8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

8 Ball Stout8 Ball Stout
1,087 Ratings
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: 1,087 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of Hunter
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: Black as night brew settles beneath a brown head, make thick from a vigorous pour. The strongest light can't penetrate that black body. Head shows respectable longevity. As stouts go, it doesn't get better than this.

smell: Lighter than you'd expect, but the notes you would expect are here: coffee, smoke, dark grains. Could be more robust, but not bad.

taste: Initial sharpness gives way to sugared coffee, giving way to bitter chocolate and burnt grain in the aftertaste. Rich enough to satisfy stout lovers, but still light enough to keep the less hardy around for more.

mouthfeel: Velvet smooth when it first hits the tongue, this is not as thick as I would like, but it's something that can be overcome.

drinkability: As stouts go, this is a good entry-level brew for what darker beers should be. It has earned a spot in my regular rotation.

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Photo of thirstybrother
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has all the makings of a great stout, looks good, smells good, tastes great.
EXCEPT that the taste dies immediately on my tongue. There is very little aftertaste to speak of, which is a shame because it is quite delicious right away, hints of chocolate, and a great 'oatmeal-ly' feel.
Another thing is that mine has very little carbonation, could use a better head....
Will try again anyway.

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Photo of 03fatboy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy tan head that recedes. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted malt with nice chocolate overtones and mild hints of coffee.

Lightly roasty upfront, it allows chocolate flavors to rush in. I notice some light caramel flavors and tones of espresso. Very mild bitterness. Finishes quite clean with only a mild lingering roasted taste.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Very tasty and drinkable stout. Quite sessionalbe, even at 6.3%.

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

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head diminishes quickly, but settles as a small layer of brown bubbles, and lacing is okay. Aroma is dark malts, coffee and chocolate prevalent. Taste is sweetly of the dark malts, which quickly turns to bitterness, more of the burnt coffee malt than hop variety. Mouthfeel could be smoother, cut the edges on that coffee bitterness a bit, but drinkability is still good. Reasonable stout.

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

My bottle says it is 5.8% whereas the BeerAdvocate lists it at 6.3% ABV. I'll just attribute this to batch variance.
A - Dark brown, not black. A vigorous pour yielded 3 fingers' width of off-whitehead that receded slowly. Plenty of carbonation hidden within the beer.
S - Smells sweet. Toffee, honey, toasted bread, raisins, smoke.
T - Follows smell. Starts off sweet with a honey-porter like vibe. Transitions into dark fruits, and then the roasted grains take over, with lasting bitterness both from the burnt grains and the hops. While the start of the sip is all porter, the finish is all stout.
F - On the thinner side, but doesn't take away the drinkability.
O - A decent stout that is adequately complex for what is evidently an everyday drinker. I wouldn't mind ordering this at a bar, but not as my first choice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Always fun to ask people if they wanna share your 8 Ball, am I right? It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dusty tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light molasses, roasted malts, and the lightest possible touch of mild charcoal. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more roast character, the addition of dark chocolate (which goes pretty well with the already-present cocoa powder), and without the charcoal, making for a slightly less complex but nevertheless tasty stout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout. My only real complaint is that it's a touch thin, but not overly so, allowing this thing to still drink easily and be quite enjoyable.

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head.

Beer smells a lot like baked chocolate. With a sweet malt aroma as well.

Beer is surprisingly crisp, dry, and slightly bittersweet on the front. There is an overall bitter chocolate quality, some dry oats noticed, and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is above average, thick on the front of the taste, but a tad lean and watery on the finish. But certainly not bad.

This is a very nice American Stout. Not really heavy, and that lends this one to being very drinkable and session worthy. This isn't going to wow you, but it is good, and enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark hue which lets only a few shreds of ruby through when held up to the light. Head poured a big 3 fingers of frothy tan foam which are subsiding nicely. Good looking beer.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes as well. A fair amount of vegetal hop aroma comes through as well, but this is nearly unavoidable in the style.

Taste: nice roasty flavor shows some of the chocolate and some of the coffee notes, but is overall qute balanced. There's a nice semi-sweet creamy character which I also rather like. A balanced and tasty stout.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation and a decent, if not great, creaminess. I would have expected a little more from an oatmeal stout, but it's not terrible.

Overall: a tasty stout, this could easily be a go-to stout for me.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apperance: Pours a slick black color with a heavy dark tan head. The head graually goes down and becomes a thick film atop the beer.

Smell: Smells of bitter-sweet roasted malts and toffee. A bit of chocolate too.

Taste: The roasted malts hit first, leading way to the toffee, which leads way to a chocolate-milk-like taste. That flavor becomes the initial part of the aftertaste, which is later joined by some bitterness, presumably from hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium- to heavy-bodied. Little carbonation, but has a slight tingly feel.

