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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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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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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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained from a Lee's Discount in Las Vegas and consummed in a motel room outside Bryce Canyon, Utah.

The large brown bottle was poured (a few times) into our plastic toothbrush cups, sorry, that's all we had.

The beer was a lovely dark brown/black colour and on each pour a bubbly tanned crown of foam sat on top.

The smell was earthy with dark chocolate and slightly burnt malted bread mixed in.

The taste was bitter chocolate, not a bitter hop flavour, the hops didn't appear at all to me.

The mouth dried very quickly after each sip, again it was the bitterness of the chocolate flavours that appeared to be the over riding factor, as it took over everything else.

Not unpleasant, but a bit unbalanced for my palate.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

How has 8 Ball Stout slipped under my radar? It's not like it's hard to find or expensive. How this took until review # 1,308 is anyone's guess. On to the beer:

In the median of white and tan is the color of the head, which is a finger's thick. It sits on top a body of black that isn't letting the light in. Strings of lacing are left in the glass. Moderate hoppiness in the nose, a little mocha and roasted malt. Mocha mixed with hops? I prefer fewer hops in my stout, but that's just me.

There's nothing wrong with the intensity of this beer's flavor. Slightly sweet with some roasted character to it. I'm getting roasted coffee bean notes. Mocha as well. Towards the end of the palate, the hops come to play with a game changing hop flavor that I wish there was less of. It's a chewier beer; it's got a medium-full feeling with a touch of sizzle from the carbonation. The aftertaste is somewhat astringent and hoppy, yet milk sweet as well.

The flavors I describe should warrant a higher score, but the way they were exceuted and blended could have been better. I still think Winterbraun is the best beer I've tasted from Lost Coast. That being said, 8 Ball Stout is pleasant stout and fairly affordable.

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Photo of ghostee
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small offwhite head that recedes quickly.

Smell is typical for a stout. Some coffee and chocolate. Smells a bit creamy. Maybe a hint of hops.

Taste has a nice hop presence upfront. Combined with the chocolate and coffee, and the roasted malt. Taste is slightly creamy like I got in the smell. Also surprisingly smooth, with no real bitterness. The hop bite doesn't linger very long.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little carbonated. Doesn't coat the mouth nearly as much as some stouts do.

Drinkability is high. This is easy drinking for a stout, and goes down super easy.

This was a single bottle the GF brought home from Trader Joes, after never having heard of the brewery. I'm surprised how great this beer is, and will definitely drink again.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, save for the top centimeter, which is a deep, murky brown with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Thin white head that fades a bit but remains almost full.
Smell is chocolatey, roasty malts, with some coffee grounds. Faint dark chocolate, cocoa, and toffee as well.
Taste is dark chocolatey malts, with some cocoa and mocha. Some bitter roasty coffee notes at the finish.
Mouthfeel a good balance of smooth and crisp. Finish is fairly dry. Medium body.
Drinkability is very good. Very well-rounded stout.

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Photo of DT051
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Aroma: Deep rich roasted coffee and milkiness and light dark chocolate tones. no real fruitiness.

Appearance: Dark drown and decently thick. Medium relatively quick dissipating head, nice and clear in the light

Flavor: Mostly a strong roasted coffee, some sweet milk chocolate some watery hoppyness in the back of the throat. Sweeter than most.

Body and Texture: Nice and creamy smooth but a little watery, carbonation is good and it is surprisingly crisp.

Drinkability: great, abv is probably all that is going to slow you down here. Slightly filling.

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

Review from notes:

Into 16 oz pint glass at grand central pizza in waldport OR. Although Ive had on tap at the brewhouse in Eureka before, which if I remember right was a tad bit better

apperarence: lots of foarm, bit sudsy (was probably a keg line problem I was told) pretty black

taste: chocolate, cream, mocha, roasted malt, very little hop, sweet.

Drink is very good for someone that wants a stout and doesnt mind a little buzz as well.

veru great beer, usually found at a lot of places in southern oregon/nor cal so its a great pick when choosing a very decent beer.

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Photo of nelson4
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, nice cream/tan head. This looks like a stout should. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep mahogany red. Beer is nice and clear. No haze.

S- Malty, but takes a while to open up. I get a slight hint of coffee. I think this will get better as it sits.

