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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,087
Reviews: 1,560
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 234
Gots: 282 | 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 MrHolland
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a opaque black with brown highlights and a thick foamy tan head.

The smell is off malts and roasted coffee beans with a slight hoppy background.

The taste has malts and coffee notes upfront buy as it warms up a tad in my mouth there is a very crisp hops taste.

The body of the beer is excellent and balanced very well. I really like this beer and I will be getting more.

Photo of crwills
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a story behind this one. Shakespeare Stout is, I believe, the first real 'craft beer' I ever had. Showing my age, the first time I had it was while working in Oregon back in the Winter/Spring of 2000. It was on tap, at some pub in Corvallis and... I hated it. I remember telling friends that I'd had this horrible beer that tasted like dirt and plants, and how nasty it was. Of course, my idea of 'beer' at the time was pretty much Molson Canadian. Period. After this experience, it was several years before I even attempted to drink a beer that wasn't available in every bar in Toronto.

So, while staying at a hotel in Princeton, NJ a few weeks ago, I grabbed a 650 mL bomber of this from a local liquor store. I drank it out of lousy old hotel glasses while watching ridiculously overpriced pay-per-view movies on the TV after a long day of work. And now, I'm about to give this beer that once turned me entirely off anything non-macro the best review I've given any beer on this site. Shows how tastes change, doesn't it?

Anyway, the bomber produced a black beer which looked great even in the hotel glass, with some brownish highlights and a great, thick, long-lasting tan head. Aroma is one of the most appealing of any beer I've had in the last year. Malt, grains, plants, earth, and a bit of chocolate and roasted malt -- the same taste as six years ago, I'm sure, but now I've learned to appreciate it and more.

Taste is just fantastic. The same earthy flavours, oats and grains, chocolate, coffee, some sweet malt and some well-hidden hops. Reminds me a lot of an oatmeal stout, and even though that's not what it's categorized here, I can see from the ingredients list on the label that it includes some oatmeal.

Perfect mouthfeel, and a nice mildly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Very easy to drink.

I wish this were available in Toronto -- the only Rogue I've ever seen up here is the chocolate stout (which is also a fantastic beer).

Anyway, here's to a wonderful brew. And, to proof that my time spent learning about and trying different craft beers was truly worthwhile, since without such an effort I'd never again have tried this beer or most of the others I've enjoyed.

Photo of sockeye101
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled upon this at my local grocery store and was eager to bring it home and give it a try. It poured a deep black color with a very thick dark head. Aromas were of burt malts and coffee and a little chocolate. It had a very good flavor, intense coffee, chocolate and burnt malts, with a bitter little bite at the end. A very intense and flavorful beer, not for the average drinker!

Photo of IntriqKen
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a med cream head that disappeared quickly to a nice lacing that lasted the whole drink.
Aroma is rich, sweet, chocolate, coffee, and mostly toasted-burnt malts.
Mouthfeel is soft carbonation and creamy smoothness.
Taste is almost magical....very, very balanced. Carmel, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt,light hop bitterness. Very balanced....nothing overpowering.
Aftertaste is a wonderful bitter chocolate an carmel....little tiny espresso.
This is a heavenly way to end the evening.

Photo of klewis
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black with a foamy tan head.

S: Big roasted and earthy smell with a hoppy foundation

T: The taste is delicate at first, and then explodes with earthy flavors of coffee and burnt oak with a moderately bitter finish.

M: Perhaps a bit on the lighter side for a stout, but still of a decent heft. The carbonation is a bit active for my taste, and it may be taking some attention away from the flavor. An earthy bitterness clings to the tongue for quite some time.

D: I don't think that this is a world-class stout as Rogue markets it, but it is definitely a very good one. Recommended.

Photo of Mandrake
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an absolutely jet black with a big deep tan head that builds to three fingers before dissipating slowly and leaving tons of lacing. Smells of burnt chocolate and caramels with the hops providing a bitter undertone. Taste has plenty of dark, roasted coffee and some chocolate indertones and a bitter hop kick in the finish. Earthy tones linger in the aftertaste, which goes on for ages. Mouthfeel is thick and full with plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is incredible. This is probably the most perfect example of just what a stout is supposed to be that I've ever had.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To error is to not drink. The pour is a strong black color with faint amber hues around the edge. There is a good roasty brown head that laces well and retains for the whole tasting. Although to a limited degree.

The smell is light and notes of the coffee aromas. Nice roasted and a few astringent smells, but malt is definitely the strongest smell. There is some sweeter notes along with some lighter citrus hop notes as well.

A bit malt taste with a strong mix of coffee and roasted malt flavor. A clean taste with not much astringency that the nose would indicate. As the beer warms the hop flavor s come out more. Mostly a citrus bitterness. Almost deters from the There is a sweetness that is similar to molasses or brown sugar.

A good body really supports the beer. A rich and smooth drink makes it very easy to enjoy. It would be a tragedy too miss out on this one.

