8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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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Ratings: 1,086 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured opaque black with only a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet molasses and dark bitter chocolate malts with some toasted oatmeal sweetness. It tasted like a good mix of dark chocolate and robust roasted coffee, although the flavor faded some as I drank it. It was watery with a bit of carbonation and a bitter but short aftertaste. Overall this was a solid stout that was very clean and easy to drink. I would love to try a thicker and more powerfully flavored imperial big brother to this beer.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a lovely tan head that fades quickly.

Aromas of cocoa powder, coffee, and rich malts dominate the smell.

Strong powdered chocolate flavors dominate the taste with a hint of coffee. A little underwhelming.

Not a great stout by any means but decent.

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Photo of kwm13
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown, nearly back, impossible to see through. The head started as an inch full of tan that sank within 30 second to nothing.

This smells of roasted chocolate, oatmeal and a mild scent of alcohol.

Tasted just like it smelled. You get the same roasted flavor of chocolate and oatmeal, in a nice stout style.

The feel in the mouth is pleasant. It has a long aftertaste that keeps the roasted chocolate flavor in your mouth for quite some time after the sip.

Enjoyable brew if you like the chocolate stout taste.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks: like a porter; very dark brown with some ruby highlights. pours with a good release of carbonation forming a light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a persistent, fine layer of bubbles.

Smells: like grain, coffee and dark chocolate, perhaps a touch of prune.

Tastes: more fruity than I expected, and even a touch tart. Some coffee, but more chocolate malt flavor. The dry, tart and almost tannic finish is interesting, but I'm not sure that I like it. Very welll attenuated and comes across rather watery.

Feels: light and thin, even spritzy.

Overall: This would be a more drinkable stout if it weren't more than six percent alcohol. A more vigorous pour would probably have smoothed out this brew. I imagine a draft version might be more impressive. In the bottle I think this compares to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout which can be for $3 less a six-pack in my area.

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Photo of tobyandgina
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Coast is one of my favorite breweries, but I was not impressed with this one.

After pour, very thin, tan, quickly diminishing, fizzy head. Zero lacing.
Color was very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: sweet, molasses, sort of licorice, with a slight hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel was not very impressive, pretty thin and watery. Very light hint of malts, slightly toasted, hint of coffee.

All in all, very light body, thin texture with flat carbonation.

Pretty disappointed in Lost Coast's Oatmeal Stout - sorry guys.

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

Big thanks to Fordest for this bottle-

Nice black opaque pour, with a medium lasting tan head. Smell wasn't the strongest but was nicely of roastiness, some coffee, and definite sweetness present too. Taste was roasty, light coffee flavor, and fairly sweet overall, with a light bitterness and light chalky, drying finish to it. Medium to thick body, but medium to high carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is good, even though its more carbonated that expected. A really nice sweet stout worth getting.

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Photo of daledeee
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a thick look out of the bottle. Not a lot of head but it did stick around and left nice lace edge. Absolutely black with NO light going through it.

Nose is roasted malt and coffee.

The taste is malty, coffee.

Mouth feel is rather disappointing considering the "thick" look when poured and the very dark color. I guess I made an assumption. There is a slight amount of carbonated bite but not alot of complex flavors. Drinkability is pretty good but I found this beer a little watery despite all the other characteristics.

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Photo of Surefire
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding heavy beer with lots of strong flavors.

A: Deep black, concentrated color

S: Chocolate, coffee, malts, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor)

T: Malts, chocolate, coffee, cola (such as a pepsi or coke flavor). Sweet and bitter mix together nicely. Not too sweet, but also not overly bitter.

M: Full body with some creaminess

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the power of the flavors.

Overall, an excellent easy-to-drink stout that is full of flavors, but not overly harsh.

