Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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92
outstanding

3,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 259
Gots: 337 | FT: 6
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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: 3,188 | Reviews: 1,584
Photo of Twerknasty
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a lot of haters but it was honestly FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it for a delicious and smooth oatmeal stout by the fantastic Rogue brewery.

Photo of Kunsan90
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured black with no hint of any other color. A thick, creamy, medium tan head quickly developed and stayed around for two to three drinks. As the head dissipated, it left behind a nice set of lacework, which also reappeared after each drink. It smelled of dark roasted grain and coffee.

The taste was better than I expected. It was slightly sharp with a nice roasty malt flavor with hints of coffee and little to no bitter after taste. It was not as heavy as I expected, there was little carbonation, and left a dry feeling after each drink.

Photo of Lenny2884
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle

Pours a dark black with a tanish brown big frothy head. Hints of red can be seen on the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Roasted malts dominate the nose followed by toasted oats, smells a lot like an oatmeal stout. A hoppy citrus character pulls through in the end giving this brew a very nice, balanced aroma.

The roasted malts really show they're power and own the initial flavor, again followed by a hint of toasted oats. Hop bitterness follows, nicely balancing the brew and leaving your mouth dry and begging for more. A chocolately aftertaste pushes this stout far above most brews of the same style. This brew defines balance.

Overall, another outstanding Rogue brew. They continue to impress with every style and make me wonder why I live on the East Coast. A must try for any American stout or oatmeal stout fan.

Photo of stuckonhops
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- jet black...no light from my flame passes through...dark creamy sticky lacing and head...almost looks like bubbles in chocolate milk..

S--definet chocolate and coffee on the nose first...hops in the backround...cascade i believe...light oat smell...very inviting..

T--immediate roasted malts and chocolate flavors...gives way to slight hops but that could be due to the bottle sitting to long as the first time i had this the hops were very present..malty and a bit sweet but not at all near cloying..just right..

M+D-- thought it would be thicker than it is but it is still a touch creamy...making it very drinkable and easy going...can finish a whole bomber easily and then some..

Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful khaki head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is of chocolate and a nice earthy-ness.

Taste and mouthfeel were extremely rich with a good roasted flavor and plenty of bitter. Very nice.

Drinkability was decent, a little too much roasted flavor for me to want more than one at a time.

OVerall this was a pretty good beer. Not my style of choice, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Photo of mckeowbc
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black out of the bottle, looks black in the glass. Ample amount of light brown, foamy head.
S - Smell is slightly sweet, subtle note of chocolate.
T - Taste is dry and earthy with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy.
D - Very drinkable Nice even flavors, no rough edges. Good for a heavy beer, maybe a little filling though.

Photo of birdman200
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, small brown head dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing.
S: Very roasty. Smells of freshly ground coffee.
T: Super smooth, nice dark malt character, burnt cookies. Mildly sweet.
M: Very dry, clean feel to it.
D: Good, but I think I'd really have to be in the mood to have this one again.

Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't judge a beer by its bottle, but looking at this beer you can figure it will be tasty. I opened this beer and started to pour it into a glass and found it to have a very nice, very rich dark brown (almost black) color and a VERY nice light brown head. the head was thick and lasted for quite some time and left a heavy lace throughout the drink. As I havent drank many stouts, I was unfamiliar with the aroma but once I tasted the beer I realised what the smell meant and found it to be enjoyable. And as for the taste. this was a fantastic beer. very complex. it had a nice bold flavour without being overpowering. It was a relativly easy beer to drink, but I would imagine one bomber is about all I would want to drink at a time. not cause it gets old, but because it is a slow drink and leaves you full and satasfied. overall, I would recomend picking up a bottle you can get your hands on as it is one of the best stouts I have ever had.

Photo of AmorousAngel
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured opaque black with very small, brown head, which dissipated quickly.

Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma. A bit of citrus.

The hops kind of smack you in the face. The roast malt and coffee are underneath but are overpowered by the hops. Very flavorful and complex.

Acidic feel. Low carbonation. Heavy body

The hops are a bit too much for my personal taste, but if you like hops, you will love this stout. Nice change of pace, but I will probably not make this one a regular purchase.