T- While still chilled, the defining flavor is a mix between coffee and chocolate. Initially malty gradually moves into the chocolate coffee.The flavor is subtle. I really have to think about what I am tasting. It would be easy to just gulp this down. Aftertaste is slightly more coffee bitter. Overall I would describe this as a beer with a lot of depth of flavor without being overpowering.

M - This is where this beer begins to stand out. All the flavor is there without the feeling of sucking on syrup. For a stout this has a surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel. I am glad I bought the 22 oz bottle.

D - I think this is on the high end for stouts. However, the after taste does leave a slightly sticky feel to it. This is typical of stouts so I don't give it too many demerits.

Overall - I find this beer enjoyable, but to really stand out with a stout, the flavor has to blow me away. This is a good stout overall, but I need a little bit more to push it to the elite.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black, light brown head and lacing.
S: chocolate, coffee, dark stone fruit.
T: sweet dark malts are prominent, with sourish fruit reminiscent of cherries. molasses. finishes semisweet with some roastiness and underlying hops.
M: medium bodied, residual sugars linger, somewhat viscous.
D: decent.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown with bubbly white head that slowly dissipated.

S - Nose is full of bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt.

T - Roasted, smoky malts with a hint of caramel.

M - somewhat of a light body for a stout. Some carbonation.

D - A good overall stout, but not one that I would buy over and over again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with an attractive brown head that retains fairly well. Aromas are similar to, but sweeter than, and more milk chocolatey than many oatmeal stouts. Very roasty. The flavors align with the aromas and linger long on the dark chocolate notes. Bodyweight befits a beer of its austerity. Excellent stuff. I've been buying 8 Ball for over 4 years now and plan to continue with it.

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Photo of j4mmin42
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, tan head faded quickly to a shallow white ring; Nonetheless, it leaves some serious legs. Deep, rich black color.

The first smell to hit you is the roasted malts, followed by a bit of sweetness from the oatmeal. There may be a little coffee/java smell also...very faint though.

The taste is very similar to other oatmeal stouts: Rich, roasted, sweet-yet-bitter, malty taste, with that signature oatmeal sweetness near the finish.

8-Ball feels kind of velvety; you can feel both the carbonation and the thickness of this beer.

It's not an Anderson Valley oatmeal stout (heh), but it is quite drinkable, ABV being the limiting factor...I'll easily finish my sixer in a day or two.

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Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this brew up along with a few other things from Lost Coast this weekend. After my first try of one of their brews I was not sure what to expect with this Stout. This brew poured to a deep black color with a thick frothy light tan head that had great retention while leaving a lot of lacing, the look of this brew is good. The aroma here is nice, coffee comes immediately to my mind. Also there is a nice roasted to slightly burnt malt aroma there and a slight hop presence. The flavor is very nice, this is one easy drinking brew. The coffee and chocolate notes from the malt are very inviting. The astringency and slight smokiness is very light and serves this beer well. Somewhat sweet flavor that goes well with the slight hop end. Now I really like the flavor here but do think if it is based on a American Stout there would be a larger hop presence at the end but I am unsure on the age of this brew. While I do not feel that most people would think that this brew is complex it has the flavors that I really hit the mark for me as a stout. I would get this offering again from Lost Coast.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/black color. Almost completely opaque. One finger brown had, with okay retention. No visible carbonation can be seen. Some lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a molasses syrupy sweetness. Dark fruit flavors as well.

Taste: Roasted malts, but more mild than the nose. A smoky and dark nuttiness as well. Minimal sweetness and little dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied. Some carbonation bite. Very smooth.

Drinkability: A very good stout and an easy drinker. Not an overwhelmingly complex flavor, but the roasted malts are very good and balance with just the right amount of sweetness.

Buy Again? Yes

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly pitch black with dark brown hues and a nice tan head that holds up for the most part. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate with dark earthy tones.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with some slightly roasted coffee with earthy, slightly vanilla-ish woody tones in the back. On the sweet side, but has a semi-dry finish.

It is velvety smooth with a body that hits full without being thick.

A malty, yet well-balanced smooth easy-drinking stout with nice chocolatey notes.

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

This poured a dark black with a very thin tan head that faded fast to just a ring. The nose is slight java, I can't pick up much anything else. There is a good roasted malt flavor with some java and chocolate. It does seem like it is missing something. It has a smooth but not heavy mouthfeel. All in all, not bad but not great.

