Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A bitter night, filled with the frustrations from an unproductive, wasted day. The Shakespeare Stout had been in the beer fridge for a few months now, and I decided that at the very least the evening's beer should be satisfying. Opened the bottle with a corkscrew handle and reverently gazed at the ghostly thin vapor slowly oozing out of the bottle's top: this is, I think, the most enjoyable aspect of drinking bottled beer.
A: A moderate pour into a pint glass produces a 2cm head the shade of burnt tan. The beer's thickness seems present even in the pour, the consistency appears . Admiring the dark brown body that is impenetrable to light, I note the slowly decreasing head, which takes a few minutes to fully recede and leaves excellent light-brown lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Swirling the glass and bringing it to my nose, I note a rich aroma of toasted malt; cold, old coffee grounds; wood smoke; hops; and alcohol. The hops are an interesting presence, for I've had the stout before and do not recall them from previous experiences.
T: Sipping the beer opens a wide mental picture of ingredients and influences. The pine-like hops are present while the beer is cold, but fade into mist as it warms. Bold uses of roasted malt and coffee upfront, with molasses endnotes that decline into a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. No detectable influence of the oats that are mentioned, so I assume they were overpowered by the other ingredients; this is not, after all, an oatmeal stout.
M: Getting a feel for this beer yields its only disappointing aspect: a certain thinness, for a stout, and a carbonation that seems to fade preternaturally fast. Medium body near the border of medium-thin, the moderate carbonation helps keep the beer a welcome presence, but I find that it goes down too fast, too liquid.
D: Quite drinkable and expertly crafted in nearly all areas. The stout provided a bit of warmth and hope to a night that was otherwise devoid of it. A fuller body would have been enjoyed, but perhaps this was merely an outcome derived from my keeping the beer in the fridge for too long.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2006 18:35:19 | More by falloutsnow
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4.34/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this quote: "I will make it a felony to drink small beer"
-King Henry VI, part II (act iv, scene ii)
A: Black, heavy without highlights, abundant dark tan, rocky head, not so much lacing.
S: Hoppy stout, ala Boris. Serious char, wood, chocolate, latte.
T: Taste is intense. Espresso like with hops. Grass, hay, wood, charcoal, coffee. wine-like. This is a great stout with great intensity. meditation beer.
MF: Creamy, dense, woody, flinty, good feel. Not as oily as TedFidy, similar to Boris, Narwhal.
One of my favorites. (But I love hoppy stouts). Best from Rogue.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 01:34:58 | More by Act25
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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