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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,741 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,741
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of McStagger


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 04:32:24 | More by McStagger
Photo of lurpy1


2.48/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My wife picked this one. She fell in love with Hazelnut Brown Nectar and now swears unconditionally by all things Rogue. As for me, my recent Rogue beers while not terrible, have been disappointing, so it's against my better judgement that we go forward with this one.

After an attractive pour, this one falls off a cliff, with a imperceptible, musty, dog-in-a-swamp odor that wards off all normal beer smells. The taste hits all the right notes at first with grains and roasty malts, but it drowns in a sea of, uh, stank. There is a lot of unpleasant bitterness that makes finishing a pint a real chore. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but doesn't have the thick smoothness I expect in an Oatmeal Stout.

Dammitall, Rogues have gone from blah to outright bad on this one. This beer is borderline lousy. Hope I got a bad bottle. Last time I reviewed a Rogue beer I swear I was taking a Rogue hiatus. Apparently the hiatus ended, but that goes double this time.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:33:00 | More by lurpy1
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


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

Pours black with tan one-fingered head in snifter. Tons of thick, sticky lacing. Head lingers for some time too.

Smell is heavy with chocolate and dark toasted malt. There is also a hoppy character to it as well.

Taste is heavily dark chocolate and roasted malt. Little bit of coffee and caramel. Lots of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Medium bodied beer.

Overall this was good. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:28:53 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of mullenite


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-29-2012 15:02:10 | More by mullenite
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-13-2013 06:19:00 | More by Allurex
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-21-2014 23:33:55 | More by bkwhoppa66
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 14:15:53 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of gmcfarre


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ox bomber into traditional pint glass. Sampled during a snowy picnic along with a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.

A - Super oqaque darkness with 1 inch caramel colored head. Very nice lacing.

S - Slightly subdued toffee notes with a hint of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Good malt balance with overt sweetness. Toffee and chocolate come to mind. Good creamy aftertaste that leave you wanting more.

M - Smooth lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a slight dryness at aftertaste.

D - Non-overt sweetness make this a repeatable and delicious treat.

Of the two brews, I preferred the Shakespeare (although the Yeti was indeed delicious). As I recall, this beer paired nicely with Gouda cheese.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 17:41:16 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer smells of roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate. When poured it looks like an imperial stout. It looked thick and has a big head. Decent retention with its brown coloured head. The bitterness from the hops are perfectly balanced from the roasty malts. The coffee flavours are great and the hints of chocolate make the beer very tasty; there is also a nice sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and this beer is super drinkable. However, the watery mouthfeel really hurts the taste, but I might be a bit jaded from RIS... I will drink this many more times!

EDIT: As the beer warms up, the mouthfeel get's better and soe does the flavour.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 02:17:06 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an easy pour brings out a nice thick tan head over a very dark beer, with some red highlights. the aroma is a very nice roasted malt smell, maybe some chocolate and coffee notes there, but the taste is where the malts really shine the coffee and chocolate are pronounced and fade away in a bit of bitterness that might be more due to the hops than the malt. the mouthfeel is full bodied, but with a bit too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 05:56:01 | More by almychristopher
Photo of Telestic


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-23-2011 06:16:59 | More by Telestic
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

11-29-2012 23:36:29 | More by cwreay90
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-05-2012 23:34:57 | More by mmmaaattt
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-07-2013 09:10:42 | More by StevenLaValley
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22 oz bottle of this with some grilled lamb for Easter dinner.

Looked very much like a stout. Dark brown, thick, rich inch tall head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smelled of burnt coffee and smoked peat.

Tasted very smoky and rich, again the burnt coffee taste prevailed, with some dark molasses and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Thick, rich mouthfeel without being too syrupy or thick. Definitely a dryer stout, versus a Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall not a bad stout. I think that if you like this style of beer, you would like this beer. Does it deserve to be in the top 25 or 30 on the best beer list? I'm not sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 01:32:55 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with no head and almost black color.

Smell- Nose is very weak but is mildly hoppy.

Taste- Suprisingly bitter, hops definitly take the lead role in the flavor department here, some light burnt flavors on the finish with a hint of overly done coffee. Not awful but not particularly my thing.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage.

Drinkability- An ok brew, I found this one disappointing but Im not a big fan of hopped stouts'.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 02:07:54 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a completely opaque jet black that just refuses to let any light through. Big frothy inch-thick head that's the color of light caramel. Sticky, bubbly lacing coats the inside of the glass and doesn't go away. Just a great looking stout. Smell is initially pretty astringent, but once it warms up and settles down a little bit, the aromas of chocolate and malt become quite prevalent. Some mild coffee nuances accompany them, along with the titular oatmeal, which is subdued, but still present.

