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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 278 | FT: 6
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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of ncvbc
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on numerous occasions and finally had a chance to review.

Black pour with thick tan head.
Roasted malts. Some chocolate. Even less coffee.
Taste was dark and roasted mainly chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel. Unbalanced with hops which seem slightly overdone.
Medium mouthfeel. Silky, velvety smooth.
Although taste was less than expected still good and drinkable. Take two.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Dark black, opaque, with a thick, brown head, which dissipates to a tan film, with good retention and lacing. The beer looks quite thick when it is poured out.

S: Not terribly robust, but smells great though, smells like a mix of German chocolate cake, roasted cacao nibs, and mocha coffee.

T: Very good, very sweet, but not cloying, has that sweet, almost peaty oat malt taste, with lots of rich milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Quite a complex chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth, thick and rich, but not overpowering, full-bodied.

D: A great stout, handsome and smooth, probably my favourite everyday beer from Rogue.

Photo of andrewm190
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The employee who directed me towards this beer said that it was one of Rogue's "flagship beers." He must have been correct. This has to be one of the finest beers I have tasted. The mouth feel is nice, and the taste exceptional. This beer pushes itself into my top 5 list, perhaps top 3.
It pours a thick, dark creamy head.
The beer is thick black. Behind a lamp it offers no light penetration.
The smell isn't very strong, but one gets the scent of chocolate and malts.
I will generally disagree with a beer if the chocolate taste is to strong or seems somehow seperate. I must say that the chocolate is prominent in this one, but balanced very well. It wins not by force, but by cunning and guile.
pick it up.

Photo of mdm46410
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English pint glass. This stout poured a deep brown/black color with a decent sized dark tan head that slowly turned into a thin layer of bubbles that lasted. Minimal lacing. The aroma included chocolate, coffee, and some spicy hoppiness. The flavor was dark roasted malts, coffee, and just a bit of hops on the tail end. There is a slight lingering aftertaste of chocolate and coffee left on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy with light carbonation. An excellent sessionable stout from Rogue!

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee. Taste is very malty and the roastiness shines in the mouthfeel. I really like the aftertaste. Coffee explodes at the back of the tongue as well. Goes down very smooth and leaves a semi-dry taste. A second sip confirms the same. Very nice stout. Roasty, has hints of coffee and goes down well. Excellent!

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, ink black color. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Decent sized dark tan head forms on top. Thin spider web lacing.

S: Caramel, espresso & coffee, along with some slightly burnt aromas.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, espresso, burnt caramel, and a surprisingly big hop finish. It's very smooth, well balanced, and complex. The flavors are all there but not over the top. It's almost like a light version of Old Rasputin.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick. Some oily hops in the finish as well.

D: The smooth and balanced flavors, along with it being only 6%, make for a very drinkable stout. A solid stout, you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of meechum
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a real beer novice. This being one of my very first gourmet brews. I may not have all the terminology down yet but I will try my best to give my impressions about this wonderful beer.

A - Poured very dark almost black very much like a melted chocolate syrup almost into a thick almost 2 inch head creamy brown head that lasted several minutes

S - The smell was aromatic with chocolate overtones and with a hint of spices and nutty smells (it was awesome)

T - Taste was very velvety and smooth had a wonderful chocolate up front and then moving to just a bit of the more bitter hoppy flavors I guess.

M - This was very creamy and smooth felt very full in the mouth was thick and very pleasant

D - I don't know what to say other than I enjoyed every sip of this wonderful beer

Like I said I'm new to this so I won't pretend to be an expert by any means but this was one of my first what I would call more obscure (at least to the average consumer) beers and it was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this beer any time

Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black pour with nice head. Aroma and taste of dark roasted malt. Very good stout that I would buy again and recommend. My brother(pojo41) and I really liked this one alot and will have again when I get the chance. Unfortunately, can't find this in the beer hell we call Mississippi. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.

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

Now this is a great beer!! I managed to find this while in Texas and after hearing all the hype about it,I knew I had to try it.IMHO it lived up to it,and then some.I could get to love this beer if it were not so hard to find,but it is, and therefore it is pretty much out of my reach.If you can find it,and you like Stouts,by all means try it.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a viscous motor oil / soy-sauce black from the bomber into my snifter and forms a creamy and thick three finger cocoa head that looks like the strong chocolate milk that I made as a kid (you know....more chocolate syrup than milk). Big waves slide down the glass and leave a little bit of spotty chocolate lace on the glass, and swirling brings up a thick finger of cocoa cream. Eventually the head disappears entirely and leaves a very soy-sauce looking black tar concoction in my glass.

