Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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93
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Reviews:
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Avg:
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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,585 | Ratings: 3,353
Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense, rocky, four fingers of dark walnut head converts to sea-foam as it drops sticky lace above a rich, dark brown, velvet beer.

A tulip glass highlights the sweet roasted malt with milk chocolate, latte and subtle pine notes in the background.

Shakespeare Stout has a strong bitterness with pumpernickel bread and espresso.

Soft carbonation and a light body give this relatively dry beer a nice mouth-feel with only a hint of alcohol.

While a fine offering on its own, this sonnet is perhaps best served cold. However, it will also compliment any beef dish.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown brew with a huge brown head with a nice cascading effect before it calms. Without a careful pour, this one is all head. It leaves small specks of lacing all down the sides of the glass. Lacing really doesn't hold its weight, especially among stouts.

S - Coffee, chocolate. Hint of elderberries. That is all I am pulling out and it isn't very strong, but it is nice.

T - At first there is a cocoa flavor with some light coffee. The slightest hint of dark fruit. Aftertaste is of bitter charred malt and a hint of fading chocolate.

M - Carbonation was at little high, especially when poured in such a manner to prevent having all head. Thin and very refreshing.

D - Very, a refreshing pleasant stout with a low abv and a nice flavor. I was expecting a more powerful stout, not the lighter subdued "session stout" that this is. I might have this again if found on tap.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a motor oil black with hints of deep ruby, has a brown bubbly head, not much lacing but very nice retention. Lots and lots of craters and quite bubbly, maybe its the new cap?

S: Big coffee and big chocolate with hints of ripe fruit, plums and molassas, very inviting.

T/MF: Sort of disapointed with this one, maybe it was because I picked it up at world market and who knows how long that thing had been sitting around getting light struck (even though I picked it out from the back of the display, but who knows what goes on there). Anyways this beer has a sort of dry taste when I was expecting something a bit creamier but maybe I'm holding it up against Rasputin when I shouldn't be, but still...taste is a bit flat with faint chocolate and coffee with a mild tobacco finish. How could the smell be so inviting but the taste be so flat?

D: I would for sure try this one again and not buy it from World Market but a real liqour store which might allow for a fresher review.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours deep dark amber in color.Light brown foam.Close & creamy, small bubbled.Thick layer with fairly good retention.Brief lacing rings.Toasted malt,oat & subtle chocolate aromas. Extremely dry palate.Chocolate flavor is backed by dry nuts.Dry hoppy aftertaste hids choco notes.Full body & high viscosity for a just 6,1% ABV beer.May be chewed it up!Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of locarboy
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from sam's liquor in chicago. Pours black with dark brown fluffy head. Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that mingled with the aroma of cascade hops. The mouth feel wasn't what I expected with it having oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Nice lacing down the glass. Had a bit of a smokey, phenolic flavor (is it infected?). I expected more of a dark chocolate flavor. An interesting beer. There are other stouts I'd buy over this, but it was very drinkable all the same.

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Photo of Braz
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure dark brown/black with a very coarse tan head, sea foam like.Head does not last very long at all. Smell is quite roasted and coffee like. Taste is dry and a little bitter. No real sweetness to speak of. Grain notes picked up. Coffee ground flavors. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Pretty decent stout with a dry bitterness.

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Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will remember this beer as the beer that made me recognize the common flavour found in Rogue beers. This is not a bad stout by any means, my beer doesn't say anywhere that it's an oatmeal stout but BA says so. Not really getting any particular oatmeal stout characteristics from this though.A bit more hops on the nose than most stouts along with some chocolate and ground coffee. I can't shake the feeling that this is like a caricature of a stout. Like it's trying too hard. Ah never mind me, I'm just jibbering now.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops. The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky. Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black. Cascading carbonation a la Guinness. Topped with a dark tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hop aroma lingers in the background. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Quite bitter. Dark bitter chocolate flavor is very strong. Boozy. Dry bittering finish. It could be sweeter.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth – not slick.

D, notes: Drinkability is ok. A little too bitter without enough malt balance in my opinion.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rogue Public House in San Fran.

Poured an opaque black with a small off-white head that quickly became a lace.

