Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Appearance: Pours out pitch black with a modest coffee-colored head that... Hm. Well, the head snuck away while I was watching "Sixth Sense". There wasn't any lacing.
Smell: Aroma is mainly chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke.
Taste: Extreme roasted malt flavors (burnt) that follow with black licorice and chocolate. The bitterness tends to lean towards being astringent, squashing the other flavors. Oh, and this one definitely finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a sharp cabonation, and just a touch watery.
Drinkability: Not my favorite of the Rogue Gallery.
One thing's for sure, this beer is sure making my employer angry! I've been drinking it all day! I'm addicted!!!
03-19-2006 03:55:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
This beer is probably one of Rogue's best beers. I was happy to have finally gotten some one day at a local Wegman's when I was there. The beer poured out as a deep black color with what appeared to be a pretty thick body! Surprising for Rogue to have something like this from what I've had from them in the past. The smell of this beer is big, roasted, malty, and chocolaty. The taste follows the same path, it's got a lot of roasted malts and chocolate in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer is indeed pretty thick, I'm very happy that this beer actually has some good body to it. Overall I think this was really nice.
09-12-2011 21:30:13 | More by Knapp85
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.
08-05-2003 00:34:24 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Poured out a bold black hue with a huge (three finger) brown head. It left nice lacing as I drank it.
S - The first smell I noticed was the chocolate. I also detected a little caramel and the hops were present, too.
T - It has a distinct chocolately/coffee taste. Some of the hop flavors came through as well. Slight bitterness, too.
M - Soft and creamy. It is a heavy drinking beer.
D - Wow, it is very good. But because it is such a heavy beer I can't imagine having more than one in a sitting especially with a meal.
07-20-2006 15:24:51 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, frothy coffee-colored head. Retention is quite solid and lasts throughout the whole pint.
Smell - Roasty and nutty with a touch of smoke and baker's chocolate, all complemented by subtle citrus hops. Very little sweetness.
Taste & mouthfeel - Rich and roasty, hints of burnt toast and cocoa. Semi-dry; the malt provides just a touch of balancing sweetness. Remarkably smooth and full-bodied. A hop bite appears briefly in the finish, leading to a long aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and espresso.
Notes - One of the best stouts ever. A microbrew classic.
02-14-2008 23:40:25 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
22oz bottle - 9 bucks at a pub when this bottle goes for around 8 at the store? Can't pass that up, now, can I?
This beer pours a solid, light-sucking black, with the barest of red cola edges when stabbed at the overhead light, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and quite creamy mocha head, which leaves some decent patchy snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly slip away.
It smells of somewhat musty dry milk chocolate, gritty and grainy caramel malt, metallic vanilla, dry-roast coffee beans, muddled dark fruit esters, and masked earthy hops. The taste is well roasted chocolate malt, oaten breakfast cereal, day-old coffee, a wee bit of oily nuttiness, and some bitter earthy and pine hops.
The carbonation is moderate, if a tad fizzy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, quite smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the bittersweet chocolate becoming even more pronounced.
A pleasantly solid example of the style, offering the expected silken bearing, as well as the well-rounded flavour, if not the weight or ABV, of a much bigger beer. I'm sure the ol' bard would have appreciated this one.
11-29-2009 02:20:30 | More by biboergosum
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a very dark brown - almost black - body capped by a full, foamy, dark brown head that drops but keeps a solid collar and decent surface covering. Lacing is minor with just some thin lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly sweet and cocoa-ish with some sharp fruit (citrusy hops combined?) but only minimal roastiness. The body is thin/medium with a tiny bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor grabs your attention with a sharp acrid bite upfront, then reveals a dark fruitiness, roasted malt, and then light cocoa. Although it's substantial bitterness is noticeable from the start, it finishes dry with a flourish of even more prominent bitterness, some hop flavor, and a lingering roastiness. It starts big and finishes big! Quite bold. An interesting beer to linger over as it reveals itself more fully once warmed.
10-24-2002 18:50:24 | More by NeroFiddled
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.
12-30-2007 06:18:21 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.
09-28-2008 03:42:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - One and a half fingers of tan-brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam settles slowly an leaves nice lace.
S - Toffee and chocolate notes with some citrus hops, notes of orange and chicory. There is also a big, roasty espresso note that dominates the other flavors in the aroma.
T - Some chocolate and caramel malt up front, which are quickly replaced by a black coffee note of bitter, roasted malt. Some hop flavor comes out in the middle, it is mostly a resinous pine flavor that contradicts the more fruity hop notes in the aroma. Finishes with strong hop and malt bitterness, balance by moderate caramel and some bitter chocolate. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the finish with with a hint of tobacco.
M - Medium-thick, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.
D - Quite drinkable, this is a bit of a departure from many other American stouts. The roast character is aggressive, but complex and it benefits form the additions of the unusually assertive hops. Along with Sierra Nevada Stout, this seems the be the classic example of a sub genre of American stouts that display an aggressive hop character that one doesn't seem to see very much anymore. The idea of a big, palate crushing stout that doesn't reach into Imperial alcohol levels seems to have been lost on many breweries in the last few years; Shakespeare shows us the potential of such a brew.
05-01-2008 05:12:34 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Presentation: 22oz bomber with no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Deep black with a frothy creamy tan lace.
Smell: Hints of burnt caramel, roasted barley and citric hop make for a very appealing aroma.
Taste: Very very smooth with a creamy malty mouthfeel and some malt crispness. A rich balanced blend of roasted barley, malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the finish is a chocolaty and coffee after taste with a touch of citric hop and residual sweetness.