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Photo of Slynger
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and tan body and head. Roasted black malt and bitter chocolate malt nose with some sweet vanilla. The same in the taste, along with a light fresh ground coffee bitterness that finishes a bit dry. A watery medium body has some large bubbled carbonation. A decent offering of the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby... brewed with pale malted barley, chocolate and roasted malts, oatmeal, and Pac NW hops. It appears jet-black with medium carbonation, and an inch of yellowed-cocoa head that delivers nice lacing. The bouquet is roasted, chocolatey, and hoppy, but is a bit subdued. Not too flavorful when cold, but as it warms it reveals notes of citric hops, backed by charred and chocolate malts, hints of coffee and dark fruits. However, it is a bit watery and seems fully attenuated - needs a bit of sweetness for balance. The body is light - too thin for the style I feel - with high carbonation, quite dry, and imparts a medium finish. Overall it's not too bad, but is a bit rough around the edges and almost harsh when served cold.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black into a pint glass. No head whatsoever, very little lacing. Smells highly of roasted barley and coffee. Taste is refreshing and with only slight bitterness. Carbonation is quite low and the mouthfeel is smooth but dry. Very drinkable even with the somewhat high alcohol, which, by the way, is not obvious from the taste.

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Photo of bboven
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black opaque body with a small head which leaves some lacing.

Smells pretty typical; sweet/sour mix from the yeast and lots of roast.

The flavor starts out with sweet roastiness and finishes with some nice bittering that seems to grow a bit the longer you wait for the next sip.

Great smooth, creamy mouthfeel. They hit it right on with this level of CO2 as far as bottled beers go.

Pretty good. Definitely will be a go-to beer if I'm in he mood for a nice, thick, flavorful stout. The 6.3 ABV also means that one will do ya, but one or two more aren't going to kill you. I like it.

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Photo of baby4rose
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8Ball is a fine beer and I really enjoyed it!!

It pours - dark in color with a malt / chocolate flavor. One of my favorite scouts… the Lost Coast Brewery knows what they are doing. I have enjoyed all of there beers I have tried.

I would definitely want to have this beer again and would recommend it.

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Photo of drseamus
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body with ruby notes at the edges. There is a bit of tan head on the top. Where the light shines through at the edges there are visible flecks floating around. The smell is decent but isn't strong enough. There is a touch of roasted malt and maybe a touch of caramel in there. Not a bad flavor at all. There is a good caramel sweetness with a nice complementary roasted malt. Medium bodied and decent drinkability

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a coffee black with a dark tan head that lingered for a while, also had some light lacing.

S- Roasted malt and sweet chocolate

T/M- Roasted malt with a sweet chocolate taste at the end.

D- Very nice stout. I tend to like things from lost coats. It was very drinkable not to heavy but enough flavor to make it enjoyable.

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Photo of GAPit
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours syrupy dark, almost black, with plenty of dark frothy head with creamy lacing.

Lighter in smell than I expected. Sweet, dark malts, some chocolate, coffee. Sweetness dominates with a maple/brown sugar finish, smells great!

Sweet dark malt taste, once again a bit less intense than I expected. Nice tight finish for a stout, hop/sweetness balance is perfect for an oatmeal stout. This beer is delicious.

Creamy in the mouth, perfect carbonation til the end. Finish utilizes all tounge realestate.

Overall a great oatmeal stout, very drinkable for this style, certainly wont have any trouble getting through this sixpack, and will buy again in the near future.

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Photo of WxAxGxS
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts. Screw-top 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very dark with a thin, coffee-colored head. Lots of big bubbles and almost no lacing on the sides of the glass this time around. It usually shows off a nice thick head. Smells starts of a roast malt and finishes with a fine smell of chocolate and coffee. Great mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely not a "smooth" stout. Taste of chocolate, roasted walnuts and a bit of coffee. Aftertaste is of dark roasted malts and almost a yeasty finish.

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Photo of dnichols
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a six pack of capped 12 ounce bottles at Albertson's in Kennewick, Washington. I poured it into a pint glass.

A: It poured a deep dark black with a massive foam head that generated a dense lacing.

S: It had a distinct aroma of burnt malts, bitter chocolate and espresso.

T: It has a bitter bite with little balance from the burnt malts. I expected more chocolate flavors but they did not materialize.

