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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,626 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2626
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Authentic dark stout appearance. Healthy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong oat hues mixed with roasted barley.

T - Smooth, woodsy fireplace beer. Authentic stout taste and consistency. Comparable to cask served.

M - Smooth, smooth, smooth

O - This is an authentic stout that I would recommend to anyone looking to adventure into the world of stouts. Excellent consistency, color, taste, and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:43:19 | More by kcrosson492
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tmm313

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black in the glass. Poured a generous, creamy 3 finger head with aggressive pour. Super sticky lacing. Nice trailing.

S- Plum, dates, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, milk chocolate, a good dose of oats, caramel, and a touch of floral and spicy hops.

T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel in the beginning. Cocoa, coffee, and char follow. Burnt, earthy aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Smooth and drying. Big burnt aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this Stout. I don't always enjoy Oatmeal Stouts, but this one was an exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 21:53:19 | More by tmm313
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illpass78

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a small tan head that recedes swiftly. Lacing is nonexistent and carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: Smells like bitter chocolate, black coffee, oats and dark malts. The nose is about average strength - doesn't leap at you, but it's there.

Taste: Very tasty stout. Taste follows the nose but is more forward. Dark chocolate and oats dominate.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-smooth and fairly heavy. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: This is a really good oatmeal stout. I paired it with baked lemon tofu and noodle salad. It kind of screams out for more robust food than that, but it was a darn good companion anyway. If you like oatmeal stouts, seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:33:55 | More by illpass78
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Color is a nice inky oil slick black with reddish highlights near the bottom of the glass. Smells spicy and burnt, with some hop resins, nuts, and a slight red berry fruitiness hovering over singed caramel, wood char, and dark roast coffee. Palate is simultaneously roasted, nutty, and slightly tart, with coffee and chocolate flavors providing the base while redskin peanut, lemon rind, and chalky minerals add nuance. Reminds me of a thin to moderate bodied top-tier Irish dry stout with an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness has to be experienced to be believed. A drinkable oatmeal stout that has some hop presence and is curiously devoid of prominent sweetness. Screams "American" when compared with excellent British examples like Samuel Smith and not in a bad way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 21:52:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this. Pours nearly black under a large, lumpy tan head. The foam settles to a solid sheet in the surface; minor lacing. Smells of dark malt, subtle oats, roasted barely, and earthy hops with a slight soapy/floral note. Lots of chocolaty roast in the flavor and some citrusy hop bitterness. Creamy smooth, not quite full bodied, but appropriate for the style. I imagine I would have rated this one higher years ago, but hey, it's still a classic. Good, hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:06:52 | More by wedge
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 14:15:53 | More by brutusmuktuk
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brown under a nice large medium brown finely foamy head. The head fades to a thin layer leaving behind spots and strings of lace. Aroma is deeply and softly chocolatey, rich with oats, a smidge of vanilla, and some sort of berries underneath. Very nice. Taste is richly sweet, smooth, toasty, and evenly bitter through the finish. Bright lactic sweetness and coffee roastiness... Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slick, and blankety. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 04:28:06 | More by tastybeer
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very deep deep brown color with frothy head

S - not much in the way of smell - it is winter in New England and I may be stuffy, but I cannot find much of anything here.

T - Taste was burnt malt, very few other notes

m - mouth feel was very good. Good carbonation.

o - good oatmeal stout, not quite Shakespearian

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:03:24 | More by gonzo000
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denver10

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing this review to reflect my more recent experiences.

Pours thinnish black, looks like it could be a bit diluted, with just about no head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee, sugars from the oats, and some earthy hoppiness. Flavor starts off roasty and then earthy bittering hops, but then finishes up and extends into the aftertaste with some nice sugars from the oats, roasty coffee, and burnt char mixed with some hops. The finish is by far the highlight of this beer. A creamy lighter to medium mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into oatmeal stout. I still really like it but not sure I love it like I once did. Too many other great oatmeal stouts I have since discovered, making this one more middle of the pacl rather than top dog.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-05-2014 07:27:08 | More by denver10
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eggman2814

Illinois

2.39/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge Rogue fan. Love the Black Lager, Pumpkin Patch and more.

