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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Black/brown that shows clear deep garnet red in light, with thick tan head that dissipates after a bit but leaves nice lacing. Smell is roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows smell, almost so sweet I'd swear it was a milk stout. Mouthfeel slightly fizzy but overall nice and creamy. One of the better stouts in my opinion.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from BevMo near San Clemente, CA
Have had in a beer glass and straight from the bottle

A - Pours nicely and looks great in a glass but it also nice from the bottle as well.

S - Nice chocolate smell with malty and roasted barley goodness. I like to just smell this beer before drinking.

T- There is a nice smooth chocolate slide as it goes down with a very slight hint of coffee; also a touch of carbonation more predominant than most stouts. Malts are there and hops are hidden and I like that.

M- Medium to dark body.

O- I love this beer. If you are looking for a "drinkable" stout, this is it. As a stout lover, I also like that it is lower in alcohol which makes it a "more than one" stout.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown. Pours with a moderate head, but retains a thin khaki head.

S - Mostly chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T - Starts off with dark chocolate, followed by coffee bitterness and roasted malts. Finishes with some oats. I'm not big on oatmeal stouts, typically, but this is a pretty good beer.

M - Pretty smooth, with moderate carbonation and a little creaminess. Not watery at all.

O - Enjoyable stout. Nothing earth shattering, but definitely something I could see myself drinking again. I'd like to try this one again on draft, because I bet it's a lot tastier.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An aggressive pour yields a thick two finger head, decent retention.

S- Sweet cola-like, a little chocolate, not much else.

T- Cola again, like a chocolatey coke. A little coffee.

M- A little thin for a stout, a little too carbonated.

0- A decent, albeit run of the mill stout (I am sampling this after a Founder's Breakfast Stout though.)

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

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a nice average 1 inch head appears over a beautiful dark black brew that's impossible to see through in even the brightest light.

I take a whiff, and immediately, roasted malts hit the nose.... Following soon after are deep notes of chocolate and coffee with the slightest hint of cola.

As I sip it, I get creamy chocolate notes with coffee, roasted malts, and smokiness also hit the palate.

This is a pretty creamy brew with a medium body.

Overall, I really enjoyed this stout.... Not the best stout I've ever had, but I certainly liked it just like most brews I've had out of the Lost Coast Brewery there in good ol' Humboldt County.

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Photo of menkros
1.93/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark black, smells of oak and wood. Taste of very high carbonation it needs to age a lot more. Bitter burnt coffee beans. Not good. Aroma- slight roasted notes, chocolate, metallics pitch black, no real head Taste- lactose, cream, slight chocolate, roasted notes Palate- decent body, nice mouthfeel,but not special either.

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

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Poured as black as can be, with about a finger or so frothy mocha head that died down into a mere ring around the liquid within minutes.

S: Mild, yet candy-like, with malted milk balls leading the way. This had a very lactose heavy disposition overall.

T: Very chocolatey without being sweet, and with a nice deep, rich addition added by the oats. There was a mild bitter finish, but overall, I just got chocolate milk.

M: I think the carbonation was way too much here and it really detracted from the creaminess. That was its only flaw to my mind. The lacing was non-existent.

O: This was a really nice, tasty stout that I'd try again... even in the summer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, thumb of head retained okay, left some lacing
S - milk chocolate and cola aromas dominate with some roastiness
T - semi sweet chocolate, cold coffee, cola, mild smokiness
M - decent carbonation, a little on the thin side for a stout
O - characteristic are more porter than stout, tasty none the less and worth a try but not something i would drink regularly

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Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. Black body, relatively transparent, with medium levels of carbonation evident. A swirly wisp remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, roasted coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Some vanilla cream notes as well. Medium strength, and nice enough.

TASTE: Roasted malts, oats and coffee flavors up front, then some dark chocolate and burnt flavors at the finish. Bolder and lingering aftertaste of burnt malts, roasted coffee beans, and nice notes of sweet cream. Flavorful and enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Note quite as creamy as hoped, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A solid, flavorful, and enjoyable stout beer. Something definitely worth checking out if you come across it somewhere. Glad I found this one. Recommended.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: Dark black with thin one finger light brown creamy head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, slight hop presence.

Taste: Coffee and dark roasted sweet malts, bitter english hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body, warming presence.

