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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,880
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 173 | FT: 4
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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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of Osirus
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

My very first review and what a beer to start with!

Served out of the 22oz bottle. Who doesn't love the Rogue bottles?

Appearance. Great head retention. Thick and tan crown of small bubbles sitting on top of black liquid. I am liking it already.

Smell. It took me a long time to pick this aroma apart. Wood smoke. Light ash. Coffee. Oak. Dark cocoa. The more I kept smelling the more I was able to pick up. This is complex and worth taking your time with. One young lady with us said "I smells like my perverted uncle in his pipe coat." For some reason I couldn't help but agree with her.

Taste. I taste hints of lightly smoked food but not at all overpowering....only hints. Pipe tabacco. Espresso comes out more in the taste than the smell. Lingering, tasty, powerful aftertaste. Complex and well balanced which says something given the multitude of tastes. I swear I am getting bacon, too.

Mouthfeel. Thick. Carbonation comes alive.

Overall. This is a mistress in a bottle. This beer went into my all time top ten list as soon as I tried it and is hands down the best stout I have had. Take your time with this one. Don't be the perverted uncle, though. That was kind of creepy.

Osirus, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

Large bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Beautiful and dark. A deep black with a lovely dark brown tint. The head was huge and seemed to almost fluff near the top of this brew. Very gorgeous mocha brown head.
S - Roasted barley with an earthy aroma. Sweet Caramel smells filled my nose along with a Dark coffee hint.
T - Bittersweet in taste. Very good. Coffee and chocolate throughout. A roasted barley taste through the middle and followed to the back. Very smooth tasting and satisfying. I could taste the earthy oats toward the latter middle. It was the best note I hit. A hint of bittersweet dark chocolate in the finish. The finish stayed in the mouth for quite some time.
M - Medium bodied brew. Smooth and somewhat thick. A just right carbonation for the style of brew.
O - Rogue has an excellent Oatmeal Stout here. I havent had many, but as a stout lover this will be something I'll enjoy over and over again. Everything seemed to fit in just right and all the notes seems to be spot on in a manner that's world class. I could honestly drink this brew anytime of day. It's very satisfying.

BradtheGreat7, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

The nose is light--far lighter, in fact, than I was expecting for a brew that won "best stout" in the 2007 Celebration of Suds. But don't mistake light for simple. In fact, the nose is quite complex, with chocolate malt and milk chocolate notes, as well as coffee & cream swirls, and caramels.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately dark, thick, and meaty, with wave upon wave of chocolate malt crashing against the tongue. Mixed in with this are many of the typical flavors one would expect from a good-quality stout--coffee, tobacco, ash, dark (i.e. 90%) chocolate--but in far greater and more finely tuned quantities. These flavors dominate the mouthful, lasting well into the aftertaste. Hops are present, but mostly provide a background fuzz. There are hints of roasted barley as well, which provide a nice grainy base, and the oats lend the mouthfeel a silkiness (in addition to its cream-like viscosity).

Overall, this is an excellent stout, and it's easy to see why it's a gold-medal winner: it's been well-crafted, lavished with pounds and pounds of ingredients, and brewed to perfection by someone who truly loves stouts.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

22 oz bottle my brother shared with me. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Poured a deep brown color. Pretty close to being opaque, as some light is looking like its getting through. A nice mocha colored head forms about 1 finger thick and recedes to a collar. Nice lacing.

S - Roasted malts and coffee right up front. There is a creaminess to the nose and some caramel comes through. Just a hint of molasses as well.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate come out front. Oaty flavors mix well with toffee and molasses flavors. Nothing mind blowing, but a very good profile.

M - Medium bodied with a lower carbonation. Nice and creamy on the tongue.

O - Nothing amazing, but a very nice beer for the style. Glad I tried it, but there are better offerings out there.

KAP1356, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev +1%

22oz bottle (no date) poured into two shaker pint glasses.

