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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 223
Gots: 259 | 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 Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a one finger caramel colored head. The head falls quickly, but remains a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee, with some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose, as bold roasted malts, strong coffee, molasses, and a stronger than normal bitterness is rounded with some soft chocolate and prune tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry lightly crisp finish. Medium-heavy in body. Roasted tones and coffee linger well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable stout, as the full robust flavors leave you wanting another taste quickly. A great stout everyone should seek out.

Photo of zjungleist
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly black with a nice tan head. The smell is not very heavy, but I got pretty standard chocoalte and coffee with some resonable hops. Taste is nice and rich, with lots of chocolate and espresso, sweetness and hops to finnish. Mouthfeels if velvety and well balanced. Drinkability is high, but not too high. Good stuff.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black color, beautiful creamy tan lace. This beer looks oh so inviting.

Smells so rich! Caramely, strongly malty, hint of hops. Can't wait!

Taste is mmm mmm mmm mmm good! Creamy, malty, just like the smell. Slightly sweet at first, and just a bit bitter when those hops kick in, but nothing overpower, and certainly nothing that detracts from the delicious taste.

I love stouts and this is one of my very favorite. I will be drinking this whenever I get the chance.

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

Dark black in color, like looking into space, with a thin beige head. Smells of coffee beans and tastes the same with a light chocolate quality. Very nice carbonated mouthfeel. Smooth finish with a slight aftertaste, almost like an espresso. I felt as if it were quite filling, almost a decadent beer, very rich in taste. I think this would be best served after dinner, or with a rich chocolate dessert. Overall, a delicious beer.

Photo of walleye
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured black with a medium tan head. aroma roated malts jump right out there and than along comes the chocolate, some coffee, with a touch of hops. flavor not disappointing at all good strong roasted flavors with the chocolate taking first place a head of the malts did pick up some of the oats. good beer.

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

A 22oz. bomber bottle that was silk screened with their typical Rogue guy, but with a pimp style hat and a blue shirt on. But instead of a cane, they had a pitcher of beer in his hand. No date on the bottle, but still had plenty of info about the beer (usual backside of the Rogue bottle). It has 15o Plato, 69 IBU, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Black in color, not dark brown, not a dark ruby color, nothing but BLACK! The head of foam was almost 1in. in height and was tan colored. The head faded fast but did leave just a little bit of lace around my Samuel Smith Pint glass. Very Nice!

Smell: Not as aromatic as I thought it woud be. All I could smell was just a little bit of dark chocolate mixed in with some coffee beans in the background. The only thing that was ok with the beer.

Taste: This is where it made up for the smell. It was rich in dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some bitter hops at the end. Once this beer warms up the dark roasted flavors will enhance. OH MAN WAS THIS GOOD!

Mouthfeel: DRY! It felt like the Salt Flats were in my mouth. But unlike the Salt Flats, it was also bitter at the same time. Those hops sure did linger on for a while after I drank this beer. Make sure you have a glass of water by your side when drinking this beer.

Drinkability: They weren't lying when they put on the back of the bottle, "Another World Class Ale from Rogue." I'm sure as hell wouldn't mind having another bottle of this beer. Excellent Brew!

Photo of kkipple
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh, Shakespeare Stout. My favorite of all stouts. Why, you ask? This is a beer that proves that less really can be more. This beer, for me, is one that all other American stouts are measured against.

Shakespeare Stout is the color of midnight with a small, everlasting tan head that contrasts brilliantly with the beer below. I drank a 22oz bomber out of a large pint glass and the head never faltered in close to an hour. Amazing, really.

Smell is subdued; nothing fancy here. Mild chocolate, espresso, malt, maybe some honey. Not nearly as aromatic as some other Rogue beers.

On first sip, a tingly bite leaps into your mouth and fades into intense roasted malt, coffee and cocoa flavors. Marvelous mouthfeel -- rich and smooth. This one actually made my mouth water after the first taste. That, my friends, is a good beer. The aftertaste lasts a long while, daring you to fill your mouth again. This stout is close to perfection in my book. My main beef is that isn't sold in 6-packs.

This is a classic stout. Not overly complex, no gimmicks, no weird additions. Simply fresh, delightful taste. Balance in a bottle. Highest recommendation.

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

I'll start by saying that this particular beer failed to meet my high expectations given its "best of BA ranking."

After having thoroughly enjoyed Rogue's Chocolate Stout, I was anticipating great things from their Shakespeare.

The pour was ok, lending to a decent head, yet one which appeared to subside at a faster rate than expected. The opaque black appearance was also quite pleasing.

The aroma given off was at the very least delightful, with hints of the same subtle chocolate notes that I was about to taste.

The taste was impressive, but just a little short of what I had expected given the reputation. The suprising flavor which popped out in the first several swigs was that of beef jerky. I could sense the chocolate, first noticed by scent, but felt a stronger coffee and again, beef jerky flavor. The usual "stout" characteristics were there, but I'm not sure I would say that the "earthy flavor" claimed by Rogue was as evident.

