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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,774
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 139 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Giant fist full head created off the pour. Head is tight like a rock with a fistfull cap like head and light brown colored. Falls fairly slowly, sitting on a dark walnut body. Not much else to say not much sticky lacing while drinking.

Good malt and mild cocoa off the nose, kind of has that oatmeal stout feel, that grainy husk thing going for it (similar to Samuel Smith). Feels a little dense. Things are looking up!

Taste at first is a bit bitter and a nice hop actually. Chocolate and malt feeling hits on the end with a nice roast that hints at cigarette tobacco. It's a bit wet though but also has a nice bitterness.

Overall I like my Oatmeal stouts just a tad thicker than this but you know I can't complain about this one right here, it will do no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:34:03 | More by smakawhat
Photo of BranfordBound


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Mikro last week.

Pours jet black with a solid nitro head that leaves abundant lacing. What else can be expected from a nitro-tap?

Mild aroma of roasted malts and some espresso.

Very flavorful, at first there is a touch of roasted malt, then just a little chocolate, but the coffee, oats, and roasted aftertaste make this stout stand out. Very robust for the ABV.

Creamy smooth and at the lower end of medium bodied.

I drank this one slowly as I enjoyed fish and chips, this is an excellent stout regardless of the nitro-tap and I hope to try the bottled version soon.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-12-2011 22:54:01 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of robbrandes


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

poured from a 22oz bomber, into a pint glass.

100% black as the sidebars here on the BA webpage. actually held the last 2" up to a lightbulb, still no penetration. nice, creamy brown head that sticks to the sides and hangs around through the whole glass.

the smell is a subtle mix of the chocolate malt, some earthy undertones and a bit of toasted maltiness. maybe a hint of fruitiness from the pac-man...

wonderful balance on the palate. no single flavor jumps out at you, but instead mingles together on the tongue. minimal bitterness, the hops are extremely smooth and the malt is robust enough to really round this beer out.

overall - i still prefer rogue's chocolate stout, but this is a solid, workhorse of a beer and always worth a roll.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:21:47 | More by robbrandes
Photo of harrymel


3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark definitive brown. One finger loose toasted wheat head takes it's time falling down to a thick sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: toasty, smells of pine bark, evident bitterness on the nose here for me. hints of coffee, cocoa beans. Not bad, not what I had expected either. nice. Slightest hint of graham and cinnamon as it warms.

T: More coffee than anticipated, but def less than an east coast coffee beer. Bitter in the back. Not very complex. Plenty of oats, toasty oats.

M: Heavy with medium to high carb. Dry and cloying at the same time. Wish the carb was a bit lower and the beer was smoothed out more.

O: Decent beer, but not a go to for stouts, or oatmeal stouts. Uncertain of the greatness this beer has acheived provided the beer is quite simple.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 16:31:24 | More by harrymel
Photo of jwinship83


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

22oz bottle picked up because i havnt had this since i started my exploration of craft beer. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out an opaque black body that no light can penetrate. a finger of coffee colored head sits on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. you cant ask for anything more from this. perfect.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are dark roasted malts. not really burnt smelling, but definitely not light roasted. after that i get alot of dark chocolate and a little bit of smoke. dark roast coffee on the finish.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get lots of dark chocolate and a little bit of milk chocolate. there is less smoke in the taste than in the nose. the coffee on the finish comes on strong and leaves a long lingering aftertaste.

M- thinner than im used to for a stout. on the lower side of medium bodied. the carbonation seems a bit high also. very smooth and creamy.

O- this is one of rogues better beers, although i think you have to pay a little too much for what you get. still a pleasure to drink and something that often gets overlooked because of how common it is. there is alot of flavor packed into this somewhat small beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:11:45 | More by jwinship83
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New York

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

Review taken from notes

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger frothy tan head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S - It smells of deep roasted malts up front. There is a pretty big hop presence here for an oatmeal stout. I am also getting notes of chocolate, coffee, a touch of dark fruits, and some smokiness.

T - This mostly tastes of dark roasted malts and chocolate. There are some notes of coffee, dark fruits, and theres some hop presence. The finish is dry and there is a slight hoppy bitterness as well.

M - It has a medium body with nice tingly carbonation. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. It's rich and creamy, and theres a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy, and I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 13:34:55 | More by JizackFH
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this from the handpump into a mug.

3.5 A: Black with a creamy brown cask head. Average retention and no lacing.

3.5 S: Some chocolate, oats, and yeast. Overall, rather dry and unassuming.

3.0 T: Pretty boring. Oats, somewhat chalky dryness, and woody yeast. Light roastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation for cask. However, it not ridiculously creamy like a lot of beers from cask. Otherwise, okay.

3.0 D: Not bad, but probably the worst cask beer I've ever had. Just not enough flavor going on.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2011 17:03:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, however underneath that I get some sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence. The flavor is rounded out with lots of roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a touch or two coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, however i would have liked more of an oatmeal flavor less on the chocolate. Overral i still very much enjoy this beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 01:52:55 | More by bierguru
Photo of mdaschaf


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

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height, reduced down to a small layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, but underneath that there is a sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence that caught me a little off guard. The flavor is rounded out with some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, but the hops knock it down a little for me, would have preferred a stronger presence from the oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:42:56 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of bobhits


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upfront coffee with a subtle oat chocolate finish. With some time there is a very clear hop finish, every strong bitterness but hard to place with the coffee and oat aromas dominating.

