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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,882 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,882
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

i love rogue. they seem to be the can't miss brewery thus far. their shakespeare stout is another over-achiever. pours a dark dark black colour with a mighty, lasting, tan head. chocolate and malt smells prevail here. this is echoed in the taste, which is pure liquid paradise. this brew is heavy but light at the same time. a damn fine, damn creamy stout. no complaints. one of the best stouts i've ever had.

SixpointJMH, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours pretty much black with maybe the slightest hint of mahogony brown in there. The head is brown, thick , & frothy, with major lacing. Smell is of burnt coffee & vinous fruit. Rather fruity for a stout really. Taste is dominatred by tons of sweet maltiness and a fruity background. Quite florally hoppy as well There is some coffee in there as well as chocolate, but these flavors are'nt all that pronounced. There is also a marked alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is silky, yet finishes a bit gritty from thick carbonation trying to poke through such a heavy beer. A good stout, but it seems a bit "all over the place" to me. This beer can't decide what it wants to be.

avylover, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Beer pours black with a small but frothy tan head. Smell of burnt malt, a touch of caramel, and those signature hops. Taste starts with roasted malt, which gives the taste a creamy mouth feel, the sweetness of the malt is balanced with hop bitterness, and it finishes with coffee and chocolate tastes, still with a lot of crisp hops sticking around.

The malt and the hops are balanced very well in this beer. I didn’t think I would like it, but the hops don’t overrun the malt.

fattychubs, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

I am not a big fan of Stouts that have a very heavy coffee taste to them; however, this particular Stout I really, really enjoyed drinking because it has a very mild coffee taste to it.This is a stout that I definitely would enjoy drinking again given the opportunity.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

This brew has a very strong roasted chocolaty aroma. The initial pour formed a small head of small dark brown bubbles. As the head died, it left a clinging vine lacing stubbornly letting go of the side of the glass. Its body is dark as midnight although some carbonation could be seen rising up the side of the glass. I eagerly await my initial taste. All of the stout ingredients are there in the taste, coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors greet my mouth as the first taste goes down and leaves a pleasant impression. Relatively smooth I thought and a bit more than I expected for a potentially good stout. No carbonation in the taste at all, no strong after bite and surprisingly smooth for a dark stout. A stout I can drink more of in a night and that says a lot right there.

TheDM, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

22oz bomber pours a deep black with a frothing dark tan head. Mild sweet aroma, bitterness with malt and hop prescence. Taste is where this bad boy really shines. A huge, bold mouthful gives way to exquisite bitter chocolate and espresso flavors, with a superb balance of hops. A long lasting bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste that makes me want more and more. An extremely well balanced Stout with excellent drinkability. Willy the Shake would be proud.

Stingray5, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: 650ml bottle. Very dark, black pour with a huge tan head.

Smell: The nose was huge on roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate hints throughout.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey. Lots of roated malt but not too sweet. Medium body and a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chalky. Very creamy body that dries towards te finish.

Drinkablilty: Rich and endulgent but yet the body is light enough to enjoy on almost any occasion. A lovely example of an irish stout.

Popsinc, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%

Once again, the aroma was quite cascady (citrus/grapefruit) coupled with the roasty malts. The flavour was, firstly nicely chocolatey and roasty, but i think the hops ruined it too early, i like my stouts more roasty than this, save the hops for a good IPA or something. Quite a shame, because this has some lovely malts, ruined too early by the hops, still a very tasty brew, so i can't really complain.

rastaman, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Twenty two ounces of black magic! Absolutely black, with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy looking dark tan head slowly settles into a nifty looking halo.
Nose is of roast coffee.
Full bodied and creamy. Burnt roast, espresso, and malt flavors up front. Hops cut right through all of those roast / burnt flavors to deliver a dry finish that has a lingering chocolate flavor. Quaffable in an extreme way.

xgrigorix, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

An impressive dark chocolate colored body lies beneath a thick layer of foamy, frothy tan head. The lace sticks and clings to the side of the glass. Heavy and rich roasted malt flavors roll with tastes of dark coffee, toffee and chocolate. The abundantly complex hops have citrus, spice and a light metallic tang to it. A slight camphor essence can be detected as can the fairly strong alcohol kick. This unfiltered, richly flavored Stout is really quite drinkable.

BeerResearcher, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

What can I say? I think I've found beer Nirvana..

Poured out black as night into my snifter.. Smell was of dark roast espresso with a twinge of hops. Taste was malty, with just a hint of molasses on the tongue, along with that really bitter black chocolate you get with a really high African cocoa bean content. Goes down velvety smooth and leaves nothing but a clean afterfeel on the palate. I will come back to this time after time...

euskera, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

Ebony black with small but impressive tan head that lingers. Aroma is cascade and a roasted graininess. Smooth on the palate, thick and creamy. Flavor is malty with a hint of chocolate and hop bitterness. Finishes drier than the other Rogue Stouts I've tried

BierReise, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!

