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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,786 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 174
Gots: 142 | 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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date found. poured into tulip.

opaque black. plenty of light brown head that fades to a thin layer. lacing is thin at first, but later pours give great lacing down the glass.

coffee aromas and charred roasted malts. dark fruit hint. woody note? grassy and earthy tones. hint of normal stout acidity.

flavors are similar, with a typical but subtle stout-style acidity accompanying the mild to moderate bitterness (w grassy hop tones in there). almost chocolate, roasted maltiness and sweet dextrins. coffee finish with that hint of stout tartness.

smooth and creamy. fluffy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:10:59 | More by tai4ji2x
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SShelly

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber.

Pours a dark chocalte brown with a not so long lasting off white head.

Great roasty, chocolate aroma with a hint of hops?

A very balanced roasty flavor, with a great balance between other classic stout elements, this beer is VERY drinkable. Has almost no after taste, and what is there is lightly pleastant and somewhat bitter.

Overall a tremendous stout that I will definetly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 04:21:49 | More by SShelly
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with thick brown head. Smell of dark roasted malts predominantly. Taste is like a strong cup of french roast coffee - that level of roasty, bitter flavor. Surprisingly bitter and well-balanced by the hops. Pretty smooth and creamy feel too. Just what I expect from an oatmeal stout. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 17:01:13 | More by TheRealBigC
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dgilks

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wonderful, creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lovely lacing on the glass. This is a very appetising beer.

S - Some fruitness and a touch of roast are present. The smell as a whole seems quite dull.

T - Stacks of rich, strong coffee, a hint of tobacco as well. Lots of roast malt and some earthy hops as well. Overall, there is a lot of strong, dark coffee here and it is very powerful.

M - A medium body is accompanied here by a vibrant, almost prickly carbonation. Definitely not a thick and rich stout on the mouthfeel front. It also has a lot of grip around the back of the throat.

D - This is packed with flavour and so much so that it is almost hard to drink. It is a beer that is worth drinking but one is most definitely enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 08:53:28 | More by dgilks
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Market Street Wine, downtown location, in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick black body with a gorgeous cocoa head with nice retention, splotches of fine bubbled, crystalline lacing, and

Aroma: Great, pungent toasted malt assault - great full roast coffee that lends a lot of earthy, dirty notes, bittersweet chocolate, and light hop overtones.

Taste: Milky creaminess without being sweet, hints of bitter chocolate, toast, a few burnt notes, highly roasted coffee, some nice balancing hop bitterness, and a few light spicy citric notes.

Mouthfeel: Fine-to-medium bubbled, a little oily, remarkably even, but also a little prickly. Medium-bodied and just the right level of thickness. Improves as it warms - becomes creamier, fuller, and smoother. Excellent.

Drinkability: Abv% is obviously completely manageable and nowhere to be found in the taste. I've had this a few times before on tap, and it's just a really well-balanced, easy drinking stout - one of the better ones I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 20:44:24 | More by CrellMoset
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with no head.
Aroma is deep chocolate super chocolate flavor with a little coffee.
Flavor is suttle chocolate with some coffee on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little carbonated.
Full chocolate flavor and coffee, awesome dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:25:26 | More by zookerman182
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a jet black with two fingers of dark brown head from a 22 oz. bottle into two tulip glasses. The head fades slowly leaving some thick brown lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of chocolate and smoke with a bit of coffee and some more sweet aromas coming out. Delicious aroma for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Bold with bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and black coffee come out with nothing overpowering. Good balance of flavors with some smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Great body with nice carbonation that makes this very drinkable. Somewhat filling with a nice creaminess and bready texture.

Overall: An awesome oatmeal stout from Rogue and perhaps their best beer. Definitely a must try beer for any fans of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 19:26:07 | More by Mikecap
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost as black as black can get. Big four-fingered light brown head left two chunky rows of foamy lace drapery rings. Looks outstanding.

Malty, oaty, a little salty. Good roastiness with a mild chocolate note. Hints of charred grain and espresso. Needs a bit more earthiness. Could dry it up to something more amazing.

The hops show up in the flavor with some off-setting pine and rugged earthiness. Chocolate dried out to a dusty cocoa and the burnt espresso note comes through more. Bitterness contributed by the malts, too. A little salinity in the finish works nicely, also. Finishes up with ghosts of char-roast and mintiness.

