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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,927 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | 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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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer smells of roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate. When poured it looks like an imperial stout. It looked thick and has a big head. Decent retention with its brown coloured head. The bitterness from the hops are perfectly balanced from the roasty malts. The coffee flavours are great and the hints of chocolate make the beer very tasty; there is also a nice sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and this beer is super drinkable. However, the watery mouthfeel really hurts the taste, but I might be a bit jaded from RIS... I will drink this many more times!

EDIT: As the beer warms up, the mouthfeel get's better and soe does the flavour.

swizzlenuts, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very well balanced stout with a plethora of flavor

A- Dark opaque black stout with translucent garnet-red edges.

S- Smell is caramel, roasted malt and floral hops

T- The balance of this beer is superb. Roasty, sweet, and spicy, it really doesnt get much better than this. Unless you're drinking a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

M&D- Too light and watery for my tastes but it is quite quaffable. Almost as thirst-quenching as spring water.

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of gameface23
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with a really nice tan head. There is nothing wrong with the way this beer looks in a glass. The aroma is pretty dissappointing; Notes of smokey malts gives way to bitter chocolate the more it warms up. The taste is diluted dark chocolate. Dissapointing, watery mouthfeel.

gameface23, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Surlington
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick tan head. Tight, even bubbles.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate.
T: The first taste is slightly sweet, not cloying, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Warm and malty. Ends beautifully with a twist of hoppy bitterness. The hops are more prominent than in most stouts, and have a certain piquant zing---very hard to describe, very complex.
M: Thick and warm, almost chewable. But not syrupy.
D: Highly drinkable; even that 22 oz bottle leaves you wanting more.

Overall: Very complex for a stout. An absolutely epic brew.

Surlington, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz bomber.

Poured thick and inviting.

Appearance is dark ruby with nice head retention throughout.

Smell is chocolate, slight coffee and heavy malt

Taste of roasted malt, slightly sweet chocolate and coffee. Not cloying at all.
Drinkablity it outstanding. Taste is outstanding. Drinking this you would think it is an RIS if it wasn't for the low ABV. First time that I have tried this. Not sure what took me so long.

Kolsch, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to glass during season opener of The Shield...

Black with brown head. You should see this one. It's very pretty.

Strong nice stout scent.

Something hits the old taster up front followed by bitter chocolate. Serious stout.

So thick. Full bodied. Serious business.

I'm surprised this one isn't higher on the top 100. I would easily prefer this over something like storm king or old rasputin.

Overall: totally solid stout

PatronWizard, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the bottle from World of Beer in Westchase FL.

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan head. Good retension.

Smells like dark chocolate and other nice stouty notes. Little bits of coffee maybe. Mostly on the bitter savory chocolate side of the taste spectrum. Little bit of soy sauce smoke.

Medium carbonation with a bitter long lasting aftertaste. Drinks like an imperial stout without the higher ABV. Almost a session beer that would be great on a cold winter day.

gonzo46and2, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pitch black with massive, four-finger, fluffy tan head. Tiny bubbles race up the sides of the glass. Dark brown around the edges when held up to the light. Thick, clumpy lacing down the glass and great head retention!

Smell: Chocolate, toasted malts, caramel, and toffee. I got a touch of alcohol when I really dug my nose in there.

Taste: Espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel. While the espresso flavor seems to stand out the most, all flavors are easily distinguished and very cohesive. Great balance. The mild bitterness from the dark chocolate forms a great lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Flavor covers entire mouth and leaves a great numbing sensation. Carbonation is right where it should be, and feel is cool and smooth.

Drinkability: A pretty filling brew. I was hungry when I started drinking it, and half-way through I'm already getting full. An absolutely outstanding stout, and if my stomach weren't so puny I'd be drinking this puppy regularly. Smooth, complex, delicious!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A : Poured a dark brown with an incredibly creamy tan head. Lots of lacing

S : Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate

T : Good creamy flavor that's just full of roasted malts. Good coffee flavor in there also. A nice bitter chocolate on the finish to round things out

M : Creamy, full-bodied

D : A great stout on nitro. One of the easiest drinking ones I have ever had.

mhewes, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Market Street Wine, downtown location, in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick black body with a gorgeous cocoa head with nice retention, splotches of fine bubbled, crystalline lacing, and

Aroma: Great, pungent toasted malt assault - great full roast coffee that lends a lot of earthy, dirty notes, bittersweet chocolate, and light hop overtones.

Taste: Milky creaminess without being sweet, hints of bitter chocolate, toast, a few burnt notes, highly roasted coffee, some nice balancing hop bitterness, and a few light spicy citric notes.

