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8 Ball Stout | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
537
Ratings:
1,054
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.36%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
101
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Reviews: 537 | Ratings: 1,054
Photo of TinusTime
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large tan head that foams alot ... when head dies it laces well. aroma is coffe, toffe, chocolate .. Nice taste a bit more coffee prevails with a hint of toffee in the back ground.. Hops are around to keep it in line and not too sweet. Very smooth and tasty stout. Just enough hops to keep it west coast. Nothing that mind blowing but very tasty. will drink it again.

in the famous words-- 8 ball junkie, 8 ball junkie. 8 ball junkie...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy, cherry cola colored head fades quickly to a thin ring. Opaque black colored beer. Rich cocoa and chocolate malt aroma is just a pinch smokey. On the bitter side for a stout. Mainly bitter chocolate flavor, with a bit of vegetably? note. The flavor is a bit one dimensional, what hits you up front just fades all the way through to the finish. Rich flavor upfront, a bit dry overall, possibly smokey. I like stouts so it works for me, but it may not be for all.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 oz short neck bottle.
Well there is no way I can fault the look of this ale..its perfect for style darkest of black with a huge frothy light brown head..beeee-u-tiful.
The aroma is mostly of roasted malts,some coffee and its nice.
Taste is of dark dark unsweetned chocolate, and coffee a slight tangyness near the end and a long burnt bitter aftertaste.
Very nice and smooth on the tongue..goes down a treat.
Nice drinkability for a stout though I suspect its quite strong in alcohol.

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Photo of Gavage
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a huge 3+" dark tan head. Thick lacing develops. The aroma is killer, as espresso and chocolate dominate and roasted malt is easily picked up. The flavor is huge as coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and caramel are all out front but nicely balanced. Absolutely incredible for the tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The coffee and chocolate tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Heavy bodied brew, but extremely drinkable as the tastebuds are very happy after sipping this great brew.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 22oz bomber with an 8 ball on the front that I had right before I was going to play pool, maybe it would help my game. This pours out a pitch-black color with a thick dark tan head of about three fingers height, a picture perfect stout. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles leaving scattered lacing around the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate malt rise from the glass with a bit of sweetness to it as well, very pleasing smell indeed. Taste is heavy with a roasted coffee flavor jumping out with bittersweet dark chocolate playing a big role as well. The finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering coffee flavor and slight earthy hoppiness to it. Very well balanced with the sweetness not being over done and the bitterness being very present. Medium to full body this brew has a creamy mouthfeel that makes every sip enjoyable. A surprisingly good stout that is up there on my favorite stouts list, highly recommend.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its extraction from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an Atramentous color with a planetary sized semi-creamy light chocolate head and after its dissolving the lace forms a sticky and thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is rich in roasted grain, chocolate and coffee, ah that smell, start is sweet and rich in malt with the top moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste and a decent stout overall.

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Photo of sponberg
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with a cool-as-hell 8 ball on the label. Pours opaque (no light at all gets through this bad boy), slightly cloudy with a tan-brown foamy head that settles down to a long lasting lace. *sniiiff* Ahhh... roasted barley and a whiskey like maltiness, with a faint whiff of yesterday morning's oatmeal. My kind of aroma.

Bottle's too damned small. Starts out with some alcoholic (no fusel burn) notes, then the roasty toasty chocolatey malts grab a cue stick and start knocking the tastebuds around. Simply luscious blend of all the right stout notes - faint oatmeal oiliness (but not as pronounced as I'd like - a bit more viscousness and this would be the perfect stout IMO), dry unsweetened cocoa, round smoky maltiness, and enough hop bitterness to balance. Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor, but with all of the dark malts kicking around the hops would just confuse the issue rather than help. The carbonation is a bit tingly on the tongue at first, which detracts slightly, but as it warms it settles down and lets the flavors play a bit more. Chewy but not overly huge mouthfeel.

I gave two of these to a friend who was visiting from VA. Went over to the beer store and they were out. Now I want to track my buddy's hinder down and get those beers back.

Nice, nice stout, one that I will be buying again and again.