S - Milky way chocolate and nougat notes when cold, along with some sweet creamy coffee....mocha latte perhaps. The chocolate notes coming off of this one as it warms are pretty damn complex! This smells like a box of assorted chocolates... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, gooey nougat center filling. Behind the choco-riffic malt, there are some roasty campfire aromas, and some pretty forceful barky-woodsy-autumn-leaves hop notes too.

T - Holy crap! This smells pretty good, but the taste is in a whole 'nother league! The taste is much more assertive with bitter dark chocolate, gourmet high-end dark roast coffee, blackened toast, tobacco (I'm a former smoker and this actually makes me want a cigarette) and less noticeable toffee and peanut brittle notes that are hiding in there somewhere.

M - Thick motor oil body with a low level of carbonation and a wicked burnt toast / espresso bean finish that may actually be staining my teeth black (note: I spilled a few drops of this on my tan carpet when I was vigorously swirling the snifter, and it looks like I dripped some roofing tar in the computer room...how do I explain this one to my fiance?). The mouthfeel matches the flavors perfectly.

D - Pretty damn good! One of the better American Stouts, but I was expecting more complexity from a beer that's rated #55 on the "Best of BA" list. Don't get me wrong, it is a damn good stout and it's also very drinkable.... I will definitely pick this up again!

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

Appearance: Black as night with a chocolate colored head on top.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some piney/citrus notes.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, a little pine, coffee in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not too bitter, could have a few in a sitting.

Of the two Rogue stouts that are reasonably priced, I like the Chocolate Stout a little better than this one. Personal preference as the Choc. Stout is sweeter than this one. This is still a pretty good beer.

Photo of Tomas77
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a place called 'The Dirty Truth',Northamton,MA which has a reputation along with 'The Moan and Dove',in Amherst,MA for having only the finest ales from all over availiable. And they did with Roague Shakepeare stout.

Black and opaque. Not sure of any ruby highlights it was dark inside. Creamy tan/light brownish head that sits at one finger throughout.

Fantastic aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are there just enough to keep the malts in check.

Some slickness on the lips when you first sip. Sweet but only at the very beginning. Flavor is the same but with a bittersweet chocolate feeling on the back of the palate. Coffee throughout the middle and more chocolate later on.

Light body and mouthfeel. Not thick or viscous at all. Slight alcohol presence is there without it being hot. A very good beer I would say for any time of the year.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue- Shakespeare Stout

650 ML bottle

Appearance- Dark murky black with a modest creamy tan head. Heavy ringed lacing.
Smell- Light burnt coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate.
Taste- Big burnt black coffee with a sweet creamy finish. Bitter unsweetened cocoa.
Mouthfeel- Strong and dry, like espresso, up front. Creamy and sweet through the body, and finishing with a big bitter chocolate taste.

Overall- Good stout, slighty loses its bold flavor later into the bottle. When colder weather comes in find this on tap and drink it all night!

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into my pint glass after letting warm up a little. It was dark black in color even against a light. It had a good sized brownish head that slowly settled to a collar with a bit of film in the middle of the glass. No lacing. The aroma was pretty sedate. It was malty with coffee and choc malts in the background. The taste was really good but also kinda sedate. Really expected more of a kick after ready some reviews. It seemed to be missing that extra something that would have gotten it a higher score. Good amount of bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little on watery side compared to other Am Stouts that I've had recently. Overall, a good beer that you should try but I still prefer Cadillac Mtn Stout in this category. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

Photo of Shadman
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needed some ice for some magharita action (it's 39 friggin degrees here in the southern alberta desert today) and saw this single in the beer store. It's not stout season, but wth.

black as used diesil oil, head looked rich and impressive to start, but didn't hold at all, hence the rating. No lacing at all.

Smell was very impressive, rich chocolate and molasses. Can definitely smell some floral hop in there as well.

taste is very, very well balanced. Hop bitterness apparent throughout, with the chocolate malt keeping almost perfect pace.

smooth, medium body. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is the slightly watery finish.

very drinkable, not at all over-the-top.

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have this lots but never reviewed it ( strange ?) It is one of my favourite stouts for both its smoothness ( not in a tasteless Guiness way) and its complexity ( notes of chocolate and roasted malt are interwoven with pure bliss. A benchmark for stouts.

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

I love how Rogue includes such marvelous detail on their labels about the ingredients in their beers. This information is a homebrewer's delight and interesting to anyone who cares about what goes into making a good beer.

Shakespeare Stout pours opaque and black with a fairly thick, light-chocolate brown head that lasts. Noticible lace is left down the sides of the glass. Aroma dominated by roasted malt, chocolate, leather, and hops; nice. Taste offers a nice blend of roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and hop tang. The label mentions oats as an ingredient. This usually creates a "silkiness" in a stout but I don't pick much of that up here.

