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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 190
Gots: 189 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GregoryMo, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JLeet
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of TheBierBand
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

TheBierBand, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Converge
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a gargantuan head of thick, dark-tan foam. Pitch black in the glass, and also when held up to the light. The head soon settles down to a creamy cap that leaves a web of sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt and coffee bean, with strong cocoa tones and molasses. A nice balance of roasty and sweet going on here, with some chocolaty notes and brown sugar coming through noticeably. There's a mild woody character as well. Could use a bit more oomph here, as it comes across a tad timid.

T - Opens up with roasted malt, cocoa, and brown sugar upfront, and finishes with molasses, dry herbal hops, and more charred maltiness to balance the sweeter opening. The aftertaste is plunged into mild espresso astringency with herbal hops and roasted malt. It's got bite, but it's not too abrasive. In fact, this could use a little more flavor even. Overall, this is smooth, balanced, and well crafted, but could have ratcheted up the flavor a bit.

M - Not quite as mouth-filling as I was expecting. For a brew at 6.50% ABV this has definitely got some real size to it, there's no denying that, and it's probably in large part to the oats used in the brewing process. Carbonation is low, and the body is creamy, viscous, and smooth, with some stickiness to it.

D - A solid stout from a solid brewery. I know Rogue is a bit of an afterthought for many American BAs, but they're basically the only American craft brewery that ships a wide catalogue of beer up to Western Canada, and I'm thankful for that. While this doesn't pack the punch that a lot of bigger, imperial stouts do, it's still a dark, smooth, and drinkable beer, even on a hot summer afternoon.

Converge, May 19, 2012
Photo of uustal
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a 90-10 black to brown color ratio on the pour. A great brown head with medium lacing and retention. Faint roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted barley and a little more hops up front than your usual stout. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of oats follow and linger on the aftertaste. Finishes nice, not dry and slight sweetness. A little light on flavor and was expecting a more oatmeal to justify the namesake. Creamy mouthfeel which is medium bodied.

uustal, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

caverog, May 10, 2013
Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ninner00, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout pours an incredible jet black with damn near a black head from a 12oz brown bottle. Again, the head is damn near black and consists of firm and closely packed bubbles that try to scale the sides of the glass as if it where under siege. The pour also gave the impression that Shakespeare Stout had a viscoses element similar to 90 weight gear lube.

Palate is also viscoses with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. We are talking knife and fork stuff here guys and gals with major mouth feel.

The alcohol component will light your after burner, leaving you with a very nice glow!

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

BeerBob, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz.bottle into a toulip glass yielding a thick, fluffy, beige two-finger head that reduced to about one finger and lasted the length of the sample. Huge rings of lace went all the way down the sides of the glass. The beer itself is very dark black with not a trace of light getting thru.

Smell is of rosted malt and some barley. Deep chocolate smell and some light coffee as well. Some expresso/mocha scents as well.

Taste is very dark and malty. Oh so malty yet smooth to the finish. Some coffee flavor and a slightly bitter chicory taste. Chocolate and toffee flavors ever so slight in the back ground.

Rather thick on the palate but smooth as well. A heavy beer for sure but well balanced and some ever so slight carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable to drink, and one I will drink lots and lots of.

Sycodrummer, Jun 17, 2005
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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased from Capital Market for $5.29.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a one finger, cappuccino tan head with good retention and lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and faint hops. Overall, the aroma was not robust enough.

T-Dark bittersweet chocolate and some coffee, by not nearly enough creamy rich malt flavor. I suspect it is because the hops are overbearing at 69 IBUs. Taste was disappointing.

M-Smooth, but I can't discern the presence of oatmeal in the mouthfeel.

D-This is decent oatmeal stout, but not quite on par with what I have come to expect from Rogue.

velosuds, Oct 11, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

NappyB, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I would give all me fame for a pot of ale, and safety." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V

22 oz. Bomber
Well Shakespeare can keep his fame and bask in the pitch blackness of this stout to boot. A tan color topped off the rocky head which had very little lace. The smell was not overly complex with the standard smoked malt flavors. Better than guiness for sure, but the smell was nothing to compose a sonnet about. The taste was very well balanced with roasted nut, and bitter chocolate tastes complimenting notes of charred wood. The mouthfeel was very sharp and cut through the rounded malts. I would surly give my safety for a pot of this stout and the only tragedy was I had but one bomber.

