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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,884 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,884
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 174 | 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 Voonder
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for this!
Pours pitch black with huge tan head. Great looking stout. Smell - chocolate malts mostly, some cocoa. Taste - dark chocolate as it is, very bitter and chocolaty. Great stuff. Pretty much ideal stout - rich, smooth and easy enough to drink. I'm truly enjoing this one.

Voonder, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with freberg. thanks michael!

my 200th review. woohoo! not bad for less than a year of reviewing.

pours almost black and nearly opaque with a half inch of dense brown head. the head drops fairly quickly to a thin film on the beer and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. milk chocolate. roasty. toffee. nutty, actually makes me think of their hazelnut brown nectar. light sweetness. biscuity malt. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. lots of roast. bitterness is actually higher than i expected, maybe a little too high. it really stays with you long after the beer is gone. toffee.

mouthfeel is great. big and full, with moderate well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is great. alcohol is well balanced, even if the bitterness is a little high.

grub, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed. It started with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Rogue St. Red, and Shakespeare Stout. I was about 23, and I ordered this often when a local pub used to keep this on tap.

So kudos to Rogue for doing it well, and doing it well for so long.

On to the beer...

Pours a deep flat black color with a big aggressive tan head. Mean looking beer. (but that's a good thing)

Aromas are of oats, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Flavors are very full, and upfront. There is a very oatmeal like character to this one, lots of cereal grain flavors, and notes of dark roasted malts. There are also oak, bitter chocolate, and smoke flavors as well. Finish is crisp, biting, and with some nice hop bitterness. This is a flavorful beer, that doesn't wack you over the head with too much. It's just tasty, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too watery and thin for my tastes. It's not bad, but just seems a little off for a stout.

Drinkability is great. This one is so easy to drink, and enjoyable. As good I remember it from years ago...

flexabull, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.

The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.

A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.

John_M, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of GlassFreeek
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: black like a stout with a two-three finger mocha colored head. Nice consistency and creamy look to it.

S: roasted malts, hoppiness, a little chocolate and a smidge of oatmeal.

T. Nice! Bitter enough to keep you interested with a very roasted dark character. Like a bitter dark chocolates almOst.

Mf. Very full and carbonated. Great rich, dense mouthfeel. This is a little more to it than normal stouts. Which I like.

Overall I will be drinking this beer again for sure. I enjoyed this one for sure, it was super fresh as well.

GlassFreeek, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

opaque black, with light tan colored head. decent lacing.

very sweet and "oatey" aroma. a little mocha.

well balance flavors of roasted malt and slightly chocolately sweetness. smooth body, creamy head. not too heavy. very easy to drink.

jmdrpi, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking stout. Black, fairly mildly carbonated, yet managed a nice 2 finger tan coloured head after pouring into my snifter. Decent head retention, and nice, intricate, sticky lace.

A nice nose on this one. Chocolate malts and deeper notes of char apparent, as well as the decent dose of cascade with a grapefruity hop aroma. A creamy nuttiness and hint of rolled oats also present, along with a hint of anise.

Yummy stuff. Hazelnut and chocolate, hints of dark fruit, then some deeper roasted flavours of espresso that give a hint of char that morphs to give a hint of anise and a wisp smoke. All the while the cascades are trying to assert themselves, and manage to give a nice grapefruit finish.

A great mouthfeel on this medium bodied stout. Smooth, creamy, yet almost dry. Favours the chocolate malts slightly over the more roasted malts, the final balancing act is nicely done by the generous amount of cascades used in the hopping of this brew.

A pretty damn drinkable and tasty stout with a fair amount going on in it. Rich chocolate character and somewhat mild roastiness should make this a great stout for introducing newbies to the style, so long as they enjoy cascades. A very well made brew, wonder why it took me so long to finally crack this bottle, as it has been sitting in my cellar for a year or so.

demcorhip, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Naes
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with a large milk chocolate head.

Its aroma is roasty and chocolaty.

The flavor is just as stated above, roasty and finishes with a wonderful smooth chocolate taste. It’s a perfect balance between sweet and bitter chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated. It is also a bit sticky on the tongue.

It is delicious and dangerously drinkable. I will have to get more for sure.

