Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.2/5 rDev +1%
A brew truly worthy of the bard. What a piece of work is this beer! How noble in color! How infinite in opacity! In smell and taste how regal in depth of roastedness. What is this quintessence of water, malt and hops? the paragon of beers! the beauty of the world!
Alright, enough of the blatant Shakespeare ripoff. As I poured this brew I thought it had to be the darkest brew I've ever seen. It looks like motor oil, completely opaque. Lots of roasted barley and a touch of molasses on the nose with some citrusy hops coming through as well. The taste is extremely well balanced. Roasted barley, chocolate, a bit of citrus, a tiny amount of caramel sweetness and just hint of smoke. Outstanding! I wish the mouthfeel was a wee bit thicker on this one. It is more reminiscent of a Porter in that respect. But the good far outweighs my nitpicking. Way to go Rogue!!
02-08-2003 22:57:56 | More by johnrobe
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
650ml brown bomber, labelled "Wild Irish Stout" instead of "Shakespeare Stout". This is apparently a quirk of the distribution of this beer in British Columbia.
I poured pure evil into my glass. Utterly black, it had a anti-halo that actually sucked the light out of the room surrounding it. It was capped off by a thick, ominous brown head that held out for quite a while before succumbing to the black hole beer beneath.
The smell was rich, roasty, and burned. There was some rich malt, some chocolatey coffee, and the slightest bit of hops in there as well. There was so much here I had a hard time separating the aromas. Wow.
The flavours were incredible! Nutty, malty, roasted grains... Lots of smoky, peaty, burned bittersweetness. It was rounded out with firm hoppy bitterness that complemented the burned bitterness very well. Maybe a touch of lemony hops? There was something citrusy or piney in there anyhow. Again, there were so many flavours here that I had a hard time pulling them all out. I may just have to drink two or seventeen more of these to figure it out.
The body was rich and creamy without being heavy. The oaty slickness helped the bitter and burned go down smoothly. Just the right touch of light carbonation kept things lively.
This stout is such an evil pleasure, the burned and bitter flavours are so intense, and they've somehow made this wonderfully drinkable. I haven't figured out how they did this yet. This is my first Rogue beer, and I'm deeply impressed.
05-26-2003 20:29:42 | More by Garin
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Another Rogue beer picked up from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. Ive been looking forward to this one for awhile as a good stout is hard to come by in my town.
I went a little nuts on the pour and ended up flowing over a bit, but all is well. The appearance is deeply black and opaque. Even holding it up to a light source doesnt reveal the usually ruby tinges around the edges. A hardy tan head rolls up a good three fingers high and over the rim of the glass. The head remains resilient and chunky gobs of lacing sheet the glass.
Malts are very prominent on the nose, sweet, yet roasty, burnt, and arrogant. Milk chocolate and light coffee are alluded too as well. Smell is superb.
Taste is dominated by smooth, dusty and charred, sweet malts. Caramelly smooth, with an earthen bitterness around the edges. Chocolate, and creamed coffee are apparent, this brew goes down as smooth as silk. Lightly bitter aftertaste is left and the foam leaves my lip bitter. Excellent. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy, carbonation doesnt get in the way here.
I will be back to visit you again Shakespeare. Ive been waiting for a stout like this!
04-18-2004 03:51:13 | More by FormatKid
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
presentation: bomber with blue and white painted label/graphics. a man with a mug of beer in one hand and the other hand in the air and wearing a feather in his hat dominates the front. "world champion stout" on front. ingredients are listed on the back and there are recommendations of food to pair this beer with. no abv or freshness date displayed.
appearance: pours a super black with no highlights and a dark tan head in a snifter glass. head is magnificent. poured half and half and droped to about an inch the rest of the way down. nice pancake batter look and the sticking and lacing is rediculous.
smell: sweet caramel, light molasses and light chocolate. some lemons after aggitating.
taste: first sip is sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice counterbalancing bitter finish. there again is a hidden pine and lemony citrus as well. roasted barley and burnt malt. one of the most balanced tasting beers i've ever tasted. finishes dry.
mouthfeel: rediculo-smooth. just a tad light in body, but leaves a creamy feel in my mouth after the swallow. great carbonation and acidity. super velvety swallow.
drinkability: this beer was gone in no time! little to no noticible alcohol. every sip begs for more. if you're a hop head stout lover like i am, then you'll blow through this brew.
overall: i've had this beer a few times now and it gets better every time i drink it. very close to perfection. my current favorite american stout with only a few doubles and russian imperials being able to compare.
edit (10.24.05): did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod.
