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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,772
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 137 | 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 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
Photo of MSchae1017


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
Photo of beernightscout


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. Comes in 22 oz. size only, as far as I can tell. Pours black, with a big head for a stout. Smells great: coffee, chocolate, smoke, and a sweetness your nose can detect. And it tastes like it smells and is quite sweet, though it's thinner than I expected, thinner than Guiness. If it was thick, it'd be a perfect, if expensive, every day beer. $5 at Armanetti on Lincoln just south of Addison. Say hi to Dave.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 23:39:13 | More by beernightscout
Photo of nlmartin


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bomber into the pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a very good blackness with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a nice toffee coloration about an inch high.

Smell: Smells of burnt caramel and roasted coffee goodness.

Taste: The roasted barley and oats greeted my taste buds initially; however, the finish of coffee and chocolate lingered. Nicely malted and hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Dam I was surprised. I am not much of a rogue fan to begin with. This beer had a medium body. Over all a very tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 15:56:25 | More by nlmartin
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United Kingdom (England)

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle from the UTOBEER beer stall in the Borough Market, London. No freshness info. is given on the bottle.

A: in a goblet it pours a nearly black hue with a fluffy, thin, dark brownish beer head after force-pouring; leaving quite fine but uneven lace along the way.
S: sweetish dark malts, intense and rich, with a profound chocolatey aroma more like a chocolate porter, also slightly woody and earthy, on the backdrop of delicious, dark fruity and citrusy hops. Overall the nose is refreshingly malty and aromatic, but not as roasty as I'd expect of a stout and slightly too sweet for me.
T: hitting the palate upfront is immense flavour of roasted barley along with a smooth texture of oats--the smokiness and roastiness is reminiscent of French roast coffee beans, with a slightly sweet edge of darkest chocolates, milled multi-grains, some hints of charred woodchips and deeply earthy flavour creeping deep down the palate. The bitterness from roasted barley intensifies but never to the unbearable extent, and it's gradually softened by the soft texture of oats and a smooth sweetness from the dark malts, maintaining a creamy smooth texture on the palate, leaving a slightly dark chocolatey, earthy and herbal bittersweet aftertaste lingering forever~~
M: despite full-bodied and rich-flavoured, the mouthfeel manages to remain quite soft and balanced actually, not like Rogue's own Russian Imperial Stout which is a bit too rough and sharp on the palate when consumed too young. And the flavour is so different from the suggestion of the nose, and fortunately so, leaving behind much sweetness which I don't like.
D: This stout is most different from all the English and Irish stouts I've tried, and more interesting and ''bold", but not as formidable as elegant for that matter. I'm really deeply impressed by this American stout, especially given that I missed the chance to try it on cask when working at the BSF bar in GBBF 05, though I did nick a quarter of a pint of Rogue's Chocolate Stout on cask which is immensely delicious as well. I'm gonna buy more of Rogue's dark ales whenever I see any! Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 04:30:50 | More by wl0307
Photo of goschool


4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tan/light brown head sticks around forever on this beer's black body. The nose is roasty, the flavor is roasty. Roasty and burnt, with coffee, semi-sweet and dark chocolate up front, fallowed by sweet chocolate and a crisp hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is lively, drinkability is sooo high.

"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale..." -- Henry V

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 08:56:31 | More by goschool
Photo of budsboy


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

Dark shade of nothingness. Deep tan head. Sticky.

Smells of roasted malt, earthy, chocolate and espresso. Also a tangy hop aroma.

Rich, malty backbone with a bitter espresso finish that lasts all day it seems. A clean hop flavor is still in there. Mmmm-good.

Full bodied and clean, no grit, no oil.

On the bitter side of the stout spectum, dark malt bitterness. Would be fantastic with a nice hunk of beef.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 18:58:04 | More by budsboy
Photo of wingnutter


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black black black, with a creamy brown head. What a great looking stout.

Smells a bit hoppy with a nice, rich coffe aroma.

