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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,925
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -3.8%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of NappyB
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

NappyB, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Metaltildeath, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of juju7
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -9.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of CBFanWish
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
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 -3.8%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 -3.8%

Stumpy29er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Sunn
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Sunn, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of MJR
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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
Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of truesolution
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

truesolution, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with an Irish coffee froth colored head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee bean. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Not unappealing, just not complimentary of the flavor. Nothing like a good, creamy, viscous fluid to deliver flavors of chocolate and coffee so nicely. A lot of chocolate flavor is noted with some underlying coffee. Coffee bitterness lingers long after the beer is gone. I'd been really excited about trying this one, but I'm disappointed.

DocJitsu, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

jeanphony, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of SpongeRuiner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SpongeRuiner, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of plinythederek
4/5  rDev -3.8%

plinythederek, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Popsinc
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650ml bottle. Very dark, black pour with a huge tan head.

Smell: The nose was huge on roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate hints throughout.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey. Lots of roated malt but not too sweet. Medium body and a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chalky. Very creamy body that dries towards te finish.

Drinkablilty: Rich and endulgent but yet the body is light enough to enjoy on almost any occasion. A lovely example of an irish stout.

Popsinc, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of mobyfann
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $4.99 or so for the 22 oz. bomber...

The beer pours just like a less art-sy Guinness, head retention is limited to 20 minutes, and dissipates down to a ring around the glass, specs of lacing on the glass and the base of the beer has a nice swirl of lacing as well. Pretty standard smell of a "better brews" stout; roasted coffee, oats, malts, and caramel.

The words to best describe the taste are: complementary and well-balanced. Starts off with the smooth creamy head, the blend of coffee-malts-oats, and a the end contains remaining cream on the mouth with a clean/sweet aftertaste, very impressive! Low carbonation, moderate heaviness, and creamy in the mouth, and yes... thumbs up to nominate it as the ideal session stout (at 6.0%), hands down!

Final Thought: You definitely get what you pay for with this bad boy. The use of quality ingredients and precision of detail must be used to implement this world class beer. On-tap please!

mobyfann, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark near-black with a fluffy light brown head with excellent retention. Mild spotty lacing. Taste and aroma are dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of cocoa and roasted coffee - a bit of that dark chocolate bitterness lingers on that back of the tongue. Carbonation is mild with an overall smooth, full mouthfeel. Typical stout drinkability.

Mavajo, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this was the first Oatmeal Stout I ever had years ago, either Rogue or Stoudts Fat Dog.

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Claret.

Appearance-Pitch black, a little light shines through when held up to the light. 2 inch foamy, big bubble mocha head. Very appealing.

Smell-Malty, Smokey, some bitter chocolate and a light yearst aroma.

Taste-Burnt and Smokey flavors throughout the whole sip. Upfront some subtle coffee and malt flavors, and towards the end a nice bitter chocolate. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing and Crisp, a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied.

Overall-I was planning on drinking this one slow and calling it a night, but the bombers gone. I really liked this beer.

SWMeyer4141, May 04, 2011
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,925 ratings.