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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,086
Reviews: 1,560
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 234
Gots: 281 | 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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Photo of chilly460
2.69/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours an inky black with chocolate brown head, very nice looking beer.

S - I pick up mostly a malty scent, with some chocolate tones. Not the big aroma I expected.

T - Burnt coffee dominates, overly astringent. Never get to the "roastiness" that I expected.

M - Quite thin for the style.

D - Fair, but the bitter/astringent taste keep this to one beer.

I don't know if I got a bad bottle or just an off day as far as taste goes, but this beer did not match previous reviews. Will try again soon.

Photo of neobassman
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being unimpressed by a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a couple years back, I had not bothered to try another Rogue offering, until now. This Shakespeare Stout will not emerge as one of my favorites, but it has at least convinced me to try other Rogue offerings in the future. After trying this brew, I was shocked to find that it contained oats. It just did not seem akin to other oatmeal-ish stouts (which I tend to like). The pour produced a strong, medium-to-dark shiny, foamy and persistent head. So far, so good. The smell struck me as predominantly coffee and not especially complex as stouts go. The taste seemed more like that of Irish dry stouts, like Guinness, sharp and heavy on the roasted barley, but absent was the rounded, slightly sweet and chewy richness from the oats. Things were better in the mouthfeel department, where the oats made an appearance to provide this stout with a good, creamy sensation and a pleasant, malty aftertaste. What lingers on the tongue, however, was a return to the coffee flavors. This was not a plus for me, since I am not a coffee drinker otherwise. There was more of a hops presence, which is to be expected with a brew that is described as an "American" stout. Don't drink this if you are seeking a more malty, rounded, English-style brew. For me, I did not dislike it, but I am not likely to seek it out in the near future. My tasting was an isolated experience; it would be interesting to taste this side-by-side with other micro-brew stouts.

Photo of witster18
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

worth every penny of the 6.75(taxInc) I spent on the bomber...

Sure, it's expensive but this is one of the best, if not THE best, accessible stout on the market.

Pours near black with only dark brown highlights at the very edges if held in front of a bright light. tilt the glass sideways a bit to see the oily characteristic gained from the fine rolled oats.
The robust chocolate malt isn't overdry or chalky, as a matter of fact, this beer is smooth and silky. It's chewy but it's very drinkable. Nothing is overpowering but the prominant flavors are chocolate and a slightly winey and hop infused coffee.

This is exceptional quality.
my #2 dark accessible beer behind glbc edmund fitz porter.
price is hefty but after first taste it's literally easy to swallow.
Just take 100 bucks and bye about 15 bombers for the next couple of months as this isn't a serious session beer anyway.. it's too dam^ flavorful and chewy to session.

Photo of Rooney107
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours into the glass silky and obsidian--simply beautiful. Forms a solid dark tan head that reminds me of espresso. No light pierces the glass.

S- Lots of nuanced malt characteristics, some chocolate and coffee. A bit of toffee and milk creaminess.

T- Wonderful malt flavors hit me right away. Bittersweet chocolate intermingled with a light lactose and "frothy" notes fill out the flavor profile. A light bitterness seems omnipresent, but it never overtakes the palate. Simply superb.

M- It feels a bit heavy, but also creamy and a bit chewy (most likely from the rolled oats). Excellent feel.

D- I would drink this everyday if it wasn't so expensive. This is one of my favorite beers, ever.

Photo of infi
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a thick dark and black color that allows a small amount of light through it. A vigorous pour helped create a nice thick tan/brown head that has a good amount of lacing as you drink. The aroma is full of malt and the roasted barley. There is definite chocolate and a small amount of coffee in this stout too. The smell is a huge component of this beer. The taste is equally as good too.

The initial taste is full of the roasted malt and grain with some of the bittersweet or dark chocolate and cocoa coming in towards the end. I can pick up a few coffee undertones after a few sips too. The beer is damn smooth and creamy and has a small amount of carbonation going on. This stout has a light to medium body and very rich. I'd say this stout has such a high drinkability. A bomber of this would be easily be finished in a night's session by myself.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an inky black with a single-finger dark tan head. The smell is deeply toasted malt with a strong sweet molasses and chocolate backbone with a bit of imperial stout-style coffee in there as well. The taste starts off with some milk chocolate that goes into some bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavor with a bit of a bitter bite that doesn't stick around long. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I had no problem drinking this beer, and I will most definitely be picking it up again sometime.