08-12-2005 03:03:14 | More by Px2GrafX
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours a deep black, which looks ruby colored in the right light. It creates a very nice creamy mocha colored head with nice retention and a good, even lacing with fine bubbles. Smells of rich chocolate and coffee with a very faint hop aroma. This beer has a sweet malt upfront and gives way to some roasty, bread-like flavors, followed by and almost overpowering coffee bitterness that attacks the taste buds on the side of your tongue and don't let go. This is a nice stout, however the coffee bitterness is a bit of a put off for me. I enjoy most stouts, especially ones that have deep coffee aromas, it is just the bitterness that has proved unsuccessful at converting me to a coffee drinker. The stout is almost too on point with coffee flavors, something that ultimately gave it a flaw for me. Good but too much in my opinion. I have a feeling also that this might be an all around better beer from a nitro tap.
One really positive note, the head retention amazed me down to the last drop. One little swirl and the beer was blanketed with a nice layer of khaki colored foam. If lacking in taste, this beer has some great visual appeal.
12-13-2009 23:42:42 | More by Lldeegan
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a totally black color, with a nice malted-milk colored head. Smells of a chuck of chocolate. Taste is your typical stout, not too heavy, not too light, with a nice chocolate flavor and some bitterness.
This is quite a good brew, not too big (like an imperial stout), but not a lightweight either. Definitely a once-in-a-while beer though.
10-03-2004 05:47:05 | More by skybluewater
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
From a 22 oz. bomber.
A - pitch black, completely opaque. Head is lightly tan, reflecting the roasted barley content and probably black patent. Good head retention and lacing.
S - not getting a ton of aroma off this beer. Hints of roast barley, toast. Almost a smell of grilled meat. Also some earthy hop aroma. Very light, though.
T - chocolatey, roast malt flavor. Assertive hop biterness balances out the malt here. Very nice toasty, coffee flavors. Tangy hop aftertaste - earthy, piney. Strong roast note, almost like I'm eating charred vegetables or meat. No alcohol taste or aroma.
M - very smooth. Bottle mentioned that oats are used in this beer, could be reason for the silky smoothness. Carbonation average. Body is medium to medium heavy.
D - very tasty stout, but I'm not blown away, and I usually am by Rogue products. Nice, well balanced, rich stout. But for the body of this beer, it would make a nice session drink.
04-01-2006 23:38:24 | More by gbarron
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Had this one on tap at the Verdugo Bar.
Poured an almost opaque black color. You can barely see some brown tinges at the edge. Nice tan one inch thick head that left really nice lacing on the glass.
Nutty aroma, like roasted almonds.
Good bittersweet flavor of roasted chocolate malts. Almost no hop bitterness detected, most of the puckering bitterness was from the burnt flavors of the malts.
Thick bodied mouthfeel with a good bittersweet aftertaste that clung to the palate for a bit.
Good drinkability. Not too rich or high abv lets this one be a good choice all night long. While not exceptional, this is definitely one of the better beers I've had from Rogue.
02-23-2009 17:05:02 | More by davexisxrabid
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a dense, thick black into a pint glass. You can almost hear the BLACKNESS!! It's amazing! Rich creamy head that, after a while, dissipates into a nice lacing. Very strong roast smell, coffee and chocolate. Malty and delicious. Coffee on the tongue, hop bitterness just about right, very malty sweet.
Very drinkable, you just want more and more of that hoppy oatmeal/cofee!
Wow, what an amazing Stout! Rich, complex and delicious.
07-31-2010 18:56:36 | More by leokbelo
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
It's been almost forever since I sat down to review a beer. I've enjoyed several, but have gotten back to the process, which I've missed.
Appearance - What do you know, it looks like a stout, and a good one at that. I've poured it into a pint glass, where I'm seeing a lovely chocolate color and a 3 cm head. Can't wait to give it a whiff.
Smell - How about that, it smells like a stout. There's a very nice chocolate aroma, with coffee and perhaps lemon or orange in the nose as well. Can't wait to give it a taste.
