Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 213
Gots: 220 | FT: 4
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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)
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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

Photo of thain709
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful black 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 are first met with the creamy yet bitter taste of milk and dark comes the roasted coffee beans full in flavor...finally you are left with the perfect bitterness from the hops

M - Medium to full 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!

Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it off the nitro-tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, 5-27-09.

A: Body is black with a cascading, slow-rising 1-finger, tight tan head that retains well. Good rings and even curtains of lace. Nice presentation.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose -- a bit of coffee, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T: First impression is chocolate, followed by roasted coffee beans. A slight burnt charcoal bitterness lingers into the aftertaste over the chocolate, providing nice balance to each sip.

M: Medium-bodied, but feels lighter on the palate due to the creamy nitro feel.

D: Very good.

Notes: I don't often review a beer twice simply because I had it via a different delivery (e.g. bottle vs. on-tap), but the experience on the nitro-tap was significantly different and so I made an exception in this case. Viewing my bottle review, I see that I felt the nitro tap added to the experience, resulting in some bumped-up scores for this one. Very enjoyable.

Photo of LiquidLord
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black, with some slight amount of light getting through around the edges. Tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Earthy, with some slight toasted notes. Pleasing, but a little weak.

T - Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Starts off with charcoal and toasted bread flavors, and finishes with hints of dark chocolate, more charcoal, and some coffee as well. Malty throughout, with a little hop bitterness coming through at the end. Very well crafted.

M - Not too much carbonation, and nicely creamy.

D - One of the most drinkable stouts I've had. Despite the great concentration of flavor and opaque appearance, I found myself going on to the second glass without much thought.

Overall, this is one of the best stouts I've tried. Great balance and drinkability, and terrific flavor.

Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Used to be on the top 100. Had to try it. From Bottle Barn Santa Rosa.

A - Poured black with a 2 fingered mocha head, which dissipated moderately fast. Left little lacing.

S - Medium roasted coffee, chocolate, light caramel, and flowery hops.

T - Medium roasted coffee, chocolate, flowers, and light bitterness.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Very carbonated as well.

D - Overall a great example of the style. Not exorbitant in flavor, easy to drink, and very sessionable as I finished a 22 and I feel fine. I will have to compare all other stouts versus this one now.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown-black, opaque, with rich chocolate head. More head than most stouts I drink.

S- Smell is nice coffee, chocolate, slight grassy hops, smells good.

T- Started slightly metallic, which I didn't like, but rapidly became very good--chocolatey (more so than I expected!), good coffee, sweetness from the grain, gentle bitterness from the hops. Nothing too robust, but a well-balanced, well-put together beer.

M- A little thin. This is where this one was a little disappointing. Still velvety and smooth.

D- Thin body actually makes this an easy drink. Would session with this for a long time

Overall a really enjoyable brew. I was very pleased.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Elmer Sudds. Arrived in a nonic pint glass and appears just about pitch black with a good inch of creamy dark ecru foam. The foam stays with me till the glass is empty, leaving a sticky lace in it's wake. Awesome looking pour. Smells and tastes of rich roasted grains, coffee beans, both milk and bitter chocolate, molasses, bitter, somewhat citrusy hops. Somewhere between medium and full bodied, with creamy and ample carbonation. Smooth drinking and satisfying.

Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate with a subtle, although plainly visible in some angles, maroon tinted lining. The beer is, of course, opaque and drawing any colour from it is difficult without the help of bright lighting. A giant mound of foam topped by large airy bubbles is tacked onto the beer's surface. Its bounteous accumulation etches the glass in layer after layer of intricately woven lace.

Whether the beer smells good or great is something drinkers will disagree on. If you like plenty of hops in your beer, regardless of style, then you will absolutely, positively love Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. If you want a stout to be more heavy roasted espresso oriented the beer should still find favour with you, so long as you can accept that pungent, zestful American hops are put first.

Make no mistake, there is still plenty of mocha for everyone. The beer offers notes of hazelnut, dark caramel, black coffee and milk-chocolate covered honeycomb toffee along with the notes of spicy, resiny, grapefruit flavoured hops. The combination results in a candied fruit topped toffee cake served with a side cup of fresh-pulled espresso. Yum!

Take a look at Rogue's lineup and you're hard-pressed to find a beer that isn't intensely hopped. This brewer is obviously fond of hoppy beers and that makes two of us. This beer provides me with my chocolaty roast malt stout fix but it also accommodates the hop head in me too. Others may disagree, but I find the zesty bitterness a welcome dimension.

That is said for this particular stout but not all of them. This level of hoppiness could destroy the balance in many stout ecosystems. Rogue, however, seems to have some innate understanding of how to incorporate it. The chocolaty-coffee roast is omnipresent on each sip and imparts plenty of chalky, scorched grain texture and flavour. This has the richness of an Imperial Stout yet the drinkability of an Irish Dry Stout.

This one earns the word "stout" in its namesake, it is in fact the very definition of the word. You should see a picture of this bottle when you look the word up in the dictionary. This set the benchmark. I've had many a great stouts since I first tried Shakespeare Stout but I still consider this one of my favourite of them all. A stout by any other name is not as sweet...

