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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,851 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,851
Reviews: 1,526
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 183
Gots: 163 | FT: 3
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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henrysunset

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

Opaque brown to even black, Poured a one-inch tan head.

Strong scent is hard to pinpoint, but not as sweet and chocolately as some other stouts i've had.

In the mouth, it feels a little thinner than other stouts. I can taste a little bitterness and some of the cholocolate tones that get stronger after you swallow it down.

Aftertaste from a big swig is incredible. chocolatey tone is very strong, a very light smoky flavor beneath that gives it some depth. The flavor lingers beautifully.

If it were readily available and priced right, I would drink this all the time. The only thing I would like is for it to have a little more flavor and thickness when it's in the mouth. The aftertaste is perfect.

05-08-2004 08:32:31 | More by henrysunset
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

It pours deep, dark black and looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. It has a big brown head. The aroma is strong with a lot of roasted malts, a touch of caramel, and plenty of citrus hops (I believe it says cascade on the label). The full body has lots of roasted flavor (coffee and a touch of chocolate), some malty sweetness, and then the citrus hops hit you. It is silky smooth going down and has a nice bitter punch at the end. A great stout that has a nice US twist to it with the citrus bite.

05-07-2004 17:36:28 | More by ark57
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5%

Solid black, with a big frothy brown head. Big roast coffee taste, almost a hint of burnt toast, and of course, a roasty smell. Good northwesartn hop balance to the roast bitterness, but also some tannins seem present. Finishes with a slight hint of orange and pineapple.

05-05-2004 01:26:28 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-dark beer with a huge head with standard retention for this style of beer. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of roastiness and choclate, which bring some very enjoyable sweetness. Carbonation is good with a strong body. Taste is quite similar to aroma with the roastiness and chocolate coming out very nicely. The end is more sweet then dry which I enjoyed. Overall, a truly great sweet stout.

Note: This one was actually called Wild Irish Stout, which is the import name of this beer.

05-03-2004 15:00:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a deep black liquid with a tan foamy head. One thing I did not like was that the head disappeared too quickly. There was some good lace on the glass. Smells like a loaf of dark bread, with a slight chocolate note. Taste was a dark roasted flavor with a note of coffee. There was some good hop bitterness in the finish. Full body, and appropriate carbonation. I thought it was pretty drinkable. Overall, I thought this was a solid stout. I can see why it has been rated pretty high. Another winner from Rogue.

05-02-2004 19:47:52 | More by Bierguy5
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koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

THe beer pours out of the bomber a dark black with a brown head. I know I am in for a serious beer from the initial pouring.
At the first sip I was anything but disappointed, full roasted flavor with a nice hop twinge at the end. The hops are not overpowering or subtle but have that nice balance for this truly excellent beer. It goes down smoothly with some coffee flavors at the end of the tasting. I could easily see this as becoming one of my favorite beers while I am out here in Missouri. I wish I had found the store that had it earlier, it is a fitting yet different replacement for storm king.

05-01-2004 23:37:55 | More by koolkat
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Had this one gravity poured from the cask at NERAX last nite.
Served in great condition,light carbonation, perfectly chilled and a black beauty. Little to no head and opaque. Aromas of roasted malts,bitter chocolate and a hint of licorice.
Flavors are more complex than the bottled version with a big drying bitterness standing out. Roasty and chocolaty with buiscuits and oreo tops. Underlying hops and fruit with a lingering, drying finish.
A great beer that lends itself very well to cask. It would be better through a beer engine.

04-30-2004 12:36:06 | More by brewandbbq
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FormatKid

Tennessee

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Another Rogue beer picked up from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile as a good stout is hard to come by in my town.

I went a little nuts on the pour and ended up flowing over a bit, but all is well. The appearance is deeply black and opaque. Even holding it up to a light source doesn’t reveal the usually ruby tinges around the edges. A hardy tan head rolls up a good three fingers high and over the rim of the glass. The head remains resilient and chunky gobs of lacing sheet the glass.

Malts are very prominent on the nose, sweet, yet roasty, burnt, and arrogant. Milk chocolate and light coffee are alluded too as well. Smell is superb.

Taste is dominated by smooth, dusty and charred, sweet malts. Caramelly smooth, with an earthen bitterness around the edges. Chocolate, and creamed coffee are apparent, this brew goes down as smooth as silk. Lightly bitter aftertaste is left and the foam leaves my lip bitter. Excellent. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy, carbonation doesn’t get in the way here.

I will be back to visit you again Shakespeare. I’ve been waiting for a stout like this!

04-18-2004 03:51:13 | More by FormatKid
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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

MMmmm, this is a nice stout from Rogue! Pours a deep dark brown with a nice dark head that sticks around. Smells of bitter chocolate and lightly of coffee scent. Taste is great...bitter and sweet and smooth. Everything is balanced quite nicely.

I'm gonna have this one again and you should, too.

