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 DarkerTheBetter
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BOldfacelies for this one.

This beer poured a black color that let through a little brown tinted light around the edges of my pint. The head consisted of a very narrow collar.

Smells of light sweet caramel barley, red and green grapes and a dry charcoal.

Tastes of light oats and a little brown sugar with a touch of milk chocolate. This also carried a dry sting that was totally out of place that became more prominent in the finish along with an ashy dryness. If I could really nail the sting down to an appropriate flavor, it wouldn’t be that bad.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a light tiny carbonation.

Meh. Not too hot and a little too much of a sting for me.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured a jet black into my tremens tulip with a bit of head that rose and fell into some rocky bubbles. black as the eight ball for sure.

i'm picking up mostly chocolate and coffee in the nose. doesn't smell extremely complex, but smells good nonetheless.

the taste is also chocolate and the coffee is more faint than i figured it would be based on the way it smelled. tastes a bit toasty.

the mouthfeel is pretty thick from jump street. even refrigerator cold.

the drinkability of this beer is pretty good. nothing offensive about it at all and it goes down easy. at just over 6%, i could drink a few. i'm glad i got to try it, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, can't believe I've never reviewed this,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a creamy off-white head, some lace.

S: Milk chocolate with that oat sweetness, light dark fruit.

T: Darker chocolate than expected from the nose. Some roasted malt, hops are a tad astringent, some light pine.

M: Medium-bodied, biting carbonation, does not have the creaminess I expect with a stou.

D: Nice enough, not terrible, but nothing to rush out and by. A B stout which is fine at its price point.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a medium light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is a mix of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes and some residual sugar notes are also noticeable. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable and easily drinkable but a bit short on the complexity level.

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Photo of nms1987
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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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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 bgraney
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, bubbly black, the head looks like coffee foam.
Aroma is sweet, like molasses with roasty malt.
Full, rich malty flavor, sweet and highly carbonated.
Medium mouthfeel with the molasses flavor lingering.
A very good but not great stout in my view. A little too sweet for me to want to go beyond one.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.
Nose shows cocoa and roasted malt with a little sweet liquorice in the background.
More roasted malt as a flavours but not particularly complex. Again a hint of liquorice shows as well as some faint coffee but it's pretty subtle.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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 lwillitz
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow head of medium tan over a pitch-black body

S - malt sweetness, chocolate, smoke; underwhelming

T - burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, subtle lactic flavor; not bad, but fairly plain for the style

M - smooth medium body; above-average carbonation

O - a decent brew in and of itself, but not among the greatest of stouts

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Photo of tjcortez
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with reddish hues. I struggled to get much more than a 1cm temporary head out of it.

Smells great, coffee and nutty and was a nice drink at first, but I got bored with the taste pretty quickly. I'm partially biased because I prefer a sweeter stout and this just didn't do it for me.

A good stout but I would buy something else for the price.

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Photo of ILhophead
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness indicator

Appearance - Poured with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the top. Black with tints of rubyish brown around the edges.

Smell - Smells yeasty with some roasted malt and alcohol aroma.

Taste - Smooth roasted malt and chocolate followed by hops and a bit of yeastiness, slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding but quite quaffable.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was ok. It has the dark brown color of an oatmeal stout. It has a very good chocolate smell to it (smells like a Hershey kiss). However it is lacking roast aroma. I do not get any roast smell at all. The flavor oddly to me does not taste like the aroma. It taste like a crash of sweet malts. The roast on the back end is subtle, however the more I drink it the more pronounced it becomes. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would hope but not bad. At the first sip of this beer I thought it was ok but the more I drink it the more messy it becomes.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nearly opaque with a red tint to it, thin tan head
S:smells very rosty and nutty
T: roated coffee and chocolate nice dry finish
M: decent amount of carbonation, with a creamy up front with a dry finish
O: agood off-dry stout, good price point i would buy again

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Photo of daliandragon
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown bordering on black and nearly headless. Nose is barely there at all and features sweet dark malt. Would probably recognize some coffee notes if the signal was a little stronger.

