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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,046
Reviews: 1,549
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 224
Gots: 251 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, opaque, nice 2-finger head with great retention, decent lacing. A bit of head remains indefinitely, which is great.

S: Smoke, Chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee, hops, dark fruit, barley. Chocolate and hops are the dominant smells.

T: Very Very smokey and chocolatey. Non-sweet taste really brings out the hops. The bitter chocolate and hops with smoke go together very well. Leaves a super-bitter taste in your mouth after swallowing, which is cool - makes you feel like a man. I wish it were a little sweeter. Also, a metallic background flavor hinders the taste.

M: Carbonation a little high, pretty syrupy, thick, pretty astringent. Medium-heavy body. Again, makes one feel like a man.

D: For a stout it goes down well. It's not a dessert beer, so I'm not chugging it for the sugary taste, but it definitely drinks well for the style.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version served at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a good amount of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors up front are joined shortly by large (at least for a stout) amounts of citrus hop flavors. The flavors complement each other nicely and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall the cask version seemed to have a lot more hops in the aroma and flavor than I remembered from the bottle version. Even without the hops the malt bill is fantastic enough to make this worth a shot.

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

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter blackness with thick, dark, foamy head reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.

Smell: smooth and malty with a large and distinct chocolate aroma. Yummy!

Taste: big malt with big chocolate and a delicious coffee finish. Some nice spicy hops and bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick with a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: possibly a little *too* drinkable.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep, opaque black like any respectable stout, with dark tan head that fades to leaves a subtle ring around the glass along with some oily lacing.

S: smell is slightly understated, but the expected roasted maltiness and coffee scent is certainly detectable

T: i'm in love!! this stout hits it on the money with the formula, a delicious mouthful of chocolate, coffee, and malty goodness.

M: mouthfeel is perfect; extremely smooth on the palate with a perfect carbonation balance.

D: i'll drink again without hesitation!

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Jet-black with a large brown, chocolately looking head. The head is thick and stays a while with lots and lots of brownish lace around the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted caramel malt, and has a hint of the trademark Rogue smell which is reminiscent of tea. The smell is very sweet, rich, and pronounced.

Taste: Starts with a near chocolate sweetness, and finishes with a very pleasant coffee taste- toward the end it tastes a lot like coffee with a bit of sugar. I am guessing the sugar flavor at the end comes from the Rogue "tea" flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with an unexpected bite of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very, very good stout. Best stout I've had and highly recommended. I'd get this any chance I can.

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

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into an unbranded nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a tan coffee-like head. Head is thick and pillowly leaving significant lacing. Looks tasty...

Smell: Strong roasted malt smell. Hint of olives (?!?) maybe. Sugary smell in the background.

Taste: Roasted taste with a strong taste of coffee. A nice bitterness to it as well. Very tasty. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: Very tasty!! A great stout and another great beer from Rogue. Highly recommended!!

Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a BA would want a Dry Irish/Oatmeal Stout to be. Need I say more?


A thick brown head and with retention up there with Jordan's hang time. A dark brown brew that stops light. Decent lacing to decorate the glass.

Smell is all roasty and dark malts. Caramel and toffee notes. Plums and figs lurk below. Coffee and mocha combine before yielding to a floral hoppiness.

Taste is much like the nose but the toffee is bigger giving this dry stout a sweet backbone to play off of. Point of fact it has a sweeter malt core than the chocolate stout. This is countered by a more complex hop structure that drys and quenches as it balances. The rolled oats and barley give a chewyness that slows you down just enough to savor this excellent brew.

Feel is lightly syrupy with a light carbonation. Again a bit chewy but still somewhat light on the tongue.

An easy drinker that will have you opening more than one bomber bottle. Enjoy!

Photo of taxguyjase
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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

Tasted on August 30, 2009. Brought back from Wells.

Dark black color with a nice cloudy looking head. The head sticks well to the glass and the color is beige. The aroma is dark chocolate with some roasted malts. I get also some hints of licorice. Very light licorice however. The taste is similar to the smell. Very good. Too easy to drink. Medium body. The taste stays in the mouth slightly... not overpowering. I would prefer that it stays longer. The bitterness is light. A very harmonious beer, a rich beer. The carbonation is felt in the mouth.

