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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
Ratings: 2,618 | Reviews: 1,516 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of tmoneyba


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good, but this is the first time I drank a beer and was thinking of a chocolate breakfast bar.

Clearly a sweet stout with a great roasted coffee, chocolate and nut aroma

Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration.

Medium to heavy body with a smooth texture.

Good brew and one of my top rated beers for style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 17:39:38 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with a thick and creamy tan head. Nice licorice and coffee smell with a hint of backing chocolate and some oat. Very roasty flavor with chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, licorice and a bit of a bitter finish to it all. One of my favorite beers in my younger days, I had a bottle last week that didn't quite live up to my memories but was still better than 90% of the beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 02:45:05 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of Damian


3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a translucent brown/black with an ultra smooth and creamy, two-finger, coffee-colored head. Thick rings of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was mild. Semi-sweet initially with subtle notes of powdered cocoa and coffee. A touch of roast was noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma oddly seemed to fade.

The taste was deep and dark. Somewhat bitter. Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Black coffee notes were quite apparent. A dry, oaty quality came through as well. Some smokiness was also detectable. The big, resonating finish was a mix of intense roastiness and bitter, piney hoppiness. Slightly burnt and acrid. This beer was quite bold, but it was not nearly as complex or as smooth as I anticipated.

The mouthfeel was medium/lighter bodied for the style (a touch watery) with a super fine and mild carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a lighter bodied stout that masks its alcohol content quite well. However, the hoppy, bitter finish made this one a sipper.

This is another fine example of an over hopped, over hyped and overpriced beer from Rogue. Although many may disagree, I feel like their time in the craft beer limelight has come and gone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 23:51:25 | More by Damian
Photo of mugglesandhops


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Newport

I have always been a big fan of the Shakespeare Stout. Had many-a-bombers of this lovely brew but this is the first time on-tap and it was amazing.

Poured black with a big thick tan head with good retention, it was there a while, great lacing throughout the whole pint too. Smelled of oats, maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee also whith a swirl of the glass. Tasted amazing as well. This is a pretty thick bodied beer but it is very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 20:09:55 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of Magpie14


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep black hues and pretty much a cylinder of ink. It also houses a dense creamy fluff on top with lacing in the realm of mocha colored icing adhering in almost a complete ring in the middle part of the glass. This is augmented by thin spray marks everywhere at the very top, nice look

S: the smell is malted barley with some roasted notes. Some dull chocolate exists as well with a shot of grassy hops wafting about. Nose is kinda weak and things seem hidden, the right smells just not enough!

T: flavors hold true to the nose with an addition of bolder hops. A bitter bakers chocolate resonates throughout each sip with a watery backing by feeble roasted malts, barley, and some java. Hops start to expose grassy and floral notes well into the halfway mark of the beer, nice feature.
As with the nose, I still feel that the flavors are kinda weak. It is however pretty balanced for what is going on. A dry, almost crisp, finish that leaves a light sticky grainy feeling at the back of the tongue

M: the mouthfeel is pretty banging. Smooth as all get and velvety too cloud nine. And yet, the body is pretty mild with a chew factor in the lighter stage. It has good volume and the nitro makes it slick as can be. High marks in this category

D: plenty of these could be drank in one sitting. However it is not as complex or bold as hoped, but very drinkable nonetheless

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2008 03:02:13 | More by Magpie14
Photo of treyrab


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

On tap at Bocktown in Pittsburgh

A: Dark, Dark brown, yet not completely black. Nice brown head that quickly dissipates to a skim.

S: Lighter than I expected, with notes of coffee and chocolate, but no hop presence in the nose

T: Also lighter than I expected. There are mostly light coffee flavors and some cocoa. The lack of hops and intense flavors left me a bit disappointing, but the flavor is decent nonetheless

M,D. There is a decent amount of carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel nice and the lightness leaves the drinkability decent as well

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2008 16:48:21 | More by treyrab
Photo of Zadok


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer in KC.

Poured an almost black with a 1 finger off-white/tan head. Lacing looks as though it will give the glass a foamy trench coat.

Rich thick malts, mild coffee and maybe a touch of bakers chocolate.

Wow, first taste is a deep indulgence of malt and dark roast coffee bean. After the first couple sips it mellowed into a malty espresso. The aftertaste I can't quite place..

