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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,782 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,782
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 174
Gots: 140 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

22 oz. bomber into a standard pint glass.

A nice pour released a black liquid , off brown tan head, some lace, looked thick. Smelled of roasted malts, maybe smoked?, some coffee, wood. Tasted great- malty, bitter hoppy, vanilla, well balanced, Lots going on, superbly balanced. Sticky on the tongue and lips, thick body going down. Awesome stout. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:41:46 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz. bomber into mug. Ultra-dark body - lighter than expected, moderate head. Despite the mellow head this looks deep, dark and intriguing. Clean aroma - fresh yet disappointingly light fireplace aroma. Deep, dry and smoky - while this may not be my thing I can't disparage it - extremely well-made and balanced. Very clean for the robust style - dark roast coffee, slightly bitter (chicory tones?). Tartish yet deep-roasted palate - a little clammy on the finish - the afterburn has a cold, smoky feeling (sort of like camping in the late fall). The hint of carbonation can be a little distracting with the smoky roast. Wouldn't turn this stuff down at all - it may not be my thing but it's entirely a class act.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 23:55:11 | More by IBUnit63
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m1ked

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a blind stout tasting....surprising results

A- Pours an opaque blackness, with a grey foamy head

S- Rich wood malt, chocolate and coffee

T- Smooth smokey dark coffee, touch of pencil lead, with a rich coffee finish.

M- sticky but smooth

D- Very enjoyable to drink

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:11:49 | More by m1ked
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aromatorio

Maryland

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

Cracked my first bottle of this stuff with a college friend who was in town from the East Coast. Nothing beats a beer with old friends (except free beer with old friends I guess).

A: This is what a good, drinkable stout should look like. It poured nicely, forming a slightly brown cap of foam that stuck around for a few minutes before fading into some very lovely lacing.

S: The aroma on the Shakespeare stout is also a notch above some of the other beers I've had recently. It wasn't overly roasty, and with the low ABV, had no taint of hotness. I think I picked up some dark fruit notes, maybe some butterscotch or very matured malts.

T: Tastes greeeeat! This wasn't huge and insane like the Abyss. It wasn't overly chocolatey or anything like that. It was a very balanced stout, with just the right amount of bitter, coffee bite.

M: A little thin, although by no means watery. It was creamy and smooth on the backside.

D: Quite sessionable. If this came in sixers, I think it would be a staple of my fridge. Some stouts are treats, and as such demand to be drank alone. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind putting away two or three of these with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 02:47:26 | More by aromatorio
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a huge stiff light tan head that resists fading and settles like an ice cream float with massive 3d lacing. The smell is slightly less aggressive than some, but the earthy oat and chocolate comes through. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, and very creamy with a wonderful moderate malty chocolate after taste. Full flavored, the chocolate and oat combination scores! At 6% ABV this one is a real nice drinker. Wouldn't feel comfortable offering this to any individual partial to AB (or InBev for that matter). Cheers Baby!!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:30:28 | More by jjayjaye
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erosier

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a very large and thick tan colored head. It has a very sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of hops and some chocolate, toffee and some coffee flavors as well. The taste delivers just that. It tastes of roasted malts along with a litte hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the stout which is followed by subtly sweet tastes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. The moutfeel is excellent. It has a velvety smooth mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation for this beer. It is an extremely drinkable beer and I would reccommend this one to anyone looking to taste how a stout should be made.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 14:42:47 | More by erosier
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark, almost completely black beer with a modest tan head that sadly didn't stay around very long. Settles to a thin cap. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

I smell roasted malt, oats, and some chocolate and citrus hints. Alcohol is detected. Everything is a bit subdued. Shakespeare Stout doesn't have a big nose.

It has a satisfying and deep taste. The malt comes through nicely with chocolate hints and a hop bite on finish. Very bitter stout and some alcohol is detectable. Full bodied with substantial carbonation.

A different take on a stout with the hop nose and taste. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 22:11:22 | More by morimech
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Lenny2884

New Jersey

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

22 oz. Bottle

Pours a dark black with a tanish brown big frothy head. Hints of red can be seen on the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Roasted malts dominate the nose followed by toasted oats, smells a lot like an oatmeal stout. A hoppy citrus character pulls through in the end giving this brew a very nice, balanced aroma.

