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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 172 | 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 nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - One and a half fingers of tan-brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam settles slowly an leaves nice lace.

S - Toffee and chocolate notes with some citrus hops, notes of orange and chicory. There is also a big, roasty espresso note that dominates the other flavors in the aroma.

T - Some chocolate and caramel malt up front, which are quickly replaced by a black coffee note of bitter, roasted malt. Some hop flavor comes out in the middle, it is mostly a resinous pine flavor that contradicts the more fruity hop notes in the aroma. Finishes with strong hop and malt bitterness, balance by moderate caramel and some bitter chocolate. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the finish with with a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this is a bit of a departure from many other American stouts. The roast character is aggressive, but complex and it benefits form the additions of the unusually assertive hops. Along with Sierra Nevada Stout, this seems the be the classic example of a sub genre of American stouts that display an aggressive hop character that one doesn't seem to see very much anymore. The idea of a big, palate crushing stout that doesn't reach into Imperial alcohol levels seems to have been lost on many breweries in the last few years; Shakespeare shows us the potential of such a brew.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of Ig0r
4.7/5  rDev +13%

The pour gives a good head of small, creamy, tan bubbles that leave a lot of lacing. The color is deep, opaque black.

The smell is a nice mix of fruit sweetness, chocolate, and smooth roasted coffee. The feel is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor matches the smell very well with sweetness leading a roasted-malt body with a light hop finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry with burnt toast (but not unpleasant) and bitterness.

For a very flavorful stout, the drinkability is surprisingly good. There is no feeling of heaviness or over-alcoholic aftertaste. Given the extra sweetness, this would make an excellent dessert beer.

Ig0r, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Let me start off to say that this beer really smells quite different, and not good in my opinion, the palate differs though. I will start off with the good to say there is plenty of chocolate marsh mellows, but really has quite a bit of medicinal notes that are very present. The beer almost smells like a cleaning agent to some sort, to what causes this i'm not certain. To the palate- a different story. The taste infuses chocolate, cinnamon and gingerbread that has a balance of some bitter hops. I like this beer, but the nose is incredibly weird. One of the few beers where the nose is off, and the taste is on

Twerknasty, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Got this at a Whole Foods in Buckhead in Atlanta.
22oz bomber poured into pint tumblers.

A: Dark brown, a little lighter than I was expecting. Poured a full tan head that created some nice lacing throughout the experience.

S: Rich in coffee and roasted malts.

T: The roasted malt comes across beautifully here. A little bit of oats, chocolate and coffee round off the taste.

M: Carbonation is fine. Good rich flavor coats mouth. Very creamy.

D: Very tasty and would drink again. Happy with this as I am happy with most Rogue brews. A bomber is more than enough for a sitting.

everetends, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured a deep brown / almost black color, with a rich 3 finger tan head that started with large rocky bubbles before settling into a half-finger coating of tiny bubbles.

Smell was not that strong, some acidic coffee richness and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Delicious, full flavor - more than I expected. Rich, roasty chocolate malts balanced nicely with a light crisp hoppiness and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Richer mouthfeel than I originally anticipated - on the RIS side of the Stout world.

Something this flavorful is always going to fare well on my drinkability meter... but having more than one bomber of this could be a bit much.

BeerImmediately, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Had on tap served in a pint glass

A- Very dark brown, almost black with a light brown head

S- Mostly roasted malts and chocolate

T- Flavor is pretty full, roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.

M- Fairly heavy mouthfeel, not the creamiest stout. Has decent carbonation.

D- Pretty high as far as drinkabilty. Pretty good american stout. There certainly are stouts that I like better, but this is one of the best.

Misfit138, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

I bought a bomber of Shakespeare Stout in a specialty beer shop. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a coal black color and is opaque. A tan head forms, and is resilient, but not sticky. Very little lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is faint, a mild sweet aroma. A bit og fruity hop scent and some chocolate fragrances.

Taste is good, a well balanced combination of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel is quite good, a smooth, buttery. dry feel, with virtually no carbonation.

Very drinkable for a stout. Well balances flavors are not over powering and a modest ABV makes is sessionable. A really nice brew from the folks at Rogue.

RJLarse, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

A: pours an almost jet-black with a massive, rocky tan head that has excellent retention. leaves a thick, sticky lace. quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: rich chocolate and coffee malts with a noticeable hoppy twang in the background

T: nice and hoppy up front giving way to the chocolate and coffee malts that linger on for a while and ends with a subtle nutty, breadiness.

M: thick and chewy, good amount of carbonation and a creamy, rich, bitter finish.

