Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,559
Hads: 3,204
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 264
Gots: 343 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
1.21/5  rDev -71%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of RogueDave
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not what it used to be. Back in 1994 this was a top 5 beer. It's obviously been modified over the years. Somewhat disappointing but overall, its still a decent stout (170 characters)

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a lot of haters but it was honestly FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it for a delicious and smooth oatmeal stout by the fantastic Rogue brewery. (155 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 5/3/15. Comes in a 1 Pint, 6 Ounce (650ml) single bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger foamy beige head that lasted a bit before finally settling down to a 5mm head or so. LOTS of sticky lacing was seen when sipped that stayed in position. Besides the dark roasted malts for the aroma is there more going on as there is also some...? Not sure really. Much more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of vanilla, some 'earthly' hops, and hint of tobacco leaves even. A very light bitter finish is noted but doesn't stay for long. Medium+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was very decent. (752 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Very light yet good aromas and taste. The best part is the mouthfeel which is great. Slightly roasted upfront with a grainy aftertaste and hops throughout. Overall a decent, light stout (205 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : What a BEAUTIFUL head and presentation. The body is dark chocolate black with 0% transparency, and the head is rocky, pillowy, and tall - beige in color and leaving thick lacing on the sides as it slowly recedes from its 3 finger delivery.

Aroma : Some interesting and very atypical (for the style) aromas to detect off the bat. Heavy tobacco, medicinal balm, earth, sap, vanilla bean extract. If I had to use an atypical adjective for this atypical aroma, it would be...sticky? Yes, a sticky aroma. Medium to loud bouquet.

Flavor : Earthy and dirty flavors - although not overwhelming; some horehound and root, spicy unflavored tobacco and hop, and finally at the end the oatmeal rests politely on the tongue with a milky mouthfeel. Charred malts and tobacco-hop mix end the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel : Buzzing carbonation underneath a medium bodied milky and semi-creamy mouthfeel. It ends fairly earthy and slightly charred.

Overall : If you're looking for a departure from the typical Oatmeal Stout, this is where you want to look. It's an interesting take, although not a favorite of mine. I can appreciate and understand the rave reviews - but I'm glad I didn't buy a bomber, it's a little heavy on tobacco and earthy notes. I appreciate the art going into this beer. (1,293 characters)

Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm really confused here. There's no way this is an oatmeal stout, right? There's no oatmeal flavor or defining sweetness and the body is very very thin. The head was gorgeous and the retention and lacing are on point but flavor-wise its just so dry and thin that my mind is boggled as to how this is an oatmeal stout. Never would have guessed! (344 characters)

Photo of pugbutter
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like this much more than the other stouts I've tried; nice and hoppy. Bitter in a good way, not in the overwhelming, unsweetened baking chocolate sort of way.

It really is too carbonated though. (197 characters)

Photo of 14erFan
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always keep a couple of these on the shelf at home because it is such a reliably great beer and only 7 dollars a bomber at Hazel's in Boulder. Whenever I am not in the mood to try something new, this one always get a good look. Great balance of stout flavor with the breakfast accents. (289 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent beer, just nothing special going on in any aspect. Found the nose weak and certainly not as creamy as I'd expect from an oatmeal. More hop than malt here. (165 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot of exciting things happening here, pretty standard stout that is basically just toasted malt with a light hop back, a little storebought coffee & chocolate in there as well. Certainly good but fairly run of the mill. (227 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a good inch of coarse, khaki foam. Simple but solid aroma smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of molasses.

Roasted malt comes through in the taste, as does buzz saw caliber carbonation. The bottle let out quite a hiss when I cracked it open, though I don’t remember that from past experience, so perhaps this bottle was just over-carbonated? Either way, the mouthfeel is seltzer-like. It’s hard to discern much else besides roasted malt and carbon dioxide--maybe a little dark chocolate once it warms up.

I’ve had this on tap several times and it has always been a delight--much more mellow and refined than what I’m tasting from the bottle. This bottle was pretty ordinary, save for the excessive carbonation. (762 characters)

Photo of Trentt2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So a rehack on my first review of this beer. A very good stout. Creamy like it should be. A good hint of hops. Bit of chocolate in the taste that lingers. Good nose. Excellent stout. (Not sure what was wrong on my first try) (229 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into snifter. Not sure of bottle's age but considering the layer of yeast caked to the bottom, I'd say it was sitting for at least half a year. Pours pretty dark for a 6% stout. Looks black in the glass with rusty brown along the edges when held up to the light. Tight tan colored head. Roasted malts, oats, and maybe a touch of milk chocolate is what I get for smell. Taste is mild, the creaminess makes it enjoyable but the thinness detracts from it. A bit of a letdown for me, but I've never been a fan of Rogue's beers. Definitely not a world class stout by today's standards. (603 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Super dark, creamy tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

S- Rich roasty aroma, slightly sweet, subtle chocolate.

T- Roasty and burnt malts. A sweetness that leads into the dry, bitter finish.

F- Creamy, yet watery.