Taste - Miracle of miracles, it tastes like a stout. Coffee right up front, followed by oatmeal, then some pine, and a grapefruit-like taste. It's quite an enjoyable combination.
Mouthfeel - Good, not outstanding. It feels like a stout, not as much body as, say, an Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and there's a piny finish. Better if it were coffee.
Overall - Very good, not outstanding, offering by Rogue. I couldn't wait to cook my wet aged steak to have this beer, but it would have gone perfectly.
07-11-2011 22:01:04 | More by bogus564
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Poured very dark brown, basically black, with a respectable thick foamy head.
S: Coffee jumps right out. Grain, sweetness too but cant place it - maybe dark chocolate, bit of herbalness and grassiness.
T: Big coffee, tons of barley, burnt and roasted malt swing in behind. Dark chocolate and a pop of grassiness in the end. Frothy soy milk throughout. Extremely creamy.
M: Big, thick, creamy and chewy.
O: This beer was good in all respects but lacked something special to make it the sum of its parts. I would recommend but think there are others I would reach for. Probably just personal preference. I think it was the burnt overtones that drug me down.
05-09-2011 23:42:53 | More by legalpete19340
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
I always love picking up a new brew and then finding out it is a top-rated beer. Anyway, this poured jet black, no edges at all, just pure stout. Even a very easy pour brought up a huge pancake head, tan in color, with maximum retention and sticky lacing. Aromas include earthy hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. The taste is very unique and complex, almost imperial-ish. Starts off with an earthy, bitter hoppiness with a dry, roasty malt flavor balancing it out immediately. Sharp coffee, chocolate, and even a licorice like flavor were all present. Despite having a huge head the carbonation is relatively low, making for a silky smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. One of my favorite styles to drink, this beer deserves its top postition and is a rare, complete, unique brew with character and distinction.
10-10-2003 00:02:21 | More by nixhecks
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured an opaque black from a 22oz bomber with a foamy, mocha-brown full two finger head that slowly gave way to moderate sticky beige lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate,caramel, coffee, and a pleasurable roasted malt sweetness present as well. Taste is slightly sweet, mainly chocolate and dark roasted coffee, nice undertones of malt and caramel balance the bitterness. This stout is lighter bodied with lighter levels of carbonation well matched to the style. Goes down nice and smooth, finishes with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Overall a well done beer, smooth and refreshing, would purchase again.
02-06-2006 00:03:50 | More by danielocean03
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
Shakespeare stout pours thick and dark with abundant tan head. Mega-lacing won't go away. Smell is moderate to mild; mostly roasted barley, a little dark-chocolate bitterness, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is marked by strongly roasted barley (perhaps too roasted) and a pretty notable bite of hops. Shakespeare runs a little dry and a little chewy, and is quite filling.
There is a lot to admire about this brew, but I think as a matter of personal preference I like my stouts a little smoother and sweeter. I detect perhaps some "over-roasting" has taken place in the barley, nearly a "burnt" taste. A little too much cascade hops for the style might have pushed this out of my taste preference. I really like some Rouge beers, but something feels a little wrong about this one.
04-22-2009 01:30:05 | More by KBomb
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
I haven't had too many Rogue offerings and thought I would give this one a go.
Poured a nice dark jet black with a good brown head with some decent retention and some minor lacing.
The aroma threw me off a bit. I had a pretty strong floral scent, with some roasted malts and dark scents i.e. espresso and chocolate.
Taste was the absolute pinnacle of sessionable stouts. Good flavors of coffee and chocolate with a intermingling of light citrus hops gives this beer a broad flavor profile that is quite good.
Mouthfeel was medium, but certainly getting close to being thick and viscous.
Highly drinkable, had a very smooth finish.
04-19-2009 04:26:22 | More by Foxtrot
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
A: Thick pitch black, frothy beige head.
S: Hops and caramel, roasted barley, soy sauce, chocolate malts at the end.
T: Bitter chocolate, dry roasted barley, hops, and coffee. Sweet, but slightly sour at the end.
M: Thick and creamy, slightly burned finish.
D: Great smell, pretty good flavor. Delightfully creamy and silky. I'd recommend this if you like stouts.
01-19-2011 03:22:01 | More by Meerkey
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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