toasty malt and some nice sweet and spicy vanilla. Some nice bitterness at the en from hops and a slight dry finish. The taste is delicious but it is very fleeting.

M - Light bodied for a stout in my opinion. Good CO2.

D - Good flavors and delicious but could be better.

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Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of rich brown color with a full range of bubble sizes and a slow dimpling down to a solid blanket across the surface, gives you some short but fat lacing streaks too. Full-on black liquid with a thin band of orange-yellow around the rims. More toast than roast in the nose, carob, mocha, milk chocolate chips, cookie batter, licorice before a brush of minerally earthiness, the hops present a pinch of pine sap and mixed white citrus, nothing major, fruit scents close to nonexistent. Medium-bodied, muscular and sets itself firmly in the mouth, the carbonation fine but persistent, keeps things on the straight and narrow from start to finish. More of a roast here, blending in coffee and dark chocolate with carob and molasses. Floral dimension spreads wider. This may spark the plum, cherry fruit some. More tar than mineral inside the sprinkle of earthiness. I don't have a problem with its moderate body per se, would like more flavors intensity at the end, though.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Had to pour pretty aggressive to get the head. Coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma maybe even some coconut but pretty faint to me. The taste is ok. Roasted malts are the first flavors that make an appearance followed by some bitterness from either the roast or the hops. Pretty smooth and velvety. Medium mouthfeel Not bad but somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured blackish brown into a Duvel tulip with an inch of fairly quick-fading tan head. Roasted coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.

Fairly high carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Toasty oatmeal flavor up front followed by more dark chocolate and slightly bitter coffee. Long, smokey finish that grew more dominant as the beer warmed. Easy-drinking and somewhat reminiscent of Alaskan Smoked Porter (that's not a bad thing!).

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Photo of argock
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wineglass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Very dark brown with tan 1-2 finger, big-bubbled head with decent retention and several lace spots down the glass.

S: Delicious sweet chocolate, ground espresso, orange and resinous hops, with plenty of dark malt cookie aromas. Kind of like a chocolate-espresso biscotti with orange glaze.

T: Brilliant bittersweet chocolate and espresso meet their match in the flavor with abundant orange, resin and earthy hoppiness which provides a bitter eclipse to the cookie sweetness that the big dark malts pack.

M: Medium-bodied, good for the style, but a little more carbonation that I am looking for which hurt the creamy texture a little. THe aftertaste more than makes up for it, however, boasting major orange hops bitterness and a healthy coffee-chocolate wallop.

D: A superb American stout, loaded with cookie sweetness and all the coffee and chocolate you expect with a complex hoppy bitterness that really rounds out this exceptional brew from Lost Coast, easily the best in their lineup.

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Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

split with hu5om (received as a trade extra) in 6oz sampler glasses.

A: nice black pour, slight brownish hue, some slight carbonation evident.

S: very dark chocolate smell comes to mind with a faint hint of oatmeal as an afterthought.

T: a punch of chocolate blasts the tastebuds and fizzles in to a light oatmeal on the way down.

MF/D: an initial sizzle of light carbonation that fades into a very smooth finish at the tail-end of each sip. a decent stout.

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Photo of hu5om
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to enelson for the excellent extra!
split with newk340
a- black, light khaki foam that disipates quickly
s-bitter chocolate, oats, patent black malts
t-dark bitter/sweet malts, oats, chocolate. good not great.
m-fairly bubbly, and fairly light actually.
d-it's good, not great. doesn't make any mistakes, but doesn't really distinguish itself. either way, a very solid beer.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Smooth and dark brown/black, with an inch of creamy tan head. Retention is quite poor and there is no lacing at all.

S: Full of chocolate malts and sweetness with some coffee undertones. A touch of smokiness, as well. Reminds me of Dark Lord.. a very, very weakened and watered-down Dark Lord.

T: Definitely a sweet brew! Lots of roasted chocolate malts and some coffee. Not quite as bold of flavors as I expected from the nose, but still enjoyable.

M: For a stout, it's honestly very thin. Not near as full-bodied as most stouts I have had. When I drink a stout, I want that thicker/creamier mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable, this bomber didn't last long between two of us. Most stouts that I have had were considered RIS so this is a nice lower abv and lighter option.

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Photo of Briken
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown with a thin red at the bottom and an umber head with little retention and lacing. Aromas of chocolate toasted and pale malts. Chocolate and toasted toffee flavors are soon replaced by pale malts which overpower to the dry, bitter finish. A thin, light-bodied feel with a bit of stickiness.

This one was very promising to me at first. Good aromas and flavor up front but the pale malts became overwhelming in both. I liked the aroma so much at first I kept the score a litlle higher but the taste was killed to the point I thought I was drinking a dark colored pale ale.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with about a one finger tan head with nice creamy lacing.

Chocolate malt nose with little to no hop scent to speak of.

A nice, malty flavor of dark chocolate and coffee. Creamy and smooth tasting with a very light hop finish.

Creamy and smooth in texture with a light carbonation crispness finishes out the beer.

A very good stout that begs for another sip

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,090 ratings
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