WesWes, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MM ok my 200th review , I know it dont mean "jack" but its special to me.
Ok was skulking about my local Albertson today as the wife did the groceries..thought I would take a look at their walk in cooler ( with little hope of finding anything good) and LO and behold there it was one solitary bottle ..at the back 22 oz bomber grabbed it fast.back to wife smiling like a maniac!
OK its the usual high quality screen printed 22 oz bomber we have come to love from Rogue. Says "world stout champion" on the label
Well this beer is a work of art to behold ..completelly black even when held to the light..and a marvelous inch high chocolate coloured head..its dissapated to a lovelly lace..I really didnt want to touch this..maybe I will take a picture next time..hang it on my wall..perfect.
Wonderful aroma of all sorts of luscious dark stuff..chocolate, roasted oats,barley espressoo..it goes on and on
MMMMone wonderful tasting stout..its all of the above with added a creaminess..and a lovelly hop bitterness thats does not overwhelm but compliments ( odd for a stout but Rogue pulls it off).
Very smooth yet its challenging on the tongue.
For a big beer this is an excellent drinkable stout wow wee..I need more sir!

Reidrover, May 30, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a dark brown head which provides very good lacing. Solid black beer. It has a pleasant aroma -- mostly of wood. It also has a wicker-sweet smell. Tastes malty and creamy. Delicious and thick like a full meal. A very good Irish Stout. Clean aftertaste, too.

dwarbi, May 29, 2003
Photo of Garin
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

650ml brown bomber, labelled "Wild Irish Stout" instead of "Shakespeare Stout". This is apparently a quirk of the distribution of this beer in British Columbia.

I poured pure evil into my glass. Utterly black, it had a anti-halo that actually sucked the light out of the room surrounding it. It was capped off by a thick, ominous brown head that held out for quite a while before succumbing to the black hole beer beneath.

The smell was rich, roasty, and burned. There was some rich malt, some chocolatey coffee, and the slightest bit of hops in there as well. There was so much here I had a hard time separating the aromas. Wow.

The flavours were incredible! Nutty, malty, roasted grains... Lots of smoky, peaty, burned bittersweetness. It was rounded out with firm hoppy bitterness that complemented the burned bitterness very well. Maybe a touch of lemony hops? There was something citrusy or piney in there anyhow. Again, there were so many flavours here that I had a hard time pulling them all out. I may just have to drink two or seventeen more of these to figure it out.

The body was rich and creamy without being heavy. The oaty slickness helped the bitter and burned go down smoothly. Just the right touch of light carbonation kept things lively.

This stout is such an evil pleasure, the burned and bitter flavours are so intense, and they've somehow made this wonderfully drinkable. I haven't figured out how they did this yet. This is my first Rogue beer, and I'm deeply impressed.

Garin, May 26, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

A stout as black as ever, had an appealing café au lait colored head that was thin and bubbly/foamy. Also had little lace but lots of stain in tendril shapes.

Nose of chocolate, oats, nuts, great malt. Now, the floral hops scents were beautiful in and of itself, but even more beautiful was how they were blended in with the very opposite darker scents that make up this stout.

Tasted of a good malt covered in tangy hops, with some chocolate notes and a truly espresso-tasting flavor toward the end. Deposited a nutty taste after awhile. Had an easy thin mouthfeel and a long dry finish due to the tartness from dark malts and earthy hops and oats.

This beer is calm but somewhat complex. Not as loud and exciting as some others but far from average. Instead, the essence of balance and quiet intrique for a stout.

nomad, May 23, 2003
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +1%

I heard "wow" come out of my mouth as I poured from the bomber bottle. The darkest brown liquid I've ever seen rolled around the pint glass, and a dark brown foamy head percolated up to the top. The aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and hops swirled up into my nose, which was helpful to get the smelling part of the review done since I was not taking the time to put my nose to the glass. It went right to my mouth instead.

The flavor is intense, complex, and changing as you drink. Roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and espresso. The malt mellows out as it lingers on the tongue, and the tingly aftertaste of bitter hops, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee sets in. The only criticism is that the mouthfeel is just a bit watery, and could be fuller. Otherwise, a tremendous selection. Just remembered there's more in the bottle...

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

An inspirational stout that seems to be bringing out the poet in all of us. I shall dabble a wee bit as well.

Super black color, thick as night,
no light penetrates this glass, as it is poetry to write.
Head is gorgeous, super thickly creamy delight,
big bubbles and luscious lumps, I could swim in it all night.
Colour of light tannish leather, not so light as a feather,
delicate sheets of tight lace did stick together.

Aromas of roasted malts, earthy, tangy hops up front,
some notes of chocolate and coffee and a wee touch of dark-like citrus, nothing to blunt.

Full and delicious, smooth, yummy, dark tones in flavor,
roasted and chocolate malts with a perfect blend of earthy hops in its favor.
Hop twinge in there, and a nice dryness follows,
all very pleasing, this stout, and continue to swallows.

Full body feel, smooth, then tongue tingly,
to a nice sweet tart-like drying and mingly.

