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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 243
Gots: 301 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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
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Ratings: 3,115 | Reviews: 1,567
Photo of mightymoksha
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours an oily black, with a rich, sticky beige head. Head retains very well and covers the glass all the way down. Beautiful.

Aroma is complex, featuring hints of cacao, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee and toffee.

Outrageously smooth, a rich, roasted malt sweetness is balanced perfectly with a mild bitterness. Notes of cacao and dark roasted coffee are the most prominent. Smokey and toffee/butterscotch notes are also present. Semi-dry, smokey, coffee-esque finish. Delicious.

Again, outrageously smooth on the palate. A hearty body and creamy mouthfeel make this one a treat.

Delicious and moderate alcohol content. That, along with my devotion to delicious black coffee, I find it to be extremely drinkable.

Photo of Grunewald
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours opaque black a thick tan head. The head leaves a wall of lacing.

S - coffee and sweet/candied berries (strawberry jam)

T - sweet roasted malt and tannic hops

M - low carbonation, smooth body and a semi dry finish

D - the smell is inviting but the taste does not follow through as well as I hoped. It's still a decent stout.

Photo of capn
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout, by Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon, is a tasty stout for those who enjoy a moderately bitter brew. Its beautiful ebony color is topped off by a creamy tan head that leaves heavy lace. It has a sweet, malty nose and a very crisp start followed immediately by a moderately bitter hoppiness. It also has a hoppy finish with notes of baker's chocolate. It has a crisp mouth-feel on the tongue and a slight creaminess on the cheeks. A good beer overall.

Ingredients: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley, Free Range Coastal Water (as opposed to the domestic farm-raised water... get over the hippy crap guys), and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

Photo of digitalbullet
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black with a tan brown head
Smell: Coffee with Dark Cocoa dominates this brew.
Taste: Just like the smell dark roast coffee with cocoa powder. Not much else.. But this is far from a negative.
Mouthfeel: One word. Smooth. Fine carbonation. Not to slick on the palate that can plague some stouts.
Drinkability: A fine example of the style. Another home run from Rogue.

Photo of ryanonline
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, lots of dark tan head nearly opaque.

Aroma - bittersweet, light hoppiness and tons of burnt malt.

Taste - Obvious dark roasted malts, a lot of people are saying coffee and chocolate, i really can only taste a tobacco flavor. slightly salty finish (maybe that's me?), but thoroughly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth without being too heavy.

Drinkability - Clean and not too heavy good.

I like a good bitter beer, stones ruination ipa and their imperial russian stout. dogfish heads 120. Even rogues imperial ipa. All of those are very different from this beer and there's just something about it I am not quite thrilled about... otherwise a good beer, though i think it may be overated.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle. Poured to a pint glass. (my good glasses are at the Ms.s house)

A-Very dark. Faint reds shines through in the right light. Good 2 finger head, light tan. Nice ring around the glass stays for the duration. Thats dedication!

S-Slightly bitter, in a good way. Slight coffee, and chocolate. A tiny bit woodsy,like a campfire on its last leg...smokey like that.

T-Sweet bitterness! (oxymoron in the best of ways) There are some wonderful bitter coffee notes, along with a hint of chocolate. The smokeyness makes an appearence as well. Yum is all I can say!

M-Thick and chewy without feeling too heavy. It's an American stout, but i think it borrows nicely from the RIS catigory...

D-I think the drinkability is rather high. Its not too strong, despite the catagory, but maintains a superior tastiness throughout that makes you want to have another. I would like to think of this brew as getting the best of the stout world without HAVING to get shitfaced in the process. But if you do, I don't think I'd blame ya...

Photo of apbarwood
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One shade below black with an enormous head of light-tan foam. The head retention is incredible and keeps a decent layer of foam covering the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass. The aroma features a strong roasted malt character with a dark chocolate undertone and a bit of a citrusy American hop. It's good but could be stronger and a bit more polished. The flavor starts with the roasted malt flavors and a hint of coffee then gradually slips into the softer dark chocolate notes. Eventually it finishes with a resinous hop character that slowly drys the palate and leaves me wanting more. This, coupled with a nice amount of carbonation provides for a pretty good mouthfeel. At first, I felt this one was too rough around the edges but as it warmed it definitely improved and everything seemed to blend quite nicely. A damn good stout that's worth trying at least once but one that I could definitely see in my regular rotation. Not my favorite but it's up there.

Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a thick tan head.

S- Lots of toasted and burnt malt.

T- Nice mix of toasted and burnt malt. Reminds me of toasted bread crusts. Leaves a very pleasant lingering toasted flavor.

M- Really full up front and thins out toward the back.

D- Really nice stout that isn't overpowering.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours DARK brown cant see light through it, with a 2 finger light brown head into a pint glass. laces good too
S: dark roasted malts, chocolate
T: bitter chocolate, good dark malt sweetness, a smokey coffee. medium hop bitterness
M: creamy but not syrupy.
D: another bomber im glad to be not sharing.

Photo of Long813
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque.1.5 finger creamy,dark brown head. Fine lacing after each sip

S: Black licorice, smoky, hops, espresso hint of chocolate

T: Well balanced to create complex flavours to keep you guessing. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Creamy with a crisp alcohol following

D: A wise choice at any time. This isn't to strong or weak in any spectrum - very well balanced.

Photo of ToddT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a three finger tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee in the nose.

T- Heavy bittersweet chocolate that slowly changes to a slightly bitter finish of coffee. Finish is dry with a lingering final note of coffee and earthiness. Very well balanced.

M- Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Creamy and silky in the mouth, very smooth.