Mouthfeel: Fine-to-medium bubbled, a little oily, remarkably even, but also a little prickly. Medium-bodied and just the right level of thickness. Improves as it warms - becomes creamier, fuller, and smoother. Excellent.

Drinkability: Abv% is obviously completely manageable and nowhere to be found in the taste. I've had this a few times before on tap, and it's just a really well-balanced, easy drinking stout - one of the better ones I've enjoyed.

CrellMoset, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of fascistfaction
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Come on, it is a stout that makes all others bow to it. One of the best beers, no matter what style , ever brewed and drank in my opinion. Oh yeah....
22 once bottle bought in a 12 pack at a distributor in Pittsburgh, PA (we can not buy beer in supermarkets, gas stations, ect., there are dedicated distributors for beer).

taste - slight chocolate with a overtone of mussels (maybe it is just me)?

appearance - black beauty with fine carbonation that lingers around with an agresive pour into a 20 ounce Guinness glass.

mouthfeel - wants more, smooth and delicious with the carbonation lacing nicely on the glass and the teeth, I suppose.

smell - chocolate, cofffee-ish (a made a new word) excellence that dissapates slowly and enhances the subtle tones of seafood (again, maybe it is me).

drinkability- at $66.00 a case this is a bargain in my mind....Chimay brand can have it's $150.00 a case nose into the air but must look at the kid kicking it in the shins...enjoy

fascistfaction, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of SMADMS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A-- Opaque black pour with nice 2 finger mocha brown/espresso colored creamy head lacing the glass as I go
S-- Roasted malts, chocolate and slight hops coffee
T-- Light, hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malts, coffee finish is a little bitter
M-- Light and little to no carbonation maybe a little chewy
D-- a wonderfully balanced stout.. another please

SMADMS, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dense ebony color... Really appealing tan creamy head... Great head retention... Coated glass well...

S - Roasted grains... Chocolate... Malt... Hops... Coffee...

T - Earthy... Hops... Light chocolate notes on aftertaste...

M - Silky smooth... Lush and creamy... Light carbonation on tongue... Slightly tangy at finish...

D - Excellent stout... Highly enjoyable... I typically enjoy slightly sweeter porters/stouts, but for a bitter one this one is right up there...

philbe311, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bocktown in Pittsburgh

A: Dark, Dark brown, yet not completely black. Nice brown head that quickly dissipates to a skim.

S: Lighter than I expected, with notes of coffee and chocolate, but no hop presence in the nose

T: Also lighter than I expected. There are mostly light coffee flavors and some cocoa. The lack of hops and intense flavors left me a bit disappointing, but the flavor is decent nonetheless

M,D. There is a decent amount of carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel nice and the lightness leaves the drinkability decent as well

treyrab, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a deep black with some red highlights, and a two finger bubbly tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, but very faint.

Taste starts out with chocolate and some smokiness, coffee flavors are subdued somewhat. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I thought it looked during the pour. Carbonation almost seems a little harsh.

Pretty good but it didn't really live up to my expectations. I think I just don't like their Pacman yeast strain or something. It always seems to have some funky taste that I can't put my finger on.

roadhouse, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer in KC.

Poured an almost black with a 1 finger off-white/tan head. Lacing looks as though it will give the glass a foamy trench coat.

Rich thick malts, mild coffee and maybe a touch of bakers chocolate.

Wow, first taste is a deep indulgence of malt and dark roast coffee bean. After the first couple sips it mellowed into a malty espresso. The aftertaste I can't quite place..

Mouth feel is smooth and velvety with low carbonation. I have the tendency to chew now and then.

Very good stout, could definitely see having another. A nice array of flavor and yes, the lacing reached the bottom.

Zadok, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from Vidalia, split with the gf and poured into two mugs.

Black color with a modest and very creamy tan head, very good retention, nice lacing--looks a lot better than most stouts tend to.

Smell is bitter roasted malts, coffee, no perceptible alcohol and any hops that are still around (no freshness date, not sure how old the bottle is) are hiding behind the malt. Inviting.