Drinkability: Alcohol-wise this isn't excessive, and the flavor makes it quite easy to drink a lot of this.

Though not what I'd consider a typical stout -- taste-wise -- this is still an enjoyable one. I think it's quite accessable and would especially appeal to those not as keen on the heavier stouts. Plus it's a thoroughly enjoyable beer for those of us who do like all kinds of stouts...

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

Poured pitch black with an almond color head about 3/4 in that reduces to about 1/4 - 1/2 in with good lace.

Smell is of sweet malt and coffee notes... maybe some lagging hops but nothing real pronounced.

roasted malt to start and coffee flavor kicks in... smoothes out then you get a bit of hop bitterness almost floral but more on the piney side if that makes sense. very faint alcohol finish.
mouthfeel is ok could be a bit thicker for a stout but adequate.

Overall a good beer and decent stout that i might be inclined to try again.

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

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Poured as black as can be, with about a finger or so frothy mocha head that died down into a mere ring around the liquid within minutes.

S: Mild, yet candy-like, with malted milk balls leading the way. This had a very lactose heavy disposition overall.

T: Very chocolatey without being sweet, and with a nice deep, rich addition added by the oats. There was a mild bitter finish, but overall, I just got chocolate milk.

M: I think the carbonation was way too much here and it really detracted from the creaminess. That was its only flaw to my mind. The lacing was non-existent.

O: This was a really nice, tasty stout that I'd try again... even in the summer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt with lemon and some burnt malt too.
The taste is burnt wood, roasted malt, molasses, coffee and dark chocolate. Wonderful.
The texture is smooth with low to moderate carbonation.
An excellent stout.

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Photo of 13tido
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewsBr0ther
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonSchwartz
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at 580 Craft Beer in Pittsboro

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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 carln26
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pleased to see this beer available at Corral Liquors this weekend on my 1st trip there after my recent move back to St. Louis. It poured into the shaker pint a deep inky black with a decent sized tan head. The nose is a blend of roast malt, coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and a mild citrus back. The flavor reflected the aromas extremely well. The coffee morphed into more of an espresso character, and the cherry. chocolate really came out well. The citrus evolved into a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The only complaint I have is a mild alcohol burning there on the finish as well. The mouth feel had the richness I expect in a good stout. Nice beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a three finger creamy tan head that fades very quickly into a thin film with thin, creamy walls of lace.

Roasty and earthy with coffee and mild chocolate araomas. Caramel and cola undertows with faint vanilla notes.

Chocolate shows up in the taste with cream and vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and big bitter, earthy and herbal notes balancing.

Thick and creamy, smooth

Overall, very tasty and drinkable, balanced and subtle. Slightly on the roasty side. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a good stout. This one’s a dense obsidian with a frothy, solid tan head. The aroma espresso-like, intense roasted barley, burnt and toasted malt smells. It’s certainly deep and complex, but the smell could also be stronger. It’s what I’d call quiet. The taste, on the other hand, is certainly not quiet. It’s full flavored to say the least, with all of the aromas coming out. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a burnt character. Thick and solid mouthfeel. The brew’s on the dry side of life. Overall, this is one yummy stout.

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Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a milk chocolate head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Pretty simple, roasted malt with a bit of chocolate.

T: Lots of roasted malt (but not too much) and the smooth oatmeal with a bit of chocolate. A little bit milky like a borderline milk stout. Simple but great.

M: Super creamy and smooth, just like a proper oatmeal stout.

O: Great oatmeal stout. Not super complex or fancy, just a smooth, creamy, easy drinking stout. I could drink about 50 of these.

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Photo of nelson4
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, nice cream/tan head. This looks like a stout should. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep mahogany red. Beer is nice and clear. No haze.

S- Malty, but takes a while to open up. I get a slight hint of coffee. I think this will get better as it sits.

T- While still chilled, the defining flavor is a mix between coffee and chocolate. Initially malty gradually moves into the chocolate coffee.The flavor is subtle. I really have to think about what I am tasting. It would be easy to just gulp this down. Aftertaste is slightly more coffee bitter. Overall I would describe this as a beer with a lot of depth of flavor without being overpowering.

M - This is where this beer begins to stand out. All the flavor is there without the feeling of sucking on syrup. For a stout this has a surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel. I am glad I bought the 22 oz bottle.

D - I think this is on the high end for stouts. However, the after taste does leave a slightly sticky feel to it. This is typical of stouts so I don't give it too many demerits.

Overall - I find this beer enjoyable, but to really stand out with a stout, the flavor has to blow me away. This is a good stout overall, but I need a little bit more to push it to the elite.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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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