Mouth feel is smooth and velvety with low carbonation. I have the tendency to chew now and then.

Very good stout, could definitely see having another. A nice array of flavor and yes, the lacing reached the bottom.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 01:56:24 | More by Zadok
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt, a coffee presence and a small hop. In the taste, roasty malt and coffee, also a oatmeal sweetness. A smooth, bog bodied mouthfeel, with a semi-sweet maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice stout, oatmeal sweet and a nice hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2008 19:55:22 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Douglas14


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, Rogue creates near perfection in their beers. The Shakespeare Stout is one of their best examples (along with the chocolate stout and the mocha porter). This brew's flawlessness is incredible.

The Shakespeare pours pitch black with a dark brown/mahogany hue glinting around the edges when held up to the light. It has a thick tan head that leaves nice lace and has good retention. The nose is heavily of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. A nice floral essence creeps up to thanks to the hops. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the beginning of the sip. Hops join in towards the end and leave a nice bitter and dry taste. The bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and hop flavors complement each other so well in this beer. It has a medium body.

Very, very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2008 22:39:01 | More by Douglas14
Photo of gford217


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany hints around the edges. Served with a dense one-finger tan head that showed very good retention and lacing. This one looked quite nice.

S: Smell is dominated by sweet roasted chocolate malts with strong coffee aromas. There was also a noticeable hop aroma in the background.

T: I was actually pleasantly surprised by the strong bitter hop presence up front in this one which quickly gave way to the big malty chocolate and coffee taste. Hint of dark fruits gave way to the slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is really nice on this - very creamy for such a medium bodied stout and a small amount of carbonation.

D: This was an excellent stout for me and it surpassed my expectations honestly. I don't know if I could drink more than one in an evening, but that one was damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 15:22:02 | More by gford217
Photo of Misfit138


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap served in a pint glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a light brown head

S- Mostly roasted malts and chocolate

T- Flavor is pretty full, roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.

M- Fairly heavy mouthfeel, not the creamiest stout. Has decent carbonation.

D- Pretty high as far as drinkabilty. Pretty good american stout. There certainly are stouts that I like better, but this is one of the best.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 17:37:19 | More by Misfit138
Photo of skomahon


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ale's brew pub in San Francisco. I had tried this beer previously out of a bottle, but was interested to sample again on tap--and was again amazed at its richness and drinkability!

Pours dark, rich black color into a pint glass. Little head present, but first smell is of dark chocolate, mixed with some lighter hints. I was impressed by the taste--great combination of rich flavors with a wonderful, lingering aftertaste (described by others as chocolate covered cherry--I think that's a great description!). I would definitely order this again, and having it on tap was a great treat!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 15:32:15 | More by skomahon
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prime example of a GREAT Stout!! Poured into a Rogue pint glass at the Issaquah Brewhouse. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night in Washington.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 00:56:50 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampler at San Francisco Rogue Public House. Ohhh....this is gooood! Jet black body, with a quickly receding off-white head. Classic roasted malt stout aromas in the nose, accented with a fruity sweetness. Lots of chocolate in the flavour, along with coffee and hops. Satisfyingly thick on the palate, and easy to sink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 17:34:26 | More by bobsy
Photo of turbine2475


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 finger head that slowly disipates into a brown lace...very opaque with a small amount of dark residue on glass upon shifting

S: cream, malt, and cocoa

T: Toasted oats with a dark chocolate start and a mocha finish

M: Deceptively light with an inviting sweetness

D- Enjoyable brew and a must have for stout lovers

Staple american brew for converting guiness lovers

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 04:47:02 | More by turbine2475
Photo of Deuane


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brew House Grill

A--Dark brown with a small tan colored head. Very little lacing.

S--Coffee, with hints of chocolate and prune. Not a huge amount of aroma but it is there.

T--Roasted coffee and mild chocolate. A hint of prune / raisin Aftertaste bitter roasted malt (in a good way) and chocolate.

M--Very rich and full bodied. This is a very pleasant and easy drinking full stout.

