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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,885
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 174 | 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 demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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
Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good, Good, Good.

Shakespeare Stout is by far my favorite Stout out there, and it deserves a ton of praise.

My most recent bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass, with a 2 finger head. Said head was creamy, and released a pleasant coffee aroma, with hints of chocolate. Floral and grassy notes also add to the smell, which makes the beer very nice, even before taste.

Tastes great. Bitter yet creamy, hoppy and delicious, this is a great beer. Excellent mouthfeel too, slightly thick, but still quite drinkable.

This is an all around excellent Stout, and honestly, this is what other beers in the genre should be striving for. Cheers!

KingPuuChuu, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a jet black into a Scaldis snifter. A 1 finger foamy head with decent retention.

Smells of rich smokey malts, chocolate and espresso. No detectable alcohol or hops in the nose.

Smells comes through in the taste. Very smooth. Gives you what you expect, but doesn't go overboard. Chocolate, nutty malts with a nice hops bite in the aftertaste that stays around just long enough.

Nice creamy chewiness in the mouthfeel - very good for the style. Medium carbonation dances off the tongue. A satisfying, but drinkable stout.

A very good American stout. Lots of flavor, but very drinkable

elmore, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful khaki head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell is of chocolate and a nice earthy-ness.

Taste and mouthfeel were extremely rich with a good roasted flavor and plenty of bitter. Very nice.

Drinkability was decent, a little too much roasted flavor for me to want more than one at a time.

OVerall this was a pretty good beer. Not my style of choice, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

GeoffW, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of skomahon
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ale's brew pub in San Francisco. I had tried this beer previously out of a bottle, but was interested to sample again on tap--and was again amazed at its richness and drinkability!

Pours dark, rich black color into a pint glass. Little head present, but first smell is of dark chocolate, mixed with some lighter hints. I was impressed by the taste--great combination of rich flavors with a wonderful, lingering aftertaste (described by others as chocolate covered cherry--I think that's a great description!). I would definitely order this again, and having it on tap was a great treat!

skomahon, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $6 ... when did Rogues bombers get so damned expensive? Shared with my carpool buddy.. mine in my New Belgium snifter.

Creamy lite brown head.. atop the expected black brew.. dots of lacing.

Aroma is dark malts and fairly abundant citrus hops for the style. Cold coffee comes to mind.

Flavor is dry burnt malts with sweet coffe grounds.. not as much chocolate as expected.. caramel without the sweetness... really pretty dry across the board. Significant citrusy hop flavors are available front to back. Body is smack dab medium... dry finish with drying black malt bitterness.

I don't drink enough stouts. I always expect them to be heavier.. but this is a nice stout that is actually very drinkable... especially on a cool Idaho night. I've had the Shakespeare Stout a bunch of times over the years.... especially lately; I bet I've picked up 4-5 bombers recently with the intent of reviewing.. but drink it anyway. Certainly a good beer for the Stout stable.. although quite a bit more pricey lately.

JohnGalt1, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of shabbtastic
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz. Bomber

A - Pours a dark black with a decent tan foamy two finger head. Lacing was excellent.

S - Roasted malts galore. A toasted woody / oat smell as well. Hop aroma follows with a hint of citrus making this one very balanced.

T - WOW, this is really a great beer. Dark roasted malt dominates the initial sip, followed by a finish of dark fruit like a chocolate covered cherry!!

M - Full bodied and creamy through and through.

D - For sure a session in the making. I could drink this everyday in the winter. Um-um goodness, highly recommended.

shabbtastic, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of DHGranstrand
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice foamy head with fair head retention. Decent lacing.

Smells okay, nothing special. Slight chocolate scent.

Nice bitter dark chocolate at the forefront with hoppy end.

Mouthfeel okay , nothing special for a stout.

It is fairly average in some respects, but is very well balanced. Nothing jumps out at you, but I could drink these all night long without my tastebuds getting fried.

DHGranstrand, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of AMo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a medium dense, opaque black with a short stiff tanish brown head. The smell is very pleasant and medium strong of roasted malts. Taste is predominant of malts with a roasted chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a low to medium carbonation. Overall the drinkability is fantasic. The smoothness comboed with the mellow malt flavor makes this very enjoyaboe to drink. Definitely one of the best from Rogue.

AMo, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid brew

A: the appearance lasted and lasted, it had a dark "syrupy" like color almost black with a very dark brown tan head

S: chocolate and coffee

T: smooth burnt toast with a roasted morning coffee taste. there is a hint of chocolate malt but not more powerful very good, and easy to drink

notes-this was a good beer, and i had it right after a diff stout, both were good and yet different

Redwood21, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle, purchased at Yoke's in West Richland, WA, into a mug.

A: It poured as black as ink with a moderate one finger head consisting of massive bubbles that receded fast to a slight ring around the collar. There was little lacing.

