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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,765 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,765
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 135 | 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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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
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LuckySevens82

Florida

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

22 oz bomber.
Pours a crude oil black with a very nice light brown head. Lacing is present but not that impressive.
Aromas of burnt toffee, chocolate, and coffee are on the forefront. There is also a very nice floral hop aroma that is lacking in many other American Stouts.
Taste is absolutely amazing. This is what a stout should taste like with all the complexities that make beer great. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hop bitterness all play a part to balance out perhaps one of the best stouts I have had in a long time.
While this is a fine stout, I would have to say that one of it's major drawbacks, for me anyways, is the fact that 22 ozs is more than enough of such a rich concoction. This stout it in some instances too rich for it's own good. A fine beer indeed, but perhaps a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 03:26:03 | More by LuckySevens82
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walleye

Michigan

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

from the bottle. poured black with a medium tan head. aroma roated malts jump right out there and than along comes the chocolate, some coffee, with a touch of hops. flavor not disappointing at all good strong roasted flavors with the chocolate taking first place a head of the malts did pick up some of the oats. good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 20:03:18 | More by walleye
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

Black opaque body with thick tan head, looks similar to the bar harbor. More mild than many stouts, but still more hoppy than I like my stouts. Roasted malt and hop permeate the scent and taste. Fairly full-bodied. Its good,but I think their mocha porter might be better.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 00:48:22 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Procrastinator

Florida

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

22 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. No dating can be found on bottle.

Appearance: black brown body with a cappuccino colored creamy head, which slowly dies off to leave a dollop of cream on the surface. Lots of tight small bubbles cling together to form lacing on the glass.

Smell: burnt coffee, dark bitter chocolate, cereal oats, dry hoppy bitterness.

Taste: unsweetened chocolate, burnt graininess, bitter coffee complimented by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: dry and full-bodied. The carbonation is about perfect to deliver the bitter side of this stout. The lack of sweetness makes for an acrid finish. Balance is swayed to the bitter side.

Drinkability: alcohol seems non-existent until I finish the 22 oz. bottle. It's there and well hidden. For those looking for a stout with a known hop prominence, this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:36:12 | More by Procrastinator
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aerozeppl

New York

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

From notes. Split a 22oz.

A: Awesome two fingers of weird mocha/tan head. Very earthy looking.

S: Malt, sweet caramel.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, with a slight bitterness that suits the style.

M: Med to slightly heavy body. Good light carbonation.

D: In between a sipper and being able to drink 3 or so bombers. Depends on the temperature it is served at.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 20:22:08 | More by aerozeppl
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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

Pours near black with light tan head.

Nose is hop dominated with espresso and maybe dark roasted coffee beans.

On the palate this ale is big and roasty, full flavored, with ample hops to stand up to the roasty flavors. Finishes bitter, but bitter in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 02:47:34 | More by yemenmocha
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NitroGen

Arizona

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

P: 650 ML. Dark Brown bottle.

A: Black oil pour, two fingers of thick intense dark espresso foam that slowly dissolves into a slight cover and lacing galore.

S: thin and grainy grapefruit pith with deep undertones of espresso roast and a slight sweet finish

T: Intense rush and bite of sharp grain then a dark roasted coffee finish with a flight grain finish to the tongue.

M: Surprisingly thin, but very complex as it starts with a burst of sharp hops then setles down for the roasted expresso with just a dab of sweetness. Hops meets a stout and the hops almost win.

D: Definitly not a session. This one needs to be sipped, savored and studied to do it justice as I found it to be really complex and really changed in character as it warmed, started at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is a hop lovers stout, but a great exercise for the stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:05:10 | More by NitroGen
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atrus138

Kentucky

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

Poured a bomber of this into a pint glass. Poured a dark black with a thick khaki head. Smells of burnt caramel, coffee, and chocolate prove to me that this is a stout. Tastes very nice - all the smells were present in the taste, with mild sour notes. A little hoppier than I expected, though not bad at all. Very balanced with a nice thick mouthfeel. I'll probably have this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 23:50:08 | More by atrus138
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mophie

Delaware

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

My first Rogue. This is a great looking beer, pitch black with a light brown, foamy head. Oddly, the aroma is almost nonexistent. What strikes me is the carbonation, both the look of it as you swirl it in your glass, and the feel of it on your tongue. I couldn't detect much chocolate in the taste, but rather a very dark (almost burnt) espresso. Overall, a nice beer, and an impressive introduction to Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2002 16:49:22 | More by mophie
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gatorbreath

Fiji

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

This is a heavy beer. Like a meal..

