Nose: wood, bourbon, and vanillin. Melted caramel nougat. Roasted chocolates dark and decadent in the back. Bourbon forward, then stout. Further hints of earth and dirt and twigs. Black root and vanilla root – subtle. Espresso beans.
Palate: wow. Rich, roasted, rustic, and bourbon. Vanilla extract, caramel, and oak. Surprisingly soft and frothy with a moist cakey texture, chocolate please. Flavor concentrates in the middle of each quaff. Bourbon chocolate vanilla caramel truffle breath. Gentle warmth subtle in the chest. Oak is a silent partner of dryness, roast, ash, and charred black earth.
Final Thoughts: it was more than I was expecting and exactly what I was expecting. While not a big bad imperial stout aged in big bad bourbon barrels, Lost Coast’s 8 Ball nonetheless maintains what it showcases best: class.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)