Appearance: Pitch black beer letting no light through the edges. Poured a rocky tan head that died down to 1/16" across the top with a thicker ring at the edge. Some sheets and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: When first poured bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, and some burnt sugar notes dominated. As it warmed up the smells got muted even with a good swirl.

Taste: High cacao bittersweet chocolate, bitter dark roast coffee flavors again, some metallic notes at the end, an mild sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated - not fizzy, but a high level of carbonation which gets in the way of the creamy smoothness of the oatmeal stout. There is a good thickness here, but I think the carbonation gets in the way.

Overall: A great beer with dinner, and I think this would be fantastic with a wide range of desserts. The flavors would compliment a variety of highly sweet desserts, but serve as a nice counter due to the higher bitterness level in this beer. An enjoyable stout all on its own, but far better with food.

damndirtyape, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of oats, malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of malt and oats up front with a solid amount of coffee and chocolate in the finish. This has to be one of the more flavorful and balanced Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick, somewhat creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is just one of those thoroughly enjoyable beers. Very easy to drink and well made.

avalon07, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of bondjedi
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Issaquah Brewhouse. I don't know if it is made there or shipped up from Orrih-gawn.

One finger head, not as much effervescence as the industry standard's Guinness. I had two to finish up a night after being already soused. These went down very well, and in the end had the effect of an elephant tranquilizer. I have not slept so deeply or efficiently in years. Maybe they could call this beer "Inception."

I would love to get my hands on a keg of this stuff.

bondjedi, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance. Pours a deep, dirty motor oil with over a finger of thick, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Roasty malts, coffee, a little chocolate and molasses.

Taste. Roasty toasty malt and a litttle dark chocolate. Slightly sweet with nice burnt toast and grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation. Fantastic for the style.

Overall. Great example of one of my fav styles. This bomber went way too quickly.

Rutager, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

1-finger tan head with some lacing. Beer is pitch black, as it should be.

Aroma: dark malt, dank well water.

Taste is rich, a little chocolatey, roasty, black coffee. Nice bitterness on the finish, decent mouthfeel.

Maybe this bottle is a little old. This isn't an especially complex stout, but it's good, drinkable. When I give the glass a good swirl that tan head comes right back - not sure what exactly that indicates, but I like it.

draheim, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of gatorbreath
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

This is a heavy beer. Like a meal..

Had a big meal and sat down to this beast...Heavy this beer is with the appearance of darkness, like taking an oatmeal cookie down in beer form..

Head is puffy, foamy, chocolate dark looking tan colored...Pretty formidable, the smell is oats, possibly some chocolate..The taste is good, oaty, oatmealy stouty goodness, and mouthfeel is full flavored and full-bodied...very slick and enjoyable to drink.

The alcohol is something you won't notice and this adds to the enjoyment. I enjoyed this much,


gatorbreath, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. My last oatmeal stout was such a let down I hoped this one would do better.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, rich stout black with a fluffy, creamy two finger dark mocha head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Nice stout aromas of chocolate and malts. The only knock is the first time I smelled this, I got a metallic aroma. Kinda killed it for me.

T - More nice chocolatey notes here, very rich and creamy. Some roasted malt notes towards the end. Definately oats. There is some light hop bitterness on the end too.

M - Really really stellar feel. Super smooth and creamy. Not thin, just delicious in the mouth, like silk.

O - Overall I think this was a great represenatation of the style. Really, really good mouthfeel and appearance helped push this oatmeal stout along.

rudzud, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout is a smoky oatmeal stout with a great silky mouthfeel.