Had a big meal and sat down to this beast...Heavy this beer is with the appearance of darkness, like taking an oatmeal cookie down in beer form..

Head is puffy, foamy, chocolate dark looking tan colored...Pretty formidable, the smell is oats, possibly some chocolate..The taste is good, oaty, oatmealy stouty goodness, and mouthfeel is full flavored and full-bodied...very slick and enjoyable to drink.

The alcohol is something you won't notice and this adds to the enjoyment. I enjoyed this much,

Enjoi!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 13:38:25 | More by gatorbreath
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oberon

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 00:34:24 | More by oberon
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours jet black with a fairly large tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains roast malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a creamy scent. Very inviting.

Taste is like the nose. Roast malt, dark chocolate. Creamy and rather bitter, particularly in the finish. Not complex, but certainly tasty.

Medium bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall, very good. The best beer I have had from Rogue, a brewery that tends to disappoint me. Not this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:55:16 | More by jrenihan
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sevenarts

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Huge and very fluffy tan head. Some lacing.

S: Oaty and malty, with strong coffee and chocolate notes.

T/M: Creamy, malty, coffee-rich goodness. Lots of milky coffee up front, with rich layers of oatmeal and sweet malt. Some roasty, mildly bitter flavors in the followthrough. Super creamy mouthfeel, with some alcohol warmth.

O: A great oatmeal stout with wonderfully subtle flavors, goes down so creamy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 00:44:01 | More by sevenarts
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Furlinator

California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1 inch of tan head that settles to a thick film on top and leaves rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of coffee, faint dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla accents.

Taste is coffee, cocoa and roasted malt with faint dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Nice coffee and cocoa flavors abound. An solid example of oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 16:46:19 | More by Furlinator
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a silky black pour revealing a thick, resilient khaki head.

S: a bold yet muted bitter chocolate aroma supported by a backbone of oats.

T: all the flavor resides in the lingering aftertaste of chocolates, oatmeal, and then dry oak, though on the whole, the flavors seem watered down.

MF/D: incredibly smooth, faint bubbles dance across the tongue before dissolving down the throat. easily consumable by a party of one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 15:32:03 | More by newk340
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wmtxbb

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark molasses with a soft off-white head.

Smell: Oatmeal and chocolate malts, grainy chocolate like scent.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate. Lingering chocolate bitterness in the mouth.

Drinkability: heaven in a bottle during the winter. This is a great oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:04:32 | More by wmtxbb
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had a Rogue in awhile so I picked up this guy. Yesterday was a good pale ale and I thought I would change it around with a good stout.

As with most stouts this one poured out nicely leaving a thick bubbly-creamy head that was sort of a coffee with creme color. The beer itself was a dark chocolate color.

It smelled as I expected it to be. It was a bit sweet like chocolate and had coffee as well. Hops came out in the aroma too.

Like many stouts I drink I let it sit out for awhile so that it would be a bit warmer. I am able to taste more if I do so. The Shakespeare is definitely complex with chocolate sweetness but also bitter like dark chocolate and coffee. The hops made themselves known too. Although it's complex I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It wasn't too complex for me but perhaps the complexities didn't all add up for a beer that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:10:44 | More by BeardedRiker
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nickd717

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ales Public House in SF.

Black color with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, toast, and a little chocolate although not nearly as assertive as in their chocolate stout.

Nice oatmeal smoothness on the palate. Fairly full body.

A very enjoyable beer overall. Rogue is underrated on this site I find. Maybe it's their price point.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 17:33:49 | More by nickd717
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GregBrewski

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 22oz bottle. Poured a nice thick black color with a brown head, which stayed until the bottom. Smelled of chocolate and some spice. When it first hits your taste buds you immediately notice the sweetness and malt, some roastiness as well. The aftertaste is best noted with hops. Its a medium bodied brew with light carbonation, perfect for this style, could use a little more body though. Overall it’s a great stout with not too high ABV so not too difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 23:44:05 | More by GregBrewski
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,765 ratings.