Photo of yemenmocha
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with light tan head.

Nose is hop dominated with espresso and maybe dark roasted coffee beans.

On the palate this ale is big and roasty, full flavored, with ample hops to stand up to the roasty flavors. Finishes bitter, but bitter in a good way.

Photo of HisDorian
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first thought...

poured from bomber into a pint glass.

Poured nice and dark, very opaque. HUGE head. 3-4 fingers, but it dissipates quickly.

Strong lacing. Extremely dark color. Can't see through it at all.

Sweetness to the scent. Nice roasted malts, but not overdone. Not a huge "coffee" burn flavor. is that oatmeal?

Nice alcohol bite at front. Touch of sweetness as well. Long smooth finish. A little bit of bitter at the start of the finish. Not sure if it's the roast or the hops. Leaves a bit of the coffee taste at very end.

Hints of chocolate. Maybe even a touch of licorice. Just a bit of spice with some dryness on the back of my tongue.

A little heavier mouthfeel, which is what I was hoping for and expecting. Coats the mouth a bit. Tastes a bit spicier the more I get into the beer.

I could easily drink a couple of these. Not a session beer, though.

Photo of jjanega08
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a very dark black with a small amount of brown highlighting the edges and a nice two finger coffee brown head coming from it with nice retention and great lacing.
S= for some reason at first wiff I got pineapple. I'm sure my nose has deceived me though. Second try in still getting pineapple for some reason this time with more dark malt like chocolate and coffee.
T= Great smokey dark toasted malt flavor but then there's a softer side of this beer that shines through in the middle of my palette. There's also possibly a small amount of hops in it that are detectable. I get a little chalkiness but overall very tasty and balanced for a stout.
M= Silky smooth and coating.
D= Very high. This beer is delicious and highly recommended. It's a great stout for someone who doesn't like larger stouts and would prefer a more toned down balanced and delicious stout. This is right up there with the yeti as my favorite American stout.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For the purposes of this review the beer came from a bottle. That is unfortunate as I have had it on tap and recall liking it much better. That may be part of why one might say my scores are a touch low.

Dark brown or light black in color with moderate prickle so that the beer resembles cola in the glass. Very light head and a malty nose with hints of chocolate roasted into the flavor and texture. Fresh and light attack with the roasted coffee and chocolate towards the front end and the bitter towards the finish. The finish is pretty crisp and leaves a little bitter in the aftertaste.

Photo of brendan13
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a very dark brown colour verging on black with a 2.5 cm dark mocha colour head that slowly falls away leaving quite thick lacing down the glass.
S - Roasted and chocolate malt notes hit first followed by some floral and vauge citrus hop notes.
T - Much like the smell. Chocolate maltiness with a strong roasty quality, some caramel and dark fruit touches balanced with some floral and citrus fruit hoppiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Dry, roasty finish with the floral and fruity hops lingering.
D - A pretty good stout. Maybe a touch too roasty to make it great but something I would drink again in a heartbeat.

Photo of KBomb
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shakespeare stout pours thick and dark with abundant tan head. Mega-lacing won't go away. Smell is moderate to mild; mostly roasted barley, a little dark-chocolate bitterness, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is marked by strongly roasted barley (perhaps too roasted) and a pretty notable bite of hops. Shakespeare runs a little dry and a little chewy, and is quite filling.

There is a lot to admire about this brew, but I think as a matter of personal preference I like my stouts a little smoother and sweeter. I detect perhaps some "over-roasting" has taken place in the barley, nearly a "burnt" taste. A little too much cascade hops for the style might have pushed this out of my taste preference. I really like some Rouge beers, but something feels a little wrong about this one.

Photo of cavedave
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful rich brown/black with ample shaving-cream-thick head of dark beige. Head recedes to floating islands on a witchbrew lake.

Aroma is thick toffee chocolate roasty malt sweetyeasty herbal goodness. The scent is strong, and pleases despite the sharp edges of some of its constituents. Two more inhales reveal vanilla and coffee in the mix. The only hint of alcohol is in the background impression of warmth.

The taste. Ahh, what a complex group of impeccably balanced flavors, just as the nose. They linger across the tongue, making friends with my taste buds. Each sip brings greater familiarity and warmth, understanding, cooperation. Magnificent, how could this possibly be so sweet, without being too sweet? The sweet in the flavor is there...but not there, it is more a hint of sweet which allows the myriad flavor wonders in this brew to shine. Marvelously delicious.

If I could take one issue with this it is mouthfeel. Perhaps it is putting a smile on the mona lisa to say this, but the feel could be better, perhaps a touch less resiny, perhaps a bit less carbonated, I don't know, perhaps it is too much to suggest this.

Due to the deliciosity of this artwork of a stout it is highly drinkable, and I mean that in every possible sense.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a dark black ale with lots of sticky chocolate tinged head. Head has duration and left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smell is of roasted malts and dark coffees. Taste is of a full, rich bittersweet chocolate, accompanied by distinct coffee been flavor. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste for a few minutes. One of the better stouts I have tried.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good buddy for this treat!

