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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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2,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 2618
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of AgentMunky


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Black dark. Good creamy head. Crazy lacing.

S: Coffee? Dark chocolate. Bitter and stoutish.

T: Bitter, roasted, and creamy-good. Also a bit light and...boring? The aftertaste is vaguely dry and lingeringly bitter.

M: Bitter-good; creamy-smooth.

O: Kind of disappointing. Meh-ish stout. I would have again, but if this glass is any indication, I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 19:44:45 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of bondjedi


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Issaquah Brewhouse. I don't know if it is made there or shipped up from Orrih-gawn.

One finger head, not as much effervescence as the industry standard's Guinness. I had two to finish up a night after being already soused. These went down very well, and in the end had the effect of an elephant tranquilizer. I have not slept so deeply or efficiently in years. Maybe they could call this beer "Inception."

I would love to get my hands on a keg of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 22:17:15 | More by bondjedi
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pour 24 @ NY, NY Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Poured a darkest black. Small, dark tan head. Smell was more bold malts and oats than anything else. Taste was direct and simple for a stout, I'd say. Which is to say it was good. Deep, roasted coffee and not-too-bitter chocolate. Went down relatively smooth. Overall, I'd sample another, but this isn't a stout I'd go out of my way for..

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 04:53:41 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of Fikash


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more could you want from an oatmeal stout? It's creamy, delicious, aromatic, and dances perfectly on your tongue. The roasted notes of coffee and chocolate are present but masterfully subdued. Balance is the end result here, and Rogue has achieved it. The color is perfectly dark, the consistency is perfectly stout-like. There are few better examples of this style.

You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 06:27:37 | More by Fikash
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with slim chestnut edges. Zero head on this pint.

Smell -- The aroma is quite roasty with black malt, cocoa, coffee, and black strap molasses sweetness.

Taste -- Black malt, iced coffee, bakers chocolate. Molasses sweetness counterbalanced by earthy hops. The iced coffee flavor is uncanny. Very nice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with low carbonation. Otherwise, the body is on point. This lack of bubbles was probably the fault of the establishment I drank this at, but still is not distracting.

Drinkability -- Rogue fans usually cite this as their favorite offering, and I can see the appeal. Good balance and a nice blend of roast flavors. This is definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 23:55:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of bierguru


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, however underneath that I get some sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence. The flavor is rounded out with lots of roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a touch or two coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, however i would have liked more of an oatmeal flavor less on the chocolate. Overral i still very much enjoy this beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 01:52:55 | More by bierguru
Photo of kbrady9


3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bomber at my local bottle shop.

A- Good looking stout. It pours very dark, essentially black. A nice, full, dense head that is a fairly dark brown. The head dissipates within a minute or two with nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pretty good aroma. Smells of mocha and some nuttiness, but with a very nice malty body. Can't smell any hops or much alcohol on the back end.

T-The mocha, coffee like flavor hits immediately with the alcohol taking over soon thereafter. The alcohol is a bit overbearing and it lingers for a significant period of time after it goes down. The body doesn't have much sweetness to it in order to help mask some of the strong alcohol flavors.

M-The body does not live up to what the aroma promises. The beer feels unnaturally light going down with the alcohol overpowering the rest of the flavors. Alcohol lingers at the end.

D-I expected much more from this beer. Not something I would purchase again, whether it be in a bottle or on tap anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 02:53:55 | More by kbrady9
Photo of boss302


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare oatmeal stout, draft

A Dark, can't see thru it. Small head, but with fine bubbles. 4 

S Chocolaty and not much else. 3.5 

T Deep roasted malt taste. Rich lingering roastyness. No hop flavor to speak of though there is bittering.  There is a little sweetness initially, but it fades to the roast 4

M Medium thick mouthfeel. A little thinner than I expected, more of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation seemed about right.  Nice lacing.  4

D A good repeatable beer, would have another. 4  

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:43:30 | More by boss302
Photo of womencantsail


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)

A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.

T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.

D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 06:08:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Jadjunk


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#97. On tap at summits' wayside tavern in Snellville, GA.

