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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,777 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 139 | FT: 4
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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GeoffW

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful khaki head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is of chocolate and a nice earthy-ness.

Taste and mouthfeel were extremely rich with a good roasted flavor and plenty of bitter. Very nice.

Drinkability was decent, a little too much roasted flavor for me to want more than one at a time.

OVerall this was a pretty good beer. Not my style of choice, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:42:07 | More by GeoffW
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skomahon

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ale's brew pub in San Francisco. I had tried this beer previously out of a bottle, but was interested to sample again on tap--and was again amazed at its richness and drinkability!

Pours dark, rich black color into a pint glass. Little head present, but first smell is of dark chocolate, mixed with some lighter hints. I was impressed by the taste--great combination of rich flavors with a wonderful, lingering aftertaste (described by others as chocolate covered cherry--I think that's a great description!). I would definitely order this again, and having it on tap was a great treat!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 15:32:15 | More by skomahon
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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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shabbtastic

New York

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

Presented in a 22oz. Bomber

A - Pours a dark black with a decent tan foamy two finger head. Lacing was excellent.

S - Roasted malts galore. A toasted woody / oat smell as well. Hop aroma follows with a hint of citrus making this one very balanced.

T - WOW, this is really a great beer. Dark roasted malt dominates the initial sip, followed by a finish of dark fruit like a chocolate covered cherry!!

M - Full bodied and creamy through and through.

D - For sure a session in the making. I could drink this everyday in the winter. Um-um goodness, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 18:42:38 | More by shabbtastic
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DHGranstrand

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice foamy head with fair head retention. Decent lacing.

Smells okay, nothing special. Slight chocolate scent.

Nice bitter dark chocolate at the forefront with hoppy end.

Mouthfeel okay , nothing special for a stout.

It is fairly average in some respects, but is very well balanced. Nothing jumps out at you, but I could drink these all night long without my tastebuds getting fried.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:20:23 | More by DHGranstrand
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AMo

Missouri

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

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a medium dense, opaque black with a short stiff tanish brown head. The smell is very pleasant and medium strong of roasted malts. Taste is predominant of malts with a roasted chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a low to medium carbonation. Overall the drinkability is fantasic. The smoothness comboed with the mellow malt flavor makes this very enjoyaboe to drink. Definitely one of the best from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:34:55 | More by AMo
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Redwood21

Virginia

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

solid brew

A: the appearance lasted and lasted, it had a dark "syrupy" like color almost black with a very dark brown tan head

S: chocolate and coffee

T: smooth burnt toast with a roasted morning coffee taste. there is a hint of chocolate malt but not more powerful very good, and easy to drink

notes-this was a good beer, and i had it right after a diff stout, both were good and yet different

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 00:29:16 | More by Redwood21
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dnichols

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle, purchased at Yoke's in West Richland, WA, into a mug.

A: It poured as black as ink with a moderate one finger head consisting of massive bubbles that receded fast to a slight ring around the collar. There was little lacing.

S: It smelled of roasted malts, caramel and maple syrup, and black coffee. There are hints of ripe dark cherries, raisins, and smoked almonds.

T: It had flavors that followed the nose with the roasted malts dominating. There were clear flavors of coffee, raisins, caramel and a nice bite of flavoring hops.

M: It was medium to full-bodied with a pleasant sweet profile balanced by the bite of coffee and hops.

D: I am a fan of Rogue and this fine brew does not disappoint. It's aroma and taste, as well as moderate ABV make this a brew that can be a great session drink. Nothing blows you away but everything works well together to produce another fine Rogue product.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 09:32:05 | More by dnichols
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Appearance - Pours out dark black with a one finger foamy head which dissipates quickly. Very light lacing on the glass.

Smell - Malt and coffee.

Taste - Malt and coffee. Slightly bitter. Some light sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.Worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 01:49:41 | More by hardy008
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watchnerd

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Black as molasses with a beige, spongy head that quickly subsided, leaving a scattershot of lace.

Smells of toasted roasted barley, hops, and alcohol.

Taste was creamy malty roasted and hops and yeast and alcohol esters all rolled into one dark enchilada of a beer.

Overall, enjoyable, but out here on the West Coast, it's hard to beat Old Rasputin (I know, slightly different style), given it can be found easily. On the other hand, this doesn't knock you on your ass like Old Rasputin does, so kudos to Rogue for making a flavorable, tasty beer that doesn't zonk you out. Would make a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 07:37:00 | More by watchnerd
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Divine intervention in a bottle. Absolutely incredible beer.