O- Great oat stout! (253 characters)

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Throughout school, Shakespeare is constantly forced down our throat in English Literature Classes. His sonnets, plays and works dominate the landscape, and although he is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, I’ve always viewed him as overrated. Would this beer be the same? Or would I actually enjoy this version shoved down my throat? Lets find out…

Appearance – 93: The beer pours a very foamy and dark tan head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind a significant amount of lacing, which was good to see. The color is a deep black which swallows up any surrounding light as it it were a black hole. In “King Henry V” a famous line reads “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety”. I’d gladly give a moment or two to stare at this one dissipate again. Beautiful color.

Aroma – 90: A “no frills” beer to be sure, Rogue’s offering has but 10 ingredients to it, namely rolled oats, roasted barley, yeast and malts. This comes through when smelling the beer – there are no complicated infusions to figure out or notes of cinnamon or coffee to sniff for. The simplicity is refreshing, leaving an earthy malted smell on your nose.

Body & Texture – 92: As to be expected with an Oatmeal Stout, the initial mouthfeel is heavier, but the immediate feel on the tongue is more watery than creamy.

Taste – 91: Some stouts leave a decidedly heavy feel after the first sip or two, but that wasn’t the case with this selection. The flavors are light but decidedly there – an earthen flavor stems from the rolled oats which leaves a mellow chocolate aftertaste which lingers for but a moment. The thing which continually struck me about the taste was despite the look and smell of the beer how easy it was to drink and light it sat on my palate.

Overall – 91 (Excellent): Rogue continues to put forth excellent beers, and this is no exception. One of the flagships of their impressive line, their Oatmeal Stout lived up to its reputation. The beer is surprisingly easy to drink and comes with a mid-range 6.1% ABV, and is much more light and playful than one would come to expect from a stout. Part of me wished that the brewery had added in more ingredients to boost the flavor profile, but the other part is happy that they nailed what they were trying to put forth – a fantastic stout which pours, smells and tastes fantastic. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” to taste this one.

Purchase Value – (C+): A 22oz bottle of this currently retails for $7.99, which means that given the quality of the beer, the consumer is getting an above-average return on their investment. Would certainly recommend getting a bottle to drink or age. (2,786 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Another one of those 'black as Hell at night' stouts - blacker than a black thing with absolutely nothing if you hold it up to the light. Light, it seems, just falls right on into it. Fairly long-lasting mocha-brown head, plenty of bubbles and a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: In terms of smell, you can sure pick the Cascade hops out of this one - right out of the gate there's that grassy, resiny smell of hops with everything else lurking in the background. To be honest, the smell owes more to that of an IPA than it does a stout - grain notes are fairly subdued, anything else is non-existent. Most peculiar, but not altogether unpleasant.

Taste: All that said, it does taste like an oatmeal stout - here the hops blend in rather nicely with the chocolate/roasted malt flavours to the point where the taste is almost the reverse of the smell. Again, peculiar but not unpleasant. It's actually rather tasty.

Feel: Quite smooth but fairly watery compared to a lot of American stouts I've had and pretty much every British stout ever. It lacks a certain something which I can't quite put my finger on.

Overall: Imagine a malt-forward IPA and you've got something a bit like this - it's an interesting take on the style, but even leaving out my somewhat local bias, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout leaves this eating dust. Worth a try, but there are better oatmeal stouts out there. I kind-of expected better from a Rogue beer, and sadly I can't share the enthusiasm that others have shown. (1,539 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very foamy and medium dark tan head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is an opaque black. The lacing is a very nice look when it is on the glass.

The beer smell is extremely hoppy for an oatmeal stout. The beer smell has some light chocolate notes and some very strong oat notes that do not create a nice smell with the strong hop notes. The hops seem to dominate all the other notes and kind of ruin the smell. Thee hop smell itself isn't bad but the lack of roastness or chocolate sweetness that normally accompanies the beer style isn't there. Rather, the beer smells like an IPA with some chocolate and roast notes.

The taste follows the nose to a certain extent but has stronger roast and chocolate notes. The hop notes are fairly bitter and block out most of the other notes except for the oats.

The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing for an oatmeal stout. The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side and feels bit watery. The beer is smooth but not creamy.

Overall, a pretty disappointing oatmeal stout and wondering if I just got a bad bottle. The beer overall smells, feels, and tastes like a malty IPA. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone if they're looking for a good oatmeal stout. (1,231 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total black beer with a small and fast dissapearing brown head.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, candy, vanilla and roasted malt.
Taste: Coffe from arabic beans, dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, chocolate milk, sweet syrup and some hops.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation. A great bitterness. Creamy. (316 characters)

Photo of lstorie3
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a smallish tan head. The smell is sweet - marshmallows, jelly beans, sugar cookies with a little floral hint. The taste doesn't follow the nose like I had expected. It it's think in the mouth. The floral essence hits first and then follows with a dark roasty flavor. Not as sweet as I had expected, which is probably a good thing considering how sweet the smell was. Really good beer. (402 characters)

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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