Overall: A delicious oatmeal stout full of flavor and a pleasant aroma. Satisfying.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with 04/17/12 on the neck written in super hard to read black ink. Pours a very dark brown, basically black color with a thin layer of tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, almost like an oatmeal cookie. Caramel, malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste is sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee. Earthy. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, decent Oatmeal Stout. I'm interested in trying the Imperial version now.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown appearing black, Light tan dissipating head that leaves light lacing. Light aroma of dark and roasted malts, chocolate. A dark stout, but light on flavor. Flavors that are there are very nice and well balanced with nice toasted malts, but the taste is very light and tame. Mouth fell is surprisingly light, but still has some creaminess. A pleasant, but not remarkable low ABV stout.

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Photo of JWU
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- Deep black, no hues coming through when held to the light. Khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- nice notes of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and a touch of earthy hops. I can pickup on the oatmeal on the nose as well.

T- Eh, a bit of a letdown after the nice nose, but it's overall good. The nose pretty much sums it up, no one taste note dominates over the others, so it scores well for balance, but the intensity of the taste is just a bit lacking.

M- Seriously? This much carbonation on a Stout? It totally ruins the use of the oatmeal, as the smoothness of the oatmeal is just cancelled out by the excessive carbonation. It's also thin for a Stout. We're talking Guinness thin.

O- It had the makings of a great stout, but a few trip ups downgrade it to merely good.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours very dark brown, with large bubbles rising to form a solid 2-finger head of toasty-brown froth. Lingering was good, although lacing unimpressive after the head settled.

S: Burnt coffee and molasses were all that really came to me.

T: Sweet and acrid malt up front. Dark raisins and dried apricot notes are there in the middle, but end up getting drowned by surprisingly strong (for a stout) hops bitterness.

M: Not bad for a beer -- moist, but with good carbonation -- but lacking in the richness and smoothness I expect from a stout.

O: It seemed that it just didn't quite add up, as if the brewer started out to make a stout, but changed his mind and tried to make an ale halfway through. It was neither creamy nor complex. I didn't finish even finish it, so I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Beerevity
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with a light fizzy head. Pretty standard as far as stouts go.

Chocolatey with smooth notes of toasted nuts. A subtle yet very pleasing aroma.

Roasted malt, light chocolate and slight smokiness up front. Leaves with oatmeal and a bit of raisin beckoning the tastebuds.

One of the lightest feeling stouts I have ever tried. Carbination level was quite high but it grew on me rather quick. Extremely drinkable beer.

In the land of stouts it isn't exactly complex. But it is a simple, to-the-point beer with admirable qualities. I'll definitely pick up more when I'm looking for something sessionable.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an snifter.
No date, ingredients listed, but no other info.

A - A tall but quiet pour releases a thin tan head. The loose foam fizzes away rather quickly leaving a little ring on top of the clear deep chocolate brown color.

S - Low notes of creamy chocolate and coffee subside to dry cocoa and surround the robust malt nose. Creamy oats give the aroma an inviting, smooth appeal that finishes out with an earthy American hop nose.

T - Rich roasted malts with potent notes of coffee and smooth dark chocolate give way to a drier, dusty cocoa flavor, mirroring the aroma. Stronger than the aroma lets on, it's creamy and smooth tasting with a very light earthy hop finish.

M - Smooth in texture, the dry roasted malt finishes the beer dry and lightly acridly bitter. An abundance of carbonation keeps the oatmeal from really adding a nice creaminess to it.

O - It's a solid stout offering but provides little depth; not much is alluded to but, still a fine beer regardless. 8-Ball Stout's real short-coming keeping it from greatness is the higher level of carbonation, obstructing the oats from fully participating in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is there in the nose but doesn't carry through to the palate.

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Photo of 2814
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee up front, light maltiness in the finish. Very light in terms of the typical stout, light carbonation which adds to the drinkability. Not the smooth texture usually associated with oatmeal stouts, but an overall pleasurable experience. Rich, roasted malt flavors give way to an effervescent texture from the carbonation, and a smooth dry finish. Very drinkable as a session stout to those used to higher alcohol content Imperial stouts.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is strong coffee up front, roasted malts, a touch of chocolate. I did not detect the oatmeal in either the smell or taste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Duke
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 8 Ball Stout pours a piceous colour, but it isn't the thickest stout. The head was bold and a beautiful cocoa colour, and it left no lacing.