M: It was full bodied and creamy. The low ABV and carbonation resulted in a lingering bitter-sour aftertaste.

D: This is one bitter stout. It is one dimensional and uninteresting. I will leave it on the shelf for someone who likes a bitter brew.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great stout...picked one up from ABC in a mix n' match for $1.69
A: Pours a gorgeous deep black color, very nice 2 finger head that stays around, leaves a spotty lace

S: Chocolate, dark malts, coffee, and toffee

T: Very nice balance of delicious roasted flavors, coffee, chocolate, and other toasted flavors that I cant put my finger on

MF: Initially sweet with a bitter aftertaste in the mouth, full body, clean finish

D: Pretty easy to drink...

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Photo of NitroGen
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick black motor oil black with a thick tan foam that quickly disipates to a scant cover with no foam.

S: hoppy chocolate and roasted coffee

T: bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee with sweet cream, licorice and malt

M: Crisp smooth and well balanced from beginning to end.

D: Will be buying again and recommend as a good stout.

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

650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with an ample tan head that fades moderately fast. Some lacing observed. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a bit of molasses. Flavor featuress burnt toast, coffee, walnuts, dirt and some bittersweet chocolate. Moderately hopped. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying. Finish was long and glorious. This is one very nicely well balanced stout. Recommended, I will drink again.

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Photo of livingregret
1.85/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, no other information on the bottle really

Appearance: What starts off as w/ a promising dark brew leaves NO head. Disappointing

Smell: A touch of chocolate and caramel but a overpowering roasted malt smell.

Taste/mouthfeel: A burnt chocolate taste w/ a very slight caramel. The Burnt taste is VERY strong and overpowers most of the chocolate(leaving a burnt roasted taste) and leaves NO caramel. Goes down fairly easy but leaves a very grimy feeling in the throat. I can deal w/ "burnt" roasted taste but the grimyness in the mouth is just awful

Drinkability: I'm done trying this beer....the grimyness and overly burnt taste pushes me away from this

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Photo of sid6581
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stella glass

Fine, long-lasting, creamy head. Aroma is of chocolate and caramel.

Mouth feel is somewhat disappointing but the taste is great. Nice chocolate notes. I wish it were thicker.

Not bitter at all - very drinkable. I could go for another. Completely smooth.

I bought two bottles of this in Indiana last year. This is the first I have opened. Looking forward to the 2nd.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.22/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark brew with a large short lived head. Only a patchy ring of lacing lingers.

S - Not terribly pleasant herbal hops are in the initial nose. Once the head subsides, there is sweet coffee, faint licorice, a touch of chocolate. Earthy/woodsy hops and a touch of very faint fusel alcohol.

T - Hops, grass and flowers, accompanied by some charred malt, then a tiny bit of coffee and earth. This ends with a mild coffee bitterness with a twinge of chemicals. Later in the aftertaste I detect an extremely faint oakiness.

M - Thick and gummy on the throat. A little harsh and not refreshing (mostly due to the gumminess).

D - It isn't awful, but I don't think I will have this again, the mouthfeel is really bad. It is an okay beer, I could see someone else liking it, but it is definitely not for me.

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Photo of phisig137
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black, letting no light in whatsoever. A one finger khaki colored head emerges, has pretty good retention, and leaves behind a little lace.

Aroma is definitely filled with some roasty goodness. Chocolate seems to predominate, but a touch of coffee is present as well. Slight scents of a fruity yeast ester are also present... Fermented hot perhaps?

Flavor is a little surprising. The roasted malts lend a much more coffee centric flavor than the chocolate on the nose. Fruity yeast is still present, but blends well with those citrusy west coast hops. Well balanced, with a dry and lingering finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Its refreshing to see a brewer (especially one on the left coast) to still be making a stout without "imperializing" it. Definitely one of the better beers I've had from Lost Coast.... but they need to clean up the ferment a bit. Those fruity flavors have got to go! Without them, this could be a damn good stout I think. I'd buy it again, but I won't be rushing out for more

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 68% out of 100 with 1,086 ratings
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