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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,906
Reviews: 1,531
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 188
Gots: 181 | 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 Finn
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black into an over-sized wine glass. A slight wisp of head retention.

Smell: Chalky, chocolate, licorice and sweet caramel dominate the nose, with mild esters of plums and fruit.

Taste: Dark fruit and roasted malt with a mild sweetness, with the roasted barley and hop bitterness taking the finish. Fairly dry finish, did I mention roasted barley?

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full body with moderate carbonation, not disappointing.

Drinkability: While this is a fantastic stout, I've had better in the drinkability department. The roasted barley/astringent character detracts a tiny bit from the quaffability. But overall: RECOMMENDED!

Finn, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Split a 22oz.

A: Awesome two fingers of weird mocha/tan head. Very earthy looking.

S: Malt, sweet caramel.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, with a slight bitterness that suits the style.

M: Med to slightly heavy body. Good light carbonation.

D: In between a sipper and being able to drink 3 or so bombers. Depends on the temperature it is served at.

aerozeppl, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a little light tan head.

S - Chocolate and coffee scents.

T - Strong coffee with some chocolate taste also. Rich flavor.

M - Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer that's easy to drink. The lower alcohol content makes this easy to enjoy the whole bottle and then some more.

jeffmonarch, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice example of the style here.

Jet black pour, looks and smells like extremely stryong coffee. Hint of roasted chocolate too.

This was a tasty stout. Extremely pleasant chocolatey finish. Good roasted taste, quite impressive.

I'm usually not impressed with the Rogue line-up but this was a nice surprise. Good beer.

Tilley4, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of deepsouth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm drinking and reviewing a 22 oz. one of these tonight. it has been one of my favorite beers for several years.

i am drinking this out of a new sam adams glass.

i love the appearance of this beer. poured rather aggressively into the glass managed to produce about about an inch of head with little to no lacing. this beer is jet black in color. i thought it was the dark floors and dark countertops, but i took it into another room and the same result... jet black. the head is a mocha brown color. beautiful. i only wish i could get a three inch head on this one so i could give it a five here.

the smell is roasted, almost burnt, malty, also chocolate and coffee. completely delicious. just enough bitter at the end. a very balanced beer IMO. must be the hops.

this beer has a wonderful mouthfeel. thick and creamy, but not sticky. it's like a pillow in your mouth. nice and fluffy, but then it's gone and it's time for another sip.

a superbly drinkable beer. it's not too overwhelming. it's full of flavor, but not so complex that you fell it necessary to stop at one, although i don't imagine i could handle more than a couple of these large bottles.

it's not the best stout in the world, but it never disappointes

another fine offering from rogue, a company that i respect for offering a lot of different beers that i have enjoyed for the better part of the past fifteen years.

deepsouth, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of DackAchan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours nicely, dark black with a one finger mocha head. Very little retention and no lacing.

S- Nothing special about the smell, slight hints of chocolate, mostly a strong burnt barley smell.

T- Very strong burnt barley taste. And I do mean burnt, seems like all the Stouts I've had from Rogue have some burnt barley.

M- Okay mouthfeel, medium body, a little light for a dark beer. Small, almost inconsequential bite at the end.

D- I wasn't impressed with this beer. I don't think I'll try another Rogue beer. Every one I've had has been unimpressive. This is another letdown.

DackAchan, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a good mocha colored head. Great chocolaty roasty aroma with tons of coffee. The aroma is very strong and delicious. The flavor has TONS of roast malt with coffee and chocolate in the background. Bitterness is pretty high for a stout, but Rogue is as Rogue does. I can't get any hop flavor off this one. Good heavy body but not thick. It doesn't make much sense to say, but it makes sense in my mind. All the body is right up front and it slims down almost immediately. A great stout all around.

drseamus, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been on a stout kick lately and this has to be the highlight so far. Poured from bomber into chalice. This is one hell of a black beer, nick thick and creamy mocha head forms with good retention and average lacing. Smell is of toasted grains, coffee, and a touch of alcohol, something about the smell seems just a little off or out of place. This beer tastes amazing, everything a stout should be. Nice dark, malted grains, a hint of coffee, some chocolate (slightly bitter) and a small touch of hops which I normally dont detect in stouts but I like the presence. The mouthfeel is incredible, nice and thick, low on carbonation, it just seems perfect. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker. Definitly enjoyed best at a warmer temperature and its meant for slow sipping.

bunnyhustle, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black. Cascading carbonation a la Guinness. Topped with a dark tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hop aroma lingers in the background. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Quite bitter. Dark bitter chocolate flavor is very strong. Boozy. Dry bittering finish. It could be sweeter.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth – not slick.

