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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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2,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,740
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 Tupperwolf


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

Pours into my Stone Imperial Stout tulip a dense, glopping brown that comes together to be a total black hole, completely opaque black. Thick, bubbling, rising milk chocolate head rises and slowly, slowly recedes to a finger thick, rocky, fluffy, creamy series of mounds. This thing looks like an $8 iced coffee from Le Ritz Coffeehouse. Thick, creamy, enticing walls of brown lace. This is the way every stout should look.

Smells of coffee, tiny dashes of cinnamon, oats, rum. A slightly fruity smell for a stout to have.

There's definitely a coffee taste, but what strikes me most about the taste is that it's true to the classic style of a Stout - namely, that it's a richer, thicker porter - a Stout Porter. It's like a porter to the max. I can taste the roasted and unroasted malts, and they have a big oatmeal-coffee taste. If I think hard enough, it reminds me of other smoked porters I've had. There's a hop tingle on the back of the tongue, but little effect on taste.

This thing is super slick on the palate. It's not chewy, but it's frothy, creamy and full. When you swallow there's almost nothing left behind. This is the first stout I've drank that begs me to drink deep. Take a big gulp, swish, swallow, take another big gulp, repeat... I had to stop myself repeatedly because I just wanted to chug this brew. I think the flavor could use some extra complexity and beefing up, and this really isn't the chewiest of stouts, but drinkable? Hell Yeah.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 07:09:30 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of allengarvin


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

Dark dark black color, with only a hint of red along the edges when you hold it up to the light. Moderate tan head with good lacing. Rich dark-chocolate aroma with sharp, peppery hops. Initially sweet taste of cocoa & coffee, slowly bittering up after a few moments, to finish dry and roasted. Good, full body but not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 03:56:00 | More by allengarvin
Photo of hopsaplenty


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

Pours inky black with a large rocky latte-colored head of small, densely packed bubbles. I cannot see through the glass. Decent lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The smell is of deep roasted malts with hints of coffee as well. The taste is initially filled with a those same roasted malts along with touches of carbon, as if burned. It finishes with soft hops and is slightly drying. Medium bodied and relatively light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it a bit perky. Absolutely drinkable, and if you like roasty, toasty, carbony malts, you've found a perfect match.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 17:45:14 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of joecast


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

just about the thickest pouring beer ive had. the blackest too. unfortunately, the dark tan head decided not to stick around very long which was the only blemish of a mighty fine appearance.

middling aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

flavor is full of more malt and chocolate. some bitterness in the dark chocolate sense as any hop bitterness must be masked by the malt.
hard to believe this is 69 ibu, though i suppose that would help keep this from getting too malty sweet, as it is definitely not. very smooth and drinkable.

excellent mouthfeel. slides down the tongue very easily with the finish sticking around just long enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 07:03:33 | More by joecast
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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony with a perfect tan head which leaves a whole lot of lacing. Nose is strong in the hop department for the style with subdued coffee tones in the background. Taste is pleasant but not overly interesting, Some good classic coffee notes, I didn't detect much chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is very nice and lingers, taste like the foam on top of a good mocha. Overall a pleasant stout but I think maybe I expected a bit more, I'll go back to this one day and see how it treats the second time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 01:12:04 | More by masikon
Photo of scruffwhor


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

Appearance- A 22oz bomber, of course, poured a 1.5 finger head. I can't really use dark brown to describe it's color. It is really is just a black, not motor oil black but liquid bread black.

Smell- Everything one would imagine for a hand crafted stout. Mocha, roasted and smokey malts, witha little heavy cream.

Taste- A great mix of raosted and smokey malts, more smokey than roasted. With some vanilla cream mixed with black coffee.

Mouthfeel- A great creamy, slightly chewy palate leaving an almost burnt taste in my mouth.

Drinkability- My skinny ass needs more calories. So go beer for beer with Shakespeare.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 02:12:09 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of SteveO1231


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

Grabbed a 22oz. bomber from BevMo! Had mine for dessert with some chocolates.

Pours a thick jet black with a thick sponge-like tan head, Awesome foamy lacing, so dark I can't see any carbonation.

Aroma of roasted caramel, chocolate and black coffee. Nice hoppy scent.

Buttery smooth texture. Big flavors of chocolate, and roasted caramel with a nice acidic hoppy bitterness. Leaves a dry tartness like black coffee on the back on the palate.