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Photo of Guinness4me
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa...awesome beer! And it's brewed by beer chicks! And it's a stout! And it tastes great! Can you tell I like this beer?

It pours like the motor oil that came out of my '67 Ford Falcon after a summer of drag racing on dirt roads, but it's a beautiful thing. The tan head was slight and lingered around the corona of the glass.

After it was poured into a snifter, the aroma itself was intoxicating. Chocolate and malt are perfectly balanced and had me salivating immediately.

The taste was extraordinary with an quick alcoholic burst followed by a surprising taste of a pimento-stuffed green olive! Then the chocolate maltiness hit, followed by a mellow smokiness. The aftertaste was wonderful and lingering.

I need more. This stuff rocks. But what is the ABV?

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Photo of euskera
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like black molasses into my snifter. Small tannish head that clings to life at the edge of the glass. Smell is very roasty, lots of chocolate overtones with roasted coffee beans. Taste is heavily smoky, with the coffee bean flavor in the lead. Just a hint of the sweetness, but the malt backbone is still quite present. I liked this one quite a bit, especially when I'm not in the mood for a sweeter stout. Very solid offering.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy dark brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a creamy aroma with hints of patent and chocolate malts. It's not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. The taste is great! It has a rich dark malt flavor, but it's really smooth and dry. It goes down easily and finishes with a mild chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. It has all the goods; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of finepaws
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful black with a small chocolate head that dissapates quickly. Lacing throughout glass. Smells like burnt coffee and chocolate. Has a sweet chocolate taste, reminds me of left hand milk stout, while not as sweet. Has a somewhat bitter after taste. Mouthfeel is good. Not too thick, not too thin. A very drinkable stout. Really like this one.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a two-finger creamy head that's probably the darkest I've ever seen on a beer, somewhere between mud-brown and dark coffee. Deep, earthy nose holds notes of coffee, molasses, roasted malt, and a touch of smokiness. Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel is absoultely wonderful, like good chocolate milk. Palate is chocolate malt and coffee up front, with a subtle hint of hops kicking up towards the back of the mouth. Don't know why I haven't had this stout before, it's a good one.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a viscous looking pitch black color, with a moderate brown head that dropped fast, but left a dark foamy ring. Slight lacing.

Smell was rather subdued. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee greet the nostrils, along with a very slight hoppy note.

This is a very tasty stout. It kind of reminds me of a slightly less robust foreign stout, but with a little bit of oatmeal stout thrown in.Sweet and bitter chocolate greet the tastebuds, along with a roasty coffee bitterness, finishing with a mild, dry hoppiness. While it's not the best tasting stout I've had, it's pretty damn good!

Not as thick as I thought it would be when I poured it, this is still quite full-bodied. Bud drinkers would probably choke on this, but it's not too thick for an afficionado of stouts.

This went down velvety smooth. I could drink several of these. This was the first beer I've had from Lost Coast, but it won't be the last.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dense and creamy dark brown head. One of the darkest heads I've seen. It became a solid creamy top as it disappated, almost like steamed milk. Left good chunks of lace.
Beautiful looking beer.
Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso and heavily roasted malt. Small, mildly tart hop aroma.
Great sweet and bitter flavors. Earthy charred malt, french roast coffee, dark creamy chocolate, molasses, a bit of red fruit and a whisper of licorice and smoke. Finishes with a mellow hop bitterness and a tangy sweet lactic presence. Maybe a smidge cloying.
Medium to full bodied with a creamy rich and round mouthfeel. There was a slight stickiness to it. It was like a cross between the creaminess of an Oatmeal stout and the rich viscosity of an Imperial.
I didn't notice alcohol in the taste but it sure did warm the belly. Excellent drinkability nonetheless and I've found a new favorite Stout. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of henrysunset
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

jet black and pours thick, with a short, but fery dark tan/brown head. Smeel is also superb; dark chocolate malts and a tasty and balanced biterness, coffee scent shines through also.