To drink or not to drink, that is the question.
Answer, is to drink this stout!
And thank Hamlet's revenge it comes in a 22 oz bomber to tout!

tavernjef, May 20, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

The Bard himself wrote in a Winter's Tale that "A quart of ale is a dish for a King." This stout is worthy, indeed!

A regal blackness, crowned with an enormous leather brown head, starting at 3 fingers, and slowly susiding to a 1 finger head. Served at cellar temps, about 50-55F.

The aroma was Dark Malt and Espresso. Tastes were espresso, lemon peel, malt, bitter chocolate. My wife said it reminded her of a carbonated espresso, but I wouldn't let her put any Sambuca in it...

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and the finish was smooth, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Well-balanced overall!

"What fools these mortals be!" if they don't like this stout! No "toil and trouble" needed to enjoy...

WaltTrombone, May 17, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

"I would give all me fame for a pot of ale, and safety." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V

22 oz. Bomber
Well Shakespeare can keep his fame and bask in the pitch blackness of this stout to boot. A tan color topped off the rocky head which had very little lace. The smell was not overly complex with the standard smoked malt flavors. Better than guiness for sure, but the smell was nothing to compose a sonnet about. The taste was very well balanced with roasted nut, and bitter chocolate tastes complimenting notes of charred wood. The mouthfeel was very sharp and cut through the rounded malts. I would surly give my safety for a pot of this stout and the only tragedy was I had but one bomber.

GreatPondBrewer, May 16, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

I feel compelled to write a poem in honor of the great bard and namesake of this beautiful brew. But Alas I am neither the poet, nor the writer that legendary bard was, so I shall keep it simple in my review.

This Rogue casts forth darkness from the bottle that would conceal any Roguish behavior like a moonless, cloud covered night. The only light that shall pass through this dark cavern passes through the caramel colored thick, creamy head that is riddled with craters and caves.

A bouquet of burnt caramel and roasted malt come forth while aromas of coffee, chocolate, and light floral hops steal through and will pass unobserved unless a cautious guard is in place. Remember we are dealing with a Rogue in the truest sense that will try to beguile you at every turn.

With the taste this Rogue turns on a smoothness designed to lull you into a comfort and easiness around this brew. But beware for to much of anything can be dangerous, especially with a rascal like this Stout. Like many of the legendary Bard?s tales, this Stout starts with a semi-sweetness that conceals a bitterness to come. Smooth throughout, with no plot holes or disappointments this Rogue continues with flavors of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, and a dryness that continues into more hop fashioned bitterness.

This is a truly legendary brew and well deserving of its name. The Great Bard would be proud that his Rogue bears his name.

Loki, May 13, 2003
Photo of Edwin
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

Rogue drew me in with their Dead Guy Ale, and now I have to try every type of Rogue beer out there. First up: Shakespeare Stout. Plenty to like about this brew even before pouring as it is a beautiful 22oz painted label bottle with all the vital statistics on the side.
Pour it out and you get a nice, black beer with a nice, thick reddish-brown head. The aroma hits the nose with a scent of coffee and chocolate and just a hint of oat.
Take a sip and the flavor confirms what the bottle and the scent already told you: a nice coffe/grain/oat flavor on the tongue and a chocolaty aftertaste.
All in all a very solid brew that is very enjoyable to drink. You'll savor every sip. The world Stout Champion comes through as-advertised. Pick this one up. Enjoy!

Edwin, May 12, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

I poured this beer from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass, forming about 1 finger of a deep caramel/rootbeer brown head. The color was black at night, no red hues like other stouts, just pure black. The head dies down soon to a small line. The smell is packed with roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Best smelling stout I've ever had! The taste is a direct reflection of the smell, smooth coffee flavor with a little smokiness. You also get all 69 IBUs of hops from this one. The hops have a nice bite, very delicious. The mouthfeel is good and strong. One thing about this beer as I drink it, there is absolutely no lace on the glass. The drinkability is alright, this is a good finishing beer. It also gets better as it warms.

SheepNutz, May 07, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Always impressive Rogue etched printing on the bottle.

Appearance: A veil of blackness sucks in all light like a black hole. Nothing gets through this beer, even when holding it up to the light. Puffy caramel-colored head quickly dispappears into barely anything yet somehow manages to lace the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt aromas mix with chocolate chip cookies and a cup of coffee. There is also a faint...citrusy hop aroma that peeks through. A very different but still lovely plethora of scents.

Taste: In my humble opinion, I think it is imperative to remember that this is "just" a stout that you are drinking. It is by no means an imperial stout and with the low ABV (only slightly higher than your friends' Budweiser), it really has a different flavor profile. There is a definite (DUH!) chocolatey flavor that dominates, with a nice balancing act offered by the hops. Roasted coffee, malts, and a caramel-toffee flavor also lend their flavors to this lovely creation. Finishes with just a slight bitterness mixed with a coffee-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Drenches the palate in creamy-smoothness that just lasts forever.

Drinkability: Again, given that this is only 6.2% ABV, I really don't notice the alcohol content and it helps make this a very drinkable beer. Another winner from Rogue!

OldFrothingSlosh, May 03, 2003
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,882 ratings.