1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,933 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 192
Gots: 191 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,933 | Reviews: 1,534 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mugglesandhops
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Newport

I have always been a big fan of the Shakespeare Stout. Had many-a-bombers of this lovely brew but this is the first time on-tap and it was amazing.

Poured black with a big thick tan head with good retention, it was there a while, great lacing throughout the whole pint too. Smelled of oats, maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee also whith a swirl of the glass. Tasted amazing as well. This is a pretty thick bodied beer but it is very drinkable.

mugglesandhops, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour, quick building tan head. Smells like a fine iced coffee. The coffee notes trump the chocolate and chicory. Some maltiness, more hop character. Great drinkable sessionable stout for the stout lover. Very good, probably my 2nd favorite Rogue after the chocolate stout.

Bottle and Draft

Bung, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Thick, dark brown head had great retention, never reducing to less than a pretty decent, consistent bubble layer. Black (ebony, as appropriately described on the bottle) beer appears opaque.

S-Aroma is predominantly chocolates and roasty malts. Although not multi-layered, quite robust and enjoyable.

T-Chocolate (burnt, as described in other posts, could be an appropriate adjective) and heavily roasted malts. At times, this beer almost seems sweet, but I think this is a chocolate related flavor being interpreted differently. There is a definite bitterness to thi beer, but it takes a backseat to the malt characteristics which dominate the flavor. Finishes with a bitter chocolatiness.

M-Aggressive medium body, solidified by moderate, smooth carbonation. The body is silky and at times creamy, attributable to the oats.

D-This is a GREAT F-ING BEER! I really like this one and will surely be enjoying it again in the future. Deep, heavy flavors without becoming to heavy to drink and enjoy and an all-around easily consumed brew.

CHSLBrew, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this stout pours a deep dark brown, that i'm not seeing any light come through. it a a large khaki colored head that stays around for the whole time.
the aroma has got an excess of malty chocolatey cocoa, roasted black coffee, and carmamel. one picks up notes of anise. the is a floral, ever so slightly piney touch of hops to bring up the rear.
the flavor has got a smooth, but burnt cocoa flavor mingled with some anise, and earthy rootbeer flavor. there is also plenty of caramel and a drying coffee component. there are touches of raisins here and there. hops finish things out with some piney-ness and moderate bitterness. this has got that kind of balance that only the finest american stouts have. i think you know it when you taste it.
the mouthfeel is beautifully full with a delicate, but moderately active carbonation. the body has a nice smooth heft to it.
the drinkability is pretty damn good this is one of those bombers that's gone before you know it. overall a joy to drink. i don't know why it took me so long to grab a bottle.
the drinkability is pretty great, it's

kmo1030, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head that just keeps coming. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt. Body is somewhat light for a stout but it's decent. An alright stout. Not much going on flavor-wise.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very good beer from Rogue. The hint of chocolate and coffee had a strong backbone for the malt complex. There was a hint of hops on the finish. I think it could had a little more oomph in the body of the beer but overall it was very nice to drink. Nice Finish and very drinkable

colts9016, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep Dark body, thick frothy mocha/tan head, undetectable carbonation.

S - Molasses, cocoa, slight hops and some roasted notes.

T - Smoke, minor hops, and a strong toasted grain.

M - Thicker than the chocolate stout, and leaves the smoke behind.

D - Unfortunately this followed the chocolate stout. Though good, I'd certainly prefer the predecessor.

n00tz, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22oz. bottle this beer pours a jet black color with a rich creamy dark brown head. About an inch thick. Smell is outstanding and definatly malty and chocolate. Taste is EXCEPTIONAL, chocolate and malt, balanced with a sweet biterness. Definatly a "go to" beer in my fridge. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with medium carbonation. Drinkability is low, as this is a rich beer. I would lOVE to have 5 or 6 of these if I could handle it. Great after dinner or tasting beer.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Adamthome1
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite Rogue beer. Depending if I have a sweet tooth or not I will platoon this beer with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

The body is heavier thanks to the oatmeal. It smells of complex chocolate and tastes of complex roasted coffee malts and surprising to me lacks the deep chocolate flavor indicated from the aroma.

