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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,115 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 242
Gots: 301 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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
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Ratings: 3,115 | Reviews: 1,567
Photo of ommegoose
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pint glass.

Thick and black coming out of the bottle. No light escapes. One of the darkest brown heads I've seen on a beer. Pretty strong amount of lacing. Retention is medium.

Nice smell that just screams "stout" as soon as the bottle's open. Milky and sweeter than the beer actually tastes. Roasty malt and hint of chocolate. Nicely done.

Lots of burnt malt. Bold flavors. Some chocolately flavor, but more espresso-like. I really would have liked more sweetness. Pretty well hopped, but I sense this has sat on the shelf for a while. Still bitter, but lacking hop flavors. Finishes dry and with some leafy hop bitterness. Some suggestions of oxidation too. Since Rogue does not bother to date their beers, I can't know for sure how old it is.

Surprisingly thin and acidic. Medium at best. The acidity costs this some points. Could stand to be creamier, less carbonated.

Eh, I was hoping for more here, especially from something with such high reviews. I liked the Chocolate Stout quite a bit more, and I think the added sweetness did it for me. I've heard the two are almost the same beer.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 22 ounce bomber into my SA pint glass. This is one dark beer. It pours pitch black and as I hold it up to a light there is no translucence. It has an attractive tan head, lots of lacing. There are hints of coffee, chocalate and a light malty sweetness on the nose. The taste pretty much follows, very well balanced. The finish is dry and a hint of bitterness. A solid medium body with fair carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. A great stout by any standard.

Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep black hues and pretty much a cylinder of ink. It also houses a dense creamy fluff on top with lacing in the realm of mocha colored icing adhering in almost a complete ring in the middle part of the glass. This is augmented by thin spray marks everywhere at the very top, nice look

S: the smell is malted barley with some roasted notes. Some dull chocolate exists as well with a shot of grassy hops wafting about. Nose is kinda weak and things seem hidden, the right smells just not enough!

T: flavors hold true to the nose with an addition of bolder hops. A bitter bakers chocolate resonates throughout each sip with a watery backing by feeble roasted malts, barley, and some java. Hops start to expose grassy and floral notes well into the halfway mark of the beer, nice feature.
As with the nose, I still feel that the flavors are kinda weak. It is however pretty balanced for what is going on. A dry, almost crisp, finish that leaves a light sticky grainy feeling at the back of the tongue

M: the mouthfeel is pretty banging. Smooth as all get and velvety too cloud nine. And yet, the body is pretty mild with a chew factor in the lighter stage. It has good volume and the nitro makes it slick as can be. High marks in this category

D: plenty of these could be drank in one sitting. However it is not as complex or bold as hoped, but very drinkable nonetheless

Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, off white head, a fair amount of lace and a medium carbonation. It looks like a stout.

Aroma of charred malt and a faint note of citrus hops, a delicate note of ale yeast and coco chocolate powder.

Flavor of roasted barley and a fair balance of subtle cascade hops. Extremely drinkable, dry and refreshing finish.

Wonderful proper ale, recommended!

Photo of NCSUdo
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep dark black under a big brown head. Excellent lace and good retention.

S: Smells sweet with some bitter roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Just what you'd think a stout would be. Not as sweet as the nose, more bitter roasted malt, chocolate and also some coffee.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high, but the body is mostly smooth and a little silky. Really nice drinkability, really nothing wrong with this one. An excellent representation of the style.

Photo of Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VP debate night - I refuse to listen to that sneering, clueless woman, so let's have a beer instead.

A - Fairly strong pour into a pint glass. Creamy-looking head recedes, revealing a passable lace. Body the color of dark-roast coffee.

S - Sasparilla, carob, some roasted coffee, but not really a burnt smell. Mild aromatics but pleasant.

T - Sharp, drying, slightly smoky signature Rogue Pacman yeast character immediately evident. Chocolatey, but only hinted at, not overwhelmingly so at all. Quite assertive Cascade profile at 69 IBU, leaves a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Some sips, I feel the Cascades fight a bit too much with the smooth, creamy malts, other sips seem more in balance. On the bitter, hoppy end of the style, but nothing wrong with that.

F - Stouts brewed with oatmeal always have a luxurious feel, and this gets the feel pretty well, though it doesn't come off as creamy as it could. I think the hops cut through some of that.

D - At 6%, rich and hoppy, one bomber is plenty. It is a complex example of the style, and bigger than its strength would indicate. Also noted, the bitterness of this stout really stays with you.

Photo of Goliath
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a one inch dark brown head on top. Good retention, and a bit of fine lacing.

The aroma is ok. Some chocolate and coffee, with a bit of an earthy, citrusy/piney hop profile in the distant background.

The taste is ok. Some roasted and burnt malt, old coffee, and slightly bitter. A faint hop presence appears every now and again. Not nearly as good as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is ok, and alcohol is fairly low making for easy drinking. I'm disappointed with this beer though, and the body is too thin. This beer is really average, I'm shocked it rates so high.

