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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 188
Gots: 181 | FT: 4
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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of CoolJosh
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After reading all I have about this beer, I was expecting a bold and standout stout brewed by Rogue, the makers of my absolute favorite nut brown ale...

A Very dark brown in color, with slight light coming through. A light khaki brown 2 finger head from pour, with very little carbonation that dies down to a thin layer after a few minutes with some nice lacing.

S Dark cherries, plum, and an assortment of other darker fruits, but these were the two that hit my nose the most, nothing too overpowering. Some good scents of caramel and vanilla, and some bitter hops coming through the end of the nose.

T Really disappointed, perhaps I purchased a bad bottle? Bitter chocolate, ripe dark cherries, dry bitter roasted coffee, and some weaker hops that follow on the end. Not as malty as I had been wishing for, but there is some creaminess to this stout.

Good, not excellent but good, not my first choice for a stout, but would definitley try again, gonna throw one in the cellar and see how it tastes after a year, hopefully some of the bitter tastes mellow out a little bit

2nd REVIEW: better after sitting for a little bit creamier more stout like, and much more enjoyable, just goes to show the importance of serving a beer at the right temperature
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CoolJosh, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into an Unibroue chalice.

Thick-looking very dark coffee-brwon brew. Fairly rigorous pour raises a massive head that slowly recedes, leaving an intricate lattice of lacing.

Aroma is full of roasted grain, with fresh floral hop aromas overlaying. Interesting, the hop element brings another dimensin to this rich brew that is otherwise dominated by bitterness from roasted malts. Expected flavors of dark roast coffee, espresso in the finish, but lots of fruitiness up front. Excellent and very drinkable stout.

kenito799, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of kinger
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mighty fine stout. Aroma of roasted burnt malt, coffee, and hops! Jet black pour with a medium dark brown head and some lacing. Velvety smooth mouthfeel this one slowly slides down the gullet with a bitter hop finish incredibly good. Nice rich flavor aside from the roasted malts there is a strong coffee presence along with some chocolate and toffee flavors. A mild smokiness comes about which is unexpected and well received. What's fantastic about this stout is the enormous hop presence, bitter biting and right in line the hops really round out this great brew. Nicely brewed.

kinger, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of jake87
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY! I've been looking for this beer for months! Recently moved to Laramie, WY for school and found it here. Well the wait was worth it.

L.Opaque dark brown to black with a thick light tan head that lasts, along with good lacing
S.Toasted wheats along with chocolate and a good coffee smell
T.mmmm... well it starts with a good chocolate taste followed by a nice bitter hop/coffee taste that fades into the back of the mouth leaving a pleasant aftertaste
F.Very smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, very nice

Wow... Rogue has outdone itself, such a nice change from the average(aka crappy) college party beers ie. budbudlightkeystonemillerbusch... blah blah blah

jake87, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color. Frothy light brown head fades to a bubbly sheen and collar.

Whoa...I can smell this one from about 3 feet away! Milk chocolate, cocoa and latte coffee aromas. Roasty, toasty malty goodness with a healthy dose of grassy hops.

4 words that best describe the flavor: fresh, roasty, malty and hoppy. I only have 2 minor complaints with this one, the noticeable astringency and it is a bit pricey. Aftertaste is long lingering and slightly bitter.

For me, this is a good stout, but not quite great. Easily quaffable and certainly will drink again, but the price tag limits this one to just a bomber or two per year for me.

twiggamortis420, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mug. Black color with a one finger, fluffy, brown head.

Smell is chocolate malt and some citric hoppiness. Taste is similar with chocolate and some roasted flavors taking center stage, followed by a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Not a ton of carbonation. It's also not really heavy either. Pretty good drinkability.

daythree16, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I finally tried this beer and I wan't dissapointed! My wife and I split a 22oz. bottle.

A: Poured almost Black with a very nice laced that stayed around for the whole glass.
S: I got a nice sweet malty scent, but buried in there I got the oily Cascade hop scent. Very nice!
T: I got alot out of this beer, Chocolate, Malt, Coffee, and there was something else back there maybe a Rye or Whiskey bite, but VERY faint.
M: To me the best part of this beer. Some beers that feel thin in your mouth have tendencies to not stick with you. This one was thin but lingered for along time. Loved it!
D: It's so good that I wouldn't want more than 1 in a sitting, and it would take forever to finish more than one. If your looking for a beer on a cold night look into this gem!

madtowndmb1, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark, black beer with a thin head.

Smell is roasted and has strong coffee notes, which are pretty mild, meaning not sharp. I think I can smell some adjuncts, rye or something. At least this adds a 'oily' smell.

