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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,573 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,573
Hads: 3,267
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 289
Gots: 392 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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
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Reviews: 1,573 | Hads: 3,267
Photo of Lupe
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with brown highlights, looks like molasses when being poured. Cappucino colored head that starts out big and settles into a thin sheet with wispy lacing. Aroma is of hops and chocolate malt. Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Perfectly balanced, I did not find this to be too bitter, more of a roasted or bitter chocolate than a predominating hop bitterness. Finishes nicely with a tingle on the tounge and coffee aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, and amazingly easy to drink. Glad I picked this one as my birthday brew. Simply amazing.

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Photo of Mark
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big stout poured a very deep brown black, the head was bordering on brown. A roasty nose dominates and a good roasted finish coates your palate. A smooth yet very hoppy stout (66 Ibu's) very well balanced and decadent. It packs a wallop at almost 8% so a near perfect to perfect drinkability score, at least for me is denied. Excellent stout from a fine brewery.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Blessings of Thy Heart, for Thou Brewest Good Ale”, Shakespeare.
It’s obvious to me that Shakespeare was writing about Rogue Ales all those years ago.

This is a very dark beer. An ebonyious, deep dark brown (it is not quite black on close scrutiny). A thick pouring, viscous fluid, from a 650ml “Bomber” Bottle – which so reminded me of Heavy Oil. The head has a tremendous capacity for voluminous expansion when first poured, and resembled a brown cylinder of Styrofoam, which then slowly subsided, and settled down to ¼” velvety smooth dark brown coaster type head. Not much lace at all, good because that would be a waste. Nose is dominated by Cocoa, with some lightly roasted malts and a feint, almost dark chocolaty, sweetness. Huge mouthfeel which does not disappoint at all, and adds great character to this Stout. This is no "wannabe" Stout; it is definitely up with the Big Boys. It is what I would refer to in England as an Extra Stout. Initial tastes are again cocoa, some coffee, heavier roasted malts and molasses. Dark fruits are hidden here – they appear as the beer warms. There is some lemon character as well in the middle – where do I get this? (Hops!??), I really don’t know! – but I do get it, so it’s reported. Finish is dry with more bitterness offsetting the earlier chocolate sweetness. A great lingering impudent finish. You know from the beginning that this beer is a Stout, it is resolute ‘start-to-finish’, and it does not disappoint at all. Fantastic!

Shakespeare also wrote;

"Never shame to hear what you have nobly done"
Coriolanus, Act ii, Sc.2


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown - almost black - body capped by a full, foamy, dark brown head that drops but keeps a solid collar and decent surface covering. Lacing is minor with just some thin lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly sweet and cocoa-ish with some sharp fruit (citrusy hops combined?) but only minimal roastiness. The body is thin/medium with a tiny bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor grabs your attention with a sharp acrid bite upfront, then reveals a dark fruitiness, roasted malt, and then light cocoa. Although it's substantial bitterness is noticeable from the start, it finishes dry with a flourish of even more prominent bitterness, some hop flavor, and a lingering roastiness. It starts big and finishes big! Quite bold. An interesting beer to linger over as it reveals itself more fully once warmed.

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

Shakespeare Stout pours an incredible jet black with damn near a black head from a 12oz brown bottle. Again, the head is damn near black and consists of firm and closely packed bubbles that try to scale the sides of the glass as if it where under siege. The pour also gave the impression that Shakespeare Stout had a viscoses element similar to 90 weight gear lube.

Palate is also viscoses with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. We are talking knife and fork stuff here guys and gals with major mouth feel.

The alcohol component will light your after burner, leaving you with a very nice glow!

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

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Photo of frank4sail
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opeque black look with a creamy thick brown head. In tense cocoa and sweet nose. Big flavorful initial taste of smooth roasted malt then a big blast of expresso and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is rounded with bitterness. There is also a slight alcohol dryness to the tongue.

