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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,927 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beautiful light brown head. Nose is burnt caramel, and roasted barley. Taste is extremely well balanced with a very smooth, earthy malt taste with a bit of malt crispness. A little hop bitterness. Chocolately aftertaste, with a bit of citrus. Fantastically smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I'll come back to this one again and again. Probably tops my list of stouts.

Admiraldinty, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of Dantes
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A flowing river of liquid onyx
Conjures forth a creamy cap of white foam.
Through the deepest darkness no light dares mix,
As it quickly speeds by the glass to home.

Scents of roasted malt, cocoa, and Cascades
Combine with coffee, barley and some earth.
On my tongue, bouquet’s promise never fades,
As these many flavors are given birth.

Rich and smooth as a girl’s unfurrowed brow,
Yet with body enough to satisfy.
This stout is not sweet, this I will allow.
But now this beer is gone. I want to cry.

What, I wonder would old Will Shakespeare think?
I’m not sure, but this stout I’ll gladly drink.

Dantes, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ebony black with nary a hint of ruby at the edges...appears clear (despite the yeast in the bottom of the bottle) and forms an oily, meringue-like dark tan head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Head retention is excellent with sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is pleasantly inviting with fruity diacetyl, a well-balanced amount of fresh Cascade hops, French roast coffee, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a creamy finish and moderately dense body (Lighter than expected). Taste begins with initial peaks of dark coffee and black patent malts, then a wave of surprisingly mild flavor hops, followed by an oat smoothness in the middle with tolerable hints of alcohol. Not picking up on any smoke, husks, or minerals. The finish is well-done with nicely balanced bittering hops complementing the somewhat harsh lingering French roast coffee accents. If I concentrate really hard, I am able to pick up on some woodsy notes. There is some pleasant graininess in there, as well. Nice hoppy belches. A well-done stout, very easy to drink...rich and satisfying. Comparable to Kalamazoo stout + Cascade in many ways.
Northwest Harrington, Klages, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate malt, rolled oats, & roasted barley...Cascade hops & Rogue's "Pacman" yeast.
158 Plato, 69 IBU, 77AA, 135.558 Lovibond, 6.2% ABV

Mitchster, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of Ave
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: solid, impenetrably black. Thin head, low carbonation. A very understated looking stout. Not the special effect show of a nitro pour.

Smell: everything you have ever thought about in a stout is in here: chocolate, honey, toffee, roast beef, smoky wood, toasted grains, ripe fruit, coffee & much more. A knock your socks off kind of aroma, sold, rich, powerful & sweet.


Taste/ Mouthfeel: bitter & full flavor, sweet & nutty, oak & burgundy. A host of flavor swirls in your mouth, a powerhouse taste sensation. Yummy beer meal goodness finish.


Drinkability: is so good you will have no problems putting down several of these. Don’t expect to be hungry for some time, but you won’t be worrying about that. A stunningly good beer.

Ave

Ave, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout pours an opaque black with a reddish-brown head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is chocolate malt, coffee, roasted barley, and some notes of caramel. The taste starts with some effervescence on the tongue and plenty of rich coffee flavor. This progresses into malt flavors and then to creamy chocolate flavors. The finish is smooth caramel and chocolate flavors with some charcoal bitterness. The aftertaste is a balance of sweet chocolate and bitter roasted barley along with just the slightest hint of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is an interesting mix of creamy smoothness with a hint of carbonation packaged into a medium-heavy stout body.
Overall the best Rogue product I have ever had. IMHO most Rogue products are way to thin in the body department (for my taste), but this one is just right for the flavors they have blended together. This Rogue deserves much praise and kudos.

purplehops, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was all black with a creamy tan head that stuck around for quite some time. There was also good lacing. The smell was a nice malty sweetness and a whiff of bitterness. The first thing that hits the pallet is the chocolate. The middle was sort of coffee like and the end was balanced out well with a nice little hoppy ending. The mouthfeel of this brew was not as heavy as I thought it would be but it wasn't bad by any means. This brew went down smooth and easy. Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal and will definitely purchase again.

Bruiser81, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.

WVbeergeek, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of SamuraiJack
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic. No doubt about it. While this is a really big stout (both in flavour and in bottle) it's drinkable and downright fun.
First pour shows a deep, dark black with ruby highlights. An impressive head for a bottled stout with excellent cascade effect. Aromas of roasted barley, crisp hops and hints of caramel, roasted cocoa beans and malt blend into a quite attractive mix.
Initial taste impression is of smoothness. There are no harsh or out-of-place notes. While the malt is creamy and smooth it is balanced by crisp grain flavours and a strong underpinning of cocoa. The foundation of grain flavours shows the mix of barley, malt, hops and oats in perfect balance. The aftertaste is clean, citric with a fading hop and coffee cleanser. Primary impressions at the end are of balance and smoothness. This shows off the talents of a top-notch brewer in action. Love it.

