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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 278 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of Mauerhan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so in a pathetic attempt to keep up with vic on the attempt to review the majority of the top 100 i decided to pick up a local(ish) brew. ive had this beauty plenty of times broke down and so here is the review.

pours dark brown to the point of being black into my alesmith pint. a thick two finger mocha brown head that retains nicely. these bubbles arnt screwing around. a nice amount of lacing.

smell is a nice mix of bitter sweet chocolate and some robust coffee notes. smells strong. has some body to it. i can already tell that this is not your mama's stout.

taste is awesome. roasted coffee greets me up front. leading into a nice array of roasted malts. it ends on a chocolate note. flavors are rich and complex. full flavored and leaves me wanting more.

mouth feel is creamy and full. the amount of carbonation plays nicely. leaves a lasting feel in the mouth.

i love me some shakespeare stout. i have noticed that alot of people have said that this should be higher up on the top 100 and i completely agree. a fantastic stout. if you see it drink it. you wont be sorry.

Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive creamy light brown head sits on top of the ink black brew. Very appealing.

Vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate in the nose.

Coffee, dark chocolate, and savory roasted flavors dominate. Once the beer warms up a little fruit character is more apparent. Some orange. Very clean bitterness present.

Smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Very nice beer that always seems to impress me.

Photo of hike20
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Very light aroma, but a touch of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is nice and rich with a great mouth feel. Feels velvety on the tongue. Very enjoyable overall. This is definitely one of my favorites!

Photo of jmc44
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with light brown creamy head. Head stays for a bit but eventually dissipates to just a fine coat ontop of the stout. Leaves a nice fine lacing around the glass.

Aroma smells roasted, with hints of coffe and citrus hop. Very nice aroma.

Tastes initially strongly of roasted malts, coffee-like flavor. Mellows a bit to chocolate and caramel flavors, with a nice, slightly bitter hop finish.

A solid stout that is surprisingly drinkable. One of the best stouts I have had to date.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice stout from Rogue. Pours beautifully, jet black with ruby brown highlights and a creamy mocha colored head. The smell is nice, with coffee, chocolate, piney and fruity hops, and grain. The taste is quite bitter and full, reminding me most of cold press coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the drinkability is quite good, perhaps a bit tough for those with more novice palates.

Photo of shirfan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark as night, a tiny hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. A decent-sized head forms and leaves sticky lace for the duration.

Smell is roasty malt and mild grapefruit.

Taste is primarily of vanilla and chocolate all at the same time; the twister cone of stouts. Takes the middle ground between bitter and sweet; there's a light, almost airy, but still substantial feel. Finishes on a slightly tangy, citric hops note. A well delayed, mild aftertaste leaves more notification of cascades.

An especially drinkable stout.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twenty two ounces of black magic! Absolutely black, with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy looking dark tan head slowly settles into a nifty looking halo.
Nose is of roast coffee.
Full bodied and creamy. Burnt roast, espresso, and malt flavors up front. Hops cut right through all of those roast / burnt flavors to deliver a dry finish that has a lingering chocolate flavor. Quaffable in an extreme way.

Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up because i havnt had this since i started my exploration of craft beer. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out an opaque black body that no light can penetrate. a finger of coffee colored head sits on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. you cant ask for anything more from this. perfect.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are dark roasted malts. not really burnt smelling, but definitely not light roasted. after that i get alot of dark chocolate and a little bit of smoke. dark roast coffee on the finish.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get lots of dark chocolate and a little bit of milk chocolate. there is less smoke in the taste than in the nose. the coffee on the finish comes on strong and leaves a long lingering aftertaste.

M- thinner than im used to for a stout. on the lower side of medium bodied. the carbonation seems a bit high also. very smooth and creamy.

O- this is one of rogues better beers, although i think you have to pay a little too much for what you get. still a pleasure to drink and something that often gets overlooked because of how common it is. there is alot of flavor packed into this somewhat small beer.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark Brown near black with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of black and roasted malts with subtle candy and floral hop characters.

A nice balance of roasted and sweet malts with some delicate hop bitterness.

A thick brew that passes smoothly over the palate. Great pub stout to wash down some grub.

