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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,743 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,743
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 171
Gots: 131 | 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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david131

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It really is a shame Rogue puts no dates on their bottles.

A- Pours a nice black mass with a nice brown head that forms and settles to a splotchy thin sheet on the top. Not the darkest I have seen, but it does fight to keep the light out.

S- A very strong roasty character to this. Chocolate and coffee as well. Some vanilla. What is up with that metallic tinge to this? The hops maybe? Interesting.

T- The flavor is good on this. Good roasty backbone and some more chocolate and coffee to it. This seems to have a strange character to it with the hops.

M- This beer has a little bite to it with the hops and carbonation. A little dry. Does feel a bit heavier at the end.

D- I have had some other bottles of this I know to be a few months old and I recall them being much better than this. I wonder if a little more time in the fridge would have done this beer some good. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 20:39:58 | More by david131
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Stouts, but I must say that this may be my favorite.

Beautiful dark, dark black brew with a glorious dark tan fluffy head. Except for the edges, the beer is completely opaque.

Smooth mouth feel. Maybe it could use even more smoothness but that's flyspecking there.

Glorious dark toasty aroma and flavor that is to die for. Coffee, dark chocolate, and lots of toasted malt. If you let the beer linger in your mouth you can pick up a fair bit of unexpected hops (well I say that, Rogue really is known for hops, but it is a bit unusual for a stout). However the hops are not overpowering (as some of the other Rogue offerings) and really fit well with the style.

A superb dry stout. Highly recommended. The best of the Rogue beers I've had to date, and probably the best Stout I've had (but I change my mind on that pretty often).

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 06:06:32 | More by jmbranum
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black. The head is very creamy with a nice light brown/tan color. The first smell I found was black olives. Not sure why, but it was surprising. It isn't exactly a bad thing. Other than that, there is roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The taste has much more coffee to it than the smell. The roasted malt is a nice compliment as is the dark chocolate. Caramelized sugar and molasses show up as well. Some strange tastes I found were black olives and lake water.

The mouthfeel is lacking a body and true taste, it's kind of thin. It still coats the mouth with dark chocolate, which is nice, but the black olives and lake water linger on the palate. The drinkability is one of the better aspects of this beer. It seems light for a stout, so it goes down well. The chocolate and malt aren't too overwhelming or sweet, so I enjoyed the whole 22oz. bomber. I think I need to stop drinking so many Imperial Stouts, because they are making me think regular Stouts are too thin. I'll try this again because, even though everyone's tastes are different, I expected this to be much better. I'm assuming I had a bad bottle. The store I bought it from isn't the cleanest and is known for some older bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 05:35:28 | More by Gatch
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in color with a light brown head. smell of roasted malts, baking cocoa and coffee, the same could be said for the taste with a slight tinge from the hops in the immediate aftertaste with a lingering bitterness. A good drinker with medium body and the right amount of carbonation to make a smooth stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 03:10:25 | More by Bookseeb
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ChuckD

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Thick tan lacing atop jet black body.

To the nose - roasted malts up front. Coffee beans and charred wood smoke. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, the malts are tremendous. Sweet depth - molasses and maple candy. Slight hop character to back it up and lighten things up. Taste is layered and complex with sweetness.

The feel is thick and oily - heavy and strong on the tongue. The finish is dry - bringing you back for another.

Musings: A wonderful stout. Look, nose, taste and feel - everything top notch.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 19:47:13 | More by ChuckD
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ebony -- the got it right in the bottle copy -- beer with hints of brown around the edges. Very thin, greasy, tiny-bubbled tan head. Smells like spiked espresso, with some fudge rolled in.

Sturdy taste of roasted malt, with baker's chocolate. Some cold, burned coffee and plenty of bitterness. Loose and fairly light mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to notice.

This is a stout you can put away in quantity, but it tastes like a porter. Almost a stand-in for Great Lakes Edmund Fitz?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 03:55:15 | More by maundythirsty
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took bottle from the fridge and poured directly into my glass. Completely black even when held up to a bright light, with a big brown pillowy head. About 1/4 inch of head remained all the way to the bottom of the glass with nice lacing. Smell of hops coming through along with the roasted malt. I found that I liked the initial smell more than the smell as I took a drink, though. Taste was great with a very slight hop bite and really no sweet malts - only roasted malts. Light/medium carbonation gave this one a nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 02:16:07 | More by BeerCheese
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife thinks she sees brown, i say it's just black, no matter what it's dark and looks appealing. Thin brown head that caps this one off. Cocoa smell with some coffee bitterness in the background. Taste is also of cocoa. It also has a very earthy taste and mouthfeel. Almost feels a little bit gritty on the tongue. Finishes smooth and mild. Overall a nicely balanced beer. Very clean and simple which in this case is a good thing. Very drinkable. While I enjoy a hop or alcohol bomb, it's also nice to be able to find a good clean beer that isn't over the top but very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 01:30:26 | More by beermanbrian
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rated best stout in the world, and admittedly, it is pretty decent...