SamuraiJack, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brew truly worthy of the bard. What a piece of work is this beer! How noble in color! How infinite in opacity! In smell and taste how regal in depth of roastedness. What is this quintessence of water, malt and hops? the paragon of beers! the beauty of the world!

Alright, enough of the blatant Shakespeare ripoff. As I poured this brew I thought it had to be the darkest brew I've ever seen. It looks like motor oil, completely opaque. Lots of roasted barley and a touch of molasses on the nose with some citrusy hops coming through as well. The taste is extremely well balanced. Roasted barley, chocolate, a bit of citrus, a tiny amount of caramel sweetness and just hint of smoke. Outstanding! I wish the mouthfeel was a wee bit thicker on this one. It is more reminiscent of a Porter in that respect. But the good far outweighs my nitpicking. Way to go Rogue!!

johnrobe, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark black. No light could penetrate this beer. The head was a medium cocoa brown that was thick and rich. Not only in color, but, in all aspects, very nice and lasting. The lace that was left on the sides of the glass was very good and stretched a good way to the end of the glass and kept the color of the head even as it dried. The aroma was of roasted malt, sweet coffee, hints of dark molasses and floral hops. The tastes were of malt, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee and hops all over the tongue. It finished with sweet chocolate coffee with a bite of hops at the end. This is one of those good beers that only improves as it sits and rises in temperature. Not a thick beer as some of the stouts that I have tried, but it held up very well. A very good beer and a very good beer maker.

Jarod, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am really starting to love Rogue. This beer poured a nice dark brownish black with a great head of brown bubbles. The taste, oh the taste! Great roasted coffee, with hints of chocalate and other delectibles. Went down smooth, almost too smooth, as I pounded the bottom of the empty bottle like I was looking for some more ketpcup. A great beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a jet black with a big thick head that last for a while, reducing down to a minimal head, a sexy lace is left behind. The smell of roasted barley fills the nose, along with a coffe smell. The first sip is a strong roasty taste that is great, the full body does not make you think that this one is going to be thick but it is not. This has moved right to the top of my list for stouts. This beer also finishes very well.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours that deep rich jet black color that so typifies the stout style, the head elephantine in size, the consistency frothy, the color a deep chocolate brown with the resultant lace a thick and glutinous sheet to smother the glass. The aromas of rich roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar sweet, also a light hop floral scent to seal off the nose. Start is bitter chocolate sweet, malt and the top thick and chewy, with a finish that is hop bitter and purposeful in its bite. The carbonation moderate and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Quite a good stout in my books and one I enjoy often when a big beer is called for.

Gusler, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beers beer! So bloody good. One of the best stouts I have ever had. poured out blackish dark browm with a one inch dark tan head. Smooth in character and charming with it's mellow taste. This beer goes down real easy with quite conversation. Mmmmmmmmm

scottum, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of jward
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally well-balanced stout -- simply delicious. Shakespeare Stout pours black, like a well-seasoned skillet, with a luscious mocha-brown head. The nose is dark and woodsy, with elements of dark chocolate, rum and, as Riggo has observed, olive (or even olive oil). The flavor profile is, I'll say it again, just exceptionally well-balanced. There are notes of espresso, oats, hops, chocolate and perhaps wild berries, but no single flavor dominates. The mouthfeel is robust, but not heavy, nicely balanced by a surprisingly crisp carbonatation and dry finish. (Even the bottle is great, with a dangerously well-dressed 'rogue' holding up a frothy mug of beer.)

With its subtle flavor, at least for the style, this isn't the biggest stout around and it's not going to assault or overwhelm your tastebuds. But that's just fine by me. In my judgment, this is one of the best beers produced in the U.S.

jward, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of Kunsan90
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured black with no hint of any other color. A thick, creamy, medium tan head quickly developed and stayed around for two to three drinks. As the head dissipated, it left behind a nice set of lacework, which also reappeared after each drink. It smelled of dark roasted grain and coffee.

The taste was better than I expected. It was slightly sharp with a nice roasty malt flavor with hints of coffee and little to no bitter after taste. It was not as heavy as I expected, there was little carbonation, and left a dry feeling after each drink.

Kunsan90, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 650mL pretty plain dark bottle with a very proud man holding a mug. Pours with a small tannish head that reduces to a lace fairly quickly. I really enjoy the opaque darkness and pretty delightful stout mouthfeel. My initial taste impression was burnt, slightly bitter coffee, and a faint chocolate malt taste on the way down. I wasn't too impressed. The bitterness lasted in a long disappointing aftertaste. I know it has it's place, but not a stout I will buy again. I recently had a Storm King Stout that was WAY better than Shakespeare while being higher in ABV.