Nothing stand out here, there's coffee and chocolate, slightly over powered by the bitter hops at the finish. Subtle oat flavors that seem to meld all of this together and create a very uniform flavor that mixes everything together vs spreading the flavors out.

Insanely smooth, mellow, the alcohol is hard to notice, the hops at a bit of a bite but exactly what is called for here.

Not the best oatmeal stout. There's a bit more that can be done here especially in the flavors. It's subtle in ways I don't love and yet it's so balanced it works. A great stout? Perhaps not, but a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:41:55 | More by bobhits
Photo of gskitt

New York

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

Wow, a really nice selection from Rogue. Pours a black with a tan head. Lots of lacing. Smell was not overpowering, some roasted malts, not too sweet. This reminded me of a dry Irish stout, maybe thats the oatmeal. Chocolate notes with the accompanying bitterness, coffee, and some grain. Smooth and drinkable. A really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:29:35 | More by gskitt
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:10:51 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

Had a coupon for $1-off any bomber at Total Wine. Decided to grab something that I continually pass over. This one jumped out at me this time around. And it's a "Top-100" Popular beer to boot!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an absolute black. No light-penetrance at all. A small half-finger tan head sits atop. Retains well enough for its size. Minor bits of lace cling around. The nose is sweet with sugar cookie, oatmeal, brown sugar, and coffee. Very nice.

This beer starts out more on the bubbly side, which I wasn't expecting given that this is an Oatmeal Stout. As it warms, this mellows out to become quite a smooth drink. Shame on me for drinking it too fast! Big roasted flavors abound, but are well-balanced with sweet syrup, oats, and milk chocolate. Faint twig-like flavor on the finish. Good stuff here. Why I passed over this for so long annoys me. I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:01:22 | More by Onenote81
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New Jersey

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: The stout pours jet black in color with a 1 finger deep mocha head. very good retention and very nice lacing.

S: I smell a little bittersweet chocolate and coffee and definitely oats.

T: I get a nice balance of oats and roast malt. some coffee and molasses. a little hop bitterness but nothing extreme.

M: Medium thick mouthfeel. velvety texture and perfect level of carbonation. I wish my mouth felt this way all the time.

D: I loved this beer and could easily have a couple more bottles. the alcohol is well hidden and doesn't detract at all.

I can't wait to add this to my list of go-to favorites. definitely having these in stock in my cabinet

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:45:14 | More by cbgbslev
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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bomber at my local bottle shop.

A- Good looking stout. It pours very dark, essentially black. A nice, full, dense head that is a fairly dark brown. The head dissipates within a minute or two with nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pretty good aroma. Smells of mocha and some nuttiness, but with a very nice malty body. Can't smell any hops or much alcohol on the back end.

T-The mocha, coffee like flavor hits immediately with the alcohol taking over soon thereafter. The alcohol is a bit overbearing and it lingers for a significant period of time after it goes down. The body doesn't have much sweetness to it in order to help mask some of the strong alcohol flavors.

M-The body does not live up to what the aroma promises. The beer feels unnaturally light going down with the alcohol overpowering the rest of the flavors. Alcohol lingers at the end.

D-I expected much more from this beer. Not something I would purchase again, whether it be in a bottle or on tap anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 02:53:55 | More by kbrady9
Photo of glazeman


3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: The beer pours black in color with a 1.5 finger mocha head that has moderate retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Oats, grapes, raisins, and that's about it. I was surprised there weren't more deeper roast/caramel/chocolate smells. Instead the overall smell is quite light.

T: There's a lot more roast in the flavor than the smell foreshadowed. I like the balance of oats and roast, but there's not much else there. I don't get much if any of the dark fruits that I was expecting based on the nose. There's also not much hop back end.

M: Pretty good aftertaste and nice level of carbonation, but a little bit thin for my liking.

D: Overall this has pretty good drinkability as it goes down easy, although the lack of complexity doesn't lend itself to wanting a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:29:37 | More by glazeman
Photo of boss302


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

Rogue Shakespeare oatmeal stout, draft

A Dark, can't see thru it. Small head, but with fine bubbles. 4 

S Chocolaty and not much else. 3.5 

T Deep roasted malt taste. Rich lingering roastyness. No hop flavor to speak of though there is bittering.  There is a little sweetness initially, but it fades to the roast 4

M Medium thick mouthfeel. A little thinner than I expected, more of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation seemed about right.  Nice lacing.  4

D A good repeatable beer, would have another. 4  

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:43:30 | More by boss302
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured a 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass which produced a massively frothy 4 finger fluffy toffee head. The head relented after a few minutes leaving moderate lacing throughout.

A nose of chocolate and sweet malts.

Great oaty, roasted coffee, cocoa flavors, giving way to french roast coffee taking hold on the finish. Balanced out with a nice hop bit. It says 69 IBU but the balance and other roasted flavors give the impression of less IBUs.