Photo of Denali
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.

Looks like black mud. Like a black hole, no light is getting through this one. Nice thick tan head that laced like crazy.

At first sip I was suprised that I wasn't inundated with flavor - the mouthfeel was thinner than expected and there was almost no flavor at all and then, bang! Licorice and fig flavors suddenly come through. Floral hops come in next. Roasted coffee flavors then dominate and last through the aftertaste, along with a hoppy bitterness. Very tasty stout with a strong hop presence.

On some sips, the flavor was immediate, while on other sips, the flavors were delayed. Taste was very reminiscent of Nailbiter. I would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel but a very nice beer nevertheless.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, dark brown body where no light passes thru. Head is a deep, rich tan color...super thick and creamy. Very nice.

S: Dusty chocolate, oatmeal, spicy hops with herbal tendencies, roasted coffee and some vanilla.

T: Dark bakers chocolate right up front which blends rapidly with massive roasted coffee beans. Sour twang in there, sort of a mixture between grape juice and day old coffee. Bitterness takes shape, a profound amount of both bittering cascade hops and roasted barley. Hints of licorice balances with some creamy flavors can be found as well. Finishes with strong espresso abrassiveness.

M: Full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very silky and nice.

D: Nice beer, quite aggresive. 22oz's is just about all I'd prefer to do. Not sure how well this beer would go with food.

Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mysterious black body with a dark tan head. No lacing but bubbles stick to the glass under the surface. Burnt malt nose with expected Rogue hoppiness present. Nice malty taste with some chocolate and hops. Coffee finish that is a bit dry from all of the hops, I presume. A nice smooth feel to it that is almost a bit watery. Enjoyable brew. A bit on the pricey side though, therefore hurting the drinkability for me.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an impenetrably deep black with a rich tan head that retains nicely. Rings of lace linger beautifully after every sip.

The aroma is roast and cascade hops, nice and fruity, slightly piney, with hints of milk chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very roast forward but perfectly so, very dry, intense and smooth at the same time--pine bitterness lingers long in the finish. Definitely has a coffee grinds taste going on.

The mouthfeel is creamy, just a notch below full bodied, and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall just a great drinker, really nice and roasty and dry and balanced to perfection.

Photo of drseamus
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a good mocha colored head. Great chocolaty roasty aroma with tons of coffee. The aroma is very strong and delicious. The flavor has TONS of roast malt with coffee and chocolate in the background. Bitterness is pretty high for a stout, but Rogue is as Rogue does. I can't get any hop flavor off this one. Good heavy body but not thick. It doesn't make much sense to say, but it makes sense in my mind. All the body is right up front and it slims down almost immediately. A great stout all around.

Photo of GarethBacchus
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of coffee, chocolate, and cameral are of top-notch Stout quality. The bitterness of the hops, on the palate, are a welcomed addition. The roasted malt is delicious. It was close to perfection. Shakespeare Stout does finish dry (and somewhat bitter), which is quite enjoyable. The nose matches the flavors perfectly and the midnight black body is awfully enjoyable to look at. The head is tan/brown and it is long lasting.

This Stout is praiseworthy of it's “top rating”. No doubt about it, this is one damn fine brew! Drink up!

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, we go with this classic oatmeal stout. A deep and dark ebony colored body without the slightest hint of light. Crowned with a frothy tan head which fades to leave a nice 1/2inch cap on the beer.

Aroma is most definitely roasted barley with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

A surprising but subtle hop note greets the palate before the strong flavors of the roasted barley take over. Typical stout flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate are found, but not overpowering.

Checking the bottles side by side and the website, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and Rogues Chocolate Stout are almost identical beers, with the only difference being the lack of "natural chocolate flavors" in the oatmeal stout. So, essentially you have two top-notch American oatmeal stouts, a price thats hard to beat in the 22oz bottle format.

Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly crisp. A bit lighter in the body than expected, but this could be from getting used to drinking all the bigger stouts out there.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, that may be one of the best representations of the style that's widely available on the market. Rogue gets a lot of crap from many craft beer elitists, but you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a BA would want a Dry Irish/Oatmeal Stout to be. Need I say more?


