Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
22-ounce bottle into a shaker pint.
Pours an inky ebony with nary a highlight in sight. The big, two-inch head of cocoa powder-colored toothpaste froth pops away slowly, becoming a craggy mountain range that that leaves speckles of lace.
The nose: coffee, toast, tangy dark chocolate, some vanilla and oats, and of course, the earthy, almost stale Pacman yeast. I don’t understand why Rogue loves these bugs so much. Despite that, it’s a smooth, deep aroma.
The flavor is a bit more subdued, tasting of light roast coffee, dark chocolate, earthy yeast notes, oats and a subtle tang. Acrid burnt bitterness slides smoothly in after the swallow.
Way, way too thin for an oatmeal stout. The body is light and watery, while the moderate massaging carbonation makes the beer break out in soft fizziness.
A masterpiece Shakespeare ain’t; the flavor's decent but the body's lacking.
06-22-2011 23:19:46 | More by Phelps
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
As for the beer's merits, I have nothing to add to the reviews of (e.g.) the Brothers Alstrom. For me, this beer had three drawbacks:
1) I know Oatmeal Stouts can be hoppy, and I probably should have expected as much from Rogue. But I prefer oatmeal stouts that aren't so hop-forward. The hops don't overpower by any means, but they are a little more pronounced than I'd prefer.
2) Even with the hops, the taste and mouthfeel were very good, but...this one left my throat feeling coated. And there was a slight burnt aftertaste that lingered. I know that oatmeal stouts aren't meant to be thirst quenchers, but this one's lingering viscosity got on my nerves.
3) The price. I probably should win a prize for being the 1,000,000th person to mention this, but I don't understand Rogue's inflated price point.
06-22-2011 04:55:50 | More by ifnkovhg
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
A&S - Pours pitch black with plenty of mocha head, smells of coffee, dark malt, bready alcohol, slight hop presence through the smokiness.
T&M - Thick, roasty, smokey, bold malt flavor turns to a thick and sweet coffee end with hints of dark chocolate, balanced throughout by a nice hop flavor and sticky yet crisp mouthfeel.
O - Overall an amazing beer, as a fan of porters I really like this one for its smokiness and hop character as appose to overwhelming chocolate and bready alcohol found in some stouts.
Pretty good stuff, as I mentioned I love porters due to their drinkibility and mouthfeel. Not too many styles have the ability to sip or slurp all the while enjoying every bit of it. I was turned off to the brew in terms of the brewery. Im not attracted to Rogue at all, I don't digg their choice of styles, I wish they made more lighter beers, but after siipping on this one for a bit i've started to appreciate Rogue not as a brewery but as crafters. They really do put a lot of craftsmanship into their products and i've sorta learned to enjoy them as a fine bottle of wine, not comparing it to others like it but rather enjoying each drink for what it is and how much soul the brewer has put into each bottle. Go out and buy one, if your a fan of stouts your in for a treat. Stay thirsty my friends!
06-21-2011 09:01:38 | More by NickRivers
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
What more could you want from an oatmeal stout? It's creamy, delicious, aromatic, and dances perfectly on your tongue. The roasted notes of coffee and chocolate are present but masterfully subdued. Balance is the end result here, and Rogue has achieved it. The color is perfectly dark, the consistency is perfectly stout-like. There are few better examples of this style.
You will not be disappointed by this beer.
06-18-2011 06:27:37 | More by Fikash
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
this beer pours black with a big light tan head. the smell is roasty and smooth. the flavor is smooth and roasty with a slight bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little thin but overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. one of the top 5 i have had. portsmouth and mayflower are still my favorite
06-14-2011 02:14:32 | More by rowingbrewer
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
Ebony with a pillowy clay colored head. Near unparalleled lace and retention. Near perfect.
Aroma is dark roast malt with an oaty smooth acidity. Tastes dark and roasty and fairly monotone. Good, but a one trick pony. Body is terribly watery, the Pacman yeast (which I usually like) just doesn't fit with this beer.
Good but unengaging due to lack of depth. The mouthfeel is as hearty as a Hawiian death metal band.