(Appearance) Arrives cold and black as night. No visible carbonation. Not much exciting but it does alright. 3.5

(Smell) cocoa bean and oatmeal malt. Slight bitter espresso coffee tones Earthy hops. Well balanced and potency is not bad. 4.5

(Taste) Very thin cocoa flavor and a light touch of coffee. Tastes earthy with some very bold characteristics that complement and round the other flavors. Toasty wood tones also here, light smoky finish. Slightly on the thin and borderline bitter side, but overall pleasant taste. It could go anywhere from here, with wildly varying results. I found it original and pleasant overall, and would leave it just about the same 4.5

(Mouthfeel) that oatmeal Pairs well with this thin beer to make a smooth textured but creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Alcohol is tough to detect. 4

(Drinkability) Fairly drinkable. No flavors are straining and that smoky finish avoids being cloying. ABV is good. Slightly filling, non expectedly. I'd be likely to get more. 4


Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 05:14:55 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of lespaulrocker


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at some Italian restaurant I visited while in North Carolina.

A: As a barista, the first thing that struck me about this beer was how much like espresso it looked. Black body that let almost no light through, creamy brown one finger head that dissipated slowly. Left moderate to heavy amounts of lacing. Really a beautiful beer, especially to someone like me who loves coffee.

S: Malty, coffee/espresso hints, chocolate.

T: Amazing. A lot of malts up front, some chocolate and coffee, followed by a slight hint of hops and coffee to finish. I feel like my years of being a coffee snob (no Starbucks for me) have led me to this beer.

M: Creamy, a little bit of carbonation, just the right amount. \

D: This is a sipper. It took me the whole meal to get through one, but it was worth it.

I will definitely seek this beer out again. One of the better beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 22:33:01 | More by lespaulrocker
Photo of rrski198


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at I-Tap in Chesterfield, MO.

A: Jet black. Average tan/off whit ehead. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild hop character on the back end.

T: Deep dark chocolate, raosted nutty flavor and dry bitterness. Almost spicy ont he back of the tongue.

M: Good carbonation. Decent body and very dry and bitter on the back of my tongue.

O: A quite pleasant stout. I enjoyed this more than most average oatmeal stouts. I would buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:32:22 | More by rrski198
Photo of snogglethorpe


3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very nice dark black color, but disappointingly "thin" looking with not so much head.

Taste is less sweet than I expected, seemed more like a riff on a dry stout. Taste is fairly nice, a little roasted bitterness, some hops, slightly acrid, but again very similar to a dry stout in my opinion. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin -- I was really hoping for something more creamy and full.

Not a bad beer, but didn't really live up to its reputation...

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 06:12:44 | More by snogglethorpe
Photo of megahurts4


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, hops, and slight coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, and some hops.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

It is a nice and creamy stout. The roasted flavors are plentiful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 06:31:44 | More by megahurts4
Photo of ChrisPro


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted many times on draft (never in bottle)

Pours dark black with some decent bubbly mocha head.

Aroma was solid chocolate with some hints of vanilla cream.

Flavor was predominantely a sweet chocolate and balanced bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy thick juicy goodness, light carbonation.

Overall, solid oatmeal and incredibly representative of the style

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 04:25:22 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of jeranbrews


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an oatmeal stout? I've been enjoying it for years now. I thought it was just because it's tasty

A - low head very dark brown. In this light it's almost crimson color. The body is a bit clear but definitely opaque. Great spider man webbing on the glass

S - roasted sweet. Chocolate and caramel malts. Sweet I hope there is more after warming

T - creamy roasted toast. For some reason I'm hungry for vegimite now. This is not so much a sweet beer as it is a non-drying beer. I'm hungry for salty foods

M - a bit thin. Maybe the pour. But has a great silky quality. Smooth and creamy

D - well this is a fine anytime beer by me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 10:00:17 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of TheStove


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Quenchers, poured into a standard pint glass. Pours nice and dark black with a lasting finger of cream. Progression down the pint leaves a nice faint lace the whole way down the glass.

Putting the pint to the nose there is instantly evidence of toasted malt and oatmeal. A drink confirms these flavors which last through the drink giving way to an interplay of hops and bitter chocolate. Subsequent sips have the hop character at the end giving way to more chocolate and light toasted oatmeal flavors. By the end of the pint the bitterness fades and is almost absent.

Easily drinkable. Something I'd call a summer stout; a stout tasty enough to hold it's own as a stout but not so thick and bold that you'd avoid drinking this in the sun or at a BBQ. This is reinforced by a lack of booziness, as well. I could see myself getting through a good number of these if I wasn't paying attention.

A great stout, exemplary of the oatmeal style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 17:26:01 | More by TheStove
Photo of nickd717


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
Photo of jsanford


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 8/8/10. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours jet black with a huge, chunky mocha head. Looks like chocolate mousse floating on your beer. Beautiful.

S - Intensely dark roasted malt with a touch of smoke, vanilla and cocoa powder.