Tastes delicious. Pineyness fades into creamy coffee/chocolate smoothness. Dry powdered chocolate/slightly bitter aftertaste that fades quickly, making me want another drink.

Full, rich, mouthfeel. Chewy. This is the beer Guinness wishes it was.

Great drinkability. Highly recommended for stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 04:59:45 | More by wingnutter
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rather fine stout. It ours a very nice dark color. The head was extensive, a tannish color, and relatively long lasting. The smell was certainly pleasant, with hints of the nice malts contained within. The taste was good, being nicley balanced, with leanings towards the malts: with the relatively low alcohol content the flavors were nic ey unmasked. The mouthfeel was a bit weak but certainly not dissapointingly so. I certainly recommend this stout. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 23:02:31 | More by BadBadger
Photo of ddellarocca

New York

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

Without being as weak as Guiness, the scores I gave for taste and drinkability are about the highest I will ever give a stout. I am not much of a stout drinker, but I definitely gained new respect for the name "stout". After drinking too many creamy, almost fluffy, stouts, I had forgotten how deep a beer's flavor can go. The bouquet was perfect and, even though it didn't fit my tastes, the flavor was very diverse, hitting the normal chocolate and coffee a stout brings, but also hiding a hint of honey. Definitely the highlight of my night.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 02:54:51 | More by ddellarocca
Photo of bashiba


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some mahagony highlights and a thin cappicino colored head.

Smell was mostly roasted malts with hints of coffee.

Taste is dominated by black roasted malt flavors. There are some hints of coffee and a touch of hops in the finish, but the roasted maltyness while good is maybe a little too dominating.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium fullness to it.

Drinkability is good, a good stout, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 20:44:39 | More by bashiba
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

Appearance: Pours a rich black color with a half inch of tan foam that was made up of small bubbles. The head lasted about a minute. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Toasty and mostly roasty. It smells rich and has a definite chocolate presence. There is a sweet caramel aroma that is coming out since the head fell. There are some British style malts noticeable as it warms a bit. There is a good bit of hop presence, but you can't really pick up any of its characteristics through the roast. The caramel and British malts really take on a more assertive note as it warms a bit.

Taste: There is a bit if hop flavor that I notice in the beginning among the sweet and roasty malt. There is a pretty healthy helping of malt in the middle of the profile, and then this fades to a pretty decidedly bitter finale from roast and hops. The maltiness is gaining more girth as the beer warms up a bit. In fact, it is better a bit warmer. Light on the carbonation.

Opinion: This is a very tasty beer! I really like the malt hop balance, and it manages to not be acidic in the finish. I think that at this point I may like their Chocolate Stout a bit better, but I reserve judgment until I finish this bottle. This beer is probably the best true dry stout that I have tried, and I believe that it is leaps and bounds above its sour cousins.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 23:21:34 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Melchizedek


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a pretty lively carbonation, black with an almost oversized coffee-and-cream head that subsides slowly into a lasting, clingy cap.

There are some powdered chocolate notes in the nose, along with a definite hop presence. The hops hit up front in the mouth, with a strong bitterness that gives way to an almost sweet roasty texture. As the bitterness fades, that chocolate I smelled starts to pull through, along with a really nice mineral zest throughout. The body is a little lighter than some big stouts, and there's a bit of a drying snappiness to the overall pleasant mouthfeel.

This drinks very easily, and it tastes really good, and I'd really like another one. Right now.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 21:29:05 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of battlekow


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some of Shakespeare's stuff is pretty dark, but Shakespeare Stout a nihilistic black, with a big head the color of creamy coffee. The little black bubbles peppering the head make it look alluringly like a chocolate chip cookie. Smell walks the line between dark chocolate and prunes. Huge roasted flavor, to the point of being burnt, that overwhelms the "mellow chocolate aftertaste" promised by the bottle. More pruniness, but it mixes well with the other flavors. Good, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkable for awhile but the burnt flavor lingers and dissuades futher consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 20:07:37 | More by battlekow
Photo of Vancer


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

Oh, Sir Shakespeare, where art thou? Why, right here in my hand! What a beauty, a sexy black body with a deep, frothy oak head. A chocolate malt aroma, hints of anise. Ummm, earthy & leathery quaff, followed by a slight hop finish.