Medium to full-bodied with a slight powdery feel. Carbonation is medium or maybe medium-light. Alcohol not in-play.

Great oatmeal stout. Been too long between revisits. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 14:05:55 | More by thecheapies
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black beer. No light comes through at all. Excellent chocolate-tan colored head with lots of very sticky lacing. This is what stout is supposed to look like.

Chocolate and black licorice are the first two scents that greet the nose. Then there's a dry dark fruit scent. Maybe a just a hint of alcohol spice too.

Big dark malt flavor comes first. A hint of roasted coffee. I keep expecting it to develop further from there, but it seems like it sticking to those two notes. It's good, but I was hoping for more.

A soft and fairly light feel on the tongue. Starts a little sweet, but gets slick and bitter further down the glass. The balance is good but not exceptional.

A very good stout. A gorgeous beer too. As I said, this is what a stout is supposed to look like. It just seems too simple to me. It could use more complexity and deeper flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 08:58:01 | More by skillerified
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark, almost completely black beer with a modest tan head that sadly didn't stay around very long. Settles to a thin cap. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

I smell roasted malt, oats, and some chocolate and citrus hints. Alcohol is detected. Everything is a bit subdued. Shakespeare Stout doesn't have a big nose.

It has a satisfying and deep taste. The malt comes through nicely with chocolate hints and a hop bite on finish. Very bitter stout and some alcohol is detectable. Full bodied with substantial carbonation.

A different take on a stout with the hop nose and taste. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 22:11:22 | More by morimech
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours quite dark brown, once in the glass it appears black. The head started out quite large for a stout, but it is quickly falling back into a finger depth. Tan on black, a good look for a stout.

The smell is pretty big on citrus hops, almost like a hoppy APA or IPA. The roasted malt is there, but it seems to be drowned out by the bitterness. Not bad, but different for the style.

Taste reaffirms for me that this is an American Stout. A fair amount of roasted coffee and sweet maltiness starts up this beer. I do find that the finish has Cascade hops, and it tries to compete with the malt, but comes up a bit short. I don't seem to find the flavour as full as some of the reviewers, but it is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is also quite nice. Definite chewiness to it, and the carbonation is good, though I find it just a little higher than many stouts.

I can't argue that this is a very good beer, but I don't find it quite living up to the hype. It sure does go down smooth though, and I have nothing against having a bomber of this in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 02:42:24 | More by elricorico
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 22 oz silk-screened bomber served in a Great Lakes tumbler (thanks, BigErn, for the glassware). The ale is cool.

A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.

S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.

T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced hop content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.

M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.

D: Very drinkable, the hops are not too strong (like their Impy Stout) but they provide a nice presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 21:52:13 | More by akorsak
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Docer

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a 22oz. bottle at a QFC to try. I love oatmeal stouts best.... but really love Shakespeare Stout.... so this has to be the best of both worlds right?

- Pours a dark coffee black/brown with a couple of fading fingers of mocha colored head down to a nice even 1/8" layer of thick stout froth.

- Nice bitter and chocolaty malt scent.. smells like a dry beer.. while there is still a subtle sweet blanket of grain, roasted malt, and oats... light but present bitter hop.

- Nice roasted and certainly flavorful stout.... sweet... pure, dark... chocolate malt, roasted grain and barley... and a sweet oat that balances it very well. Slightly dry hop presence... certainly a bitter early boil.

- Light to medium bodied.. little more thick and chalky than the usual Shakespeare... and certainly a little more robust and grainy.

- Overall another fantastic stout... I must say that Rogue does make the best stouts.. always consistent and always flavorful while being able to maintain the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:54:56 | More by Docer
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bens0n

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black color with some very slight ruby highlights. There is also ton of creamy dark tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on toasty oats and brown sugar followed by caramelly and toffee like notes. It smells really sweet actually.

Flavor wise I can pick up on the oats and yeast first, not too much sweetness going on. There is a tiny bit of hops bite then it finishes with a nice unsweetened chocolate flavor.

