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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,782 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 174
Gots: 140 | 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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 22 oz silk-screened bomber served in a Great Lakes tumbler (thanks, BigErn, for the glassware). The ale is cool.

A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.

S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.

T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced hop content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.

M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.

D: Very drinkable, the hops are not too strong (like their Impy Stout) but they provide a nice presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 21:52:13 | More by akorsak
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Docer

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a 22oz. bottle at a QFC to try. I love oatmeal stouts best.... but really love Shakespeare Stout.... so this has to be the best of both worlds right?

- Pours a dark coffee black/brown with a couple of fading fingers of mocha colored head down to a nice even 1/8" layer of thick stout froth.

- Nice bitter and chocolaty malt scent.. smells like a dry beer.. while there is still a subtle sweet blanket of grain, roasted malt, and oats... light but present bitter hop.

- Nice roasted and certainly flavorful stout.... sweet... pure, dark... chocolate malt, roasted grain and barley... and a sweet oat that balances it very well. Slightly dry hop presence... certainly a bitter early boil.

- Light to medium bodied.. little more thick and chalky than the usual Shakespeare... and certainly a little more robust and grainy.

- Overall another fantastic stout... I must say that Rogue does make the best stouts.. always consistent and always flavorful while being able to maintain the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:54:56 | More by Docer
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bens0n

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black color with some very slight ruby highlights. There is also ton of creamy dark tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on toasty oats and brown sugar followed by caramelly and toffee like notes. It smells really sweet actually.

Flavor wise I can pick up on the oats and yeast first, not too much sweetness going on. There is a tiny bit of hops bite then it finishes with a nice unsweetened chocolate flavor.

This beer is slicky and oily with a good level of carbonation, head retention is pretty weak. This beer is thinner than I would like it to be but pretty easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:53:51 | More by bens0n
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Tone

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of herbs. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a great appearance that set the table for the rest of the beer, which is followed by a good blend, body, and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 19:30:27 | More by Tone
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A bit of dark brown highlight in the pour; otherwise this is a deep black beer with a huge, rocky, coffee-and-milk colored head of variously sized bubbles that starts about three fingers deep. Head fades to a more mocha color with time, but clings to glass and dries out into crusty, dark lacework. Super smooth smell with subtle milk-chocolatey malt up front and a hazelnutty finish, with a touch of yeasty, roast-barleyish breadiness in the middle and exceedingly fresh hop character. Just fresh, fresh, fresh in all regards, even though it doesn't exactly come roaring out of the glass. Flavors are of roasted coffee beans and more slight hazelnut with a smoky character; dark chocolate at sides of palate and bits of damp earth; then a medium-sized hop backbone that strikes at the roof of the mouth and finishes. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch oily with a nice, wet, hop smack; coffee flavor finishes smoothly and consistently, but I prefer a chewier stout (been spoiled by the oatmeals). That said, drinkability is simply insane. Super moreish, truly gulpable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 23:40:12 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black color with a smallish khaki head that persists quite well. Smells of caramel and roast with hints of cream vanilla and earth. Light bits of dark fruit aroma as well as hints of light sugar round out the nose quite well. The flavor is roasty chocolate vanilla with a hint of chalk and earthy hops. Medium body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a really nice stout, approachable yet flavorful and creamy as hell.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:08:09 | More by johnnnniee
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Redrover

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML brown bottle with same great information printed on it. No freshness dating though.

The beer pours black with brown highlights. A nice tan head and almost no lacing.

The nose is of roasted malts, a bit of plums, brown sugar and a wisp of smoke.

The taste is of roasted, almost burnt malts. There is a bit of raisin taste with hint of bakers chocolate. The beer is pleasantly bitter, but I would have never guessed the 69 IBUS per the label. The beer tries to sweeten a bit but the hops pull it back,

The mouth is thick with a bit of an oily quality (and that’s good!). Very easy drinker, would go great with deserts! A worthy tribute to Bard!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 00:52:38 | More by Redrover
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mtschmitz

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Dark opaque coffee color with two finger head which settles to a nice top.

S) Roasted malt with coffee and alcohol scents and brown sugar

T) Heavy roasted malt as you would expect from a stout. Extremely smooth and sweet going in, and well-balanced. A pleasant burnt sugar taste

M) Medium-full bodied extremely smooth and slightly chewy. A bit sweet on the back that hangs but I enjoy it.