06-14-2011 00:59:08 | More by donkeyrunner
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
I gave this beer a pretty standard pour into my regular pint glass and it gave me a huge two finger head. The head is super dark, darkest head I've seen in a long time, the last head that I drank that was this dark was a homebrew, so I guess this will be a quality beer! The head is mostly small bubbles, but there are a fair amount of big ones here as well. Somewhat pillowy look to it, but a little soapy too, overall a very strange looking head, but it's sticking around for quite a while and it's giving me some pretty good lacing. The body is pitch black, very few hints of born in this beer, if any at all, even when held up to the light. Overall it looks really really nice. The smell on this beer is absolutely perfect, dark malts, coffee, oats, smooth, big, everything you need in an aroma for a great stout! Perhaps some chocolate in here as well, but just overall a super well rounded smell, with all the necessary smells for it to be a great stout. What I really appreciate is that there are flavors that you don't necessarily need to put in an oatmeal stout, but you can if you chose to, flavors like chocolate and coffee. Those flavors are necessary, but they are for sure yummy, and I appreciate that Rogue put them in here and put them in well! Just a great roasty smell on this beer! Wow, that's a good beer, WOW. This beer might be better than the Wolaver's oatmeal stout, which was one of the best beers I've ever had, and for sure the best oatmeal stout I had ever had. I mean it's just so perfect, nice oatmeal flavor, slight alcohol kick, small small coffee flavor, not too much chocolate, but a tiny bit. Dark malts in the perfect amount. It's not as big of a flavor as I would like, and the alcohol is a tiny bit too noticeable, but then again it is 6.1% ABV. Those are what's keeping me from giving this beer a 5, and maybe it doesn't even deserve a 4.5, I do question that, but right now it's really hitting on all cylinders for me. It's a really really solid beer anyway you slice it. The mouthfeel is a little strange for an oatmeal stout, the carbonation is a little high, and the body is a tiny bit thinner than I would like. The body and mouthfeel overall still work for the beer, and don't kill it by any means, it's just not as great as I would expect with the amazing taste. Drinkability is amazing, it's a super easy beer to drink, even tho the alcohol comes at you a tiny bit. Overall a really great beer, we will see if the beer changes at all when it warms, but my guess is it will only get better! Definitely a contender for best oatmeal stout, and best beer I've ever had.
06-12-2011 07:35:02 | More by MaltsOfGlory
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Thick dark chewy beer with a large head. I figured I was on my way to a good oatmeal stout. However, I was surprised at the heavy fruity hops aroma. Guess I was expecting more muted roasted malts.
The initial taste was fine, but quickly gave way to what I figured what would be more appropriately labeled as an Imperial Stout. The aftertaste confirmed my belief.
Still, not bad. Always happy with Rogue's offerings.
06-06-2011 04:36:16 | More by IRONRakkasan
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
A - Jet black with a frothy one finger head, with Swiss cheese dimples.
S - Sweet, chocolate syrup and pungent roasted coffee bean. Toasty, dark creme brulee sugars with a touch of sea salt caramel.
T - Sweet, bitter coffee beans and semi sweet cooking chocolate up front. Roasted java and toasty dark grains about. Nice touch of hop bitterness and dry hops as well. A hint of warm alcohol in the back.
M - Slick on the palate like stouts should be, viscous yet not syrupy. A chewy brew.
O - Well rounded, roasty stout with alot of charachter.
06-04-2011 22:08:57 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of large snifter glass
A: Dark black with a thick dark brown one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.
S: Strong coffee and roasted malt aromas fill the nose. Very pleasant hints of oatmeal and caramel.
T: As with the smell the strong coffee and roasted malts dominate this brew. Dark rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Slightly hoppy and smooth.
M: Medium body and carbonation
O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Easily drinkable and finished my whole 22oz bomber in no time at all and had wishing I had another.
05-30-2011 22:13:57 | More by ckollias
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a very nice black color with a dense, foamy tan head. Good retention, and nice lacing.
Smell: Great roasted malt aroma with oatmeal, and some nuttiness. There's a bit of coffee and chocolate as well.
Taste: Bitter roasted malt flavors, with a hint of cream and dark chocolate. Not much sweetness. Bitter aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate, slow carbonation. Generally smooth.
Drinkability: Mild ABV, easy to drink as long as you're ok with roast bitterness.
Very nice oatmeal stout, especially if you enjoy bitter flavors. One to get again, now that I can find it locally again.
05-22-2011 20:52:48 | More by mithrascruor
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Into a pint glass a deep black. Several fingers of puffy muddy colored head reluctantly deflate while leaving some lacing on the glass.
The nose is almost smokey, some chocolate and even a little spice.
A sip is just silky smooth with low carbonation. Smokey chocolate hits me most predominantly with some nice subtle hop bitterness/spice to balance out the sweeter dark malts.
Really a nice stout. Almost too smooth, if that's possible - the flavors are supremely balanced and this makes for a very fine drink.