Notes: This is a cult classic American stout, drink and learn. Balanced to perfection and a sheer delite to drink.
11-19-2001 23:00:38 | More by Jason
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.
02-19-2003 11:26:36 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured midnight black with a massive cocca-colred head. Head settled in at 1/3" and had average retention and lacing
Smell: Some Malt and alcohol
Taste: Big toasty malt upfront followed by coffee, licorice and rich choclate notes with dryness on the finish. Didn't quite find it's place on my taste buds, almost
MF: Very smooth and morish
Pretty drinkable but doesn't quite come all the way together for me. A good stout never the less
01-09-2006 04:30:41 | More by russpowell
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours black with a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Very good retention here, leaving heavy thick rings of lacing behind. The aroma has a good bit of smoky dark roast and coffee present, along with some hefty dark chocolate notes. Extra tones of caramel and citrus give this some sticky tang.
The taste is deep with roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Some tamer accents of toffee and green citrus add some sweetness to this but an aggressive hop bit toward the rear helps spread dryness and smoky malts all along the back and finish of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it, which is undercut by an undercurrent of thicker chewiness from all of that malt sweetness. This is overall pretty silky in the mouth and feels spot on for the size.
I've had this several times in the bottle but never on tap, yet my opinion of it stays the same. This is just a very well crafted American Stout with lots of full flavors and a smooth, easy drinking body. Bottle or draft, this is probably my favorite beer from Rogue and one that I would never turn down.
02-09-2010 15:48:51 | More by Kegatron
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
No idea how old this bottle is, but I've had it for at least a year. Served in a Surly pint glass.
A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a blotchy haze and thick ring. Not much in the way of lacing, with just a few fingers. Dark brown body with some hints of red to it at the fringes.
S - Cocoa beans, a touch of soy, roasted barley, bitter espresso, and a touch of meaty smokiness in there as well.
T - Taste has a little more caramel with the cocoa and smokiness, and thankfully the soy element has dropped out completely. Still, it tastes a little bit dull - perhaps this bottle is too old. Damn Rogue for not dating anything. There's a bit of an acrid burnt coffee finish as well.
M - Fairly high carbonation going on here. Body is definitively medium and significantly chewy and viscous. The finish is really dry, which is somewhat atypical. This is one of the nicest elements of this brew.
D - Drinkable, but not particularly interesting or exciting. The alcohol is well hidden, and other than the slight over-carbonation it has a nice texture.
Skimmed through some other reviews - apparently this is quite hoppy when it is fresh, but goes downhill fairly quick. However, since there's no bottle dating it's hard to know what one is going to get. I'll re-review if I see it on-tap.
03-04-2010 07:21:08 | More by MasterSki
5/5 rDev +20.2%
A classic if there ever was one.
The color is an inky cloak of solemn black.
Head is a thick, crusty, toasted brown. Aroma: supreme example of roast, rich and invigorating, potent and powerful, dry and dreamy, a snootful could rise old Yorick from his grave. Further gleanings give more flavors, of anise, espresso, pepper, chocolate. I could smell this all day and think of nothing better to do!
On first taste, I am transported! Beautiful bitterness, lush malt, titanic texture! Thoroughly magical hop play on the palate, to make old Prospero proud, malt as dark and knotted as King Richard's heart. Every single time I have the pleasure to sip this fine ale, any wintry discontent is made glorious summer anon! I happily suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange!
I feel like the world's mine oyster...mmmm. oy-sters!
From Shakespeare to Simpson, that's how even the best of beers will tranform us all!
Plainly put, the bard of beers does somehow have that bewitching power o'er me, and I am mezmerized good, as I like it. And when the hurlyburly's done, I am left clamoring for more!
I couldn't change a thing about this perfect potion. Some stouts may be more bold or brash in alcohol or flavor, but none is more perfectly integrated in all it's parts and easily drunk and thoroughly enjoyed. Truly, the stuff dreams are made of!
04-06-2003 17:25:32 | More by feloniousmonk
3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
This is now called Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout for some reason. Cool with me. Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that breaks quickly. Leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is low. The beer is nearly red at the corners of the glass.
Aroma is a mild roast with some side sweetness. Smells fine, could be bigger or have something going on there.
Beer is medium bodied, I was expecting a little more body out of this honestly, I mean its called "Oatmeal" now. Lets do it. Beer is very bitter from the roasted grains, leaves a lingering taste and a graininess in my mouth. It grows in harshness the more I drink. Not my favorite oatmeal stout.
07-13-2010 21:26:34 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
one of my favorite stouts. pours dark dark browm almost black cascading from the nitro tap with a memorable creamy head. smells rich and dark malty, with notes of unsweetened cocoa and coffee. taste is a little bit bitter at the end, but not a hop bitterness as i know it to be, more like bittersweet chocolate. the mouthfeel is so creamy and smooth, full bodied and as drinkable as any stout in the game. a wonderful noontime drink after a hard night of drinking. rejuvenating and delightful
12-23-2011 23:36:39 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!
06-02-2003 08:41:03 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -3.8%
First had: on nitro at Rogue, Portland, OR
Poured black with a starkly opposing creamy tan head. Gotta love nitro. Aroma was as expected: dark roasted malts, toasted grains, notes of coffee and cocoa, with promises of earthy hops. Taste followed the aroma: dark malts and grainy oatmeal, roast and toast, cocoa, some coffee bitterness, and a hint of earthy hops. Smooth, though not as full-bodied as expected from a oatmeal stout on nitro...about medium-bodied I suppose, but still smooth and easily downable.
01-10-2012 21:06:56 | More by Rifugium
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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