Taste is bitter and roasted. Bitterness is a combination of the hops, which are citric, but overruled by the big roasted malts. Then there is the malt bitterness. Some alcohol warming. The dark malts are so nicely balanced and any astringency is absent here. The beer's body is creamy and smooth. This is how a big Stout should taste like.

Thanks to Northyorksammy for this great beer!

Absumaster, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of riversider76
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is a roasted mix of malts dark chocolate and coffee. Well balanced and smooth as silk. Excellent.

riversider76, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black - nearly opaque in my nonic - but red edges show when held to the light. A hard pour yields three fat fingers of fluffy coffee latte colored head whose bubbles somehow glitter under the light. Fat foamy lace sticks to the sides of the glass.

The scent is noticeable from a foot away when poured. Roast coffee, bitter chocolate and cascade hops.

Taste is, well, glorious. Roasty, ground coffee beans, earth, hints of bitter dark chocolate. Dark roast coffee lingers at the back of the throat after each long sip. A sturdy but subtle hop bitterness in the background. Soft dark chocolate and ground fresh coffee beans slowly wend their way off the palate.

Mouth is luscious, creamy, coating, medium-full and softly carbonated with an enduring bitterness.

Drinkability is excellent.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Damn.

sethmeister, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a mission to scoop up some Rogue brews and after a few goodies, had to go with the classic. Pretty excited for this brew, cool bottle and a big reputation goes along with it.

A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.

S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.

T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced HOP content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.

M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.

D: Very unique brew, never had a Stout with this much hops and I gotta say, I enjoyed it! Rogue has another solid winner here, maybe not the best stout ever, but one you gotta try to get a feel for how far the style can stretch. Find this brew and give Will's bottle a try!

jdg204, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a frothy & thick 2 finger deep espresso colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, malted milk, and a distinct hoppiness. I likey.

Wow, bitterness. Awesome. Nice roasted/toasted flavors, more coffee, chocolate, rich maltiness. Fantastic flavor.

Full, lush, moderately carbonated, dry finish.

Drinkability is fine. A rich stout.

You know, I've had this stout before, but not for several years. I usually pass it while looking for something "extar special" at the bottle shop. Boy am I stupid. Something I see reguarly tastes AWESOME. Say what you will about hopped up stouts. But this is delicious. Don't be foolish about style constraints.

bbothen, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of stuckonhops
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- jet black...no light from my flame passes through...dark creamy sticky lacing and head...almost looks like bubbles in chocolate milk..

S--definet chocolate and coffee on the nose first...hops in the backround...cascade i believe...light oat smell...very inviting..

T--immediate roasted malts and chocolate flavors...gives way to slight hops but that could be due to the bottle sitting to long as the first time i had this the hops were very present..malty and a bit sweet but not at all near cloying..just right..

M+D-- thought it would be thicker than it is but it is still a touch creamy...making it very drinkable and easy going...can finish a whole bomber easily and then some..

stuckonhops, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out of a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a very, very dark brown. Absolutely no visibility. Tan head gathered with a creamy look. Laced the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Chocolate, malt sweetness is how I would describe it.

T- Definitely could taste the malt sweetness. Also had chocolate overtones with hint of hops at the end.

M- Little thin for me, but still very smooth. Also did not care for the gritty feel at the end of some of my sips.

D- Low abv %, smooth texture, and great taste make this a hard one to put down.

Overall, a quality beer that doesn't disappoint. Don't pass this one up if you see it on the shelves.

rhinos00, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ebony with a rich and creamy, caramel-colored head.

S: Chocolate, malt, oats, brown sugar and honey.

T: Chocolate malts, earthy oats and roasted barley. A kiss of honey and a trace of vanilla. Smooth and mellow. Grainy on the finish.

M: A tad thin. Aggressively carbonated.

D: Huzzah!

CaptainIPA, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot of things about this beer, figured it was worth a shot to pick up a single. That and I was waiting for a chilly day for a nice stout.

A: Poured a rich opaque brown, ebony color with a sand colored head, about half an inch thick, pretty fair lacing, nice and clingy.

S: Smoky malts, roasted coffee, chocolate syrup, faint citrusy hops way back in the mix. This one leads a lot more toward the malt bill, and it smells quite nice.

T: Smoky roasted coffee, nice chocolatey balance to the coffee flavors, the hops really pop out in this beer after you swallow it, a little overwhelming at some points, but still very balanced. This is a very complex stout, and very nice tasting.

M: A little thin really, I expected a bit more from it, almost overly carbonated, lingers in the mouth quite a while. Somewhat creamy still, just a little too thin.

D: This would be on the upper level of ABV for drinkability for me, but I could probably have more than one of these. This is a pretty fair stout, and tastes nice. A little hoppy, but not overly hopped. Nice beer all around.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ommegoose
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pint glass.