Smell: The coffee was the first thing to hit me, with the chocolate and oatmeal coming next. It's all quite light - I don't thing the smells here are particularly rich compared with my experience of oatmeal stouts.

Taste: 8 Ball Stout is sweet at the front, before the roastier coffee notes take over. Like the smell, the tastes are quite light. It's not what one would call a party in one's mouth.

Mouthfeel: The body of 8 Ball Stout is medium, perhaps on the light side of medium, but still there's a creamy feel to it before the carbonation really kicks in. That carbonation is moderate, and it dies quite quickly, making the beer feel very easy to drink.

Overall: Not bad. Very drinkable. For me this beer is a little on the light side for me to actively seek it out again. This one can just be ranked as "good". As a side note, I've been fortunate to have also had Lost Coast's Bourbon Barrel Aged 8 Ball on tap, and that one is a superb imperial stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep chocolate brown with a thick, light cocoa colored 3-finger head which takes it's time before giving way to a thin, but sticky lace.

Smell - Very faint, but classic oatmeal stout aromas - roasted chocolate and coffee malt.

Taste - Again, classic oatmeal stout is the theme here - roasty chocolate and coffee notes. Fairly light. A bit of caramel in the finish. Not much else that stands out.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, and the carbonation is right on point. Goes down smooth.

Overall - Lost Coast plays it safe with a very traditional oatmeal stout; really no originality or creativity with this one. It's a good stout, but I can't call it great, not when it does nothing to distinguish itself.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark hue which lets only a few shreds of ruby through when held up to the light. Head poured a big 3 fingers of frothy tan foam which are subsiding nicely. Good looking beer.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes as well. A fair amount of vegetal hop aroma comes through as well, but this is nearly unavoidable in the style.

Taste: nice roasty flavor shows some of the chocolate and some of the coffee notes, but is overall qute balanced. There's a nice semi-sweet creamy character which I also rather like. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and a decent, if not great, creaminess. I would have expected a little more from an oatmeal stout, but it's not terrible.

Overall: a tasty stout, this could easily be a go-to stout for me.

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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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
No bottled on date noticed
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Lost Coast's oatmeal stout features classic oatmeal stout pieces, such as the ultra-smooth body with some dark roasted flavors, smoke, and sweetness. While good, I felt the beer was a bit too lacking in the aromatic and taste components for my taste.

1.5 cm tan head descends to a thin ring around the glass with a single island in the middle. Some spots left around glass perimeter as lacing. Body is very dark brown to black, totally opaque.

Aroma of bagged, roasted barley; faint chocolate; smoke, with some licorice and menthol aspects to it; slight cumin. Interesting, if not a bit bland.

Taste opens with slightly acidic, but still quite sweet, roasted malt. Roasted flavors continue, with some milk chocolate, cola, faint coffee with cream, and subtle smoke. Closes out with mild roasted barley and some smoke flavors. Aftertaste is of roasted malt and some soy sauce, the latter of which is rather unwanted.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, and is expectedly smooth. Carbonation is surprisingly modest, leaving this feeling decent, but a bit slow/sluggish moving on the palate. Finish is dry.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

This brew boasts a massive tan-colored brew that lasts and lasts. It is a very dark, deep mahogany colored brew that only shows the faintest amber/red along the very edges of the glass.

Smells of deep roasted barley, roasted chocolate malt, and some coffee with a bit of some earthy hops.

Tastes chocolatey, roasted malts, and a nice dose of some coffee bitters that lay down the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is a very nice oatmeal stout. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased bottle in Halifax in November, so not cellared long. Tons of flavour, but a surprisingly thin mouthfeel on an otherwise delightful oatmeal stout.

Clear and dark colour only shows ruby highlights at the edges of the glass when held up to light. Coffee-coloured head dissipates quickly and leaves no trace. Aroma of dark roasted malts with some barrel tannin undertones. Taste is well-balanced, with flavours of roasted and toasted malts blending nicely with the cooked oats and some smoky oak notes, all with an underlying dry backbone. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers for an impressively long time.

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