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 Durge
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a whispy & fizzy tan head and good lace. The aroma suggests charcoal/smoke, malt and brown sugar. It has a smooth feel with light carbonation and a cherry/raisin flavor that often masks the malt qualities a bit. It finishes with a pretty heavy bitterness but remains fairly drinkable for a stout. I detected some buttery hints despite the tangy overtones. It's kind of different, definitely recommended for a try.

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

3 Finger brown head quickly disapating. First one I had was warmer than what I normally sample at. Roasted chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Opaque black, one of the most ever opaque. Thin/light mouthfeel. Some spotty lacing. Leaves a slick palate. Alcohol warming effect. Slight sting on conditioning, not bloating though. Toasty porter at the end and aftertaste. Drinkability is high altogether. Perfect balance between hop/malt/chocolate/oatmeal. Had 2 cooler ones later on with my lovely friend. then finished the final 3 later at home... Definitely NOT one-dimentional. A little astringent.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A creamy and solid looking four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew. The head shows amazing retention and gets rocky as it eventually settles to a thick finger. Viewed from above, this head looks like yeasty cookie dough. Big sheets of lace coat the glass and leave traces of khaki bubbles behind as they slide back down into the brew.

S - Double chocolate chip cookies, chocolate marshmallow (rocky road?) ice cream, and coffee with loads of vanilla flavored cream and sugar. Doesn't smell as dark as other stouts....it lacks the dark chocolate and espresso notes that stouter stouts have, but it smells extraordinary.

T - Oh, wow. This one is mellow, creamy, and subdued with delicate flavors. I like the fact that this takes a different approach to the style....it doesn't hit you over the head with espresso bitterness, but it gets under your skin with rich silky dark chocolate mousse and malty goodness. This is almost more of a porter than a stout as far as roaty bitterness goes.

M - Light in body, but rich and silky. The carbonation is very fine and quite subdued...luscious and silky in my mouth. Feels more hefty than it actually is. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - Could anything be more drinkable? This is mellow, creamy, complex, and it doesn't tax your taste buds over the course of a session. Not the heaviest hitting stout, but one of the most tasty and drinkable IMO.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 8 ball is dark as the last ball of the rack. The foam head is gone muy rapido.

The smell was okay but I didn't get much from the aroma.

The taste was mellow and more on the malt side. Didn't taste much chocolate or coffee.

The mouthfeel hit the roof of my mouth and didn't stay long.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. I love it. Good, solid sense of roasted malts. Perhaps the most striking thing is the coffee tones that it delivers. There is a fairly faint sense of chocolate, more noticeable in the aftertaste. It pours a thick creamy head, smells nice, not as strong as I might like, but good. This, I believe, is the first beer I have had from the Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe. They have certainly earned themselves onto my list of breweries to look out for.

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Photo of roller
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with deep orange edges and a half inch tan head. The smell is of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt and cocoa bitterness with some hop notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is velvety from the oats, although a little on the thin side. Very smooth and stays on your tongue. Overall, a tasty and robust stout I'd have again.

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

This was an oily black pour with a thick tan head. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The taste is sweet and smoky, which works well for this brew. The mouthfeel is heavy and a bit chewy. Overall, I think that the taste is interesting and compelling. I prefer heavier beers and consider this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of 0tt0
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounces into a Duvel glass...

Pitch-black motor oil in color, with a 3/4 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a slight collar. Missing some of that big creamy cap that I see with other stouts. A big sniff presents brown sugar, molasses, a touch of butterscotch, and a tad of bittersweet chocolate. Though I am no stout pro by any means, it strikes me as a bit of a departure. First sip: right off, I get some of that brown sugar and toffee-like characteristics, but the middle is a strong fruitiness, some berry and (am I crazy, here) some raisin? Finishes with a quick slap of liquorice and the faintist hint of chocolate. I'm stumped, honestly. It seems to have more in common with a dubbel or quad than a stout. All of the quintessential things I would look for are absent. And then to compound the crime, it resembles a Belgian, but not a very good one either. Body is medium, with not much in the way of carbonation or hoppy tingle. A bad bottle, maybe? I can't tell. But I am very much underwhelmed.

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Photo of bryskal
2.06/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the wimpiest stout I have ever drank. If you are a wimp beer drinker and go for the girly drinks, you'll love it. I had to stop and double check that I wasn't drinking Bud Light. For my stout taste, nothing compares to Guinness. Don't waste your money on this one.

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

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A - black color with a small tan head that left nice lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma with a slight hop scent.

T - sweet chocolate malty taste.

M - a stout on the lighter side, mild carbonation.

D - a good drinking stout, goes down smooth and easy.

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

Poured at 50 degrees into a goblet
A - Charcoal black with a tan head made up of minute bubbles. The foam leaves a nice glazed appearance on the glass.

S - Mocha, malted milk, coffee and pine scented hops dominate with chocolate and smoke accents

M - Dry, roasted, mild, full bodied, sweet and rich with a pleasing level of effervescence.

T - Masterful flavors of a dry stout. Deep roasted malt, sweet with dark cocoa, coffee and sweet smoky malt that is accented w/ a woody piney hop spice that fits so well. The french roast smokiness of deep kilned malts. The flavors compliment the ale so well the are so subtle and smooth.

D - A wise choice for those who like a dry roasty stout. An extremely smooth roasted and drinkable stout in every sense.

