Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer pours a deep silky black body with a brown creamy head. There carbonation at the rim of the glass is rigorous enough to keep the head going.
S- The smell of dark slightly sweet black malt and some hints of dark chocolate has a faint earthiness to it.
T- The nice flavor or roasted dark malts is smooth and has a slight sour note to it from the oatmeal. The finish has a slight tangy flavor with a soft hint of hop bitterness. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as it warms.
M-This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz flavor mixed with some silky texture. There is a very faint alcohol warmth in the finish as it warms.
D- This is a very good stout, which focuses on the malts and the hops are just for support. Very smooth and nice to drink but it still has good complexity and character.
12-20-2005 03:04:17 | More by rhoadsrage
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a truly impenetrable black brew.
Smell is mildly fruity, not that great.
Taste is sweet with chocolate and coffee flavors. Cola and sweetness show up too.
Mouthfeel is very good, has a Coke a Cola like carbonation bite.
It is drinkable but NOT as good as Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.
03-20-2004 03:58:56 | More by Zorro
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bottle from Pacific Ranch Market, on to the beer:
This stout pours out thick, leaving an opaque color in the glass and an outstanding head that holds well. The aroma is full of roasted cocoa flavor. Up front on the palate, roasted barley is tasted first, then a wave of mild hops scramble on before a long lingering roasted aftertaste. Chocolate flavors emerge as the beer warms, sweetening things up a bit. Leftovers of chalk sits around in the aftertaste too. A good mix of flavors makes this beer a winner and a role model for how other craft brewers can make thier stouts.
05-11-2008 23:33:40 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.25/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
11-07-2009 01:42:58 | More by mothman
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Pours a nice dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice dark tan creamy head, lots of lacing throughout the drink.
S - Scents of sweet malts, and toffee/caramel.
T - The taste is sweet malty with a nice touch of toffee.
M - Medium body.
D - Very drinkable. This is a very tasty stout from Rogue, would highly recommend.
08-11-2006 00:08:49 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-02-2013 04:08:45 | More by superspak
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-10-2011 02:39:35 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-26-2010 01:41:56 | More by Huhzubendah
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
A 650ml bottle poured into pint glass.
Black body with a nice 'root-beer float', tan head that lingered for a long while.
smell of coffee, roasted chocolate, some florals and hops. Taste was of mostly that roasted chocolate, coffee and some toast. Creamy, smooth, with a slight bite on the end. Minimal aftertaste, but just enough to remind you of the flavor.
Drinks well at just below room temp.
05-29-2006 15:22:41 | More by Mebuzzard
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Dark chocolate with a subtle, although plainly visible in some angles, maroon tinted lining. The beer is, of course, opaque and drawing any colour from it is difficult without the help of bright lighting. A giant mound of foam topped by large airy bubbles is tacked onto the beer's surface. Its bounteous accumulation etches the glass in layer after layer of intricately woven lace.
Whether the beer smells good or great is something drinkers will disagree on. If you like plenty of hops in your beer, regardless of style, then you will absolutely, positively love Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. If you want a stout to be more heavy roasted espresso oriented the beer should still find favour with you, so long as you can accept that pungent, zestful American hops are put first.
Make no mistake, there is still plenty of mocha for everyone. The beer offers notes of hazelnut, dark caramel, black coffee and milk-chocolate covered honeycomb toffee along with the notes of spicy, resiny, grapefruit flavoured hops. The combination results in a candied fruit topped toffee cake served with a side cup of fresh-pulled espresso. Yum!
Take a look at Rogue's lineup and you're hard-pressed to find a beer that isn't intensely hopped. This brewer is obviously fond of hoppy beers and that makes two of us. This beer provides me with my chocolaty roast malt stout fix but it also accommodates the hop head in me too. Others may disagree, but I find the zesty bitterness a welcome dimension.
That is said for this particular stout but not all of them. This level of hoppiness could destroy the balance in many stout ecosystems. Rogue, however, seems to have some innate understanding of how to incorporate it. The chocolaty-coffee roast is omnipresent on each sip and imparts plenty of chalky, scorched grain texture and flavour. This has the richness of an Imperial Stout yet the drinkability of an Irish Dry Stout.
This one earns the word "stout" in its namesake, it is in fact the very definition of the word. You should see a picture of this bottle when you look the word up in the dictionary. This set the benchmark. I've had many a great stouts since I first tried Shakespeare Stout but I still consider this one of my favourite of them all. A stout by any other name is not as sweet...
05-12-2009 03:15:30 | More by biegaman
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-29-2008 18:34:01 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-13-2011 02:34:03 | More by smakawhat
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
Big light brown head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear (I think) super dark brown to black colored stout.
Dark roasted malts with coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal coming through nicely, also more subdued smells coming through that get overpowered my the malts.
Big full dark roasted malts taste with dark chocolate, coffee's and the oatmeal combining in a full rich tasting stout.
A smooth and dryish aftertaste with the dark chocolate and coffee tastes hanging around on this full bodied beer.
Very well done, smooth and full of rich roasted tastes, this is when drink beer for the sake of just having a beer is so worthy.
10-09-2012 22:55:58 | More by LXIXME
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
05-11-2008 23:57:27 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-23-2006 04:31:24 | More by Viggo
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
On tap at World of Beer.
A - pitch black with a soft, off white, creamy head
S - roasty, nutty, faint coffee
T - roasted malt, coffee, creamy, a bit of charcoal
M - full bodied, creamy, smooth, low carbonation
This is a nice, easy to drink stout. The nitro tap adds a great mouthfeel and a creamier taste. The roasted malts and traditional stout flavors are on point and balanced. Overall, this was a very enjoyable pint.
09-18-2012 00:56:35 | More by tdm168
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height, reduced down to a small layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing down the sides.
S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, but underneath that there is a sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.
T: This beer has a nice hop presence that caught me a little off guard. The flavor is rounded out with some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee.
M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.
O: A solid Oatmeal stout, but the hops knock it down a little for me, would have preferred a stronger presence from the oatmeal.
03-21-2011 00:42:56 | More by mdaschaf
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-02-2003 19:07:25 | More by Bighuge
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-13-2009 18:51:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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