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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,088 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,088
Reviews: 1,560
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 236
Gots: 282 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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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 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%

Photo of ark57
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours deep, dark black and looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It has a big brown head. The aroma is strong with a lot of roasted malts, a touch of caramel, and plenty of citrus hops (I believe it says cascade on the label). The full body has lots of roasted flavor (coffee and a touch of chocolate), some malty sweetness, and then the citrus hops hit you. It is silky smooth going down and has a nice bitter punch at the end. A great stout that has a nice US twist to it with the citrus bite.

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 shroompod
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice rocky mocha head, some lacing.

Smell is faint caramel sweetness ( maybe my allergies)

Up front with bitter roasted malts , a bitter dark chocolate bite. This rounds out nicely with some sweet malty notes.

Mouthfeel is medium , a pretty balanced feel. Good carbonation.

A very nice stout, worth trying.

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 pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, but not quite black, this beer is more like the red-velvet cake of stouts, with oddly appealing ruby hues at the edges. The foam is milk-chocolate in color, and a manageable 1/4 inch or so. It's not a dense rocky foam like I have found other Rogues to be. It's not a persistent foam.

S: Is that chocolate aroma is more than the power of suggestion? This brew has chocolate malt, according to the ingredients panel (but not actual chocolate as per another Rogue brew). As the session continued, I became aware of the light aroma of the cascade hops.

T: There are many things going on in the taste/flavor department and my perceptions changed as I drank the brew. Initially, I found a slightly metallic/molasses note up front, a strong chocolate middle, and a finish that has both a coffe-like roast and a slight dry twang. There is a moderate caramel sweetness to this one, and no noticeable bitterness. Surprising, given the 69 IBUS the bottle claims. Mostly, the sweetness and chocolateness prevailed.

M: Creamy up front feel, (thanks to the oatmeal?) with a dry finish.

A 22oz bottle was great, but if they made 33 oz bottles, I'd have been happier. This is mighty close to exactly what I am looking for when I want a stout.

Photo of clickpush
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Hard pour produces big 3 finger dark brown head over even darker brown body. Body is opaque, no light getting through even around the edges. Descent is slow and rocky, providing a solid cappuccino like foam. Doesn't leave a whole lot of webbing along the glass, but a nice cap of lace remains.

Nose: Chocolate and caramel, some fruit notes like plums, brown sugar. Quite sweet smelling, marshmallow and milk chocolate. Nice roasted malt character as well, a bit of burnt toast, a bit coffee. Mmm.

Mouth: Roast character is much more pronounced in flavor than in smell with a chewy, burnt toast feel to it all the way through. A touch of heat as it comes back up. The flavor falls a bit flat, though, as there doesn't seem to be a lot more than the roastiness. A roast bitterness lingers, very nice, but where's the balance? Mouthfeel is quite well carbonated but not as smooth as it could be.

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of cameraman
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, midnight black color pours in the glass with a nice beige head that laces very nicely. The aroma of the dark malt and chocolate comes through on the first scent. Those aromas come through in the taste, and then more scents and flavors start to show themselves. Some coffee and hop flavor come through after the first intial swallow. A rich mouthfeel thick, like two percent milk in the consistancy, but is very smooth going down. This not a session beer by any means. The intense flavors and the rich mouthfeel, make this a wonderful sipping beer. This beer is a joy to have in a glass.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color (nothing but black, no ruby/garnet hues) with a huge tan colored head.

Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts, not too strong on the smell.

Taste is of sweet chocolate initially followed by some coffee and some roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a tad more carbonated than I would like but still good and I could drink this stuff all night. A very solid stout that I do not purchase enough.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For the purposes of this review the beer came from a bottle. That is unfortunate as I have had it on tap and recall liking it much better. That may be part of why one might say my scores are a touch low.

