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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,777 Ratings

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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - almost black in color with a good sized, dark tan/brownish head that fell some, leaving some lacing behind.

S - good, roasted coffee and roasted malt aroma.

T - very good taste, rich flavors of roasted coffee, a hint of chocolate, roasted malt and a slightly bitter espresso coffee finish. IMO, a very well balanced and flavorful stout.

M - medium/full bodied without feeling too heavy or thick.

D - I should have bought 2 bombers... oh well, next time!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 00:13:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Deuane


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brew House Grill

A--Dark brown with a small tan colored head. Very little lacing.

S--Coffee, with hints of chocolate and prune. Not a huge amount of aroma but it is there.

T--Roasted coffee and mild chocolate. A hint of prune / raisin Aftertaste bitter roasted malt (in a good way) and chocolate.

M--Very rich and full bodied. This is a very pleasant and easy drinking full stout.

D--Lovely, refreshing stout. Went well with my AYCE king crab...didnt overpower the meal at all. One I could drink again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 11:31:35 | More by Deuane
Photo of Trueant1


4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice big thick billowing tan head. The head dissapates quickly. Dark black/ruby in color.

Smells of creamy malts, flan, and chocolate. A balance of hop whifes the nose.

This tastes different then I expected from the smell. Opfront is bisquity burnt malts. Currents and other spices present. Good oily hop aftertaste. Seems like an exceptional balance to this brew.

Mouthfull is "semi chewy" I want to EAT the rest of this beer. Very creamy, very smooth carbonation. A classic. I want to session this beer VERY soon. Ther is nothing over the top. Just an exceptional balanced stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 02:55:40 | More by Trueant1
Photo of jobyone

North Carolina

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

What would life be like without a bit of Shakespeare. This has been a long time favorite. Pours a very dark brown with tan head that does not last. Smell has lots of coffee and chocolate. The taste has lots of bitterness and it can be a bit of a mouthfeel. Maybe a little to much but hey I like big beers but one 22oz bottle is usually enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 15:02:18 | More by jobyone
Photo of mikegodat


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an awesome experience.
A Esspresso brown with a carmel colored head, great lacing.

S Reminded me of mollasses, sweet, pungent and enticing

T Hoppy for a stout, not excessivly bitter, nice chocolate/coffee mix with a little citrus rind mixed in.

M Can I say heaven in my mouth?

D I would have to say Yes, draft, bottle or from someone elses glass

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 00:22:11 | More by mikegodat
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a large brownish head. A fair amount of lacing is left behind as the foam settles atop the black colored stout.

Smells of caramel, a fair amount of citric hops for a stout ( nothing wrong with that), roasted malt and coffee.

I really enjoyed the taste and drinkability of this stout. Lots of matly coffee goodness along with some chocolate and a hoppy zing.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 04:33:24 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of crzyd12


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick creamy head that rivals a cold-deck pint of Guinness. Color is a deep brown, rivaling the bottle. The head lingers as I drink the beer leaving long laces along the side I tip to my mouth. The smell of the beer is the only part that is lacking. I catch only a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. The beer tastes wonderful. This is where I found the roasted malts and chocolate flavors I yearn and some well balanced hints of hops to round out the beer. It is velvety on the tongue and the flavors linger as I swallow. Quite drinkable although the 22oz bottle can take awhile to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:41:33 | More by crzyd12
Photo of Reanimator


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

From the very first whiff I could tell that this stout is going to be thick. The aroma was very roasty, and it flowed like chocolate syrup out of the bottle to form a very large latte colored head.

I was slightly disappointed by this stout's taste as far as complexity and intensy, but it was still very delicious. The best way to describe it would be like dark chocolate covered espresso beans, which became more bitter as the beer warmed up. And the mouthfeel was positively heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 14:22:12 | More by Reanimator
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown brew with a huge brown head with a nice cascading effect before it calms. Without a careful pour, this one is all head. It leaves small specks of lacing all down the sides of the glass. Lacing really doesn't hold its weight, especially among stouts.

S - Coffee, chocolate. Hint of elderberries. That is all I am pulling out and it isn't very strong, but it is nice.

T - At first there is a cocoa flavor with some light coffee. The slightest hint of dark fruit. Aftertaste is of bitter charred malt and a hint of fading chocolate.

M - Carbonation was at little high, especially when poured in such a manner to prevent having all head. Thin and very refreshing.