Starts off with a malty kick that permeates the palate with a whole host of different flavors, including chocolate and coffee with some mild roasty notes. Hops makes a brief appearance on the back end, gliding into the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy, yet managing to retain a medium-to-light body and feel. Finishes clean and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Drinkability is quite good. With a tolerable ABV, an enticing scent and a pleasing taste, this Rogue beer is a great candidate to share with friends or to just indulge with by yourself. Just wish all of their brews were this solid!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:16:16 | More by r0nyn
Photo of sweisel80


3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

03-24-2012 18:25:16 | More by sweisel80
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 23:41:03 | More by lehueve
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New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black - nearly opaque in my nonic - but red edges show when held to the light. A hard pour yields three fat fingers of fluffy coffee latte colored head whose bubbles somehow glitter under the light. Fat foamy lace sticks to the sides of the glass.

The scent is noticeable from a foot away when poured. Roast coffee, bitter chocolate and cascade hops.

Taste is, well, glorious. Roasty, ground coffee beans, earth, hints of bitter dark chocolate. Dark roast coffee lingers at the back of the throat after each long sip. A sturdy but subtle hop bitterness in the background. Soft dark chocolate and ground fresh coffee beans slowly wend their way off the palate.

Mouth is luscious, creamy, coating, medium-full and softly carbonated with an enduring bitterness.

Drinkability is excellent.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Damn.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 23:40:16 | More by sethmeister
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, typical Rogue bottle labelling, but with blue Shakespeare clothing on the gentleman. Rogue's idea of really "mixing things up"...
I tasted this at cellar temperature. This pours very smoothly and it's hard NOT to get a SIZABLE coffee-coloured head, thick and crackling slowly. Fine lacing that clung very quickly and securely. Swirling makes the edges of the head go even darker and almost light red. Like the Chocolate stout this is almost completely ebony, with only hints of blue near the edges. Incredibly opaque, too, as holding it right next to the computer screen shows no light. Solid appearance. Oats and bacon on the nose at first, almost more porter-like initially. Hickory smoke and beef jerky, with nice hop notes that seem to come in waves...sometimes there, sometimes not. Good malting that is grainy and full of licorice and tobacco. Some milky notes and plenty of salinity. Other notes of nuts, charcoal, blackberry, and black coffee. The alcohol is nose-tickling and fairly detectable. Sweet dark candy whiffs too occasionaly. Sticky sourish and salty malts on the tongue and plently of charcoal. Big and meaty. Fuller in body than their Chocolate stout. Lots of gristy dustiness in the finish. Some fruits in the middle too, dark and old, like dried dates or prunes. A little chocolate, but more coffee than anything. A good balance, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good full body and plenty of lingering bitterness. Could drink it rather quickly and easily. This compared to the Chocolate Stout? Weaker aroma but fuller taste. I have rated this in style and with disinterest, but I fail to see this as "outstanding." A good beer, yes. A little bit let-downish though for its rating. I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 10:04:33 | More by Cwrw
Photo of BeerDocT


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that stouts are made in different ways, but is there really a need to micro-classify them into "oatmeal," "milk," "Irish,"etc.? I don't agree! A stout's a stout and this one is...well, let's just see... .

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Poured out of the bottle as a jet-black stream and managed to produce a half-inch, khaki-colored head in the glass. Completely opaque. Beautifully black.

-Smell 3.0: Distinctive toasted barely, "stout" smell. Slightly sour bouquet. Very subdued and rather flat.

-Taste 4.5: So smooth, I want to describe it as "smoove." Wonderfully subdued taste explosion and all of it big flavors: chocolate, toasted barley, slight hoppiness, all balanced by a semi-sweetness and the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful aftertastes of toasted grains with a dusting of dark cocoa. Yum.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Bottle conditioned? Maybe, but however they achieved it, the level of carbonation is perfect for this beer. Smooth "juiciness" in the mouth. Amazingly light and refreshing feeling.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. Smooth, warming and at the same time refreshing, this beer set the bar high for itself, what with all the awards won listed all over the bottle, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Worth tracking down and worth the $5+ pricetag per 650 ml bottle. That Pacman yeast should be proud of itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:14:21 | More by BeerDocT
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-08-2013 01:36:11 | More by Vlaminck
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-28-2014 17:57:41 | More by Metaltildeath
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-30-2014 22:33:38 | More by Justinbshelton
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