04-15-2004 01:47:34 | More by babyhobbes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1%

How about that. LCBO being on the forefront and 4 reviews, all from Ontario. This is an above avergae stout, not too chocolately or burnt coffee. Very drinkable and not far below the infamous Shakespeare Rogue in rogue abilities. Malty and yet balanced.

04-14-2004 23:40:50 | More by Sammy
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soper2000

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber

I love how rogue labels their bottles with all of the ingredients and degrees plato/IBU's and what not, just had to get that out of the way.

Poured a midnight black with a small tan head that diminished very quickly. Smell was full of roasted malts with hints of coffee, extremely pleasant. Taste is of roasted malts balanced extremely well by hops. I couldn't pick out any specific hops but the bitterness is definately there. This is one creamy stout. It goes down nice and thick. I feel like i could have a couple bombers of this a night and be content. A wonderful stout from Rogue, I can't wait to get my hands on their imperial!

04-13-2004 00:51:00 | More by soper2000
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watermelonman

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%

This stuff is very dark but not overly viscous. I like it. The head was big and fluffy, and it lasted very well. There isn't much lacing but it's still a good-looking beer.

The taste is very nice. I think the flavor defines what a stout should taste like. It's got hints of chocolate and coffee without having too much of anything. There's an appetizing taste of bitterness in the finish.

This is also one of the more drinkable proper stouts I've had. It goes down well without being short on flavor.

I'll have a tough time buying any other stout for at least a few weeks.

04-10-2004 10:13:31 | More by watermelonman
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +7%

Light-swallowing, black pour with a thick, long-lasting bronze head. Smell is less intense than expected, but typical roasted malts certainly are there. A bit of licorice and a nice bite of hops as well. Velvety, wonderful mouthfeel smoothes out the sharp flavors--toasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and noticeable astringency. At first I thought this was "merely" very good, but that sells this stout short. Very well done, indeed.

04-06-2004 03:49:21 | More by BitteBier
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

Dark, dark pour with a big handsome brown head. Looks quite delicious. Head settles to a film, gives up a small measure of lace.

Aroma is roast malt, chocolate. Not over powering but distinct.

Strong bitter malt, semi sweet chocolate flavours. Dry, chalky mouthfeel, long lingering bitterness.

Decent beer, quite tasty, but somewhat one dimensional. Worth a try.

03-23-2004 00:48:49 | More by TerryW
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Zorro

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a truly impenetrable black brew.

Smell is mildly fruity, not that great.

Taste is sweet with chocolate and coffee flavors. Cola and sweetness show up too.

Mouthfeel is very good, has a Coke a Cola like carbonation bite.

It is drinkable but NOT as good as Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.

03-20-2004 03:58:56 | More by Zorro
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stewart124

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +13%

Huge brown head atop this pitch black beer that you could lose yourself in. Deep smells of mocha and coffee with hints of roasted malts and caramel. That taste is nothing short of spectacular. This has a big roasted taste taht finishes dry with a hop dryness that is not only present but delicious. This beer has a thick body and it's outstanding. Very complex and hits all areas of the palate. The aftertaste is of burnt caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Everything in this beer goes together great and there aren't too many other stouts that work this well.

03-10-2004 04:57:15 | More by stewart124
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%

I finally found this (minnesota), and I'm pretty psyched to try it out...22 oz bottle.

-One of the best looking beers I have ever seen: absolutely black in color, opaque in clarity, with a very large brown/tan head that fades slowly and unevenly to about 1/3 of an inch and then stays there, leaving loads of lacing all the way down.

-Smell is strong cascade hops, dirt and chocolate...what a combo.

-Taste: wow...this is about the 5th or 6th stout I've tasted now, but it is miles apart from any of the others in taste. I expect the chocolate and roasty malt flavors, but this is the hoppiest, earthiest stout I have had. It's like a stout version of SN Celebration, though flavor-wise not quite as complex. I didn't know this flavor combination was possible in a stout, and I am very glad it is.

-Mouthfeel is medium-thin for a stout - quite sharp and dry (as opposed the buttery soft texture of some stouts) which emphasizes the hop bitterness. This works well.

One of the most outstanding beers I have ever had. I wish I could find this in 6 packs.

03-09-2004 03:47:58 | More by jwilli7122
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Southernbrew

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Nice black color, decent light-brown head.

Smells of caramel, a light citrus and a slight roasted scent.

Wow, nice full body, creamy mouthfeel, crisp though. Beautiful mix of roasted coffee with a medium sweetness and a little bitterness. Leaves a nice light chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

A truly awesome brew, my new favorite stout. Everyone should try this one.

03-06-2004 21:38:25 | More by Southernbrew
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Black, with a dark brown three finger rocky head. Leaves webs of lace behind.
Strong aroma, oats, copper and chocolate.
Bitter and astringent, strong dark roasted malt with oats. Dark chocolate, coffee, oats. Earthy with spruce.
Full feel, creamy and smooth, chocolate type bitterness.
A nice blend, a type of chocolate oatmeal stout. Some of the Imperial stout flavors without the huge ABV.

