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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,742
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | 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 dnh2


4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 17:08:59 | More by dnh2
Photo of MumboJumbo


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-31-2012 15:00:50 | More by MumboJumbo
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitchblack with plenty of carbonation and a coffee colored off white head.

Smells of thick dark chocolates and coffee.

Tastes the same as it smells and its very smooth. It has a bit of roasted malt tanginess as well. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium bodied side. Its also very nice and creamy.

I throughly enjoyed this one. Glad its always available at my local stop!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:49:37 | More by jhammel01
Photo of BearsDitkaBears


4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 00:28:14 | More by BearsDitkaBears
Photo of ODYSEYY


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-24-2013 13:13:59 | More by ODYSEYY
Photo of TripelJ


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber.

This stout pours a viscous blackness into my chalice with no hope for light through the glass. There is a mocha brown head of fine bubbles and the lacing is good as the head recedes. Initial aromas are of roasted malts and maybe some barley. There is an exceptional creaminess to the mouthfeel which complements the full body perfectly. The tastes reflect the nose with roasted malts and some bakers chocolate. The finish is smooth and dry with a light hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palate between each sip. This is an exceptional stout from a world class brewery.

Notes: I usually prefer stouts at warmer temperatures. This is one that I truly enjoy equally both at refridgerated and cellar temperatures. I always drink one glass chilled and the other after it has warmed up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 02:10:55 | More by TripelJ
Photo of bigbubba


4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark oily beer with a creamy dark tan head. The smell is of dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very good, very dry and a bit bitter, not as sweet as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good body. The carbonation is light. It is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 00:00:43 | More by bigbubba
Photo of stanale


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-01-2012 21:47:23 | More by stanale
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval Chalice, color is Black. Brown head with nice tight bubbles faded to some islands with lacing around the edges.

Smell is chocolate, figs, coffee, banana, and slightly floral.

Mmm, tasty. Burnt coffee flavor and a nice bitter finish

Fine carbonation, nice tingle effect on the palette, very enjoyable drinker. Good Sunday evening nightcapper.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 04:06:30 | More by ReebShorts
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4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, dark roasted brown, almost black. A bit thin in texture, but still just obsidian black in a mug. No light stands a chance in this bad boy. The dark tan head forms almost two fingers' thick, and fades to a thick, thick ring. Leaves fantastic lacing all the way down.

Smell is thick, mossy, rich. Smells of damp earth, fresh rain, and a bit of roast. Wonderfully full.

The first sip of this is all roasted malts. Just a bittersweet smokey wash all the way down. As the beer warms, the hops managed to raise their heads above the surface, and add a slightly bitter aftertaste, not unlike espresso. Tastes of peat moss, and dark, dark malts. Very earthy and hardy.

Mouthfeel is just huge for a beer this low in ABV (6%). You almost feel you could carve chunks out of this beer and serve it on plates. Just amazing considering how easily it poured. Smooth, silky and soothing on the tip of the tongue, smokey and astringent at the middle, and sweet and syrupy down your throat. This is one fantastic stout.

On a cold day, this beer is fantastically drinkable. This could replace the milk in my fridge, easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 07:16:21 | More by waldowin
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (around 50 degrees F) into a pint glass with two fingers of tan, leathery head. The beer itself is not quite black, but rather an exceedingly dark brown, with the faintest hint of red. The head retention is fairly good. Decent lacing. Certainly a very pretty beer.

Smells of malty sweetness and beery goodness. Maybe some raisins.

Taste is mellow malty sweetness, the faintest hint of molasses, some dry chocolate (but not as much as I had been led to believe), and maybe some raisins. Maybe. There is a very nice mid-palate dryness that lends itself well to this beer, balancing out the initial sweetness. Nice crisp, cascade-y finish. Yet for all this, the beer doesn't have either as much complexity, or as much oomph as I would have liked.

The mouthfeel is slick and creamy. This beer is well-carbonated, and swishing it around in my mouth is a tactile delight as more bubbles come into play.

I could put a few of these back. In fact, it is quite sessionable for a stout. The only thing hindering sessionablility is that it seems to be missing something in terms of taste, if only ever so slightly.

