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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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.

15º PLATO
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:
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mynie

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last night, seeing this on tap for the very first time, I had no choice but to re-review the first beer I ever awarded a perfect score. Back in the day this was, like, *the* beer; you couldn't think much of yourself as a beer person until you had tried it. And now it's still a big deal, I guess. It's really impressive to see a lower-ABV beer getting an A on this site, especially when it's got over 1200 reviews. Even in this age of the mindless adulation of bigness, people still can't deny Shakespeare its due.

The Nitro pour doesn't detract from the appearance. It's still got a nice, big brown head and it is still as opaque as concept the of death.

Smell rough, burnt, dry, and yet also smooth like milk and sweet like chocolate syrup.

Tastes like a wonderful hybrid of an English dry stout and an American oatmeal, starting with burnt, bitter malt, moving into a long and lingering wave of dark and milk chocolates, and then ending on firm cascade hops that are spicy, dry, and flowery all at once.

Four years later, this is still perfect.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-01-2010 23:55:50 | More by mynie
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arizcards

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of pints at the Rogue Ale Public House in late March.

This beer poured black with a fine two finger head. Nose is of chocolate/coffee roasted malts. Taste is a delight, a perfect balance between the roasted chocolate malts and a generous portion of Cascade hops with hints of coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied but is very creamy and lively. Overall drinkability is great. I have been dissapointed with the change in taste with beers on nitro-tap but this one did not dissapoint!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-11-2010 00:23:26 | More by arizcards
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taxguyjase

New Mexico

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

Apparently, Burt Reynolds is paying Shakespeare at a liquor store near you. Having about 30 minutes to kill before heading to the Oakland Airport, so ended up swinging into the Rogue Ale Public Room in San Francisco for a quick brew. They had a great selection on draft (probably 40% Rogue ales, 59% other microbrews, 1% the King of Beers). I ended up going with the Shakespeare Stout, as it sounded very dramatic.

I love nitrous beers - they have this amazing waterfall effect as the head settles. Just fun to watch and take in as the beer works its mojo. The beer's head was a nice creamy tan color and featured some light coffee/mocha scents. The beer itself was really smooth. The coffee and chocolate taste was light (just like the smell), but flavorful. No aftertaste on this one - just a great stout. WAY better than a Guiness, I'd get this one again. Too bad there isn't a Rogue place here in ABQ...curses.

Appearance - 5.0/5.0 - love the waterfall effect of the nitrous, tan creamy head - very full
Taste - 4.5/5.0 - silky smooth - coffee and light chocolate taste
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - no aftertaste, extremely smooth in mouth
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - very light with coffee/mocha accents
Drinkability - 4.5/5.0 - way better than a Guiness - very tasty, smooth - I will be repeating this beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-02-2009 18:01:53 | More by taxguyjase
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Kendo

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-28-2009 14:50:24 | More by Kendo
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mhewes

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A : Poured a dark brown with an incredibly creamy tan head. Lots of lacing

S : Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

T : Good creamy flavor that's just full of roasted malts. Good coffee flavor in there also. A nice bitter chocolate on the finish to round things out

M : Creamy, full-bodied

D : A great stout on nitro. One of the easiest drinking ones I have ever had.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-03-2008 21:10:46 | More by mhewes
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.

The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.

A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-29-2008 18:34:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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rye726

Colorado

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

Dark Brown near black with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of black and roasted malts with subtle candy and floral hop characters.

A nice balance of roasted and sweet malts with some delicate hop bitterness.

