Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by seabass87:
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 650 ML bottle into glass.
A- Looks like a stout... Opaque dark brown and about a half finger of small cream-colored head that disappears quickly. A fair amount of nice lacing. No carbonation visible (will come back to this later).
S- As one would expect, primarily cooked oatmeal. Also chocolate, biscotti, and mocha... Smells like a delicious stout, hoping the taste follows.
T- The most amazing thing about this stout is how crisp it is... I might even call it refreshing, an adjective I don't typically attribute to stouts. Although I can't see any carbonation, there's a decent amount here... Definitely surprised me (in a good way). The taste is mostly what you would anticipate: oats, slightly bitter mocha, light chocolate. Lingering smokey aftertaste.
M- As I said above, the carbonation here was the big surprise for me. Very refreshing with a medium-light body (for a stout). Finishes relatively clean and dry.
O- In a style dominated by overpowering, high ABV, thick-as-motor-oil stouts, this beer stands out as a shining example of a simpler, lighter stout that still has plenty of gusto. I keep coming back to this beer, and it remains one of my favorites from the Rogue family.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2011 00:52:56 | More by seabass87
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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
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,571 ratings.