The American Stout category has a lot of breadth to its definition. Some of the examples of the style have characteristics that are more distinctive than this one (one example being another Rogue variety - chocolate stout), but as a well rounded if not somewhat subdued example, Shakespeare fits the bill nicely.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a motor oil black with hints of deep ruby, has a brown bubbly head, not much lacing but very nice retention. Lots and lots of craters and quite bubbly, maybe its the new cap?

S: Big coffee and big chocolate with hints of ripe fruit, plums and molassas, very inviting.

T/MF: Sort of disapointed with this one, maybe it was because I picked it up at world market and who knows how long that thing had been sitting around getting light struck (even though I picked it out from the back of the display, but who knows what goes on there). Anyways this beer has a sort of dry taste when I was expecting something a bit creamier but maybe I'm holding it up against Rasputin when I shouldn't be, but still...taste is a bit flat with faint chocolate and coffee with a mild tobacco finish. How could the smell be so inviting but the taste be so flat?

D: I would for sure try this one again and not buy it from World Market but a real liqour store which might allow for a fresher review.

Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the Stout mood as of late so I picked up this one again. It's a great brew I have consumed many times, so I figured I would finally knock out a review.

A: Pours black as night with a three finger khaki colored head which settles down to a beautiful ring just covering the top of the brew.

S: Nice and malty with hints of underlying chocolate.

T: Malt, oats, and caramel are the first thing to hit me. Then a nice warmth of chocolate comes thru with just a hint of charcoal in the finish.

M: I love the way this beer feels in the mouth. It’s really smooth, crisp and clean. Very nice.

D: You can drink this one by the pint or bomber. It's a really easy drinking stout.

Overall: It's a solid stout. It's not overly aggressive or lacking in any area, its very middle of the road. You might think that is not a good attribute to have for a beer but it actually it is. It is an easy drinking beer that does not overdue it or come up short in any area. It's a simple yet wonderful beer. We will call it simply wonderful. Along with Yeti it is quite possibly the easiest drinking stout on earth.

All that being said to achieve a better score, it needs to be a little more over the top >:{

Photo of jayfarley3
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- pours very dark almost black, with a nice tan head.

S- smells of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts

T- tastes similer to the aroma, roast coffee and chocolate with a nice balance of bitterness.

M- on the lighter side of full-bodied, very smooth stout.

D- this is an amazing beer, i will definitley drink it again!

Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old fav. The beer pours almost flat, with a scant microhead. That caramelly brown color gives way to a nose that carries rosted malt and chocolate in balance. The body is smooth and suprisingly nimble with a silky mouthfeel. The taste is that of malt, chocolate and if you close your eyes, you can get an extremely fleeting berry in the aftertaste. The color leads one to suspect that this will be heavy in the mouth, but as I said, just not true.

Honestly, this is a year-round beer. It is great to drink, use in beef stew, or just simply drink some more. Let's face it, tough to go wrong with rogue.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is a good solid American style dry stout. I've found over the years that I'm not partial to many of the Rogue products, but the fact that they still churn out fine brews like this and some others keeps me drinking their stuff. This beer pours black with a slight tan head and some slight lacing. The smell is of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit and cream. Very nicely balanced and appetizing. The taste is even better. Perfectly balanced roastiness, creaminess, and dry chocolate flavors come together without being sweet. Very nice, and with good depth while maintaining the dry stout profile. The mouthfeel as well is creamy but dry, making this quite drinkable. This stout shows that you can make an intensely flavored, balanced stout without heaping on the alcohol. A classic of the style, I can't believe I've waited so long to try it.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed. It started with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Rogue St. Red, and Shakespeare Stout. I was about 23, and I ordered this often when a local pub used to keep this on tap.

So kudos to Rogue for doing it well, and doing it well for so long.

On to the beer...

Pours a deep flat black color with a big aggressive tan head. Mean looking beer. (but that's a good thing)

Aromas are of oats, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Flavors are very full, and upfront. There is a very oatmeal like character to this one, lots of cereal grain flavors, and notes of dark roasted malts. There are also oak, bitter chocolate, and smoke flavors as well. Finish is crisp, biting, and with some nice hop bitterness. This is a flavorful beer, that doesn't wack you over the head with too much. It's just tasty, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too watery and thin for my tastes. It's not bad, but just seems a little off for a stout.

Drinkability is great. This one is so easy to drink, and enjoyable. As good I remember it from years ago...

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

Poured a deep dark black as night with a big foaming tan head. Very thick and opaque, like oil, but nicely carbonated. Smell was full of coffee and chocolate tones, with a definate sweetness that was evident from the very beginning. The taste was very full and robust. A nice full bodied feel. Flavors were very full, lots of caramel and sugar, coffee and chocolate tones were very predominant. Overall this is a very fine sessionable stout and was very glad to finally try it. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Another winner from Rogue.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,081 ratings.