D - Very, a refreshing pleasant stout with a low abv and a nice flavor. I was expecting a more powerful stout, not the lighter subdued "session stout" that this is. I might have this again if found on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:40:28 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of BeerTruth


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a very generous two finger tan colored head that dies down to a nice frothy layer. Stickiness is pretty good with a nice wall of lacing all over the sides. Smell is a nice milk chocolate up front that masks a nice hop tingle. Sweet caramel mixes in well with an hint of espresso. Solid, complex smell for a 6%-er. Taste is a bit disappointing to be honest. Stale coffee flavor up front with a tiny hint of smokey caramel. Not much else, pretty basic on the tongue. Was expecting much more from the smell, but I learned my lesson not to assume. Moutfhfeel is surprisingly light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Decent brew, but really thought there would be more in terms of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 00:16:19 | More by BeerTruth
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3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I realize this is a well reviewed beer here on Beeradvocate, but in general, I just have to disagree.

Pours with a dark brown/black body, very opaque, and a nice creamy head. Quite attractive. The smell is interesting ... lots of coffee and ... hops?

Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, but instead of cherries, prunes, or figs, there is a definite mixture of grapefruit-ish hops here. Strange, to say the least. Almost like a stout with more than a few oz. of IPA mixed in. I didn't care for the combination.

I realize this is a low ABV beer, but the mouthfeel and taste were somewhat thin for a beer of this type. A decent stout, but nowhere near one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 07:02:18 | More by Overlord
Photo of zerofear13

New York

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

Snatched the 650ml bottle from Community Beverage back in early-August and had the will power not to drink it until last night. Poured out deep dark brown, almost black. Very little head with moderately-gentle pour. Lacing was amazingly thin. Smelled of roasted hops/malts, sweet malts, chocolate , and coffee. Delicious taste. Quite full-bodied and the roasted flavors are quite pronounced. Unlike Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout (one of my personal favorites), this brew has a more subtle chocolate and coffee taste and the alcohol level is perfect. Deliciously smooth and a wonderful brew. Completely warranted of its high ranking and rating.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 16:44:35 | More by zerofear13
Photo of Floydster


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber from BevMo in Torrance split with my dad tonight

Had to do another stout for my 200th review on here

Poured into a Firestone pint glass and was almost black with a 1/2 tan head that did not really go anywhere

Smell was purwly chocolate malt

Taste was roasted oats and barley, had a nice spicy bite to it and the finish was a little bitter as well, interesting stout and very good

Could drink a lot more of this than I did, very smooth and alcohol content is not too high

I am glad this normally available at most liquor stores I visit

Highly recommended and one of the best Rogue brews I have had

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 05:03:33 | More by Floydster
Photo of sacrelicio


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice stout from Rogue. Pours beautifully, jet black with ruby brown highlights and a creamy mocha colored head. The smell is nice, with coffee, chocolate, piney and fruity hops, and grain. The taste is quite bitter and full, reminding me most of cold press coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the drinkability is quite good, perhaps a bit tough for those with more novice palates.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 02:53:16 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bomber.

Pours an impossibly solid black with a short lived mocha-brown head.

Faint scent of roasted sweetness with some light hops, reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Taste starts nicely burnt with some juicy bitterness, following into a sweet mocha and light espresso finish. Feels creamy, crisp and upbeat with dark chocolate swirls.

This is a nicely balanced stout that is lighter than I expected. Exciting to drink and very quaffable.

Give St. Ambroise's Oatmeal Stout a try if you like this and want to be bolder.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 00:11:16 | More by ablaze
Photo of meadhead


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

herbal roasted chocolate blend;
high on the bitter
semi-sweet end

slight citric twang and
silkened feel

right on the money
easy to peel-
dissect as good

pours dark and rich
smells complex
with fine nuances

of caramel malts
and green hop flavor

finishes dry
lingers to savor

very nice balanced gravity
a true artisan stout
if you ask me

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 02:24:50 | More by meadhead
Photo of Rootdog316


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Shakespeare Stout poured a very rich dark brown color. Poured about a half inch head, creamy in color. There is definitely a hint of oats and a definitive chocolate aftertaste. Certainly one of the best stouts that I've ever had before. Recommended to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 22:35:31 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of jkanavel


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 22 oz bottle.
This is about as attractive as a stout can be I suppose. Dark black with no light coming through. Dark tan head, it looked like a cup of strong coffee.
It smelled wonderful, lots of malty goodness and whatnot.
The taste was nice, but I've had stouts I've enjoyed more. The highlight here was the strong presence of roasted flavors, like charred toast and espresso. Otherwise this was a little tangy, a little sweet.
The mouthfeel was nice and thick, but I felt like it was over carbonated and that took away from the smooth quality this would otherwise have had.
Pretty nice stout, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 02:33:25 | More by jkanavel
Photo of McStagger


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

The legend...

