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 TheSevenDuffs
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +8.3%
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 +13.5%
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 +7.3%
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 +7.8%
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%
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 -1.3%
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 +5.2%
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 -7%
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 +10.6%
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 -14.8%
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 -5.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -9.1%
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 -33.2%
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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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitches out a dark chestnut brown that imitates black unless held to a light source. The head is pale tan, chunky and lasting in thick sheets of lace.
The nose features an oily roastedness that tows carob and cocoa, as well as mild roast coffee beans, and burnt grains.
Roasted qualities settles in on the tongue immediately, but are partially offset by the oatmeal with its creamed grainy smoothness. Cocoa and coffee are mild, but mainstays. Some woody nuance appears, as does traces of liquorice, and a gentle lactic sourness. There is no coarseness here. Hops add a dollop of mint bitterness late.
Fullish bodied with low carbonation. Sturdy build with a velveteen feel than slams this against the back of the throat.
There are no real frills here, and honestly, not a ton of depth. But as a good ol' basic oatmeal stout, this does the job and begs for more.
Simple and tasty works every time.

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i consider 8 ball stout an "easy to drink" stout, as its complexities are at a minimum. this would make a great beginner beer for someone looking to get into the darker scene of stouts and porters. kinda like that stage just before you about to jump into a spinning jump rope, and you have your hands moving in a circle to time the ropes.

It comes with a nice dark body and pours with a minimal head. has aroma of malted hops and coffee, but surprisingly enough, i never really get a chocolate taste or smell. the aroma is weak at best for a stout. its easy on the mouth with a really silky feel, and swallows smooth. definately a good one to have a few of, and of course me being a local to the brewery, i for sure have had a few!

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

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

Appearance is a dark brown/black the light shone through it and a one-finger tan head. Small amount of retention.

Smell seams pretty faint. Just hints of coffee and roasted malts.

Taste seams to have a nice roasted quality to it, with a somewhat malty sweetness. Coffee is present as expected and a little bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with some carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is good. It goes down smooth and has a nice taste. I could have a few more, however its not as complex as others I've had. Not bad, but not amazing.

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Photo of JamesS
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great deep brown/black color, although with just a bit of initial head and no lacing. Great scent, a wonderfully deep burnt malt aroma with nice hints of coffee. Very nice deep taste, excellent coffee/burnt grain with a slight hoppiness; just a bit of alcohol tinge. A bit rough going down from the cloudiness, but still nice. Excellent stout.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Single purchased from local health foods store for $1.55.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a scant, creamy tan head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Dark chocolate and toasted malts. And coffee with a hint of hops.

T-Rich malt and dark chocolate with espresso coffee. Hoppy, clean, and well balanced, but not especially complex.

M-Very smooth, full bodied, and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. One of Lost Coast's better offerings and will be enjoyed often this fall and winter.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice, nearly opaque, black. The beer has a coffee head that stays around for quite some time. Nice lacing.

You know, it could be that I'm following a fruit beer with this or it could be my sinuses, but I can't actually smell much. I've had this beer many times before, so I know what there should be to offer. However, since I can't smell it, it gets an average.

The taste is quite nice. It has bitter coffee and chocolate notes. There is some sweetness to it, too. Very nice. I've had better, but it's still nice.

In the mouth is is very creamy and nicely carbonated. It has a nice body and is quite relaxing.

This beer is very drinkable. I will definately have another in the future. Sadly, it was my last one.

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

Pours a deep brownish black. Maybe a slight ruddy hue when left to the light. Head is not robust, but surprisingly long lasting with its light tan frothiness.

Smells faintly ... very faintly ... of roasted malt and ... maybe some coffee. Really not much aroma to it.

Taste is more robust, with some strangely sour/metallic roasted malt with a nice charred taste to them, along with some balancing dark chocolate and coffee. Maybe the faintest, faintest twinge of vanilla to it.

I don't know. Decent ... certainly a good price ... but nothing to write home about.

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

Appearance: Dark black, opaque, slight reddish tinge to the bottom, thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, hints of raisins and chocolate. Tartier than expected.

Taste: Sweet, slightly astringent. Some tartiness. Strong flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes more like a porter than a stout.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable thick, coats the palate nicely.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but feels slightly misclassified. Enjoyable, but a bit too sweet and tarty for my taste.

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Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another brew that BeerLovinGrl was able to obtain for me, so my thanks go out to her.

This brew is a deep, dark brown with a sturdy head of foam that retains well and leaves some good lacing.
Strong sweet malts are most prevalent on the nose, with molasses, a gentle smoke, and chocolate on the forefront. There's a bit of dark fruits aroma and a tang to it that compliments the sweetness of the malt nicely. Hops and a light note of alcohol are present also.
This one's got such a sturdy chocolate malt that it almost seems like a chocolate stout. it would certainly suffice as one. Underneath, though, that subtle tang remains. There's a smoky flavor as well with a bit of earthiness added in the finish.
This one is silky smooth and velvety creamy with a bold body
and mild carbonation.

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Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Black pour, light cream head. Aroma is subtle roast and dark chocolate, a little lactose. Tastes coffee and slight chocolates, pretty balanced with carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Don't remeber this one registerig in above 6%. Real drinkable and pretty sure abv is lower than listed. Good for the style. Nothing real extreame here, may be good for someone just adventuring into dark beers or someone who prefers lighter styles.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,082 ratings.
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