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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,981
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 198
Gots: 205 | 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 crayphish
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this stout had a dense light coffee colored head and intense black color. I really liked the contrast of the head and beer. Toasty chocolate and hops in my nose. Some acidic coffee as well. Taste is hoppy chocolate. Very nice. The coffee comes through here as well, but the bitter hops dominate. Mouthfeel is very chewy but dry. Finishes clean for being such a big beer. I finished two bombers in a sitting and could have honestly gone for a third. A great beer.

crayphish, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 650 ML. Screen Printed Bottle w/o Date

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. No light will pass through this pint. 1 finger, dark coffee colored firm head.

Smell: Floral hops, Ting of green olive, earthy.

Taste: Bold hoppiness upfront, big malt. Burnt chocolate barley finish. Lingering hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Prickly on the tongue, Smooth yet heavy and bold.

Drinkability: Good. Slow drinker. Rather hoppy for an everyday brew.

BadRockBeer, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of velo343
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Lots of retention and sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lots of dark, toasted aroma. Mostly espresso, dark chocolate as well. Also some lighter fruit and pine coming through the darkness.

Taste - Like drinking melted bittersweet chocolate. While a little sweet, there's a sharp bitterness from all the hops that results in a dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, not overly thick.

Drinkability - While quite hoppy for a stout, the bitterness matches the dark chocolate perfectly. Drank this with a very rich chocolate/cherry dessert and the flavors were an amazing match. Fantastic.

velo343, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 22oz bottle

A bold and intimidating nearly opaque black body shows deep mahogany highlights near the rim just below a lean, fallow colored foamy collar and patchy layer of khaki head. No signs of carbonation are evident through this brew's deep inky body.

Burnt malt, light smoke, unsweetened chocolate and piney hop aromas must be teased out from the reticent yet tight nose along with hints of dark brown sugar, espresso and rum raisins.

Big bitter hop flavors, an odd surprise in a stout, and espresso lead the attack combining with a roasted, smokey malt backbone creating a tame and structured mid palate all tied off on a dry finish with plenty of smoke and dark roast coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and ripe prunes. Very bitter and hoppy for a stout, it is unbalanced without enough malt and other body to stand up to the other dominant flavors. This is true to traditional rogue style with emphasis on the hops and other bitter flavors.

Medium to full bodied for a stout, it is a bit thin and not living up to its full potential. Hop bitters and lots of smokey malts cover up some of the finer complexities in this brew. Quite smooth and easy going down, this brew is a pleasure to drink.

Overall this is a nice bitter and smoky stout.


Jwaks, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, somewhat brown hues to the color. Decent-sized, khaki-colored head that quickly dissapates to a thin cap. Pretty good carbonation.

Roasty malt aroma with some hop character. Taste is sweet and roasty, with a nice chocolate flavor and a dry finish. A little hops in the finish.

Medium-light body and very smooth. Quite drinkable with some nice complexity but nothing that really stood out to me.

AaronHomoya, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess it is sad that with my love of stouts and porters I have never tried the Rogue Shakespeare Stout before, I guess I should be a little ashamed of that because I usually see it at Olivers whenever I stop in. Well it was on tap last evening so I thought I would give it a try. Well I was not disappointed at all; actually I think it opened my eyes to what a superb beer this is. I was floating; my wife could tell by the way the beer went down, extremely tasty. The brew was poured to a black color; not sure any light would make it through but did not really look that deeply. Had a very nice dark brown head that had great retention and left nice lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with a nice mixture of scents. I am picking up chocolate, coffee, roasted to burnt malt, brown sugar sweetness, and a pronounced (by pronounced, I mean stronger than the normal Stout but in no ways does it dominate) hop smell for a stout. The taste is simply incredible, extremely smooth through out, chocolate flavors up front that break to a coffee like taste that mixes nicely with the hops in the back end top give it the perfect amount of bitterness. This was the highlight of the evening, simple a great beer and one that I will have on a steady rotation at the house here, man I can not believe what I have been missing!

Stimack, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night.

atsprings, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Morningstar
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the works of William Shakespeare. So when I sit down to read one of his plays, I like to pop open a bottle and sit and read.

I like this stout it's very robust and understated. It has a nice bitterness that I enjoy in a stout. It also has a good after taste.

I enjoy drinking this stout along with some fish and chips.

I would definitely recomend this stout to everyone. You will enjoy it immensely.

Morningstar, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish coffee color with a decent creamy head. This is a very good stout. Lots of malt and coffee on the nose. Taste is malty with coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Very bold with a great body. An excellent stout. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of mnesporov
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz Bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark black with a frothy tan head.