I know there is no such thing as the "perfect beer", but if you compare this beer to other stouts you have had... it will be "the stout". Conplex, refined, and proof that an American Craft Brewery can produce a world class stout. I finally know now why this style is called "stout"... it stands on solid foundations. Yummmmmm!

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Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful thick black with a large 3 finger brown head that hangs around leaving a lace down the glass. The smell of the cascade hops and roasted chocolate are evident and smells absolutely delicious. Wow! Great brew with flavors of chocolate roasted malt with the hops balanced superbly and the chocolate hangs around to the end. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and leaves your mouth begging for another swallow. Only my second perfect 5 in 100 reviews. I couldn't find anything wrong with it, period! What a way to enter the mug club and I was saving it for that! Cheers!

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Photo of Realale
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in color, but with some brownnish-red highlights. Thick coffee foam settles slowly to an espresso crema-like cap.

Nose is all cascade, and a lot of it. One has to work to get any of the malt and coffee notes that one knows are there. These are easier to pick out as the beer warms.

Palate is out of balance for this taster - too much hop flavor. Not too much bitterness, but it tastes almost like a hop tea rather than a beer. There is some nice malt, coffee and bitter notes, but they are simply overwhelmed by the cascade flavor. Definitely a quality brew, but not to my taste.

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Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick, black beer with a dense, creamy, tan head. Great roasted grain and hop aroma. Drinking sensation is full and heavy, and the taste is intriguingly bitter. Coffee, caramel, and roasted/burnt grains. The bitter finish is simply outstanding. I keep thinking that this is what other stouts aspire to be when they grow up.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick and opaque with a dense ring of brown foam forming around the glass. Aroma is of roasted barley and caramel malt sweetness with coffee, chocolate, hop and vanilla notes underneath--very inviting. Flavor is balanced between roastiness, caramel sweetness, dark-chocolatelike bitterness and the underlying bitterness of the hops. Pleasantly bitter and roasty finish with residual sweetness to make the lips and tongue smack. This is one damn good beer! The ultimate beer drinker's beer.

In my opinion, no other stout in the world compares as far as I have tasted. This is the best stout I have tasted, bar none. Get some now!

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Photo of hyuga
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque, with an impressive dark tan foam topping it. This settles, but stays pretty thick and leaves patchy lace. Dark chocolate aroma with some citrus and fruity hop character mixed in. Great malt/hop balance in the taste. Chocolate in the front and citrus in the finish. A bit of roasted/coffee character in between. Fantastic mouthfeel, probably the smoothest stout I've tried! Great complexity, Close to full-bodied, but you could say it's medium-full bodied. Just a wonderful taste from start to finish. Exceptionally drinkable! I can see this being a regular favorite of mine.

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

What a great beer. It was more bitter than I expected, but after the initial surprise I just sat back and enjoyed it. Strong chocolate aroma. Almost black color with a thin but beautifully dark brown head. This is definitely on my "buy again" list.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very black color, with a thin brown head. The head doesnt stay as long as expected. There are slight smells of coffee beans and chocolate on the first sip. Upon first taste one notices spice and malt, and a hint of coffee and clove. This is a good example of a stout, not quite as creamy as i would have liked, but very good as far as stouts go. I would definately reccomend this beer to my friends.

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

Great opaque brown color. The head is colored too; only it doesn't stick to the glass, has large bubbles and disappears quickly. The aromas are of candied dark-roast coffee beans, peat and carob. The taste is straightforward: mildly sweet and infused with sweet spices, coffee, potatoes, and charred radicchio. The finish is pleasantly dry and lingers just long enough to seem relevant. Not a bad stout at all. Can someone fill me in on the Shakespeare connection? Is this what he drank? I thought he was more of an ESB guy.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, even backlit, with a coarsely bubbled tan head.

Aroma is nice -- roasted malt and barley dominate, though a slight hop boquet is clearly present.

Very well balanced flavor. Roasty malt flavor is the most prevalent, almost sweet enough to qualify as a sweet stout, but balanced nicely by the hops. 69 IBU is a bit high for this style of beer, but it works really well here. Crisp flavor, slightly dry finish. Chocolatey, toasty aftertaste.