This beer becomes even more flavorful as it warms. If you like your darks warm, go with this beer, if you prefer cold go with the Rogue Chocolate Stout. I recommend a Snifter glass for my darks, makes the aroma's explode!

Adamthome1, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a thick, frothy coffe-colored head. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate, oatmel, toffee notes. Dark chocolate roasted maltiness with hints of burnt toast, caramel, nut and toffee. Very quaffable and sweet with slight dry finish.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so in a pathetic attempt to keep up with vic on the attempt to review the majority of the top 100 i decided to pick up a local(ish) brew. ive had this beauty plenty of times broke down and so here is the review.

pours dark brown to the point of being black into my alesmith pint. a thick two finger mocha brown head that retains nicely. these bubbles arnt screwing around. a nice amount of lacing.

smell is a nice mix of bitter sweet chocolate and some robust coffee notes. smells strong. has some body to it. i can already tell that this is not your mama's stout.

taste is awesome. roasted coffee greets me up front. leading into a nice array of roasted malts. it ends on a chocolate note. flavors are rich and complex. full flavored and leaves me wanting more.

mouth feel is creamy and full. the amount of carbonation plays nicely. leaves a lasting feel in the mouth.

i love me some shakespeare stout. i have noticed that alot of people have said that this should be higher up on the top 100 and i completely agree. a fantastic stout. if you see it drink it. you wont be sorry.

Mauerhan, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber I bought locally in Michigan.

Very opaque dark appearance with creamy lacing. Dark chocolate and roasted malt smell and taste with bitter finish. Very drinkable and smooth.

Excellent stout worth trying. Sessionable and not overpowering at all.

webmanspidey, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of BEERANDNOW
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark thick and lovely. creamy dark brown head dispates slowly and leaves a heavy lacing. a slight hopy and than very chocolatey coffee taste. this beer has a very malty flavor but is sweet and finishes nicely. great stout. this beer has what i call a lot of re-drinkability.

BEERANDNOW, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of babaracas
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with brown edges, frothy tan head, rings of thick lacing. Smell: roasted malts, oats, hot chocolate. Taste/Mouthfeel: starts creamy and smooth with roasted malts, dry oats, and cocoa, followed by spicy and citric hops, finishes bitter, dry.

babaracas, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jkendrick
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very black in color with a foamy tan head. As expected, no light visible. It is not as thick and viscous as some other stouts as it pours. The head has good retention and the lacing is nice.

Aroma: Roasted malt is most dominant with a touch of hops. I can smell some chocolate and a bit of fruit. There is not the coffee aromas I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. Not as thick and creamy as I like and the carbonation is a tad heavy on my tongue.

Taste: The coffee I missed in the aroma is certainly present in the taste, even more so than the chocolate. Of course, the roasted malts is a dominant flavor as well. There is some bitterness, but it is nicely balanced. The flavors are complex, but not particularly strong. The bitterness sets in with the dry finish.

Overall impression: This is good stout, but not in my upper echelon.A

jkendrick, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly pitch black with a nice whole-wheat-colored head that lasted a good long time while releasing aromas of bread, charcoal and a little bitterness that reminded me of oranges. Being a fan of stouts and porters, I looked forward to trying this beer but was struck by its rather thin body and the higher-than-expected carbonation; the bubbles gave it a bite that I couldn't get used to. Plenty of hops at the back end... a tad too much so that the malt was buried too quickly. The sharp edge was okay, but still I prefer more of a malt presence and fewer IBUs in this style.

gfreed, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of sgoodship
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a great deal about Rogue and believe it or not, this is my first of their brews. Their Shakespeare is not a bad place to start I would imagine.

A: Poured from a bomber as black and still as an underground cave. Nothing showing against the light. Nice 2 finger espresso stained head dissipated to a thinner constant companion. Nice lacing.

S: Really solid stale malty smell with a little coffee - maybe a touch of bitter chocolate and some hop fruit. Pleasant and deliberately understated.