The aroma was roasty and ashen with citrusy hops in the background.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably malty, but the darker flavors were more on the ashen than roasty. The citrusy Cascade hops seemed to accentuate this ash character to the point of being mildly astringent. The Pacman yeast create and distinct fruitiness that I'm not sure is fully compatible with this brew.

The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was good.

This is a good beer, but this glass was not outstanding. I'll give it another try before I say it may be overrated.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout is a deep brown/black with a good-sized, frothy red/brown head with good longevity that leaves great lacing. The aroma is a little sweet and is of roasted chocolate malt and citrusy hops. It is medium-bodied with soft carbonation and seems perhaps more watery than I'd expect. It leaves the mouth feeling a bit astringent. The flavor is of charred wood, chocolate and grapefruit. Pretty darn good. This almost seems like a foreign stout to me.
(rated Mar 29, 2007)

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a big light brown head that's thick and pillowy leaving a good lacing. The color is nice and black, like a stout should look.

The smell is aromatic with a light coffee smell. It's also spicy with a slight molasses smell. Dark fruit is also present, something like blackberry or currants.

The taste has roasted malts along with a bitter coffee taste without a lot of sweet hops to counteract the bitterness.

It is medium bodied. Has little aftertaste, but the aftertaste is coffee and roasted malts. It's dry and has a little carbonation.

Overall it's not very complex and a little one-sided and easy to drink beer. I will try another before I kick this one to the curb.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pint glass.

Thick and black coming out of the bottle. No light escapes. One of the darkest brown heads I've seen on a beer. Pretty strong amount of lacing. Retention is medium.

Nice smell that just screams "stout" as soon as the bottle's open. Milky and sweeter than the beer actually tastes. Roasty malt and hint of chocolate. Nicely done.

Lots of burnt malt. Bold flavors. Some chocolately flavor, but more espresso-like. I really would have liked more sweetness. Pretty well hopped, but I sense this has sat on the shelf for a while. Still bitter, but lacking hop flavors. Finishes dry and with some leafy hop bitterness. Some suggestions of oxidation too. Since Rogue does not bother to date their beers, I can't know for sure how old it is.

Surprisingly thin and acidic. Medium at best. The acidity costs this some points. Could stand to be creamier, less carbonated.

Eh, I was hoping for more here, especially from something with such high reviews. I liked the Chocolate Stout quite a bit more, and I think the added sweetness did it for me. I've heard the two are almost the same beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a 1" thick milk chocolate color head that fizzles down to a thing ring of bubbles around the edge with a thin film covering the rest.

It smells heavily of roasted malts and cocoa, with definite notes of sweet oats and some coffee as well.

The taste is quite strong roasted notes. Though thankfully the roast does give way to some of the bitter cocoa, and sweet oats that I picked up on in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

This was a drinkable and well done stout, though it wouldn't be my personal choice as best for the style.

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Photo of oelergud
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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

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Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I've never had one of these, but I'm going to remedy that immediately. Split the bomber with the wife.

Smell is faint, bit o' malt o' meal, not much else. Oh, it's black. Head is cumulonimbus.

Shakespeare is a nice stout. Never been a big fan of his writing, but this is smooth, creamy, with a tang of hops and a jiggle of chocolate leaf in the back. IN YOUR FACE BIG BEERS! This is a nice, unabashedly regular old American Stout that's quite tasty, with some good deep malts to back up it's claims to greatness.

Not quite first rate for me, but very good.

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Photo of BierReise
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from pint glass.

A: Poured with a one and a half finger tan head with big bubbles that stuck around for a while. This beer is almost jet black, but I think I can make out some brown/dark red around the edges of the glass.

S: Big on roasted malts with hints of chocolate and oats with a strong bitter hop presence to back it up.

T: Flavor has a roasted coffee like quality with good bitterness. The aftertaste brings a little chocolate.

M: Beer has a medium carbonation level but is smooth at the same time, and thick.

D: Just because of the heaviness of the beer, I'd say it has a moderate drinkability. One 22oz bottle will do it for me.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black. Very nice 2 inch creamy brown head

Smell - Coffee, chocolate, some hops. Sugars, malts and barley, though no smell was strong.