O) A good oatmeal stout. Full bodied and rich with flavor. Appears to be adequate carbonation and well-balanced. Head seems to stay nicely with the glass. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:53:58 | More by mtschmitz
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a near opaque black liquid with a bubbly khaki colored head.

S-the nose brings some roasted malt, a little chalky, hints of ash, a light chocolate malt with notes of burnt coffee, a fair citric hop presence in the back.

T-the taste has a huge roasted malt presence, light chocolate malt, a nice citric hop presence with plenty of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium body, very inviting and easy to drink, well carbonated crisp rough finish.

D-great representation of the style, creamy texture, good flavors, well balanced hop profile, really a tasty drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:40:23 | More by cpetrone84
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:18:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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bgraney

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour with creamy/coffee colored head.
Maybe I was influenced by the bottle which described the beer's earthiness, but that's just what I got, an earthy aroma with roasted maltiness. A very enjoyeable inhale.
That roasted flavor dominates and leaves behind a lingering chocolate aftertaste.
The aftertaste improves as it lingers in the mouth. It just keeps getting better.
One to take your time with an fully enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 15:48:38 | More by bgraney
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crzyd12

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick creamy head that rivals a cold-deck pint of Guinness. Color is a deep brown, rivaling the bottle. The head lingers as I drink the beer leaving long laces along the side I tip to my mouth. The smell of the beer is the only part that is lacking. I catch only a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. The beer tastes wonderful. This is where I found the roasted malts and chocolate flavors I yearn and some well balanced hints of hops to round out the beer. It is velvety on the tongue and the flavors linger as I swallow. Quite drinkable although the 22oz bottle can take awhile to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:41:33 | More by crzyd12
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing. It has a roasty, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes. I also detected a raisiny, alcoholic aroma. It has a rich flavor with a roasty, and chocloatey flavors. It finishes with a nice roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for a full-bodied brew. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 16:58:40 | More by BeerBuilder
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vfgccp

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Midnight brown with cola highlights. Fine bubbled khaki head with great retention and lace.

S - Delicious fresh milled oats with sweet malt and a touch of bitter cocoa and milky sugar.

T - Huge oat profile balanced with dry, bitter dark chocolate. Lightly woody hop center with a kiss of lemon acidity. Chalky chard oats and dusty cocoa powder backend.

M - Medium/light frame. Nice carbonation. Nice smoothness.

O - An excellent example of the style. Delicious, raw oat flavor counter balanced with rich roasty cocoa and just enough brightness from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:14:53 | More by vfgccp
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super thick, slow liquid. Black with a coffee colored, one finger head with good lacing.

Smells mega heavy. Deep, dark, and thick roasted malt aroma. Oats and chocolate and a big dose of coffee.

Big roast bill on the taste. Thick and chewy. Dry oat flavor, pumpernickel and chocolate sweetness, and then huge coffee.

A big, thick, slow-drinking beer. Drinks like an imperial stout. No alcohol flavor but the heaviness seems more like a 10% abv than 6%. An impressive stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 02:04:22 | More by birderbeerer
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep dark black under a big brown head. Excellent lace and good retention.

S: Smells sweet with some bitter roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Just what you'd think a stout would be. Not as sweet as the nose, more bitter roasted malt, chocolate and also some coffee.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high, but the body is mostly smooth and a little silky. Really nice drinkability, really nothing wrong with this one. An excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 23:56:18 | More by NCSUdo
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marburg

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, terse review: Black, black, black. Slightly poofed tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted barley malts layer over a bitter-ish hop aroma. Coffee and toffee-ish flavors beat down most everything else, which includes subtle chocolate and caramel. This brew closes with a nice little hoppy finish. It's a bit too flavorful and overtly hopped to make a big drinking stout; I'd much rather put back a few oatmeal or chocolate stouts or even a Sammy Smith Imperial. In some ways, it almost suffers because of its flavor. Nonetheless, it's a great one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 04:08:58 | More by marburg
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice thick dark brown, big mocha head with excellent retention. Smells rich, and some excellent aroma hoppage going on. Taste is super-smooth, very rich despite having the texture and viscosity of milk. Silky. Nice hop afterflavor helps part aside the deep dark malt. More chocolatey and hoppy than anything else. Can be a bit much to drink a lot of, but still quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 05:13:34 | More by damienblack
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on the beer engine at Fathead's. The color was black with a creamy tan head. The smell was of dark chocolate. The taste was slightly sweet (like dark chocolate) but still had a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, as expected on cask. Drinkability-wise, well I could have multiples of just about any beer on cask, and this one is no exception.

