Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Dark black/red with thick one finger head that did not retain well.
The unique thing about this is the hop profile that this give out. I was not expecting the hop along with the coffee and chocolate. I won't go as far as to say this is complex, just unique. The citic hop blends well with the coffee and chocolate notes that I was expecting.
The taste is good like I rated it. All aromas are prevalant in the taste in a good blance. Nothing is obnoxious, but each flavor is distinct. Feel is a bit on the thin side but over leaves a good aftertaste.
Overall a good drinking stout. A little outside the box with the strong hops, but well received. Could easily be a session beer when you want to go a little darker.
05-23-2008 11:33:48 | More by Homerbag
4/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Dark brown with a thin head on top.
S: Espresso, cocoa
T: Mostly Espresso, little cocoa. Not sweet at all, but not bitter either.
M: Medium carbonation, started out kind of bland but finished with more complexity.
Verdict was "DRINK IT WARM." Started out fridge temp in iced glasware. Was NOT impressed. As I let it warm to about 65 degrees it took on a whole new life and became a very drinkable beer. Don't serve this one ice cold please.
05-22-2008 18:20:01 | More by raiser
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter, pours an opaque black with a great light brown head
smells like slight hoppy bitterness, alcohol and chocolate malt
tastes of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops come along and take over pretty much everything, citrusy, oaty smoothness compliments nicely, smokey roasty flavors as well
mouthfeel is nice, a combo from the oaty smoothness and the hops adding a dry finish and overall bitterness, really nice american stout
05-22-2008 03:56:25 | More by drxandy
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
22 ounce bottle. Great appearance: solid dark with a really thick, I would say inch, light chocolate head. The head laced away to this creamy lacing and thin, consistent head. Aromas have a frosty punch to them. Rich in roasty mocha, yeast/bread, malt, slight vanilla, dark chocolate. The taste is more or less the above mentioned flavors but with more of a roasted, bitter feel to them. Great stout body; really helps enhance the flavors. I think the drink got better after sip; great stout!
05-21-2008 00:28:18 | More by fitzy84
3.48/5 rDev -16.3%
I live in California, but oddly enough I never tried it until I was in Maui. That I got this in Hawaii should be taken in to consideration for the review.
Poured a jet black with a creamy tan head which was quick to dissolve to lace.
Heavy punch of coffee and dark chocolate, and a musty smell covers up anything else.
Taste is big dark malts, dark coffee beans, and chocolate. Decent body and moderate carbonation. Oily coffee sticks around on the tongue.
My palette got quickly tired of the espresso coffee, which was out of balance with the chocolates in the stout. I didn't finish the bottle, got bored with it toward the bottom. Underwhelming.
05-18-2008 17:47:47 | More by mrkrispy
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
A: Dark brown with a nice beige ring of lace on top.
S: Coffee, Milk chocolate, Citric notes
T: Cocoa, Espresso, Burnt sugar, Roasted malts.
M: A bit raw but rich and complex for a stout with such a low ABV. Medium carbonation.
This was a pleasant surprise indeed. Quite smooth and almost sessionable. I'll buy this again i'm sure. Give it a go!
05-17-2008 10:56:01 | More by baggio
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Poured a dark cola color with ruby highlights around the edges upon the pour. The head was creamy, soft, 2 fingers in height with a dark mocha color leaving a sparse film lacing.
S: dry citrus, pine and fresh roasted coffee bitterness blending together beautifully.
T: The initial flavor was bitter, roasted coffee grains though, the flavor thins out towards the end of the sip. There was some dried citrus, pine and a acrid roasted bitterness. Finishes with some burnt roasted coffee grinds, burnt chocolate, and a charred smoky woodiness.
M: light, oily, with a sharp, acrid bitterness of roasted grinds lacing the tongue that just seem to linger on and on.
D: Decent drinkability, was bitter but the body seemed a tad thin at times. Takes a few sips before you may warm up to this but goes down easier after that.
05-11-2008 23:57:27 | More by beerthulhu
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bottle from Pacific Ranch Market, on to the beer:
This stout pours out thick, leaving an opaque color in the glass and an outstanding head that holds well. The aroma is full of roasted cocoa flavor. Up front on the palate, roasted barley is tasted first, then a wave of mild hops scramble on before a long lingering roasted aftertaste. Chocolate flavors emerge as the beer warms, sweetening things up a bit. Leftovers of chalk sits around in the aftertaste too. A good mix of flavors makes this beer a winner and a role model for how other craft brewers can make thier stouts.
05-11-2008 23:33:40 | More by DoubleJ
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Simply put, Rogue creates near perfection in their beers. The Shakespeare Stout is one of their best examples (along with the chocolate stout and the mocha porter). This brew's flawlessness is incredible.