The roasted malts really show they're power and own the initial flavor, again followed by a hint of toasted oats. Hop bitterness follows, nicely balancing the brew and leaving your mouth dry and begging for more. A chocolately aftertaste pushes this stout far above most brews of the same style. This brew defines balance.

Overall, another outstanding Rogue brew. They continue to impress with every style and make me wonder why I live on the East Coast. A must try for any American stout or oatmeal stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:06:52 | More by Lenny2884
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

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

A:Black with brownish hues. Pours with a huge head leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. Great retention.

S: Burnt malts, peat-like scents, some citric notes I'm guessing from the hops, oatmeal, a little chocolate here and there, etc.

T&M: Smokey, bittersweet chocolate, tons of roasted malt backed by some fruity hops (mainly citrus) that never get too bitter. Great balance. Oats also present. Very creamy mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I could easily have 2 bombers back to back.

Not much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 02:03:53 | More by NCBeernut
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Procrastinator

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. No dating can be found on bottle.

Appearance: black brown body with a cappuccino colored creamy head, which slowly dies off to leave a dollop of cream on the surface. Lots of tight small bubbles cling together to form lacing on the glass.

Smell: burnt coffee, dark bitter chocolate, cereal oats, dry hoppy bitterness.

Taste: unsweetened chocolate, burnt graininess, bitter coffee complimented by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: dry and full-bodied. The carbonation is about perfect to deliver the bitter side of this stout. The lack of sweetness makes for an acrid finish. Balance is swayed to the bitter side.

Drinkability: alcohol seems non-existent until I finish the 22 oz. bottle. It's there and well hidden. For those looking for a stout with a known hop prominence, this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:36:12 | More by Procrastinator
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle of Shakespeare Stout, cellared in dark conditions for 4 years.
Poured into imperial pint glass.

A Dark as the night, no light perception through the body, dark mocha like 3 finger creamy head, good lacing.

S Peat(like a fine single scottish malt), lots of roasted malts, nutty.

T Very peaty again, lots of burnt malts, but very creamy, the balance between the harsh peaty flavours in the finish are quickly balanced with the sweet creamy side, bitterness lingers on after the creaminess.

M Full bodied,treacle like, low carbonation

D Perhaps a little harsh in the bitterness, comparable to Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout, but a little less in the sweet balance. Nevertheless a very drinkable yet complex stout.No more than 2 though please!

So, once again never had this beer fresh, but i find it a nicely complex stout but not the best ive had.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 12:52:41 | More by seanyfo
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champ103

Texas

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

A: A great looking stout. Opaque black, no light gets through. A large foamy tan head forms to leave plenty of lace.
S: Plenty of rich malt and oats in the nose. At first smell I would say this is an oatmeal stout.
T: This is a very thick beer with plenty of dark roasted malt and tons of oats and chocolate.
M/D: A creamy and rich beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. A sipping beer only in the since that I want to saver everything.

I would say that this is miss labeled. This seems like an oatmeal stout in every way. Anyway, what ever it is labeled, this is a great stout. A beer that should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 07:13:41 | More by champ103
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

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

From a 22oz bottle.

Pours very dark with no light being able to penetrate, small tan head that fades slowly.

Smell is heavy on roasted malt with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee, some caramel.

Taste is quite chewy, strong malt front with a bitterness that slowly builds up and lingers. Great carbonation along with a creamy taste. Although the taste is deceiving, feels like this could be stronger than the 6%.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 00:01:04 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a black a beer aas I have ever seen. Completely opaqe. The smell wa rich coffee. The taste was coffee but smooth like black velvet and not strong like a lot of stouts or bitter. The beer had great lacing though the head was gone rather quickly as was the beere. Great beer I will buy again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 16:29:28 | More by Minkybut
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erwin08

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very dark brown/almost black color with a tan head.

S: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: rich coffee and dark chocolate with a slight hoppyness.

M: a lot thinner and smoother than i was expecting. very rich and creamy.