Smell: A roasted dark citrus smell with hints of burnt caramel and molasses that tingle the senses.

Taste: A very unique blend of roasted barley with malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the later half it has a chocolaty taste with a zesty citric toffee/coffee taste.

Mouth-Feel: An extremely smooth mouth with a creamy finish.

Drink-Ability: This is just one of those brews that you cant put down till the end.

mnesporov, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of locarboy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from sam's liquor in chicago. Pours black with dark brown fluffy head. Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that mingled with the aroma of cascade hops. The mouth feel wasn't what I expected with it having oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Nice lacing down the glass. Had a bit of a smokey, phenolic flavor (is it infected?). I expected more of a dark chocolate flavor. An interesting beer. There are other stouts I'd buy over this, but it was very drinkable all the same.

locarboy, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bomber served in a goblet.

Opaque onyx with shades of deep brown. Creamy and porous, coffee-colored head that leaves delicate, whispy patterns in a sea of bubbles. Trails of thin lacing with decent strength.

Big, richly roasted malts and oats. Semi-sweet cream and milk aroma with notes of lingering smokiness. Powdered touches of dark chocolate and mocha.

Rich, chewy roasted malts with layers of oatmeal, bittered dark chocolate, and robust espresso flavors. The hop presence is assertive and very earthen in flavor. A touch of smoke is accompanied by a chewy bitterness leaving an aftertaste of faint notes of alcohol, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Full bodied; rich and robust. Rather smooth despite the aggressive hop bite and chewy, roasted malts.

True to its name, this one's a classic. Tons of flavor and silky smooth on the palate, making this stout highly drinkable.

NEhophead, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of briscott99
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark brown (not totally black) with a thick, creamy brown head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: This is not a very sweet beer, but there is a lot of caramel on the nose and a good bit of chocolate malt aroma in there as well. Faintly I also smell some hops.

T: Hints of chocolate. But mostly lots of roasty goodness and a lot of bitterness. Finishes bitter and very dry... dare I say, sophisticated. Normally I don't like highly hopped/bitter stouts, but this one hits me just right.

M: Light/med body with low carbonation on the tongue.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this stuff all night. This is a truly unique stout. I used to drink this on tap when I lived in Oregon, and now that I'm on the East Coast I usually have to settle for 22 oz bombers, but this stout never disappoints, on tap, nitro, bottle, whatever. Very much recommended.

briscott99, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ox bomber into traditional pint glass. Sampled during a snowy picnic along with a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.

A - Super oqaque darkness with 1 inch caramel colored head. Very nice lacing.

S - Slightly subdued toffee notes with a hint of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Good malt balance with overt sweetness. Toffee and chocolate come to mind. Good creamy aftertaste that leave you wanting more.

M - Smooth lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a slight dryness at aftertaste.

D - Non-overt sweetness make this a repeatable and delicious treat.

Of the two brews, I preferred the Shakespeare (although the Yeti was indeed delicious). As I recall, this beer paired nicely with Gouda cheese.

gmcfarre, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades out into a collar and mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, coffee, cocoa, creamy vanilla, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas all in a French Roast base that has a delicious but rich flavor.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, rich, mildly bitter, along with moderate carbonation and a semi-dryness.

weeare138, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of beerphan
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> american pint
no date

Pours black with a fluffy brown pillow head that settles to a thick film and leaves little to no lace.

Nose: Milk chocolate up front, burnt earthy malts, and a little grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Burnt sweet dark chocolate with a surprising stinging hop bitterness that lasts and lasts leaving a smokey deep chocolate unique bitterness in the mouth. The full deep dark flavors are complemented by the hoppy oily finish to produced a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and dry. Not as full as i prefer for a stout but seems common for a west coast stout.

A very balanced drinkable stout with a hop profile you don't usually come by in stouts. Full flavor and rich ingredients most of been used to balance out the 69 IBU's.

beerphan, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of biking4beer
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

Black. Hmm, stout? Pours a big black tan head. Decent lacing. Some retention of head.

The smell is the highlight of this beer. Chocolate, caramel, berry sweetness. Roasted malts. Smells great!

Not far behind is the taste. Dark, bitter chocolate right off the bat. Espresso/coffee. A well balanced beer. Not too sweet. Not too bitter.

