Recently on a camping trip with some great friends I had the chance to sit and sample some craft brews with a fellow beer nerd, Matt. After a long day of minigolf, fishing, swimming and other sweltering activities we finally put some great meat to smoke and settled into our camping chairs to ask the Giant Magic 8-Ball of Life what we should do. The answer was no surprise.
One of my faves from that night was the 8-Ball Stout from Lost Coast Brewery out of Eureka, California. If you’re from my neck of the woods (Morgan City, Louisiana) you may recall the group of guys who called ourselves the 8-Ball Posse. I will not, however, divulge any of our actions for fear of incriminating myself.
That being said, it’s obvious the 8-Ball on the bottle immediately caught my attention. It poured a beautiful pitch black with a nice creamy dark brown head. The viscosity was not unlike motor oil emptied from a much neglected lawnmower. The nose gave off dark malts (mmm, oatmeal), chocolate, coffee and even cola. It was truly my kind of brew. The taste is where stouts always win me over. Coffee/espresso hits you at first, followed closely by chocolate and roasted malts. There was a very faint hop presence in the finish, which one would expect from a decent stout. There was, however, more carbonation than I expected – not fizzy, but not flat either – which surprisingly let the creaminess shine through.
The combination of stronger than usual carbonation and the dark, roasty oatmeal malts left me wanting more of this one. Too bad they’re so far away!
4/5 – joel