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

Kind of disappointed with this one. Mostly roasted bitter coffee. A little dark chocolate around the middle. Many better stouts out there. Some bitter astringency on the finish. I'll pass on this next time. I thought this would be much better based on the reviews and the fact that I really enjoy the Chocolate Stout and the Hazelnut Brown.

Photo of chilly460
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours an inky black with chocolate brown head, very nice looking beer.

S - I pick up mostly a malty scent, with some chocolate tones. Not the big aroma I expected.

T - Burnt coffee dominates, overly astringent. Never get to the "roastiness" that I expected.

M - Quite thin for the style.

D - Fair, but the bitter/astringent taste keep this to one beer.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or just an off day as far as taste goes, but this beer did not match previous reviews. Will try again soon.

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

After being unimpressed by a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a couple years back, I had not bothered to try another Rogue offering, until now. This Shakespeare Stout will not emerge as one of my favorites, but it has at least convinced me to try other Rogue offerings in the future. After trying this brew, I was shocked to find that it contained oats. It just did not seem akin to other oatmeal-ish stouts (which I tend to like). The pour produced a strong, medium-to-dark shiny, foamy and persistent head. So far, so good. The smell struck me as predominantly coffee and not especially complex as stouts go. The taste seemed more like that of Irish dry stouts, like Guinness, sharp and heavy on the roasted barley, but absent was the rounded, slightly sweet and chewy richness from the oats. Things were better in the mouthfeel department, where the oats made an appearance to provide this stout with a good, creamy sensation and a pleasant, malty aftertaste. What lingers on the tongue, however, was a return to the coffee flavors. This was not a plus for me, since I am not a coffee drinker otherwise. There was more of a hops presence, which is to be expected with a brew that is described as an "American" stout. Don't drink this if you are seeking a more malty, rounded, English-style brew. For me, I did not dislike it, but I am not likely to seek it out in the near future. My tasting was an isolated experience; it would be interesting to taste this side-by-side with other micro-brew stouts.

Photo of witster18
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

worth every penny of the 6.75(taxInc) I spent on the bomber...

Sure, it's expensive but this is one of the best, if not THE best, accessible stout on the market.

Pours near black with only dark brown highlights at the very edges if held in front of a bright light. tilt the glass sideways a bit to see the oily characteristic gained from the fine rolled oats.
The robust chocolate malt isn't overdry or chalky, as a matter of fact, this beer is smooth and silky. It's chewy but it's very drinkable. Nothing is overpowering but the prominant flavors are chocolate and a slightly winey and hop infused coffee.

This is exceptional quality.
my #2 dark accessible beer behind glbc edmund fitz porter.
price is hefty but after first taste it's literally easy to swallow.
Just take 100 bucks and bye about 15 bombers for the next couple of months as this isn't a serious session beer anyway.. it's too dam^ flavorful and chewy to session.

Photo of Rooney107
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours into the glass silky and obsidian--simply beautiful. Forms a solid dark tan head that reminds me of espresso. No light pierces the glass.

S- Lots of nuanced malt characteristics, some chocolate and coffee. A bit of toffee and milk creaminess.

T- Wonderful malt flavors hit me right away. Bittersweet chocolate intermingled with a light lactose and "frothy" notes fill out the flavor profile. A light bitterness seems omnipresent, but it never overtakes the palate. Simply superb.

M- It feels a bit heavy, but also creamy and a bit chewy (most likely from the rolled oats). Excellent feel.

D- I would drink this everyday if it wasn't so expensive. This is one of my favorite beers, ever.

Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a thick dark and black color that allows a small amount of light through it. A vigorous pour helped create a nice thick tan/brown head that has a good amount of lacing as you drink. The aroma is full of malt and the roasted barley. There is definite chocolate and a small amount of coffee in this stout too. The smell is a huge component of this beer. The taste is equally as good too.

The initial taste is full of the roasted malt and grain with some of the bittersweet or dark chocolate and cocoa coming in towards the end. I can pick up a few coffee undertones after a few sips too. The beer is damn smooth and creamy and has a small amount of carbonation going on. This stout has a light to medium body and very rich. I'd say this stout has such a high drinkability. A bomber of this would be easily be finished in a night's session by myself.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an inky black with a single-finger dark tan head. The smell is deeply toasted malt with a strong sweet molasses and chocolate backbone with a bit of imperial stout-style coffee in there as well. The taste starts off with some milk chocolate that goes into some bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavor with a bit of a bitter bite that doesn't stick around long. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I had no problem drinking this beer, and I will most definitely be picking it up again sometime.