T: A touch of caramel but mostly a bolder bitter roasted malt, nutty, oaty. Real meaty stuff. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and hop. Just a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium body. Chewy. Creamy smooth apart from the carbonation which was more than I expected but calmed down nicely as the drink progressed.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fact that it isn't too aggressive in any area and has a reasonably low ABV makes it a very easy drink to consume. Gets better and better as it warms up. Really nice stout.

sgoodship, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of mobyfann
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $4.99 or so for the 22 oz. bomber...

The beer pours just like a less art-sy Guinness, head retention is limited to 20 minutes, and dissipates down to a ring around the glass, specs of lacing on the glass and the base of the beer has a nice swirl of lacing as well. Pretty standard smell of a "better brews" stout; roasted coffee, oats, malts, and caramel.

The words to best describe the taste are: complementary and well-balanced. Starts off with the smooth creamy head, the blend of coffee-malts-oats, and a the end contains remaining cream on the mouth with a clean/sweet aftertaste, very impressive! Low carbonation, moderate heaviness, and creamy in the mouth, and yes... thumbs up to nominate it as the ideal session stout (at 6.0%), hands down!

Final Thought: You definitely get what you pay for with this bad boy. The use of quality ingredients and precision of detail must be used to implement this world class beer. On-tap please!

mobyfann, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass

A - Dark brown color with a creamy dark tan head the leaves wisps of lace as the beer dissappears from the glass

S - Aromas of chocolate,coffee and hops fill the noses

T - The bitterness and the roasted tastes balance each other out perfertly

M - Smooth going down the whole time, light carbonation, medium bodied brew

D - A great stout that continues to please

cvfish, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a small tan head.

Scent of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. A solid scent, but not very complex.

Taste of coffee and roasted malts start, some chocolate comes in as well as a hint of alcohol. Still fairly solid stuff, but fairly standard as well. Not a bad price either.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, easily drinkable.

paco1029384756, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of supercolter
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, thick black, one of the few beers I can't see through with a light held up to it. Fantastic. Just a little light on the head and lacing. Smell and taste are very similar. Lots of malted oats up front with bit of nutmeg and dry/bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful, a bit too carbonated for a stout is my only qualm. But medium in body and swallow quite nicely.

supercolter, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22oz bomber. Pours dark black with minimal brown head.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Some hops. Standard.

Taste: Standard for the style, but not one of my favorites. A little heavy on the bitter chocolate and coffee, and I was not crazy about the hops or the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very full body, without being heavy.

Drinkability: I was not too crazy about it, won't be trying it again. Roast, bitter chocolate, coffee. All there is here and moving on...

craytonic, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is lively beginning with its jet black pour giving way to vigorous medium sized carbonation bubbles developing a substantial, fluffy milky tan head which patiently gives way to a sticky lacing that lasts throughout.

Chocolate malt aroma accompanies the generous hops. There is also a grain aspect to the aroma and even a hint of something piney.

Great balance again of sweet chocolate malt to open the taste complimenting the hop bitterness toward the back of the palate. Slightly smokey oat character as well.

Medium body with medium to heavy carbonation with a nice dry and smokey presence.

Very easy drinking beer with an apparent bitterness, yet balanced by the chocolate malt, quite enjoyable.

CHADMC3, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have sat on this one too long and it went a bit downhill.

A-Jet black, caramel colored head that fizzles out. Small patches of lacing around the top of my mug.

S-Bitter chocolate, notes of alcohol and roasted malts.

T-Not what I was expecting from Rogue or a Stout of this magnitude. At slightly colder than room temperature, the malts tasted burned, not roasted. Chocolate was overly bitter. The brew mellowed out as it got warmer, with the alcohol notes getting slightly stronger.

M-Thick and creamy. Smooth start to finish.

D-Would want to try a fresher one, this one sat for about 6 months.

TasteTester, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a dark chocalte brown with a not so long lasting off white head.

Great roasty, chocolate aroma with a hint of hops?

A very balanced roasty flavor, with a great balance between other classic stout elements, this beer is VERY drinkable. Has almost no after taste, and what is there is lightly pleastant and somewhat bitter.

Overall a tremendous stout that I will definetly buy again.

SShelly, Nov 01, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,933 ratings.