A: Black leads into a thick hot cocoa head with a ruby crust that disperses quickly and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malt, slight maple syrup notes

T: dusty chalky swiss miss

M: Thin and dry, ends in cotton mouth

O: Must have been a funky batch

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:17:02 | More by eggman2814
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, oats, toast, caramel, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:08:45 | More by superspak
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with no head.
Aroma is deep chocolate super chocolate flavor with a little coffee.
Flavor is suttle chocolate with some coffee on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little carbonated.
Full chocolate flavor and coffee, awesome dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:25:26 | More by zookerman182
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BCraig

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- poured a very thick light caramel color head that dissipates slowly into a rocky 1 inch head after a few moments. The color is one shade off of the black scale with a slight reddish brown hue.

S- Caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight metallic notes, not off-putting.

T- dark chocolate malt and smoky flavors upfront with a little bitter burnt finish.

M- a pretty decent balance between coating and crisp. There's a little bite to it but enough smooth coating to make it drinkable.

O- I may have had about half a dozen Oatmeal Stouts in my time, so I have not nailed down the definitive character yet, but this is a good cold weather beer. It's a little smokier than I prefer, but the chocolate and roasted malt do come through.

edited 10 minutes later to add that I starting picking up some faint vanilla flavors after the beer sat a minute or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 21:13:59 | More by BCraig
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a nonic. It's not often I get to fill this 20 ouncer up all the way.

A- Very deep brown. Near black. Brown head sits at 1/4" and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

S- Roasted and sweet grains are up front. A bit of a chocolate aroma as well.

T- Sweet and chocolatey, with a very nice earthy dryness in the finish.

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Finish is slightly dry, but pleasant.

O- The oats add some smoothness and make it an enjoyable drink. Not too heavy. Flavor is mild but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:49:16 | More by BWED
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Furlinator

California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1 inch of tan head that settles to a thick film on top and leaves rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of coffee, faint dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla accents.

Taste is coffee, cocoa and roasted malt with faint dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Nice coffee and cocoa flavors abound. An solid example of oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 16:46:19 | More by Furlinator
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark...well really dark, just like a good stout should. I see a bit of lacing but not much. There's very little smell, could just be me. I do detect sort of a chocolatey smell with some burnt parts. Hmm, the taste is a little different than i was expecting. I'm very used to a heavy taste/texture from oatmeal stouts. This one, however, has a smoother taste noted by an earthy body and a sort of chocolate finish. I knew there was chocolate somewhere in here. A lot less of the actual oatmeal can be tasted in this one. I like the mouthfeel, although, i'm not entirely sure it fits the style, i.e. heavy almost like you ate a loaf of bread. Well, overall, i'm actually a little disappointed. I really was expecting to get a heavier offering like Oatis from Ninakasi or the Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith's (my favorite to date). I still think this one is worth checking out as it highlights differences in the style of the oatmeal stouts..

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:39:48 | More by Jellopants356
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, not sure when ur was bottled. Why Rogue Why! Give us a date please! Pours so dark and a incredible mocha head. The most impressive looking regular stout I have ever seen. Smell is chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Taste is what you expect from the nose, but this is a complex 6.1% Seriously amazing this stout is only a regular stout, drinks like milk shake. Body is very big for its just above average abv. For me this is the gold standard of oatmeal stouts, wow so special. On tap even better, that is a side note, but almost every beer is better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:25:24 | More by SawDog505
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle into a oversized wine glass. no clue of the date, found 2 bottles on the back shelf of a outa of the way liquor store with lots of dust on them.

A- Black ; as in pitch black opaque. Does not look cloudy. Poured it formed a 1 finger high cocoa colored head that fell pretty fast, left a nice frothy ring around the glass.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate (like chocolate licorice), slight coffee, lots of raisin, plum and dark fruits. Smell is fairly sweet but very nice.

T- Roasted Malt , slight coffee and chocolate sweetness up front that turns to a dark fruit sweetness in the end, with a faint bitterness that kind of finish's it off.

M- Hmm, medium body with the first drink that turns watery after it hits the tongue, slightly creamy with a decent amount of smoothness to it. Little bubbles that linger which you cant see in the glass.

