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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2618
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades out into a collar and mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, coffee, cocoa, creamy vanilla, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas all in a French Roast base that has a delicious but rich flavor.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, rich, mildly bitter, along with moderate carbonation and a semi-dryness.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 00:32:51 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.

The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.

A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-29-2008 18:34:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours a deep black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is roasty, lots of chocolate, floral hops and caramel, pretty intense. Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate, grains, roast, floral, coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and a dry grainy finish. A good dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 04:31:24 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic stout. Chewy, thick, but not thick like a real boozy Imperial Stout. One of Rogue's best offerings. Nothing really jumps out at you in the aroma department, its nice and smooth, with minimal impact on the nose.

Good balance between chocolate, minimal coffee flavor. Great hopped Stout. So often, I find it difficult to justify spending $6 +/- on a 22 oz. of Rogue, but this one is worth it. I don't recall ever getting this one in 12oz, but a 6er of this stuff would be tits.

You get a smooth, robust and chewy drinking experience with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 18:51:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully black in color. (Are any of the Rogue Stouts not black?)Just the way I like a stout. Big creamy, brown head forms a sheet of lace as it recedes to a thin head. Excellent retention. Lacing comes in sheets. Rich, chocolatey, bitter and burnt nose. Excellent. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth. Silky. The body is about medium-full. Big taste upfront to me is bittersweet chocolate. I love a nicely hopped stout and this is just that. Cascades all the way, but very little grapefruit character exists. Must be "masked" or blended with the malts in a way to produce some textured flavors. A little coffee bean slips in here and there. Maybe some cherry (plum?). What a pleasure. Their Imperial Stout is my favorite, but this is excellent in it's own right. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.

Thank you ZAP, budgood1 and Road Warrior for bringing this beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 19:07:25 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cola color with ruby highlights around the edges upon the pour. The head was creamy, soft, 2 fingers in height with a dark mocha color leaving a sparse film lacing.

S: dry citrus, pine and fresh roasted coffee bitterness blending together beautifully.

T: The initial flavor was bitter, roasted coffee grains though, the flavor thins out towards the end of the sip. There was some dried citrus, pine and a acrid roasted bitterness. Finishes with some burnt roasted coffee grinds, burnt chocolate, and a charred smoky woodiness.

M: light, oily, with a sharp, acrid bitterness of roasted grinds lacing the tongue that just seem to linger on and on.

D: Decent drinkability, was bitter but the body seemed a tad thin at times. Takes a few sips before you may warm up to this but goes down easier after that.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:57:27 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue : Shakespeare Stout

22oz bottle. Pours black as night with a mocha head. Aroma of chocolates, coffee and some alcohol. In the taste, more of the aforementioned chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, char, espresso and very little booze or alcohol. The oats have made this beer silky smooth and goes down very nicely and easily. This bottle had some age on it, and was still very nice. Overall, a solid oatmeal stout with good flavors that went well together. Would be a fine dessert beer to pair with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:39:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, basically black, with just a hint of dark brown highlights. This was topped by a dense, dark brown head that showed excellent retention. The aroma was quite malty, with some lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just slightly burnt. Sweetness and fresh floral hops serve as a decent counterpoint. The flavour is really big, but balanced nicely between bitterness and rich malts. Chocolate and lactose-like sweetness counter the definite burnt malts. Bitterness is on the strong side, with plenty of floral and orange/citrus hoppiness. It had a long finish that emphasized bitterness and roasted malts, leaving the palate on the dry side. The texture was velvety smooth, low carbonation composed of fine bubbles, and a full body. This is great stuff... nice balance with plenty of flavour and a great finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 01:18:03 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version served at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a good amount of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors up front are joined shortly by large (at least for a stout) amounts of citrus hop flavors. The flavors complement each other nicely and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall the cask version seemed to have a lot more hops in the aroma and flavor than I remembered from the bottle version. Even without the hops the malt bill is fantastic enough to make this worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

09-15-2009 03:06:13 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sheer black with a thick, robust beige head comprised of various sized bubbles. The head displays great retention and absolutely coats the glass in lacing.

S: Roast, coffee, chocolate.