While not the best stout out there, this is still a solid, well-rounded, well-crafted beer, and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:48:47 | More by Boppar
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber with a fellow advocate. I got the second pour and the sediment in my mug.

A= Dark brown head that disappeared half way through, atop perfect darkness.

S= Tart dark chocolate covered cherries.

T= A little watery for a stout, but plenty of bitter smokey chocolate in the aftertaste. Bitterness is also a little citrusy.

M= Medium-heavy body and minimal carbonation.

D= Very drinkable with its low ABV (compared to some of its compadres). I could see this as a good session stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:27:51 | More by nycwinter
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured a 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass which produced a massively frothy 4 finger fluffy toffee head. The head relented after a few minutes leaving moderate lacing throughout.

A nose of chocolate and sweet malts.

Great oaty, roasted coffee, cocoa flavors, giving way to french roast coffee taking hold on the finish. Balanced out with a nice hop bit. It says 69 IBU but the balance and other roasted flavors give the impression of less IBUs.

A thick rich feel in the mouth, hints of mineral present. Moderate carbonation releases the flavors in the mouth. Any less carbonation would be a detriment.

6% ABV is nice and drinkable, especially when in the bomber size.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:18:59 | More by BelgiumBill
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-17-2012 17:41:33 | More by CellarGimp
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-04-2014 17:54:39 | More by GarrettFM
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a deep black with a frothing dark tan head. Mild sweet aroma, bitterness with malt and hop prescence. Taste is where this bad boy really shines. A huge, bold mouthful gives way to exquisite bitter chocolate and espresso flavors, with a superb balance of hops. A long lasting bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste that makes me want more and more. An extremely well balanced Stout with excellent drinkability. Willy the Shake would be proud.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 19:46:20 | More by Stingray5
Photo of n00tz


3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep Dark body, thick frothy mocha/tan head, undetectable carbonation.

S - Molasses, cocoa, slight hops and some roasted notes.

T - Smoke, minor hops, and a strong toasted grain.

M - Thicker than the chocolate stout, and leaves the smoke behind.

D - Unfortunately this followed the chocolate stout. Though good, I'd certainly prefer the predecessor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:22:05 | More by n00tz
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-04-2012 17:01:28 | More by jjauga
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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is pitch black, and pours with a large milk chocolate colored head. Decent lacing on the glass. The smell is fantastic. It's nice and strong as well with dark chocolate and coffee. It has a smokey aroma too with a small amount of floral hops. The taste has more coffeeness to it than the smell, but it is not overbearing. The bitterness comes through a second after each sip, but its only strong enough to notice it. Quite a drinkable beer at it's low alcohol content, and I'm a bit sad that I didn't pick up another bomber. One of my favorite beers, and probably the best stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:44:02 | More by Jablonski
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-04-2012 06:12:03 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-18-2013 06:00:08 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-03-2014 22:01:45 | More by Jordan444
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full bodied stout that starts out with intense roasted malt and barley and finishes with subtle hop bitterness. One of the better stouts I've quaffed.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 18:02:53 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of MrNuggets


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The large, bubbly, dark tan head fades quickly exposing a black body surrounded by a faint ring of deep brown. A smooth choco aroma waters the mouth. Bitter chocolate and hops dance gracefully across my tongue. Chunky mouthfeel leads into a rough, yet enjoyable, coffee filled finish. Heavy, but quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 02:53:35 | More by MrNuggets
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please pardon the brevity of this review, I am attempting to catch up (between work assignments) from weeks of tasting based on notes...

Overall: "To my tastebuds, more a porter than a stout."

Brew had no head, merely a fringe of brown bubbles over an opaque black body.

Smell is gentle and bittersweet, much like baker's chocolate.

Starts smooth and spicy with some roasted oat flavor; Settles heavy & full-bodied as a good stout should, but thin on flavor complexity... simply a straightforward coffee/caramel mix; Finish is a heavy dark chocolate taste with a bitter hop edge over a rich, smooth, malty foundation.

Strong, bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 23:42:53 | More by theozag
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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