D: This is a great west coast style stout - I'm really enjoying the pronounced hop character of this one. Very rich and creamy yet quite easy to drink. I will definitely buy this beer again and I look forward to sampling more of Rogue's lineup.

Graham5161986, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Jerico
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a tan head that sticks around for a while.

S - Not overpowering. Malty, with hints of coffee and caramel. Some smokiness.

T/M/D - Smooth and creamy but light (not as thick as say, Guinness), a slight burnt taste, slightly milky and very mildly sweet. Settles in nicely, and leaves a little bit of a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good stout.

Jerico, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Appearance- Pours with no head and almost black color.

Smell- Nose is very weak but is mildly hoppy.

Taste- Suprisingly bitter, hops definitly take the lead role in the flavor department here, some light burnt flavors on the finish with a hint of overly done coffee. Not awful but not particularly my thing.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage.

Drinkability- An ok brew, I found this one disappointing but Im not a big fan of hopped stouts'.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Dark Brown near black with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of black and roasted malts with subtle candy and floral hop characters.

A nice balance of roasted and sweet malts with some delicate hop bitterness.

A thick brew that passes smoothly over the palate. Great pub stout to wash down some grub.

rye726, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass.

A- The beer poured a smooth black creating a 2 inch tannish brown creamy bubbly head. Minimal lacing that faded quickly.

S- Roasted coffee with hints of cocoa.

T- Roasted coffee with a burnt malty slightly bitter after taste.

MF&D- Medium bodied and slightly sticky. It coats the mouth well leaving behind a nice smoky finish. A good stout that I would definitely recommend. I am yet to be let down by Rogue.

hyland24, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours deep deep black with a big tan ice cream head. Smell is nice maltiness, slight copper, and bitter chocolate. Taste follows with really roasty malts and some slight coffee. Bitter chocolate on the finish. Good unusually noticable hop bite on the finish, not overwhelming, but more pronounced than you find in most stouts (excluding imperial stouts). A great brew, but not one for beginners, very complex, I like it. great beer. Pacman rules.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

Not a big stout drinker but heard so much good about this brew I had to try it.

A: black with big tan-brown head.

S: cocoa, chocolate covered raisen, plum, pudding. sweet and malty aroma.

T: toasted malt up front, dark chocolate, moderate citrus hops in the middle - actually pretty assertive - and dry finish. A bit less than the nose but to be expected. Still good flavors. I enjoyed it with some chocolate and it was a fine accompaniment.

M: smooth, but at bit thin - not too watery though. Actually it was just about right but could have been a bit richer.

D: fine. alcohol not very noticable at all. Stouts are not my thing really, but if they're yours, you will likely really enjoy this one. Of the few stouts I've had, this one is the best because of pleasant aromas and flavors and it was suprizingly easy to drink.

NatetheGreat, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/30/08. I had this on tap a few years ago and remember enjoying it a lot, so I picked up a bottle from the store recently.

Pours black with almost two fingers of light brown head. The head quickly dissipated and didn't leave any lacing on the glass. Aroma is of creamy chocolate, and very slight hops. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

Taste is very nice. Roasted malts, especially coffee. There was a complete lack of coffee in the aroma, but it's definitely there in the taste. Very bitter as well. Very low hop taste, which I like for this stout.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation seems a bit high, but not bad. Full, strong body. Drinkability is great. The ABV is low (6%) and despite the full body, goes down easy. I keep wanting more.

A very good stout - one of my favorites.

bkilpatr, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

This poured out a very dark brown with a medium head. It had a sweet chocolate flavor to start, followed by a nice coffee flavor that was quite bitter in the aftertaste. This became slightly milder as it grew warmer. It had a very good texture to it, not too thick or thin. This was a great stout to sip, with lots of subtleties.

Pencible, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a milk chocolate color and settles in a near black color with brownish tinges around edges against light. Two finger tan head that rather quickly dissipates to a ring and a thin film. Some initial clumpy lacing.
S: Very smokey, roasted aroma, fairly strong. Obviously strong malt, caramel presence, but also a fair amount of hop bitterness.
T: This is a very nice stout, nothing outrageous or over the top, but very flavorful and balanced. Slightly roasted/burnt taste of malt, mild chocolate, caramel balanced with a strong taste of hops. Very creamy and smooth.

This is about as good of a stout as I've had. Infinitely drinkable. Nice amount of flavor without being overbearing and nice balance of malt and hops. For an everyday drinking stout, this is my choice.

yourefragile, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from the bottle into a frosted pint glass (cause it was all they had; it was that or straight from the bottle).