Rich, gritty and full bodied – still smooth for the entire 650ml bomber. Mellows mid-bottle as the 6% starts working. This is a very good session or quiet evening sipper brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 12:37:06 | More by Vancer
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

Brown glass 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out motor oil black with a creamy two+ finger dark tan head. The head cakes a bit in the middle and laces the glass nicely.

S - Smells like burnt caramel/chocolate.The smell actrually reminds me of making smoores. Very nice and sweet smelling with a little hop in the aroma.

T - Wow, a little different than most stouts I;ve had but I' getting some hop bitterness on the initial sip. The aftertaste goes back to that smell of roasting chocolate/caramel.

M - Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

D - Goes down nice and smooth, a very drinkable stout.

Notes: Not my favorite stout but definitelt worth drinking. I like a little more of a sweet complex flavor but this one is pretty good. I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 22:56:01 | More by EStreet20
Photo of dwvarner77


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

Pours a deep, thick oily black color with a frothy coffee-colored head that seems to have the slightest ruby tint. The head falls but leaves a ton of frothy retention around the perimiter of the liquid.
Nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, but less powerful than I had anticipated.
What it lacks in aroma it makes up in taste. Huge bitter coffee flavor, tons of burnt malt, finishing with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Body is thick and full, a hint of carbonation dances on the tongue to keep it from presenting as syrupy. Drinkability is optimal. A great tasting brew; I would say it would make a great session beer, but it is so smooth and tasty that I don't think it will last very long at all....
This one doth not protest too much, methinks.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 05:08:45 | More by dwvarner77
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa mamma. I'm surprised that I haven't rated this beer yet. I'm glad because it never tasted better than it did on tap at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Of course it's opaque black and has great head retention. This beer is surprisingly mellow and smooth, both in texture and flavor, to be so bold and flavorful. They get great malt flavors, chocolate flavors, and coffee flavors without a hint of astringency. Solid hopping does not leave the beer unnecessarily bitter, metalic, or acidic. It's as creamy as marshmellows, but easier to drink. Finishes mildly coffee-like and lightly bitter. I could drink this one all night.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2005 20:36:32 | More by BEERchitect
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New Mexico

4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - pours murky black into my imperial pint glass with a thick, coffee-with-cream head. nicely attenuated bubbles. head stays for a while but eventually becomes a thin cap. not much lacing.

smell - chocolate roasty malts with hops, too.

taste - bittersweet chocolate, nice hop bitterness, with aftertaste of dark roasted coffee. hop level is surprising! piney, almost citrusy, but that roasted espresso with burnt chocolate is right there along with it. my, this is beautifully integrated. hoppy burps.

m - medium body, creamy, smooth, somewhat "peppery" if that can be considered a tactile sensation. damn, is it incredibly smooth, though.

d - i don't drink a lot of stouts, but i think this one and brooklyn's black chocolate might turn me into more of a regular. this is incredibly drinkable. a giant, but not so big it scares you. i'd go for this one any grey day.

world class ale, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 20:27:11 | More by orfeu
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Thick brown foamy head with good retention. The body is dark black.

Smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

Tasted smooth and creamy with a good balance between sweet malts, chocolate and hop bitterness. True to the American version of this style. Light carbonation and creaminess makes this beer smooth in the mouth—it goes down all too easy.

This beer is very good at what it does, just as the people at Rogue are very good at what they do. The noticeable chocolate taste and aroma in this beer are divine, and in my humble opinion make this brew preferable over the, equally drinkable, classic Irish stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:58:19 | More by Shovelbum
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,772 ratings.