Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-24-2005 21:29:05 | More by Melchizedek
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
10-23-2005 20:07:37 | More by battlekow
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-21-2005 12:37:06 | More by Vancer
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-18-2005 22:56:01 | More by EStreet20
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
10-18-2005 05:08:45 | More by dwvarner77
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-17-2005 20:36:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
10-13-2005 20:27:11 | More by orfeu
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
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 mouthit 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.
10-13-2005 01:58:19 | More by Shovelbum
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Impenetrable black color. Frothy beige head that sits around forever.
Aromas of dark chocolate..tastes very much the same, with a bit of coffee-ish bitterness. Let this baby warm up a while before drinking. It's definitely best at cellar temp or warmer..it really lets the flavors come out. Very soft, smooth mouthfeel.
Not as "big" a stout as one would expect. I've had this brew quite a few times in the past, and every time I crack open the bottle, I envision it to be some 9%, thick, burly stout. It's really just a well-crafted stout that doesn't try to do too much..it just blends together exceptionally well. There's no excuse not to try it.
10-10-2005 22:47:11 | More by hero27
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
This is another good one from rogue. It pours jet black...even more black than other stouts like the chocolate from RB. The head is 1 1/2 fingers and lingers but does not lace a whole lot. The smell is a nice aroma, sweet and inviting, the yeast shows through here I think a very chocolaty ting. The taste is very boisterous, I like it the aftertaste is hoppy but not that hoppy. It made a macro frenzied friend of mine cringe. I found it appealing. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick but not sludgy. A drinkable stout, from rouge I would rather have the chocolate though.
I don't know what I was thinking the first time I reviewed this one. This is a damn fine sample. Very full taste, nice, toasted malts, very full body and great on the tongue. I jacked my previous scores. It deserved better
10-06-2005 01:51:48 | More by hoffman
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a dark, dark roasted brown, almost black. A bit thin in texture, but still just obsidian black in a mug. No light stands a chance in this bad boy. The dark tan head forms almost two fingers' thick, and fades to a thick, thick ring. Leaves fantastic lacing all the way down.
Smell is thick, mossy, rich. Smells of damp earth, fresh rain, and a bit of roast. Wonderfully full.
The first sip of this is all roasted malts. Just a bittersweet smokey wash all the way down. As the beer warms, the hops managed to raise their heads above the surface, and add a slightly bitter aftertaste, not unlike espresso. Tastes of peat moss, and dark, dark malts. Very earthy and hardy.
Mouthfeel is just huge for a beer this low in ABV (6%). You almost feel you could carve chunks out of this beer and serve it on plates. Just amazing considering how easily it poured. Smooth, silky and soothing on the tip of the tongue, smokey and astringent at the middle, and sweet and syrupy down your throat. This is one fantastic stout.
On a cold day, this beer is fantastically drinkable. This could replace the milk in my fridge, easily.
10-02-2005 07:16:21 | More by waldowin
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into an Orval Chalice, color is Black. Brown head with nice tight bubbles faded to some islands with lacing around the edges.
Smell is chocolate, figs, coffee, banana, and slightly floral.
Mmm, tasty. Burnt coffee flavor and a nice bitter finish
Fine carbonation, nice tingle effect on the palette, very enjoyable drinker. Good Sunday evening nightcapper.
09-26-2005 04:06:30 | More by ReebShorts
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
A great looking dark color with a big coffee looking three finger head.You can really smell the coffee and chocolate in this stout.The taste is a full coffee and chocolate blast.It is extremely aromatic and flavorful.It's easy to see why this has won so many awards.A great full mouthfeel that lasts and changes as it goes down your mouth.As far as drinkability goes,I will probably buy this anytime I see it.This is one of the best beers in America. Cheers.
09-24-2005 22:03:21 | More by jmz62565
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
Appearance - 5 - Black as night and beautiful. Huge one inch plus tan head, with tons of lacing as it slowly subsides.
Smell - 4.5 - Caramel and mocha, berries and nuts with some gorgeous floral hoppiness in the tail... wonderful.
Taste - 5 - Intensely complex... I love this... much better than I remember it being. Huge coffee and mocha in the front end, a bit of subtle nuttiness and a quick burst of berries in the back.... amazing.
Mouthfeel - 5 - thick, creamy, tongue coating... wow.
Drinkability - 5 - This goes right behind Storm King in my list of favorite brews.... I could drink this all day long and not grow tired of it. Simply incredible.
09-23-2005 19:56:18 | More by nickss
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Nice, solid stout. What was most interesting to me was how the flavor changed as it warmed. Right out of the fridge, it seemed to taste like a typical stout. Dark, roasted, a touch of chocolate and coffee. But as i sipped it over the course of 45 minutes or so, some sort of flowery fruitiness crept in and started changing things up. The last sip was remarkably different from the first.
Not something i could drink all the time, but a nice treat once in a while.
09-22-2005 14:35:47 | More by Bonhoeffer
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Deep, almost black brown color with a thick, rich brown head. mmm.... looks great.
Smells like figs and chocolate.
Tastes big and powerful, anise and caramels add to the chocolate covered figs.