S: It smelled of roasted malts, caramel and maple syrup, and black coffee. There are hints of ripe dark cherries, raisins, and smoked almonds.

T: It had flavors that followed the nose with the roasted malts dominating. There were clear flavors of coffee, raisins, caramel and a nice bite of flavoring hops.

M: It was medium to full-bodied with a pleasant sweet profile balanced by the bite of coffee and hops.

D: I am a fan of Rogue and this fine brew does not disappoint. It's aroma and taste, as well as moderate ABV make this a brew that can be a great session drink. Nothing blows you away but everything works well together to produce another fine Rogue product.

dnichols, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out dark black with a one finger foamy head which dissipates quickly. Very light lacing on the glass.

Smell - Malt and coffee.

Taste - Malt and coffee. Slightly bitter. Some light sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.Worth trying again.

hardy008, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Black as molasses with a beige, spongy head that quickly subsided, leaving a scattershot of lace.

Smells of toasted roasted barley, hops, and alcohol.

Taste was creamy malty roasted and hops and yeast and alcohol esters all rolled into one dark enchilada of a beer.

Overall, enjoyable, but out here on the West Coast, it's hard to beat Old Rasputin (I know, slightly different style), given it can be found easily. On the other hand, this doesn't knock you on your ass like Old Rasputin does, so kudos to Rogue for making a flavorable, tasty beer that doesn't zonk you out. Would make a decent session beer.

watchnerd, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Divine intervention in a bottle. Absolutely incredible beer.

Black with a frothy brown head.

The smell was of warm roasted aromas, ranging from coffee to dark chocolate. But you can tell immediately that the flavors were roasted to perfection.

The aromas carry over to the taste, with more roasted chocolates and coffee. Some hot cocoa and sweet caramel stop by to say hello, and just when you think you've nailed it all down, BAM, some citrus flavors splash in. It's not over the top, either.

On a scale of smooth to not smooth, this would be a 10... or a zero. I'm not really sure, but it's damn smooth.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass (I've had this cellared for 3 years).
A: Very dark brew with creamy roasted brown head. Minimal carbonation.
S: You want to inhale this the entire day...oh, yeah...and drink it too. Perfectly roasted malts, cream, dark chocolate, molasses...everything that's dark and good.
T: The smoothest stout I've ever come across...almost like a thick, dark milk/cream stout. So creamy, smooth and dark...and the balance of malt and hop is spot-on perfect. Slight hop bite and dryness at the end keeps you coming back for more. Perfection.
M: Smooth defined. Like dark creamy silk on the tongue. Unbelievable. Lingers nicely with aftertaste reflecting intial taste.
D: Extraordinarily drinkable. Stouts are one of my favorite styles and this tops them all...I certainly believe the World Champion boast on the bottle. I could literally drink this all day long.

mwilbur, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black thick pour with a slightly oil look to it. Nice big foamy brown lasting head. Smell is fairly heavily hopped, with a rich roastiness in the background and a bit of dry cocoa. Taste is roasty, with medium to high carbonation, and was well hopped. Slightly overcarbonated, a bit dry, and bland, although the body was full and rich. Okay, but far from one of my favorite stouts. Just boring overall, and needed some sweetness to make the flavors pop a bit more.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of enfield249
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark red brown, 1 finger of tan head that fades to a ring of tan foam. Ruby highlights.

S - I'm having a hard time getting the smell here, but what I do get comes across as a nice roastyness.

T - First I get some nice coffee flavors, then some hops, and finally it leaves with a burnt toast flavor that lingers a while.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, cloying. This beer really sticks around.

D - A excellent American stout, really has a lot of the hop flavor that you don't get in English styles.

enfield249, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a good, lasting head that leaves trails of lace.

Smells very roasty, yet hoppy.

Taste is delicious, with roasted and toasty flavors, caramel, dark chocolate, and all with a delicious cascade finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth yet rich.

This is great stuff.

Strix, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go to bassmantin for sharing this brew.

This beer poured a decent head which lasted a decent amount of time. The head is a slightly brown, thin head. The smell is porterish. It has notes of coffee and chocolate. On to the taste...

The taste has a definite coffee taste...almost weak Stout, strong porter. Its a decent beer with a emphasis on the coffee side. Its a little thin on the mouth but its highly drinkable.

Overall, this is a BAD ass porter but a good stout. I have one sitting in my cellar aging. I will let you know how that turns out!


iconoklaztor, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while due to its high rating. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. This is a good looking beer.

Smell is delicious, roasted malts, chocolate. It smells almost like a good porter. Taste is fantastic. Sweet, thick roasted malts, a strong chocolate flavor, good hop balance. Not an overpowering stout, but a great balance of flavors. I could drink this all night.

This could be one of my regular beers.

bassmantin, Feb 21, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,885 ratings.