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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22oz. bottle this beer pours a jet black color with a rich creamy dark brown head. About an inch thick. Smell is outstanding and definatly malty and chocolate. Taste is EXCEPTIONAL, chocolate and malt, balanced with a sweet biterness. Definatly a "go to" beer in my fridge. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with medium carbonation. Drinkability is low, as this is a rich beer. I would lOVE to have 5 or 6 of these if I could handle it. Great after dinner or tasting beer.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Foxtrot
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many Rogue offerings and thought I would give this one a go.

Poured a nice dark jet black with a good brown head with some decent retention and some minor lacing.

The aroma threw me off a bit. I had a pretty strong floral scent, with some roasted malts and dark scents i.e. espresso and chocolate.

Taste was the absolute pinnacle of sessionable stouts. Good flavors of coffee and chocolate with a intermingling of light citrus hops gives this beer a broad flavor profile that is quite good.

Mouthfeel was medium, but certainly getting close to being thick and viscous.

Highly drinkable, had a very smooth finish.

Foxtrot, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter... Another nice label / bottle design from Rogue - I’ve always enjoyed their artwork (as well as all the info they put on the bottle) -

A: Pours onyx and opaque; light brown head forms about half a finger of foam before quickly receding to a thin ring, leaving no lace.

S: Mmmmm... a great aroma on this stout... sweet, black malts; some light notes of dark fruit; coffee; molasses; dark chocolate; a hint of oats way in the back - it doesn’t have the aroma indicative of other oatmeal stouts... maybe the complexity conceals the oat character.

T: A lot of roasty flavors; some burnt smore and a touch of smoke on the finish; chocolate and molasses sweetness give way to a fairly hoppy finish. Again, I don’t pick up on the oats as much with this beer, but its pretty dern good.

M: Bah! Medium bodied and high carbonation... really doesn’t seem like this beer should be so “light." I wish it had a bit more feel.

D/O: A smooth drinking stout! Lots of character - way beyond the oats, and pretty drinkable. My only complaint is the lackluster mouthfeel... everything else is great!

jpro, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ark57
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours deep, dark black and looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It has a big brown head. The aroma is strong with a lot of roasted malts, a touch of caramel, and plenty of citrus hops (I believe it says cascade on the label). The full body has lots of roasted flavor (coffee and a touch of chocolate), some malty sweetness, and then the citrus hops hit you. It is silky smooth going down and has a nice bitter punch at the end. A great stout that has a nice US twist to it with the citrus bite.

ark57, May 07, 2004
Photo of dnichols
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle, purchased at Yoke's in West Richland, WA, into a mug.

A: It poured as black as ink with a moderate one finger head consisting of massive bubbles that receded fast to a slight ring around the collar. There was little lacing.

S: It smelled of roasted malts, caramel and maple syrup, and black coffee. There are hints of ripe dark cherries, raisins, and smoked almonds.

T: It had flavors that followed the nose with the roasted malts dominating. There were clear flavors of coffee, raisins, caramel and a nice bite of flavoring hops.

M: It was medium to full-bodied with a pleasant sweet profile balanced by the bite of coffee and hops.

D: I am a fan of Rogue and this fine brew does not disappoint. It's aroma and taste, as well as moderate ABV make this a brew that can be a great session drink. Nothing blows you away but everything works well together to produce another fine Rogue product.

dnichols, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/30/08. I had this on tap a few years ago and remember enjoying it a lot, so I picked up a bottle from the store recently.

Pours black with almost two fingers of light brown head. The head quickly dissipated and didn't leave any lacing on the glass. Aroma is of creamy chocolate, and very slight hops. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Taste is very nice. Roasted malts, especially coffee. There was a complete lack of coffee in the aroma, but it's definitely there in the taste. Very bitter as well. Very low hop taste, which I like for this stout.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation seems a bit high, but not bad. Full, strong body. Drinkability is great. The ABV is low (6%) and despite the full body, goes down easy. I keep wanting more.

A very good stout - one of my favorites.

bkilpatr, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ChuckD
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Thick tan lacing atop jet black body.

To the nose - roasted malts up front. Coffee beans and charred wood smoke. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, the malts are tremendous. Sweet depth - molasses and maple candy. Slight hop character to back it up and lighten things up. Taste is layered and complex with sweetness.

The feel is thick and oily - heavy and strong on the tongue. The finish is dry - bringing you back for another.

Musings: A wonderful stout. Look, nose, taste and feel - everything top notch.

ChuckD, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snatched the 650ml bottle from Community Beverage back in early-August and had the will power not to drink it until last night. Poured out deep dark brown, almost black. Very little head with moderately-gentle pour. Lacing was amazingly thin. Smelled of roasted hops/malts, sweet malts, chocolate , and coffee. Delicious taste. Quite full-bodied and the roasted flavors are quite pronounced. Unlike Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout (one of my personal favorites), this brew has a more subtle chocolate and coffee taste and the alcohol level is perfect. Deliciously smooth and a wonderful brew. Completely warranted of its high ranking and rating.

zerofear13, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of troutmask96
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a minimal tan head. The chocolate malts that are used in processing are definitely apparent in the smell, which emits coffee as well. Taste is just sensational, with a smooth, creamy flavor and somewhat bitter and sour finish. Right up there with Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout as my favorites of the genre...

troutmask96, May 28, 2006
Photo of madvermin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin black, with a decent amount of head.