The Shakespeare pours pitch black with a dark brown/mahogany hue glinting around the edges when held up to the light. It has a thick tan head that leaves nice lace and has good retention. The nose is heavily of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. A nice floral essence creeps up to thanks to the hops. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the beginning of the sip. Hops join in towards the end and leave a nice bitter and dry taste. The bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and hop flavors complement each other so well in this beer. It has a medium body.
Very, very nice beer.
05-11-2008 22:39:01 | More by Douglas14
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours with a nice rocky mocha head, some lacing.
Smell is faint caramel sweetness ( maybe my allergies)
Up front with bitter roasted malts , a bitter dark chocolate bite. This rounds out nicely with some sweet malty notes.
Mouthfeel is medium , a pretty balanced feel. Good carbonation.
A very nice stout, worth trying.
05-09-2008 02:06:32 | More by shroompod
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing loose cocoa head, excellent retention and lacing.
Smell: Muted coffe and cocoa malt, subtle but welcoming.
Mouthfeel: Subtle, easy and smooth feel with slight hoppiness on the edges.
Taste: Slight burnt roasty malt with coffe and bitter cocoa hints, bone dry coffee finish after a creamy swallow. Perfectly balanced.
Drinkability: Where you would have a Guinness, insert Shakespeare Stout instead. It's not the visual spectacle the Guiness is, but the feel and taste is just way beyond in every way. A beautiful drinking beer that leaves you wanting more after each sip.
05-06-2008 00:38:52 | More by joezak5
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
A: This poured a gorgeous dark brown that can't be seen through. The three inch head stayed massive for 5 minutes. The head was frothy, creamy and the brownest ive seen in awhile. It holds shape like memory foam.
S: Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate are most notable here. There is a light hint of sweet citrus.
T: Tastes like a great bitter dark chocolate. Lightly sweet and kind of drying. The aroma flavors are lightly present but this pretty much tastes like a bite of rich dark belgian chocolate.
M/D: The feel is moderate but dry and slightly tingly from the carbonation. Almost too flavorfull and dry.
05-03-2008 03:04:12 | More by kbnooshay
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany hints around the edges. Served with a dense one-finger tan head that showed very good retention and lacing. This one looked quite nice.
S: Smell is dominated by sweet roasted chocolate malts with strong coffee aromas. There was also a noticeable hop aroma in the background.
T: I was actually pleasantly surprised by the strong bitter hop presence up front in this one which quickly gave way to the big malty chocolate and coffee taste. Hint of dark fruits gave way to the slightly bitter hop finish.
M: Mouthfeel is really nice on this - very creamy for such a medium bodied stout and a small amount of carbonation.
D: This was an excellent stout for me and it surpassed my expectations honestly. I don't know if I could drink more than one in an evening, but that one was damn good.
05-02-2008 15:22:02 | More by gford217
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - One and a half fingers of tan-brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam settles slowly an leaves nice lace.
S - Toffee and chocolate notes with some citrus hops, notes of orange and chicory. There is also a big, roasty espresso note that dominates the other flavors in the aroma.
T - Some chocolate and caramel malt up front, which are quickly replaced by a black coffee note of bitter, roasted malt. Some hop flavor comes out in the middle, it is mostly a resinous pine flavor that contradicts the more fruity hop notes in the aroma. Finishes with strong hop and malt bitterness, balance by moderate caramel and some bitter chocolate. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the finish with with a hint of tobacco.
M - Medium-thick, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.
D - Quite drinkable, this is a bit of a departure from many other American stouts. The roast character is aggressive, but complex and it benefits form the additions of the unusually assertive hops. Along with Sierra Nevada Stout, this seems the be the classic example of a sub genre of American stouts that display an aggressive hop character that one doesn't seem to see very much anymore. The idea of a big, palate crushing stout that doesn't reach into Imperial alcohol levels seems to have been lost on many breweries in the last few years; Shakespeare shows us the potential of such a brew.
05-01-2008 05:12:34 | More by nickfl
4.7/5 rDev +13%
The pour gives a good head of small, creamy, tan bubbles that leave a lot of lacing. The color is deep, opaque black.
The smell is a nice mix of fruit sweetness, chocolate, and smooth roasted coffee. The feel is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor matches the smell very well with sweetness leading a roasted-malt body with a light hop finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry with burnt toast (but not unpleasant) and bitterness.
For a very flavorful stout, the drinkability is surprisingly good. There is no feeling of heaviness or over-alcoholic aftertaste. Given the extra sweetness, this would make an excellent dessert beer.
04-30-2008 23:03:30 | More by Ig0r
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.
The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.
A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.