A thick brew that passes smoothly over the palate. Great pub stout to wash down some grub.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-03-2008 19:37:26 | More by rye726
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

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

Had this brew on-nitro today at the Eugene City Brewery. Paired VERY well with my Reuben. Poured a very dark color, thick creamy tan head. Smell is of nicely toasted malt, slightly of coffee. Not an overpowering aroma powerhouse, but all together well balanced. Tastes nice and roasted, just a bit coffee flavor to go along with the nice malt body. Very creamy mouthfeel. Man, this went down so easy. Please sir may I have another!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-26-2007 02:27:09 | More by BigJTrucker
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time Rogue brewed its masterful ales in Ashland, OR, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ashland is a small town with about six Shakespeare theaters and it seems as though every waitress and bartender is an actor of some stripe. The flood of ’96 washed out Rogue’s Ashland operation and the brewery expanded into its present location in Newport. But the Shakespeare theme has endured and Shakespeare Stout is a Rogue milestone.

Everything good you’ve ever heard about this beer is true. It is black as night, full-bodied and opaque, and has a luxurious chewy mouthfeel. The aroma is dry – faint though fragrant. The lace is flawless, and the taste is creamy and dry with a delicate brush of mocha. The finish lingers like a church bell in the mist.

I drank this at the Rogue Public House in Newport and found it to be a world class stout, mellow enough for sessions. A true champion.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-28-2004 22:01:42 | More by RedDiamond
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dwarbi

New York

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

Pours a dark brown head which provides very good lacing. Solid black beer. It has a pleasant aroma -- mostly of wood. It also has a wicker-sweet smell. Tastes malty and creamy. Delicious and thick like a full meal. A very good Irish Stout. Clean aftertaste, too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-29-2003 20:13:49 | More by dwarbi
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Authentic dark stout appearance. Healthy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong oat hues mixed with roasted barley.

T - Smooth, woodsy fireplace beer. Authentic stout taste and consistency. Comparable to cask served.

M - Smooth, smooth, smooth

O - This is an authentic stout that I would recommend to anyone looking to adventure into the world of stouts. Excellent consistency, color, taste, and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:43:19 | More by kcrosson492
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tmm313

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black in the glass. Poured a generous, creamy 3 finger head with aggressive pour. Super sticky lacing. Nice trailing.

S- Plum, dates, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, milk chocolate, a good dose of oats, caramel, and a touch of floral and spicy hops.

T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel in the beginning. Cocoa, coffee, and char follow. Burnt, earthy aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Smooth and drying. Big burnt aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this Stout. I don't always enjoy Oatmeal Stouts, but this one was an exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 21:53:19 | More by tmm313
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illpass78

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a small tan head that recedes swiftly. Lacing is nonexistent and carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: Smells like bitter chocolate, black coffee, oats and dark malts. The nose is about average strength - doesn't leap at you, but it's there.

Taste: Very tasty stout. Taste follows the nose but is more forward. Dark chocolate and oats dominate.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-smooth and fairly heavy. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: This is a really good oatmeal stout. I paired it with baked lemon tofu and noodle salad. It kind of screams out for more robust food than that, but it was a darn good companion anyway. If you like oatmeal stouts, seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:33:55 | More by illpass78
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Color is a nice inky oil slick black with reddish highlights near the bottom of the glass. Smells spicy and burnt, with some hop resins, nuts, and a slight red berry fruitiness hovering over singed caramel, wood char, and dark roast coffee. Palate is simultaneously roasted, nutty, and slightly tart, with coffee and chocolate flavors providing the base while redskin peanut, lemon rind, and chalky minerals add nuance. Reminds me of a thin to moderate bodied top-tier Irish dry stout with an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness has to be experienced to be believed. A drinkable oatmeal stout that has some hop presence and is curiously devoid of prominent sweetness. Screams "American" when compared with excellent British examples like Samuel Smith and not in a bad way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 21:52:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this. Pours nearly black under a large, lumpy tan head. The foam settles to a solid sheet in the surface; minor lacing. Smells of dark malt, subtle oats, roasted barely, and earthy hops with a slight soapy/floral note. Lots of chocolaty roast in the flavor and some citrusy hop bitterness. Creamy smooth, not quite full bodied, but appropriate for the style. I imagine I would have rated this one higher years ago, but hey, it's still a classic. Good, hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:06:52 | More by wedge
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 14:15:53 | More by brutusmuktuk
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brown under a nice large medium brown finely foamy head. The head fades to a thin layer leaving behind spots and strings of lace. Aroma is deeply and softly chocolatey, rich with oats, a smidge of vanilla, and some sort of berries underneath. Very nice. Taste is richly sweet, smooth, toasty, and evenly bitter through the finish. Bright lactic sweetness and coffee roastiness... Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slick, and blankety. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 04:28:06 | More by tastybeer
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very deep deep brown color with frothy head