A great stout, made only better by the cask-conditioning. Bravo to Rogue for a great beer, and hopefully this is one I'll have again!

Serving type: cask

10-25-2003 04:38:53 | More by beergeek279
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HardTarget

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasted malt nose with some hints of chocolate and hops. Trace amount of alcohol noted.
Appearance: Pure black. Started with a small tan head that faded about half way through the class. Only a suggestion of lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Classic stout profile. I experienced the taste of toasted grain with a sweet start, almost creamy taste that quickly transitions to a mild hop dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Seems light for a stout, but not watery. The beer has a slight hop/alcohol prickle, but almost flat in terms of carbonation, which is expected for style.
Overall Impression: Beer was better when it warmed a touch. Drinkability was good, the dry finish helped. Quite similar to Guinness to me, but lighter mouthfeel, sweeter, less carbonated, and more chocolate malt notes. I'm thinking I kept the bottle a little too long before drinking after comparing my review to others, but no date, so hard to tell. Over all, very enjoyable.

Rereviewed: Got another bottle, this one must have been a bit fresher, the hops really popped out this time, but a strong stout malt base kept it in check nicely. Scores went up, guess this isn't one to cellar, but enjoy young, at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 21:49:06 | More by HardTarget
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour resulted in a pure black beer. A small chestnut brown head dissapeard quickly. Too dark to see any carbonation at all. Thin lacing.

A very nice aroma similar to hot chocolate. There is a blend of secondary scents which include a light biscut smell. Also brings hints of roasted coffee beans. There is a nice hops finish to helps balance out the sweet smell.

A very strong taste of coffee hit the palate first. There is a surprising light hint of a lemon taste. A subtle note of alcohol flavor hits the back of the tongue on the finish. A very nice blend of flavors that is a pleasing sensation.

A nice smooth body. Flavors cling to the surfaces of the mouth. A minimal amount of carbonation is a nice feeling on the tongue.

Overall a fantastic stout. This would go great with a nice thick stew on a winter night. Would also be a nice compliment to a dessert that included vanilla. Enjoy this one as a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:08:57 | More by RedChrome
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a thick, sudsy, mocha colored head. Looks very viscous on the pour. Smell is a mix of chocolate, burnt coffee and cascade hops. The chocolate is most apparent. The taste is primarily malty, with the burnt coffee and chocolate malt being the most obvious. The hops are more for balance than for taste although there is a hint of cascade in the finish. There is a slight astringency as well that dries the mouth. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated and as I just said, has a dry finish. A drinkable stout and all-in-all a solid offering by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 07:04:16 | More by gmfessen
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maek228

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted out of a 22 oz. bomber.

My overall impression of this stout can be summed up in two words "Damn Good". It was balanced and easy to drink. I expected this to be an in-your-face-stout but it was smooth, creamy, and easy going. The stout had the normal stout characteristics, black as night, coffee, chocolate, and burnt malt flavors...but what seperates this one from the pack is a hint of milk chocolate flavor. I liken this stout to Magic Hat's Heart of Darkness...quite similar

Shakespeare stout is hard to dislike, I'm quite glad to have had the experience of drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 22:03:23 | More by maek228
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RJLarse

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of Shakespeare Stout in a specialty beer shop. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a coal black color and is opaque. A tan head forms, and is resilient, but not sticky. Very little lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is faint, a mild sweet aroma. A bit og fruity hop scent and some chocolate fragrances.

Taste is good, a well balanced combination of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel is quite good, a smooth, buttery. dry feel, with virtually no carbonation.

Very drinkable for a stout. Well balances flavors are not over powering and a modest ABV makes is sessionable. A really nice brew from the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 00:08:11 | More by RJLarse
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, frothy head that lasted a long time. Really good lacing.

S: Some chocolate, oats and hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Very roasted flavor. Oats, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes the same as it starts.

M: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O: This is an outstanding Oatmeal stout. Wonderful head, perfect roasted flavor and so creamy. I wish the nose was a bit more interesting. Overall, I liked this better than the Breckenridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:49:51 | More by SolipsismalCat
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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