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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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Reviews: 542 | Ratings: 1,065
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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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the black blackness of this black beer (yup, it's dark) and the deep brown of the head, I was prepared to be blown away. The smell led me further towards this expectation-- it smelled so clean and delicious. I began to be a little let down, although this is still a great beer, when I took a sip.

It has a pretty intense coffee and burnt malt taste, which could be very desireable in some contexts. The main drawback is a somewhat sharp bitterness in the aftertaste and a sesame oil flavor that I've discussed in other beer reviews (hint: I don't like it).

There's nothing really notable about the mouthfeel, but nothing wrong with it either. Overall I had to give this a 3.0 for drinkability (I treat drinkability as a general "will I buy this again" ranking) because there's nothing bad about it but the cost for what you get. If you like bitter and the deep coffee flavors, this is the beer for you. I'll buy it again, but it'll be a while.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Had to pour pretty aggressive to get the head. Coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma maybe even some coconut but pretty faint to me. The taste is ok. Roasted malts are the first flavors that make an appearance followed by some bitterness from either the roast or the hops. Pretty smooth and velvety. Medium mouthfeel Not bad but somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout had a dark brown to black color, with a typical head. The bouquet was originally weak but even after warming up the aromas never fully came out. The most obvious thing I noticed was the carbonation; it was too harsh for a stout. Despite the almost nonexistent bouquet, the flavors were pronounced with hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel was mediocre, due to the carbonation and a watery consistency. I think this is a very typical micro stout, unfortunately from a favorite brewery of mine.

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black color with a large three-finger, beige head. Plenty of streaky lace that I'd describe as a cross between spotty and ring-like.

Aroma: Creamy, mocha aroma, slightly chalky.

Thin bodied and above average carbonation starts off the taste. The flavor reminds me of iced coffee, both in taste and consistency. This is a weak stout, but it has the elements of a darker and drier dark beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly standard (albeit pretty) pour. Cola dark, with an almond/cappucino head. Lingers, but not much lacing.

Nose is roasty with some cocoa sweetness

There's a roasty quality there, with some stale coffee, and a little grassy/bitter character. Meh.

Way thinner than I want right now. smoothe enough with the oats. I like Lost Coast as a brewery (both most of their products, and the brewery/people who work there as well), but this stout just doesn't do anything for me. There are infinitely more appealing options available in my area (many of which are even more local than LC), although it's not an atrocious fallback if the only other options are BMC status

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Photo of kflorence
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a finger thick head of tan foam.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel oatmeal, dark fruits and alcohol. Inviting, especially during the colder months.

T: This one is pretty flavorful... lots of different notes in there. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, caramelized oatmeal and a roasted malt/hop flavor are the distinguishing features. A bit bitter on the backend... some coffee like tastes and chocolate that linger on the tongue.

M: Slightly syrupy but not overly thick, I would say a bit watery for a stout, but I've had worse. Pleasant on the tongue.

D: Pretty drinkable for a stout, but not overly heavy. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
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 MrDanno96
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Impervious to light with a little foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Very little head.

S: Some nice roasted malt aroma mixed with a good dose of chocolate and some very feint coffee.

T: Not a ton going on in the flavor to be honest. Very feint chocolate notes, but they never fully develop into the sweetness I am expecting. A little coffee bitterness in the finish with a hint of grain from the oats.

M: Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D: Meh. A decent oatmeal stout, but definitely not anything special.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,065 ratings.
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