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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,742 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,742
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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Rogue Ales visit their website
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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Poured an absolutely pitch-black color with impressive tannish head. Modest lacing. Smell is a complex mixture of bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt, and burnt toast. Flavor has all the ingredients of the smell and is nicely balanced by a firm hoppy bitterness. Rich, full, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. An excellent beer for a cool autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 03:37:37 | More by tgbljb
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Dizzy

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black with creamy tan head which it retains very well. It leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of roasted malts and fruity sweetness. Taste is chocolate and fruits and the alcohol is faintly noticeable. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 01:45:35 | More by Dizzy
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tonistruth

Nevada

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

on tap @ Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco, CA

A- dark dark brown, creamy, fluffy 1" tan head, good retent, and lacing.

S- roatsed and burnt malts, creamy sweetness

T- sweet creamy oat up front, followed by a blend of roasted and burnt malts, pine flavor toward end and in aftertaste. sweet cream finish that lingers in aftertaste. nice oat flavor throughout

M- so smooth and creamy, a delight to the palate, finishes warm and dry, nice medium body

D- flavors increase as brews warms, and i would recommend savoring this brew. mouthfeel is amazing. well done brew, a must enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 06:44:56 | More by tonistruth
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auntfloyd

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a creamy jet-black into a snifter, with a full 2 finger head which dissipates rapidly.

Chocolate is the most prevalent scent, followed by a roasted maltiness.

The taste is dry and fairly bitter, like unsweetened chocolate, with a dry malt followup and a faintly bitter aftertaste. This is definitely a more sedate, dry stout than Rogue's chocolate stout offering.

The mouthfeel is very good, creamy and smooth all the way, with low carbonation, just like a stout should be. This is a very drinkable beer.

Overall, I'd say this is an excellent stout, and one of the better year-round offerings from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 18:26:24 | More by auntfloyd
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Bouncingsoul1682

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!!! A fullbodied stout with significant notes of coffee and roasted flavors. Like I've stated before, Rogue hit the nail on the head when they tackled stouts...definetly in my top 5 of american/english stouts...it's a treat if you can find it. and obviously if you can find it on tap, there is a noticeable different in the flavor, smell, and taste...having had both.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 05:03:52 | More by Bouncingsoul1682
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EvilKeith

Alabama

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

During the pour it appeared to be the color of vanilla extract. In the glass it was full-on black. The head was creamy, dense, mocha colored foam. Granules of yeast collect on the bottom of the tumbler. The lace was initially thick and clingy.
The smell is dark chocolate, creamy, charred, a light smokiness, and a faint citrus/grassiness from the hops.
The taste was unsweetened cocoa, charred, sweet malts, dark roasted coffee, light bitterness at the finish, with a lingering dryness.
The carbonation was fairly active and felt like it was comprised of very tiny bubbles. The body was medium-heavy and comes across with a crisp, yet somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
I enjoyed this one. The burnt or charred notes gave it an almost porter-like feel. I found that to be a nice twist. Complex flavors and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 22:45:14 | More by EvilKeith
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mjc410

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can fit ALMOST the entire bomber in my Fuller's nonic...

The beer raises a two finger tan head that falls pretty quickly. The stout is pitch black, even at the edges. Head retention and lacing are poor.

Smell is coffee, molasses, caramel, all very roasted, with perhaps some spicy hop notes.

Taste is at first very smoky and roasted, and quite bitter. It has a sweet middle, with the coffee notes starting there and lasting into the aftertaste. I'm not finding a chocolate flavor, despite the bottle's claims. There is a nice hop flavor, though, which especially comes through in burps.

Mouth is medium, with middling carbonation. I would like less carbonation, and hence more smoothness.

This is a fun stout that I've come back to a lot. It's no world class brew, but it's quality. Paired very nicely with my from-scratch Scharffen Berger brownies.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 21:51:46 | More by mjc410
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Pooba001

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a from 22oz. bottle that I've had for about 2 months. Temperture is around 55 degrees after sitting on the counter for a few minutes after removal from beer fridge.