A thick rich feel in the mouth, hints of mineral present. Moderate carbonation releases the flavors in the mouth. Any less carbonation would be a detriment.

6% ABV is nice and drinkable, especially when in the bomber size.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:18:59 | More by BelgiumBill
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark black color with no light getting through.

Has a smell of oatmeal, oats and molasses

Has a nice smooth taste, cant taste much alcohol and very complex taste of oats, malts and molasses.

Has a heavy mouthfeel, very complex beer, good drinkibility, beer goes down very smooth

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-05-2011 01:49:04 | More by Landfill21
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Black, barely any hues when held to light. Massive 3 finger mocha head that's rocky and foamy and dissipates ever so slowly.

S: Oat, chocolate, roasted malts, prune, molasses

T: Dark roasted malts with a little bitterness, prune on the high end, smooth chocolate and molasses malt base. There's a bit of hop presence in the background, mainly floral with maybe a hint of lemon, that mainly comes in strong in the beginning, fades in the middle, and returns upon the finish. Finish is bittersweet, similar to an oatmeal chocolate cookie (but bitter) with a twist of leaf/lemon. I've heard people say they tasted coffee in this, but I don't get any. There's some roasted bitterness that could be mistaken for coffee, but I think it's just a combination of roasted malts and leafy hop bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and medium to full body. Probably one of the fuller and richer bodies on a regular ABV stout. Super smooth.

D: Fairly high. The flavor is rich and the hops aren't too much, the finish is mellow, bittersweet chocolate, and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. At 6%ABV, I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:44:51 | More by Satchboogie
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a dark black with some brown highlights under the light. The head is a chunky, light, foamy chocolatey color with good staying power. Aromas of coffee, nut, chocolate, and a little bit of pepper. The flavors are coffee first and foremost, and some slightly sweet chocolatey malt that helps to balance the bitterness. Earthy tones highlight, and there is a robust quality that does not go unnoticed. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, despite the heavy flavors. The aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee again, but with a touch of booze and rich, dark chocolate. Smooth and crisp finish, this beer is light and easy to drink. Very easy to consume in large quantities. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:05:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. Great inky black color with nice, thick, luxurious brown head that lasted and left great chunky lacing.

A dark, roasty aroma pleases the nose. A bit like a fresh farm field, lots of crisp oak, malt, and hops all find their way through.

Taste is very nice. Smooth roasty malts and coffee/chocolate stout flavors are balanced well with malty oatmeal and crisp hops, plus a pinch of cappuccino.

Feel is smooth and full bodied with perfect carbonation and a nice, lightly bitter coffee like aftertaste.

Easy to drink. I haven't been a huge rogue fan so far, but this is one nice bomber of stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:07:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer looks almost straight black to me. Most have ruby highlights, but this one had light brown highlights. This is quite possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smooth and creamy head, but not real big in head size. Good retention and worth while retention.

Smell - Some dark roasted malt. Hints of a cocoa powder type chocolate. Some coffee notes, but not enormous amounts. Rather subdued really. Some sweetness breaks through from the chocolate.

Taste - The taste brought forth the roasted malt. Almost smokey in flavor. The coffee is more pronounced in the taste and the chocolate is there and balanced in admirably. I actually almost get a dry walnut type of flavor. A small bit of bitterness also. Not as creamy as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and mostly smooth. A little bit of sharpness from the coffee. Cloaks the palate fantastically.

Drinkability - This beer is most definitely worth one's time and effort. Good all around. More than solid. Easily drinkable. It could almost be a session brew, that's how easy it went down. Perfect for a chilly evening or afternoon. Would even be good as a night cap.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 21:47:23 | More by Shrews629
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

282nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very nice dark brown with a one finger head. Some good lacing was there as well.

Smell- Very grainy with some faint hops.

Taste- A great intro oatmeal stout. Clean flavors, well balanced and great with a meal. Soft on the front with a bitter chocolate after.

Mouth- An inviting medium/medium with the aforementioned bitter chocolate.

Drink- Good into stout. Soft and very drinkable. Well pairable as I had mentioned and did so with a nice sirloin. Brought out some nice flavors and sits nicely on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:19:46 | More by FosterJM
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, nice chocolate / mocha coloured head with relentless retention, and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Chocolate malts dominate, followed by rolled oats and bready malts with a touch of espresso and sour mash on the finish.

T - Bitter cocoa malts off the top, roasted nuttiness with a touch of almonds, bitter leafy green hops on the finish and a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A bit chalky and could be a bit sweeter, but a solid / bold flavour nonetheless.

M - Fills the mouth with bubbly/foamy carbonation and comes a cross a bit too light for my liking. That being said, it goes down smooth and finishes with a nice level of dryness.

D - Overall a very tasty oatmeal stout. World Class - a slight overstatement as I've had better, but a very tasty oatmeal stout nonetheless. Easily drinkable, though the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff. I'd take a 6-er of St Ambroise Oatmeal over this one, but not to be taken as a disappointment. Taste it for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:22:15 | More by andrenaline
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.