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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,562 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 1,562
Hads: 3,218
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 271
Gots: 351 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,562 | Hads: 3,218
Photo of Trentt2
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So a rehack on my first review of this beer. A very good stout. Creamy like it should be. A good hint of hops. Bit of chocolate in the taste that lingers. Good nose. Excellent stout. (Not sure what was wrong on my first try) (229 characters)

Photo of Czarkazm
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into snifter. Not sure of bottle's age but considering the layer of yeast caked to the bottom, I'd say it was sitting for at least half a year. Pours pretty dark for a 6% stout. Looks black in the glass with rusty brown along the edges when held up to the light. Tight tan colored head. Roasted malts, oats, and maybe a touch of milk chocolate is what I get for smell. Taste is mild, the creaminess makes it enjoyable but the thinness detracts from it. A bit of a letdown for me, but I've never been a fan of Rogue's beers. Definitely not a world class stout by today's standards. (603 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Super dark, creamy tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

S- Rich roasty aroma, slightly sweet, subtle chocolate.

T- Roasty and burnt malts. A sweetness that leads into the dry, bitter finish.

F- Creamy, yet watery.

O- Great oat stout! (253 characters)

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Throughout school, Shakespeare is constantly forced down our throat in English Literature Classes. His sonnets, plays and works dominate the landscape, and although he is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, I’ve always viewed him as overrated. Would this beer be the same? Or would I actually enjoy this version shoved down my throat? Lets find out…

Appearance – 93: The beer pours a very foamy and dark tan head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind a significant amount of lacing, which was good to see. The color is a deep black which swallows up any surrounding light as it it were a black hole. In “King Henry V” a famous line reads “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety”. I’d gladly give a moment or two to stare at this one dissipate again. Beautiful color.

Aroma – 90: A “no frills” beer to be sure, Rogue’s offering has but 10 ingredients to it, namely rolled oats, roasted barley, yeast and malts. This comes through when smelling the beer – there are no complicated infusions to figure out or notes of cinnamon or coffee to sniff for. The simplicity is refreshing, leaving an earthy malted smell on your nose.

Body & Texture – 92: As to be expected with an Oatmeal Stout, the initial mouthfeel is heavier, but the immediate feel on the tongue is more watery than creamy.

Taste – 91: Some stouts leave a decidedly heavy feel after the first sip or two, but that wasn’t the case with this selection. The flavors are light but decidedly there – an earthen flavor stems from the rolled oats which leaves a mellow chocolate aftertaste which lingers for but a moment. The thing which continually struck me about the taste was despite the look and smell of the beer how easy it was to drink and light it sat on my palate.

Overall – 91 (Excellent): Rogue continues to put forth excellent beers, and this is no exception. One of the flagships of their impressive line, their Oatmeal Stout lived up to its reputation. The beer is surprisingly easy to drink and comes with a mid-range 6.1% ABV, and is much more light and playful than one would come to expect from a stout. Part of me wished that the brewery had added in more ingredients to boost the flavor profile, but the other part is happy that they nailed what they were trying to put forth – a fantastic stout which pours, smells and tastes fantastic. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” to taste this one.

Purchase Value – (C+): A 22oz bottle of this currently retails for $7.99, which means that given the quality of the beer, the consumer is getting an above-average return on their investment. Would certainly recommend getting a bottle to drink or age. (2,786 characters)

Photo of interzen
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Another one of those 'black as Hell at night' stouts - blacker than a black thing with absolutely nothing if you hold it up to the light. Light, it seems, just falls right on into it. Fairly long-lasting mocha-brown head, plenty of bubbles and a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: In terms of smell, you can sure pick the Cascade hops out of this one - right out of the gate there's that grassy, resiny smell of hops with everything else lurking in the background. To be honest, the smell owes more to that of an IPA than it does a stout - grain notes are fairly subdued, anything else is non-existent. Most peculiar, but not altogether unpleasant.

Taste: All that said, it does taste like an oatmeal stout - here the hops blend in rather nicely with the chocolate/roasted malt flavours to the point where the taste is almost the reverse of the smell. Again, peculiar but not unpleasant. It's actually rather tasty.

Feel: Quite smooth but fairly watery compared to a lot of American stouts I've had and pretty much every British stout ever. It lacks a certain something which I can't quite put my finger on.