D: low ABV and very drinkable. would highly recommend giving this beer a try

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 18:46:55 | More by erwin08
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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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
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle of this from Bottle King in Livingston for about $5.99, and I must say, coming from a high-caliber company like Rogue's, I really wasn't too impressed with this Stout sample... expected more, and was let down by an overall lack of flavor and complexity... appearance was about average, poured a jet-black, ebony color with minimal tan head... smell was complete with burnt, dark chocolate, espresso, and liquorice aromas... taste was typical stout, with dark-espresso and cocoa flavors that was more bitter than sweet... Taste seemed pretty watered-down and somewhat more bland than I was expecting...definitely had much better stouts before this, and the overall taste was more average than anything else... I wouldn't say this was a bad brew, just wasn't to my liking and not one I would try again... Wouldn't recommend this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:29:24 | More by dsa7783
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate coffee and caramel

T - Follows the smell mostly coffee with hints of caramel

M - Good amount of carbonation for a stout

D - this is an excellent stout it has a good taste to it this definitely worth trying someime

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:15:20 | More by armock
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tapman

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a 2 finger + head. Excellent carbonation retention in this beer, I'm guessing from the amount of hops used as indicated by the label. Miss the nice cascade found in many stouts, but oh well, pretty darn beautiful.

For the aroma I get green olives (canned), coffee, bitter roasted oatmeal and barley, bitter baker's cocoa. There is a bright hoppiness under the malts and I can definitely taste the cascade hops (also indicated on the ingredients list). The tangy hops mixed with the bitter malts presents a range of flavor combinations not readily found in Russian Imperials or English stouts. Go America!

A really interesting and complex taste. I perceive canned olives once again, almost burnt whole grain toast, dark chocolate consisting of a cocoa ratio of 70% +, and a cinnamon/pepper combination that resembles both and tastes like neither, and coffee (though not espresso as is popular these days). I realize the roasted barley and the oats (though I get more barley than oat which I kinda like as oats are sometimes too astringently bitter for my personal taste), cascade hops, and underneath a bevy of different malts (crystal and chocolate, though to varying degrees).

Mouthfeel is perfect, or as close as I've experienced. Hops give this brew excellent carbonation retention while thickening the beer enough to be velvety smooth. I also think that there is more roasted barley than oats in this one and if so, the malts contribute a much thinner body than usual for a heavy stout, which is balanced nicely by the hops. If there were more oats (keeping in mind this is my estimation) the mouthfeel would have been overwhelmingly syrupy.

A highly drinkable stout! I think what throws people off is the hoppiness which is unexpected in a stout. What these people aren't noticing is that this is an American Stout, so it makes sense for it to be different. I've had other cascade-hopped stouts (by Rock Bottom in Palos Park, Illinois and Goose Island in Chicago, Illinois) and this is by far the best. Its unexpected and balanced well. This brew gets so much better as it warms up so please try not to gulp it all down to hastily. A stout to make even the most earnest liberal climb on their roof and shout, "Go America!"

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:30:18 | More by tapman
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BBM

New York

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

Beer pours a jet black and motor oil thick into a glass with a nice rocky brown head. The aroma is very sweet with hints of burnt caramel and some citrus.

This is a consummate American stout. Big chocolate and coffee bean flavor, along with just the right amount of pine and citrus hops to compliment but not overpower the flavor. A musty earthiness rounds out the flavor nicely. Dark fruits and raisins also present.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is a drinkable stout that is spot-on for the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 00:07:31 | More by BBM
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Scoobydank

Minnesota

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

L: Creamy milk chocolate head that sticks around for a bit. The beer itself is a dark black, no light to be seen.
S:A burnt chocolate with a faint burnt coffee bean.
T:As with most rogue beers, the hops linger on the back. Before that faint chocolate. Just a touch of oatmeal. smoke?
M: A huge sharp fizz
D: Definitely a good beer, its a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:30:16 | More by Scoobydank
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle (Duece-Duece)

A - Thick muddy darkness that poured heavy to the last drop, 2 fingers of dark tan head.

S - Strong scent of malt, coffee, faint caramel and chocolate.

T- Roasted malt, Patent malts, rich coffee, light earthy hops and a chocolate after taste that is amazing!

M - Full body stout with light carbonation and creamy sweet smoothness.

D- Very drinkable, best after dinner. For a stout that has a lower alcohol percentage and higher hop count it is and easy drink.

This is hands down one of the best beers in the world

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 19:19:33 | More by
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, ebony - no highlights of anything, plenty of rocky tan colored head. Looks just like a stout should look. Chunks of foamy lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt is subtle not in-your-face huge like an RIS. Also cascade hops are present in the aroma. Taste is coffee-like with a bitter cascade finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. I like drinking this beer. It is very nicely balanced and one worth having on hand. A stout for fans of subtlety and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:03:21 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:18:21 | More by RblWthACoz
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,782 ratings.