Held the beer up to light sources to find any color other than black, but this stout is opaque. Carbonation looks active, and the head is solid, tan, and doesn't fade quickly. Leaves lacing on the side of the glass as I drink it. Close to earning a perfect appearance rating. Smell is big on roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, with a hint of toffee. Hop aroma is there, but very faint in the background.

The taste is well blended, there is a dry maltiness, slightly sweet, a little dusty, with a good helping of dark roasted coffee flavor and some indistinct hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great, almost perfect thickness and extremely smooth. Drinkability is good for a quality stout, I could have another bomber (or 2) of this.

Possibly Rogue's best beer, and one of the great examples of the "American Stout" style, Shakespeare Stout deserves every accolade heaped upon it. The only thing bothering me about this beer is the typeface used for the word "stout" on the bottle. The "T"s are too thin, the "O" too wide. Fix the lettering, don't change the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 08:07:08 | More by Pooba001
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

1pt 6 fl oz bottle into a mug.

Pours opaque black with a generous light brown head that lasted forever. Settles to a thick dense fluffy cap. Lacing clings to the entire glass for dear life.

Deep dark roasted malts up front, tailed by sweet molasses. Very light hints of dried fruit. As the beer warms the aroma becomes sweeter, with almost a syrupy smell.

Bittersweet malts greet the palate then give way to hop bitterness, which lingers for a little while after each sip. Hints of roasted black coffee also make their way through. Lost in all this complexity is some creaminess that emerges here and there.

Full bodied with a chewy feel. Light carbonation with a crisp dry finish that slowly becomes smoother as the beer warms.

This beer presents itself well and doesn't dissapoint. The entire beer goes down easy with plenty of flavor. It's also armed with a bouquet of dark aromas. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 04:23:18 | More by BeerSox
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dfried

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color, frothy caramel colored head. Rich chocolaty and roasted coffee aroma, quite sweet and creamy. The tasted is quite creamy and chocolaty as well, with a lot of roasted coffee flavor. there is almost a hint of sherry and/or dark cherries before the sweeter malt flavor comes through.Right sticky mouthfeel. Bready, almost like burnt toast like after taste that I liked. Definitely full bodied, but pretty damn drinkable becasue it tastes to good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2006 03:20:32 | More by dfried
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. The appearance is pitch black. No light gets through this beer. A small light brown head goes down to being a very thin layer across the top. The smell is of roasted malt and coffee and maybe something sweet like caramel. The taste is immediately of roasted malt and coffee but not at all overpowering. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Thicker than Guinness but thinner than other stouts I've had. This beer sits rather heavy but is still quite drinkable. Overall, a nice stout but 22 oz. is my limit due to the heaviness.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:01:27 | More by uconnalum2
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hunteraw

China

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

Split this bottle with my dad tonight before dinner.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black, with a head that's surprisingly light in color. Nice looking head, good retention, some lacing.

Smell: A very nice smelling beer. Lots of complexity here. Cocoa, roast, coffee, and some earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Much like it smells, although not quite as good I don't think. I think I'm starting to get a feel for what Pacman yeast tastes like, and this is quintissentially, Rogue. Aftertaste has a good bit of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: A well-balanced American stout. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 00:16:02 | More by hunteraw
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading several good things written about this beer I thought I would give it a try.
I'm all about dark, coffee/chocolate stouts, so I figured this would be right up my alley.
Upon pouring, I wasn't disappointed. It looked like it should. Dark opaque, almost black, thick, no problems there.
The taste is where it didn't live up in my opinion. For one, I like my stouts to be more smooth, less hoppy. There was a nice hint of chocolate mid way through each drink, which was subtle and very well done.
It's easily drinkable. But a bit of a disappointment for a stout. It tasted more like a hoppy porter. Reminded me of the Great Divide St Bridgettes Porter.
Oh well, nothing lost, it was a $3.99 bomber. To each his own, just not to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 17:10:54 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Iguana

Oregon

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

A: Poured motor oil black with a 1 inch beige head, looks pretty good.

