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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,574 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,574
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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Reviews: 1,574 | Hads: 3,267
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Rogue bomber at a poker game, right after drinking Stone Russian Imperial Stout. The Rogue seemed flavorless after the Stone.

It looked really good (pitch black with dark tan foam) but the aroma and flavor seemed weak. I tasted burnt malt, not strong enough to be offensive. I can't really see why this is highly rated by so many people. I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aromas is of dark roasted malts with bitter/darker chocolate, dark roast coffee and some slight caramel/vanilla bean.

The taste is a subtly sweet and slightly bitter roasted malt backbone. Rather bitter for an Oatmeal Stout in my opinion with the dark chocolate and coffee roastiness. Tastes a lot like it smells. The mouthfeel is thick yet dry. Very filling and coating. Dry finish, bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is a really great beer, not exactly to style in my opinion. I like my Oatmeal Stouts a little more balanced on the bitterness scale. Drinks slightly heavier than the ABV indicates but that's great because I can have more!

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version served at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a good amount of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors up front are joined shortly by large (at least for a stout) amounts of citrus hop flavors. The flavors complement each other nicely and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall the cask version seemed to have a lot more hops in the aroma and flavor than I remembered from the bottle version. Even without the hops the malt bill is fantastic enough to make this worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of oats, malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of malt and oats up front with a solid amount of coffee and chocolate in the finish. This has to be one of the more flavorful and balanced Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick, somewhat creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is just one of those thoroughly enjoyable beers. Very easy to drink and well made.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a De Struise glass...Dark brown pout, light tan head, ok retention, not mcuh lacing...Aroma is way to light, a little chocolate comes through, light grass, and a little alcohol...Taste brings about more flavor, a good feeling to the beer, but the taste is not as sweet as I would expect for an oatmeal stout. The more it warms it becomes very bitter, way to bitter for a drinkable stout, alcohol comes through too much.

A disappointing stout, not a worthy of an a- let alone being ranked as a top 100 beer based on these nutty rankings.

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Photo of Gusler
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours that deep rich jet black color that so typifies the stout style, the head elephantine in size, the consistency frothy, the color a deep chocolate brown with the resultant lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. The aromas of rich roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar sweet, also a light hop floral scent to seal off the nose. Start is bitter chocolate sweet, malt and the top thick and chewy, with a finish that is hop bitter and purposeful in its bite. The carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Quite a good stout in my books and one I enjoy often when a big beer is called for.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can't see it in my Pub mug.

Roast malt, chocolate, and hints of Waffle House coffee form the initial aroma. There's a bit of nuttiness that emerges, possibly due to the oat presence.

Flavor is roast malt dominated, but not bitter until the finish. Notes of chocolate and roast fruitiness add complexity. There's an underlying toasted character.
Phenols surface late.

Body is moderate to slightly full, a little creamy, with low carbonation. There's an astringent note.

Roasty, chocolatey, with a hint of dark fruit. Not my fave stout, but fairly drinkable. Nothing exceptional, but good balance of chocolate and roast flavors.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/26/2011

A: chocolate, coffee, and malts

Ap: dark brown to black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, nice lacing

B/T: moderate carbonation, well balanced, thinner than expected

Af: malty, sweet, chocolate, coffee

O: a good reliable readily available standby


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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber bought at peace street market in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, tan/brown foamy head that dissapears quickly and laces the rim

smell: toasted malts, moderate coffee aroma, slight chocolate, licorice is faint

taste: nice toasted malt taste...This is a delicious American Stout, perhaps the best I have ever had. Creamy chocolate, coffee roasts, slightly bitter finish, extraordinarily balanced

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light carbonation...impressive

drinkability: better than average

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.07/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Shakespeare Stout is a pitch black with garnet edges when held to light, with a huge, thick rocky tan head that is slow to recede and leaves big hunks of foam. Pretty much as good as it gets stout wise, although without being to anal, some of the bubbles are to big for my taste.

Aroma is dusty coco with a bit of citrus hops, but overall pretty soft. The roast comes out more as it warms, but overall it's still not too impressive.

Taste is very robust and quite roasty, boarding on burnt, but cut by the citrus hops and a bit of chocolate, before the acrid, bitter, lingering finish. It rounds out a bit as it warms, but is still rather astringent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but a little oily. However, the body is much lighter then it looks.

Drinkability is average. I have to say I don't see what all the fan fare is about, it's just too acrid for my taste...I could use more coffee and less coffee grinds. That being said, the body is pretty light and the ABV modest enough that it went down easy enough, particularly as it warmed. Still, I'll take Rogue's Chocolate Stout over this every time.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge compact rich, dark head floats atop and opaque almost black beer leaving lacing.

S - Lemon-flowery, oats, hops, robust roasted malt and coffee aroma. Very good smelling!

T - Slight sitrus taste envelopes roasted malts and coffee beans. Slight bitterness is balanced very well by the sweetness of the malts. Slight tangyness.

M - Smooth with a refreshing crispness to it.

D - For an oatmeal stout it's surprisingly drinkable. I think the bitter/hops flavors offset the extreme malt and balance it well.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, rocky, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with a few spots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa; however, it seems a bit chalky, as well as a slightly metallic quality. There's also a trace of lactose in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a roasted character and a slightly burnt/ashy flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A solid example of the style, but nothing to write home about here.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night with a faint hint of ruby red. Dense, khaki colored head sits atop but minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chcocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, esspresso beans with a little dark fruit (maybe cherry) tart and biiter finnish.

M: Creamy and smooth yet dry. Light palate coating but not a huge aftertaste.