Felt light bodied for a Stout but I suppose that American Stouts sometimes are. The alcohol was a touch strong giving this beer a slight bite.
Pretty drinkable. Not a filling stout at all. Crisp and downable.
09-16-2005 13:28:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Served in a pint glass at Zeno's. This is black with a nice thick frothy tan head. Smell is chocolatey malt with some coffee and perhaps some hoppy aromas in the background. Taste is roasted malt at first followed quickly by strong chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with some nice citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice thick mouthfeel and quite drinkable.
08-31-2005 01:23:37 | More by burnstar
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Presented in a 22 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours ebony in color with a 2" creamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly as I let it sit for 30 seconds, to a nice brown surface layer.
Aroma is lots of earthy roasted malts, along with a deep dark coffee roast aroma that comes through as an underlying characteristic along with some caramel and chocolate.
Sipping, the body is not as big as i expected, and the sweetness is not there that I thought would be. Instead, it is rather bitter, but has some slight sweetness deep down. The carbonation is rather light and tingly, and the body smooths out a bit, along with a very bitter, mellow finish. A little drying on the finish tingles my tongue, as a slight chocolate flavor comes through that reminds me of chocolate powder mix. Reading the label, I saw that cascade hops are added, and I could imagine that that is where the bitterness comes from.
Excellent brew! It wasn't what I totally expected, but this one is not too sweet to consume by myself. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone!
08-31-2005 00:43:14 | More by Fish113d
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Black. Brownish head, not very beautiful to see.
At the nose it is silk, softness, smoothness. Very smooth. Sweet, with roasted notes, and a lot of cocoa and chocolate. Very good.
The taste it is infinitely soft and smooth, with stout character, sweetness, but with a good bitterness that makes it very well balanced. Obviously again roasted and chocolate notes. Good.
08-28-2005 20:12:04 | More by stcules
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Pitch black color and can not see a hue with an average light brown head that is slightly frothy and fizzy with no lacing.
Roasted molasses malt smell with milk chocolate and a lightly citrus and pine hops aroma.
A lightly sweet and acidic, moderately bitter, and roasted molasses malt taste with more coffee than milk chocolate. The hops are well hidden but linger some pine and orange.
Medium to full bodied, dry and lightly creamy texture, slightly lively but soft carbonation, and a decent lightly metallic and astringent finish.
A consistant product however not the best Stout around 6% abv available.
08-27-2005 09:44:17 | More by Troyone
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Jet black in color with a large milk chocolate head.
Its aroma is roasty and chocolaty.
The flavor is just as stated above, roasty and finishes with a wonderful smooth chocolate taste. Its a perfect balance between sweet and bitter chocolate.
The mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated. It is also a bit sticky on the tongue.
It is delicious and dangerously drinkable. I will have to get more for sure.
If you like stouts, get this one and dont be afraid of the sticker price, its worth it.
08-27-2005 05:10:47 | More by Naes
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Served out of 22oz bottle
This beer pours pitch black, when held up to the light no trace of any other color. A nice tan colored head forms but disapates fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops a bit of citrus coming through. Along with coffee, and chocolate. Medium bodied stout that feels good in the mouth. A clean finish with mild hops on the nose. A great stout and will drink(buy) again.
08-27-2005 03:00:39 | More by charlottebeerguy
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a light-absorbing black into my pint glass. Only by holding it up to a light at an angle is there any evidence that it's not a completely opaque black. A 1/2", tan head forms, and quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing. The aroma is surprisingly simple; chocolate and roasted malts are about evenly balanced with the pine and citrus aromas from the Northwest hops.
This beer tastes almost exactly as an American stout should: roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts up front, balanced well by the citrus/pine/spice of the hops. The mouthfeel is wet and full. Finishes crisp, leaving a very pleasant roasted, chocolate, and hoppy aftertaste.
Overall, this is a pretty good stout, and scary drinkable; it's a shame the Bard never got to try one himself. Shakespeare Stout is a must-have for anyone who hasn't trod beyond the Irish dry stouts, and is worth trying regardless of your beer likes/dislikes.
08-24-2005 23:11:52 | More by swid
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
bomber bought at peace street market in Raleigh
appearance: dark brown, tan/brown foamy head that dissapears quickly and laces the rim
smell: toasted malts, moderate coffee aroma, slight chocolate, licorice is faint
taste: nice toasted malt taste...This is a delicious American Stout, perhaps the best I have ever had. Creamy chocolate, coffee roasts, slightly bitter finish, extraordinarily balanced
mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light carbonation...impressive
drinkability: better than average
08-24-2005 03:39:55 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Roasted barley or burnt is all I can think about after the first taste...but as the beer warms it developes a much richer coffee/choclate type taste. at 6% I could drink a few of these and the taste doesnt get old. I've visited the rogue many times and have never bothered to review the beers as i'm too focused on partying but next time I go this is a must to review on tap.
Overall....solid american stout that could please a large demo. nothing to throw a wrench in your palate and well crafted blend of malts and burnt barley taste. thank you rogue. Oh YEAH i almost forgot Rogue beers are priced very modest for how much work is apparent in their brew...thanks again
08-12-2005 05:37:41 | More by DogFood11
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,855 ratings.