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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,115 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 243
Gots: 302 | 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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Ratings: 3,115 | Reviews: 1,567
Photo of Jmoore50
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just picked this up for the first time the other day and actually have been looking forward to this brew. I love Stouts and I love Rogue.

The bottle is just the normal Rogue graphic with the character dressed up like...Shakespeare? Nothing really special or extraordinary.

The pour was really the most exciting part of this brew. It came out farely thick but really dark. Something that also struck me was the three and a half finger head that matured after the pour. The head is really dark with a brown shade.

Okay, so here is the deal. This 'soapy' flavor and mouthfeel that everyone has been describing it as is not good. I do not like it with Belgium ales and I do not enjoy it when it comes with my stout. The taste really does not strike me as anything special. I do not want to be too negative but I was kind of disapointed.

The drinkability is good. I would only want to drink one of these because of the taste, but as far as how many I could drink, probably a few. See, with my stouts I like overwhelming flavor. This has a burnt barley and soapy froth flavor that does not taste too good.

Overall I would not buy this brew again. It does not take away from what Rogue does, it just proves how hard a good stout is to make.

j

Photo of Jarod
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark black. No light could penetrate this beer. The head was a medium cocoa brown that was thick and rich. Not only in color, but, in all aspects, very nice and lasting. The lace that was left on the sides of the glass was very good and stretched a good way to the end of the glass and kept the color of the head even as it dried. The aroma was of roasted malt, sweet coffee, hints of dark molasses and floral hops. The tastes were of malt, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee and hops all over the tongue. It finished with sweet chocolate coffee with a bite of hops at the end. This is one of those good beers that only improves as it sits and rises in temperature. Not a thick beer as some of the stouts that I have tried, but it held up very well. A very good beer and a very good beer maker.

Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black. Cascading carbonation a la Guinness. Topped with a dark tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hop aroma lingers in the background. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Quite bitter. Dark bitter chocolate flavor is very strong. Boozy. Dry bittering finish. It could be sweeter.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth – not slick.

D, notes: Drinkability is ok. A little too bitter without enough malt balance in my opinion.

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep rich brown with a caramel head. It is delightful in the nose - smells of sweet whole grain hearty bread. It is bitter at the first sip, then mellows a bit to a full rounded tatse - bitter up front sweet and hearty in the back. It is well balanced for a heavy beer and is very drinkable even for someone not aquainted with big beers. The beer is little heavy but would pair nice with a roastbeef sandwhich or definitely sweet deserts.

Photo of craftbrew502
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kerne
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of goschool
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tan/light brown head sticks around forever on this beer's black body. The nose is roasty, the flavor is roasty. Roasty and burnt, with coffee, semi-sweet and dark chocolate up front, fallowed by sweet chocolate and a crisp hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively, drinkability is sooo high.

"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale..." -- Henry V

Photo of Ropowers3
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kinger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mighty fine stout. Aroma of roasted burnt malt, coffee, and hops! Jet black pour with a medium dark brown head and some lacing. Velvety smooth mouthfeel this one slowly slides down the gullet with a bitter hop finish incredibly good. Nice rich flavor aside from the roasted malts there is a strong coffee presence along with some chocolate and toffee flavors. A mild smokiness comes about which is unexpected and well received. What's fantastic about this stout is the enormous hop presence, bitter biting and right in line the hops really round out this great brew. Nicely brewed.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of schimschim
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mcrawford
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lupe
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with brown highlights, looks like molasses when being poured. Cappucino colored head that starts out big and settles into a thin sheet with wispy lacing. Aroma is of hops and chocolate malt. Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Perfectly balanced, I did not find this to be too bitter, more of a roasted or bitter chocolate than a predominating hop bitterness. Finishes nicely with a tingle on the tounge and coffee aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, and amazingly easy to drink. Glad I picked this one as my birthday brew. Simply amazing.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.
Deep black coffee color with a tanish head. good lacing.
aroma is predominantly roasted coffee, but if you dig deep you’ll find some dark chocolate and a trace of citrusy hops.
flavor is big on roasty, black coffee, bitter chocolate and a long dry finish.

Photo of McStagger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The legend...

A: A somewhat aggressive (and ill advised) pour leads to two inches of delicious espresso creme brulee colored head. Head retention is stellar, with phenomenal lacing left on the glass. The receding head can only be described as champagne like. The individual bubbles mingle together to form larger air pockets, which then pop under the pressure of the foam. Absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is an excellent opaque black.

S: Sweet cereal malt intermingled with excellent hop bitterness. Mild chocolate and mocha notes are present, although not nearly as dominant as Rogue's Chocolate Stout. (Big surprise there, huh!) The light cocoa notes are also overlapped by a more mellow espresso note.

T: This is where things get a little rougher. The beginning palate is a jumble of varying flavors that smack of grains and earth. A very subtle barnyard flavor is also present. The mid palate is more hop oriented, with the bitterness of the hops really coming through. The finish, however. Whoo boo, the finish is excellent. All the rough edges transition beautifully to the finish, which is more reminiscent of the scent of the beer. Mild chocolate and mocha lead into bitter coffee bean and espresso nuances. The lasting flavor is similar to that first time you tried black coffee with your dad. It just stays and stays.

M: I've always been a fan of the way stouts and porters feel on the tongue. This beer is no different. In fact, it stands above most other stouts in this category. The feel is almost perfectly balanced. Many stouts are thick to the point of being viscous, but this beer has a lively carbonation that kicks in at exactly the right time to keep this beer from being flabby.

D: One of the easiest stouts to drink that I've ever imbibed. (Sam Smith's Oatmeal has a slight edge.) Who cares if the beer is thick and rich. It tastes too damn good to not want more.

I'm still fairly new to the world of stouts. If anybody reads this review and thinks of a stout on this caliber, I would love to know.

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jreitman
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a boatload of dark brown head that seemed to last forever. Drank this one over the course of 40 minutes and the head always seemed to be present. Roasted malt aromas were very evident and pleasing, but not much complexity to them. Quite hoppy with a nice, balancing sweetness. The more you drink the more the various malt flavors come out (chocolate, roasted coffee). First impressions were that the beer was all hops, but once my tongue got acquainted to it the beer showed it had a lot more to offer. A wonderful beer.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this beer was Muhammad Ali it would scream "ooh I'm so pretty" as it poured from bottle to glass.
Indeed. Pretty it is. Body is the color of onyx at midnight and the inch thick head is warm brown cappuccino. Aroma is chocolate and a hint of maple frosting.
The taste is where this really shines, baking chocolate, coffee, subtle nuttiness, and a caress of hops in the finish. Very nicely done.

Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with only slight red around the edges. Tall dark head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - heavy malts with chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

T - holy smokey Batman. Malts, oats and some chocolate are in there. Some bitterness as well.

M - medium feel between thin and coating. Very mild tingle on tongue. Disappointing.

D - the unified taste and light feel make it quite drinkable.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been on a stout kick lately and this has to be the highlight so far. Poured from bomber into chalice. This is one hell of a black beer, nick thick and creamy mocha head forms with good retention and average lacing. Smell is of toasted grains, coffee, and a touch of alcohol, something about the smell seems just a little off or out of place. This beer tastes amazing, everything a stout should be. Nice dark, malted grains, a hint of coffee, some chocolate (slightly bitter) and a small touch of hops which I normally dont detect in stouts but I like the presence. The mouthfeel is incredible, nice and thick, low on carbonation, it just seems perfect. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker. Definitly enjoyed best at a warmer temperature and its meant for slow sipping.

Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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