Not a lot to complain about here. The head retention, in the several bottles I've payed attention to, has been relatively poor, and the head itself has been somewhat less creamy than typical of the style. Also, the body is perhaps a bit thinner than I like to see in a stout. Still, a very drinkable beer.

Also, huge kudos to Rogue for putting *so much* information about their beer right on the bottle. IBUs, Hop type, malt type, specific gravity, it's all right there! Rogue is the only company I know of that does this.

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

Pours blacker than black with a very creamy brown head that leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass. Strong chocolate aromas as well as some dark roasted coffee. There is also some nice piney/grapefruity bitter smell to this brew. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Tons of chocolate in thsi brew, especially as it warms. Good coffee characteristics as well and only a small amount of perceived bitterness due to the cascades but not very much actual hop taste/flavor. Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that is definitely contributed to by the oats that are added. This is one awesomely drinkable beer and is one of my all time favorites. It is definitely very deserving of it's spot on the top beers.

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Photo of bcm119
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout looks as delicious as it tastes. The head retained its fine froth the entire time I drank it. Viscous, black stout with a reddish, coffee colored head. Slight coffee/burnt aroma; burnt toast nose leading to a very slight sweetness at the rear of the palette. Nice chewy mouthfeel, probably due to the oats. Maybe a hair too much carbonation in my 22-oz bottle. Finish is quick and hoppy; aftertaste deliciously roasty and bitter. One of my favorite stouts- nice and dry but not thin.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick as a brick. Dark, tan head reveals the roasted malts inside. Tangy, musty, lactic-acid aroma--"a la" stout, of course. Foretaste tingles with lots of carbonation. Midtaste slides right by, leaving a tangy, roasted-malt bitterness in the end.

Fabulous stout! Too dry for me personally, however.

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

This was exceptional. Opaque, black and beautiful with a thin brown head. The lack of head retention is the only thing that kept it from a five in appearance. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. The flavor was coffee/roasted malt, which lasted forever on the tongue. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy-almost satin on the tongue. This is one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second favorite stout as of this tasting. Inky dark in color with a hint of chocolate flavor with a malty after taste. Has a little bitter tang on finish. But a pleasant bitter after taste. One to keep in my stock!

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Photo of stingo
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've just returned from a local restaurant/beer bar where I had the Shakespeare Stout (ok, well two of them) along with dinner. Very tasty (with a very agreeable finish) though a bit thinner than I would have expected. This is a minor quibble though as this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Highly recommended, esp in the big bottles.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best stout in a bottle? 1000-midnights black with a thick, foamy, brown head with a ton of stick and stay. A caramel-malty nose, roasted, with shades of hop oil. Roasted grains, black malt and chocolatey tastes with fresh-hop bitterness. A rich and smooth medium body with bite.

Absolutely seek and enjoy this brew, you are doing an injustice otherwise. The best stout. !Viva Rogue! Cheers!

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Photo of beernut7
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This heavy stout has a sticky heavy dark tan head and a very dark color. Heavy malt aroma gives hints of the thick heavy body. This is one of the most bitter stouts out there. Nice roasted flavor with chocolate undertones. Not the best, but not bad.

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

Well not much I can say, that hasn't already been stated. I thought this was great. Jet black color, very thick, is it going to make it out of the bottle ? Nice thick tan head, little oily drops dancing on top. Smell was sweet and bitter at the same time. I really noticed the roasted fruit and malt. Tasted better than it smelled.Very even taste, sweet, the fruit, malt, and touch of hops as well. Very good, mesermerizing beer, I just looked at it and wondered how it could taste so good. This also at the top of my list. I have only 1 left of 6. Bummer.

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Photo of Andy
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep opaque color; dark as night. Deep tan head with loose carbonation. Big chocolate nose. Flavor is part creamy, part bitter, but with an incredible lightness for such a flavorful beer.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.