Perfect stout, great dessert beer. Awesome balance of roasted malts and bitter hops. One of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 02:47:34 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of whynot44


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

Very dark opague black color with a decent chocolate colored head that persists as a collar and lace.

The aroma is dark roast malt, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and figs.

The taste leans more toward dark roast coffee with dark chocolate and figs. Fairly dry throughout and finishes with a lingering bitter coffee taste. Medium/full bodied, very easy to drink. Nice after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 05:49:11 | More by whynot44
Photo of Phatz


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

This beer is truly near perfection for the style, a fantastic American Stout. Wow, what a treat.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark black with a 2 finger brown head that is thick and creamy.

Smell: Dark-semi sweet chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. There is also a bit of toastedness coming through the malts.

Taste: Similar to the smell there is a toasted semi-sweet chocolate taste, (black), subtle (not-overpowering) hints of coffee and dark fruits. It is a very balanced taste; sweet and mild bitter to make a near perfect (quaffable) flavor and the aftertaste leaves a very pleasant sweetness lingering on your tongue. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Just thick enough to be full (aided by the big flavor), but it has a medium body and mild stickiness. The finish is a bit crisp.

Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable stouts I have come across to date. I highly recommend trying this one! Truly a fantastic beer. Hats off to Rouge!

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 08:31:21 | More by Phatz
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark and coffeelike, minimal head retention

Smell - rich and chocolatey, faint coffee

Taste - toasty, coffee, but only mildly sweet, has a distinct dryness, almost like a wine.

Mouthfeel - average thickness compared to other stouts, smooth with medium carbonation

Drinkability - a good after dinner drink, I would have it again

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 19:06:14 | More by bennetj17
Photo of ElGordo


4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black topped by a one-finger creamy tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, and a touch of briny peat. Palate is dominated by dark roasted malt, accented by coffee, molasses, chocolate, with the lurking presence of amarillo hops poking through towards the finish. Body is simply luxurious - rich, creamy, and damn near perfect. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 05:56:31 | More by ElGordo
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep silky black body with a brown creamy head. There carbonation at the rim of the glass is rigorous enough to keep the head going.

S- The smell of dark slightly sweet black malt and some hints of dark chocolate has a faint earthiness to it.

T- The nice flavor or roasted dark malts is smooth and has a slight sour note to it from the oatmeal. The finish has a slight tangy flavor with a soft hint of hop bitterness. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as it warms.

M-This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz flavor mixed with some silky texture. There is a very faint alcohol warmth in the finish as it warms.

D- This is a very good stout, which focuses on the malts and the hops are just for support. Very smooth and nice to drink but it still has good complexity and character.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 03:04:17 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of maggotbrain


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is deep black with a medium tan head. The head has died down to a thin film and there is some spotty lacing on the glass.

I smell a bit of chocolate and coffee.

The main flavor is a rich roasted flavor reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee. This dominant flavor is perfectly blended with a citrus hoppiness. An excellent balance leading to a very, very good beer.

The mouthfeel is very appropriate for the style—a bit thick with a medium level of carbonation.

This beer is a pleasure to drink, so full of flavor and rich—just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 02:30:31 | More by maggotbrain
Photo of bultrey

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this so many times, but never reviewed it... don't know what made me decide to finally do so - maybe it was the mild night air that inspired me when I had this on draft at the Rogue Public House in SF.
This remains one of the hoppiest non-imperial stouts around, which gives this a flavor unlike any other. Delicious chocolate and nut tones are present up front, followed by a bracing hop bitterness that extinguishes the sweetness... but no to be outdone, the nutty, burnt, grain husk flavor re-emerges in the finish, beckoning you to take another sip.
An absolute classic.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2005 06:52:26 | More by bultrey
Photo of bigbubba


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

This is a very dark oily beer with a creamy dark tan head. The smell is of dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very good, very dry and a bit bitter, not as sweet as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good body. The carbonation is light. It is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 00:00:43 | More by bigbubba
Photo of sinistrsam


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little thicker than other Stouts I've had, this was a very dark black/brown with a very small head. No retention whatsoever on the glass. I can only describe the appearance as "creamy", if that makes sense; just as I described the Sam Smith's as watery. The aroma was wonderful, very dark fruit, malts, yeast, chocolate. Then I tasted it. The balance of really good ingredients and subtleties of flavor made this beer excellent in my mind. It started off with a sweet, dark fruit taste, hints of yeast, malt, chocolate and mild caramel faded into oatmeal. I definitely wasn't expectin the oatmeal but it only grew more intense as the glass warmed. It was smooth and creamy, warming and the bottom of the glass was as tasty as the first sip. Excellent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2005 17:20:06 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of Dukeofearl


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

Pours a nice deep motor oil black (but not quite as thick) with a very pretty tan head on top. And from the first smell, I can tell this is going to be a good one!