D: Excellent dessert beer. Enough uniqueness to hunt this one down.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An oatmeal variant of their famous - and highly rated - Shakespeare Stout, which is one of my faves. It pours a beautiful opaque near-midnight black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent dark tan head. Strong aroma is richly of fine coffee and quality chocolate, very tempting. Flavor is like a fine mocha, quality roast coffee and good chocolate, not too sweet, hints of molasses. Texture is smooth, tingly and fizzy, leaving a slightly sweet and very pleasing finish. A must for stouties!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with very nearly no other shades of color, even at the edges. Huge, dark tan head tops this one off with fine bubbles, lasting for quite a while and leaving some small bits of chunky lacing behind. Aroma full of sweetness and roasted grain, and surprisingly a small dose of ashy, leafy hop on the nose. A faint, light cocoa aroma is present and becomes a little stronger as it warms up. Oats are also very apparent on the nose, adding a creamy and milky sweet aroma to buckle everything together. Should be a nice ride.

Shakespeare hits the palate with a very creamy body and a silky mouth feel - somewhat on the heavier side, but not quite chewy or "thick". The flavor is very robust and commanding - deeply roasted malts begin to lay the foundation for a nice collage of flavors. Nutty and woody flavors come marching through along with bittersweet cocoa powder and maybe the faintest hint of coffee or espresso on the very back of the tongue. The hop character is actually quite strong, and works surprisingly well; earthy, leafy, floral - they provide a nice, offsetting bitterness. The oats are also noticeable on the palate, more so in the aftertaste - but really, their biggest role is adding to the creamy mouth feel of the beer. Aftertaste is a bittersweet cocoa and earthy, roasted malt flavor with just a slight touch of left-over hop. Carbonation was medium, enough to produce a gigantic head upon pouring this one.

Solid oatmeal stout here, and actually one of Rogue's less expensive bomber offerings. Nice, robust flavors along with a friendly mouth feel and a low ABV make this stout super drinkable any time of the day.

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Photo of Durge
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to find this at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this stout shows a solid black color with a big, never-die chocolatey colored head with lots of luscious lacing. The aroma is a very subtle chocolate-grain, but hard to place. The flavor brings charcoal-dark chocolate and grass hops. Charcoal-malt emerges as the dominant theme but it’s very nicely blended into a highly drinkable, yet tasty brew. This is creamy smooth and velvetty in feel, really wonderful and inviting. Body is solidly medium with a bit of a dry/resinous feel. Very nice and a stout I would easily have any time!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Poured a realy dark brown, with tawny highlights around the edges. A beautiful fluffy mocha head rose to fill the tulip and took its time fading away. Sticky, spider web lacing coats the inside of my glass.

Smell is of roasted grains, chocolate, flakey oats and a touch of espresso. Everything is there in equal parts.

More flakey oats and chocolate with a roasted maltiness. There is a bit of grapefruity hops that poke through in the finish. Nice.

Smooth, not silky, but smooth. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Very enjoyable and well-crafted. An easy drinker, especially at 6%.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a near opaque black liquid with a bubbly khaki colored head.

S-the nose brings some roasted malt, a little chalky, hints of ash, a light chocolate malt with notes of burnt coffee, a fair citric hop presence in the back.

T-the taste has a huge roasted malt presence, light chocolate malt, a nice citric hop presence with plenty of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium body, very inviting and easy to drink, well carbonated crisp rough finish.

D-great representation of the style, creamy texture, good flavors, well balanced hop profile, really a tasty drink.

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a jet black color with a light brown coffee fluffy head.

The aroma has some milk chocolate, a bit of creaminess, a bit of coffee, roasted malt. I don’t really get the oatmeal coming through.

The flavor is quite good for an oatmeal stout. The front has that round malt flavor that oats give this beer. The beer has quite a bit of roast that gives it bitterness, a bit like coffee. The finish has this slight bitter chocolate and roast. It’s almost metallic, earthy, or herbal.

It has pretty big roasted and bitter flavors for a 6.10% ABV stout. It’s less tame than other oatmeal or milk stouts.

The beer doesn’t really have the mouthfeel from oats. I wish there was more sweetness to balance the bitterness out.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A great looking stout. Opaque black, no light gets through. A large foamy tan head forms to leave plenty of lace.
S: Plenty of rich malt and oats in the nose. At first smell I would say this is an oatmeal stout.
T: This is a very thick beer with plenty of dark roasted malt and tons of oats and chocolate.
M/D: A creamy and rich beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. A sipping beer only in the since that I want to saver everything.

I would say that this is miss labeled. This seems like an oatmeal stout in every way. Anyway, what ever it is labeled, this is a great stout. A beer that should not be missed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large, lasting dark head.
Nose shows roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate and soft coffee. Very appetising.
Same story with the flavours, roasted malt, faint chocolate and oats. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Nice soft carbonation.
Very easy drinking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color. Frothy light brown head fades to a bubbly sheen and collar.

Whoa...I can smell this one from about 3 feet away! Milk chocolate, cocoa and latte coffee aromas. Roasty, toasty malty goodness with a healthy dose of grassy hops.

4 words that best describe the flavor: fresh, roasty, malty and hoppy. I only have 2 minor complaints with this one, the noticeable astringency and it is a bit pricey. Aftertaste is long lingering and slightly bitter.

For me, this is a good stout, but not quite great. Easily quaffable and certainly will drink again, but the price tag limits this one to just a bomber or two per year for me.

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Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A true heavyweight...the creaminess of this is really something...thick, rich and creamy...nose is of darkened grains..chocolate and even some raw leather....midnight black with a scarlet black mixed lace...For a sweet stout this has some serious hopping...a real dry finish....up front is the darkened malt...dark chocoloate...some espresso notes...like I said a real dry finish.....kind of a mix between a sweet stout and a dry stout....It has the craminess and complexity of a sweet stout but the finish of a dry stout...whatever the case this a great stout...not for the light hearted...

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.