Taste - Had a hard time finding this beer, been looking for months, finally scored. First drink, i was surprized that it wasnt so strong in the coffee flavor, and i could really taste the hops in it. Its really smooth and mild. The chocolate and hops are the big flavors at first, but the coffee and malts come alive. The brown sugar is mild at best, and the barley is medium.

Mouthfeel - As with oatmeal stouts, you get the coffee and chocolate up front, then tounge is left with the bitter oatmeal flavor. This beer is mild, you could drink another dark beer right after this.

Drinkabilty - Well, its soild but, too mild on flavors. I wish it had more coffee and or chocolate to it. You could easy down this 22oz'er. As usual, im a bit dissapointed with another rogue beer. This is good but, id for sure take samuel smiths oatmeal stout over this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown/black pour, with a modest light brown head that all too quickly reduced to a thin and spotty cover.

Smell: Medium + dark roasted malts overlaid with some spicy hops. Some oats, coffee and chocolate too.

Taste: It seems that the brewer replaced some grains (oats and/or dark malts) with hops; this is clearly an AMERICAN stout. It has a moderately bitter finish, with a relatively bitter and near-burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with mild carbonation. Has an unusual (for style) light crispness.

Overall: A decent oatmeal stout, but disappointing for a stout made by Rogue. Certainly served too cold and deserving of a re-tasting. I know you feel my pain. ;)

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Photo of skrib09
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

poured oil black with a huge frothy brown head up top. good looking brew.

smells roasty, earthy, and malty. some sweetness as well.

relatively straight forward flavors. dark roasted bitter combined with a "dirt" or earthy tone.

bitter and astringent mouthfeel that's surprisingly... welcome. good drinkability other than the bitterness.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a nitro version at a tap take over at Novare Res

Black, black color with a big tan head. The head is dense and creamy.

The aroma is mainly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. It all ends with a metallic nitrogen that detracts.

The flavor is big flavors of chocolate and roasted coffee. it is a smooth flavor and the body of the additional oatmeal make a nice mouth.

The only detraction is the nitro, I bet it would be better on straight co2

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Photo of Realale
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in color, but with some brownnish-red highlights. Thick coffee foam settles slowly to an espresso crema-like cap.

Nose is all cascade, and a lot of it. One has to work to get any of the malt and coffee notes that one knows are there. These are easier to pick out as the beer warms.

Palate is out of balance for this taster - too much hop flavor. Not too much bitterness, but it tastes almost like a hop tea rather than a beer. There is some nice malt, coffee and bitter notes, but they are simply overwhelmed by the cascade flavor. Definitely a quality brew, but not to my taste.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - One inch of creamy, bubbly, khaki colored head with decent retention; Solid black in color; Just a bit of lacing left behind

S - Notes of oatmeal, licorice, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and just a bit of roastiness

T - Oatmeal and licorice flavors hit first; Afterwards, the licorice disappears, and more toasty, roasty, and mild chocolate flavors step forward with the oatmeal; Some bitterness and earthy hops come through from mid-taste to the finish as well

M - Just below moderate carbonation; Full bodied; Creamy and smooth mouthfeel; Leaves the mouth pretty dry in the finish

O - Overall, this was a decent stout, but not one that really stood out for me. The sum of all the aromas and flavors just didn't seem to come together quite right for my palate. That said, the look and mouthfeel of this beer were great, and I'm hoping the next Rogue beer I try will bring some redemption.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just picked this up for the first time the other day and actually have been looking forward to this brew. I love Stouts and I love Rogue.

The bottle is just the normal Rogue graphic with the character dressed up like...Shakespeare? Nothing really special or extraordinary.

The pour was really the most exciting part of this brew. It came out farely thick but really dark. Something that also struck me was the three and a half finger head that matured after the pour. The head is really dark with a brown shade.

Okay, so here is the deal. This 'soapy' flavor and mouthfeel that everyone has been describing it as is not good. I do not like it with Belgium ales and I do not enjoy it when it comes with my stout. The taste really does not strike me as anything special. I do not want to be too negative but I was kind of disapointed.

The drinkability is good. I would only want to drink one of these because of the taste, but as far as how many I could drink, probably a few. See, with my stouts I like overwhelming flavor. This has a burnt barley and soapy froth flavor that does not taste too good.

Overall I would not buy this brew again. It does not take away from what Rogue does, it just proves how hard a good stout is to make.

j

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.