Smells of bits of coffee, and generally of pleasant dirt, a little bit of pine in there too.

Tastes very earthy, with chocolate and oatmeal sourness in there a bit.

Thin texture was pleasing in this case, this was an easily likable beer.

madvermin, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of McStagger
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The legend...

A: A somewhat aggressive (and ill advised) pour leads to two inches of delicious espresso creme brulee colored head. Head retention is stellar, with phenomenal lacing left on the glass. The receding head can only be described as champagne like. The individual bubbles mingle together to form larger air pockets, which then pop under the pressure of the foam. Absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is an excellent opaque black.

S: Sweet cereal malt intermingled with excellent hop bitterness. Mild chocolate and mocha notes are present, although not nearly as dominant as Rogue's Chocolate Stout. (Big surprise there, huh!) The light cocoa notes are also overlapped by a more mellow espresso note.

T: This is where things get a little rougher. The beginning palate is a jumble of varying flavors that smack of grains and earth. A very subtle barnyard flavor is also present. The mid palate is more hop oriented, with the bitterness of the hops really coming through. The finish, however. Whoo boo, the finish is excellent. All the rough edges transition beautifully to the finish, which is more reminiscent of the scent of the beer. Mild chocolate and mocha lead into bitter coffee bean and espresso nuances. The lasting flavor is similar to that first time you tried black coffee with your dad. It just stays and stays.

M: I've always been a fan of the way stouts and porters feel on the tongue. This beer is no different. In fact, it stands above most other stouts in this category. The feel is almost perfectly balanced. Many stouts are thick to the point of being viscous, but this beer has a lively carbonation that kicks in at exactly the right time to keep this beer from being flabby.

D: One of the easiest stouts to drink that I've ever imbibed. (Sam Smith's Oatmeal has a slight edge.) Who cares if the beer is thick and rich. It tastes too damn good to not want more.

I'm still fairly new to the world of stouts. If anybody reads this review and thinks of a stout on this caliber, I would love to know.

McStagger, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz mini imperial pint glass. Top beer #74/100!

Pours a very dark black with a small but thick and creamy dark brown head that stays around for a while. Nose is very strong, malty and rich with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, toffee and vanilla.

Taste is quite bitter from the dark malts, not much for hops to be found here. The finish is super dry and bitter with a light chocolate flavor lingering for a bit. The carbonation is a bit sharp at first but quickly becomes very mellow and rich. This is very well done.

kingcrowing, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard "wow" come out of my mouth as I poured from the bomber bottle. The darkest brown liquid I've ever seen rolled around the pint glass, and a dark brown foamy head percolated up to the top. The aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and hops swirled up into my nose, which was helpful to get the smelling part of the review done since I was not taking the time to put my nose to the glass. It went right to my mouth instead.

The flavor is intense, complex, and changing as you drink. Roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and espresso. The malt mellows out as it lingers on the tongue, and the tingly aftertaste of bitter hops, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee sets in. The only criticism is that the mouthfeel is just a bit watery, and could be fuller. Otherwise, a tremendous selection. Just remembered there's more in the bottle...

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How about that. LCBO being on the forefront and 4 reviews, all from Ontario. This is an above avergae stout, not too chocolately or burnt coffee. Very drinkable and not far below the infamous Shakespeare Rogue in rogue abilities. Malty and yet balanced.

Sammy, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black topped by a one-finger creamy tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, and a touch of briny peat. Palate is dominated by dark roasted malt, accented by coffee, molasses, chocolate, with the lurking presence of amarillo hops poking through towards the finish. Body is simply luxurious - rich, creamy, and damn near perfect. I could drink this all night.

ElGordo, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no date) poured into two shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Pitch black beer letting no light through the edges. Poured a rocky tan head that died down to 1/16" across the top with a thicker ring at the edge. Some sheets and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: When first poured bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, and some burnt sugar notes dominated. As it warmed up the smells got muted even with a good swirl.

Taste: High cacao bittersweet chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee flavors again, some metallic notes at the end, an mild sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated - not fizzy, but a high level of carbonation which gets in the way of the creamy smoothness of the oatmeal stout. There is a good thickness here, but I think the carbonation gets in the way.

Overall: A great beer with dinner, and I think this would be fantastic with a wide range of desserts. The flavors would compliment a variety of highly sweet desserts, but serve as a nice counter due to the higher bitterness level in this beer. An enjoyable stout all on its own, but far better with food.

damndirtyape, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with deep walnut hues on the edge. A fairly large, sticky, cloudy, frothy cafe colored head. A bit above average retention that settles into a thin layer of lace and then later just a ring of lace.