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

A: Thick cottony head that clings to the side of the glass, deep chocolate brown with a smidgeon of light that passes through at the edges, an impressive start to the beer - 5.00, S: Deep aromas of chocolate and espresso, more of a cocoa smell, a subtle earthy edge, the aroma is extremely inviting - 4.50, T: Reminds me of drinking powdered chocolate milk that hasn't yet been fully mixed into the milk, the pleasing part of coffee grounds, dry and hoppy most notably on the tail of the beer - 4.50, M: A touch grainy - 4.50, D: All around an exceptional beer, one of the finest examples of stout I've had - 4.50

Photo of mcsquint
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.
A - Opaque black with thick, creamy tan head that lasted a long while.
S - Smells of malt,chocolate,coffee and hops
T - Unbelievable taste! Malty chocolate,oats and coffee surprisingly well balanced with the Cascade hops.
M - Full, thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
D - This is one of the best tasting stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout. Pours dark brown - decent head, not much retention. Smell is not too strong - some chocolate and malts. Taste is slightly underwhelming, but I'm used to Imperial Stouts. It is a clear, refreshing and very enjoyable drink, overall. I'd like to try their Chocolate Stout - its at my local place, so that's next.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. Pours black with a thin head. Smell is mostly chocolately malts but not very strong. Taste is a mix of bitter hops, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit dry for my tastes which affected the drinkability even with the low ABV. Not a big fan of this beer.

Cheers.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Poured a realy dark brown, with tawny highlights around the edges. A beautiful fluffy mocha head rose to fill the tulip and took its time fading away. Sticky, spider web lacing coats the inside of my glass.

Smell is of roasted grains, chocolate, flakey oats and a touch of espresso. Everything is there in equal parts.

More flakey oats and chocolate with a roasted maltiness. There is a bit of grapefruity hops that poke through in the finish. Nice.

Smooth, not silky, but smooth. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Very enjoyable and well-crafted. An easy drinker, especially at 6%.

Photo of JakeSuperior
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: very dark with a creamy brown head

s: coffee, hints of chocolate

t: strong roasted coffee taste, as well as hints of chocolate, malty, ends with a pleasant hoppy bite, reminds me of an imperial stout

m: thick, nice level of carbonation, coats the mouth

d: have another!

one of the best stouts i've ever had, its something to legit look forward to relaxing with after a hard day.

Photo of Buebie
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date. Into my Omegang snifter.
Color is black, with a very slight redish glow at the edges of the glass. Big 3 finger brown head. Great retention and thick clumpy lace lines my glass.

Smell is very malty with big chocolate cake aroma. Smells a bit milky with a dairy buttery kick.

T/M: Big malty semi sweet chocolate up front, turning bitter. Carbonation zing at the middle, very smooth. Finish is woody, with a bittering bite from the hops. I want to say citric rind or some type of acidic citrus flavor that lingers.

Great brew, very rich in aroma and flavor. Like that hoppy surprise at the end.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer smells of roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate. When poured it looks like an imperial stout. It looked thick and has a big head. Decent retention with its brown coloured head. The bitterness from the hops are perfectly balanced from the roasty malts. The coffee flavours are great and the hints of chocolate make the beer very tasty; there is also a nice sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and this beer is super drinkable. However, the watery mouthfeel really hurts the taste, but I might be a bit jaded from RIS... I will drink this many more times!

EDIT: As the beer warms up, the mouthfeel get's better and soe does the flavour.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very well balanced stout with a plethora of flavor

A- Dark opaque black stout with translucent garnet-red edges.

S- Smell is caramel, roasted malt and floral hops

T- The balance of this beer is superb. Roasty, sweet, and spicy, it really doesnt get much better than this. Unless you're drinking a Rogue Chocolate Stout.

M&D- Too light and watery for my tastes but it is quite quaffable. Almost as thirst-quenching as spring water.

Photo of gameface23
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with a really nice tan head. There is nothing wrong with the way this beer looks in a glass. The aroma is pretty dissappointing; Notes of smokey malts gives way to bitter chocolate the more it warms up. The taste is diluted dark chocolate. Dissapointing, watery mouthfeel.

Photo of Surlington
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick tan head. Tight, even bubbles.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate.
T: The first taste is slightly sweet, not cloying, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Warm and malty. Ends beautifully with a twist of hoppy bitterness. The hops are more prominent than in most stouts, and have a certain piquant zing---very hard to describe, very complex.
M: Thick and warm, almost chewable. But not syrupy.
D: Highly drinkable; even that 22 oz bottle leaves you wanting more.

Overall: Very complex for a stout. An absolutely epic brew.

Photo of Kolsch
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz bomber.

Poured thick and inviting.

Appearance is dark ruby with nice head retention throughout.

Smell is chocolate, slight coffee and heavy malt

Taste of roasted malt, slightly sweet chocolate and coffee. Not cloying at all.
Drinkablity it outstanding. Taste is outstanding. Drinking this you would think it is an RIS if it wasn't for the low ABV. First time that I have tried this. Not sure what took me so long.

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

Bomber to glass during season opener of The Shield...

Black with brown head. You should see this one. It's very pretty.

Strong nice stout scent.

Something hits the old taster up front followed by bitter chocolate. Serious stout.

So thick. Full bodied. Serious business.

I'm surprised this one isn't higher on the top 100. I would easily prefer this over something like storm king or old rasputin.

Overall: totally solid stout

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
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,115 ratings.