Photo of drinknewbelgium
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this a while ago recovering my notes from last summer

pours black with very tan head that is thick smells of chocolate roasted coffees and malts also there tasted of chocolates with roasted coffee and one can detect the presence of some hops this all mixes together to make one great beer

ive had this beer many times and i definitely recommend it to anybody who loves stouts

Photo of Gregg03
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

From one of favorite breweries, Rogue, from Oregon. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my standard for Oatmeal Stout, and this is almost as good. Rogue seems to alway knows how to make sure the brew has character. This outmeal stout is smooth, and, at the same time, has that kick that Rogue loves to add. Pours thick, little lacing or head, a bit musty espresso followed by a slight bitterness. Excellent, maybe great, but not perfect.

Photo of meday
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into Imperial Pint

Ebony color with rich browning head.

Immediate roasted aroma. Very close in smell to a smoked beer.

The dark roast dominated the flavor. Hints of chocolate, campfire, cedar, moss.

For a stout with oatmeal to create a creamier texture, it was thin and biting. I have possibly been spoiled by my nitro-homebrew stout I always keep on-tap. But to me, a stout, especially one with oatmeal, should be full and creamy in the mouth, whether nitro or none.

I finished the bottle, but the drinkability was only average.

Photo of Burlyn
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black/Dark Brown with a super thick, creamy, and persistent latte head.

Smells malty sweet light coffee and a little hops

Tastes are malty and light coffee as well. Not as full in flavor as I hoped for. The funky acid taste towards the end was also unwelcome.

Very smooth and greasy. Ends dry. the taste of alcohol is faintly present.

Not as good as I was expecting it to be. The full and roundness of a great or even good beer just weren't there. Decent and palatable.

Photo of ethosx19
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this one for the last beer of the night, which helps to explain why my notes are so hard to read. Aroma was chocolate and hops. Taste was coffee and chocolate. My light-beer-drinking roommate wrote down "soy sauce" for some reason. I didn't find it salty or tasting anything like soy sauce. After drinking Rogue Mocha Porter I was expecting more of a hop presence. Still a very good stout, but the Shakespeare seemed closer to Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout than some of the other Rogue beers I've tried. Perhaps the preceding SN Celebration dulled my taste buds.

Photo of knoxtennessee
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most Rogues Ive had on tap my only complaint is the lack of carbonation.

The aroma is stunning. It has so many layers. Chocolate, coffee, citrus, melon, a hint of yeasty bready goodness, just to name a few.

The taste is possibly even more complex. I have this one anywhere from one to three times a week at my local taproom and it seems to vary a little with every keg. Most interesting of recent was the aftertaste of honeydew and a bit more roasted dryness in the finish. Lots of green grapefruity hops, cocoa, coffee, and sweet bread.

Obviously it's solid black.

It's nice and heavy in the mouth, on the pleasant side of sweet, not a lot of carbonation, but with a beer this heavy you don't want to many bubbles lest you get prematurly blotted. It has a long finish that you taste well into the night, even if you drink other beers after it.

I tend to get full after about two pints, but I can usually squeeze in a third.

Photo of WWWade
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - dark black with a two finger, off white head that receded, but never completely left.

S - strong malts

T - malty, with some carmel hints

M - smooth

D - solid drinkability for a stout, but not the best

This is a great beer to enjoy with a steak on a cold day. Luckily, I currently have all three, great beer - snow - and a juicy KC strip!

Photo of Chronofied
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at about 52 degrees into a laser-etched snifter.

Appearance - Nice, appealing foamy head, with classy retention, though not much lacing. A dark obsidian color, letting no visible light through. Attractive.

Smell - Boozey with definite oats, redolent with malt. Some hint of nuttiness and chocolate, and maybe just a hint of coffee. A little bit of underlying earthy hop character.

Taste - Medium bodied, honestly thinner than I was expecting. Nice and bready though, the character of the yeast is much more obvious in the taste than in the smell. Malts are toasty, hops provided some pleasant bitterness. Definite chocolate and nuts, with some coffee underneath; the aroma didn't lie. Starts and ends with some light alcohol heat. Aftertaste has the barest hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel - Enjoyable mouthfeel, creamy though not heavy, rich without being oppressive. Carbonation deteriorated throughout, until there was almost none left. Hop character causes a bitterness to linger along with the alcohol heat after the beer is gone.