Photo of porter17
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid stout with a near black appearance and a chocolate smell sure to please any chocoholic. It doesn't stop there: the taste of chocolate is prevelent in the taste (though not as strong as the beer's brother: Rogue chocolate stout) . There is a light coffee and slightly more noticeable caramel overtone. A rich, thick mouthfeel, it is a beer that you can drink as a session beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out pitch black with a modest coffee-colored head that... Hm. Well, the head snuck away while I was watching "Sixth Sense". There wasn't any lacing.

Smell: Aroma is mainly chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke.

Taste: Extreme roasted malt flavors (burnt) that follow with black licorice and chocolate. The bitterness tends to lean towards being astringent, squashing the other flavors. Oh, and this one definitely finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a sharp cabonation, and just a touch watery.

Drinkability: Not my favorite of the Rogue Gallery.

One thing's for sure, this beer is sure making my employer angry! I've been drinking it all day! I'm addicted!!!

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

Pours an absolute pitch black with a dark brown one inch head, slowly fading to a solid cap and leaving behind lots of really nice lacing. Very impessive looking.

Smell; chocolate and coffee notes really stand out up front, with roasted malts and little bit of black licorice.

Taste; chocolate coffee as the nose indicated, with bits of rasins and licorice. There's also just a touch of soy sauce, but not to much so. I like the slight hop bitterness that keeps this from being overly sweet. Mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I would have liked, but still pretty good, and this is very easy to drink.

Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Very black with a large light brown head that was somewhat "chunky" [not smooth like a nitro-type stout]. Good lacing.

Aroma was of dark chocolate, soy sauce and malts.

Taste was dark chocolate/cocoa and coffee. A very nice light bitterness throughout. The bitterness lingers at the end. Very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected with some mild carbonation. Not really creamy, but enjoyable.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. Highly recommended. A little different, but wonderful. I had this with some Ben & Jerry's ice cream [chocolate/vanilla] and it was amazing!!!

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

A solid black beer. No light comes through at all. Excellent chocolate-tan colored head with lots of very sticky lacing. This is what stout is supposed to look like.

Chocolate and black licorice are the first two scents that greet the nose. Then there's a dry dark fruit scent. Maybe a just a hint of alcohol spice too.

Big dark malt flavor comes first. A hint of roasted coffee. I keep expecting it to develop further from there, but it seems like it sticking to those two notes. It's good, but I was hoping for more.

A soft and fairly light feel on the tongue. Starts a little sweet, but gets slick and bitter further down the glass. The balance is good but not exceptional.

A very good stout. A gorgeous beer too. As I said, this is what a stout is supposed to look like. It just seems too simple to me. It could use more complexity and deeper flavor.

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

650 ML brown bottle with same great information printed on it. No freshness dating though.

The beer pours black with brown highlights. A nice tan head and almost no lacing.

The nose is of roasted malts, a bit of plums, brown sugar and a wisp of smoke.

The taste is of roasted, almost burnt malts. There is a bit of raisin taste with hint of bakers chocolate. The beer is pleasantly bitter, but I would have never guessed the 69 IBUS per the label. The beer tries to sweeten a bit but the hops pull it back,

The mouth is thick with a bit of an oily quality (and that’s good!). Very easy drinker, would go great with deserts! A worthy tribute to Bard!

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

A bitter night, filled with the frustrations from an unproductive, wasted day. The Shakespeare Stout had been in the beer fridge for a few months now, and I decided that at the very least the evening's beer should be satisfying. Opened the bottle with a corkscrew handle and reverently gazed at the ghostly thin vapor slowly oozing out of the bottle's top: this is, I think, the most enjoyable aspect of drinking bottled beer.

A: A moderate pour into a pint glass produces a 2cm head the shade of burnt tan. The beer's thickness seems present even in the pour, the consistency appears . Admiring the dark brown body that is impenetrable to light, I note the slowly decreasing head, which takes a few minutes to fully recede and leaves excellent light-brown lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Swirling the glass and bringing it to my nose, I note a rich aroma of toasted malt; cold, old coffee grounds; wood smoke; hops; and alcohol. The hops are an interesting presence, for I've had the stout before and do not recall them from previous experiences.
T: Sipping the beer opens a wide mental picture of ingredients and influences. The pine-like hops are present while the beer is cold, but fade into mist as it warms. Bold uses of roasted malt and coffee upfront, with molasses endnotes that decline into a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. No detectable influence of the oats that are mentioned, so I assume they were overpowered by the other ingredients; this is not, after all, an oatmeal stout.
M: Getting a feel for this beer yields its only disappointing aspect: a certain thinness, for a stout, and a carbonation that seems to fade preternaturally fast. Medium body near the border of medium-thin, the moderate carbonation helps keep the beer a welcome presence, but I find that it goes down too fast, too liquid.
D: Quite drinkable and expertly crafted in nearly all areas. The stout provided a bit of warmth and hope to a night that was otherwise devoid of it. A fuller body would have been enjoyed, but perhaps this was merely an outcome derived from my keeping the beer in the fridge for too long.