05-20-2011 00:42:43 | More by OldIronLungs
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Dark black, small brown head dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing.
S: Very roasty. Smells of freshly ground coffee.
T: Super smooth, nice dark malt character, burnt cookies. Mildly sweet.
M: Very dry, clean feel to it.
D: Good, but I think I'd really have to be in the mood to have this one again.
05-19-2011 15:51:43 | More by birdman200
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Presentation: A pint bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was accompanied with light brie cheese.
Appearance: Poured a deep brown and settled to black rendering the glass opaque. The head was quite generous, at least an inch, and bubbly and a light brownish-tan color. After subsiding the head retained throughout drinking and left a light lacing on the tulip glass.
Smell: Perhaps the most inviting part of this oatmeal stout. I was at once presented with a smoky and coffee scent. There was also some chocolate and even some caramel present. The aroma was very clean and inviting. I really did look forward to the smell upon each sip.
Taste: Consistent with the smell. Prominent notes of smoky coffee tempered with a lightly-earthy and bittersweet chocolate. It really was well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated. Felt rather light for its style yet there was even some subtle chewiness to it.
Overall: This really was a fantastic beer. A complex smell & taste, while maintaining a humble balance. I'm looking forward to the next one. How did I feel upon finishing?
"Parting is such sweet sorrow."
-William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet II.ii)
05-16-2011 01:47:39 | More by infinitejester
3.15/5 rDev -24.3%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. From the fridge, let it warm for approx. 15 min.
A - Dark, dark brown. About a 1/2 inch of sand-colored head. Medium lacing.
S - Slightly toasty.
T - Seemed a bit on the hoppy side for what I'd expect from a stout. Got some of the toastiness too, but the hops were a little overwhelming.
M - Light carbonation, neither thin not thick.
O - Nothing to get either really excited about or complain about. Very average, I might feel better about it if it wasn't so pricey. Would have preferred to taste the malt more.
05-12-2011 21:09:35 | More by maltmelon
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
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a viscous black with a thick cap of creamy light brown foam. Nice lacing.
Rich chocolate scent with cream and coffee notes.
Deep roasted malt adds toasted notes along with coffee bean and a light oatmeal sweetness. A bit too toasty for my liking.
Silky smooth, approaches chewy. Dryer finish in a medium body. Nice carbonation.
A good quality oatmeal stout that just lacks in sweetness and has too much roast for my liking. Not the most affordable bomber, but still a quality beer all around.
05-08-2011 20:43:19 | More by jera1350
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
A: Pours jet black with a generous pour yielding a finger's worth of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a halo around the glass.
S: Oak, smoke, woodchips, double espresso, slightest hint of chocolate.
T: Dry, smoky woodchips and oak hit the palate first, followed by a slight coffee roast that finishes with slightly hoppy bitterness.
M: Soft mouthfeel for a stout, with a dry and uninspiring finish.
O: Not sure what the rave is all about with this one. It's overly smoky, has slight roast/coffee flavor, the only oats I get are of the dirt/earth variety, and not much going on here. Bit of a disappointment.
05-06-2011 03:19:27 | More by Krakistophales
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Served on-tap in an over-sized brandy snifter at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.
A: Black body with a two-finger thick had of persistent, creamy tan foam that left nice sheets of lace and retained til the bottom of the brew. Bless the nitro-tap system!
S: Charred malts and an earthy, herbal hop bitterness sting the nose a bit. Some roasted, milk chocolaty characteristics leap into the aroma as well.
T: Bittwersweet, roasted black and specialty malts impart a chocolaty and bitter espresso flavor up front. A somewhat fruity, nutty malt center blends with an herbal, spicy hop profile before finishing out smooth, creamy and bitter with a lingering hint of semisweet, dark chocolate and nuttiness.
M: Full-bodied, slightly creamy and rather smooth given the use of oatmeal and its 6% ABV.
O: A fine after-dinner brew to sub-in for your coffee or espresso with dessert. Shakespeare would pair nicely with a chocolate torte or mousse, perhaps. But, it's just as fine on its own and perfect as a digestive at 6.1% ABV; not too heavy with enough robust character to put a cap on the evening.
05-05-2011 05:24:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
After a great homemade meal, I love to sit back with a nice craft brew. This time, I'm goin' Rogue: pouring a tall glass of their famous Shakespeare Stout. I'm a huge fan of their Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but that's the only one I've tried from the old Brewers on the Bay. Anyway, can't wait to give this one a try.