Rich dark stout colour, with a markedly off-white head. The blackness of this is almost impenetrable, and there are only the faintest hints of ruby.

Rich, toffee chocolate and coffee taste. Bitter, and a bit astringent. There is a certain sweetness, but the malts do come off a bit weak, and the bitterness is reminiscent of an imperial stout.

Honestly, the taste is enjoyable, but the finish comes off as an underdone imp. stout. Great body and easy drinking, but the astringent-sweet flavour can sometimes hamper one's desire to revisit the glass.

Generally, this is a very well dones stout and I would definitely purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 09:18:13 | More by BDTyre
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sacfly

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Pours a dark, black/brown color with only a hint of red highlights on the edges. Thin head of medium sized brown bubbles. Aroma is very roasty and sweet, with a hint of soy sauce. Pleasurable taste with a heavy sweetness balanced by roasted grains. This stout definitely achieves its dark color with a heavy dose of dark crystal malt. Just enough chocolate malt and roasted barley to keep this from being too sweet. Aftertaste is were the chocolate malt truly shines. Almost a milk chocolate finish, fades into bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, most likely from the oats. Great stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 19:40:05 | More by sacfly
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick black in color. Pours a dense fluffy two fingered head that is brown. Head stays for the entire sample. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Burnt malt character. Pine sap.

T: Roasted coffee and a dark chocolate presence. Nice Pacific Northwest hop bitter bite. Roasted malts are followed by a slight dark fruit taste. The beer finishes with a smoke and earth aftertaste.

M: Extremely smooth and creamy. Minimal caronation. Bitter and slightly dry.

D: An easy drinker. Impeccable balance. Shakespeare Stout is always in my rotation of beers and this it never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:06:59 | More by Tyrawlings
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Neehan

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour produced a jet-black with a thin, caramel-colored head that subsided to about half its original two-finger size. Small amount of retention at the top of the glass. The smell is of lightly burnt malts, toasted nuts, and light-bodied chocolates with a hint of coffee. These flavors also come through in the taste, with a mildly bitter finish that pairs with a smooth sweetness. Delicious. The pleasant bitterness lingers. A very drinkable stout, and one of many great beers by Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 00:27:28 | More by Neehan
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crayphish

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this stout had a dense light coffee colored head and intense black color. I really liked the contrast of the head and beer. Toasty chocolate and hops in my nose. Some acidic coffee as well. Taste is hoppy chocolate. Very nice. The coffee comes through here as well, but the bitter hops dominate. Mouthfeel is very chewy but dry. Finishes clean for being such a big beer. I finished two bombers in a sitting and could have honestly gone for a third. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 07:33:42 | More by crayphish
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BadRockBeer

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 650 ML. Screen Printed Bottle w/o Date

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. No light will pass through this pint. 1 finger, dark coffee colored firm head.

Smell: Floral hops, Ting of green olive, earthy.

Taste: Bold hoppiness upfront, big malt. Burnt chocolate barley finish. Lingering hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Prickly on the tongue, Smooth yet heavy and bold.

Drinkability: Good. Slow drinker. Rather hoppy for an everyday brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 05:18:55 | More by BadRockBeer
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velo343

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Lots of retention and sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lots of dark, toasted aroma. Mostly espresso, dark chocolate as well. Also some lighter fruit and pine coming through the darkness.

Taste - Like drinking melted bittersweet chocolate. While a little sweet, there's a sharp bitterness from all the hops that results in a dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, not overly thick.

Drinkability - While quite hoppy for a stout, the bitterness matches the dark chocolate perfectly. Drank this with a very rich chocolate/cherry dessert and the flavors were an amazing match. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 04:27:07 | More by velo343
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 22oz bottle

A bold and intimidating nearly opaque black body shows deep mahogany highlights near the rim just below a lean, fallow colored foamy collar and patchy layer of khaki head. No signs of carbonation are evident through this brew's deep inky body.

Burnt malt, light smoke, unsweetened chocolate and piney hop aromas must be teased out from the reticent yet tight nose along with hints of dark brown sugar, espresso and rum raisins.

Big bitter hop flavors, an odd surprise in a stout, and espresso lead the attack combining with a roasted, smokey malt backbone creating a tame and structured mid palate all tied off on a dry finish with plenty of smoke and dark roast coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and ripe prunes. Very bitter and hoppy for a stout, it is unbalanced without enough malt and other body to stand up to the other dominant flavors. This is true to traditional rogue style with emphasis on the hops and other bitter flavors.

Medium to full bodied for a stout, it is a bit thin and not living up to its full potential. Hop bitters and lots of smokey malts cover up some of the finer complexities in this brew. Quite smooth and easy going down, this brew is a pleasure to drink.