T: The beer leads off with roast and chocolate flavors, followed by oats and coffee. The beer finishes with a hint of hop bitterness and lasting chocolate covered coffee bean flavors.

M: Medium body, with a smooth and creamy feel, yet with plenty of carbonation to give the beer some zip.

D: A solid oatmeal stout. I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:41:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer pours that deep rich jet black color that so typifies the stout style, the head elephantine in size, the consistency frothy, the color a deep chocolate brown with the resultant lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. The aromas of rich roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar sweet, also a light hop floral scent to seal off the nose. Start is bitter chocolate sweet, malt and the top thick and chewy, with a finish that is hop bitter and purposeful in its bite. The carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Quite a good stout in my books and one I enjoy often when a big beer is called for.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 16:34:21 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee. Taste is very malty and the roastiness shines in the mouthfeel. I really like the aftertaste. Coffee explodes at the back of the tongue as well. Goes down very smooth and leaves a semi-dry taste. A second sip confirms the same. Very nice stout. Roasty, has hints of coffee and goes down well. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:31:49 | More by Brad007
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $6 ... when did Rogues bombers get so damned expensive? Shared with my carpool buddy.. mine in my New Belgium snifter.

Creamy lite brown head.. atop the expected black brew.. dots of lacing.

Aroma is dark malts and fairly abundant citrus hops for the style. Cold coffee comes to mind.

Flavor is dry burnt malts with sweet coffe grounds.. not as much chocolate as expected.. caramel without the sweetness... really pretty dry across the board. Significant citrusy hop flavors are available front to back. Body is smack dab medium... dry finish with drying black malt bitterness.

I don't drink enough stouts. I always expect them to be heavier.. but this is a nice stout that is actually very drinkable... especially on a cool Idaho night. I've had the Shakespeare Stout a bunch of times over the years.... especially lately; I bet I've picked up 4-5 bombers recently with the intent of reviewing.. but drink it anyway. Certainly a good beer for the Stout stable.. although quite a bit more pricey lately.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 08:35:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Giant fist full head created off the pour. Head is tight like a rock with a fistfull cap like head and light brown colored. Falls fairly slowly, sitting on a dark walnut body. Not much else to say not much sticky lacing while drinking.

Good malt and mild cocoa off the nose, kind of has that oatmeal stout feel, that grainy husk thing going for it (similar to Samuel Smith). Feels a little dense. Things are looking up!

Taste at first is a bit bitter and a nice hop actually. Chocolate and malt feeling hits on the end with a nice roast that hints at cigarette tobacco. It's a bit wet though but also has a nice bitterness.

Overall I like my Oatmeal stouts just a tad thicker than this but you know I can't complain about this one right here, it will do no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:34:03 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

This one is a good solid American style dry stout. I've found over the years that I'm not partial to many of the Rogue products, but the fact that they still churn out fine brews like this and some others keeps me drinking their stuff. This beer pours black with a slight tan head and some slight lacing. The smell is of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit and cream. Very nicely balanced and appetizing. The taste is even better. Perfectly balanced roastiness, creaminess, and dry chocolate flavors come together without being sweet. Very nice, and with good depth while maintaining the dry stout profile. The mouthfeel as well is creamy but dry, making this quite drinkable. This stout shows that you can make an intensely flavored, balanced stout without heaping on the alcohol. A classic of the style, I can't believe I've waited so long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 20:27:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, an American stout... haven't had a small stout in awhile, but here we go.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours about a finger and a half of a dull mocha brown, very murky colored. Decent retention with some thick lace patterns. I haven't seen a head with this color is awhile. Color is a dark dark brown, call it black.

Aroma: Big roasted malt profile, with a nice touch of grassy hops present. A lot of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and oats.

Taste: Very sweet and syrupy. The hops are there with all the roasted malts and things are matching up very well here. I get the oats, caramel, and chocolate again. This is really hard to drink.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation here, full bodied. Not even that smooth or silky for a stout. This beer just isn't clicking.