Being the hearty stout that it is, with its somewhat moderate alcohol content, I feel this beer is very drinkable, in less of a "I'm having a dessert beer to feel nice and fall asleep," and more of a "I'm having this one, and then maybe another."

Than being said, I would definitely recommend this beer. I do however, have to question its relatively high ranking among beers within the same category that seem to be a notch above. Least of which is a cousin...Rogue's Chocolate Stout.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint from a 22oz bomber ...

A - Jet black with redddish hues in the light. Rocky, super-thick head of coffee-froth coloring. The head is extremely persistent.

S - Roasted barley and caramel. Coffee-like aroma with some hint of hops in the nose. Comples and inviting.

T - Rich and creamy malt taste with some noticable hop backbone. Excellent. Some espresso flavors come in late into the taste.

M - Smooth, thick and complex. Good malt/hop balance.

D - Excellently balanced and superb taste and aroma make this one of my very favorite stouts. The Rogue folks are no joke ... this and the mocha porter are among the very best in their class. If you haven't had this, you need to ...NOW!

Photo of jj21
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch Black, Great head w/ many large bubbles. Head didn't last long

S: Nutty, Chocolaty, Good esters

T: Bitter Chocolate, Spicy, Warming flavor

M: Heavy and lingering.

D: Great flavor but no more than one 22oz at a time, too heavy.

A great beer for my first review. Opened this up to celebrate the birth of my daughter. I quit all alcohol while the wife was preg and this was my treat afterwards. Perfect choice.

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

Pours an utterly opaque black with a brown sugar color head.

Mild chocolately aroma. Dark, somewhat roasty malt flavors. Some bitterness in the finish with a lingering chocolate aftertaste.

Very drinkable, mild carbonation, full body. This beer got better as it warmed up to near room temperature, I highly recommend letting this beer warm up a lot.

Photo of jaluria
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a viscous dark, opaque black with a tan colored head that was thick, leaving behind quite a bit of lacing. Large, intense bubbles cover the surface, even after the head dissipates. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, dry sherry, and black coffee; just wonderful. Refreshingly smooth with dark chocolate flavors that start off subtle but grow more intense as the beer warms. The sweetness of the beer is never overpowering or all-encompasing. Hints of smoke and burnt sugar are just wonderful, adding great depth and flavor. Creamy and textured in my mouth, this beer has a dry and bitter finish, very much dominated by coffee/expresso flavors. All together, this beer works on every level and is a joy to drink. Try pairing this with gourmet dark chocolates or cheesake...just incredible!

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black with a massive cocca-colred head. Head settled in at 1/3" and had average retention and lacing

Smell: Some Malt and alcohol

Taste: Big toasty malt upfront followed by coffee, licorice and rich choclate notes with dryness on the finish. Didn't quite find it's place on my taste buds, almost

MF: Very smooth and morish

Pretty drinkable but doesn't quite come all the way together for me. A good stout never the less

Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draught at the Rogue Public House in NW Portland. Pours rich frothy head that looks similar to espresso. Dark ink black not allowing any light to pass through. Smells strongly of roasted malts, nice chocolate, and sweet cream. No hops are present in the aroma. I know they are in there, but the roast overpowers them. First taste is bitter, but not from hops, from roast. Almost astringent. Chocolate and espresso fill your mouth next, very nice, followed by a sharp almost harsh bitterness. Again from roast not hops. NIce full, rich, slick mouthfeel. Oily and coating, from the oats one can presume. I decided to sit on this for a while and let it warm up seeing as it was very cold from the tap. At first it seemed to bring out this harshness even more, but after a few drinks, it went away. It is so much better slightly below room temperature. Definite balance. A decent beer.

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

Totally opague during the pour, resulting in a beautiful tall mocha head.

The scent will remind you of all the reasons you love a great stout - the deep, rich coffee & chocolate tones amongst the malt. It is a treat just to smell.

Coffee and oats in the taste with a mellow chocolate finish, followed at the very end by a slight bitterness. Pure pleasure sliding past your tastebuds.

Incredibly smooth and silky. Low to medium carbonation. Smack your lips.

I'm always on a quest for the smoothest, richest stout, and I think I may have just found it in Rogue's Shakespeare Stout.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my Stone Imperial Stout tulip a dense, glopping brown that comes together to be a total black hole, completely opaque black. Thick, bubbling, rising milk chocolate head rises and slowly, slowly recedes to a finger thick, rocky, fluffy, creamy series of mounds. This thing looks like an $8 iced coffee from Le Ritz Coffeehouse. Thick, creamy, enticing walls of brown lace. This is the way every stout should look.

Smells of coffee, tiny dashes of cinnamon, oats, rum. A slightly fruity smell for a stout to have.

There's definitely a coffee taste, but what strikes me most about the taste is that it's true to the classic style of a Stout - namely, that it's a richer, thicker porter - a Stout Porter. It's like a porter to the max. I can taste the roasted and unroasted malts, and they have a big oatmeal-coffee taste. If I think hard enough, it reminds me of other smoked porters I've had. There's a hop tingle on the back of the tongue, but little effect on taste.

