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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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93
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2,859 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 183
Gots: 167 | FT: 3
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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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paulozanello

Brazil

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-04-2012 17:58:43 | More by paulozanello
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kevanb

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-11-2011 04:11:14 | More by kevanb
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

08-17-2010 17:11:19 | More by CampusCrew
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-17-2007 01:30:26 | More by beermanbrian
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arizcards

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

04-11-2010 00:23:26 | More by arizcards
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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

12-23-2010 03:53:21 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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

03-16-2003 12:51:49 | More by Mitchster
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snpub540

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-20-2010 01:00:34 | More by snpub540
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-31-2005 01:23:37 | More by burnstar
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danielharper

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-31-2005 00:46:04 | More by danielharper
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev 0%

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!

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

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-12-2013 19:26:07 | More by Mikecap
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brandon911

Texas

4.16/5  rDev 0%

08-17-2014 16:54:07 | More by brandon911
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

04-25-2010 23:54:56 | More by Docer
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,859 ratings.