Heavy carbonation masks the taste initially but eventually a roasted, well balanced flavor emerges but this beer could still use a kickstart. Aftertaste is dry and warming and certainly saves a bit of face for this otherwise weak, anonymous stout. Mouthfeel is thin but smooth. I'll give this another shot in a few months or so but a bit disappointing.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark coffee brown as it pours into the glass with a quickly dissipating creamy tan head. Not much aroma at all, just a bit of toasted, not quite burnt barley. More carbonation than in many oatmeal stouts; I look for oatmeal stouts to be creamy, this one isn't. Taste is decidedly non-sweet--in fact, it's almost savory/salty. Not especially bitter, either. The finish is nicely dry and the aftertaste is nicely roasty, making the best part of drinking this beer the few seconds after swallowing. I love stouts and while this isn't a bad beer, I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - red through the center of the glass. Tall tight tan head.

S - mild malts, porter like, not great but not bad.

T - roasted malts, mild chocolate, but bitter.

M - mid coating light tingles.

D - easily drinkable but there are much better options out there

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large tannish head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer with lacing.

The smell is light but I note roasted and sweet malt.
The taste on first sip has a lot of semi sweet malt to it with some roastiness and grain. Further sips in and there's a touch of citric bitterness midway through and through to the finish. It's a bit thin when it comes to the mouthfeel and the finish itself is on the watery side. Hmm.

Bottom line: This is an okay Stout but I've had many "regular" American Stouts that were much better.

Thanks to Wsatch for this sample!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours black with a decent brown/red head that dissapates to a thin layer quickly. It looks pretty good through the whole bomber though.

Smell: Caramel and deep rich chocolate with definite notes of coffee. Pretty average.

Taste: Slight apple taste with a very strong chocolate taste. The coffee is pretty noticable too. The caramel comes into play on the tip of th tounge while a very rich slickness coats the palate (it reminds me of diacetyl).

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with a great balancing bitterness (actually a little too bitter). The finish is also too sharp from the alcohol and it leaves the mouth kinda dry.

Drinkability: Bold... but that's about it.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear brown with light on edges and red hue. Two finger head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Caramel, malt, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Follows smell, moderate bitterness, good body, dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation, med body

O - Decent Oatmeal stout, but I want more toasted flakes and more oatmeal flavor.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one, 12 oz into my Boulevard brewing CO pint glass.

Appearance- Dark opacue brown nearly black. Reddish notes in body whrn held up to the light. Creamy tan head that falls into a cap. Slight lacing.

Smell- Roasted barley with some coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some fruit, caramel and toffee

Taste- Bold roasty coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Some caramel and toffee notes in the middle. There is a slight astringant note there too.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with smooth low carbonation. Sort of slick not as viscous as I like my stouts but it isn't watery. Fairly dry finish.

Drinkability- A decent session stout. I can drink a few. This is ok but I was expecting more. Maybe a good beer to ween someone into stouts with out making them feel 10 lbs heavier. I will take a RIS anyday.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown-ruby, almost black colour. Fairly thick sand coloured head.

Roasted malt, oatmeal, hints of butter. Slight creamy essence to it. Low hops in the nose.

Somewhat 'standard' taste to this. Rich, chocolatey roasted malt with a dry oatmeal finish. Slight metallic note to it, lessening as it warms. Dry and slightly bitter.

Smooth, but a little thin when cold and when it warms it almost becomes slick. Not a bad beer, but fairly pedestrian for what it is. This would make a great starter to craft stouts.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - very dark black, unable to see through. About a finger's worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - typical oatmeal smell, fairly malty.

Taste - fairly chocolaty in taste, more so than any oatmeal taste. Fairly smooth until the aftertaste, which is bitter. Maybe a hint of molasses. Texture is typically thick like a stout, but not as thick as it could be.

Drinkability - not terribly complex, but not bad for this type of brew. Aftertaste is manageable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with tan head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with strong over roasted notes.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.31/5  rDev -14%
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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