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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,589 | Ratings: 3,363
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

How curious that I have not reviewed this beer until now! I think that part of it was a reluctance on my part o open a 22-fl. oz. bomber by myself. Certainly, I am capable of drinking the whole thing, but it just seems selfish. I picked up this reasonable 12-fl. oz. bottle recently at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "Dedicate to the Rogue in Each of Us"; "100% Pure Rogue"; "World Champion Stout".

After Pop!ping the cap, I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour. This raised three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose was roasty, chocolaty and with a molasses/treacle bite. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft & creamy, but not overly carbonated. Instead, the liquid itself seemed to be like a dollop on my tongue. Mmmm. The taste was a little more bitter than I had expected, closer to black coffee and/or bittersweet chocolate than the nose had suggested. Finish was semi-sweet, slightly smoky, lingering with notes of coffee & dark chocolate. It strikes me as more of a dessert beer than one just to drink on its own, but that is me.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small tan head that fades leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are awesome, especially for a "smaller stout". Tons of chocolate syrup. Some caramel in the mix as well. The flavors have alot of roasted malts. More chocolate with hints of coffee. Nice bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a classic Rogue brew. It's nice to see it in 12oz bottles now. Great example of a traditional oatmeal stout.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Pours an opaque brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is smooth roasted malts with a slight earthy hoppiness and a strong chocolate finish. Not particularly sweet, although it certainly isn't bitter. Kind of a dark chocolate or coffee with cream sort of thing, I guess. Medium/oily mouthfeel, with just about the right carbonation. Moderate ABV allows you to appreciate the subtleties of the beer. Good offering - I'd try again!

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a tan/mocha head.

Chocolate up front on the nose with a hint of oats.

Bitterness front and center in the taste, i wasnt expecting that. Much different taste than what the nose would suggest. Im not getting much in the taste besides the bitterness and a tingly unpleasant mouthfeel.

Honestly, this one is a head scratcher to me. I truly do not understand the high rating.

Edit: best by date of 1/21/14, drank on 1/3/16. Has to be the reason this is unpleasant to me. I will have to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of James954
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: black molasses, decent lacing and head that dissipates slowly.
S: Classic toasted malt, molasses, brown sugar / dark fruit
T: same as smell with a good balance of sweetness and a slightly bitter after taste that lingers with toasty goodness.
F: Excellent carbonation and full mouthfeel...Bravo!

overall: damn near might be the best stout I've had...like Victory Storm King with better carbonation and a more balanced flavor of sweetness and toasted malts without getting overly bitter at any point.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz and 22oz bottles, no dates, 5.7% ABV. Pours black with a medium sized khaki colored head; some lacing. Smells of mostly steal cut oats, roasted malt, and earthy hops with some cocoa; good intensity. Tastes of roasted malt, earthy hops, oats and cocoa. Strong bitterness and lingering dryness in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation and above average body for the style. A straightforward and well done Oatmeal Stout; lots of bitterness, dryness, and intensity.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours black with a very small white head. Quite malty, with notes of coffe and chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This lacks flavor and feels very watery. It looks and smells good, but really let down after that. Not much good to say other than it's cheap and available.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a beer class I recently discovered this oatmeal stout style of beer. What a wonderful beer for the colder months ! It's sweet, full bodied and, no it doesn't taste like oatmeal. they just use it in the brewing process... guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

22 oz bomber. No bottling info

Pours an attractive solid black body with a dark tan head (aggressive pour recommended) Good retention. excellent lacing.

Lots of prominent chocolate notes. Did you ever have an Easter basket with milk chocolate eggs as a kid ? Sounds crazy but it reminds me of that sort of chocolate. A little burned coffee bean too. Very enjoyable!

Taste follows the smell with a slightly bitter finish.

Nice medium creamy feel. (I'm new to this style but maybe should be a little more creamy ? )

Overall; very nice !!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a cream head. Smells of roasted chocolate. Taste is like roasted bittersweet dark chocolate cream. Thick mouthfeel with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Overall, good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nice tan head that disappears and rims, very opaque, strong appearance. S: burnt coffee, a little pine outdoorsy. T: really good, dark chocolate notes, coffee, barley. F: smooth, chewy oats, slight bite of alcohol/carbonation, awesome. O: probably one of the best oatmeal stouts, although Samuel Smith is really nice

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Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First time having this beer. My, what has become of Rogue since the good ol' days of Dead Guy, Hazelnut, Chocolate, and Shakespeare? Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Slow-to-build, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Pours pitch black as well. Great.

S: Very robust chocolate and coffee. On the bitter side, but still great.

T: Very complex, but not exactly a lot of oatmeal in the taste. Still good, though. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee; leaves a very stouty aftertaste.

F: A little too watery, IMO.

O: Great beer. Prefer the chocolate stout, but this one's still good.