D- Very, and that's all that need be said. The 6.0% ABV is well hidden

Find it, drink it, and enjoy it.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an impenetrably deep black with a rich tan head that retains nicely. Rings of lace linger beautifully after every sip.

The aroma is roast and cascade hops, nice and fruity, slightly piney, with hints of milk chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very roast forward but perfectly so, very dry, intense and smooth at the same time--pine bitterness lingers long in the finish. Definitely has a coffee grinds taste going on.

The mouthfeel is creamy, just a notch below full bodied, and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall just a great drinker, really nice and roasty and dry and balanced to perfection.

Photo of jhammel01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitchblack with plenty of carbonation and a coffee colored off white head.

Smells of thick dark chocolates and coffee.

Tastes the same as it smells and its very smooth. It has a bit of roasted malt tanginess as well. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium bodied side. Its also very nice and creamy.

I throughly enjoyed this one. Glad its always available at my local stop!

Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as black as night with a one finger cappicino laced head,it has aromas of bittersweet chocolate and on smell it smells like a perfectly balanced stout between sweet and bitter,it has a nice dense mouthfeel with a big oat driven feel first up then the palette is balanced out by a rather hoppy bittersweet mellow chocolate aftertaste to really not make this beer as sweet as it sounds on its description on the back of the bottle,i really like this beer and once again im stoked that this brewery continues to send its brew's to our shores Thanks Rogue.

Photo of eagles22
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful Dark, black with big thick tan head of foam..leaves a nice lacing around the glass

Smell: roasted malts,dark coffee,hints of chocolate also hint of figs

Taste: wow thats wonderful..dark chocolate,roasted coffee and malts

Mouthfeel: just leaves you wanting more of this fine brew

Drinkability: great session brew

one of the best beers I had by rogue and thats pretty legit cause all thier beers are wonderful

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge, rocky, creamy tan 3 finger head. leaves a crown of lacing as it winds down. The brew itself is a dark black-brown.

S: Earthy cocoa and toasted bread

T: Chocolate and toasted bread. Finishes with dark roasted pecans and roasted grain, earth, and dusty bitter cocoa.

M: Smooth and creamy entry to a dryish medium bodied beer.

Overall, This beer was a good all around stout. Good aromas and a delicious pallate. Too bad this isn't offered in 6 packs around here.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black color with a nice fluffy brown head that leaves some scattered lace.

S- Nice roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. A hint of coffee beans.

T- A bit of dark chocolate bitterness initially with a roasted/smoky finish. A touch of grain and dark malt.

M- Medium/full bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Pretty nice stout with a decent flavor. Worth getting again.

Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a moderate head that faded to a collar. The aroma was coffee and chocolate. The taste not so sweet, but bitter black coffee and dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Mouth feel was medium to full bodied with fairly minimal carbonation. Drinkability was good, 6.00 ABV a plus in this category. Reminded me of SN's stout.

Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark, black with big thick tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and dark chocolate
Taste-Roasted coffee, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate and definite hop notes.
Nicely balanced, full-bodied and flavorful, with a creamy, smooth finish.
Overall, a delicious,smooth, well-balanced stout.
Definitely worth a try!

Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, opaque, nice 2-finger head with great retention, decent lacing. A bit of head remains indefinitely, which is great.

S: Smoke, Chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee, hops, dark fruit, barley. Chocolate and hops are the dominant smells.

T: Very Very smokey and chocolatey. Non-sweet taste really brings out the hops. The bitter chocolate and hops with smoke go together very well. Leaves a super-bitter taste in your mouth after swallowing, which is cool - makes you feel like a man. I wish it were a little sweeter. Also, a metallic background flavor hinders the taste.

M: Carbonation a little high, pretty syrupy, thick, pretty astringent. Medium-heavy body. Again, makes one feel like a man.

D: For a stout it goes down well. It's not a dessert beer, so I'm not chugging it for the sugary taste, but it definitely drinks well for the style.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter blackness with thick, dark, foamy head reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.

Smell: smooth and malty with a large and distinct chocolate aroma. Yummy!

Taste: big malt with big chocolate and a delicious coffee finish. Some nice spicy hops and bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick with a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: possibly a little *too* drinkable.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep, opaque black like any respectable stout, with dark tan head that fades to leaves a subtle ring around the glass along with some oily lacing.

S: smell is slightly understated, but the expected roasted maltiness and coffee scent is certainly detectable

T: i'm in love!! this stout hits it on the money with the formula, a delicious mouthful of chocolate, coffee, and malty goodness.

M: mouthfeel is perfect; extremely smooth on the palate with a perfect carbonation balance.

D: i'll drink again without hesitation!

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Jet-black with a large brown, chocolately looking head. The head is thick and stays a while with lots and lots of brownish lace around the glass.

Smell: Smells of roasted caramel malt, and has a hint of the trademark Rogue smell which is reminiscent of tea. The smell is very sweet, rich, and pronounced.

Taste: Starts with a near chocolate sweetness, and finishes with a very pleasant coffee taste- toward the end it tastes a lot like coffee with a bit of sugar. I am guessing the sugar flavor at the end comes from the Rogue "tea" flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with an unexpected bite of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very, very good stout. Best stout I've had and highly recommended. I'd get this any chance I can.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into an unbranded nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with a tan coffee-like head. Head is thick and pillowly leaving significant lacing. Looks tasty...

Smell: Strong roasted malt smell. Hint of olives (?!?) maybe. Sugary smell in the background.

Taste: Roasted taste with a strong taste of coffee. A nice bitterness to it as well. Very tasty. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: Very tasty!! A great stout and another great beer from Rogue. Highly recommended!!

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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