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Photo of Lothore
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Black in color, almost no light gets through the mug. Cream colored head which dissapates fairly quickly with very little lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of spiced fruits. The taste starts out with a strong coffee flare followed by a slightly bitter hoppy kick. There is quite a bit of carbonation and it is fairly thick. It is a decently drinkable beer, easy to sip on but 1 bomber seems to be enough.

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Photo of peabody
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a really dark black with brown suds about 1 fingers worth.
Smell is roasted malt and coffee with a slight plum/raisin aroma.
Taste is watery. Some coffee comes through as the hops are in here but there is nothing else going on here.
Mouthfeel is dirty.
I would think that Lost Coast has better offering than this stout.

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Photo of drlumps62
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at 40 degrees/

A: Wow. Very dark, along with impressive thick head.

S: Smoky, but not overbearing. Got my mouth watering though.

T: Smooth and creamy. Malty sweet, slight bitterness.Roasted flavor is it's finest quality and it doesn't step all over the other aspects of this beer.
What this brew does is a juggling act. It has a lot of character coming from all different places, but it smooths them all out.
And it does it with a 6.3 ABV. Good trick.

M: Carbonation is mild. Not a lightweight, but it does not offend.

D: Fantastic.For all the reasons I mentioned. In a word smooth.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a brown, one-finger head. Left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and sweet roasted malt.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good stout. Great sweet chocolate and malt taste.

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Photo of cbak999
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black - opaque - small dark tan head - gone after pour.

S - strong malts; slight coffee notes.

T - chocalate and coffee - typical of a good stout.

M - lacks carbonation in my opinion. Little lace, if any left in the glass as consumed.

D - all in all, a good stout. I will probaly drink this again. Ranks slightly above average in the category.

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

This selection from Lost Coast pours deep brown/black with a rather short head that diminished quickly and leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass.

The aroma is smokey with a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. Mild coffee notes throughout.

Initially the flavor is smokey and full with undertones of cocoa and spent coffee grounds. It finishes with a load of sweetness and a rather yeasty quality that can almost be described as acidic (a fruity reminisce: cider, raisin, date), very curious.

Good carbonation that works in an interesting fashion with the almost fruit-like/yeasty qualities in the finish. Pretty good throughout. Different and unexpected but likable.

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Photo of lovesoutherntier
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice stout. the drinkability as with any stout grows with warming. at low temps. this beer is good yet not outstanding. After warming a bit, like any good stout it grows in flavor. With very heavey malt flavors n some oatmeal flavors with a touch of chockolate it is a good change up in stouts. Once again when it comes to good beers you get what you pay for. this is a very good beer that pours up thick with a small head and very dark. The smell of the beer is great. the mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is wonderful. A must try if you like stouts.

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Photo of Reed415
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour a black color, a dark brown head

S - Bitter Roasted Malts

T - Roasted Malts, Chocolate, but it has a sort of acidic taste that I am not fond of

M - Minimal Carbonation, Full Bodied, Acidic Burning in my throat

D - Decent taste, but too Acidic to drink a lot of

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Photo of potownbill
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very good Stout!

A: Dark brown/black. No light can penetrate this brew. Not much of a tan head, with little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, with dark chocolate, toffee, etc.... Sweet

T: Roasted malts, Dark semisweet chocolate, a little espresso, and a slight taste of hops at the end. Little hint of alcohol

D: Very tasty. I am a fan.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Near black in color with dark brown hues. Craggy tan head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Ring of sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Fiant smoke.

T: Dark roasted malts dominate the front end of this beer and are followed by the tastes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Hops make themselves known with soft citrus and pine offering. Sweetness of dark fruit is followed by an astrigent roasted grain finish and a touch of smoke.

M: Creamy and silky smooth. Minimal carbonation. Slighly dry.

D: Extremely complex for a smaller stout. Drinkibility is high and has a medium body for a stout. I lliked this brew but it lacked in the finishing department. Recommended.

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

Thanks goes to nvsblman and someone else sent me a 12oz.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of nice roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee/caramel. The taste is malty with a slight roasted feel, and mostly toffee/caramel with a nice touch of chocolate. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a exceptional stout, very true to style.

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Photo of xymyl
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very dark red/black in color with a thin, dark tan head that is easily roused up due to strong carbonation.

Aroma is like a brewery, not just a beer, lots of sweet malt notes and fresh floral hop notes, mixed with a soft yeast note. Hop spices hide just below the surface. Raisins and burnt notes come forward as it warms. If you search you can find the alcohol. Is there rye in this? Great spice in here.

Taste: Soft vanilla and milky notes lead into spicy notes that mingle with a tarry seared raisin flavor. A silky, oat/milk quality stays in the background. Coffee and dark chocolates are also ever present.

A medium bodied stout, but it has so much going on. This is one of the most perfectly balanced stouts in my opinion. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable whatever your drinking speed.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a black as hell pitch black with a fluffy carmel colored head that leaves thick lace on the glass. Smell is of bitter bread with hints of choco in the whiff. Taste is very malty and bready with a bit of a alcohol burn. This is one fine tasting has a coffee aftertaste which I enjoy greatly. This is my favorite brew from Lost Coast and savor each and every time I enjoy this american classic.

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger light brown head that is tight and resists fading. Some lacing observed.

I a fan of the aroma. A full aggressive nose of sweet roasted malt (without overdoing the roast) and chocolate of the tootsie roll variety.

The mouth feel is full, creamy and sweet. The nose and the mouth complement each other nicely.

The flavor is sweet and as creamy chocolaty as the smell. The 6.3 ABV is well hidden. A good drinker.

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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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