S - Very nice smelling with plenty of coffee aroma and a fair amount of hops as well with citrus being strongest but some others. Some chocolate/cocoa and some other roasted aromas. Good amount of earthy aroma.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, but it isn't as enjoyable or as good as I had hoped for in comparison to the nose. Coffee and roasted barley and oats provide a lot of the flavor. Pretty well hopped as well with some citrus and earthy flavors being the strongest. Some sweet chocolate and a touch of caramel.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy and chewy feel. Pretty good but not the best feel in regards to other oatmeal stouts.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer and tasty. Although with the onslaught of roasted flavors and hops make it a bit more difficult to keep drinking it all night.

Notes: A nice beer with a lot of roasted and hop flavors. Lots of coffee flavors as well. I thought this was a good beer and it was tasty, but it wasn't top notch.

FreshHawk, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that stouts are made in different ways, but is there really a need to micro-classify them into "oatmeal," "milk," "Irish,"etc.? I don't agree! A stout's a stout and this one is...well, let's just see... .

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Poured out of the bottle as a jet-black stream and managed to produce a half-inch, khaki-colored head in the glass. Completely opaque. Beautifully black.

-Smell 3.0: Distinctive toasted barely, "stout" smell. Slightly sour bouquet. Very subdued and rather flat.

-Taste 4.5: So smooth, I want to describe it as "smoove." Wonderfully subdued taste explosion and all of it big flavors: chocolate, toasted barley, slight hoppiness, all balanced by a semi-sweetness and the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful aftertastes of toasted grains with a dusting of dark cocoa. Yum.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Bottle conditioned? Maybe, but however they achieved it, the level of carbonation is perfect for this beer. Smooth "juiciness" in the mouth. Amazingly light and refreshing feeling.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. Smooth, warming and at the same time refreshing, this beer set the bar high for itself, what with all the awards won listed all over the bottle, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Worth tracking down and worth the $5+ pricetag per 650 ml bottle. That Pacman yeast should be proud of itself.

BeerDocT, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of runner440
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty great. Big roast notes in this oatmeal stout. It is ridiculously drinkable, and this bomber is disappearing before my eyes. There are big notes of roast and coffee with a bit of chocolate in the taste. This stout should always been in any stout lover's refrigerator.

runner440, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of johnrobe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brew truly worthy of the bard. What a piece of work is this beer! How noble in color! How infinite in opacity! In smell and taste how regal in depth of roastedness. What is this quintessence of water, malt and hops? the paragon of beers! the beauty of the world!

Alright, enough of the blatant Shakespeare ripoff. As I poured this brew I thought it had to be the darkest brew I've ever seen. It looks like motor oil, completely opaque. Lots of roasted barley and a touch of molasses on the nose with some citrusy hops coming through as well. The taste is extremely well balanced. Roasted barley, chocolate, a bit of citrus, a tiny amount of caramel sweetness and just hint of smoke. Outstanding! I wish the mouthfeel was a wee bit thicker on this one. It is more reminiscent of a Porter in that respect. But the good far outweighs my nitpicking. Way to go Rogue!!

johnrobe, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out 'Ebony in color' as the label on the bottle states. I'll go along with that. No head at all. I poured a little rougher, still no bubbles. Hmmph...

Aroma - Big chocolate nose, dark espresso notes. The anticipation makes it kind of hard to want to pick out anything more, let's taste this beer!

Taste is big on coffee and hops out of the gate. As hoppy as this is, it was well-masked in the aroma. Turns smoky with lots of charcoal and drying after that. Finishes with a blend of hop bitterness and coffee which go hand in hand. Lots of smoke and lingering charcoal on the aftertaste. Either as my taste buds adapt or as it warms or something, the flavor makes a turn for the sweeter about halfway through the 11 ounce sample (I split this with my bro).

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating. More carbonation than expected, that too was not revealed on the pour. This beer is full of surprises. Even with the active bubbling in the mouth, they have no effect on a long-lasting aftertaste that really draws out the enjoyment of this beer.

More drinkable in colder temps to be sure, a great fireside beer. Sampled on a crisp fall day in Cincinnati enhances my score on this category.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

superspak, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours ebony in color with a 2" creamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly as I let it sit for 30 seconds, to a nice brown surface layer.

Aroma is lots of earthy roasted malts, along with a deep dark coffee roast aroma that comes through as an underlying characteristic along with some caramel and chocolate.

Sipping, the body is not as big as i expected, and the sweetness is not there that I thought would be. Instead, it is rather bitter, but has some slight sweetness deep down. The carbonation is rather light and tingly, and the body smooths out a bit, along with a very bitter, mellow finish. A little drying on the finish tingles my tongue, as a slight chocolate flavor comes through that reminds me of chocolate powder mix. Reading the label, I saw that cascade hops are added, and I could imagine that that is where the bitterness comes from.

Excellent brew! It wasn't what I totally expected, but this one is not too sweet to consume by myself. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone!

Fish113d, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour with a thick head of brown bubbles. Smell is roasted oats, baker's chocolate, and a mild espresso scent. Some hop in the nose, but not overpowering.

Taste is an interesting case, it's not overly sweet but there is a definite dark chocolate flavor on top of a roasted malt note that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a nice hop presence offsetting some of the roastiness. The alcohol is just barely there, but you'll notice it. The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and watery for me. It's a delicious stout; one of the better ones I've had in a while.

whartontallboy, Apr 25, 2005
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.