Taste is dark and rich, like an espresso drink but with beautiful smoothness and a more pleasently balanced bitterness. Smoothness and ever-so-subtle carbonation make for a great combination.

drinkability is quite high for this is a smooth, rich beer. Will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of pheurton
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pitch black with a really appetizing creamy dark brown head. nice roasted malt and milk chocolate aroma. sturdy, medium to full body with a low level of carbonation. smooth and silky, ample roasted flavors mix well with notes of chocolate and espresso. light and herbal hop flavor. zero astringency. very satisfying while remaining quite drinkable. full of flavor and quite bold, while still remaining not too "in your face". a delicious stout that deserves more recognition. another winner from lost coast.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a bubbly tan head. The smell is a chocolatey roasted maltiness. The taste is somewhat chocolatey sweet, with a bit of smoky quality and a good hop to it, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, I could have a few of these.

Quite nice. A good stout that it would be great to see around here, with a nice sweet and smoky character that melds quite well. Hopefully, this will be one that I can have again.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slithers out of the bottle an opaque black with a short-lived cocao head that leaves some rings of wavy lacing.Smell is chocolate liquer with some roast chicory and mild hop notes. The taste is initially pungently bitter and continues to become sweeter and oatier until a creamy, citric smoothness takes over. Oiliness lingers...reminds one of good coffee. Mouthfeel is fabulous, if a little thin for the style in some people's books. Drinkability is slow and deep and dark and goood. I'll have another.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like motor oil with a thin dark brown head. No lace

Smell: Rich burnt malt, hints of chocolate and smoky.

Taste: Smoky burnt malt. Really rich coffee flavors, bitter and chocolatey.

Mouth: Big and full bodied, smoky bitter aftertaste

Drink: I can't put it down! What a great stout! I probably shouldn't but I could drink this all night.

Overall: A pleasant surprise in a mixed sixer I picked up in Blacksburg, VA (Vintage Cellar). Robust and bold stout.

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Photo of BrewMan82
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer - as I have heard good things about it. Anywho - pours a syrupy looking jet black, with a pretty dark tan head that settles out quickly. The aroma was very roasty and bread-like with a hint of sweetness - pleasant. The taste is strong and complex, very strong maltiniess at first and a finish with the standard trio of carmel/chocolate/coffee notes. I was impressed with the feel of aftertaste, as I found it to be velvety smooth and buttery - very nice. The syrupy texture is surprisingly light on the tongue, enough so that I found it to be slightly lacking in mouthfeel and a bit thin for my taste. Overall I was pleased - I wouldn't write home about it, but I would buy it again sometime.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour black as motor-oil, small brown head.

Lots of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.

Full body, very smooth with very little carbonation. Very strong roasted flavors that move to bitter chocolate. Coffee flavors are dispersed the whole way through. Roasted finish with a moderate sweet/bitter aftertaste. A nice stout, something to drink again.

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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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice and black. Small brown head forms and then disappears as quickly. A rimming is left to leave some spotty lace down the glass. Aroma is very nice. Chocolate, roasted nut, PacNW hops, smoke, char.... Yeah, I like it. The taste is solid. I really like the combo of bitter roasted malt tones with bitter NW hops. The burnt malts are upfront and quite enjoyable. On the flipside, there's also a lactic-like sweetness that rounds the edges off nicely. The mouthfeel is silky and the body is about medium. This one I would drink in high quantities if it were available here.

Thanks for gem of a stout Murph.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely opaque, black pour topped with tight, foamy head the color of brown sugar. The head doesn't stick around long at all, though, and lacing is minimal. Smell is a pleasant blend of traditional roasted cocoa- and coffee-like notes that are lightened by a hoppy twang. That twang carries over to the taste, which is lighter than a typical stout. Roasted flavors are muted but form a nice foundation. Mouthfeel similarly is lighter than expected, though this makes for a stout that goes down easier than most.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint glass, opaque black with a silky milk chocolate colored head.

Smell is of roasted chocolate and espresso with a strong hint of hop bitterness and alcohol.

Taste begins with a smooth yet pungent bitterness, levels out into the espresso and chocolate that leapt out on the nose. Aftertaste is all alcohol warmth and hops tingling on my palate.

Mouthfeel is dense delicious creaminess.

One of my favorites from Lost Coast.

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8 Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
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