S: A bit thin maybe, roasted malts and kinda metallic smell, different, but it works.

T: Roasted malts, coffee grounds, bit of hop presence, pretty good in general.

M: Smooth, rich, tasty. Remarkably smooth.

D: A solid stout, dunno as its best bang for the buck, but enjoyable every now and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 06:20:19 | More by Iguana
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the big Rogue bottle to an opaque black, with thick, dark tan head that lingers and then receeds to very good lacing. Aroma was not real strong, but chocolate and roasted coffee was evident. Taste was more of the same, but not as sweet as I had expected. Finish was nice and smooth. overall, a good tasting, stout that was pleasant from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 02:21:33 | More by kimcgolf
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AmorousAngel

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured opaque black with very small, brown head, which dissipated quickly.

Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma. A bit of citrus.

The hops kind of smack you in the face. The roast malt and coffee are underneath but are overpowered by the hops. Very flavorful and complex.

Acidic feel. Low carbonation. Heavy body

The hops are a bit too much for my personal taste, but if you like hops, you will love this stout. Nice change of pace, but I will probably not make this one a regular purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:20:33 | More by AmorousAngel
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black, with a minimal dark khaki head that dissipates to a dusting. Great aroma, with rich, burnt malts, coffee grounds, caramel sweetness and citric hops intermingling. At lower temperatures, there's a pronounced "sour stout" note, as well as bracing malt bitterness. At higher temperatures, these edges soften considerably, leaving caramel, coffee, nice citrus hop bitterness, and mouth filling carbonation. Brilliant. Great mouthfeel, medium with an enticing dryness (this isn't a sugarbomb). Very drinkable at 6 percent ABV, and a party in your mouth. Deservedly an underground classic amongst the beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 03:57:18 | More by geexploitation
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WAP

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap at local pizza restaurant and had to try it!

A - Poured deep black with a small, tan head. Moved heavily in the glass and coated the sides as it moved. Looked creamy and delicious right off the bat.

S - roasted coffee, dark chocolate, with a hint of citrus coming through from the hops. A very complex flavor experience that changed with each sip and complemented my pizza wonderfully.

M - Exceptional! Creamy and velvety, felt luxurious with a nice weight to it.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, given its sheer weight and texture. I could have kept on going for 3 or 4 more.

Highly recommended - a fine stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2006 11:47:21 | More by WAP
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

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

Ahh shakesphere Stout, how I've missed thee.

For the first time in over three years, this nectar of the gods is available in my home town. They say that time changes things, that what you look back on fondly, won't always have that same magic after an extended period away. I can say with zero trepidation, that's not the case here. Yes this is every bit as great, as I remember it being.

Let's start with the look of the beer. Lovely to say the very least. Nearly jet black with a beautiful creamy head. This is the type of beer, that would scare lesser beer drinkers by the look alone and that's a definite shame... oh well more for me!

The smell: divine. A perfect cross between chocolate malts and citrusy cascade hops. A Stout-IPA hybrid of sorts from a scent perspective, It's almost like smelling two different beers, and I mean that in a good way.

The taste: again simply awesome.

Acidic... citrusy.... chocolate in the finish. This is truly one complex stout and makes the likes of Guinness pale in comparison (and this is coming from someone who still enjoys a Guinness from time to time)

This is a classic in every sense of the word and worthy of any and all accolades it recieves. If this isn't the world's best stout, it's no doubt in the top five.