Black with a frothy brown head.

The smell was of warm roasted aromas, ranging from coffee to dark chocolate. But you can tell immediately that the flavors were roasted to perfection.

The aromas carry over to the taste, with more roasted chocolates and coffee. Some hot cocoa and sweet caramel stop by to say hello, and just when you think you've nailed it all down, BAM, some citrus flavors splash in. It's not over the top, either.

On a scale of smooth to not smooth, this would be a 10... or a zero. I'm not really sure, but it's damn smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:36:57 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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mwilbur

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass (I've had this cellared for 3 years).
A: Very dark brew with creamy roasted brown head. Minimal carbonation.
S: You want to inhale this the entire day...oh, yeah...and drink it too. Perfectly roasted malts, cream, dark chocolate, molasses...everything that's dark and good.
T: The smoothest stout I've ever come across...almost like a thick, dark milk/cream stout. So creamy, smooth and dark...and the balance of malt and hop is spot-on perfect. Slight hop bite and dryness at the end keeps you coming back for more. Perfection.
M: Smooth defined. Like dark creamy silk on the tongue. Unbelievable. Lingers nicely with aftertaste reflecting intial taste.
D: Extraordinarily drinkable. Stouts are one of my favorite styles and this tops them all...I certainly believe the World Champion boast on the bottle. I could literally drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 02:39:07 | More by mwilbur
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JDV

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black thick pour with a slightly oil look to it. Nice big foamy brown lasting head. Smell is fairly heavily hopped, with a rich roastiness in the background and a bit of dry cocoa. Taste is roasty, with medium to high carbonation, and was well hopped. Slightly overcarbonated, a bit dry, and bland, although the body was full and rich. Okay, but far from one of my favorite stouts. Just boring overall, and needed some sweetness to make the flavors pop a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:45:32 | More by JDV
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enfield249

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark red brown, 1 finger of tan head that fades to a ring of tan foam. Ruby highlights.

S - I'm having a hard time getting the smell here, but what I do get comes across as a nice roastyness.

T - First I get some nice coffee flavors, then some hops, and finally it leaves with a burnt toast flavor that lingers a while.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, cloying. This beer really sticks around.

D - A excellent American stout, really has a lot of the hop flavor that you don't get in English styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 23:48:30 | More by enfield249
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Strix

Wisconsin

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

Pours opaque black with a good, lasting head that leaves trails of lace.

Smells very roasty, yet hoppy.

Taste is delicious, with roasted and toasty flavors, caramel, dark chocolate, and all with a delicious cascade finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth yet rich.

This is great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:33:20 | More by Strix
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go to bassmantin for sharing this brew.

This beer poured a decent head which lasted a decent amount of time. The head is a slightly brown, thin head. The smell is porterish. It has notes of coffee and chocolate. On to the taste...

The taste has a definite coffee taste...almost weak Stout, strong porter. Its a decent beer with a emphasis on the coffee side. Its a little thin on the mouth but its highly drinkable.

Overall, this is a BAD ass porter but a good stout. I have one sitting in my cellar aging. I will let you know how that turns out!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:54:51 | More by iconoklaztor
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bassmantin

Illinois

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

Been wanting to try this one for a while due to its high rating. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. This is a good looking beer.

Smell is delicious, roasted malts, chocolate. It smells almost like a good porter. Taste is fantastic. Sweet, thick roasted malts, a strong chocolate flavor, good hop balance. Not an overpowering stout, but a great balance of flavors. I could drink this all night.

This could be one of my regular beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:33:56 | More by bassmantin
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beavers

North Carolina

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

Into a Sam Adams BL glass it goes. Pours an opaque black with an enormous tan head with very good retention and lacing. A rich roasty and nutty aroma with strong charcoal and coffee notes and subtle chocolate malt notes not far behind. Not as much chocolate taste than I was expecting from the nose but more earthy, coffee and heavy charcoal. I'm getting a decent chocolate aroma in the nose after a good mouthfeel. Medium/moderate body leaves a bitter dry finish.
Overall: this is a very well made/considered stout that is a wonderful representation of the style. If someone asked me what and American Stout tastes like I would undoubtedly point them here.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:06:42 | More by beavers
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cookin420

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice.

deep black in color with a pale caramel colored head that is frothy an very large for stout. Thick clumps of foam (can't really call that lace) cling to the glass.

