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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,019 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 213
Gots: 227 | 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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...

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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...

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt, a coffee presence and a small hop. In the taste, roasty malt and coffee, also a oatmeal sweetness. A smooth, bog bodied mouthfeel, with a semi-sweet maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice stout, oatmeal sweet and a nice hop presence.

Photo of almychristopher
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an easy pour brings out a nice thick tan head over a very dark beer, with some red highlights. the aroma is a very nice roasted malt smell, maybe some chocolate and coffee notes there, but the taste is where the malts really shine the coffee and chocolate are pronounced and fade away in a bit of bitterness that might be more due to the hops than the malt. the mouthfeel is full bodied, but with a bit too much carbonation for me.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask into pint glass at Gingerman in NYC

A- Bark black head with 2 finger creamy tan rocky head. Minimal lacing that faded quickly.

S- Chalky earth with coco/roasted coffee and citris undertones.

T-Pungent hops,malts and coffee but modest ABV which i expected more of from Rogue. No bitterness in the finish which I credit to the cask.

M: Medium Heavy and sticky/oily coating the pallet with smokey covering.

D- I was incorrect i thinking this was a RIS rather than an American Stout. A heavy earthy beer that I would only recommend to an experienced stout lover.

Photo of BMoney575
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-23-08

Pours a super dark black, with an enormous tan head and gargantuan lacing.

Smell is very smoky, big malt, and a sizable coffee hoppiness.

Taste is just like the smell, huge malt at first, followed by a surprisingly bitter hop finish. Almost too hoppy.

Mouthfeel is perfect, just the right balance of slick bu not too thin.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is too apparent.

Overall, a great beer, that maybe needs a little time.

Photo of Sticket
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours dark, nearly black, with little to no light penetration. Brownish head dissipates a minute after pouring and creamy tan lacing lasts through the end.

S- roasted barley, mild hops.

T- well balanced roasted grains, dark chocolates and coffee, and a mild finish of hops.

M- creamy medium body that is slightly carbonated.

D- a great stout overall.

Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faint light will show through; still this is a near mahogany color. Hard to say, but it appears clear. Thick, long-lasting head. Only negative is the lack of lace (spotty at best).

Slightly chalky... but the rest is powerful, milky mocha. Some nuttiness in the background: almond and hazelnut come to mind. Very rich.

Holy coffee, Batman. Strong black patent malt flavor. Almost chewy. The finish is the bitter burnt malt tastes. The aftertaste is hoppy, but only after the swallow is complete. Relatively thin body for the style. High carbonation. (Interestingly, if I sip only the head, there's a metallic taste to the froth.)

Big flavor without being an extreme beer. Coffee lovers rejoice.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,019 ratings.