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Photo of bpbieste
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 8 Ball stout has a dark color with a striking resemblance to a mug of A&W Root Beer. It has a slight nutty aroma, not overpowering. Wellbuilt beer with a smooth, chewy taste. I was very impressed with the great taste considering the weak aroma. One of the better Stouts I've sampled, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of WJVII
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep dark oil color with a 1 finger creamy off white head that settles into a nice quarter inch cap. Very creamy consistency present. The aroma is very faint. There is some bread and yeast aroma along with some light roasted malt notes and a mild burnt caramel smell. The taste is creamy and has a decent balance to it. A little roasted malts, some chocolate, and a hop finish to it. The feel is creamy, but a presence of carbonation in the back of your mouth. This is an OK stout, but I have had some that have more complex aroma and taste. Worth a try.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black body with over an inch of medium to dark brown thick frothy head. Head retention is good.

S - Slight coffee aroma with a deep chocolate base.

T - Smooth chocolate and subtle coffee mixed a hint of anise and a tinge of clover. Very well balanced tastes here.

M - The smooth flavors feed right into the texture. The oatmeal in this brew does a great job to feel a soft, yet thick texture. This stout goes down great!

~ This is one of the better stouts I;ve had the lurury to enjoy. My thanks to Lost Coast Brewery and even more thanks to my "brother", Tim, for this great Christmas Gift.

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Photo of kflorence
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a finger thick head of tan foam.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel oatmeal, dark fruits and alcohol. Inviting, especially during the colder months.

T: This one is pretty flavorful... lots of different notes in there. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, caramelized oatmeal and a roasted malt/hop flavor are the distinguishing features. A bit bitter on the backend... some coffee like tastes and chocolate that linger on the tongue.

M: Slightly syrupy but not overly thick, I would say a bit watery for a stout, but I've had worse. Pleasant on the tongue.

D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, but not overly heavy. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fruity and hoppy but forgettable American Stout.

A: Nice deep dark burnt sienna with a fairly persistent one finger beige head.

S: Mostly raisin and dark fruit in general, a bit of metallic hops, but the other standard scents are scarcely recognizable.

T: Similar to the nose... a decent dose of raisiny dark fruitiness, a better hopping than the nose, but far to little malt backbone. Aftertaste finally gives the needed char and cocoa.

M: Not at all bad, just a hair watery and grainy for what I expect from an American Stout.

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

Consumed 11/29 at Lost Coast Brewery

A: This beer pours a rich deep chocolate brown with some mahogany highlights to the edges when held to the light. A one finger of light brown head that retains nicely. Thick, creamy sheets of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is of coffee and roasted malts, there are some faint hop notes.

T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts up front. Heavy, heavy on the roasted malts. Touch of toastiness little bites of chocolate in the middle. Finish is burnt malts, and espresso bitterness with a touch of hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy bodied.

D: This is a great beer on tap - nicely blended, some sharp flavoring, somewhat filling. I'm a fan of this one.

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

a: classic stout appearance, can't complain....black with healthy tan head...

s: fresh malt and light chocolate waft through the nostrils, nothing fishy here and nothing surprising...

t: light chocolate bite, malty...

m: very light and smooth, well balanced, even carbonation...

d: this is stout lite...underwhelming without being overly disappinting, this is a fair if not not adventurous take on the style. i won't run out to buy it again but i wouldn't be dead set against ever tasting it again either...


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Photo of ibbjamin
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a standard beer we have around the house. My girlfriend likes Lost Coast quite a bit. I usually am looking for a beer that is more "in your face" than this, but tonight is a good night to look for subtly in an American Stout. Picked up a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in San Jose, CA fpr $6.59. Poured into a pint glass to review one of them.

No head, no retention, seemingly minimal carbonation and almost no lacing. Dark brown on the verge of being black in color, which is only detectable when held to a light.

Faint nose of sweet malts and mild chocolate.

Taste is more flavorful than the nose would have suggested. Sweet malts, mild hints of chocolate and coffee.

Light to medium in body with a watery mouthfeel and somewhat crisp finish. I do give them credit for this being as light as it is yet still being above 6%.

I can't think of too many situations where I would crave a stout as mild and watery as this one.

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