03-04-2004 23:31:06 | More by mschofield
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Well then, had a chance to have this on tap. A few subtle differences, but not much. Nice dark, dark brown with a very brown head. Malty, chocolaty, espresso smell, and loaded with about the same flavor. It seemed to me the hoppiness wasn't as predominate in the tap version. But this doesn't make it bad, just a little less exciting. Full bodied with only a little bite from the carbonation. As stated before, I will continue to drink these, over and over again.

02-22-2004 15:43:36 | More by Nytemare
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

22 oz. bomber served at cellarish temps in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black as ebon, surmounted by a light brown head of thick, rocky, and dense bubbles. A thick film of bubbles stuck around as I joyously drank the bottle.

Smell: Prunes, vanilla, fertile humus, faint whiffs of hops and oats. Dense and complex, far better than some imperial stouts that I've had.

Taste: Intense roasted malt flavors, like a nice cup of bitter dark espresso. Pruny dark chocolate malts underlying all this. Piney cascades on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Talk about yer "vim and vigor." The real reason those words had to be crossed off DFH's WWS was the BATF having one of these puppies. Big and hearty mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One burly-ass stout. A roid-ragin', VW-van bench-pressin' drink. I likey.

Other: I remember the first time I had Shakespeare Stout was in 1996 or thereabouts. I was in NYC on a choir tour and went with a lady friend who loved beer to a nice restaurant where we shared a bottle of this with our meal. We both took a whiff and were amazed. My first words were, "Smells like dirt, and I mean the fertile black stuff we get out in Iowa." This was meant as a complement, and is something I'll stand by.

02-16-2004 16:16:04 | More by ManekiNeko
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necoadam

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

Ah, the Shakespeare Stout. This, my friends, is not only a damn fine stout, it's a damn good beer.

Appearance: Poured out a very black color with a dark tan head with some nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and hops come to mind. Umm..some caramel in there too I smell.

Taste: This is a true stout. Malts and hops are balanced perfectly IMO. Good hints of some coffee and bitter chocolate lay underneath.

Mouthfeel: So creamy and smooth it's amazing. It's not too thin and not too thick, it's right in the middle. Great texture. I wouldn't mind drinking another one of these bombers. Such a great stout. I believe it's one of the most balanced beers out there.

02-15-2004 23:14:59 | More by necoadam
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Extraordinary pour from the 22 oz bottle produces an opaque, jet black body and a fluffy tan head that eventually falls into patchy and ring lacing. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the typical stout aroma, but with definite hop notes that are floral and mildly ctrus. Rich, smooth, and creamy in the mouth with a slight essence of hops twang. Mocha and roasted coffee are upfront in the taste, but there are lots of pleasant surprises lurking here. Some smokiness is evident, as well as oatmeal, butternut, and some faint notes of grapefruit. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. By far, the most complex and drinkable stout I've tried. No perception of alcohol, whatever, and I'm thinking that Rogue could increase the abv of this one with interesting effect.

02-09-2004 11:38:04 | More by merlin48
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a deep black with a decent brown head that didn't last long.

A little swirl brings a smokey somewhat charred flavor to the nose.

A hearty swig followed by some contemplation allows one to pick out burnt malt that smooths out and ends in a slight tang of hops. A slightly fruity touch rests briefly on the toungue before giving away to the slightly tangy hoppy finish. So many flavors pass through the mouth on a single sip it is hard to pick them all out. Very nice.

Somewhat thick but also a little oily in the mouth.

So many intriging flavors really make this a nice beer to drink. The fact that I can't leave a bomber only partly emptied means I will sleep well tonight.

02-09-2004 01:34:28 | More by hustlemuscle
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UnionMade

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

The beer pours a deep, solid black, completely opaque, topped with a thin film of beige head. The head dies out completely after about halfway through the pint.
The aroma is a strong, rich burnt coffee roastiness, with a rather assertive hopping. Slightly herbal, but mostly citric pacific northwest pungency. A bit of yeast hazelnut, with faint plum esters. Some light chocolate malt as it warms. Unusual and highly hopped for a stout, but it's certainly enjoyable.
The flavor starts with an intense burnt, bittersweet malt. Similar to charred toast, with a cup of week old black coffee. Pleasant, despite the description. Faint plum esters peek through timidly, maostly drowned out by the malt and an ominous storm cloud of oncoming hops. The clouds open up and release a rain of oily citric hop bitterness, intensified by the burnt malt. A very pleasant bitter finish, with bittersweet mocha and a beautifully citric hop bite. Ever so slight yeast in the finish, picking up a slight nutty breadiness in the aftertaste. Black coffee astringency lingers in the aftertaste for eons. Medium bodied, with moderate, unassuming carbonation that carries the flavor well.
Way overhopped for what I expect from a stout, but it's quite tasty. A challenging brew, bordering on imperial stout in it's intensity. Not something I'd want on a daily basis, but I think I'll keep a bottle in the fridge for those extra crappy days at work, when you're really jonesing for a powerfully flavored beer to relax with.

02-06-2004 08:56:32 | More by UnionMade
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,851 ratings.