A: Viscous, with a body as thick as motor oil. The head is a dark brown, and it grows fast to a solid 3 fingers. I don't think I've ever seen a head this aggressive on a super-dark stout like this - but I love it. Sticky lacing is everywhere, and, if you pay close enough attention, you can catch a quick glimpse of some yeasty sediment before it disappears back into the darkness. Black, bold, and beautiful.
S: Mega-sweet aromas effortlessly waft from this one. A great creamy chocolate and hazelnut blend. Caramel and other dark sugary notes as well; reminds me of a fresh pecan pie. It's all very typical for a dark, dark stout, but this is done to the extreme. Excellent.
T: It's hard not to notice the smokiness first. That biting flavor, like the smell of a freshly-lit fireplace, stays with you for a while. The sugars taste fresh and clean, but their chocolate/caramel presence is not intense. In fact, there's not a whole lot of over-bearing in this beer - it's really mellow and balanced. The oats are apparent as well, giving it a natural feel at times. Other than that, I gotta say: I love those Willamette hops!!! They fit perfectly in this earthy brew. They add their bitterness at the perfect point, giving a boost to the coffee flavors yet staying crisp for the aftertaste. This palate is very well-executed.
M: This is where I lost some interest. For a super-dark beer like this, I was craving a seriously heavy mouthfeel. I was disappointed by a consistent watery texture.
O: Almost infallible - the feel definitely turned me off at times, but overall, it's very well-crafted. And, even with that snag, I still consider this one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.
05-04-2011 23:11:43 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Appearance is completely black with a small amount of brown head that slowly settles. Smell is very sweet with a hint of oats, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Excellent combination.
Sweet chocolate taste with a mixture of oats and caramel. Picked up coffee and roasted malts as well. Medium-heavy bodied, but creamy, with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering malt/oat taste.
Overall, this is an excellent stout. It has a great mixture of tastes and goes down smooth. Definitely something to savor.
05-04-2011 04:40:36 | More by CrazyMike
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
I think this was the first Oatmeal Stout I ever had years ago, either Rogue or Stoudts Fat Dog.
Poured from 22oz bomber into my Claret.
Appearance-Pitch black, a little light shines through when held up to the light. 2 inch foamy, big bubble mocha head. Very appealing.
Smell-Malty, Smokey, some bitter chocolate and a light yearst aroma.
Taste-Burnt and Smokey flavors throughout the whole sip. Upfront some subtle coffee and malt flavors, and towards the end a nice bitter chocolate. Very nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel-Refreshing and Crisp, a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied.
Overall-I was planning on drinking this one slow and calling it a night, but the bombers gone. I really liked this beer.
05-04-2011 04:19:06 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark black with a one finger dark khaki/caramel head. Light cannot pass through this wonderfully looking stout. Great lacing.
S: Instant chocolate hits your nose for a brief second followed by a slightly bitter coffee. The hops come through to enhance the bitterness and tone down the sweetness of the chocolate
T: Bitter coffee upfront with a sweet oat taste through the middle followed by an even sweeter chocolate that hits the back end and stays on the pallet.
M: For a stout it is light but slightly chewy at the beginning. Smooth finish. Goes down VERY easy
O: Great Stout that paired very well with the meat I was having at the time. Take the time to enjoy a few sips before the meal though as this changes the taste slightly and is less bitter up front during the meal.
05-02-2011 00:39:30 | More by Treebs
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
A - pitch black, short tan head left a thin covering, moderate lacing
S - bittersweet chocolate, light fresh coffee, leafy, and buttery syrup
T - cold pressed coffee, bakers chocolate, smoky malt, light leafy hops and a hint of fruity syrup
M - full bodied chewy and smooth, finished sweet and bitter
O - a classic all out stout, a big bodied beer with the flavour to match, extremely easy drinking
04-30-2011 04:44:01 | More by joemcgrath27
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Holiday Wine Cellar
An incredibly dark brown that doesn't quite hit black. Gorgeous and thick brown head that stays for a while and eventually leaves rich lacing down the glass. Very pretty.
A wonderful aroma of coffee and chocolate. Little hop presence. Smells rich and lovely.
An incredible amount of flavor. There's tons of coffee, and chocolate, and even some significant hop presence. Bitter yet sweet, nearly perfect. Very good.
Rich mouthfeel, ample carbonation, very nice.
An exceptionally good oatmeal stout. It does everything right.
04-29-2011 01:39:40 | More by ehammond1
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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