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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,789 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 176
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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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
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

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
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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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cbgbslev

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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kbrady9

California

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
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

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
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boss302

Florida

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
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BelgiumBill

Virginia

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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Landfill21

Ohio

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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Satchboogie

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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GarthDanielson

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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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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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Shrews629

Kentucky

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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FosterJM

California

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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andrenaline

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
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer has got a very dark, opaque brown body, with a rich brown head. Wonderful lacing and impressive head retention. A truly beautiful stout!

S - A pronounced earthy hoppiness really fights for the main role in the aroma. However, the strong roasted malt profile is still the dominant. Dark chocolate and coffee, with some toasted bread notes.

T - Kind of coarse at first, with a very pronounced bitterness and coffee notes. However, after a few moments, it becomes much smooth and a bit more complex. It has a very rich roasted malt profile, with almost tobacco-like notes. Dark chocolate, espresso, a bit of licorice, and oatmeal. The finish is bitter and malty. As the beer warms up, you may get some nice sweetness and a smoother finish. Tasty, yet very roasty, so not necessarily a beer for all.

M - Medium-bodied. Some carbonation can be felt at first. No real feel of alcohol. Not the most pleasant mouthfeel, yet it is quite alright.

D - For such a hoppy and bitter stout, this goes down very well. I would not call this a session stout, but this is certainly very drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:37:02 | More by NightINgale
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r0nyn

New York

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

Poured from a bomber into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a completely opaque jet black that just refuses to let any light through. Big frothy inch-thick head that's the color of light caramel. Sticky, bubbly lacing coats the inside of the glass and doesn't go away. Just a great looking stout. Smell is initially pretty astringent, but once it warms up and settles down a little bit, the aromas of chocolate and malt become quite prevalent. Some mild coffee nuances accompany them, along with the titular oatmeal, which is subdued, but still present.

Starts off with a malty kick that permeates the palate with a whole host of different flavors, including chocolate and coffee with some mild roasty notes. Hops makes a brief appearance on the back end, gliding into the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy, yet managing to retain a medium-to-light body and feel. Finishes clean and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Drinkability is quite good. With a tolerable ABV, an enticing scent and a pleasing taste, this Rogue beer is a great candidate to share with friends or to just indulge with by yourself. Just wish all of their brews were this solid!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:16:16 | More by r0nyn
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had a Rogue in awhile so I picked up this guy. Yesterday was a good pale ale and I thought I would change it around with a good stout.

As with most stouts this one poured out nicely leaving a thick bubbly-creamy head that was sort of a coffee with creme color. The beer itself was a dark chocolate color.

It smelled as I expected it to be. It was a bit sweet like chocolate and had coffee as well. Hops came out in the aroma too.

Like many stouts I drink I let it sit out for awhile so that it would be a bit warmer. I am able to taste more if I do so. The Shakespeare is definitely complex with chocolate sweetness but also bitter like dark chocolate and coffee. The hops made themselves known too. Although it's complex I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It wasn't too complex for me but perhaps the complexities didn't all add up for a beer that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 20:10:44 | More by BeardedRiker
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great black body with rolling black and brown bubbling head that forms into a three finger froth, but settles down way too soon to be anything perfect.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate notes here with a bit of cooked grains.

T: Good, not great, the taste sort of falls flat. There's still some of the coffee and roasted flavors from the nose, but they don't seem to all jive together as well. Still impressive, but nothing out of this world.

M: WAAYY to this, no body whatsoever in my opinion. No velvety smoothness, no creamy textures. Just thisness.

D: Very drinkable, but the whole lack of appropriate body makes me question this being an oatmeal stout at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:26:20 | More by mdwalsh
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womencantsail

California

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

On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)

A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.

T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.

D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 06:08:18 | More by womencantsail
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color with amber notes apearing when held up to the light, beautiful cap of tan colored foam that retained well throughout drink.

First thing my nose picked up was chocolate, followed by a pleasant roasted malt character that had me salivating.

Great taste, chocolate, caramel, oat, toasted bread, an underlying note of licorise and a lingering dryness.

Goes down smooth enough, very easy to drink. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:56:45 | More by donteatpoop
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Dark brown body with plenty of reddish highlights under two fingers of predictably creamy light-brown nitro foam. Similarly typical (and great) retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Quite roasty, with plenty of milk + dark chocolate malt. A touch of coffee as well, but (unfortunately) lots of metallic sharpness. Not terrible, but not that good, either.

T: Good balance of caramel and chocolate sweetness, with dark chocolate roasty bitterness on the tail end. Dry finish. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Definitely doesn't hurt that it's nitro.

D: Quite easy to quaff.

Notes: Considering this is firmly in the Top 100, I was really expecting more. It's a tasty stout, sure, but the metallic aroma and general lack of complexity left me less than excited. I think I'll just move my one bomber from my cellar to my office as a piece of Shakespeare-iana.

Cheers!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-21-2011 03:23:59 | More by woosterbill
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Definitely a stout. Very black, no highlights. Mountain of tan/brown head. Good retention too.

S - Smells of darkly roasted malts. Using some black patent here I believe, darkest caramel too. Hint of coffee but mostly dark malts dominate. Bit of citrus hops as well.

T - Fine beer. Smooth oatmeal flavor (bottle says earthy and I can see that). Nice chocolate notes there as well. Nice balancing bitterness, not much for hop flavor though.

M - Incredibly smooth. Great carbonation.

D - High.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:52:38 | More by IllNate
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#97. On tap at summits' wayside tavern in Snellville, GA.

(Appearance) Arrives cold and black as night. No visible carbonation. Not much exciting but it does alright. 3.5

(Smell) cocoa bean and oatmeal malt. Slight bitter espresso coffee tones Earthy hops. Well balanced and potency is not bad. 4.5

(Taste) Very thin cocoa flavor and a light touch of coffee. Tastes earthy with some very bold characteristics that complement and round the other flavors. Toasty wood tones also here, light smoky finish. Slightly on the thin and borderline bitter side, but overall pleasant taste. It could go anywhere from here, with wildly varying results. I found it original and pleasant overall, and would leave it just about the same 4.5

(Mouthfeel) that oatmeal Pairs well with this thin beer to make a smooth textured but creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Alcohol is tough to detect. 4

(Drinkability) Fairly drinkable. No flavors are straining and that smoky finish avoids being cloying. ABV is good. Slightly filling, non expectedly. I'd be likely to get more. 4

Verdict:

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 05:14:55 | More by Jadjunk
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mckeowbc

Maryland

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

A - Pours almost black out of the bottle, looks black in the glass. Ample amount of light brown, foamy head.
S - Smell is slightly sweet, subtle note of chocolate.
T - Taste is dry and earthy with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy.
D - Very drinkable Nice even flavors, no rough edges. Good for a heavy beer, maybe a little filling though.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 00:22:39 | More by mckeowbc
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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