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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Ratings: 1,083 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of orangemoustache
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -6%
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 +9.1%
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%
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 +2.6%
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 +14.8%
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 +9.9%
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%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/almost black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells sweet and malty, like chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of hops noticable in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's quite sessionable for a stout. Overall I think this is a decent stout, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near black, with an off white dense head.
S: Dark malts, some sweetness.
T: A lot of dark malts, a bit of chocolate and some caramel.
M: Smooth, fairly carbonated.
D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, probably will get again. Not the best to warming up, but I guess I'll just have to drink it quicker.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Bevmo in late October for $3.49.

Beer poured black as night with a nice long lasting tan head. Nose is of malts with a hint of mocha coffee. Taste is of roasted chocolate malts and coffee complimented by a mild dose of west coast hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth from the oats. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice little stout that I could definitely see myself sampling more of in the future!

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown almost black with a curving tan head.

Smell is mainly roasted malt with some light fruity sweetness in the background- maybe cherry.

Taste is a good balance of sweetness and roasted malt. Initially it is sweet, then the malt follows. Not too much coffee.

Nice chewy feel and still a light easydrinking stout.

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

Appearance is an inky-like black-brown with a frothy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is full of yummy roasted dark malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke. A bit low on hop aroma which is a signature of American stout. Taste is a wonderful mix of roast malts, dark bitter chocolate, and in the background some notes of red wine like a cabernet or merlot. Medium hop bitterness but low hop flavor. Nice full mouthfeel finishes somewhat dry leaving you yearning for more of those wonderful flavors. Watch out for this big boy at 6+% ABV. This is an very tasty stout and if they ramped up the hops a bit this would be a picture perfect American stout.

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

Pours black with a nice, light brown head that falls to a minimal head. Thin lace.

Smells like a stout. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

Mild flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavors come through but rather mild.

Full and smooth in the mouth.

Easy drinking stout, not overpowering so if you are looking to drink many and want something more than a Guinness this is a nice choice.

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

Acquired via trade from paulthebeerguru, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit and touches of coffee and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front but not as heavy as you'd expect with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this stout doesn't overload you with sweetness or heaviness, which makes it more poundable than most stouts. It's worth drinking for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured an opaque black with a tan single-finger head. The smell is some very heavily roasted malts with a bit of coffee. The taste starts off with a sweet/slightly bitter mix between milk and dark chocolate and ends with some coffee flavor. The mouthfeel has some nice thickness with surprisingly fine carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable stout, it would probably be a good intro beer to someone who doesn't think they like dark beers.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a thin light brown head that slowly settles to a bubbly rim along the glass.

Deep burnt malt aromas with a bit of molasses and caramel.

Bitter burnt malts in the flavor, like the aroma, with some light roasty coffee flavor. Very little bitterness from the hops. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering coffee flavors.

Not a bad stout, but a little above a good session level. A good mix of the burnt malt and roasty coffee flavors. Very enjoyable if you like stouts.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours opaque pitch black with 2 cm tan foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of sweet fruit and coffee mostly. Initial flavor is malty and fruity, turning to dry bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee and oats. Moderate aftertaste. Light lacing, light carbonation, light on alcohol, and medium, creamy body. Overall, a pretty decent beer and a great choice if you like a tasty, creamy stout.

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

Pours a deep black with a nice 2 finger tan head. Plenty of sticky webbing left on glass.

Nice roasted/toasted aromas, some coffee, chocolate, & some caramel like sweetness.

Tastes great. Toasted/charred maltiness, coffee, bitter chocolate, & some hop zip.

Smooth, somewhat creamy, rich, medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is great. Moderate ABV. Highly enjoyable.

My uncle had a suped up Chevy Chevelle when I was a kid with an 8 ball on the shifter. I thought he was the coolest. He was. So is this delicious stout from Lost Coast.

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Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated bottle

A - Pitch black to say the least - can hardly see through this thing at the fringes. The head was light and delayed, but came through eventually with the stout trademark mocha colored head. Carbonation disappeared quickly overall.

S - Heavy roasted malt character. Some chocolate undertones accentuate it.

T - Starts and continues with an interesting chocolate flavor - very refined and not overbearing. Not much here for bitter balance. Finishes with a smooth roasted coffee finish. After taste is very pleasant with the return of some of the chocolate notes.

M - Has a fairly strong body to it - perhaps loaded with more unfermentables than I would of thought. Consistency is that of a stronger stout profile to me - more thick. Smooth as it goes down.

D - Overall a quite drinkable beer. The pleasant chocolate flavors and the surprisingly light amount of "filling feeling" makes me want to enjoy this beer over a few at a tailgate.

Well done beer. Similar to a Rogue Chocolate stout but backs off alot on the IBUs.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

3 A black with orange and brown tones. brown foam leaves quickly, poor to no lacework.
3.5 S very hoppy for a stout. actually smells a bit like an IPA and reminds me slightly of Indica (tasted blind, so not imagining--guessed this stout was a lost coast offering). interesting, but very odd for the style.
3 T tangy, only a modicum of typical stout flavors. light-med body. dryish from start to finish. tangyness seems out of place
2.5 M on the flatter side
2 D too tangy. if I'm in the mood for a stout i wouldn't reach for this. if I'm in the mood for a good ipa or apa I'll go for a good ipa or apa.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown to almost black, with light tan head that doesn't excite too much, and fades to a thin layer that lasts awhile. Probably the only major flaw with this beer.

Nose is a beautiful mixture of roasted flavors, whopper's nougat candy, chocolate, & coffee beans.

Palate is soft, roasty chocolate up front, light to medium body, hops come in to tame things towards the end, and the finish is modest. The modest finish helps to make this a more sessionable beer, one that can be enjoyed without notable pauses between each savoring sip.

One of the best domestic craft stouts on the shelf.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a dense tan head. Arome is medium sweet roasted malt and chocolate. The Flavor is mildly smoky and has a nice roasted malt base with light chocolate smoothness and just the right amount of bitterness. Finishes long, slightly acidic and smooth. Medium bodied, slick texture.

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

Almost completely black with a medium brown head. Drops rather quickly from 1 1/2" to 1/2" then to just a thing ring. No lace.
Smell is malt, vanilla, oak, yeast, chocolate (not too strong).
Taste is malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, hops, alcohol in aftertaste (with choc., vanilla, hops and malt).
Slightly warming, fairly smooth with a medium full body & light effervescence. Good stuff, not great, but quite good.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,083 ratings.
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