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

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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: 1,099 |  Reviews: 556
Photo of smibroncos
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tanned leather one finger head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Chocolate, coffee, leaves

T. Chocolate coffee, lasting bitterness expresso, brown sugar.

M. Fullbodied lightly carbonated.Creamy.

D. A really good stout. I like that it is not very sweet. The taste lasts a good while. It is slightly filling.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep dark brown with no foam to speak of, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass

S - Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - dark roasted malts to start, then the coffee and chocolate follow finishing with the bitterness

M/D - light bodied for a stout, a bit of dryness that makes it not as smooth as I like. Overall not bad, but there are better.

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Photo of drizzam
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I've tried anyhting from this brewery...let's see what Lost Coast has to offer.

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass. Two finger tan fluffy head with really good head retention. Leaves a pretty fishnet lacing down the inside of my glass. This brew is pitch black opaque in color - as dark as a moon free night.

Smell - Not very volatile. Malty nose with a hint of bitter chocolate. A little coffee undertone as well.

Taste - Malty, roasted coffee with a hint of milk chocolate. As it warms, it seems to get a little more bitter on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel & drinkability - Seems a little bit oily on the tongue. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. The relatively low ABV helps make this even more drinkable. I'm pretty impressed by this one. The 8-ball on the label made me second guess before picking it up...I'm glad I didn't judge this book by its cover. An excellent example of an American Stout!

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

Pours a near black with a with 2 millimeter tanish head with a dissolving whispiness.
Smells like Godiva chocolate liqour. A little roast but the notes are right there.
Very chocolate start with a highly roasted malt finish.
Nearly 30 seconds after I last drink I still have some malty goodness with me.
It has a nice flavor and while not sessionable, goes down well.

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Photo of nms1987
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black/ruby beer with beige/coffee colored foam.

Smells like a stout. Rich, slightly sweet. Coffee and chocolate aromas. Good but not outstanding.

Maybe a little overcarbonated for the style. Not as smooth, mouthfeel wise, as many Oatmeal Stouts.
Slightly sweet. Somewhat rich.

I'm enjoying drinking this but I don't know if I'd seek it out. Good but not great

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Photo of RunDWP
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Get behind this eight ball!

One of my favorite stouts for a while, had another one last night, so thought I would review it. Poured a pitch black in my tulip glass, like well, and eight ball. A frothy tan head floated on top. Smell was a little chocolately malt. This brew really shines with its complex and ever changing flavor. First poured, its rather coffee dominated with a little bitter chocolate and a litte sweetness. As it warms, the chocolate starts to dominate and a raspberry or blueberry note comes into play. Nice creamy mouth feel and a smooth drinakble brew with all the roasted malt goodness going on.

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

Poured very dark almost black. The initial taste is a pleasant blast of coffee and roasted malt, it also finishes off with a very pleasant and balanced blast of hops. I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. I find their other brews generally unimpressive but Lost Coast stepped up their game on this one. It's a nice, cheaper, alternative than the ole classic "go-to" oatmeal stout-Sam Smith. Overall, I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black as a cloudy, starless sky at midnight.

S. dark malt, nice malty stout.

T. Initially good, dark malt, chocolate, and burned caramel

M. Too light for a stout

D. Fine, not overly filling like some stouts can be

Felt that the taste waned too easily for a stout

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

On tap at Brewhouse Grille, Camp Hill, PA on 3/11/09.

A - Poured a dark brown body about two shades away from black with some walnut highlights and a slim tan head that reduced to a patchy film and left a bit of spotty lace on the glass.

S - Dark roasted malt with subtle coffee aroma and hints of chocolate, as well as a slight toasted nutty character.

T - Initial flavor is dark roasted malt followed by milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Some nuttiness and mild earthy bitterness emerges in the finish, with the bitterness picking up steam the longer I enjoyed the brew.

M - Medium body with a watery, yet slightly oily, texture and pretty lively carbonation resulting in some moderate tongue prickle. Mildly astringent in the finish with some residual hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Tasty straight-up American Stout from Lost Coast with a pleasant chocolate and nutty characteristics. This would be nice on nitro!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic glass for which once again I am very sorry...but you use what ya got.

Pours a cola color with a moderately fluffy head that recedes quickly but leaves way more than ample lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, coffee caramel and cream. Slightly fruity note creeps in with a nice chocolate aroma.

Flavor is deep roasted malt up front. Dark chocolate and coffee. Vanilla bean and butter. Slightly smokey with a very roasty finish. Small amount of sweetness on the finish that keeps you wanting another sip.

Mourhfeel is full and creamy, one of the best in an American Stout I have had yet. Carbonation is spot on and makes the beer smooth and thick, chewy and creamy....excellent.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Black and almost opaque. Brown head receded quickly.

S: Strong roasted malt character with a dash of chocolate.

T: Big roasted malt sweetness up front. Balanced nicely by a generous amount of hops, but not so much as to detract from the primary flavors of roast and chocolate.

M: Full-bodied with lower carbonation. Finished with a dry, roasted flavor.

D: Nice and smooth. Goes down quite easily.

Pretty good stuff. I liked the thick mouthfeel and drier finish. A nice, solid stout that I would certainly purchase again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with some coffee and hops as well.

T- The taste like the aroma features some dark roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate and some hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side for stouts with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, something that I wouldn't mind enjoying again.

