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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,054 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,054
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 223
Gots: 256 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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
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Photo of RedChrome
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is inky-black with brown highlights, no light transmission, and a brown head that fades too quickly into just a ring (lost points for that). Aroma is strong, dark and sweet, malty with hints of sorghum.

Taste is roasty, very dark patent malt but rather dry instead of sweet. Some elements of espresso, baking cocoa and molasses among some respectable bitterness for a stout. Bit of an unusual tang of dark fruits, maybe raisins or prunes, and now that I read other reviews, the rich oaty taste becomes evident.

Body is not thin but the mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected. Probably keeps its drinkability higher, though, as anything thicker would cause that number to fall. Tons of flavor, an excellent example of a very good dry stout that certainly beats the pants off a Guinness.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of sgoodship
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a great deal about Rogue and believe it or not, this is my first of their brews. Their Shakespeare is not a bad place to start I would imagine.

A: Poured from a bomber as black and still as an underground cave. Nothing showing against the light. Nice 2 finger espresso stained head dissipated to a thinner constant companion. Nice lacing.

S: Really solid stale malty smell with a little coffee - maybe a touch of bitter chocolate and some hop fruit. Pleasant and deliberately understated.

T: A touch of caramel but mostly a bolder bitter roasted malt, nutty, oaty. Real meaty stuff. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and hop. Just a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium body. Chewy. Creamy smooth apart from the carbonation which was more than I expected but calmed down nicely as the drink progressed.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fact that it isn't too aggressive in any area and has a reasonably low ABV makes it a very easy drink to consume. Gets better and better as it warms up. Really nice stout.

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 skillerified
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black beer. No light comes through at all. Excellent chocolate-tan colored head with lots of very sticky lacing. This is what stout is supposed to look like.

Chocolate and black licorice are the first two scents that greet the nose. Then there's a dry dark fruit scent. Maybe a just a hint of alcohol spice too.

Big dark malt flavor comes first. A hint of roasted coffee. I keep expecting it to develop further from there, but it seems like it sticking to those two notes. It's good, but I was hoping for more.

A soft and fairly light feel on the tongue. Starts a little sweet, but gets slick and bitter further down the glass. The balance is good but not exceptional.

A very good stout. A gorgeous beer too. As I said, this is what a stout is supposed to look like. It just seems too simple to me. It could use more complexity and deeper flavor.

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a crude oil jet black with ample mocha brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell and Taste are earthy malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a surprisingly high hop presence. Not overbearing, but certainly there. Quite frankly, this tastes almost identical to their Mocha Porter which I had a few weeks ago. This further blurs the line between porter and stout in my opinion. It seems like it's really at the brewer's discretion whether they call their dark beer a stout or porter. I'm not mad, I love both, just an interesting thing to think about. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Finished the bomber with ease. A very solid offering from Rogue. They've yet to blow me out of the water, but they never really disappoint either. Just solid all around. Could have done worse for review #50.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dirty motor oil with over a finger of thick, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Roasty malts, coffee, a little chocolate and molasses.

Taste. Roasty toasty malt and a litttle dark chocolate. Slightly sweet with nice burnt toast and grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation. Fantastic for the style.

Overall. Great example of one of my fav styles. This bomber went way too quickly.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep motor oil black (but not quite as thick) with a very pretty tan head on top. And from the first smell, I can tell this is going to be a good one!

Aroma is wonderful roasty malt that just fills up my nose. Round and mellow smokiness.

Flavor is roasty goodness, almost charcoal, dry, astringent, with a bitter chocolate end. This is one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is much more full than most commonly available stouts, although still thin in comparison to the big Imperial Stouts.

Photo of theopholis
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Poured perfectly black into an imperial pint glass. This is the 1st beer that I've reviewed that is perfectly black, even when held up to a light. The head is a very dark tan, very creamy and tight, but does not last long. Some lacing, mostly at the original liquid-air interface after each drink.

Aroma-Smells mainly of roasted malts, coffee. Also something that smells yeasty to me in the beginning, but that smell quickly dissipates.

Taste- begins with lightly bitter coffee on the tip of the toungue and intensifies at the back. As I swish it around in my mouth, I get a different bitterness in every part. A nice complexity for a stout.

Mouthfeel is good. A nice, oily feel that lets you know you actually have some beer in your mouth. Carbonation level is perfect.

Drinkability-very good if you like stouts (I do). Not a beer I'd drink during the day, but a great beer for just sitting in front of the tube and vegging out after a tough day at work.

Caution...failry bitter and slightly acidic. If you have acid-reflux, make sure you have some Tums ready.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 supercolter
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, thick black, one of the few beers I can't see through with a light held up to it. Fantastic. Just a little light on the head and lacing. Smell and taste are very similar. Lots of malted oats up front with bit of nutmeg and dry/bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful, a bit too carbonated for a stout is my only qualm. But medium in body and swallow quite nicely.

Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a fruit-like aroma and some hop in there also.

