Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pitch black color with thick, brown head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Plenty of chocolate flavor rounded out with ample roasted barley/coffee flavor. Slight herbal hoppiness. Flavor of roasted coffee, plenty of bitterness. Hint of dark chocolate and a touch of citrus. Full body without being overly sweet.
12-05-2010 22:08:55 | More by goldbot
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Light-swallowing, black pour with a thick, long-lasting bronze head. Smell is less intense than expected, but typical roasted malts certainly are there. A bit of licorice and a nice bite of hops as well. Velvety, wonderful mouthfeel smoothes out the sharp flavors--toasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and noticeable astringency. At first I thought this was "merely" very good, but that sells this stout short. Very well done, indeed.
04-06-2004 03:49:21 | More by BitteBier
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
22 oz bomber.
Pours a crude oil black with a very nice light brown head. Lacing is present but not that impressive.
Aromas of burnt toffee, chocolate, and coffee are on the forefront. There is also a very nice floral hop aroma that is lacking in many other American Stouts.
Taste is absolutely amazing. This is what a stout should taste like with all the complexities that make beer great. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hop bitterness all play a part to balance out perhaps one of the best stouts I have had in a long time.
While this is a fine stout, I would have to say that one of it's major drawbacks, for me anyways, is the fact that 22 ozs is more than enough of such a rich concoction. This stout it in some instances too rich for it's own good. A fine beer indeed, but perhaps a little too much.
05-15-2004 03:26:03 | More by LuckySevens82
3.68/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.
04-09-2003 12:09:58 | More by goz
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
I haven't ever been a huge Stout fan, so hopefully this will bring me out of my rut. Pours a deep black color with no visibility at all, even when held up to the light, and there is no head at all. Very thick in consistency too. The smell is sweet and nutty, more like a brown ale than I expected. Very similar smell to all the other dark Rogue Ales...
The taste is definitely distinct. No sweetness, mostly an assault of coffee and chocolate. In the middle of the sip you can taste the nut, and it ends with a dry bitter taste. Very overwhelming all over. I really have to judge this beer by style and not personal preference, but anyone who is looking for a kick-you-in-the-balls stout, this is definitely for you.
04-03-2005 16:27:06 | More by Toddv29424
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours inky black with a short crown of dark tan head. Very little lacing and impossible to find carbonation. If it's there, I can't see it. Aroma is heavily dominated by dark roasty malt, espresso, some hint of bourbon and maybe a dark chocolate bar w/dried cherries in it. Complex flavor hints at Guinness with a very dry and tangy upfront attack, almost no residual sweetness but it's there. Lots of espresso in the flavor. Evolves into this espresso slowly and with great complexity. Finish is very long, with a touch of hop bitterness, but mostly characterized by a full espresso City Roast that lasts and lasts. Very delicious and generally ok priced at $5.49/bomber. A classic in the style and worth seeking out.
09-19-2010 23:21:24 | More by SolomonGrundy
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
A little thicker than other Stouts I've had, this was a very dark black/brown with a very small head. No retention whatsoever on the glass. I can only describe the appearance as "creamy", if that makes sense; just as I described the Sam Smith's as watery. The aroma was wonderful, very dark fruit, malts, yeast, chocolate. Then I tasted it. The balance of really good ingredients and subtleties of flavor made this beer excellent in my mind. It started off with a sweet, dark fruit taste, hints of yeast, malt, chocolate and mild caramel faded into oatmeal. I definitely wasn't expectin the oatmeal but it only grew more intense as the glass warmed. It was smooth and creamy, warming and the bottom of the glass was as tasty as the first sip. Excellent brew.
12-11-2005 17:20:06 | More by sinistrsam
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
A- Pours a deep and dark, nearly black, chocolate brown with a cocoa brown head.
S- Scents of cocoa malts, piney hops, and sweet/ sour yeast back tone.
T- Leads with a cola taste. Mid palate is of perfectly moderate sweet malts. Finishes with nice green bitter hops.
M- Could be a bit heavier on the palate for a stout. Not a fan of the thin stout.
D- Its a solid stout would be really good it it had just a heavier viscosity. The flavors are not overbearing neither is the ABV so definitely session able.
01-18-2009 16:47:11 | More by UA8
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
This stout poured a deep black color. On top was a very dark frothy tan head. This stout gave off one of the darkest head that I have seen. Lacing is present but it gets patchy around the glass. The aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, and roasted malt with a slight sweetness of chocolate. The taste is heavy roasted malt with a burnt coffee feel to it. After the swallow, it is nothing but a nice roasted malt bitterness with earthy tone washing over the tongue. Rouge beers have not disappointed me in anyway, nor do I expect them to. This stout is necessary for all to try!
08-17-2003 22:47:37 | More by Stubbie1
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
I can fit ALMOST the entire bomber in my Fuller's nonic...
The beer raises a two finger tan head that falls pretty quickly. The stout is pitch black, even at the edges. Head retention and lacing are poor.
Smell is coffee, molasses, caramel, all very roasted, with perhaps some spicy hop notes.
Taste is at first very smoky and roasted, and quite bitter. It has a sweet middle, with the coffee notes starting there and lasting into the aftertaste. I'm not finding a chocolate flavor, despite the bottle's claims. There is a nice hop flavor, though, which especially comes through in burps.
Mouth is medium, with middling carbonation. I would like less carbonation, and hence more smoothness.
This is a fun stout that I've come back to a lot. It's no world class brew, but it's quality. Paired very nicely with my from-scratch Scharffen Berger brownies.
09-20-2006 21:51:46 | More by mjc410
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours thick and heavy with a solid black body, a large bubbly tan head, which fades quickly leaving a thin creamy layer, and medium carbonation. The aroma a full of roasted malts, light coffee, some notes of peat and mild milk chocolate. The taste has lots of rich bitter chocolate with strong espresso from the heavy roasted malts, and some really earthy soil (in a good way) flavours. It leaves a bitter lasting aftertaste just like a good espresso. Full bodied with a heavy creamy mouthfeel and a very noticeable carbonation. Great beer. Definitely one for people into their heavy bitter stouts.
04-11-2010 19:53:02 | More by PartyBear
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured as a dark black ale with lots of sticky chocolate tinged head. Head has duration and left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smell is of roasted malts and dark coffees. Taste is of a full, rich bittersweet chocolate, accompanied by distinct coffee been flavor. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste for a few minutes. One of the better stouts I have tried.
04-19-2009 19:47:35 | More by Seanstoppable
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: Pours pitch black with about an inch of vanilla head that stays forever. Like most stouts there's a reddish tint that comes through at certain angles.
Smell: The aroma consists of flowery hops mixed with roasted malts. It's pretty standard, but a little sweeter than other stouts, and that was nice.
Taste: The roasted malts come through immediately, supported by bakers chocolate. The flowery hops mix in too, creating a dry aftertate. Overall, it's well balanced in taste, but not quite as rich as I would have liked.
Mouthfeel: Consistenly bitter, it has a great consistency and coats the palate nicely.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink and good in all respects. No part of this brew is overbearing, adding to the easy quaffability.
04-15-2006 14:08:45 | More by dbalsock
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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