A: Black, thick, with a decent looking 1-finger head. The appearance isn't anything extraordinary, but nothing to frown on either.

S: A nice mix of malts that also appear to have some very faint coffee and dark fruit quality.

T: Not exactly what I was expecting, this brew had a flavor profile more similar to a porter with subtle characteristics of a stout added into it. I couldn't pick up any robust flavors, other than a small amount of espresso towards the end of each sip.

M: A thicker body would have been nicer...ample carbonation...along with a good and slightly burnt finish.

D: I enjoyed the flavor and aroma, but I'm not sure it's anything that I would go crazy over. The alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A good beer...worth a try. Cheers!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had too many Rogue offerings and thought I would give this one a go.

Poured a nice dark jet black with a good brown head with some decent retention and some minor lacing.

The aroma threw me off a bit. I had a pretty strong floral scent, with some roasted malts and dark scents i.e. espresso and chocolate.

Taste was the absolute pinnacle of sessionable stouts. Good flavors of coffee and chocolate with a intermingling of light citrus hops gives this beer a broad flavor profile that is quite good.

Mouthfeel was medium, but certainly getting close to being thick and viscous.

Highly drinkable, had a very smooth finish.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big fluffy light tan head that shows amazing retention and is about a finger and ½ thick. The beer is completely opaque and as dark as brown can get without being black. From certain points you can see some carbonation climbing the side of the glass. (I realize that's more of a comment about my glass)

Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate and a touch yeasty.

Dark roasted malt and smoke are the two items I taste first. Bittersweet chocolate, including the dry chalky nature are the order of the day. For those who like dry stouts, this is probably very good. I like a little more balance.

Mouth feel is a touch dry and the body is a touch thin. Just shy of astringent.

Fairly drinkable, but I wish it had a touch more sweetness and balance.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of bomber this beer was an opaque black color with a two-finger tan head. The retention was very good and the lacing very good too. The aroma was of roasted malt, coffee, toasted malt, hints of smoke and well-defined chocolate. The flavors were also very good dominated by roasted malt and smoky elements. I also tasted roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and a dry, long, coffee finish. Not as sweet as some other beers of this style but complex, balanced and totally on-point. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation medium/low. A classic for a good reason.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice coca-cola looking heading. Lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is of barley and then some more barley. Roasted malts are present and very subtle hint's of chocolate.

Taste is just amazing. A nice barley taste with a little bit of hoppiness. Some chocolate is still there. A little bit of coffee too.

Mouth is a full-bodied ridiculously creamy smooth well carbonated brew.

Drinkability is good. Some might not to be able too handle drinking to much of the stout's but not this one. It is easy to go down and stay's down smooth.

Photo of JonMich13
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A = Dark brown, near black. Initial pour from the bomber produced about a half inch dark tan head. I hard-poured the second half of the bomber and got a huge 3+ head. Neither stayed long. Decent lacing.

S = Hops are surprisingly evident. Roasted malts and some coffee and nut notes. Little chocolate. Maybe slight licorice.

T = Nose and mouth pretty similar. Bitterness from the hops and some dark chocolate. Coffee is not as big as a lot of stouts. This is good, but the bitterness might be a bit on the high side.

M = Actually kid of thin and dry. Gets some better as it warms, but I still prefer a chewy, creamy stout.

D = Good drinkability. Goes down quite smooth despite the bitterness.

Overall, a good stout. Comparable in style to Storm King, but not quite at that level, IMO. Would not mind drinking again.

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Nearly black with 2-finger, cocoa brown 2-finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Very heavy on floral hops with cocoa, cappucino, and molasses horning in on the aroma

T: Dark malts abound with chocolate/cocoa and coffee touches but massive floral hoppiness and the signature Pacman woody yeastiness

M: Full-bodied but the yeastiness causes the feel to suffer a little as the hoppiness and yeastiness together give an overly dry feel

D: A good stout with a complex flavor profile but misses due to the massive hoppiness. I like most of Rogue's ales but love very few of them.

Photo of mjurney
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, Rogue Shakespeare Stout.

Deep black color, can't see through the light. Beautiful creamy tan head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Tons of roasted malts in the nose, coffee, some dark chocolate, some dark fruit, a little nutty. Smell very delicious!!!

Strong roasted malts up front... Coffee, dark chocolate, some nutty and little burnt caramel. Hops blend in very well, earthly, slight floral. I get some dark fruit, dried prune mostly. There's some smoked mesquite in the middle. Finish off very smooth with nice roasted aftertaste that lingers very nice. Body is very creamy.

Extremely high. Probably the most smoothest stout I've ever drank, you can't go wrong with this brew!!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge compact rich, dark head floats atop and opaque almost black beer leaving lacing.

S - Lemon-flowery, oats, hops, robust roasted malt and coffee aroma. Very good smelling!

T - Slight sitrus taste envelopes roasted malts and coffee beans. Slight bitterness is balanced very well by the sweetness of the malts. Slight tangyness.

M - Smooth with a refreshing crispness to it.

D - For an oatmeal stout it's surprisingly drinkable. I think the bitter/hops flavors offset the extreme malt and balance it well.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,013 ratings.