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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,573
Hads: 3,267
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 289
Gots: 392 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 alarmclock314
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a medium sized khaki colored head. Smells of heavy oats and roasted malt. Tastes of dark roasted malt, oats, and earthy hops. some mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation and thick body for the style. A heavy-hitting and fantastic Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours black with a very small white head. Quite malty, with notes of coffe and chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This lacks flavor and feels very watery. It looks and smells good, but really let down after that. Not much good to say other than it's cheap and available.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a beer class I recently discovered this oatmeal stout style of beer. What a wonderful beer for the colder months ! It's sweet, full bodied and, no it doesn't taste like oatmeal. they just use it in the brewing process... guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

22 oz bomber. No bottling info

Pours an attractive solid black body with a dark tan head (aggressive pour recommended) Good retention. excellent lacing.

Lots of prominent chocolate notes. Did you ever have an Easter basket with milk chocolate eggs as a kid ? Sounds crazy but it reminds me of that sort of chocolate. A little burned coffee bean too. Very enjoyable!

Taste follows the smell with a slightly bitter finish.

Nice medium creamy feel. (I'm new to this style but maybe should be a little more creamy ? )

Overall; very nice !!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a cream head. Smells of roasted chocolate. Taste is like roasted bittersweet dark chocolate cream. Thick mouthfeel with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Overall, good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nice tan head that disappears and rims, very opaque, strong appearance. S: burnt coffee, a little pine outdoorsy. T: really good, dark chocolate notes, coffee, barley. F: smooth, chewy oats, slight bite of alcohol/carbonation, awesome. O: probably one of the best oatmeal stouts, although Samuel Smith is really nice

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Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First time having this beer. My, what has become of Rogue since the good ol' days of Dead Guy, Hazelnut, Chocolate, and Shakespeare? Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Slow-to-build, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Pours pitch black as well. Great.

S: Very robust chocolate and coffee. On the bitter side, but still great.

T: Very complex, but not exactly a lot of oatmeal in the taste. Still good, though. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee; leaves a very stouty aftertaste.

F: A little too watery, IMO.

O: Great beer. Prefer the chocolate stout, but this one's still good.

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650mL to a pint glass. Around 38 F from the initial pour, drunk over the course of about an hour so it warmed up quite a bit.

L: Very dark. Pretty much pitch black. A beautiful foamy tan head, about two fingers worth. It settled down to less than one. A bit bubbly looking.

S: Predominantly cocoa. Some coffee. Your typical dark earthy notes.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasted malts and earthy hops with just enough sweetness in the background to balance it out. As it warms up the oatmeal comes forward a bit more. It's always subtle but much more noticeable at a warmer temperature. Overall a slightly bitter taste but it's good and well balanced.

F: A medium mouthfeel: it's creamy, definitely has thickness to it, but it's not as thick as say milk. Or rather it can be, but has a dryer finish. Has some carbonation, but not so much that it distracts you. I like that.

O: A very nice hearty beer. Rich and tasty. This'll warm you up for sure. In addition to everything said, this thing is only 6.1 ABV, so it's not overly strong and you don't get that boozy taste that you can sometimes get with stouts (mostly RIS). Well balanced, nearly a meal in and of itself, this is a great beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This serves well as a classic oatmeal stout. Obvious oatmeal malt, chocolate malts, tinges of burnt coffee, charred embers and smooth subtle marshmallow sweetness. This is one of Rogues best.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

not a fan of stouts in general but this one won me over. pours a deep black with a thick beige head. Not overly bitter and has a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical black dark color of stouts, creamy taste, has an oatmeal smell to it, overall ok. I would say this is a good beer, but for the price I expected more. It's not better than a Guinness, but costs a lot more.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
2.34/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12oz bought at Globe Drug; no date; Overall, I was not impressed with this beer (I remember that is was more bitter than I liked), but it may be because it was old, or it may be that I don't really care for oatmeal stouts (I haven't had enough oatmeal stouts to know).

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at stout, poured into a pint glass (although it wasnt a real pint glass because they do 12 oz pours there, because theyre cheap). I cant imagine a more appealing look for an oatmeal stout. Dark almost black coloring, tan creamy head the color of chocolate ice cream. The flavor was excellent - malt, chocolate, oatmeal. None of the burnt flavor you get sometimes with stouts as others here have noted, which was nice. The aroma was the same, and I thought I caught a whiff of coffee as well. The mouthfeel was soft and creamy, exactly as you would want. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Blackish brown with a fluffy mocha one finger head that lingered a bit before duming down to medium bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Picking up dark chocolate, grains and a hint of anise. Kinda smokey.

T: Follows nose with a charred chocolate opening. Grainy malts follow with leather and attitude. 'tis lovely, methinks.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Don't know why I've waited so long to try this dramatic stout. Shakespeare would approve as he sipped away while crossing the moor. I'll be wanting more.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
1.21/5  rDev -70.9%
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.

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Photo of RogueDave
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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