Overall this is a nice bitter and smoky stout.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 02:52:43 | More by Jwaks
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, somewhat brown hues to the color. Decent-sized, khaki-colored head that quickly dissapates to a thin cap. Pretty good carbonation.

Roasty malt aroma with some hop character. Taste is sweet and roasty, with a nice chocolate flavor and a dry finish. A little hops in the finish.

Medium-light body and very smooth. Quite drinkable with some nice complexity but nothing that really stood out to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 16:17:12 | More by AaronHomoya
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Stimack

New York

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

I guess it is sad that with my love of stouts and porters I have never tried the Rogue Shakespeare Stout before, I guess I should be a little ashamed of that because I usually see it at Olivers whenever I stop in. Well it was on tap last evening so I thought I would give it a try. Well I was not disappointed at all; actually I think it opened my eyes to what a superb beer this is. I was floating; my wife could tell by the way the beer went down, extremely tasty. The brew was poured to a black color; not sure any light would make it through but did not really look that deeply. Had a very nice dark brown head that had great retention and left nice lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with a nice mixture of scents. I am picking up chocolate, coffee, roasted to burnt malt, brown sugar sweetness, and a pronounced (by pronounced, I mean stronger than the normal Stout but in no ways does it dominate) hop smell for a stout. The taste is simply incredible, extremely smooth through out, chocolate flavors up front that break to a coffee like taste that mixes nicely with the hops in the back end top give it the perfect amount of bitterness. This was the highlight of the evening, simple a great beer and one that I will have on a steady rotation at the house here, man I can not believe what I have been missing!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 14:14:05 | More by Stimack
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 04:19:32 | More by atsprings
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Morningstar

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the works of William Shakespeare. So when I sit down to read one of his plays, I like to pop open a bottle and sit and read.

I like this stout it's very robust and understated. It has a nice bitterness that I enjoy in a stout. It also has a good after taste.

I enjoy drinking this stout along with some fish and chips.

I would definitely recomend this stout to everyone. You will enjoy it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 19:01:41 | More by Morningstar
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish coffee color with a decent creamy head. This is a very good stout. Lots of malt and coffee on the nose. Taste is malty with coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Very bold with a great body. An excellent stout. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 19:32:08 | More by bluegrassbrew
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mnesporov

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz Bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark black with a frothy tan head.

Smell: A roasted dark citrus smell with hints of burnt caramel and molasses that tingle the senses.

Taste: A very unique blend of roasted barley with malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the later half it has a chocolaty taste with a zesty citric toffee/coffee taste.

Mouth-Feel: An extremely smooth mouth with a creamy finish.

Drink-Ability: This is just one of those brews that you cant put down till the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 17:24:15 | More by mnesporov
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locarboy

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from sam's liquor in chicago. Pours black with dark brown fluffy head. Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that mingled with the aroma of cascade hops. The mouth feel wasn't what I expected with it having oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Nice lacing down the glass. Had a bit of a smokey, phenolic flavor (is it infected?). I expected more of a dark chocolate flavor. An interesting beer. There are other stouts I'd buy over this, but it was very drinkable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 01:14:18 | More by locarboy
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bomber served in a goblet.

Opaque onyx with shades of deep brown. Creamy and porous, coffee-colored head that leaves delicate, whispy patterns in a sea of bubbles. Trails of thin lacing with decent strength.

Big, richly roasted malts and oats. Semi-sweet cream and milk aroma with notes of lingering smokiness. Powdered touches of dark chocolate and mocha.

Rich, chewy roasted malts with layers of oatmeal, bittered dark chocolate, and robust espresso flavors. The hop presence is assertive and very earthen in flavor. A touch of smoke is accompanied by a chewy bitterness leaving an aftertaste of faint notes of alcohol, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Full bodied; rich and robust. Rather smooth despite the aggressive hop bite and chewy, roasted malts.

True to its name, this one's a classic. Tons of flavor and silky smooth on the palate, making this stout highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 12:54:16 | More by NEhophead
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briscott99

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark brown (not totally black) with a thick, creamy brown head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: This is not a very sweet beer, but there is a lot of caramel on the nose and a good bit of chocolate malt aroma in there as well. Faintly I also smell some hops.

T: Hints of chocolate. But mostly lots of roasty goodness and a lot of bitterness. Finishes bitter and very dry... dare I say, sophisticated. Normally I don't like highly hopped/bitter stouts, but this one hits me just right.

M: Light/med body with low carbonation on the tongue.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this stuff all night. This is a truly unique stout. I used to drink this on tap when I lived in Oregon, and now that I'm on the East Coast I usually have to settle for 22 oz bombers, but this stout never disappoints, on tap, nitro, bottle, whatever. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 00:03:55 | More by briscott99
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,743 ratings.