Photo of dvb
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Olympia, Washington. Poured into a 12-ounce pilsner glass.

A - Black as night. As is typical of this type, the initial pour resulted in a tall head which receded pretty quickly and settled into nothing but lacing. Most of the lacing is at the top of the glass.

S - Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout to me, which is not a bad thing.

T - A little too bitter, but this is balanced out nicely by a slight sweetness and some smokiness. I'm getting a slight cocoa taste.

M - A bit thin and solvent-like, but not too bad. Slightly sticky on the lips.

D - This stout definitely tastes better cold than warm. As it warmed, it became almost too bitter. Still, a very enjoyable stout. I just need to drink it faster. :-)

Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a frothy, tan colored head. Nose is roasted malts, cocoa, and molasses. Taste is dominated by a roasted bitterness and unsweetened cocoa or dark chocolate. Well balanced and easy to drink. Appropriate carbonation with a medium to full body. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

Photo of skrib09
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

poured oil black with a huge frothy brown head up top. good looking brew.

smells roasty, earthy, and malty. some sweetness as well.

relatively straight forward flavors. dark roasted bitter combined with a "dirt" or earthy tone.

bitter and astringent mouthfeel that's surprisingly... welcome. good drinkability other than the bitterness.

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

A: Dark as night with a faint hint of ruby red. Dense, khaki colored head sits atop but minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chcocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, esspresso beans with a little dark fruit (maybe cherry) tart and biiter finnish.

M: Creamy and smooth yet dry. Light palate coating but not a huge aftertaste.

D: Excellent dessert beer. Enough uniqueness to hunt this one down.

Photo of atremains
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a very dark brown. Only hints of light shine through. very fickle two finger head. Good ammount of chocolate malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is a tiny bit watery but very relaxing to drink. I've had this before and I'll have it again. One of Rogue's strongest beers.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense, rocky, four fingers of dark walnut head converts to sea-foam as it drops sticky lace above a rich, dark brown, velvet beer.

A tulip glass highlights the sweet roasted malt with milk chocolate, latte and subtle pine notes in the background.

Shakespeare Stout has a strong bitterness with pumpernickel bread and espresso.

Soft carbonation and a light body give this relatively dry beer a nice mouth-feel with only a hint of alcohol.

While a fine offering on its own, this sonnet is perhaps best served cold. However, it will also compliment any beef dish.

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why should double and imperial stouts get all the love? This is one incredible "standard" stout.

Pours into a globe with very dark brown (nearly black) color and thick, sticky khaki head. Tons of lacing lingers on the glass as the beer settles.

Aroma is really nice with plenty of dark roasty character but a surprisingly high amount of hops as well. Slightly sweet with a hint of coffee too.

Taste is very pleasant, dominated by big roasty malts and healthy hop bitterness. As the label states, there is a nice earthy quality. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate round it out.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's not really heavy in terms of body but it has a great ability to coat the tongue. Oats certainly help here.

Very drinkable for the style. It is well-balanced between sweetness and bitterness. It never gets too carried away but there's enough in there for everyone to enjoy.

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I've never had one of these, but I'm going to remedy that immediately. Split the bomber with the wife.

Smell is faint, bit o' malt o' meal, not much else. Oh, it's black. Head is cumulonimbus.

Shakespeare is a nice stout. Never been a big fan of his writing, but this is smooth, creamy, with a tang of hops and a jiggle of chocolate leaf in the back. IN YOUR FACE BIG BEERS! This is a nice, unabashedly regular old American Stout that's quite tasty, with some good deep malts to back up it's claims to greatness.

Not quite first rate for me, but very good.

Photo of damienblack
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice thick dark brown, big mocha head with excellent retention. Smells rich, and some excellent aroma hoppage going on. Taste is super-smooth, very rich despite having the texture and viscosity of milk. Silky. Nice hop afterflavor helps part aside the deep dark malt. More chocolatey and hoppy than anything else. Can be a bit much to drink a lot of, but still quite excellent.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with a one finger light brown tight laced head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Deep roasted smells with chocolate, coffee, sweetness and a nice floral hop smell.

