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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,619 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2619
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Boilermaker88

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber. Poured out pitch black (swear it just sucked in the light around it) with a fizzy brownish-tan head that faded very fast and left no lace.
Smell was all dark chocolate, coffee and malt.
Taste was like eating a baker's chocolate-covered espresso bean. Faintly sweet to start with a dark chocolate flavor which transitioned to a more bitter, espresso-like taste. All this was layered on a nice roasted malt backbone and well balanced.
Feel was dry, velvety and not as heavy as expected.
Drinkability is pretty good thanks to the finely balanced taste and fact that this beer gets even better as it gets warmer. By the time I finished, it was near room temp and better than when I started. Rogue created a good beer here which will really grow on you quick.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 05:37:30 | More by Boilermaker88
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice, deep, dark, murky brown, with a head that looks like it came off a cup of hot cocoa. Truly unique.

Smell: Like rotting mocha.

Taste: Bitter. Hoppy. Chocolately. Your first sip of the stuff will make you want to immediately spit it out. A few sips later, however, and the complexities of the taste start to come out at you. The bitterness hits you like a slap across the face, waking you up enough to notice the chocolatey undertones. Quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: The taste makes it feel a lot thicker than it probably is. Goes down smoother than you'd think, considering the bitterness.

Drinkability: Wish I had a lot more of this stuff. Not to sound yuppie, but this is a beer for the refined palate. 2/3rds of your friends will hate it. Nonetheless, this is an absolutely wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 05:11:29 | More by SetarconeX
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jcalabre

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 9 May 2002. Great chocolate/coffee flavor. Wonderful aroma. In my opinion, this is a great stout to use to introduce beer geek wannabees to some of the heavier artillery. The chocolaty taste & nice aroma will ease them into the world of better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2003 02:38:11 | More by jcalabre
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woemad

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at Huckleberries in Spokane. Pitch black in color, with a big tan head. Smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted of toasty malts, with coffee and chocolate, finishing with a minor hoppiness at the finish. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. All in all, an enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 02:40:39 | More by woemad
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oberon

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 00:34:24 | More by oberon
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TripelJ

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber.

This stout pours a viscous blackness into my chalice with no hope for light through the glass. There is a mocha brown head of fine bubbles and the lacing is good as the head recedes. Initial aromas are of roasted malts and maybe some barley. There is an exceptional creaminess to the mouthfeel which complements the full body perfectly. The tastes reflect the nose with roasted malts and some bakers chocolate. The finish is smooth and dry with a light hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palate between each sip. This is an exceptional stout from a world class brewery.

Notes: I usually prefer stouts at warmer temperatures. This is one that I truly enjoy equally both at refridgerated and cellar temperatures. I always drink one glass chilled and the other after it has warmed up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2003 02:10:55 | More by TripelJ
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kevinl6

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is addictive!! Jet black appearance with a creamy, ever so slight, tan head that crawls down the glass as you drink it. Smell can't be beat for me....roasty, coffee, slight hints of chocolate, all at the perfect 'strength'. I love the smell of this one! Taste has some bitterness, sweetness, and coffee to it, with a possible slight alchohol warmth, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, but not quite as thick as a Chocolate Stout. Drinkability only gets a 4 for me, as it is sweet and thick....but, it is still a very drinkable stout to be as thick as it is. One of the best!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 16:34:02 | More by kevinl6
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Rumrunner

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle. Nice renaissance man with a mug in his hand on the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate syrup color. Great tan head with nice lacing until the end. The scent is medium roasted coffee. A bit of burnt caramel. The oats are there and it finishes with a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is primarily a nice burnt malt. Stong coffee with some chocolate. Caramel for sweetness. There is a nice hop bitterness. The bitterness mellows if the stout is drunk slowly. There is a mild unpleasant tang to the flavor. It does not make or break the stout but it just tips the scale enough for me. I would of gone 4.5 or 5 if it were not for the sourness.

