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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:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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
Ratings: 2,618 | Reviews: 1,516 | Show All Ratings:
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
Photo of Kegatron


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
Photo of Jayli


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at RedBones in Somerville 1/20/10

A: This beer pours a relatively opaque deep chocolate brown. Mahogany hues peek through here and there. Not much head to this beer, but nice wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose if of somewhat muted caramel malts, chocolate, coffee, hont of smokiness, and some dark fruits.

T: Taste is fantastic! Nice bitter dark chocolate up front, roasted and burnt malts with a hint of smokiness. Espresso, Rich oatmeal, sweet chocolate, and some hints of dark fruit..possibly plum. Damn fine beer here.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation, creamy with a clean finish.

D: I can't believe it took me so long to have this one! I had passed it over time and again. I'm glad I got it on tap, I'll be sure to pick up bombers of this one in the future as it is a well blended and damn tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 16:31:50 | More by Jayli
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hudson Grill, Atlanta (Brookhaven), served in a 16oz pint glass:

A: The beer appeared a dark thick black color, with a dark tan head that was only decently retained and dissolved into a small thin cap. I would have expected a much more stout head from this type of beer.

S: Aroma was good, a nice roasted malt to it. Nothing special or really all that notable.

T: The taste was good, followed the nose, a nice roasted malt with a hint of chocolate throughout. The beer had a nice full flavor to it, well done.

M/D: The beer had a medium feel to it, went down pretty easy, carbonation felt right and the beer was pretty easy to drink. Over a good stout, but I have had better, but I will be drinking this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 19:16:28 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of thain709


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful black body...no light getting through this one...brown head that eventually settles into a nice cap...laces down the entire glass

S - Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a few flowery hops

T - WOW...I feel like I'm reading a poem by the great Shakespeare...you are first met with the creamy yet bitter taste of milk and dark chocolate...next comes the roasted coffee beans full in flavor...finally you are left with the perfect bitterness from the hops

M - Medium to full bodied...rich and creamy

D - This beer isn't as heavy as you would expect... and with an ABV of 6% makes this beer very drinkable...Rogue hit the nail on the head with this one...what a great stout!

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 14:49:56 | More by thain709
Photo of DesMoinesMike


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

I had this brew at El Bait Shop on St. Patrick's Day so it was in a plastic cup, so that might have affected the taste slightly. Even so, it was fantastic.

The glass came filled with this dark, perhaps light absorbing beer that had a creamy dark brown head that didn't surrender until the end. Several sniffs detected some toffee notes. Several gulps detected toffee and mocha flavors. IT WAS SUPER SMOOTH, an 8.5 out of 10 for smoothness. The taste lingered for a bit and was very appreciated. I will definately have this one again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 23:46:48 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of jminsc76


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

Pours a creamy head, but not too much vibrancy in the body. There isn't a huge woosh! in the glass when you pour. The color is very dark, virtually impenetrable.

As it warms and settles, aromas of mainly roasted coffee come through. When opened up, more fruity aromas appear, complementing the deep coffee smells. Berries perhaps? I cannot place what kind of berries, but its there. Aroma strength is decent.

While the aroma may have hints of berries, the taste does not. Initially, the stout exhibits heavy flavors, coffee-like (which is probably the idea). Strong roasted coffee flavors with a hint of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel isn't too heavy, and not too light. No tingling on the roof of the mouth or tongue.

Overall, an enjoyable beer on tap, one requiring repeated sessions. Looking forward to consuming it in a bottle again to see if there is a considerable difference.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 20:12:19 | More by jminsc76
Photo of birchstick


3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured black as night without a head
S - smelled mostly of roasted malt with a little bit of sweetness
T - there is a nice mix of roasted malt and sweetness
M - this is pretty full and goes down smoothly
D - this was a pretty good stout. I wasn't blown away or disappointed. I would drink this again but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 03:31:10 | More by birchstick
Photo of agirlnamedjess


4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a creamy head that made for great lacing. The aroma was very malty and chocolatey with some coffee notes. The taste was similar to the smell. First taste was malt and chocolate then almost a bitter coffee. The mouthfeel was not heavy but smooth and creamy and it had the perfect carbonation.

Overall it probably is my favorite stout! I'm looking forward to another one!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 15:42:54 | More by agirlnamedjess
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Shows up at the table dark brown, nearly black, with a thick, creamy, medium-brown head, showing great retention and closing around the glass with a curtain of lace.

A nice roasty, slightly coffeeish, slightly sweet aroma presents itself to the nose. Nothing mind-blowing, but inviting nevertheless.

A rich, medium body with a mild carbonation forms smoothly across the tongue. A touch of sweet chocolate melts quickly into a concoction of lightly roasted malts and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of espresso, balanced by a brief appearance of bittering hops and finishing a tad dry and bready-roasty.

Delightfully smooth and easy-drinking, this is a superb stout and a wonderful quaff. Superb.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 21:48:06 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Verdugo Bar.

Poured an almost opaque black color. You can barely see some brown tinges at the edge. Nice tan one inch thick head that left really nice lacing on the glass.

Nutty aroma, like roasted almonds.

Good bittersweet flavor of roasted chocolate malts. Almost no hop bitterness detected, most of the puckering bitterness was from the burnt flavors of the malts.

Thick bodied mouthfeel with a good bittersweet aftertaste that clung to the palate for a bit.

Good drinkability. Not too rich or high abv lets this one be a good choice all night long. While not exceptional, this is definitely one of the better beers I've had from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 17:05:02 | More by davexisxrabid
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served a 22oz. pour on-tap

Poured a nice, solid pitch-brown with a head the color of khaki pants. Decent retention, and above average lacing.

Shakespeare Stout hit all of the right aroma notes (chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, etc.) and added some pleasant fruitiness, presumable from the hops.

This tastes like a Rogue beer (the Pac-Man yeast, I'm sure), which means that I like it. What can I say that hasn't already been said? It doesn't really surprise with any of the flavor points, not even the hoppiness. What makes Shakespeare Stout stand out from its peers is the incredible balance, and the way each flavor component is pretty marvelously blended with the others. This is simply a great tasting beer; nothing is out of place.

The one spot where this beer is marred is the mouthfeel. It is too thin, imo. Beyond that, this is an immeasurably drinkable stout.

One for my favorite beers from the beginning of my beer exploration; it was nice to revisit it after a while and find that it is essentially just as good as I remembered it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2009 04:42:55 | More by Reaper16
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.