If you like stouts, get this one and don’t be afraid of the sticker price, it’s worth it.

Naes, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of TMB0424
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into pint glass

Brew is a deep brown, almost black, body with lighter mahogany edges. A good sized fizzy, loose mocha colored head has great retention and left a lot of lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted fresh coffee with chocolate splashes. Nice element of darker fruits as well (plums, maybe grapes), mixed with molasses.

Taste is basically like the smell, extremely well balanced. Coffee, milk chocolate, sweet molasses and caramel. Ripe dark fruits come through as well, with hints of plum.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but very refreshing. Bubbly and fizzy from the carbonation. Creamy as well, but it suffers a little because it's a tinge watery. Drinkability is great - it's well balanced and easy to drink. The finish is a little bitter, mixed with coffee and chocolate - very nice. Great stout from Rogue.

TMB0424, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings and spots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, roasted coffee beans, and some bittersweet chocolate aromas. Taste is of the toasted oats and roasted coffee grounds up front with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is an assertive roasted coffee/cocoa bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp but thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout with some nice coffee and chocolate flavors to balance things out. A bit too thin in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer smells of roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate. When poured it looks like an imperial stout. It looked thick and has a big head. Decent retention with its brown coloured head. The bitterness from the hops are perfectly balanced from the roasty malts. The coffee flavours are great and the hints of chocolate make the beer very tasty; there is also a nice sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and this beer is super drinkable. However, the watery mouthfeel really hurts the taste, but I might be a bit jaded from RIS... I will drink this many more times!

EDIT: As the beer warms up, the mouthfeel get's better and soe does the flavour.

swizzlenuts, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, basically black, with just a hint of dark brown highlights. This was topped by a dense, dark brown head that showed excellent retention. The aroma was quite malty, with some lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just slightly burnt. Sweetness and fresh floral hops serve as a decent counterpoint. The flavour is really big, but balanced nicely between bitterness and rich malts. Chocolate and lactose-like sweetness counter the definite burnt malts. Bitterness is on the strong side, with plenty of floral and orange/citrus hoppiness. It had a long finish that emphasized bitterness and roasted malts, leaving the palate on the dry side. The texture was velvety smooth, low carbonation composed of fine bubbles, and a full body. This is great stuff... nice balance with plenty of flavour and a great finish.

DrJay, May 12, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark opaque color with a dark chocolatey head. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. The taste is also of roasted malts and chocolate. It tastes like tootsie rolls and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty decent. medium carbonation. Its a very drinkable beer overall. I would definately recommend it.

Brian700, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of paulozanello
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch Black dense color with a small mocha head. Average retention and lacing.

Aroma is of dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste is an explosion of roastiness with dark malts, oats, roast grains, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Ends with a huge bitter note from the roasted character and hops.

Body is huge and thick with and astringent bitter mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium to high. Abv is well hidden.

Extreme stout with lots of body, malt and roastiness. Almost no residual sweetness perceivable.

paulozanello, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

This lovely stout pours a nice black brown color, with surprisingly little highlighting. A nice finger of caramel colored head sits atop the beer that leaves spotted lacing. A nice nose of strong toasted oats, more than most of this style, which is nice. It also has a nice layer of chocolate and coffee on the nose with a touch of raisin. The flavors follow the nose really well, nice amount of toasted oats with bits of coffee and chocolate, a lingering biscuit flavor sticks to the tongue as it goes down. At 6.1% it feels a bit thin, but is generally drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Verdict: A really nice stout from Rogue, warm and toasty, goes down easily. Great for those chilly nights or cool afternoons.

kevanb, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: black body and creamy head from nitro.
Smell: earthy, some vanilla
Taste: rich full bodied stout. soe mellow chocolate. love this beer!

CampusCrew, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife thinks she sees brown, i say it's just black, no matter what it's dark and looks appealing. Thin brown head that caps this one off. Cocoa smell with some coffee bitterness in the background. Taste is also of cocoa. It also has a very earthy taste and mouthfeel. Almost feels a little bit gritty on the tongue. Finishes smooth and mild. Overall a nicely balanced beer. Very clean and simple which in this case is a good thing. Very drinkable. While I enjoy a hop or alcohol bomb, it's also nice to be able to find a good clean beer that isn't over the top but very well done.

beermanbrian, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of pints at the Rogue Ale Public House in late March.