Thick and black coming out of the bottle. No light escapes. One of the darkest brown heads I've seen on a beer. Pretty strong amount of lacing. Retention is medium.

Nice smell that just screams "stout" as soon as the bottle's open. Milky and sweeter than the beer actually tastes. Roasty malt and hint of chocolate. Nicely done.

Lots of burnt malt. Bold flavors. Some chocolately flavor, but more espresso-like. I really would have liked more sweetness. Pretty well hopped, but I sense this has sat on the shelf for a while. Still bitter, but lacking hop flavors. Finishes dry and with some leafy hop bitterness. Some suggestions of oxidation too. Since Rogue does not bother to date their beers, I can't know for sure how old it is.

Surprisingly thin and acidic. Medium at best. The acidity costs this some points. Could stand to be creamier, less carbonated.

Eh, I was hoping for more here, especially from something with such high reviews. I liked the Chocolate Stout quite a bit more, and I think the added sweetness did it for me. I've heard the two are almost the same beer.

ommegoose, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 ounce bomber into my SA pint glass. This is one dark beer. It pours pitch black and as I hold it up to a light there is no translucence. It has an attractive tan head, lots of lacing. There are hints of coffee, chocalate and a light malty sweetness on the nose. The taste pretty much follows, very well balanced. The finish is dry and a hint of bitterness. A solid medium body with fair carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. A great stout by any standard.

bonkers, Oct 08, 2008
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

Magpie14, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, off white head, a fair amount of lace and a medium carbonation. It looks like a stout.

Aroma of charred malt and a faint note of citrus hops, a delicate note of ale yeast and coco chocolate powder.

Flavor of roasted barley and a fair balance of subtle cascade hops. Extremely drinkable, dry and refreshing finish.

Wonderful proper ale, recommended!

bloberglawp, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep dark black under a big brown head. Excellent lace and good retention.

S: Smells sweet with some bitter roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Just what you'd think a stout would be. Not as sweet as the nose, more bitter roasted malt, chocolate and also some coffee.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high, but the body is mostly smooth and a little silky. Really nice drinkability, really nothing wrong with this one. An excellent representation of the style.

NCSUdo, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VP debate night - I refuse to listen to that sneering, clueless woman, so let's have a beer instead.

A - Fairly strong pour into a pint glass. Creamy-looking head recedes, revealing a passable lace. Body the color of dark-roast coffee.

S - Sasparilla, carob, some roasted coffee, but not really a burnt smell. Mild aromatics but pleasant.

T - Sharp, drying, slightly smoky signature Rogue Pacman yeast character immediately evident. Chocolatey, but only hinted at, not overwhelmingly so at all. Quite assertive Cascade profile at 69 IBU, leaves a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Some sips, I feel the Cascades fight a bit too much with the smooth, creamy malts, other sips seem more in balance. On the bitter, hoppy end of the style, but nothing wrong with that.

F - Stouts brewed with oatmeal always have a luxurious feel, and this gets the feel pretty well, though it doesn't come off as creamy as it could. I think the hops cut through some of that.

D - At 6%, rich and hoppy, one bomber is plenty. It is a complex example of the style, and bigger than its strength would indicate. Also noted, the bitterness of this stout really stays with you.

Patrick999, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a one inch dark brown head on top. Good retention, and a bit of fine lacing.

The aroma is ok. Some chocolate and coffee, with a bit of an earthy, citrusy/piney hop profile in the distant background.

The taste is ok. Some roasted and burnt malt, old coffee, and slightly bitter. A faint hop presence appears every now and again. Not nearly as good as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok, and alcohol is fairly low making for easy drinking. I'm disappointed with this beer though, and the body is too thin. This beer is really average, I'm shocked it rates so high.

Goliath, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of deereless
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick cottony head that clings to the side of the glass, deep chocolate brown with a smidgeon of light that passes through at the edges, an impressive start to the beer - 5.00, S: Deep aromas of chocolate and espresso, more of a cocoa smell, a subtle earthy edge, the aroma is extremely inviting - 4.50, T: Reminds me of drinking powdered chocolate milk that hasn't yet been fully mixed into the milk, the pleasing part of coffee grounds, dry and hoppy most notably on the tail of the beer - 4.50, M: A touch grainy - 4.50, D: All around an exceptional beer, one of the finest examples of stout I've had - 4.50

deereless, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.
A - Opaque black with thick, creamy tan head that lasted a long while.
S - Smells of malt,chocolate,coffee and hops
T - Unbelievable taste! Malty chocolate,oats and coffee surprisingly well balanced with the Cascade hops.
M - Full, thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
D - This is one of the best tasting stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking.

mcsquint, Sep 30, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.