Heavenly and boy am I ever glad to again have access to it!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 05:28:50 | More by JoeyHotrod
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TheFeintingGoat

New York

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says "ebony" and boy do they tell it like it is, dark and the day before creation this one is. A dirty, cola colored head as well that creates a union of the darkest proportions.
The smell is quite good, with cola, coffee, toffee, unsweetened chocolate and (i'll be damned) mud permeating throughout. The citric acid here is a bit too dominant as you get through the beer.
This beer is nice and salty on the front (which reminds me of coastal pacific waters) with the coffee/toffee and cream flavors coming out to play throughout the mouth. Hops are definitly evident, and this is the great, american thing about this beer. It's very bold, yet refined and able to hold itself with the rest of the world's stouts.
The mouthfeel is, quite honestly, perfect. It's lead-heavy, however it doesn't weigh you down, but controls you palette in the most elegant of ways. When you finish the beer the aftertaste moves toward a rennet on the back, like a fine, salty cheese. A nice cream stout moves to a chocolate orange to a fine cheese--you can't ask for much more.
It's drinkability it good, despite the fact that you can really only session one (tops two) of these at a time. The answer to that? One is all you need. 6% ABV didn't seem like alot until about 10 minutes after I finished it, when this issue was resolved for me. Very enjoyable, very drinkable, and very warming. It's the perfect drink if you want high flavor but the humbleness of your beverage to blend in to what else is going on around you (Food, friends, etc.). Not much wrong here, not much at all. Can't wait to try this gem on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 05:12:03 | More by TheFeintingGoat
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ngandhi

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I had to grow to love this beer. And, three years later, I feel completely confident revising my 4.3 to a perfect 5. The beer is exactly the same as it's always been, but I'm a better man.

Shakespeare Stout is the first growth Bordeaux of beer. Its lush fudgy taste balanced by the best use of Cascade hops in the U.S. Yes, better than any I.P.A.

The bitter citrus is a wondrous foil for the chocolate. And it adds edge to the otherwise creamy texture. Yeah, the Brits would have just left it creamy--maybe relying on a bit of minerality from their water to balance it. Rogue don't need no mineral. They've got hops. And I'll take delicate hops over limestone any day.

Looking back on my experience with beer over the past several years and drinking this today, I realized my proudest moment was probably when I tried to clone this--and it came out exactly the same. For one day, I played tennis with the gods.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 00:24:26 | More by ngandhi
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numenor1

North Carolina

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

Black as pitch, hazelnut colored head with great lacing. Smells like coffee with some noticeable hops. Sweet upfront giving way to massive roasted flavors, bitter chocolate, coffee, fruity esters, underlying caramel all balanced by fantastic hops. Hop character and flavor becoming noticeable through the finish, green and citrusy, but always balanced. Amazing balance in this beer. Mouthfeel is full, and this is very drinkable. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 03:49:20 | More by numenor1
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tradional beer mug at the Moan and Dove

A- black as night with an off white head, tons of lacing on the glass

S- some roasted malts, with hints of black coffee

T- roasted character upfront some bitterness in the finish

M- balanced, but as this is a stout it could have used a bit more body

D- a solid stout from a great brewery. I will have this one again.

notes- this stout does lack the complexity of some others but it is all in all a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 02:15:14 | More by mcarroll10177
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RedChrome

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour resulted in a pure black beer. A small chestnut brown head dissapeard quickly. Too dark to see any carbonation at all. Thin lacing.

A very nice aroma similar to hot chocolate. There is a blend of secondary scents which include a light biscut smell. Also brings hints of roasted coffee beans. There is a nice hops finish to helps balance out the sweet smell.

A very strong taste of coffee hit the palate first. There is a surprising light hint of a lemon taste. A subtle note of alcohol flavor hits the back of the tongue on the finish. A very nice blend of flavors that is a pleasing sensation.

A nice smooth body. Flavors cling to the surfaces of the mouth. A minimal amount of carbonation is a nice feeling on the tongue.

Overall a fantastic stout. This would go great with a nice thick stew on a winter night. Would also be a nice compliment to a dessert that included vanilla. Enjoy this one as a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:08:57 | More by RedChrome
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nicefix

Massachusetts

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

Poured ink black with a nice brown head and good lacing and head retension. Absolutely no light coming through this brew. Nice chocolaty smell.

Some fruit up front with a nice chocolate presence and a mild bitter finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and I thought it had pretty good drinkability. I'm don't have a lot of experience with stouts, but I thougt this was very good, just not the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 03:10:56 | More by nicefix
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,742 ratings.