Taste is so damn good. A bit predictable, sure, but this one delivers. It tastes rich and dark, theres roasted malt, theres coffee, some unsweetened chocolate--everything that should be there is and there really isn't anything out of place.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. It has a big powerful taste but it drinks so easily. It almost goes down like milk but with a completely clean finish. I ended up drinking about a pint of this bottle and it is the middle of summer and I was in a hot tub--I don't really see how anybody wouldn't be able to get through a bomber of this on their own at any time of the year, because I am not even a huge stout fan and this was fantastic. Who needs a 13% ABV russian imperial stout when you can drink something like this?

wheelinshirt, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date found. poured into tulip.

opaque black. plenty of light brown head that fades to a thin layer. lacing is thin at first, but later pours give great lacing down the glass.

coffee aromas and charred roasted malts. dark fruit hint. woody note? grassy and earthy tones. hint of normal stout acidity.

flavors are similar, with a typical but subtle stout-style acidity accompanying the mild to moderate bitterness (w grassy hop tones in there). almost chocolate, roasted maltiness and sweet dextrins. coffee finish with that hint of stout tartness.

smooth and creamy. fluffy carbonation.

tai4ji2x, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color, nice creamy dark mocha dead that left some lace.

smell - Roasted malts, coffee beans.

taste - Roasted coffee beans with some smokey taste present. Some bitterness present when it goes down.

mouthfeel - Medium and roasty.

drinkability - Not that of a beer, enjoyed it, Rogue makes good beers.

auxiliary, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of grs8313
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650ml bottle no bottling date. Pours very dark, black. Fine bubbles that dissipate quickly, with a head that is 1 and a half fingers.

Smell: I found the smell to be very faint, but it was of coffee and cocoa with hints of apricots and seltzer water.

Taste: Sweet and like seltzer water on the tip of the tongue. Coffee and cocoa hints on the sides of the tongue, with a slight acidity. Mild hop finish

Mouthfeel: Like seltzer water from the carbonation, not thick or syrupy at all.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, more than I thought it would be. Does not kill the pallet with coffee or hops notes and could be sipped all night.

I was a little disappointed with this beer, I was hoping for the coffee and cocoa notes to be more present.

grs8313, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured with a tremendous dark tan head, and pitch black body.

S: the smell was rock solid, with up front roasted barley and a bed of caramel and chocolate that smelled super smooth.

T: a roasted coffee first with a lot of sweet crystal caramel tasting malt and some chocolate. The finish is actually pretty clean, with a little lingering roastiness but no real astringency.

M: really tiny prickling CO2 bubbles that kinda felt off. The body wasn't too bad though, not too thick, not too thin. Carbonation though seemed just a tad too prickly. This bottle was carbonated pretty heavily, as was evident from the strong hiss that escaped when I uncapped it.

D: Not too bad, it kinda wears on me and becomes a two dimensional sweet-roasty heavy stout on me after almost a pint. I would only have 1 in a sitting but it tastes good none the less.

MiScusi, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce bomber I've walked by without buying probably hundreds of times, poured into a pint willi glass yields an inky ebony body capped with a thick mocha head with ivory swirls around the rocky bubbles in a shock of foam that retains great and leaves fat rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweetly roasty and chocolatey with a warm note of toasted grain.

Taste is roasty and malty with an earthy, gritty note of husky grain. A winey note of chocolate lingers in the mid-drink with a bit of mellow oatiness and cocoa powder in the finish.

Superbly drinkable and smooth, this drink makes me feel dumb for not buying it sooner. I'm a convert...it's official...I think I'm in love with Rogue!

At my house, Shakespeare is very likely to appear in numerous encores!

cvstrickland, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet-black with a large mocha head that retains decently before settling to a bubbly swirl atop the beer. Nice sheets of lace form from the dense, creamy head.

S: Roasted malts predominate: coffee, burnt caramel, and some light toffee. Strong hop aroma, as well. Not as intense as I'd like, but still solid.

T&M: Wow. Rich, complex, and bold. What a beer! Rich dark coffee flavor melds beautifully with citric/leafy hops, burnt caramel, and some faint dark fruits emerge, as well. The finish is long and complex--it really makes the beer. This is probably one of the best straight-up stouts that I've ever had. Body is medium-full with a creamy feel that is quite exemplary.

D: This is a beer to be savored. Despite this, it's still very easily gulped down. A masterfully crafted beer by Rogue.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of ectomorph
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark black with tan head with light lace.

S - Caramel, toffee, and some coffee undertones. Nothing overpowering though.

T - Mild malt flavors blended with what tastes like alcoholic coffee. Being a coffee fiend, I like this.

M - Rich and heart makes any Stout proud.

D - I could have 3-4 of these tonight...

ectomorph, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this guy from a pint glass, but virtually had to force there to be any head with the last third of the pour. The taste had a pleasant richness to it with notes of chocolate and coffee, as well as a little bit of creaminess. It had real character and wasn't too dry. It also had a hoppy bite to it that was perfectly mild.

HoppyMcStout, Jul 12, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,927 ratings.