Aroma is wonderful roasty malt that just fills up my nose. Round and mellow smokiness.

Flavor is roasty goodness, almost charcoal, dry, astringent, with a bitter chocolate end. This is one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is much more full than most commonly available stouts, although still thin in comparison to the big Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 03:36:06 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is where it's at. The best American Stout I have ever had. Pours out to a deep onyx, with a dark brown colored head of about 1/2 inch. Medium level of carbonation, but still higher than what's found in most American Stouts. Smell is heavenly; aromas of roasted malts and sweetended milk chocolate. Wonderful. Taste is full and delicious. Flavors of rich malts, sweet cocoa and chocolate, mild dark fruits, and a tame yeast element. Hints of wood and earth are also noted. Phenominal. Mouthfeel is smooth and exceptionally creamy. Drinkability is very high; even though this is thick and full bodied, this could be a daily brew for me in the winter months. World Class, and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 00:47:02 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Possumlad


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

Poured pitch black with a 1/2" head (room temperature); substantial, almost sticky in the mouth, with a lasting presence even after swallowing. Aroma could have been stronger, but the taste more than made up for it. Woody Roasted Malt first, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Wonderful all around. I'd have a second, and maybe third, in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 01:51:08 | More by Possumlad
Photo of Bitterbill


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle(room temp) with a huge head that dimished some but stayed throughout. The colour is the perfect black that you'd expect from a stout.

The smell is of roasted malt but it's by no means a strong aroma.

The taste is of wonderful roasted malt with chocolate notes also well represented and that combination makes for a very drinkeable beer.

This is one hell of a great stout and is one of my favourite brews of *any* style. Find it. Buy it. Enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:17:12 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Matthew


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

Pours out of the bottle a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized brownish bubbley head. The head slowly shrinks to a nice frothy covering over the top of the beer.
Aromas are not overpowering but very pleasant. Nice earthy roasted type flavors with a sweetness that reminds me of some chocolate stouts.
Incredibley smooth. Much better than I had expected. Nice smooth roasted malt flavors that blend into an earthy oat type flavor. The finish is of slightly bitter/floral hops. This stout is sweeter tasting than most but the sweetness really goes well with the other flavors in this brew especially the creamy character.
The mouthfeel is thinner and not as sticky as some stouts and the carbonation is minimal.
This is a great stout. Goes well with sweets.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 19:23:41 | More by Matthew
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

The bottle pours a completely opaque black into the glass with ample head that holds nicely and laces beautifully down the entire glass. The beer has a great sweet smell to it with strong roasted malts. The beer tastes wonderfully of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. As it roams your mouth it feels thick and creamy and the carbonation is exceptional. Overall I could drink this beer all day, all night, for the rest of my life.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 01:03:38 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of HugoGrim


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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Jet black in body with a dark khaki head. The head was gone as soon as it appeared, but was nice while it lasted. No red light coming through like a lot of other stouts.

Scent is roasted oats and coffee with hints of chocolate.

Flavor is intense to say the least. Rich malty base with a spicy/acidic hoppy kick. Espresso bitterness with hints of slight chocolate sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 19:46:14 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


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

Pours black in color with a copper and tan creamy head that left spotty lacing. Smelled of smokey earthy coffee, some alcohol and hazelnut. Tastes of smokey campfire, roasted marshmallows and coffee with a nutty sweetness in the finish. Exhaling through the nose brings out a smokey maple campfire. Mouth feel is thin that compliments the flavor well. I’m getting the feeling that I should try this one by the side of a campfire next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 14:53:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of NolanGTI


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts in the world. Beautiful black pour with a 1 finger head that sticks aroud for awhile. This beer looks like someone smeared carbonated milk chocolate on your beer, just a gorgeous head.

The nose is all over the chocolate spectrum, just outstanding. I honestly believe you could trick people with a sweet tooth into trying this just based on the smell.

This is what a stout should taste like. great mouthfeel, not too carbonated but not watery, just perfect. Nice roasted malt with chocolate dominate the falors in this classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 13:53:36 | More by NolanGTI
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,740 ratings.