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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,983 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,983
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 202
Gots: 207 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some of Shakespeare's stuff is pretty dark, but Shakespeare Stout a nihilistic black, with a big head the color of creamy coffee. The little black bubbles peppering the head make it look alluringly like a chocolate chip cookie. Smell walks the line between dark chocolate and prunes. Huge roasted flavor, to the point of being burnt, that overwhelms the "mellow chocolate aftertaste" promised by the bottle. More pruniness, but it mixes well with the other flavors. Good, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkable for awhile but the burnt flavor lingers and dissuades futher consumption.

battlekow, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

alalvarez75, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twenty two ounces of black magic! Absolutely black, with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy looking dark tan head slowly settles into a nifty looking halo.
Nose is of roast coffee.
Full bodied and creamy. Burnt roast, espresso, and malt flavors up front. Hops cut right through all of those roast / burnt flavors to deliver a dry finish that has a lingering chocolate flavor. Quaffable in an extreme way.

xgrigorix, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet-black with a large mocha head that retains decently before settling to a bubbly swirl atop the beer. Nice sheets of lace form from the dense, creamy head.

S: Roasted malts predominate: coffee, burnt caramel, and some light toffee. Strong hop aroma, as well. Not as intense as I'd like, but still solid.

T&M: Wow. Rich, complex, and bold. What a beer! Rich dark coffee flavor melds beautifully with citric/leafy hops, burnt caramel, and some faint dark fruits emerge, as well. The finish is long and complex--it really makes the beer. This is probably one of the best straight-up stouts that I've ever had. Body is medium-full with a creamy feel that is quite exemplary.

D: This is a beer to be savored. Despite this, it's still very easily gulped down. A masterfully crafted beer by Rogue.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of ATXRyan
5/5  rDev +20.5%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of GregoryMo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GregoryMo, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark opaque color with a dark chocolatey head. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The taste is also of roasted malts and chocolate. It tastes like tootsie rolls and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty decent. medium carbonation. Its a very drinkable beer overall. I would definately recommend it.

Brian700, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of chugamugofsud
4/5  rDev -3.6%

chugamugofsud, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Sunn
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Sunn, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of plinythederek
4/5  rDev -3.6%

plinythederek, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer, the Darth Vader of stouts if you will. Right off the bat you can tell some serious time was put into this beer. Off color head that hung around for a while, is not lacing the far side of the pint glass.

Heavy chicory and smoke aromas. Taste comes through as a bit harsh and is dominated by the smokiness of the beer. Aftertaste is a little too bitter for my liking in this style.

If you look at this beer as comfort food you'll find that too much of anything albeit tasty might not be exactly what you needed.

FLAbeergutinMASS, May 14, 2005
Photo of Vengeance526
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a large, creamy tan head that has great retention and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells strongly of roasted malt upfront, with some chocolate and coffee mixed in, along with a touch of smoke in the background.

Tastes of bitter chocolate and roasted malt start things off, followed by a lighter presence of toasted bread and coffee. A mild touch of citric hops shows up at the end and lingers into the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel but seems to be lacking a bit in body. Feels a little thin, but not too noticeable. A nice balanced stout overall. Good to have on occasion.

Vengeance526, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this all on my own, in celebration of finishing my dissertation. Pours an opaque black with a ruby-brown head. Nice head to it, it dissipated a little quickly, but not too bad. Lovely smells of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, something tart like cherries. Tastes of much of the same: opens sweet like the chocolate and molasses, finishes nicely some bitterness from the coffee. Rounded out with flavors of toasted oats and some of the dark fruitiness. Good mouthfeel - nice thickness for the style, without being overpowering. Overall, a very well-crafted stout. Wonderfully drinkable, very enjoyable.

ndekke39, May 31, 2007
Photo of abrand
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

23 oz bomber poured into pint glass

This beer poured very very dark with a 1/2 inch head that is dark as well. Lots of chocolate and roasted grains to the nose with some hints of coffee. Taste is pretty consistent with the aroma. Lots of chocolate and bitter malts. Very bitter aftertaste. Overall mouthfeel is smooth and a very enjoyable beer.

abrand, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of 9InchNails
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my mug from a 22 ounce bottle.

I got a lot a head on this. The head looks creamy, almost like a chocolate milk shake! The head is sticking around for quite some time. The beer is black, completely opaque. I can't see any bubbles whatsoever.

I smell dark malts and it seems almost like a floral smell, quite interesting. Definitely a little chocolate in there.

Mouth Feel: I feel no carbonation at. Its very thick and a little creamy. Okay, I do feel a little more carbonation on the second sip hitting my tongue.

Taste: a chocolate-ty coffee taste with a bitter end. You can definitely taste the dark malts but also some of the hops are pretty dominate.

Drink Ability: I can probably have one more and I'm done.

I have never tasted this beer before. I have had an Oatmeal Stout before and it tastes similar to that. Overall it's pretty good.

9InchNails, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of cfadams17
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

cfadams17, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Metaltildeath, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of hyuga
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque, with an impressive dark tan foam topping it. This settles, but stays pretty thick and leaves patchy lace. Dark chocolate aroma with some citrus and fruity hop character mixed in. Great malt/hop balance in the taste. Chocolate in the front and citrus in the finish. A bit of roasted/coffee character in between. Fantastic mouthfeel, probably the smoothest stout I've tried! Great complexity, Close to full-bodied, but you could say it's medium-full bodied. Just a wonderful taste from start to finish. Exceptionally drinkable! I can see this being a regular favorite of mine.

hyuga, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of AudioGilz
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 650mL pretty plain dark bottle with a very proud man holding a mug. Pours with a small tannish head that reduces to a lace fairly quickly. I really enjoy the opaque darkness and pretty delightful stout mouthfeel. My initial taste impression was burnt, slightly bitter coffee, and a faint chocolate malt taste on the way down. I wasn't too impressed. The bitterness lasted in a long disappointing aftertaste. I know it has it's place, but not a stout I will buy again. I recently had a Storm King Stout that was WAY better than Shakespeare while being higher in ABV.

AudioGilz, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter, pours an opaque black with a great light brown head

smells like slight hoppy bitterness, alcohol and chocolate malt

tastes of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops come along and take over pretty much everything, citrusy, oaty smoothness compliments nicely, smokey roasty flavors as well

mouthfeel is nice, a combo from the oaty smoothness and the hops adding a dry finish and overall bitterness, really nice american stout

drxandy, May 22, 2008
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 williahd
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

williahd, Aug 21, 2014
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,983 ratings.