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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,008 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,008
Reviews: 1,540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 215 | 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 loren01
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with good sized tan head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Slightly smokey, chocolattey, roasted maltiness
T: Dark roasted coffee, slightly sweet. Slight dark chocolate taste. Finishes very earthy.
M: Well carbonated, full mouthfeel
D: Pretty complex tasting beer, would have this again for sure. Probably my favorite dark beer that Rogue has.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops in the nose to start, with a little scent of coffee.

Pours a robust three-finger head with good retention - larger bubbles on the outside surround a creamy smooth interior head of a surfer-tanned color.

Creamy smooth sensation in the mouth when sipped, as the carbonation continues down the palate, carrying with it the bold hop flavor tempered by chocolatey, turbinado sugar malts and a lingering impression of leftover devil's food cake.

Excellent overall. Something Sir John Falstaff would have enjoyed for sure.

Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark black color, with only a hint of red along the edges when you hold it up to the light. Moderate tan head with good lacing. Rich dark-chocolate aroma with sharp, peppery hops. Initially sweet taste of cocoa & coffee, slowly bittering up after a few moments, to finish dry and roasted. Good, full body but not heavy.

Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Completely opaque, black, with a slightly ruby-brown quarter inch head.

Smell:

Cotton candy malts are present, with a hint of burnt coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Flavors are amazing. A strong roasted coffee-chocolate engulfs the mouth, finishing with a bitter chocolate sweetness. This would be a perfect brew if it were just a little smoother on the mouth (I still compare to the Samuel Smith standard, though this come close to perfection).

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Sir Shakespeare, where art thou? Why, right here in my hand! What a beauty, a sexy black body with a deep, frothy oak head. A chocolate malt aroma, hints of anise. Ummm, earthy & leathery quaff, followed by a slight hop finish.

Rich, gritty and full bodied – still smooth for the entire 650ml bomber. Mellows mid-bottle as the 6% starts working. This is a very good session or quiet evening sipper brew.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Photo of veinless
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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Photo of dripa8
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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.

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.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,008 ratings.