S - not much in the way of smell - it is winter in New England and I may be stuffy, but I cannot find much of anything here.

T - Taste was burnt malt, very few other notes

m - mouth feel was very good. Good carbonation.

o - good oatmeal stout, not quite Shakespearian

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:03:24 | More by gonzo000
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eggman2814

Illinois

2.39/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge Rogue fan. Love the Black Lager, Pumpkin Patch and more.

A: Black leads into a thick hot cocoa head with a ruby crust that disperses quickly and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malt, slight maple syrup notes

T: dusty chalky swiss miss

M: Thin and dry, ends in cotton mouth

O: Must have been a funky batch

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:17:02 | More by eggman2814
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, oats, toast, caramel, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:08:45 | More by superspak
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with no head.
Aroma is deep chocolate super chocolate flavor with a little coffee.
Flavor is suttle chocolate with some coffee on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little carbonated.
Full chocolate flavor and coffee, awesome dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:25:26 | More by zookerman182
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BCraig

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- poured a very thick light caramel color head that dissipates slowly into a rocky 1 inch head after a few moments. The color is one shade off of the black scale with a slight reddish brown hue.

S- Caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight metallic notes, not off-putting.

T- dark chocolate malt and smoky flavors upfront with a little bitter burnt finish.

M- a pretty decent balance between coating and crisp. There's a little bite to it but enough smooth coating to make it drinkable.

O- I may have had about half a dozen Oatmeal Stouts in my time, so I have not nailed down the definitive character yet, but this is a good cold weather beer. It's a little smokier than I prefer, but the chocolate and roasted malt do come through.

edited 10 minutes later to add that I starting picking up some faint vanilla flavors after the beer sat a minute or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 21:13:59 | More by BCraig
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a nonic. It's not often I get to fill this 20 ouncer up all the way.

A- Very deep brown. Near black. Brown head sits at 1/4" and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

S- Roasted and sweet grains are up front. A bit of a chocolate aroma as well.

T- Sweet and chocolatey, with a very nice earthy dryness in the finish.

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Finish is slightly dry, but pleasant.

O- The oats add some smoothness and make it an enjoyable drink. Not too heavy. Flavor is mild but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:49:16 | More by BWED
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Furlinator

California

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1 inch of tan head that settles to a thick film on top and leaves rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of coffee, faint dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla accents.

Taste is coffee, cocoa and roasted malt with faint dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Nice coffee and cocoa flavors abound. An solid example of oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 16:46:19 | More by Furlinator
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Jellopants356

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark...well really dark, just like a good stout should. I see a bit of lacing but not much. There's very little smell, could just be me. I do detect sort of a chocolatey smell with some burnt parts. Hmm, the taste is a little different than i was expecting. I'm very used to a heavy taste/texture from oatmeal stouts. This one, however, has a smoother taste noted by an earthy body and a sort of chocolate finish. I knew there was chocolate somewhere in here. A lot less of the actual oatmeal can be tasted in this one. I like the mouthfeel, although, i'm not entirely sure it fits the style, i.e. heavy almost like you ate a loaf of bread. Well, overall, i'm actually a little disappointed. I really was expecting to get a heavier offering like Oatis from Ninakasi or the Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith's (my favorite to date). I still think this one is worth checking out as it highlights differences in the style of the oatmeal stouts..

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:39:48 | More by Jellopants356
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.