Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Ahh, Shakespeare Stout. My favorite of all stouts. Why, you ask? This is a beer that proves that less really can be more. This beer, for me, is one that all other American stouts are measured against.
Shakespeare Stout is the color of midnight with a small, everlasting tan head that contrasts brilliantly with the beer below. I drank a 22oz bomber out of a large pint glass and the head never faltered in close to an hour. Amazing, really.
Smell is subdued; nothing fancy here. Mild chocolate, espresso, malt, maybe some honey. Not nearly as aromatic as some other Rogue beers.
On first sip, a tingly bite leaps into your mouth and fades into intense roasted malt, coffee and cocoa flavors. Marvelous mouthfeel -- rich and smooth. This one actually made my mouth water after the first taste. That, my friends, is a good beer. The aftertaste lasts a long while, daring you to fill your mouth again. This stout is close to perfection in my book. My main beef is that isn't sold in 6-packs.
This is a classic stout. Not overly complex, no gimmicks, no weird additions. Simply fresh, delightful taste. Balance in a bottle. Highest recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2006 03:09:10 | More by kkipple
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4.31/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep black in color. Not even a hint of color on the edges. Poured with a dense, creamy, mocha foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Rich roasted malt, chocolate, and grainy cereal aromas with lightly charred malt and hops at the end. Medium bodied with a creamy, velvety smooth feel and light crispness along the edges at the finish. Dark roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate flavors into the middle. Hop bitterness quickly overwhelms the malty sweetness. Tangy hop bite is followed by intense pine and light citric hop bitterness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes followed by a lingering charred malt and hop bitterness. Complex aromas and flavors with a silky smooth feel.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 23:26:24 | More by IronLover
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,788 ratings.