A: Black colour and a big 3 cm head that lasts. 5

S: Roasty malt with a hint of toffee. 4

T: Malty with some caramel notes and a hint of charcoal. The aftertaste is super dry and smoky. 4

M: Silky, foamy but not especially thick. 4.5

O: The silky feel matches up well with the malty goodness, but as I drank more I found the smoky taste built too much. 4

vandemonian, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Had on tap at Pour 24 @ NY, NY Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Poured a darkest black. Small, dark tan head. Smell was more bold malts and oats than anything else. Taste was direct and simple for a stout, I'd say. Which is to say it was good. Deep, roasted coffee and not-too-bitter chocolate. Went down relatively smooth. Overall, I'd sample another, but this isn't a stout I'd go out of my way for..

sixerofelixir, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rtaps
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Apperance-Very dark, medium head, long retention

Smell-Predominately chocolate smell with hint of coffee and oats

Taste-Strong coffee taste with a chocolate after taste

Feel-fairly dry high carbonate

Overall b. Good beer would recommend trying it but not as good as other stouts ive tried.

rtaps, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of bogus564
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

It's been almost forever since I sat down to review a beer. I've enjoyed several, but have gotten back to the process, which I've missed.

Appearance - What do you know, it looks like a stout, and a good one at that. I've poured it into a pint glass, where I'm seeing a lovely chocolate color and a 3 cm head. Can't wait to give it a whiff.

Smell - How about that, it smells like a stout. There's a very nice chocolate aroma, with coffee and perhaps lemon or orange in the nose as well. Can't wait to give it a taste.

Taste - Miracle of miracles, it tastes like a stout. Coffee right up front, followed by oatmeal, then some pine, and a grapefruit-like taste. It's quite an enjoyable combination.

Mouthfeel - Good, not outstanding. It feels like a stout, not as much body as, say, an Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and there's a piny finish. Better if it were coffee.

Overall - Very good, not outstanding, offering by Rogue. I couldn't wait to cook my wet aged steak to have this beer, but it would have gone perfectly.

bogus564, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a deep dark black with thick creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves walls of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, roasted coffee, toffe and vanilla with earthy hints of grassy hops.

The taste is full, robust coffee, tons of roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, and earthy elements. Grassy hints stick through.

Quite a hoppy stout. Thick, creamy, and delicious. Overall sipper, but great to share and sip.

JayS2629, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of seabass87
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from 650 ML bottle into glass.

A- Looks like a stout... Opaque dark brown and about a half finger of small cream-colored head that disappears quickly. A fair amount of nice lacing. No carbonation visible (will come back to this later).

S- As one would expect, primarily cooked oatmeal. Also chocolate, biscotti, and mocha... Smells like a delicious stout, hoping the taste follows.

T- The most amazing thing about this stout is how crisp it is... I might even call it refreshing, an adjective I don't typically attribute to stouts. Although I can't see any carbonation, there's a decent amount here... Definitely surprised me (in a good way). The taste is mostly what you would anticipate: oats, slightly bitter mocha, light chocolate. Lingering smokey aftertaste.

M- As I said above, the carbonation here was the big surprise for me. Very refreshing with a medium-light body (for a stout). Finishes relatively clean and dry.

O- In a style dominated by overpowering, high ABV, thick-as-motor-oil stouts, this beer stands out as a shining example of a simpler, lighter stout that still has plenty of gusto. I keep coming back to this beer, and it remains one of my favorites from the Rogue family.

seabass87, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

This beer pours a thick black color with a trace of tan foamy head that retains slightly and leaves little lacing. The aroma has strong notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. The taste starts smokey and has notes of caramel sweetness, then finishes with some chocolate and coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly harsh and lingering. Overall a good oatmeal stout.

csiewert, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours opaque black in color with a 2 finger brown head that faded very slowly; decent spotty lacing that slid down the glass slowly.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel sweetness, vanilla, toasted grains, burnt toast, citrus hops, burnt wood and bourbon; really nice aroma, this smells great.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, toasted grains, burnt toast, citrus hops, peat, grass, herbs, burnt wood and a slight bourbon or oak aged flavor; the alcohol peeks through, and the overall sweetness is driven by toasted malts and coffee. Very tasty beverage indeed.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost watery, with a smoky bitter finish, a medium body that's light for a stout, and a nice smooth smoky flavor. A great stout, highly drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

CHickman, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%

22-ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours an inky ebony with nary a highlight in sight. The big, two-inch head of cocoa powder-colored toothpaste froth pops away slowly, becoming a craggy mountain range that that leaves speckles of lace.