Photo of dvb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Olympia, Washington. Poured into a 12-ounce pilsner glass.

A - Black as night. As is typical of this type, the initial pour resulted in a tall head which receded pretty quickly and settled into nothing but lacing. Most of the lacing is at the top of the glass.

S - Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout to me, which is not a bad thing.

T - A little too bitter, but this is balanced out nicely by a slight sweetness and some smokiness. I'm getting a slight cocoa taste.

M - A bit thin and solvent-like, but not too bad. Slightly sticky on the lips.

D - This stout definitely tastes better cold than warm. As it warmed, it became almost too bitter. Still, a very enjoyable stout. I just need to drink it faster. :-)

Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a frothy, tan colored head. Nose is roasted malts, cocoa, and molasses. Taste is dominated by a roasted bitterness and unsweetened cocoa or dark chocolate. Well balanced and easy to drink. Appropriate carbonation with a medium to full body. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

Photo of skrib09
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

poured oil black with a huge frothy brown head up top. good looking brew.

smells roasty, earthy, and malty. some sweetness as well.

relatively straight forward flavors. dark roasted bitter combined with a "dirt" or earthy tone.

bitter and astringent mouthfeel that's surprisingly... welcome. good drinkability other than the bitterness.

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

A: Dark as night with a faint hint of ruby red. Dense, khaki colored head sits atop but minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chcocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, esspresso beans with a little dark fruit (maybe cherry) tart and biiter finnish.

M: Creamy and smooth yet dry. Light palate coating but not a huge aftertaste.

D: Excellent dessert beer. Enough uniqueness to hunt this one down.

Photo of atremains
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a very dark brown. Only hints of light shine through. very fickle two finger head. Good ammount of chocolate malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is a tiny bit watery but very relaxing to drink. I've had this before and I'll have it again. One of Rogue's strongest beers.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense, rocky, four fingers of dark walnut head converts to sea-foam as it drops sticky lace above a rich, dark brown, velvet beer.

A tulip glass highlights the sweet roasted malt with milk chocolate, latte and subtle pine notes in the background.

Shakespeare Stout has a strong bitterness with pumpernickel bread and espresso.

Soft carbonation and a light body give this relatively dry beer a nice mouth-feel with only a hint of alcohol.

While a fine offering on its own, this sonnet is perhaps best served cold. However, it will also compliment any beef dish.

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why should double and imperial stouts get all the love? This is one incredible "standard" stout.

Pours into a globe with very dark brown (nearly black) color and thick, sticky khaki head. Tons of lacing lingers on the glass as the beer settles.

Aroma is really nice with plenty of dark roasty character but a surprisingly high amount of hops as well. Slightly sweet with a hint of coffee too.

Taste is very pleasant, dominated by big roasty malts and healthy hop bitterness. As the label states, there is a nice earthy quality. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate round it out.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's not really heavy in terms of body but it has a great ability to coat the tongue. Oats certainly help here.

Very drinkable for the style. It is well-balanced between sweetness and bitterness. It never gets too carried away but there's enough in there for everyone to enjoy.

Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I've never had one of these, but I'm going to remedy that immediately. Split the bomber with the wife.

Smell is faint, bit o' malt o' meal, not much else. Oh, it's black. Head is cumulonimbus.

Shakespeare is a nice stout. Never been a big fan of his writing, but this is smooth, creamy, with a tang of hops and a jiggle of chocolate leaf in the back. IN YOUR FACE BIG BEERS! This is a nice, unabashedly regular old American Stout that's quite tasty, with some good deep malts to back up it's claims to greatness.

Not quite first rate for me, but very good.

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

Pours nice thick dark brown, big mocha head with excellent retention. Smells rich, and some excellent aroma hoppage going on. Taste is super-smooth, very rich despite having the texture and viscosity of milk. Silky. Nice hop afterflavor helps part aside the deep dark malt. More chocolatey and hoppy than anything else. Can be a bit much to drink a lot of, but still quite excellent.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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