Photo of phisig137
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a pint glass. Thick black color, lets no light through. A fluffy cafe au lait head emerges and disapates rather quickly, with no lacing, but a small ring around the top.

Aroma shows roasted barley, burnt espresso, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very similar, VERY roasty, tones of dark roasted coffee, even a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel for me is kinda bad. Feels way over carbonated for the style, and feels a bit astringent.

Photo of johnniemarg
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours black with a nice big inch and a half brown head. Head slowly falls leaving a ton of lacing that covers most of the glass.

Aroma is an interest mix of hops, dark roasted malt and little bit of chocolate.

Flavor is hops and dark roasted malt. Some molasses flavor, but without being sweet (maybe vanilla extract?). This is a dry and bitter stout.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated and prickly from the hops.

I picked up a bottle of this because a bartender at my favorite bar that has this on tap right now told me everyone loved it and that he thought it was awesome too. I told him I wasn't impressed by it when I tried it once a year or so ago out of the bottle and didn't try it at the bar. I'm a little put off by the amount of carbonation and I prefer the sweeter stouts. I need to try this on draft at the bar now and see if there's any difference or if I just have different tastes than my bartender friend and all the other folks that think so highly of this stout. If the draft is different, I'll post another review.

Photo of acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep black, no light comes through. Dark tand head rests on top for quite a while.

Smell. an instant hoppiness, but under that is a sweet dark chocolate aroma. is sweet and bitter.

Taste. is roasty and chocolatey. i bit hoppy for the style. is nice. has that rogue "kick" i always taste in pretty much all their beers. roasted malts are all over this. they have a small taste of coffee, but not really much- and i wish there was more. aftertaste is also i touch of roasted malts and is bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice. Great balance. good carbonation. lots of hop presence.

Overall a great beer, but i just dont see it as being so high on the top 100 beers. But a truly an excellent beer!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a half inch of filthy head. Aroma is difficult to write about as it's incredibly intense and complex. Dark roasted malts come through, followed by molasses and some chocolate in the finish. Flavor is bursting with chocolate goodness. Slight bitter hop hint at the end. Finishes rather dry, as dry as an American stout can. This would be perfect served with a chocolate dessert, or simply sipped and enjoyed by itself. The oats do give it incredible smoothness. Still not incredibly heavy, mouthfeel is seemingly middle ground. But, wow, what a bomber for oneself!

Photo of harpo111
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good one from Rogue Ales. Nice dark color and head. Hint of chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter taste and finish with a oaty flavor. Very good mouthfeel, not too heavily carbonated. Very balanced. Was having with a meal and went very well with what was servered...not too sweet, not to dry.

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

Appearance: Utterly black in color, with a small, persistent tan head, and excellent glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Restrained chocolate, pine tar hops, and coffee dominate the aroma, with hints of earth, smoke, and graham cracker as well.

Taste: Opens with a dark earthy roasted malt note, and coffee. Midway through the taste, there is a slight bitter chocolate note. Finishes quite dry with a lingering old coffee note, burnt malt flavors, and mild pine hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a faint hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very drinkable, a very nice example.

Presentaion: Packaged in an enameled twenty-two ounce bomber with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of BillyB
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle pours a deep dark maroon to burnt reddish-brown color. Thick brown head leaves nice lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, hazelnut.

Taste is quite bitter for a stout. Still oily, full bodied mouthfeel but a drier, hoppier mouthfeel and taste than I expected.

Pretty drinkable and balanced but has a bitterness and citrusy hop zest that most stouts don't have. Nice.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a small brown head. Little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with caramel and chocolate. Maybe a hint of hops in here some where.

Taste: Predominately roasted malt at first and a coffee taste with hints of chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Is creamy, to me this is how a stout should feel.

Drinkability: As a stout fan, I could have a few of these with no problems.

I have grown to love the offerings from Rogue, every one of their offerings I have had have been excellent examples of the styles and have been great tasting. This one is among my favorites.

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

Served from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a small brown head.

Smell: Caramel, roasted malt, slight chocolate, and some citrus hop notes

Taste: Starts off with a roasted malt moves to a citrus hop flavor and then ends with coffee. There are also hints of caramel and chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a couple of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Rouge. Good example of the style. Great to have on a cold winters day.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black body with a tight finger of dark tan head. Thick, foamy lace left behind.

Nose is rich and roasty, but also hoppy.

Flavor is an intense blend of bitter coffee/roasty goodness and really hoppy finish. Kind of reminds me of Yeti, but better and more drinkable. An excellent balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and borderline chewy.

Drinkability is very good. I would love to find this on tap someday.

This is a top notch stout. I bought it as a substitute for Rogue Chocolate Stout, which I could not find at that time. It does very well for itself, though. Recommended!

Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.
Deep black coffee color with a tanish head. good lacing.
aroma is predominantly roasted coffee, but if you dig deep you’ll find some dark chocolate and a trace of citrusy hops.
flavor is big on roasty, black coffee, bitter chocolate and a long dry finish.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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