This beer poured black with a fine two finger head. Nose is of chocolate/coffee roasted malts. Taste is a delight, a perfect balance between the roasted chocolate malts and a generous portion of Cascade hops with hints of coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied but is very creamy and lively. Overall drinkability is great. I have been dissapointed with the change in taste with beers on nitro-tap but this one did not dissapoint!

arizcards, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle with no freshness date or ABV on the label. Pitch black in the glass with mahogany hues along the edge of the glass.
Dark tan head which dissipates slowly. The aroma is a beautiful blend of roasted malts and nuts with hints of chocolate/caramel.
Rich ,creamy, silky mouthfeel. Taste is wonderfully balanced; creamy chocolate evident up front with a nice bitter finish. Malts and hops are blended perfectly. Beautiful lacing along the glass. In my opinion this is an extremely delicious, well-rounded stout.
Drinkability is VERY good, and is certainly one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Highly recommended

CaptDavyJones, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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 snpub540
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, almost black that didn't let any light through at all. I mean totally opaque! Topped by a creamy brown head that quickly turned to a ring of bubbles although it did leave some nice lacing.

Smell was very enticing. Raisins, brown sugar and roasted flavors were all very much there. Also a hint of pineyness. A slight hint of licorice and the sweet smell of alcohol rounded it out.

Taste was very much roasted coffe and bitter chocolate at the forefront. A piney hoppiness in the finish and some warming alcohol made it a great beer to drink on such a stormy day!

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but very silky. Drinkability was good and it didn't fill me up as other stouts tend to do. A great example of an American Stout.

snpub540, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of burnstar
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Zeno's. This is black with a nice thick frothy tan head. Smell is chocolatey malt with some coffee and perhaps some hoppy aromas in the background. Taste is roasted malt at first followed quickly by strong chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with some nice citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice thick mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

burnstar, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of danielharper
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN. 22oz bottle.

This brew deserves an extremely good reputation among beer geeks, especially hardcore BAs. I found it to be much-deserved.

Appearance was really very nice, with a thick brown head atop a pure black body. Absolutely no light shone through the brew. I wasn't expecting such a dark head -- I expect a head that color more from chocolate or sweet stouts than from American Stouts, but I certainly don't mind a dark head on a good beer.

Smell was very nice, smoky and oaty with a strong coffee smell. No real sweetness at all, and the aroma was powerful enough that I didn't even really notice a major hop presence -- a first for a Rogue brew.

The hops were very apparent in the taste, however. Very dry flavor, very strong hop profile, probably to-style but much more powerful than I was expecting. The dryness caught me off-guard a bit, but I found myself quickly getting used to the flavor and coming to greatly enjoy the beer. Unlike some other stouts I've had, the aftertaste, despite being drying to my throat, was actually quite pleasant -- like a really strong coffee.

Mouthfeel was nice here -- the first time I think I would use the word "chewy" to describe a beer. I started out taking large swigs from this beer, but as I finished it I was taking smaller sips so as to really savor the flavor and wash the brew around my mouth. Carbonation was present, but not overwhelming -- overall I found the mouthfeel nicely balanced.

I enjoyed this brew, and finished the 22oz bottle with no problems, but I think that one is enough of this brew for me. Not only the weight of the beer, but the aforementioned drying effect on my palate caused me to slow down as I finished the brew, and in general made me give the beer a slightly lower mark than I expected for drinkability. Nice to end a drinking session (and I do think the 22oz bottle is the perfect serving size for this beer), but not something I want every day.

Overall, this is the beer that Guinness Extra Stout only wishes it could be. A very nice and complex example of an American Stout, and one that I wish I could buy locally. I've got one more in the closet, and I'll be hoarding it for a special occasion for awhile, I think. The next time I see this one on-tap, I'm ordering one just to see how the CO2 effects the brew.

danielharper, May 31, 2005
Photo of tai4ji2x
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.

tai4ji2x, Jul 31, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,884 ratings.