Dark brown or light black in color with moderate prickle so that the beer resembles cola in the glass. Very light head and a malty nose with hints of chocolate roasted into the flavor and texture. Fresh and light attack with the roasted coffee and chocolate towards the front end and the bitter towards the finish. The finish is pretty crisp and leaves a little bitter in the aftertaste.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass. Served at Mirabelle Tavern, Stony Brook NY on September 17, 2010.

Look: deep brown with a tan head. Not much in the way of head retention but a good amount of lacing nonetheless.

Smell: a lot of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Not much else here.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Dark chocolate seems to dominate for me along with some coffee and a small amount of hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied, not much in the way of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drink: very high. I finished this quicker than I intended to. I could use this as a session beer.

Overall, very solid beer worthy of a top 250 spot. I will probably have again and would recommend you try this one out for yourself.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to have a glass of this on tap at D's the past weekend. This is my first run-in with Rogue Ales.

Dark and black color with light brown head with a pale tannish head. Aroma is typical roasted hops and malts. Flavor is similiar and is very well balanced. Not a very hoppy-bitter stout like SN. I repeat, this beer is extremely well balanced. This makes it easy to drink and appeasing to someone who might have been turned off by some other imperial stout. An easy drinking brew, but it might become a little boring after a few.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. How nice does that head look?

Real nice.

A frothy, thick tan head tops a black body. The head eventually settles, but clings onto the side of the glass for dear life. That's a fine looking stout.

Smell is really nice as well. Chocolaty. Maybe a bit of coffee in there. Not overpowered by anything in particular. A nice balance, but nothing that makes me say WOW!

The taste. WOW!
That did it. An amalgamation of coffee, chocolate pudding and beer. Oh so smooth. Nothing that smacks you in the face and says 'hey! taste me!" Instead, it's just a rounded, smooth taste.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Creamy smooth.
Drinkability is a bit hampered, only because of how heavy this beer sits in your tummy. It's fantastic. But just a sipping beer.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew at El Bait Shop on St. Patrick's Day so it was in a plastic cup, so that might have affected the taste slightly. Even so, it was fantastic.

The glass came filled with this dark, perhaps light absorbing beer that had a creamy dark brown head that didn't surrender until the end. Several sniffs detected some toffee notes. Several gulps detected toffee and mocha flavors. IT WAS SUPER SMOOTH, an 8.5 out of 10 for smoothness. The taste lingered for a bit and was very appreciated. I will definately have this one again sometime.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown, with some highlights around the edges. A finger-width of head sits on top, before dropping down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Lots of roasty goodness -- dark coffee, cheerios, and oatmeal are in the lead, followed by toasted bread and burnt sugar.

T - The oatmeal really comes through, giving it that cereal taste and smell that I love from this style. Plenty of coffee flavors, plus a bit of chocolate in the background. Not very sweet, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen (tasted?).

M - Kind of a letdown here, with the carbonation just being too much. It keeps it from that velvety, viscous feel that I crave from my stouts.

D - Pretty high. The relatively low abv and the light mouthfeel make me think I could sit and drink a four-pack of these big bottles.

O - Although the cost is a bit high, this is a good beer. I can't believe that I waited this long to actually review it, since I've had it a few times. Definitely one to seek out on tap if you have a choice.

Photo of Jackal
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for this Christmas gift.

A - Poured into a clear pint glass. The body of this brew is a dark opaque black color. HUGE tan head that sticks around forever and leaves gorgeous sticky khaki lacing.

S - Very aromatic nose on this brew! As soon as I popped the top I could smell a nice sweet chocolate scent emanating around the room, suspended on a body of roasted malt. This is all looking very good so far.

T & M - The taste is a lot more bitter than I would have assumed from the nose, but that even seems to tone down as I drink it. Bitter roasted malts with a nice chocolate finish. A nice touch of coffee in there as well. Smooth and creamy with a medium to full body.

D - I'm very impressed by this Stout! A very well crafted American Stout, one that all other stouts should be measured by. If you haven't tried this yet...get out there and buy a bottle. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of Sunn
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of diamondlie
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,088 ratings.