AudioGilz, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of Riggo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout from Rogue that, though categorized here as a specialty stout, seems to me to fit pretty well into the Irish dry stout genre.

Pours an opaque, dark, dark brown to black with a beautiful chocolate brown head which is very creamy and inviting. Really an incredibly handsome beer. The bouquet is filled with roasted grains, coffee, must (old library books), cigarette smoke, perhaps anise, and olives/olive brine. On palette, dryness and sourness balanced by roasted malt sweetness with notes of bubblegum, espresso, chocolate, oak, and fruit. A distinctively quaffable stout, very well-balanced and full of character and just really solidy put-together in terms of the harmony achieved in brewing.

Riggo, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately one of the better stouts. It's a nice dark black color, I couldn't see any light through it. It was like a black hole or something. The head didn't last too long, but it was a reddish/brown color, almost burnt sienna color. The taste was like a cappacino with some hints of olives. The after taste was more or a smooth semi-chocolately one. All in all, a good buy, and stands up to the hype.

JISurfer, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of cncbofh
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't get any better than this. Poured dark as night, with a dark and creamy head. Smelled of chocolate and oatmeal and tasted the same. The tastes grew more complex throughout and ended incredibly mellow and smooth.

By far the best stout out there.

cncbofh, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Shakespeare is my favorite tasting stout. Seems to hit the chocolate notes just right, and anytime I've had another stout in comparison, the Rogues' taste wins out. Pours as dark as can be, medium to rich mouthfeel. Quite hoppy (although nowhere near as overwhelming as the Imperial). A wonderfully drinkable beer, that is amongst my favorites. Does finish a little dry, and I never seem to feel the "kick" that one would expect from a 6+% ABV. Overall, small shortcomings for a terrific beer!

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of ethosx19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saved this one for the last beer of the night, which helps to explain why my notes are so hard to read. Aroma was chocolate and hops. Taste was coffee and chocolate. My light-beer-drinking roommate wrote down "soy sauce" for some reason. I didn't find it salty or tasting anything like soy sauce. After drinking Rogue Mocha Porter I was expecting more of a hop presence. Still a very good stout, but the Shakespeare seemed closer to Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout than some of the other Rogue beers I've tried. Perhaps the preceding SN Celebration dulled my taste buds.

ethosx19, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully black in color. (Are any of the Rogue Stouts not black?)Just the way I like a stout. Big creamy, brown head forms a sheet of lace as it recedes to a thin head. Excellent retention. Lacing comes in sheets. Rich, chocolatey, bitter and burnt nose. Excellent. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth. Silky. The body is about medium-full. Big taste upfront to me is bittersweet chocolate. I love a nicely hopped stout and this is just that. Cascades all the way, but very little grapefruit character exists. Must be "masked" or blended with the malts in a way to produce some textured flavors. A little coffee bean slips in here and there. Maybe some cherry (plum?). What a pleasure. Their Imperial Stout is my favorite, but this is excellent in it's own right. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.

Thank you ZAP, budgood1 and Road Warrior for bringing this beer to me.

Bighuge, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of oelergud
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful in the glass, very dark ruby and a tan creamy head.
Smell resembles aftershave and burnt coffee
Taste like old coffee grinds with cheap vodka
Feels a little weak, not much body
I will never drink this beer again, WAY too bitter
I really looked forward to this beer from reading the reviews but...
not my kind of beer

-Oelergud

Review of 09/13/04
Decided to try this one again and either my first bottle had gone bad or I have a better appreciation for the hops now.

Very dark body, tan head with little retention and lace, no to little carbonation.
Smell is dark roasted and burnt coffee with a hint of cocoa beans. Alcohol is very apparent even in the nose.
Taste is similar to the smell. Hops clearly dominate the subdued malts along with the strong alcohol taste. Dry finish with a slight cocoa bean flavor, pleasant after taste much like the taste but more relaxed/mellow.
Decent mouthfeel, leaves a good coating on the tongue.
Drinkability is ok, too alcoholic to have all evening and demands too much attention to be a session brew.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of mickstepp
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as night. With a nice tan cloud cover. Rogue's trademark hoppiness is present in the nose along with a nice toasty aroma. This is my favorite style of stout. Dry and hoppy. Not too rich, making it very drinkable in the long haul. A session stout if there ever was one. An after taste almost like burnt toast and I mean that in the most yummy sense of burnt toast (the die hards know what I mean). This might be my favorite stout ever, I have to think about it. While I finish my pint.

mickstepp, Dec 26, 2002
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,927 ratings.