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

Somewhat light for a stout, but a good solid drink. Pours nice and dark, smell isn't all that strong, but the taste and drinkability make up for that. Not my favorite, but one that I would never turn down. Carbonation seems a bit lacking to me sometimes...much better from the tap then from the bottle in my opinion.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the pour was deep red in color and looked far from any black tones. Once it settled in the glass, and upon inspection, black hues were all around but still maintained a softer shade of black and lighter brown edges. This was capped off with a foamy mild brown color. No retention and lace was paltry

S: nose of dark roasted malts, barley, and most notably oats. An even whiff of coffee, hops, and dark chocolate

T: the oat/oatmeal notes always make things nice and bring about a light sweet creaminess. They also help maintain a smooth and consistent profile. Roasted coffee notes make a showing with a very light hop bitterness. Delicate chocolate with hazelnut flavors are rather subdued and yet help push the creamy sweeter side. Sweet and bitter flavors are mild and tasty.

M: a pretty light body for a stout and has a nice drinkable quality. Carbonation is mild and has a foamy mouthfeel after the swallow. Dry roasted flavors in the finish and agreeable bitterness

D: not the most complex stout and somewhat mild in regards. Still, just a great drinker all around and a solid showing

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Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with red highlights, slight haze, nice layer of tan fine-beaded foam, lace

Aroma: roast, malt, cola, iron

Flavor: smooth sweetness laced with a mellow roast and hints of toasted hazelnuts; slight acidity but nicely balanced; finishes semisweet with a lingering roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, silky, smooth, creamy, slight warming in the throat

Other comments: This is one of those that takes you by surprise. By sight and smell, it's a bit pedestrian. Then you taste it and you go "Ooh!" and your eyes kind of widen. Sip, sip, sip and suddenly the beer is gone and you feel a little sad.

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

black coffee pour with a light tan head that goes away quickly leaving clumps of bubbles. some small patchy lacing going on.

robust roasted coffee&chocolate malts on the nose, cream, sugar. hops undetecable.

a pretty sweet stout, tastes more like heavily roasted malt & oatmeal with some cream & sugar. Definitely more hops in the taste than the smell. Almost milk stout-like (even though it isn't). Body is thoroughly chewy and mouth-coating with very little carbonation to speak of.

a pretty decent stout. nothing really stands out about it but it's full in flavor and in body. a strong, simple example of an american stout.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with caramel edges, a cocoa brown cap leaves some stringy lacing as it slowly recedes. The nose is semi-sweet chocolate with subtle coffee notes. This is a surprisingly complex Stout. Tootsie rolls and vanilla pudding with small amounts of hazel-nut coffee and citrus hoppage, this is a winner. The body is full of life,creamy, bitter and tickling the taste buds from start to finish. Damn close to the most drinkable Stout I've ever had.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer pour with a small head of foam which stays throughout the beer experience. Sediment was present at the bottom of the bottle.

Dark chocolate and roasted black coffee aroma.

Very smooth taste. The low alcohol (compared to other stouts) is a nice change of pace and makes it very drinkable.

Creamy mouthfeel with a nice lingering aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Pretty good stout from a great brewery.

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Photo of biggmike
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive black color with decent tan head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin film along the top. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Flavor is the same and very balanced. Mouthfeel is good. This is a very nice stout.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily black pour with a miniscule tan head. Not really all that sweet for being a supposed sweet stout, but rather very malty and flecked with tastes of chocolate and coffee. Everything just runs together perfectly in this one, and I could drink the hell out of it because of the low abv. And on many nights I have done just that.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark dark brown looks like a flat black paint. Head is tall but disappears fast. Not a speck of light comes through.

Very nice smoky aroma. Raisins and dark chocolate. Some mild mocha/coffee malt. Really roasted and good.

Heavy tobacco flavor. Heavy but mild mocha coffee. Bitter coffee; sweetish milky chocolate. Nicely balanced.

The milky and smooth feel is almost TOO drinkable for a stout. This is a smooth, sweetish drinkable stout. Milky and very pleasant.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 Ball Stout is black with an orange hue. It has a fleeting light orange head that quickly fades to a small, bubbly ring. Dark, roasty malt dominates the aroma: coffee and chocolate and smoke. It has a smooth, medium-full body with a dry finish. It has a very well balanced flavor. The bitterness seems to come as much from the malt as it does the hops. There are notes of dark roast coffee, baking chocolate and maybe a hint of rye bread. It is resiny and oaken, with a touch of sweetness and medicine. A damn fine stout!
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

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Photo of magictrokini
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A terrific stout. Dark black pour with no head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel with some burnt coffee. Taste is smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt and strong, but with a bitter finish. Not too heavy to border on the Imperial A sweet stout that keeps to its roots as a stout instead of being a weak Imperial

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of bottle that was a lovely birthday gift this beer was a deep, opaque black with a tan head. Short on the retention but some scattered streaks of lacing from the thin ring. The aroma was dry, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The flavors were very similar with the addition of some alcohol heat and a bitter, slightly acidic finish that lingered on and on. Classic. The mouthfeel was a little off for me because I though the med/high carbonation a little too much for the style. Otherwise, however, it was full and on point for the style.

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

Reviewed on 2/25/08. Bottle. Poured dark brown with a small light colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of chocolate and roast. Initial taste was of coffee, roast, and vanilla but as the beer warmed, the chocolate malt really came out. A hearty beer (even though it's only 5.9% abv) with a thick mouthfeel. I enjoyed it a lot!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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