A: A somewhat aggressive (and ill advised) pour leads to two inches of delicious espresso creme brulee colored head. Head retention is stellar, with phenomenal lacing left on the glass. The receding head can only be described as champagne like. The individual bubbles mingle together to form larger air pockets, which then pop under the pressure of the foam. Absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is an excellent opaque black.

S: Sweet cereal malt intermingled with excellent hop bitterness. Mild chocolate and mocha notes are present, although not nearly as dominant as Rogue's Chocolate Stout. (Big surprise there, huh!) The light cocoa notes are also overlapped by a more mellow espresso note.

T: This is where things get a little rougher. The beginning palate is a jumble of varying flavors that smack of grains and earth. A very subtle barnyard flavor is also present. The mid palate is more hop oriented, with the bitterness of the hops really coming through. The finish, however. Whoo boo, the finish is excellent. All the rough edges transition beautifully to the finish, which is more reminiscent of the scent of the beer. Mild chocolate and mocha lead into bitter coffee bean and espresso nuances. The lasting flavor is similar to that first time you tried black coffee with your dad. It just stays and stays.

M: I've always been a fan of the way stouts and porters feel on the tongue. This beer is no different. In fact, it stands above most other stouts in this category. The feel is almost perfectly balanced. Many stouts are thick to the point of being viscous, but this beer has a lively carbonation that kicks in at exactly the right time to keep this beer from being flabby.

D: One of the easiest stouts to drink that I've ever imbibed. (Sam Smith's Oatmeal has a slight edge.) Who cares if the beer is thick and rich. It tastes too damn good to not want more.

I'm still fairly new to the world of stouts. If anybody reads this review and thinks of a stout on this caliber, I would love to know.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 04:32:24 | More by McStagger
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a thick, sudsy, mocha colored head. Looks very viscous on the pour. Smell is a mix of chocolate, burnt coffee and cascade hops. The chocolate is most apparent. The taste is primarily malty, with the burnt coffee and chocolate malt being the most obvious. The hops are more for balance than for taste although there is a hint of cascade in the finish. There is a slight astringency as well that dries the mouth. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated and as I just said, has a dry finish. A drinkable stout and all-in-all a solid offering by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 07:04:16 | More by gmfessen
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shakespeare comes in a dark bottle with a painted Thespian. I remember this beer when I first started drinking micro beers back in the early 90's.

This is looks the look of a tough looking stout. Dark as the deepest cavern, the sun cannot pierce it. It has a thin 1/8 of an inch loose foam head.

The smell is chocolately and roasted malts. Its tastes of chocolate and a little bit of coffee. This is a very smooth and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:24:45 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on numerous occasions and finally had a chance to review.

Black pour with thick tan head.
Roasted malts. Some chocolate. Even less coffee.
Taste was dark and roasted mainly chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel. Unbalanced with hops which seem slightly overdone.
Medium mouthfeel. Silky, velvety smooth.
Although taste was less than expected still good and drinkable. Take two.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 06:09:45 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Dark black, opaque, with a thick, brown head, which dissipates to a tan film, with good retention and lacing. The beer looks quite thick when it is poured out.

S: Not terribly robust, but smells great though, smells like a mix of German chocolate cake, roasted cacao nibs, and mocha coffee.

T: Very good, very sweet, but not cloying, has that sweet, almost peaty oat malt taste, with lots of rich milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Quite a complex chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth, thick and rich, but not overpowering, full-bodied.

D: A great stout, handsome and smooth, probably my favourite everyday beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 05:32:36 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The employee who directed me towards this beer said that it was one of Rogue's "flagship beers." He must have been correct. This has to be one of the finest beers I have tasted. The mouth feel is nice, and the taste exceptional. This beer pushes itself into my top 5 list, perhaps top 3.
It pours a thick, dark creamy head.
The beer is thick black. Behind a lamp it offers no light penetration.
The smell isn't very strong, but one gets the scent of chocolate and malts.
I will generally disagree with a beer if the chocolate taste is to strong or seems somehow seperate. I must say that the chocolate is prominent in this one, but balanced very well. It wins not by force, but by cunning and guile.
pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 05:13:54 | More by andrewm190
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English pint glass. This stout poured a deep brown/black color with a decent sized dark tan head that slowly turned into a thin layer of bubbles that lasted. Minimal lacing. The aroma included chocolate, coffee, and some spicy hoppiness. The flavor was dark roasted malts, coffee, and just a bit of hops on the tail end. There is a slight lingering aftertaste of chocolate and coffee left on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy with light carbonation. An excellent sessionable stout from Rogue!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 19:43:13 | More by mdm46410
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.