The nose: coffee, toast, tangy dark chocolate, some vanilla and oats, and of course, the earthy, almost stale Pacman yeast. I don’t understand why Rogue loves these bugs so much. Despite that, it’s a smooth, deep aroma.

The flavor is a bit more subdued, tasting of light roast coffee, dark chocolate, earthy yeast notes, oats and a subtle tang. Acrid burnt bitterness slides smoothly in after the swallow.

Way, way too thin for an oatmeal stout. The body is light and watery, while the moderate massaging carbonation makes the beer break out in soft fizziness.

A masterpiece Shakespeare ain’t; the flavor's decent but the body's lacking.

Phelps, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of ifnkovhg
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

As for the beer's merits, I have nothing to add to the reviews of (e.g.) the Brothers Alstrom. For me, this beer had three drawbacks:

1) I know Oatmeal Stouts can be hoppy, and I probably should have expected as much from Rogue. But I prefer oatmeal stouts that aren't so hop-forward. The hops don't overpower by any means, but they are a little more pronounced than I'd prefer.

2) Even with the hops, the taste and mouthfeel were very good, but...this one left my throat feeling coated. And there was a slight burnt aftertaste that lingered. I know that oatmeal stouts aren't meant to be thirst quenchers, but this one's lingering viscosity got on my nerves.

3) The price. I probably should win a prize for being the 1,000,000th person to mention this, but I don't understand Rogue's inflated price point.

ifnkovhg, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of NickRivers
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

A&S - Pours pitch black with plenty of mocha head, smells of coffee, dark malt, bready alcohol, slight hop presence through the smokiness.

T&M - Thick, roasty, smokey, bold malt flavor turns to a thick and sweet coffee end with hints of dark chocolate, balanced throughout by a nice hop flavor and sticky yet crisp mouthfeel.

O - Overall an amazing beer, as a fan of porters I really like this one for its smokiness and hop character as appose to overwhelming chocolate and bready alcohol found in some stouts.

Pretty good stuff, as I mentioned I love porters due to their drinkibility and mouthfeel. Not too many styles have the ability to sip or slurp all the while enjoying every bit of it. I was turned off to the brew in terms of the brewery. Im not attracted to Rogue at all, I don't digg their choice of styles, I wish they made more lighter beers, but after siipping on this one for a bit i've started to appreciate Rogue not as a brewery but as crafters. They really do put a lot of craftsmanship into their products and i've sorta learned to enjoy them as a fine bottle of wine, not comparing it to others like it but rather enjoying each drink for what it is and how much soul the brewer has put into each bottle. Go out and buy one, if your a fan of stouts your in for a treat. Stay thirsty my friends!

NickRivers, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Fikash
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

What more could you want from an oatmeal stout? It's creamy, delicious, aromatic, and dances perfectly on your tongue. The roasted notes of coffee and chocolate are present but masterfully subdued. Balance is the end result here, and Rogue has achieved it. The color is perfectly dark, the consistency is perfectly stout-like. There are few better examples of this style.

You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Fikash, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

this beer pours black with a big light tan head. the smell is roasty and smooth. the flavor is smooth and roasty with a slight bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little thin but overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout. one of the top 5 i have had. portsmouth and mayflower are still my favorite

rowingbrewer, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Ebony with a pillowy clay colored head. Near unparalleled lace and retention. Near perfect.

Aroma is dark roast malt with an oaty smooth acidity. Tastes dark and roasty and fairly monotone. Good, but a one trick pony. Body is terribly watery, the Pacman yeast (which I usually like) just doesn't fit with this beer.

Good but unengaging due to lack of depth. The mouthfeel is as hearty as a Hawiian death metal band.

donkeyrunner, Jun 14, 2011
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,880 ratings.