This beer is slicky and oily with a good level of carbonation, head retention is pretty weak. This beer is thinner than I would like it to be but pretty easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:53:51 | More by bens0n
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Tone

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of herbs. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, a great appearance that set the table for the rest of the beer, which is followed by a good blend, body, and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 19:30:27 | More by Tone
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NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A bit of dark brown highlight in the pour; otherwise this is a deep black beer with a huge, rocky, coffee-and-milk colored head of variously sized bubbles that starts about three fingers deep. Head fades to a more mocha color with time, but clings to glass and dries out into crusty, dark lacework. Super smooth smell with subtle milk-chocolatey malt up front and a hazelnutty finish, with a touch of yeasty, roast-barleyish breadiness in the middle and exceedingly fresh hop character. Just fresh, fresh, fresh in all regards, even though it doesn't exactly come roaring out of the glass. Flavors are of roasted coffee beans and more slight hazelnut with a smoky character; dark chocolate at sides of palate and bits of damp earth; then a medium-sized hop backbone that strikes at the roof of the mouth and finishes. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch oily with a nice, wet, hop smack; coffee flavor finishes smoothly and consistently, but I prefer a chewier stout (been spoiled by the oatmeals). That said, drinkability is simply insane. Super moreish, truly gulpable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 23:40:12 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black color with a smallish khaki head that persists quite well. Smells of caramel and roast with hints of cream vanilla and earth. Light bits of dark fruit aroma as well as hints of light sugar round out the nose quite well. The flavor is roasty chocolate vanilla with a hint of chalk and earthy hops. Medium body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a really nice stout, approachable yet flavorful and creamy as hell.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:08:09 | More by johnnnniee
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Redrover

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML brown bottle with same great information printed on it. No freshness dating though.

The beer pours black with brown highlights. A nice tan head and almost no lacing.

The nose is of roasted malts, a bit of plums, brown sugar and a wisp of smoke.

The taste is of roasted, almost burnt malts. There is a bit of raisin taste with hint of bakers chocolate. The beer is pleasantly bitter, but I would have never guessed the 69 IBUS per the label. The beer tries to sweeten a bit but the hops pull it back,

The mouth is thick with a bit of an oily quality (and that’s good!). Very easy drinker, would go great with deserts! A worthy tribute to Bard!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 00:52:38 | More by Redrover
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mtschmitz

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Dark opaque coffee color with two finger head which settles to a nice top.

S) Roasted malt with coffee and alcohol scents and brown sugar

T) Heavy roasted malt as you would expect from a stout. Extremely smooth and sweet going in, and well-balanced. A pleasant burnt sugar taste

M) Medium-full bodied extremely smooth and slightly chewy. A bit sweet on the back that hangs but I enjoy it.

O) A good oatmeal stout. Full bodied and rich with flavor. Appears to be adequate carbonation and well-balanced. Head seems to stay nicely with the glass. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:53:58 | More by mtschmitz
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a near opaque black liquid with a bubbly khaki colored head.

S-the nose brings some roasted malt, a little chalky, hints of ash, a light chocolate malt with notes of burnt coffee, a fair citric hop presence in the back.

T-the taste has a huge roasted malt presence, light chocolate malt, a nice citric hop presence with plenty of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium body, very inviting and easy to drink, well carbonated crisp rough finish.

D-great representation of the style, creamy texture, good flavors, well balanced hop profile, really a tasty drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:40:23 | More by cpetrone84
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:18:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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bgraney

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark pour with creamy/coffee colored head.
Maybe I was influenced by the bottle which described the beer's earthiness, but that's just what I got, an earthy aroma with roasted maltiness. A very enjoyeable inhale.
That roasted flavor dominates and leaves behind a lingering chocolate aftertaste.
The aftertaste improves as it lingers in the mouth. It just keeps getting better.
One to take your time with an fully enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 15:48:38 | More by bgraney
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crzyd12

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick creamy head that rivals a cold-deck pint of Guinness. Color is a deep brown, rivaling the bottle. The head lingers as I drink the beer leaving long laces along the side I tip to my mouth. The smell of the beer is the only part that is lacking. I catch only a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. The beer tastes wonderful. This is where I found the roasted malts and chocolate flavors I yearn and some well balanced hints of hops to round out the beer. It is velvety on the tongue and the flavors linger as I swallow. Quite drinkable although the 22oz bottle can take awhile to finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:41:33 | More by crzyd12
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing. It has a roasty, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes. I also detected a raisiny, alcoholic aroma. It has a rich flavor with a roasty, and chocloatey flavors. It finishes with a nice roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for a full-bodied brew. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 16:58:40 | More by BeerBuilder
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.