Overall: Imagine a malt-forward IPA and you've got something a bit like this - it's an interesting take on the style, but even leaving out my somewhat local bias, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout leaves this eating dust. Worth a try, but there are better oatmeal stouts out there. I kind-of expected better from a Rogue beer, and sadly I can't share the enthusiasm that others have shown. (1,539 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very foamy and medium dark tan head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is an opaque black. The lacing is a very nice look when it is on the glass.

The beer smell is extremely hoppy for an oatmeal stout. The beer smell has some light chocolate notes and some very strong oat notes that do not create a nice smell with the strong hop notes. The hops seem to dominate all the other notes and kind of ruin the smell. Thee hop smell itself isn't bad but the lack of roastness or chocolate sweetness that normally accompanies the beer style isn't there. Rather, the beer smells like an IPA with some chocolate and roast notes.

The taste follows the nose to a certain extent but has stronger roast and chocolate notes. The hop notes are fairly bitter and block out most of the other notes except for the oats.

The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing for an oatmeal stout. The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side and feels bit watery. The beer is smooth but not creamy.

Overall, a pretty disappointing oatmeal stout and wondering if I just got a bad bottle. The beer overall smells, feels, and tastes like a malty IPA. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone if they're looking for a good oatmeal stout. (1,231 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total black beer with a small and fast dissapearing brown head.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, candy, vanilla and roasted malt.
Taste: Coffe from arabic beans, dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, chocolate milk, sweet syrup and some hops.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation. A great bitterness. Creamy. (316 characters)

Photo of lstorie3
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a smallish tan head. The smell is sweet - marshmallows, jelly beans, sugar cookies with a little floral hint. The taste doesn't follow the nose like I had expected. It it's think in the mouth. The floral essence hits first and then follows with a dark roasty flavor. Not as sweet as I had expected, which is probably a good thing considering how sweet the smell was. Really good beer. (402 characters)

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Superb stout and the best I've had to date. Of all the beers I try just to try this one keeps me coming back as often as possible. Super deep roasted flavors that hang around long after the last sip. Incredible beer. (219 characters)

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic oatmeal stout - pours dark and creamy with a mocha-like head. Complex aroma of toasted malt, expresso, and dark chocolate. A profound taste combining rich toasted malt with a surprising infusion of almost citrus-like hops. Long lingering finish that reflects the taste of the beer. A must try for any stout lover. (335 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, caramel, bread crust, and roasted grains in the aroma along with a touch of flowery hops. The body is black and opaque with a deep mocha head. The flavor is intensely roasty but smooth. Lots of coffee grounds and bitter, spicy/grapefruit-like hops. The finish is bitter and tart. Silky with low carbonation but a good bite.

Consistently flavorful throughout, particularly thanks to the roasted grains and bitter/citrusy hops. Just enough carbonation to be satisfying but little enough not to interfere with the smoothness of the texture. Solid and straightforward. (577 characters)

Photo of kim_thayil
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

first of all, it smells delicious. it's like those super chewy chocolate candies. riesens, i think they're called.

it pours black as night. and light doesn't penetrate it at all. i actually held it up to a light bulb and it was like "yeah, (frank) that".

it has a thick dark tan (almost brown) head that sticks around and gets kind of lumpy after a while before it dissipates, sticking to the glass the entire way.

it's creamy and smooth and goes down easy. it's delicious and refreshing when it's cold and it gets even better as it warms up a little bit (you can really taste the riesens). it's the perfect amount of sweetness. it's definitely there but not even close to being overpoweringly sweet. (705 characters)

Photo of mta11c
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Decent head for a stout, dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing. Heavy roasted malt aromas with a hint of sweet/fruity chocolate all of witch are prevalent in the taste. Also tasting hints of dark coffee. Medium Light mouthfeel but a good amount of carbonation. (289 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Pitch black with a hint of copper when held to the light, a finger of dark grey brown head.


S: Chocolaty, milk chocolate, sweet, coffee, Chocolate Charleston chews.


T: Dark chocolate, chocolate milk, toasted notes like dark brown toasted bread, very light sweetness.

M: Medium thick creamy and smooth, light foaming powder carbonation.


O: Excellent. Got in Chiang Mai, Thailand, drank Dec 12th, 2014. Some would say an oatmeal stout pairs with anything. Dare you to try it with Thai "Stinky Beans and Shrimp with Red Curry Paste" then rethink it. (559 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

I wanted to like this more than I did. Malty and bitter. My friend said she picked up chocolate, but I wasn't getting much of it. Maybe a hint of cocoa. I'm not getting the flavours I'd expect from this style. Maybe my taste buds are dead? Definitely no strong flavours. Finish slightly smokey. (294 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black body, big fluffy brown/beige head. Simmers down before settling in at about a finger. Massive lacing.