O- My first Rogue beer, pretty good so far, has a very good nose that is better than the taste, but the taste is good, so no disappointment here.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:39:59 | More by Gryphon69
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spoony

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (undated) into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces two fingers of short-lived mocha-brown foam. The head drops pretty quickly into a collar. There is a stray finger of lacing left behind. The beer is nearly black and completely opaque.

S-The smell is smooth and well-integrated, but concentrated with roasted malts that verge on charred, but lack any acrid or acidic scents. There is a lightly bitter hop note hiding under the malts.

T-The taste, like the smell, is very smooth, but concentrated and intense. Coffee on the front, with a little kick of bitterness, gives way to smooth, milky chocolate and caramel on the finish. Unlike some oatmeal beers, this one never slips into pure creaminess, but rather, stays on the aggressive side of things.

M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with smooth, but active, carbonation.

O-It is great to finally try this classic of craft beer. For me, the reputation is mostly deserved...you get solid flavors, smooth feel, great drinkability, and no gimmicks. What is most impressive is how smooth and drinkable this beer is without losing either the oatmeal character or the more aggressive, coffee/roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:07:22 | More by spoony
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cleve00

Virginia

3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a mason jar

A – black opaque with a 1 finger beige head that lingers and dissipates slowly . Some lacing.

S – Roasted malts, very little coffee , maybe even some fruitiness/raisin,plum.

T- Roasted malts, , faint nuttiness. bitterness that lingers throughout. No pleasantries just left with a bitter aftertaste.

MF – mild dry finish, carbonation is a little much. This is my first Oatmeal Stout. I will be in pursuit of more Oatmeal Stouts to compare it to.

Summary: the price point was right for sure, but if the taste isn't there i wont go back.

**I enjoyed the Roguee Chocolate Stout much more:)

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 16:51:14 | More by cleve00
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass (I'm at a beach house). Rogue refuses to put a freshness date on their beers.

An excellent oatmeal stout. Good body. Could be smoother.

A – Pours a black opaque with a 2-finger dark tan rock head. Slightly viscous. A very thin persistent head. Little to no lacing.

S – Roasted malts, some coffee slight sweetness, maybe even some fruitiness.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, faint nuttiness. Some bitterness that seems more to be from the roasted grains than the hops.

MF – Medium bodied, medium dry finish, slightly sharp finish from the carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:11:06 | More by Sludgeman
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with a deep tan 1-finger head with a creamy look. Medium- head retention with no lacing.

Cocoa, milk chocolate, dried fig, fresh cream and hazelnuts on the nose.

Fairly simple on the palate shows coffee, cocoa powder, mild bitterness and a moderate level of astringency.

Medium bodied with a very slight wateriness around the edges of the beer. The carbonation is more aggressive than expected from the appearance. Medium length for the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 16:24:30 | More by Libationguy
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours jet black with a fairly large tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains roast malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a creamy scent. Very inviting.

Taste is like the nose. Roast malt, dark chocolate. Creamy and rather bitter, particularly in the finish. Not complex, but certainly tasty.

Medium bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall, very good. The best beer I have had from Rogue, a brewery that tends to disappoint me. Not this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:55:16 | More by jrenihan
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with big frothy mocha colored head that left dense glass coating lace.

S- Big sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt, coffee notes.

T- Big hershey's syrup like chocolate notes, big roasted malt, roasted coffee notes, breadiness, and caramel notes. The sweetness and roastiness is well balanced.

M- Quite creamy, smooth, and silky. Medium body, a little lighter for a stout but very drinkable.

O- A really excellent stout with a great balance of sweetness and roastiness, very nice mouthfeeel and appearance for a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 03:57:17 | More by Hoptometrist
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a jet black with two fingers of dark brown head from a 22 oz. bottle into two tulip glasses. The head fades slowly leaving some thick brown lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of chocolate and smoke with a bit of coffee and some more sweet aromas coming out. Delicious aroma for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Bold with bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and black coffee come out with nothing overpowering. Good balance of flavors with some smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Great body with nice carbonation that makes this very drinkable. Somewhat filling with a nice creaminess and bready texture.

Overall: An awesome oatmeal stout from Rogue and perhaps their best beer. Definitely a must try beer for any fans of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:26:07 | More by Mikecap
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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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