This thing is super slick on the palate. It's not chewy, but it's frothy, creamy and full. When you swallow there's almost nothing left behind. This is the first stout I've drank that begs me to drink deep. Take a big gulp, swish, swallow, take another big gulp, repeat... I had to stop myself repeatedly because I just wanted to chug this brew. I think the flavor could use some extra complexity and beefing up, and this really isn't the chewiest of stouts, but drinkable? Hell Yeah.

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark black color, with only a hint of red along the edges when you hold it up to the light. Moderate tan head with good lacing. Rich dark-chocolate aroma with sharp, peppery hops. Initially sweet taste of cocoa & coffee, slowly bittering up after a few moments, to finish dry and roasted. Good, full body but not heavy.

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

Pours inky black with a large rocky latte-colored head of small, densely packed bubbles. I cannot see through the glass. Decent lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The smell is of deep roasted malts with hints of coffee as well. The taste is initially filled with a those same roasted malts along with touches of carbon, as if burned. It finishes with soft hops and is slightly drying. Medium bodied and relatively light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it a bit perky. Absolutely drinkable, and if you like roasty, toasty, carbony malts, you've found a perfect match.

Photo of joecast
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just about the thickest pouring beer ive had. the blackest too. unfortunately, the dark tan head decided not to stick around very long which was the only blemish of a mighty fine appearance.

middling aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

flavor is full of more malt and chocolate. some bitterness in the dark chocolate sense as any hop bitterness must be masked by the malt.
hard to believe this is 69 ibu, though i suppose that would help keep this from getting too malty sweet, as it is definitely not. very smooth and drinkable.

excellent mouthfeel. slides down the tongue very easily with the finish sticking around just long enough.

Photo of masikon
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony with a perfect tan head which leaves a whole lot of lacing. Nose is strong in the hop department for the style with subdued coffee tones in the background. Taste is pleasant but not overly interesting, Some good classic coffee notes, I didn't detect much chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is very nice and lingers, taste like the foam on top of a good mocha. Overall a pleasant stout but I think maybe I expected a bit more, I'll go back to this one day and see how it treats the second time around.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A 22oz bomber, of course, poured a 1.5 finger head. I can't really use dark brown to describe it's color. It is really is just a black, not motor oil black but liquid bread black.

Smell- Everything one would imagine for a hand crafted stout. Mocha, roasted and smokey malts, witha little heavy cream.

Taste- A great mix of raosted and smokey malts, more smokey than roasted. With some vanilla cream mixed with black coffee.

Mouthfeel- A great creamy, slightly chewy palate leaving an almost burnt taste in my mouth.

Drinkability- My skinny ass needs more calories. So go beer for beer with Shakespeare.

Photo of SteveO1231
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a 22oz. bomber from BevMo! Had mine for dessert with some chocolates.

Pours a thick jet black with a thick sponge-like tan head, Awesome foamy lacing, so dark I can't see any carbonation.

Aroma of roasted caramel, chocolate and black coffee. Nice hoppy scent.

Buttery smooth texture. Big flavors of chocolate, and roasted caramel with a nice acidic hoppy bitterness. Leaves a dry tartness like black coffee on the back on the palate.

Perfect stout, great dessert beer. Awesome balance of roasted malts and bitter hops. One of my favorites!

Photo of whynot44
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark opague black color with a decent chocolate colored head that persists as a collar and lace.

The aroma is dark roast malt, dark chocolate and hints of coffee and figs.

The taste leans more toward dark roast coffee with dark chocolate and figs. Fairly dry throughout and finishes with a lingering bitter coffee taste. Medium/full bodied, very easy to drink. Nice after dinner.

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

This beer is truly near perfection for the style, a fantastic American Stout. Wow, what a treat.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark black with a 2 finger brown head that is thick and creamy.

Smell: Dark-semi sweet chocolate and a slight hint of coffee. There is also a bit of toastedness coming through the malts.

Taste: Similar to the smell there is a toasted semi-sweet chocolate taste, (black), subtle (not-overpowering) hints of coffee and dark fruits. It is a very balanced taste; sweet and mild bitter to make a near perfect (quaffable) flavor and the aftertaste leaves a very pleasant sweetness lingering on your tongue. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: Just thick enough to be full (aided by the big flavor), but it has a medium body and mild stickiness. The finish is a bit crisp.

Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable stouts I have come across to date. I highly recommend trying this one! Truly a fantastic beer. Hats off to Rouge!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark and coffeelike, minimal head retention

Smell - rich and chocolatey, faint coffee

Taste - toasty, coffee, but only mildly sweet, has a distinct dryness, almost like a wine.

Mouthfeel - average thickness compared to other stouts, smooth with medium carbonation

Drinkability - a good after dinner drink, I would have it again

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,055 ratings.