Sweet nose primarily. Almost like rosebuds. Chocolate syrup and oat-ified body.

A little thin and reserved. Sweet chocolate syrup/bitter bakers cacao combine. There's a bit of bitter, and it's got some black coffee to it, but there's also the cacao contributing. Smoothe and easygoing, just wish it were a bit thicker/chewier/more pronounced. Small bubbles, but persistent. The carbonation punctuates the bitter coffee finish. (541 characters)

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

It tastes like some kind of coffee soda. Unless you are a fan of this style, I'd say avoid it. There's nothing good about drinking an alcoholic version of black coffee and club soda. It is not "bad" though; just not my cup of tea. (Bear in mind, I am a fan of dark beer and the various styles from which they originate.) (320 characters)

Photo of Gregg03
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

From one of favorite breweries, Rogue, from Oregon. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my standard for Oatmeal Stout, and this is almost as good. Rogue seems to alway knows how to make sure the brew has character. This outmeal stout is smooth, and, at the same time, has that kick that Rogue loves to add. Pours thick, little lacing or head, a bit musty espresso followed by a slight bitterness. Excellent, maybe great, but not perfect. (438 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle, no freshness date
A 4.25 - thick and black, creamy light brown head hangs around for awhile
S 4.25 - roasty, chocolate, oat, smoke, earth
T 4.25 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, earthy
M 4.25 - creamy and smooth, fullish body, very balanced, finishes semi-bitter and pretty clean with some slightly chalky dark cocoa lingering
O 4.25 - very impressive oatmeal stout. I don't know why I don't go for more Rogue beers, but for some reason I don't. (480 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Roasty and bitter, but there's not enough depth here for me. Would like some sweetness or something else (vanilla, toffee, hops?) to distinguish this beer. As it warms up, the coffee turns more towards espresso. Wish it were not just a one-note beer.

I probably would never visit this again, although it's perfectly drinkable. There are better stouts for the money (looking at SN Stout) (390 characters)

Photo of mac31
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle to tulip

Big Chocolate from start to finish. Layers of chocolate keep resurfacing throughout the taste. Sweet toasted/ roasted caramel. Moderately acrid and smokey. Chocolate milk, milk chocolate, tootsie roll, and cinnamon all come to mind with this brew. Soft, earthy, mild spicy hops counter balance the malt profile. Nice clean (noble?) hoppy bitterness as well. Dark chocolate/cocoa noted in the finish.

Here's where the beer loses me. It's a thinner bodied and creamy beer. I like the creaminess. The thinness of the beer coupled with the moderate to moderate high carbonation is too much for me, for the style. If the beer had more body and less carbonation I would enjoy this beer much more. All things said, this is a good beer. The beer gets high praise, I think there are others that should get equal marks or higher. Glad I tried it. (857 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

22 oz bottle.I`ve got to say that I was underwhelmed by this Oatmeal Stout.I have had better Oatmeal stouts that weren't rated near as high as this. Youngs Oatmeal was a lot better. That`s why i have to go with a low rating just wasn`t that good.Too much alcohol up front and not enough flavor.Motley out. (305 characters)

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that has good retention and moderate lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, hint of vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a drier, mildly hoppy finish with slight astringency. Medium bodied, lighter than I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. A nicely made, flavorful stout that does not quite have the body and rich mouth feel I've experienced with most oatmeal stouts. Stout flavor profile is near perfect with just a little dryness in the finish. (585 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, black, creamy brown head, very frothy

S - deep molasses, burnt roasted malt, caramel

T - chocolate and coffee, roast barley, balanced hops and malt

M - really creamy and rather light bodied for a stout, very smooth

O - I was expecting a heavier stout based off of the appearance and smell, but it is very smooth and nice. (341 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black in color. Not even a hint of color on the edges. Poured with a dense, creamy, mocha foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Rich roasted malt, chocolate, and grainy cereal aromas with lightly charred malt and hops at the end. Medium bodied with a creamy, velvety smooth feel and light crispness along the edges at the finish. Dark roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate flavors into the middle. Hop bitterness quickly overwhelms the malty sweetness. Tangy hop bite is followed by intense pine and light citric hop bitterness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes followed by a lingering charred malt and hop bitterness. Complex aromas and flavors with a silky smooth feel. (727 characters)

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.