Overall, I have a feeling I won't be able to finish this, and if I do it will take me several hours. This beer doesn't flow at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle, in which I will reevaluate next time I drink it, but this beer isn't very good at all. I can't recommend this even in the slightest way.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:42:58 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, oats, toast, caramel, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:08:45 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a three finger tall creamy dark mocha head that slowly condenses and reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts and bittersweet chocolate. Just the tiniest hint of coffee.

T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has a strong dark roasted malt body that just borders on being roasted to the point of being burnt. There are moderate notes of bittersweet chocolate, light notes of coffee, and just a hint of citrus hop. There is a moderate to strong bitterness in this beer but it does not linger very long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: I find the flavors and aromas of this beer though the bitterness does make it a little tough to drink. Very enjoyable and one I would have again but this is not a sessionable beer - between the bitterness and the dryness.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 19:50:20 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of the chocolate stout, so I thought I'd finally give this one a try.

A: Dark black with a tan head. Doesn't produce a lot of head, but there's a little retention & lace.

S: Roasted malt aroma is very mocha-like. Slight hint of piney hop aroma (I'm surprised it's from the cascades).

T: Certainly not as sweet as the chocolate stout (a little drier); more roasted flavour. It has a very pleasant roasted flavour... not at all burnt or harsh, very smooth. Perfectly balanced (not too sweet or dry) witha perfect roastyness. Dark bread, a little mocha, and a pleasant hop bitterness as well. Slight piney flavour... maybe a slight hint of orange-citrus from the cascade hops (doesn't seem like there were many late additions to the boil though).

M: Thick, chewy body, only slightly chalky. Carbonation is moderate. It's big & I like it!

D: Very drinkable... but it's a meal.

That's my 500th review. Looking forward to the next 500! :D

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 23:01:20 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A very dark pour with a large dense dark head that formed on top and stayed there for some time. the foam slowly fell to an island leaving a fair amount of lace along the way

S very bitter bakers chocolate with some mild coffee, raisins, and some licorice

T the bitter chocolate has a sweeter aspect in the mouth compared to the nose, I also pick up on some mild smoke I couldn't smell

M full bodied with a creamy feel due to the carbonation

D another good session beer from Rouge, not lacking in any areas and well worth trying with out doubt

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:40:20 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Shakespeare Stout is a pitch black with garnet edges when held to light, with a huge, thick rocky tan head that is slow to recede and leaves big hunks of foam. Pretty much as good as it gets stout wise, although without being to anal, some of the bubbles are to big for my taste.

Aroma is dusty coco with a bit of citrus hops, but overall pretty soft. The roast comes out more as it warms, but overall it's still not too impressive.

Taste is very robust and quite roasty, boarding on burnt, but cut by the citrus hops and a bit of chocolate, before the acrid, bitter, lingering finish. It rounds out a bit as it warms, but is still rather astringent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but a little oily. However, the body is much lighter then it looks.

Drinkability is average. I have to say I don't see what all the fan fare is about, it's just too acrid for my taste...I could use more coffee and less coffee grinds. That being said, the body is pretty light and the ABV modest enough that it went down easy enough, particularly as it warmed. Still, I'll take Rogue's Chocolate Stout over this every time.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 05:29:58 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

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

bomber bought at peace street market in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, tan/brown foamy head that dissapears quickly and laces the rim

smell: toasted malts, moderate coffee aroma, slight chocolate, licorice is faint

taste: nice toasted malt taste...This is a delicious American Stout, perhaps the best I have ever had. Creamy chocolate, coffee roasts, slightly bitter finish, extraordinarily balanced

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light carbonation...impressive

drinkability: better than average

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 03:39:55 | More by dirtylou
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Tone

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of herbs. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a great appearance that set the table for the rest of the beer, which is followed by a good blend, body, and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 19:30:27 | More by Tone
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. It was more bitter than I expected, but after the initial surprise I just sat back and enjoyed it. Strong chocolate aroma. Almost black color with a thin but beautifully dark brown head. This is definitely on my "buy again" list.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 07:38:12 | More by Dogbrick
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured pitch black with a three finger light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour malt, and slight chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, oatmeal, and milk chocolate. It a medium feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty excellent brew. A very easy drinker that has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it. A very good balanced flavor and aroma going here. This one could be more complex to help it be great, but it is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:00:40 | More by thagr81us
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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