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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,891 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,891
Reviews: 1,530
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 177 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

tubacharlie, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

allengarvin, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

cbl2, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Vancer, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer.

A - pitch black with a soft, off white, creamy head

S - roasty, nutty, faint coffee

T - roasted malt, coffee, creamy, a bit of charcoal

M - full bodied, creamy, smooth, low carbonation

This is a nice, easy to drink stout. The nitro tap adds a great mouthfeel and a creamier taste. The roasted malts and traditional stout flavors are on point and balanced. Overall, this was a very enjoyable pint.

tdm168, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A black abyss poured into a glass! Impenetrably black and crowned with a thick, chunky tan head; lacing galore. Rich, roasted malt grain aromas with a light, flowery, nearly citrus-like background scent. Deep roasted malt flavors; charred bread crust; bitter chocolate; soothing combination of hop bitterness with a slight alcohol presence. Rich, smooth mouthfeel; sugary sweet with a touch of dryness.

Big, black, and beautiful! I don't drink too many Rogue beers, but this oatmeal stout packs a lot of sensory delights. Must get more...

beergoot, May 05, 2013
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, just like it should be, and a lovely cappuccino colored head. There was some nice lacing, but it disappeared after a while, but there was always a ring clinging to the glass. Just a delicious looking stout.

Smell: Right up front a lovely blend of roast barley, hop, and chocolate bitterness, followed by bready smoothness and a little tinge of yeast. More great stuff.

Taste: Just fantastic, the bitterness of this beer is done so well, and the oats give that classic smoothness and the roast barley helps you tame that chocolate character. Yet again, more great stuff.

Mouthfeel: This is the only place I have a bone to pick with these guys, the carbonation is a little to forward in my opinion. However, this is easily cured by giving the beer a couple swirls in the glass and allowing it to warm to room temperature. Also, as stated previously, the oats work wonders in the smoothness of this fine stout.

Overall: Maybe my favorite oatmeal stout, just a fantastic beer to have with a desert, or even as a desert by itself. The wide availability of this beer makes it even better, an absolute must have in the stout category. If you haven't had this, grab it the next time you go to the store.

Siriusfisherman, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a 16 oz nonic.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is s pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Oats, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and some smoke.

Taste: Smokey, ash, bready oats, bittersweet chocolate,

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied, bitter, low carbonation, and a bit smooth.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Smooth and balance of flavors.

Flounder57, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of kshizzle101
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

A - Black in color with a 3 inch tan head, very thick

S - creamy chocolate scent, some roasted malts

T - chocolate up front, malts linger for awhile, a strange but pleasant taste which must be from the oats

M - thick and creamy, a little stickiness. perfect carb

Overall - great oatmeal stout. rogue usually comes through big time with their stouts and porters and this one does not let down.

kshizzle101, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep black with browns around the edges and two full finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam is really light and frothy and takes forever to settles. Big lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt, wheat, milk chocolate, slight caramel and a touch of vanilla. This beer smells nice.

T: It starts out sweet and fluffy with a good bit of milk chocolate, malt, and caramel. The beer get s a bit roasty in the middle, and the roast and sweet mix well in the finish.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's flavorful, but light on the palate. It's smooth and moves well from first sip to the finish. Nothing lingers for too long after the beer is gone.

O: Nice beer. I'm actually impressed with this beer. The flavors are nice, it drinks well, and it's not too filling. Very drinkable. I'd buy this again if I was in the mood for it.

trxxpaxxs, May 11, 2013
Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (undated) into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces two fingers of short-lived mocha-brown foam. The head drops pretty quickly into a collar. There is a stray finger of lacing left behind. The beer is nearly black and completely opaque.

S-The smell is smooth and well-integrated, but concentrated with roasted malts that verge on charred, but lack any acrid or acidic scents. There is a lightly bitter hop note hiding under the malts.

T-The taste, like the smell, is very smooth, but concentrated and intense. Coffee on the front, with a little kick of bitterness, gives way to smooth, milky chocolate and caramel on the finish. Unlike some oatmeal beers, this one never slips into pure creaminess, but rather, stays on the aggressive side of things.

M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with smooth, but active, carbonation.

O-It is great to finally try this classic of craft beer. For me, the reputation is mostly deserved...you get solid flavors, smooth feel, great drinkability, and no gimmicks. What is most impressive is how smooth and drinkable this beer is without losing either the oatmeal character or the more aggressive, coffee/roasted malt flavors.

spoony, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Altair
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Altair, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Jayman931
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jayman931, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,891 ratings.