Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, California
Beer: 8-Ball Stout
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Information: 6.2% ABV, no date.
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Price: $7.99 / 6-pack
Cellaring: Not recommended for extended aging.
Pairings: Sartori Raspberry or Merlot BellaVitano cheese, coffee cake
A tall but quiet pour releases a thin tan head. The loose foam fizzes away rather quickly leaving a little ring on top of the clear deep chocolate brown color.
Low notes of creamy chocolate and coffee subside to dry cocoa and surround the robust malt nose. Creamy oats give the aroma an inviting, smooth appeal that finishes out with an earthy American hop nose.
Rich roasted malts with potent notes of coffee and smooth dark chocolate give way to a drier, dusty cocoa flavor, mirroring the aroma. Stronger than the aroma lets on, it’s creamy and smooth tasting with a very light earthy hop finish.
Smooth in texture, the dry roasted malt finishes the beer dry and lightly acridly bitter. An abundance of carbonation keeps the oatmeal from really adding a nice creaminess to it.
It’s a solid stout offering but provides little depth; not much is alluded to but, still a fine beer regardless. 8-Ball Stout’s real short-coming keeping it from greatness is the higher level of carbonation, obstructing the oats from fully participating in the mouthfeel. The creaminess is there in the nose but doesn’t carry through to the palate.
Score: 77 / 100 - Good