04-29-2008 18:34:01 | More by John_M
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Let me start off to say that this beer really smells quite different, and not good in my opinion, the palate differs though. I will start off with the good to say there is plenty of chocolate marsh mellows, but really has quite a bit of medicinal notes that are very present. The beer almost smells like a cleaning agent to some sort, to what causes this i'm not certain. To the palate- a different story. The taste infuses chocolate, cinnamon and gingerbread that has a balance of some bitter hops. I like this beer, but the nose is incredibly weird. One of the few beers where the nose is off, and the taste is on
04-29-2008 04:06:59 | More by Twerknasty
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Got this at a Whole Foods in Buckhead in Atlanta.
22oz bomber poured into pint tumblers.
A: Dark brown, a little lighter than I was expecting. Poured a full tan head that created some nice lacing throughout the experience.
S: Rich in coffee and roasted malts.
T: The roasted malt comes across beautifully here. A little bit of oats, chocolate and coffee round off the taste.
M: Carbonation is fine. Good rich flavor coats mouth. Very creamy.
D: Very tasty and would drink again. Happy with this as I am happy with most Rogue brews. A bomber is more than enough for a sitting.
04-27-2008 21:27:34 | More by everetends
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured a deep brown / almost black color, with a rich 3 finger tan head that started with large rocky bubbles before settling into a half-finger coating of tiny bubbles.
Smell was not that strong, some acidic coffee richness and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.
Delicious, full flavor - more than I expected. Rich, roasty chocolate malts balanced nicely with a light crisp hoppiness and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Richer mouthfeel than I originally anticipated - on the RIS side of the Stout world.
Something this flavorful is always going to fare well on my drinkability meter... but having more than one bomber of this could be a bit much.
04-26-2008 16:26:17 | More by BeerImmediately
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Had on tap served in a pint glass
A- Very dark brown, almost black with a light brown head
S- Mostly roasted malts and chocolate
T- Flavor is pretty full, roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.
M- Fairly heavy mouthfeel, not the creamiest stout. Has decent carbonation.
D- Pretty high as far as drinkabilty. Pretty good american stout. There certainly are stouts that I like better, but this is one of the best.
04-25-2008 17:37:19 | More by Misfit138
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
I bought a bomber of Shakespeare Stout in a specialty beer shop. Poured in to a pint tumbler.
Pours a coal black color and is opaque. A tan head forms, and is resilient, but not sticky. Very little lacing on the side of the glass.
The smell is faint, a mild sweet aroma. A bit og fruity hop scent and some chocolate fragrances.
Taste is good, a well balanced combination of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bitterness
Mouthfeel is quite good, a smooth, buttery. dry feel, with virtually no carbonation.
Very drinkable for a stout. Well balances flavors are not over powering and a modest ABV makes is sessionable. A really nice brew from the folks at Rogue.
04-21-2008 00:08:11 | More by RJLarse
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
A: pours an almost jet-black with a massive, rocky tan head that has excellent retention. leaves a thick, sticky lace. quite a bit of visible carbonation.
S: rich chocolate and coffee malts with a noticeable hoppy twang in the background
T: nice and hoppy up front giving way to the chocolate and coffee malts that linger on for a while and ends with a subtle nutty, breadiness.
M: thick and chewy, good amount of carbonation and a creamy, rich, bitter finish.
D: This is a great west coast style stout - I'm really enjoying the pronounced hop character of this one. Very rich and creamy yet quite easy to drink. I will definitely buy this beer again and I look forward to sampling more of Rogue's lineup.
04-16-2008 21:00:37 | More by Graham5161986
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured into a Bordeaux wine glass.
A - Pours a dark brown with a tan head that sticks around for a while.
S - Not overpowering. Malty, with hints of coffee and caramel. Some smokiness.
T/M/D - Smooth and creamy but light (not as thick as say, Guinness), a slight burnt taste, slightly milky and very mildly sweet. Settles in nicely, and leaves a little bit of a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good stout.
04-09-2008 00:04:38 | More by Jerico
3.53/5 rDev -15.1%
Appearance- Pours with no head and almost black color.
Smell- Nose is very weak but is mildly hoppy.
Taste- Suprisingly bitter, hops definitly take the lead role in the flavor department here, some light burnt flavors on the finish with a hint of overly done coffee. Not awful but not particularly my thing.
Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage.
Drinkability- An ok brew, I found this one disappointing but Im not a big fan of hopped stouts'.
04-05-2008 02:07:54 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Dark Brown near black with a creamy tan head.
Aromas of black and roasted malts with subtle candy and floral hop characters.
A nice balance of roasted and sweet malts with some delicate hop bitterness.
A thick brew that passes smoothly over the palate. Great pub stout to wash down some grub.
04-03-2008 19:37:26 | More by rye726
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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