If feels great. Nice and smooth. I knocked points off for drinkability because of the sourness again. It just lends itself to a bit of a carbonated and tangy ending. I will still buy this stout. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 05:47:39 | More by Rumrunner
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Elemental

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darnn good beer, that lets you know that it is good from the pour. Its dark and aromatic with a hint of a sweet smell. It has a small amount of head. The taste is wonderful with alomst a hint of a coffee but this isn't overpowering by any means. Very malty and robust with a great bitterness to finish off the beer.
Bottom line: yet another great beer from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2003 03:11:23 | More by Elemental
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love rogue. they seem to be the can't miss brewery thus far. their shakespeare stout is another over-achiever. pours a dark dark black colour with a mighty, lasting, tan head. chocolate and malt smells prevail here. this is echoed in the taste, which is pure liquid paradise. this brew is heavy but light at the same time. a damn fine, damn creamy stout. no complaints. one of the best stouts i've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2003 20:17:05 | More by guinness33
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avylover

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty much black with maybe the slightest hint of mahogony brown in there. The head is brown, thick , & frothy, with major lacing. Smell is of burnt coffee & vinous fruit. Rather fruity for a stout really. Taste is dominatred by tons of sweet maltiness and a fruity background. Quite florally hoppy as well There is some coffee in there as well as chocolate, but these flavors are'nt all that pronounced. There is also a marked alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is silky, yet finishes a bit gritty from thick carbonation trying to poke through such a heavy beer. A good stout, but it seems a bit "all over the place" to me. This beer can't decide what it wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 22:58:07 | More by avylover
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fattychubs

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a small but frothy tan head. Smell of burnt malt, a touch of caramel, and those signature hops. Taste starts with roasted malt, which gives the taste a creamy mouth feel, the sweetness of the malt is balanced with hop bitterness, and it finishes with coffee and chocolate tastes, still with a lot of crisp hops sticking around.

The malt and the hops are balanced very well in this beer. I didn’t think I would like it, but the hops don’t overrun the malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 23:04:41 | More by fattychubs
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of Stouts that have a very heavy coffee taste to them; however, this particular Stout I really, really enjoyed drinking because it has a very mild coffee taste to it.This is a stout that I definitely would enjoy drinking again given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 16:16:40 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a very strong roasted chocolaty aroma. The initial pour formed a small head of small dark brown bubbles. As the head died, it left a clinging vine lacing stubbornly letting go of the side of the glass. Its body is dark as midnight although some carbonation could be seen rising up the side of the glass. I eagerly await my initial taste. All of the stout ingredients are there in the taste, coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors greet my mouth as the first taste goes down and leaves a pleasant impression. Relatively smooth I thought and a bit more than I expected for a potentially good stout. No carbonation in the taste at all, no strong after bite and surprisingly smooth for a dark stout. A stout I can drink more of in a night and that says a lot right there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 12:41:21 | More by TheDM
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Stingray5

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a deep black with a frothing dark tan head. Mild sweet aroma, bitterness with malt and hop prescence. Taste is where this bad boy really shines. A huge, bold mouthful gives way to exquisite bitter chocolate and espresso flavors, with a superb balance of hops. A long lasting bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste that makes me want more and more. An extremely well balanced Stout with excellent drinkability. Willy the Shake would be proud.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 19:46:20 | More by Stingray5
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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

Appearance: 650ml bottle. Very dark, black pour with a huge tan head.

Smell: The nose was huge on roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate hints throughout.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey. Lots of roated malt but not too sweet. Medium body and a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chalky. Very creamy body that dries towards te finish.

