Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 213
Gots: 221 | 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 wl0307
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of goschool
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of budsboy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of BadBadger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of ddellarocca
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of bashiba
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Melchizedek
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of battlekow
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of EStreet20
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of dwvarner77
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of orfeu
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

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 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 just blends together exceptionally well. There's no excuse not to try it.

Photo of hoffman
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of waldowin
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ReebShorts
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jmz62565
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of nickss
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pretty quality.

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

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.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,013 ratings.