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650mL to a pint glass. Around 38 F from the initial pour, drunk over the course of about an hour so it warmed up quite a bit.

L: Very dark. Pretty much pitch black. A beautiful foamy tan head, about two fingers worth. It settled down to less than one. A bit bubbly looking.

S: Predominantly cocoa. Some coffee. Your typical dark earthy notes.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasted malts and earthy hops with just enough sweetness in the background to balance it out. As it warms up the oatmeal comes forward a bit more. It's always subtle but much more noticeable at a warmer temperature. Overall a slightly bitter taste but it's good and well balanced.

F: A medium mouthfeel: it's creamy, definitely has thickness to it, but it's not as thick as say milk. Or rather it can be, but has a dryer finish. Has some carbonation, but not so much that it distracts you. I like that.

O: A very nice hearty beer. Rich and tasty. This'll warm you up for sure. In addition to everything said, this thing is only 6.1 ABV, so it's not overly strong and you don't get that boozy taste that you can sometimes get with stouts (mostly RIS). Well balanced, nearly a meal in and of itself, this is a great beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This serves well as a classic oatmeal stout. Obvious oatmeal malt, chocolate malts, tinges of burnt coffee, charred embers and smooth subtle marshmallow sweetness. This is one of Rogues best.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

not a fan of stouts in general but this one won me over. pours a deep black with a thick beige head. Not overly bitter and has a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical black dark color of stouts, creamy taste, has an oatmeal smell to it, overall ok. I would say this is a good beer, but for the price I expected more. It's not better than a Guinness, but costs a lot more.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
2.34/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12oz bought at Globe Drug; no date; Overall, I was not impressed with this beer (I remember that is was more bitter than I liked), but it may be because it was old, or it may be that I don't really care for oatmeal stouts (I haven't had enough oatmeal stouts to know).

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at stout, poured into a pint glass (although it wasnt a real pint glass because they do 12 oz pours there, because theyre cheap). I cant imagine a more appealing look for an oatmeal stout. Dark almost black coloring, tan creamy head the color of chocolate ice cream. The flavor was excellent - malt, chocolate, oatmeal. None of the burnt flavor you get sometimes with stouts as others here have noted, which was nice. The aroma was the same, and I thought I caught a whiff of coffee as well. The mouthfeel was soft and creamy, exactly as you would want. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Blackish brown with a fluffy mocha one finger head that lingered a bit before duming down to medium bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Picking up dark chocolate, grains and a hint of anise. Kinda smokey.

T: Follows nose with a charred chocolate opening. Grainy malts follow with leather and attitude. 'tis lovely, methinks.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Don't know why I've waited so long to try this dramatic stout. Shakespeare would approve as he sipped away while crossing the moor. I'll be wanting more.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Ebony black with a dark tan 2” head that dissipates to ½” with very fine bubbles and good lace.
S: Chocolate and dark malt, some roast, oatmeal
T: Malt forward with rich dark chocolate, some roast but chocolate is more apparent. Nothing harsh or burnt.
F: Has the creamy oatmeal texture and mouthfeel, chewy fine soft carbonation, slightly oily
O: One of the better oatmeal stouts around.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with copious tan head with excellent retention.Smells of roasted malts, peat, leather, cocoa. Tastes sweet roasted malts forward, unsweetened cocoa without being bitter, well balanced hops and very clean finish. Medium bodied (2% milk) with minimal carbonation. Very smooth texture, easy drinkability, well balanced.

A tasty oatmeal stout, a classic and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with no light penetrating. A fingernail of beige head rests on top. Heavy lacing on the glass. Luscious aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, tobacco and leather. I taste a massive amount of dark roasted barley, chocolate, leather and tobacco. The mouth is chewy, silky and thick.

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Photo of TopherBreski
1.21/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Solid black with no carbonation other than a brown fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Deep smell of coffee and chocolate. Taste is chocolate and coffee with a touch of the oatmeal. Dumbest ideas ever when these guys make breakfast stouts all the time, they are all so bad.

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Photo of RogueDave
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is similar to Rogue's more traditional Shakespeare Stout, though I find that the Oatmeal stout his a lighter flavor but maintains the chocolaty aroma.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nearly black with just barely some reddish hues. As dark brown of a head as I've ever seen, still much lighter than the body, of course. Head and body are both very thick. High head retention and viscosity. Smells of freshly brewed coffee and rich bitter-sweet chocolate. Roasty and earthy malts up front, cigar smoke as it lingers, not near as tart as other smoky brews. Hop bitterness blends well with roast and smoke qualities, almost can't detect it. Hop spiciness you can find if you try, though. Incredibly drawn-out, smoky finish, but yields nuttiness and vanilla as well. This stout's on the higher end of medium-bodied and makes for smooth drinking. Extra fine tingling carbonation, mildly warming, makes the teeth sticky, but is not overly astringent.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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