A thick brown head and with retention up there with Jordan's hang time. A dark brown brew that stops light. Decent lacing to decorate the glass.

Smell is all roasty and dark malts. Caramel and toffee notes. Plums and figs lurk below. Coffee and mocha combine before yielding to a floral hoppiness.

Taste is much like the nose but the toffee is bigger giving this dry stout a sweet backbone to play off of. Point of fact it has a sweeter malt core than the chocolate stout. This is countered by a more complex hop structure that drys and quenches as it balances. The rolled oats and barley give a chewyness that slows you down just enough to savor this excellent brew.

Feel is lightly syrupy with a light carbonation. Again a bit chewy but still somewhat light on the tongue.

An easy drinker that will have you opening more than one bomber bottle. Enjoy!

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a decent brown head that didn't last long.

A little swirl brings a smokey somewhat charred flavor to the nose.

A hearty swig followed by some contemplation allows one to pick out burnt malt that smooths out and ends in a slight tang of hops. A slightly fruity touch rests briefly on the toungue before giving away to the slightly tangy hoppy finish. So many flavors pass through the mouth on a single sip it is hard to pick them all out. Very nice.

Somewhat thick but also a little oily in the mouth.

So many intriging flavors really make this a nice beer to drink. The fact that I can't leave a bomber only partly emptied means I will sleep well tonight.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a great looking beer, poured a true black, with a nice brown "coffee-with-cream" head; only negative is I wish the head had stuck around longer

s - roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, a hint of sweetness too

t - similar to the aroma, the chocolate and coffee notes are very evident, the finish is bitter and just sits on the back of the tongue, very complex, even a slight sweetness in the middle

m - creamy with minimal carbonation, coats the mouth very well

d - very drinkable; a couple 22 ouncers could keep me happy for most of the night; the complex flavors just make me want to keep taking drinks

This beer definitely lived up to its hype for me. Definitely my favorite American stout. The fact that it's easy to find makes it that much better. I will be enjoying this one regularly for now on.

Photo of lstorie3
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a smallish tan head. The smell is sweet - marshmallows, jelly beans, sugar cookies with a little floral hint. The taste doesn't follow the nose like I had expected. It it's think in the mouth. The floral essence hits first and then follows with a dark roasty flavor. Not as sweet as I had expected, which is probably a good thing considering how sweet the smell was. Really good beer.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Rogoues I have tasted this is probably one of the best if not the best. Allthoug I also really like the Nut Brown Ale I had while in Oregon.

Anyway; This dark and creamy stout has a very brown head that sets it off from other stouts. Also there is a rather surprisingly good hoppiness to this stout. This is no Guiness - So don't drink this wanting to compare to guiness. It is not creamy but more buttery in texture. a very good stout. If you want a comparison try Old Rasputin.

Photo of tturaiders
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark and black, medium tan head that gradually gets smaller but never leaves, and a little lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Roasted Malt, and Caramel.

Taste: Roasted Malt balanced with hops, bitter chocolate, some smoke that I couldn't smell, and a hint of coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy but not too thick.

Drinkability: Great drinkability and well carbonated. Nice balance of hops and malt but not too heavy as some stouts tend to be.

Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with thick creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves walls of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, roasted coffee, toffe and vanilla with earthy hints of grassy hops.

The taste is full, robust coffee, tons of roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, and earthy elements. Grassy hints stick through.

Quite a hoppy stout. Thick, creamy, and delicious. Overall sipper, but great to share and sip.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a tan head that dissipates after a few moments, leaving a bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma is not overpowering, and has hints of pumpernickel bread, dark rye perhaps, chocolate, and a tinge of grapefruit.
The taste is excellent. Nice and smooth, with deep toasted hops and chocolate, and a bit of citrus. Almost a hint of good coffee. The hops and yeast give that perfectly balanced bitterness that I so enjoy in a stout.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with ample carbonation, and a bit of bite from the hops. It is quite drinkable, as it doesn't have an extraordinary ABV%. This ale is highly recommended by me for an American stout. I generally enjoy most of Rogue's offerings, though.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,081 ratings.