Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.2/5 rDev +1%
How about that. LCBO being on the forefront and 4 reviews, all from Ontario. This is an above avergae stout, not too chocolately or burnt coffee. Very drinkable and not far below the infamous Shakespeare Rogue in rogue abilities. Malty and yet balanced.
04-14-2004 23:40:50 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings and spots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, roasted coffee beans, and some bittersweet chocolate aromas. Taste is of the toasted oats and roasted coffee grounds up front with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is an assertive roasted coffee/cocoa bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp but thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout with some nice coffee and chocolate flavors to balance things out. A bit too thin in my opinion.
09-27-2011 04:00:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Pours a near black with a nice brown head.
S: Plenty of coffee and chocolate alongside some roasted malt characteristics and a little bit of earthy bitterness.
T: Roasted malts is definitely the dominatnt flavor melding together with chocolate and coffee. All this is a bit balanced out by some earthy, citrus hops.
M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.
D: Everything here was good, but for some reason it just really wasn't drawing me back for more.
05-07-2010 20:49:30 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high head that slowly faded away and is light mocha in color.
S: There are aromas of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some coffee flavors and hints of citrus from the hops. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily although I'm not sure if I could have more than one of these at a time because of the bitterness and dryness.
01-20-2011 12:14:42 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
"I will make it a felony to drink small beer"
-King Henry VI, part II (act iv, scene ii)
I thought I'd start this review off with a quote from 'Willy Shakes' himself. This is not a big beer in the same way that Dark Lord is big, but I think I'm safely on Henry's good side when drinking this stout.
Absolute jet black with nothing in the way of highlights, even with bright sunlight behind the glass. The head is the same medium brown that you'd see on a cola, with a fat one finger disk persisting for quite a long time. Very little lace is disappointing.
The first thing that hits my nose is hops, believe it or not. The other typical stout scents are present as well... coffee (primarily) and chocolate.
The taste is intense, as if the flavor knob has been turned up to '11'. Again, the hoppiness is surprising and isn't in the background at all, but is right up front. Even though I've never had it, I imagine that this is what espresso tastes like: strong, roasted and 'black'.
I was impressed with the body/mouthfeel the first time I had this brew, but it doesn't seem so incredible now that I have a few more stouts under my belt. It's definitely creamy, but it isn't head-and-shoulders above its peers.
Rouge Shakespeare Stout is very good beer and deserves all of the accolades thrown its way. However, even though I consider myself an IPA-loving' hophead, I don't like such intense hoppiness in my stouts. If you love hops, love good stouts and love combining them in one glass, then this is the beer that you've been looking for.
01-13-2004 19:34:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
Appearance: Pours a rich black body with a beautiful deep tan head; lots of lacing on the glass
Smell: Maybe it's just my bottle, but the nose is relatively closed; I pick up a bit of chocolate-covered cherries if I try real hard
Taste: Also a bit disappointing; very smooth and builds a decent bitterness on the finish but very restrained overall. (I'll have to try another bottle at another time as this one is not doing much for me.)
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth
Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but my bottle doesn't merit the accolades others have given this brew
02-02-2005 22:41:33 | More by brentk56
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-dark beer with a huge head with standard retention for this style of beer. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of roastiness and choclate, which bring some very enjoyable sweetness. Carbonation is good with a strong body. Taste is quite similar to aroma with the roastiness and chocolate coming out very nicely. The end is more sweet then dry which I enjoyed. Overall, a truly great sweet stout.
Note: This one was actually called Wild Irish Stout, which is the import name of this beer.
05-03-2004 15:00:45 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Whoa mamma. I'm surprised that I haven't rated this beer yet. I'm glad because it never tasted better than it did on tap at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Of course it's opaque black and has great head retention. This beer is surprisingly mellow and smooth, both in texture and flavor, to be so bold and flavorful. They get great malt flavors, chocolate flavors, and coffee flavors without a hint of astringency. Solid hopping does not leave the beer unnecessarily bitter, metalic, or acidic. It's as creamy as marshmellows, but easier to drink. Finishes mildly coffee-like and lightly bitter. I could drink this one all night.
10-17-2005 20:36:32 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured a deep dark black as night with a big foaming tan head. Very thick and opaque, like oil, but nicely carbonated. Smell was full of coffee and chocolate tones, with a definate sweetness that was evident from the very beginning. The taste was very full and robust. A nice full bodied feel. Flavors were very full, lots of caramel and sugar, coffee and chocolate tones were very predominant. Overall this is a very fine sessionable stout and was very glad to finally try it. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Another winner from Rogue.
06-16-2007 18:26:27 | More by mikesgroove
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)
A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.
S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.
T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.
D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.
02-23-2011 06:08:18 | More by womencantsail
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Appearance: Pours out pitch black with a modest coffee-colored head that... Hm. Well, the head snuck away while I was watching "Sixth Sense". There wasn't any lacing.
Smell: Aroma is mainly chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke.
Taste: Extreme roasted malt flavors (burnt) that follow with black licorice and chocolate. The bitterness tends to lean towards being astringent, squashing the other flavors. Oh, and this one definitely finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a sharp cabonation, and just a touch watery.
Drinkability: Not my favorite of the Rogue Gallery.
One thing's for sure, this beer is sure making my employer angry! I've been drinking it all day! I'm addicted!!!
03-19-2006 03:55:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
This beer is probably one of Rogue's best beers. I was happy to have finally gotten some one day at a local Wegman's when I was there. The beer poured out as a deep black color with what appeared to be a pretty thick body! Surprising for Rogue to have something like this from what I've had from them in the past. The smell of this beer is big, roasted, malty, and chocolaty. The taste follows the same path, it's got a lot of roasted malts and chocolate in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer is indeed pretty thick, I'm very happy that this beer actually has some good body to it. Overall I think this was really nice.
09-12-2011 21:30:13 | More by Knapp85
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.
08-05-2003 00:34:24 | More by oberon
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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