A-Pours a solid black with a nice tan head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing throughout.

S-Mostly roasted coffee on the nose with some nice hops aroma behind.

T-Lots of roasted coffee flavor from the beginning with a nice citrusy hop bitterness on the finish. A very nicely balanced, delicious flavor.

M-Smooth and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-Very drinkable and, with a 6% ABV, not dangerously so.

This is probably my favorite Rogue beer. It has a lot of taste and aroma for such a (relatively) low alcohol beer. I have never had more than one but only because there are so many other beers to try.


sholland119, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A great looking stout. Black, fairly mildly carbonated, yet managed a nice 2 finger tan coloured head after pouring into my snifter. Decent head retention, and nice, intricate, sticky lace.

A nice nose on this one. Chocolate malts and deeper notes of char apparent, as well as the decent dose of cascade with a grapefruity hop aroma. A creamy nuttiness and hint of rolled oats also present, along with a hint of anise.

Yummy stuff. Hazelnut and chocolate, hints of dark fruit, then some deeper roasted flavours of espresso that give a hint of char that morphs to give a hint of anise and a wisp smoke. All the while the cascades are trying to assert themselves, and manage to give a nice grapefruit finish.

A great mouthfeel on this medium bodied stout. Smooth, creamy, yet almost dry. Favours the chocolate malts slightly over the more roasted malts, the final balancing act is nicely done by the generous amount of cascades used in the hopping of this brew.

A pretty damn drinkable and tasty stout with a fair amount going on in it. Rich chocolate character and somewhat mild roastiness should make this a great stout for introducing newbies to the style, so long as they enjoy cascades. A very well made brew, wonder why it took me so long to finally crack this bottle, as it has been sitting in my cellar for a year or so.

demcorhip, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date.... 69 IBUs.

Poured a brown, creamy 3 finger head that left lots of lacing.

Aroma was of hops and malt not much going on in the aroma department.

Taste was very good....sour malt at first with a slight hoppy bitterness. The after taste was of cofee and slight chocolate, nut.

Very good mouthfeel....creamy texture. The flavors do blend well.

A very good stout

Matty1918, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into my Rogue pint glass. Light-sucking black with a monumental 2.5 finger head of a nice deep tan. Great retention and lacing. Can't ask for a better appearance than this. Great aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans with a clear hoppiness in the background. The citrus is unconventional (well unless you're on the west coast where no amount of hops is too much) and interesting, but it may be a little strong. Flavor is an epic coffee-forward barrage of roastiness with less hops than the aroma would lead you to believe. This ends up being pretty perfect as far as balance goes. Really tasty stout. Finish is long and dry.

illidurit, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

A-pours black as night with thick tan head that leaves behind consistant lacing from start to finish

S-caramels,oak smokieness,along with some light hops and coffee aromas

T-the darkest of chocolate and robust french pressed coffee are the tits and ass of this stout along with french vinilla and hazelnut,rocky road ice cream,hops that create a boquet of caramels combined with honey roasted peanuts and sweet canadian whisky

M-creamieness for days,strong heavy body with teriffic carbonation that feels like a mad crazy whirlpool of 33 flavors combined in one hoppy waffle cone

D-smoothest Stout I've ever enjoyed,hands down!!!!

orangemoustache, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

a: This one is absolutely black. It pour with a big mocha colored head that has moderate lace and retention.

s: This is mellow overall, but interesting and complex. Mild roasty malt aromas of grainy coffee dominate. In addition, there was a surprisingly strong citrus hop smell.

t: Dry, smokey, charred malts that taste mostly of mild coffee, with perhaps a bit of cocoa. Moderately bitter grapefruit hop finish with a hint of pine.

m: Very good body given the low abv. The carbonation was exceptional, big, lush, foamy, and long lasting.

d: It took me a long time to try one of these, and I'm glad I finally did. I've got lots of great local stouts to pick from, so it probably won't crack my regular rotation, but this definitely a quality stout.

DIM, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

A: Could be the blackest beer I've ever seen. Definitely the darkest head I've ever seen--almost a maple color.
S: Stong roasted malt aroma.
T: On a blind taste test, I would almost guess this is a Porter, the roasted malt is so strong. Very astringent in the finish and dry as well. Some chocolate and coffee notes make an appearance, but this thing is roasted, bordering on charred.
M: Great body, very dry finish.
D: A little too roasty for me. It kind of overpowers everything else in the beer.

PaleAlien2, Mar 22, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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