GreatPondBrewer, May 16, 2003
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -3.6%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Metaltildeath, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of juju7
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will remember this beer as the beer that made me recognize the common flavour found in Rogue beers. This is not a bad stout by any means, my beer doesn't say anywhere that it's an oatmeal stout but BA says so. Not really getting any particular oatmeal stout characteristics from this though.A bit more hops on the nose than most stouts along with some chocolate and ground coffee. I can't shake the feeling that this is like a caricature of a stout. Like it's trying too hard. Ah never mind me, I'm just jibbering now.

juju7, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of CBFanWish
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic stout. Rougue has always been a brewery that I could count on to make a quality beer. This was no exception. It poured a thick black color with a nice one inch head. The smell was a soft mocha scent. A little coffe and a little chocolate. This lead to a smooth drinking experience. Chocolate and coffe blended nicely for a wonderful tasting stout. Not as strong and over the top like some stouts. The mouthfeel was smooth as was the general body of the beer. Thank you once again, Rogue.

CBFanWish, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of bbothen
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a frothy & thick 2 finger deep espresso colored head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, malted milk, and a distinct hoppiness. I likey.

Wow, bitterness. Awesome. Nice roasted/toasted flavors, more coffee, chocolate, rich maltiness. Fantastic flavor.

Full, lush, moderately carbonated, dry finish.

Drinkability is fine. A rich stout.

You know, I've had this stout before, but not for several years. I usually pass it while looking for something "extar special" at the bottle shop. Boy am I stupid. Something I see reguarly tastes AWESOME. Say what you will about hopped up stouts. But this is delicious. Don't be foolish about style constraints.

bbothen, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -3.6%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, opaque, nice 2-finger head with great retention, decent lacing. A bit of head remains indefinitely, which is great.

S: Smoke, Chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee, hops, dark fruit, barley. Chocolate and hops are the dominant smells.

T: Very Very smokey and chocolatey. Non-sweet taste really brings out the hops. The bitter chocolate and hops with smoke go together very well. Leaves a super-bitter taste in your mouth after swallowing, which is cool - makes you feel like a man. I wish it were a little sweeter. Also, a metallic background flavor hinders the taste.

M: Carbonation a little high, pretty syrupy, thick, pretty astringent. Medium-heavy body. Again, makes one feel like a man.

D: For a stout it goes down well. It's not a dessert beer, so I'm not chugging it for the sugary taste, but it definitely drinks well for the style.

ralree, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue "Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout". 1 pt. 6 oz.

Appearance:
Thick blackish-brown liquid gushes into the pint glass forming an equally dense, sticky and dark caramel head. Lacing is predictably spongey and clumpy. It looks like a serious drink -- near perfection.

Aroma:
The first whiff brings in a pungent stale coffee aroma. It seems like it was once good coffee, but it's been sitting out to long. That's followed by hint of rich chocolate, and a roasted malt aroma. It smells wet to me -- and I understand that sounds weird or obvious -- but there's something a bit dank about it that stands out in an unpleasant way. The chocolate is the best part of the smell.

Taste:
Flavor is strong -- a fine roasted black coffee in the forefront, just a touch of mocha, and sweet caramel hints in the back. The finish is bitter and chalky, and so is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
The texture has a smooth flow and a light fizzy character. It seems as though a stout like this should be thicker. As it warms, it takes on an oily character.

Drinkability:
It's not the best oatmeal stout I've ever had -- and I can't say it really breaks any boundaries -- but it's solid and quite drinkable.

BeerNemesis, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Stumpy29er
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Stumpy29er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Sunn
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Sunn, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of MJR
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ebony body with a nice tan head that sticks very well. Interestingly enough, as you swirl the beer to rouse more head, it gets darker around the edges. Cool...

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and cascade hops. Great aroma!

Taste: Here's where it get's strange. There's a lot of malt flavor in here, but I think they use way too much cascade hops. It's out of balance and inappropriate for the style. Bear in mind, it's not hop bitterness, it's hop 'flavor.' However, I still like this beer very much. It's one of my 'regulars' and will continue to be, despite it's balance flaw.

Mouthfeel: Has a good chewy mouthfeel to it. A 22oz bottle of this on a cold night has a very nourishing effect.

Drinkability: Well, it is a strong stout, so don't expect to kill pint after pint, but it's extremely drinkable for it's style. The mouthfeel is just right...not thin, not soup-in-a-glass.

To sum up, I think this is an amazing beer, and one that I always grab at least one bottle of when the weekend comes. Having said that, I think it could be improved upon by going easier on the hops.

MJR, Nov 08, 2002
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.