Chocolate malt gives this stout a very smooth aroma. Smells pretty sweet, like date bread, with the Cascades adding to that a bit.

This is a very subtle brew in flavor but complex nonetheless. Bittered quite well, the citrus flavors of the Cascade is perfectly in tune with both the faint coffee notes and the dark chocolate that is present from start to finish. A bit of astringency and the end before a sweeter, choco-caramel aftertaste.

Nice and soft, a bit slippery but still dry finishing. The big head got me thinking overcarb but not the case at all as it turns out, just right in that department as well.

I found this stout to be one of the more drinkable stouts I've had. It's subtlety is more desirable with every sip.

A very solid stout in my opinion. A great interpretation of a classic English stout, bastardized by Rogue to produce another winner. Nicely done, I'll be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 22:00:01 | More by cookin420
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, frothy coffee-colored head. Retention is quite solid and lasts throughout the whole pint.

Smell - Roasty and nutty with a touch of smoke and baker's chocolate, all complemented by subtle citrus hops. Very little sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel - Rich and roasty, hints of burnt toast and cocoa. Semi-dry; the malt provides just a touch of balancing sweetness. Remarkably smooth and full-bodied. A hop bite appears briefly in the finish, leading to a long aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

Notes - One of the best stouts ever. A microbrew classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 23:40:25 | More by largadeer
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

22 oz. bomber into a standard pint glass.

A nice pour released a black liquid , off brown tan head, some lace, looked thick. Smelled of roasted malts, maybe smoked?, some coffee, wood. Tasted great- malty, bitter hoppy, vanilla, well balanced, Lots going on, superbly balanced. Sticky on the tongue and lips, thick body going down. Awesome stout. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:41:46 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 oz. bomber into mug. Ultra-dark body - lighter than expected, moderate head. Despite the mellow head this looks deep, dark and intriguing. Clean aroma - fresh yet disappointingly light fireplace aroma. Deep, dry and smoky - while this may not be my thing I can't disparage it - extremely well-made and balanced. Very clean for the robust style - dark roast coffee, slightly bitter (chicory tones?). Tartish yet deep-roasted palate - a little clammy on the finish - the afterburn has a cold, smoky feeling (sort of like camping in the late fall). The hint of carbonation can be a little distracting with the smoky roast. Wouldn't turn this stuff down at all - it may not be my thing but it's entirely a class act.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 23:55:11 | More by IBUnit63
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m1ked

California

3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a blind stout tasting....surprising results

A- Pours an opaque blackness, with a grey foamy head

S- Rich wood malt, chocolate and coffee

T- Smooth smokey dark coffee, touch of pencil lead, with a rich coffee finish.

M- sticky but smooth

D- Very enjoyable to drink

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:11:49 | More by m1ked
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aromatorio

Maryland

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

Cracked my first bottle of this stuff with a college friend who was in town from the East Coast. Nothing beats a beer with old friends (except free beer with old friends I guess).

A: This is what a good, drinkable stout should look like. It poured nicely, forming a slightly brown cap of foam that stuck around for a few minutes before fading into some very lovely lacing.

S: The aroma on the Shakespeare stout is also a notch above some of the other beers I've had recently. It wasn't overly roasty, and with the low ABV, had no taint of hotness. I think I picked up some dark fruit notes, maybe some butterscotch or very matured malts.

T: Tastes greeeeat! This wasn't huge and insane like the Abyss. It wasn't overly chocolatey or anything like that. It was a very balanced stout, with just the right amount of bitter, coffee bite.

M: A little thin, although by no means watery. It was creamy and smooth on the backside.

D: Quite sessionable. If this came in sixers, I think it would be a staple of my fridge. Some stouts are treats, and as such demand to be drank alone. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind putting away two or three of these with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 02:47:26 | More by aromatorio
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a huge stiff light tan head that resists fading and settles like an ice cream float with massive 3d lacing. The smell is slightly less aggressive than some, but the earthy oat and chocolate comes through. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, and very creamy with a wonderful moderate malty chocolate after taste. Full flavored, the chocolate and oat combination scores! At 6% ABV this one is a real nice drinker. Wouldn't feel comfortable offering this to any individual partial to AB (or InBev for that matter). Cheers Baby!!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:30:28 | More by jjayjaye
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.