D--Lovely, refreshing stout. Went well with my AYCE king crab...didnt overpower the meal at all. One I could drink again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 11:31:35 | More by Deuane
Photo of sacrelicio


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 02:53:16 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of Tomas77


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a place called 'The Dirty Truth',Northamton,MA which has a reputation along with 'The Moan and Dove',in Amherst,MA for having only the finest ales from all over availiable. And they did with Roague Shakepeare stout.

Black and opaque. Not sure of any ruby highlights it was dark inside. Creamy tan/light brownish head that sits at one finger throughout.

Fantastic aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are there just enough to keep the malts in check.

Some slickness on the lips when you first sip. Sweet but only at the very beginning. Flavor is the same but with a bittersweet chocolate feeling on the back of the palate. Coffee throughout the middle and more chocolate later on.

Light body and mouthfeel. Not thick or viscous at all. Slight alcohol presence is there without it being hot. A very good beer I would say for any time of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 16:05:09 | More by Tomas77
Photo of TheBierBand


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

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2007 17:58:38 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep brown almost black body with thick dark brown head. Leaves behind plenty of lacing. It almost looks ominous in the glass.

S- Coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate emerge in the smell.

T- Roasted coffee and malt up front followed by a hint of hop bitterness. The finish is of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

M- medium carbonation and a nice thick body. Pretty smooth.

D- This was good. Very drinkable. It still a sipper since it is a stout; but it is a very interesting and complex beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2007 04:00:23 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap, appropriately, at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo.

First off, I have to mention this was only $3.75 for a 20 oz. pint while it costs $5.25 for a 22 oz. bomber at Tiffany's in K-zoo. Anyways, Shakespeare Stout is basically, combines a rich and smooth cocoa and coffee malt profile with IPA-like hops flavors. It's a great mix of chocolate and citrus hops, hop chocolate if you will. I think the yeast masks, or takes the edge off, the grains. They're just not as big or complex as a good stout could be. Another good example of a bitter, but dark beer is Smuttynose's Robust Porter, check that out for the malt profile I'm talking about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2007 20:38:09 | More by tempest
Photo of kdoc8


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Served up with a nice brown creamy head, pours out dark brown-black. The smell is sweet of chocolate and roasted malts and maybe some caramel?. The taste is a little bit bitter up front, but then mainly of sweet malt - lots of lacing. Delicious. I think this is Rogue's best product.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 20:25:25 | More by kdoc8
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

I guess it is sad that with my love of stouts and porters I have never tried the Rogue Shakespeare Stout before, I guess I should be a little ashamed of that because I usually see it at Olivers whenever I stop in. Well it was on tap last evening so I thought I would give it a try. Well I was not disappointed at all; actually I think it opened my eyes to what a superb beer this is. I was floating; my wife could tell by the way the beer went down, extremely tasty. The brew was poured to a black color; not sure any light would make it through but did not really look that deeply. Had a very nice dark brown head that had great retention and left nice lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with a nice mixture of scents. I am picking up chocolate, coffee, roasted to burnt malt, brown sugar sweetness, and a pronounced (by pronounced, I mean stronger than the normal Stout but in no ways does it dominate) hop smell for a stout. The taste is simply incredible, extremely smooth through out, chocolate flavors up front that break to a coffee like taste that mixes nicely with the hops in the back end top give it the perfect amount of bitterness. This was the highlight of the evening, simple a great beer and one that I will have on a steady rotation at the house here, man I can not believe what I have been missing!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 14:14:05 | More by Stimack
Photo of SacoDeToro


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rogue Public House in San Fran.

Poured an opaque black with a small off-white head that quickly became a lace.

The aroma was roasty and ashen with citrusy hops in the background.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably malty, but the darker flavors were more on the ashen than roasty. The citrusy Cascade hops seemed to accentuate this ash character to the point of being mildly astringent. The Pacman yeast create and distinct fruitiness that I'm not sure is fully compatible with this brew.

The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was good.

This is a good beer, but this glass was not outstanding. I'll give it another try before I say it may be overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 16:29:33 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of FightingEntropy


4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, and was really excited to get it on site at Rogue for a taste. Creamy tan head won't go away--even on the second draft I had in a plastic cup. Chocolate on chocolate in the nose and taste, and smooth and creamy big malt makes it a very easy beer to drink for as good as it is. Maybe my favorite American stout after Storm King.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 00:56:56 | More by FightingEntropy
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.