T: A very smooth roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavor. There is a sweet fruity/hop taste and then a bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth and velvety. Not too heavy.

D: A very good oatmeal stout. Nothing is too overpowering, a very balanced stout.

Photo of johnrobe
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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!!

Photo of BWH3
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout Rogue Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The beer stats as presented as only Rogue does.

Northwest Harrington and Klages malt, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, Rolled oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free range coastal waters, and Pacman Yeast. Plato 15, IBU 69, 135.45 Lovibond, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Still ink black beverage with only a glancing hint of red in the underbelly if tilted and held to the light. Head pours a cocoa brown. Initially large the head fades slowly into a thin sheet of foam then subsides into a ring. The beer does not cling to the glass like the chocolate stout. Classic American (4.5)

Smell: The aroma is rich with roasted malt. A very slight malt sweetness is buried underneath these black waters. A noticeable but delicate citrus/resin like scent of cascade hops is also detectable. Nothing unique or bizarre about this aroma, but it is very representative of style and has no flaws. (4.0)

Taste: Again, powerful and full flavor of roast grain. Bitterness is the flavor of coffee without astringency or excess acidity. The hops bitterness accompanies the malt bitterness well. The aftertaste has a slight burnt quality but does not linger long. The beer has a subtle creaminess and a nice dry finish. Nothing exceptional but no mistakes made. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Nice light medium body and fairly still. Nice dry finish on palate. (4.5)

Drinkability: If you want a thirst quenching, enjoyable stout to tip back over and over again all night, this is your beer. It does not have the depth that other popular craft stouts have (or Rogue Chocolate Stout for that matter) but this one has no flaws and is fairly robust in terms of flavor. (4.5)

Photo of Voonder
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for this!
Pours pitch black with huge tan head. Great looking stout. Smell - chocolate malts mostly, some cocoa. Taste - dark chocolate as it is, very bitter and chocolaty. Great stuff. Pretty much ideal stout - rich, smooth and easy enough to drink. I'm truly enjoing this one.

Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed. It started with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Rogue St. Red, and Shakespeare Stout. I was about 23, and I ordered this often when a local pub used to keep this on tap.

So kudos to Rogue for doing it well, and doing it well for so long.

On to the beer...

Pours a deep flat black color with a big aggressive tan head. Mean looking beer. (but that's a good thing)

Aromas are of oats, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Flavors are very full, and upfront. There is a very oatmeal like character to this one, lots of cereal grain flavors, and notes of dark roasted malts. There are also oak, bitter chocolate, and smoke flavors as well. Finish is crisp, biting, and with some nice hop bitterness. This is a flavorful beer, that doesn't wack you over the head with too much. It's just tasty, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too watery and thin for my tastes. It's not bad, but just seems a little off for a stout.

Drinkability is great. This one is so easy to drink, and enjoyable. As good I remember it from years ago...

Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.

The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.

A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

opaque black, with light tan colored head. decent lacing.

very sweet and "oatey" aroma. a little mocha.

well balance flavors of roasted malt and slightly chocolately sweetness. smooth body, creamy head. not too heavy. very easy to drink.

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking stout. Black, fairly mildly carbonated, yet managed a nice 2 finger tan coloured head after pouring into my snifter. Decent head retention, and nice, intricate, sticky lace.

A nice nose on this one. Chocolate malts and deeper notes of char apparent, as well as the decent dose of cascade with a grapefruity hop aroma. A creamy nuttiness and hint of rolled oats also present, along with a hint of anise.

Yummy stuff. Hazelnut and chocolate, hints of dark fruit, then some deeper roasted flavours of espresso that give a hint of char that morphs to give a hint of anise and a wisp smoke. All the while the cascades are trying to assert themselves, and manage to give a nice grapefruit finish.

A great mouthfeel on this medium bodied stout. Smooth, creamy, yet almost dry. Favours the chocolate malts slightly over the more roasted malts, the final balancing act is nicely done by the generous amount of cascades used in the hopping of this brew.

A pretty damn drinkable and tasty stout with a fair amount going on in it. Rich chocolate character and somewhat mild roastiness should make this a great stout for introducing newbies to the style, so long as they enjoy cascades. A very well made brew, wonder why it took me so long to finally crack this bottle, as it has been sitting in my cellar for a year or so.

Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, basically black, with just a hint of dark brown highlights. This was topped by a dense, dark brown head that showed excellent retention. The aroma was quite malty, with some lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just slightly burnt. Sweetness and fresh floral hops serve as a decent counterpoint. The flavour is really big, but balanced nicely between bitterness and rich malts. Chocolate and lactose-like sweetness counter the definite burnt malts. Bitterness is on the strong side, with plenty of floral and orange/citrus hoppiness. It had a long finish that emphasized bitterness and roasted malts, leaving the palate on the dry side. The texture was velvety smooth, low carbonation composed of fine bubbles, and a full body. This is great stuff... nice balance with plenty of flavour and a great finish.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,054 ratings.