T - More dark, slightly bitter roasted malt. More smoke and vanilla with a bit of coffee and chocolate floating around. There's a slight cereal quality to, which I assume is from the oatmeal.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-thin body and medium carbonation.

D - Great everyday stout, the lighter body ups the drinkability a bit. Not as big and complex as the stouts I usually drink, but certainly not something I'd pass on if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 13:53:26 | More by jsanford
Photo of drabmuh


3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is now called Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout for some reason. Cool with me. Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that breaks quickly. Leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is low. The beer is nearly red at the corners of the glass.

Aroma is a mild roast with some side sweetness. Smells fine, could be bigger or have something going on there.

Beer is medium bodied, I was expecting a little more body out of this honestly, I mean its called "Oatmeal" now. Lets do it. Beer is very bitter from the roasted grains, leaves a lingering taste and a graininess in my mouth. It grows in harshness the more I drink. Not my favorite oatmeal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 21:26:34 | More by drabmuh
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Served dark black in a large chalice - too cold from the bar tap, as usual. Looks like a soda at first, but the tight brown foam sticks very closely to the glass. Awesome lacing. Nose is remarkably hoppy, citrus backed up by espresso. The profile in the taste cuts both ways: strong, bracing hops meet in the middle, crashing into waves of coffee and roasted barley. Very aggressive, with a creamy mouthfeel that belies the huge flavor. Super hoppy stout, and still a favorite after all these years.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 02:52:14 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of scottyshades


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Tryst in Delray for $4 a pint ($2 at happy hour!!!)

A: Pours a viscous looking pitch black color with a small khaki colored head. Retention was pretty good...good enough

S: Extremely mellow nose; milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, lactose, some slight floral hops, caramel, brown sugar, and light espresso/coffee

T: Oh soooo smooth...amazing on-tap! So mellow yet so complex. Lots of chocolate, lactose, toasted malts, floral hops, and coffee. Much lighter than it looks.

MF/D: Viscous, velvety goodness...perfect feel to it, and definitely not prickly. Drinkability at its finest..amazingly mellow and light, but at the same time, flavorful. At $4 a pint, this may be my new go-to

Notes: I was completely blown away by this on-tap...my brother swears by it, so I finally gave it a try expecting strong bitterness and charred aspects, but it was the opposite

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 20:13:45 | More by scottyshades
Photo of turnerr79


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained at the Rogue Ales Public House in Portland, OR.

Poured by the Rogue pro beer tender. Firm head that stayed around to chat for a while.

Rich nose, deep creamy malty.

First sip is Oh So Creamy stout. Unsweetened cocoa flavor lingers on the palate.

Very easy to drink. One pint is not enough.

Instantly my my fav Rogue brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 05:48:15 | More by turnerr79
Photo of knoxtennessee


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most Rogues Ive had on tap my only complaint is the lack of carbonation.

The aroma is stunning. It has so many layers. Chocolate, coffee, citrus, melon, a hint of yeasty bready goodness, just to name a few.

The taste is possibly even more complex. I have this one anywhere from one to three times a week at my local taproom and it seems to vary a little with every keg. Most interesting of recent was the aftertaste of honeydew and a bit more roasted dryness in the finish. Lots of green grapefruity hops, cocoa, coffee, and sweet bread.

Obviously it's solid black.

It's nice and heavy in the mouth, on the pleasant side of sweet, not a lot of carbonation, but with a beer this heavy you don't want to many bubbles lest you get prematurly blotted. It has a long finish that you taste well into the night, even if you drink other beers after it.

I tend to get full after about two pints, but I can usually squeeze in a third.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 19:41:00 | More by knoxtennessee
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Very good retention here, leaving heavy thick rings of lacing behind. The aroma has a good bit of smoky dark roast and coffee present, along with some hefty dark chocolate notes. Extra tones of caramel and citrus give this some sticky tang.

The taste is deep with roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Some tamer accents of toffee and green citrus add some sweetness to this but an aggressive hop bit toward the rear helps spread dryness and smoky malts all along the back and finish of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it, which is undercut by an undercurrent of thicker chewiness from all of that malt sweetness. This is overall pretty silky in the mouth and feels spot on for the size.

I've had this several times in the bottle but never on tap, yet my opinion of it stays the same. This is just a very well crafted American Stout with lots of full flavors and a smooth, easy drinking body. Bottle or draft, this is probably my favorite beer from Rogue and one that I would never turn down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 15:48:51 | More by Kegatron
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.