D, notes: Drinkability is ok. A little too bitter without enough malt balance in my opinion.

Nipitato, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bomber into a chalice. Poured an opaque black, that allowed a little light through that showed mahogany hues. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit mellower than I expected. There is chocolate up front with a lot of roasted malts, a bit of hops at the end to balance. Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth. If there is ever a chance for a stout to be a session beer then this is one. This goes down very easily.

hwwty4, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of atrus138
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber of this into a pint glass. Poured a dark black with a thick khaki head. Smells of burnt caramel, coffee, and chocolate prove to me that this is a stout. Tastes very nice - all the smells were present in the taste, with mild sour notes. A little hoppier than I expected, though not bad at all. Very balanced with a nice thick mouthfeel. I'll probably have this again sometime.

atrus138, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown/black with a three-finger head of dark foam that settles fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate up front, with a hint of coffee in the background. Lots of roasted qualities to the malt in this one as well. A hint of hops comes through to provide balance.

T: A wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malts balance out in this one, blending in a hint of hops as well. This is a very well-crafted stout, and damn tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a nice subtle hint of carbonation.

D: This is another outstanding stout from Rogue. This and the Chocolate Stout are by far two of my standards in that category. Very drinkable, and very delicious.

YonderWanderer, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of pheggeseth
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big Head, lacing everywhere, some liquid suspension, but settles pretty quick

S: mostly Chocolate, some hops, really not much

T: woody chocolate, some echoes of hops

M: smooth, not too thick or thin, some slight carbonation, great

D: Like the bottle says, it's pretty mellow, great mouthfeel and a compelling but not too complicated taste, I could drink this all night

pheggeseth, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of BWH3
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout Rogue Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The beer stats as presented as only Rogue does.

Northwest Harrington and Klages malt, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, Rolled oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free range coastal waters, and Pacman Yeast. Plato 15, IBU 69, 135.45 Lovibond, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Still ink black beverage with only a glancing hint of red in the underbelly if tilted and held to the light. Head pours a cocoa brown. Initially large the head fades slowly into a thin sheet of foam then subsides into a ring. The beer does not cling to the glass like the chocolate stout. Classic American (4.5)

Smell: The aroma is rich with roasted malt. A very slight malt sweetness is buried underneath these black waters. A noticeable but delicate citrus/resin like scent of cascade hops is also detectable. Nothing unique or bizarre about this aroma, but it is very representative of style and has no flaws. (4.0)

Taste: Again, powerful and full flavor of roast grain. Bitterness is the flavor of coffee without astringency or excess acidity. The hops bitterness accompanies the malt bitterness well. The aftertaste has a slight burnt quality but does not linger long. The beer has a subtle creaminess and a nice dry finish. Nothing exceptional but no mistakes made. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Nice light medium body and fairly still. Nice dry finish on palate. (4.5)

Drinkability: If you want a thirst quenching, enjoyable stout to tip back over and over again all night, this is your beer. It does not have the depth that other popular craft stouts have (or Rogue Chocolate Stout for that matter) but this one has no flaws and is fairly robust in terms of flavor. (4.5)

BWH3, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mysterious black body with a dark tan head. No lacing but bubbles stick to the glass under the surface. Burnt malt nose with expected Rogue hoppiness present. Nice malty taste with some chocolate and hops. Coffee finish that is a bit dry from all of the hops, I presume. A nice smooth feel to it that is almost a bit watery. Enjoyable brew. A bit on the pricey side though, therefore hurting the drinkability for me.

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of augusta
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark Brown, light head
Smell - Chocolaty
Taste - Nice Chocolaty after taste
Mouth Feel - Nice full taste, not too heavy
Drinkability - I'll definitely be buying this again
This is a great beer, The way it should be. Buy It. Drink It. Enjoy It. Best I've had yet.

augusta, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of turbine2475
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 finger head that slowly disipates into a brown lace...very opaque with a small amount of dark residue on glass upon shifting

S: cream, malt, and cocoa

T: Toasted oats with a dark chocolate start and a mocha finish

M: Deceptively light with an inviting sweetness

D- Enjoyable brew and a must have for stout lovers

Staple american brew for converting guiness lovers

turbine2475, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown-based black with 2 fingers of brown, chunky head that dissipates quickly to a ring of brown foam that falls quickly.

S- A fairly fruity malt scent smells of raisins and other dried fruits. Very light hop scent.