T: Roasted malts with hints of coffee, espresso, biscuity sweetness, dark fruits and a huge hit of creamy chocolate on the finish. Nice floral hops bitterness comes at the finish. Very nice beer.

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit bitter but not overly heavy or coating.

D: High, the lower abv makes the beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

A very good stout from Rogue that is very drinkable. Really enjoyable and the quality is always there. Great beer.

Photo of hike20
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Very light aroma, but a touch of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is nice and rich with a great mouth feel. Feels velvety on the tongue. Very enjoyable overall. This is definitely one of my favorites!

Photo of EatsTacos
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ink black with a creamy, off-white head that sticks to the glass. Had this in a pint glass.

The aroma is bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans, black licorice and dark candied fruits

Like most Rogue beers, I'd say that the taste outshines the nose. Strong coffee and expresso, with milky chocolate and a bitter and long finish. Usually Rogue beers to me stand out and are unique, but this is a very classic imperial stout to me, and well made.

Full bodied, and with a soft carbonation this is a milky, creamy stout. Good drinkability

Photo of CheckMate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber brown bottle obtained at Mckinnon's Meat Market. black in color with a 1/4 inch of dark beige head that sadly didn't last long. the scent of chocolate is there at first sniff, a little bit of oatyness. citrusy, earthy quality from the oats, nice chocolatey after taste from the chocolate malts. thick and smooth mouthfeel. one sip invites another in and it goes down smoother than one would think.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with an articulated fluffy dense dark tan head.

Produced a nice coffe and toasted malt aroma.

My only gripe about the flavor is it could have a heavier or denser mouthfeel flavor foundation.

The finish tended to disolve into a water-like character.

Otherwise I could keep enjoying this beer until it welded me to my chair.


Photo of dgilks
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wonderful, creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lovely lacing on the glass. This is a very appetising beer.

S - Some fruitness and a touch of roast are present. The smell as a whole seems quite dull.

T - Stacks of rich, strong coffee, a hint of tobacco as well. Lots of roast malt and some earthy hops as well. Overall, there is a lot of strong, dark coffee here and it is very powerful.

M - A medium body is accompanied here by a vibrant, almost prickly carbonation. Definitely not a thick and rich stout on the mouthfeel front. It also has a lot of grip around the back of the throat.

D - This is packed with flavour and so much so that it is almost hard to drink. It is a beer that is worth drinking but one is most definitely enough.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 24 oz Bomber

Appearance: Deep and dark black/brown. Pours with a thick brown head that quickly settles. Nice lacing.

Smell: Predominantly malt and caramel aromas, light hint of coffee

Taste: Very crisp with a sensual maltiness. Malts and barley remain on the pallet after swallowing. This beer has a very light hop flavor as well. The sweetness of this beer lingers long after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, remains on the pallet for a long time.

Drinkability: 6% ABV makes this a very easy going stout. My glass was gone before I knew it, even though I was attempting to take my time. A very nice example of an American Stout.

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

A: Dark brown/black body, finger width khaki cap, good retention and lacing.

S: Mostly roasted malts, slight chocolate finish, floral overtones

T: Very nice. Slightly roasted. Slightly toasted. Slightly chocolate-d. Its a very subtly beer, not as in your face as a lot of american stouts these days.

M: Smooth and creamy. Clean finish. Soft carbonation.

D: A delicate stout. 6% abv is a nice treat. This is what i'd call a great pub stout. You want a nice beverage, but you don't want to be overwhelmed.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

Photo of thain709
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful black body...no light getting through this one...brown head that eventually settles into a nice cap...laces down the entire glass

S - Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a few flowery hops

T - WOW...I feel like I'm reading a poem by the great Shakespeare...you are first met with the creamy yet bitter taste of milk and dark chocolate...next comes the roasted coffee beans full in flavor...finally you are left with the perfect bitterness from the hops

M - Medium to full bodied...rich and creamy

D - This beer isn't as heavy as you would expect... and with an ABV of 6% makes this beer very drinkable...Rogue hit the nail on the head with this one...what a great stout!

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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