Drinkablilty: Rich and endulgent but yet the body is light enough to enjoy on almost any occasion. A lovely example of an irish stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 17:20:34 | More by Popsinc
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again, the aroma was quite cascady (citrus/grapefruit) coupled with the roasty malts. The flavour was, firstly nicely chocolatey and roasty, but i think the hops ruined it too early, i like my stouts more roasty than this, save the hops for a good IPA or something. Quite a shame, because this has some lovely malts, ruined too early by the hops, still a very tasty brew, so i can't really complain.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2003 01:54:57 | More by rastaman
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twenty two ounces of black magic! Absolutely black, with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy looking dark tan head slowly settles into a nifty looking halo.
Nose is of roast coffee.
Full bodied and creamy. Burnt roast, espresso, and malt flavors up front. Hops cut right through all of those roast / burnt flavors to deliver a dry finish that has a lingering chocolate flavor. Quaffable in an extreme way.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 10:10:36 | More by xgrigorix
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dark chocolate colored body lies beneath a thick layer of foamy, frothy tan head. The lace sticks and clings to the side of the glass. Heavy and rich roasted malt flavors roll with tastes of dark coffee, toffee and chocolate. The abundantly complex hops have citrus, spice and a light metallic tang to it. A slight camphor essence can be detected as can the fairly strong alcohol kick. This unfiltered, richly flavored Stout is really quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 10:18:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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euskera

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? I think I've found beer Nirvana..

Poured out black as night into my snifter.. Smell was of dark roast espresso with a twinge of hops. Taste was malty, with just a hint of molasses on the tongue, along with that really bitter black chocolate you get with a really high African cocoa bean content. Goes down velvety smooth and leaves nothing but a clean afterfeel on the palate. I will come back to this time after time...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 19:55:59 | More by euskera
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BierReise

Florida

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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 12:39:46 | More by BierReise
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 08:41:03 | More by WesWes
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MM ok my 200th review , I know it dont mean "jack" but its special to me.
Ok was skulking about my local Albertson today as the wife did the groceries..thought I would take a look at their walk in cooler ( with little hope of finding anything good) and LO and behold there it was one solitary bottle ..at the back 22 oz bomber grabbed it fast.back to wife smiling like a maniac!
OK its the usual high quality screen printed 22 oz bomber we have come to love from Rogue. Says "world stout champion" on the label
Well this beer is a work of art to behold ..completelly black even when held to the light..and a marvelous inch high chocolate coloured head..its dissapated to a lovelly lace..I really didnt want to touch this..maybe I will take a picture next time..hang it on my wall..perfect.
Wonderful aroma of all sorts of luscious dark stuff..chocolate, roasted oats,barley espressoo..it goes on and on
MMMMone wonderful tasting stout..its all of the above with added a creaminess..and a lovelly hop bitterness thats does not overwhelm but compliments ( odd for a stout but Rogue pulls it off).
Very smooth yet its challenging on the tongue.
For a big beer this is an excellent drinkable stout wow wee..I need more sir!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 19:40:41 | More by Reidrover
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dwarbi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown head which provides very good lacing. Solid black beer. It has a pleasant aroma -- mostly of wood. It also has a wicker-sweet smell. Tastes malty and creamy. Delicious and thick like a full meal. A very good Irish Stout. Clean aftertaste, too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-29-2003 20:13:49 | More by dwarbi
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml brown bomber, labelled "Wild Irish Stout" instead of "Shakespeare Stout". This is apparently a quirk of the distribution of this beer in British Columbia.

I poured pure evil into my glass. Utterly black, it had a anti-halo that actually sucked the light out of the room surrounding it. It was capped off by a thick, ominous brown head that held out for quite a while before succumbing to the black hole beer beneath.

The smell was rich, roasty, and burned. There was some rich malt, some chocolatey coffee, and the slightest bit of hops in there as well. There was so much here I had a hard time separating the aromas. Wow.

The flavours were incredible! Nutty, malty, roasted grains... Lots of smoky, peaty, burned bittersweetness. It was rounded out with firm hoppy bitterness that complemented the burned bitterness very well. Maybe a touch of lemony hops? There was something citrusy or piney in there anyhow. Again, there were so many flavours here that I had a hard time pulling them all out. I may just have to drink two or seventeen more of these to figure it out.

The body was rich and creamy without being heavy. The oaty slickness helped the bitter and burned go down smoothly. Just the right touch of light carbonation kept things lively.

This stout is such an evil pleasure, the burned and bitter flavours are so intense, and they've somehow made this wonderfully drinkable. I haven't figured out how they did this yet. This is my first Rogue beer, and I'm deeply impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 20:29:42 | More by Garin
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.