T- Malty, slightly grainy with a light chocolate taste.

M- Moderate mouthfeel with light carbonation. Sweet aftertaste. Quite light -- pretty good.

D- Quite drinkable. Enjoyable and not too heavy.

AlephNull, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 3in puffy chocolate mousse head really dark brown with great retention and lots of sticky lace over a deep brown almost black brew with orange/ruby highlights.

S- oats and coffee, roasted malt, slight cocoa and sour hops, toasty wood, mushroom, dark burnt fruit, soy sauce, hop resin, dark rum, molasses

T- slightly smoky charred wood, soy sauce, burnt granola, a dab of citrus (from the hops?) cigar tobacco, toasted oats, earthy soil, and a coffee ground smoke aftertaste.

MF- crisp and resinous, mid-low carbonation, coating and filling

D- a very worthy stout

hustlesworth, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 650 ML. Dark Brown bottle.

A: Black oil pour, two fingers of thick intense dark espresso foam that slowly dissolves into a slight cover and lacing galore.

S: thin and grainy grapefruit pith with deep undertones of espresso roast and a slight sweet finish

T: Intense rush and bite of sharp grain then a dark roasted coffee finish with a flight grain finish to the tongue.

M: Surprisingly thin, but very complex as it starts with a burst of sharp hops then setles down for the roasted expresso with just a dab of sweetness. Hops meets a stout and the hops almost win.

D: Definitly not a session. This one needs to be sipped, savored and studied to do it justice as I found it to be really complex and really changed in character as it warmed, started at 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is a hop lovers stout, but a great exercise for the stout lovers.

NitroGen, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the large bottle a wonderful pitch black, almost like an onyx gem, the way it reflected light. It had a wonderful tan head and great lacing. Not much of a scent, though, very little to detect beyond some roasted grains. Nice taste, a very nice roasted flavor, seemed more like a dry Irish stout than an American, but good nonetheless. Not many other characteristics to the taste, though. Goes down great, very smooth.

JamesS, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of tommy78
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark, chocolate appearance with a thin layer of head. The head is consistently noticeable throughout the time of drinking the beer.

Smell - Deep aroma of malt and cocoa.

Taste - The taste at first can be quite overwhelming. However, after a few more sips, the beer settles in well. The cocoa aroma translates really well into the flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Low carbonation = empty bottle. I truly savored the beer, and I realized after a while that I was done with this bottle. I could enjoy another bottle or two in one sitting. I noticed that it complimented the cool weather outside. Def. a late fall beer.

tommy78, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Shakespeare Stout is a pitch black with garnet edges when held to light, with a huge, thick rocky tan head that is slow to recede and leaves big hunks of foam. Pretty much as good as it gets stout wise, although without being to anal, some of the bubbles are to big for my taste.

Aroma is dusty coco with a bit of citrus hops, but overall pretty soft. The roast comes out more as it warms, but overall it's still not too impressive.

Taste is very robust and quite roasty, boarding on burnt, but cut by the citrus hops and a bit of chocolate, before the acrid, bitter, lingering finish. It rounds out a bit as it warms, but is still rather astringent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but a little oily. However, the body is much lighter then it looks.

Drinkability is average. I have to say I don't see what all the fan fare is about, it's just too acrid for my taste...I could use more coffee and less coffee grinds. That being said, the body is pretty light and the ABV modest enough that it went down easy enough, particularly as it warmed. Still, I'll take Rogue's Chocolate Stout over this every time.

ccrida, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep dark brown with tinges of black. Pours with a thick dark tan head that settles nice and slowly. Slippery lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Chocolatey with roasted sugars are most prevalent, including some oaky/earthy malts. Slight hints of some deep fruit, and possibly maple sugars? Deep whiffs reveal a tiny piney hop scent.
T: Chocolate/coffee malts all the way, with an undulating sweetness that is most prevalent in the midtaste. The finish brings a smooth yet slightly smoky taste. Other flavors that show up are some light sugary spices, and a creamy caramel.
M: Quite nice. Full-bodied, for sure, but never too filling or heavy. Nicely creamy in the finish.
D: Pretty good. Definitely a sipping beer.

LeftyBWS, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nearly black color with minimal lacing.

Smells and tastes exactly like a strong coffee. Unfortunately, that's all it tastes like. I remember this beer being much more complex. But, after having it tonight, I feel as though it's a decent stout, but there are definitely better ones on the market.

jdubjacket, Oct 27, 2007
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,906 ratings.