Now the low points of the beer. The mouthfeel of this particular bottle isn't what I thought it should be for a stout. A bit thin, and the carbonation was way too high for my tastes. Unfortunately, this attribute brought down the drinkablity in my book (but I did drink the whole bomber). Definitely worth a try. Pretty good example of the style.

biking4beer, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with freberg. thanks michael!

my 200th review. woohoo! not bad for less than a year of reviewing.

pours almost black and nearly opaque with a half inch of dense brown head. the head drops fairly quickly to a thin film on the beer and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. milk chocolate. roasty. toffee. nutty, actually makes me think of their hazelnut brown nectar. light sweetness. biscuity malt. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. lots of roast. bitterness is actually higher than i expected, maybe a little too high. it really stays with you long after the beer is gone. toffee.

mouthfeel is great. big and full, with moderate well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is great. alcohol is well balanced, even if the bitterness is a little high.

grub, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rogue Public House in San Fran.

Poured an opaque black with a small off-white head that quickly became a lace.

The aroma was roasty and ashen with citrusy hops in the background.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably malty, but the darker flavors were more on the ashen than roasty. The citrusy Cascade hops seemed to accentuate this ash character to the point of being mildly astringent. The Pacman yeast create and distinct fruitiness that I'm not sure is fully compatible with this brew.

The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was good.

This is a good beer, but this glass was not outstanding. I'll give it another try before I say it may be overrated.

SacoDeToro, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, dark brown body where no light passes thru. Head is a deep, rich tan color...super thick and creamy. Very nice.

S: Dusty chocolate, oatmeal, spicy hops with herbal tendencies, roasted coffee and some vanilla.

T: Dark bakers chocolate right up front which blends rapidly with massive roasted coffee beans. Sour twang in there, sort of a mixture between grape juice and day old coffee. Bitterness takes shape, a profound amount of both bittering cascade hops and roasted barley. Hints of licorice balances with some creamy flavors can be found as well. Finishes with strong espresso abrassiveness.

M: Full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very silky and nice.

D: Nice beer, quite aggresive. 22oz's is just about all I'd prefer to do. Not sure how well this beer would go with food.

Westsidethreat, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout reminds me quite a bit of Guinness Extra Stout. Both of which I enjoy quite a bit.

This brew gives off aromas of the darkly roasted malt, giving off a coffee/cocoa aroma.

I served this to myself a little cooler than I should have, so the brew initially poured slowly and produced little head. After I let it warm up a tad, it produced a much better dark khaki head, which didn't last too long, and didn't leave much lacing.

This stout's taste is dominated by the sweet and better burnt malts, but a little citricy too. This also gives hints of semi-sweet chocolate. I'd say plain cheesecake would be a great desert to have with this brew.

I found this to be richly smooth at first, but a bit coarse after I let the brew warm up a bit.


TheSarge, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of beeragent
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured an opaque black, with a 1 inch dark mocha head, that left decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is much like the aroma, roasted malts and light chocolate, being the most detectable. This is one of thee best stouts available IMO. The mouthfeel is thick, like a stout should be. A very drinkable beer!! This is what I picture a stout should taste like. Thankyou Rogue for making this brew available year round.

beeragent, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso foam colored head that recedes to a foam ring at the edges, yet leaves some spotty lacing. Body is almost black, being the darkest possible brown. Beautiful to behold.

Smell - rich, hearty aroma of roasted malt, dark crusted malt bread, chocolate. Some smokiness, and hint of caramel. Mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Palate awash in smoky, roasted malt, malt bread with dark crusts, much chocolate, some caramel. Very rich, very hearty. Smoky, roasted malt lingers on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very full bodied, chewy, some hop oil slickness (even though hops are not at all present on the palate, or even in the nose ) , and slightly dry at times.

Drinkability - this is excellent. It's very rich, hearty, tasty, and satisfying, and since it's only 6 % abv, it's also entirely sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an opaque black, so dark that I pick up no hues of ruby when brought towards the light. Thick chocolate milk head reduces to 1/4" and leaves sheets of brown lacing on the glass. Smell is of chocolate covered espresso beans, cherries, dates, and a punch of alcohol. Flavor starts off with smooth dark chocolate which leads into a mildy fruity middle and finishes slightly astringent from the combination of hops and black malt. There's a little lactic twang in there towards the end as well. Hops give off a hint of citrus. Mouthfeel is not too heavy, but still has a chewiness to it. Smooth carbonation. This is ridiculously drinkable.

Too often do stouts just not hit home with me, but Rogue knows how to do them. This and their Chocolate Stout are standouts among American craft brews.

goochpunch, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this beer was Muhammad Ali it would scream "ooh I'm so pretty" as it poured from bottle to glass.
Indeed. Pretty it is. Body is the color of onyx at midnight and the inch thick head is warm brown cappuccino. Aroma is chocolate and a hint of maple frosting.
The taste is where this really shines, baking chocolate, coffee, subtle nuttiness, and a caress of hops in the finish. Very nicely done.

TheBungyo, Dec 16, 2006
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,981 ratings.