Drinkability - This beer has an average drinkability, maybe slightly better. While it is heavier, the taste remains appealing and encouraging throughout the course of a pint-six bottle, though if you drink it too slowly the carbonation will die before you can kill the volume in your glass.

Photo of jclovebrew
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is Deepest Black. Aroma is roasty, balanced with some hop aroma. Tastes rich, chocolatey, sweet, thick. Bitterness is assertive and very appealing. Mouthfeel is velvety with thick bubbles mixed in.

This is a stout that drinks like an imperial. A home run stout. Give me more.

Photo of jbramley
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Date: 12 December 2006

A deep black pour with a short, thick, dark-tan head. Slighty sour, but not particularly pungent aroma. Taste of enjoyable sour/bitter mix. Smooth in the mouth and rolls down the tongue from an initial sharpness on the tip of the tongue to a lingering slightly sour, bburnt coffee flavor in the back of the mouth.

Very enjoyable stout. At first, I was not overly impressed by it, but as I made my way through the first few swigs, it rounded out to be a very tasty pour.

Photo of Ig0r
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of neobassman
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being unimpressed by a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a couple years back, I had not bothered to try another Rogue offering, until now. This Shakespeare Stout will not emerge as one of my favorites, but it has at least convinced me to try other Rogue offerings in the future. After trying this brew, I was shocked to find that it contained oats. It just did not seem akin to other oatmeal-ish stouts (which I tend to like). The pour produced a strong, medium-to-dark shiny, foamy and persistent head. So far, so good. The smell struck me as predominantly coffee and not especially complex as stouts go. The taste seemed more like that of Irish dry stouts, like Guinness, sharp and heavy on the roasted barley, but absent was the rounded, slightly sweet and chewy richness from the oats. Things were better in the mouthfeel department, where the oats made an appearance to provide this stout with a good, creamy sensation and a pleasant, malty aftertaste. What lingers on the tongue, however, was a return to the coffee flavors. This was not a plus for me, since I am not a coffee drinker otherwise. There was more of a hops presence, which is to be expected with a brew that is described as an "American" stout. Don't drink this if you are seeking a more malty, rounded, English-style brew. For me, I did not dislike it, but I am not likely to seek it out in the near future. My tasting was an isolated experience; it would be interesting to taste this side-by-side with other micro-brew stouts.

Photo of SidewinderX
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Pitch black brew with a thick mocha head that encourages you to pour properly. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma that has a bit of chocolate, coffee, and nut in it.

Taste: Darkly roasted malt flavor with a noticeable citrus hit towards the end. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely fantastic. Smooth, dry, and thick. Doesn't assault the palate, yet clings to it with a bittersweet finish.

Drinkability: Reasonable ABV that's completely hidden in the outstanding flavor of the brew. Not a "light" beer by any respects, but you'll have no trouble drinking a 22oz bottle.

Overall a great beer. Really, really enjoyed this one.

Photo of BigTomZ
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a medium tan head that lingers just a bit.

smells roasty and chocolatey.

taste is mainly coffee and oats. some chocolate and hops follow.

very smooth feel. has more carbonation than i expected.

not too strong. easy to drink. i could finish the bottle alone in a short time.

Photo of dpcoz
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Oatmeal Stout
22 oz bottle (Total Wine - Claymont, DE)
Room temperature, chilled pint glass

A - Pours thick, black. Gingerbread-colored head, appx 3 fingers deep that eroded to 1.5 into an inced pint glass.

S - roasted malts, baker's chocolate, oats, faint touch of alcohol

T - Good balance, smooth - roasted malts, bakers chocolate, hint of coffee, finishes with a chalky taste of sweetened oatmeal.

M - Again, smooth. Carbonation kicks in, but the finish gives it some sort of chalky feeling - not crazy about it.

D - Fine taste, good aroma, but the chalkiness keeps me from putting this in the A category.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.