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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,925 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,925
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | 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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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Travisnin, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BearsDitkaBears, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

beerwolf77, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dnh2, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a three finger foamy cream-colored head. Slowly dissipates to a substantial cap and nice lacing that sticks to the sides.

S - Heavy notes of chocolate, coffee, and malt. A light hop takes up the background.

T - Sweet coffee at first that turns into a mildly bitter chocolate. Malt tones throughout.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Silky smooth, great for the style.

O - This is an excellent showing of how an oatmeal stout should be. Nice and heavy, with good coffee and chocolate flavors, it is certainly one I will be adding to my regular list. Recommend any beer lover to at least try it once.

JustinAniello, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Garnet-tinged black with steady creamy purple-tan head that laces. Brown sugar, clean roastiness, flinty oats, ash, dark malt acidity, some earth and a slight mint herbal note - but none of it very distinct.
Chocolate, ginger snap cookie dough, and sweet Turkish coffee, some roasted sourness and winter, slight orange zest and cola hops finish.
Coffee candy finish and very tight linger with both hop and roast bitterness.
Medium-full, gloopy, soft, round, creamy, smooth.

I can't make up my mind about this one. Part of me thinks that it's another case of Rogue skating on their reputation from 10 years ago, and that there are many better US stouts since. Part of me thinks it's exactly what an oatmeal stout should be - half way between a Dry Irish and Robust Stout and all smoothness and balance. It is silky, the hops and roast are there, and it goes down easy despite being at the upper limits of the strength for the style.

Is it world class? Not quite - but it is very very good.

StJamesGate, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Eramen
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark brown appearance when poured. A two finger head erupts and retains beautifully.

S - Oats, brown sugar, grassy notes, toast, malts.

T - Much of the same flavours as in the smell except stronger. The roasted brew malts and oats entwine nicely, also there is toasted brown bread, slightly bitter chocolate and coffee taste to round it out. Hops hit towards the end leaving a dryish finish. It's a sweet tasting stout all in all.

MF - Exquisite body, very full and flavoursome, silky in texture on the palate.

O - Impressive, an oatmeal stout done right! This is a beer I go back to again and again because of it's varied flavours and excellent body. Try it.

Eramen, Nov 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black with a huge tan head with fantastic retention
S-rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee
T-More dark chocolate with lots of roasted malt, little bit of coffee, and more chocolate in the finish. Very creamy and full flavored
M-full bodied
O-Great complexity of rich flavors. Would definitely recommend

atr2605, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour of Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout promises a velvety texture. The smell of boozy chocolate hints at a very complex brew.

It is, indeed, smooth. Roasted malt just at the point of being charred, but not burnt.The finish is an interesting mix of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Not as much as an Imperial Stout, but enough to add another layer of flavor. Hops provide some bitterness and dryness as it warms. With oatmeal in the name, I expected to get more in the flavor, but it’s way in the background and does more with the superior texture.

Can’t think of many ways to make this better!

McNealc31, Nov 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Rogue Shakespeare Stout at Moe Joes in D'town Plainfield, IL. The beer poured dark and opaque and very little head formed on the first pour...in addition the beer did not lace. On the second pour there was a bit more head, and some lace. The smell was roast espresso. The taste was pretty much roast and coffee. As the beer warmed a bit of the acidic coffee flavor came out. The mouthfeel was good, fuller bodied stout, which I like and not overly crazy with the alcohol. Overall the beer was decent.

WoodBrew, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip.

A: thick coffee hued head sits atop an opaque black body. decent retention with some pretty, thick lacing.

S: a distinctive lactose. milk chocolate. really creamy milk chocolate. a hint of cappuccino, but this one is all about the milk & chocolate smells.

T: creamy and chewy all at once. a mellow roast. slight acidity from the darker burnt malts. finish is a little sweet but mostly dry. good flavor, but not as oatmeal like as i would have hoped.

M: a bit to vivacious carbonation for my liking. medium body.

D: i remember this being better in my early craft beer days, but i have a few complaints here. just not as smooth and creamy oat flavor on the palate as well as a carbonation that detracts from some of the lighter nuances. not sure what the deal is. certainly a fan of many things rogue, but not loving this.

Jimmys, Oct 28, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This oatmeal stout is an opaque chocolate body with some slight ruby tinged highlights. There is a good finger and a half of thick sandy head on this one.

Smell- There is some sweet molasses and dark fruit hiding in the nose, which I was not expecting in an oatmeal stout. And of course, there is the smooth grain profile of oats. Those are the major players anyway.

Taste- I am surprised that Rogue has so much resin hop mixed with roasted malt at the front of the drink. Does not need that hop profile. The oatmeal is mid drink to finish and adds a nice smooth grain profile. In the finish, dark chocolate starts to show up and linger. It is a good beer for sure.

Mouth feel- This offering is too light for a stout. It is really bubbly, and in turn this makes the offering way too medium bodied. You would think the oats would help in this regard. Well now, after warming up quite a bit, the feel has mellowed for the best. It is slicker and slightly chewier.

Overall- I really thought this was a well made stout, there are few missteps that stop this beer from being really great, like the hops in the drink and the mouth feel. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up considerably. That is where it really shines.

Pintofbrown, Oct 26, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black color with some very slight ruby highlights. There is also ton of creamy dark tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose I can pick up on toasty oats and brown sugar followed by caramelly and toffee like notes. It smells really sweet actually.

Flavor wise I can pick up on the oats and yeast first, not too much sweetness going on. There is a tiny bit of hops bite then it finishes with a nice unsweetened chocolate flavor.

This beer is slicky and oily with a good level of carbonation, head retention is pretty weak. This beer is thinner than I would like it to be but pretty easy to put down.

bens0n, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black with tight creamy brown head that falls to a finger's thickness, black coffee and dark cocoa fight it out with slightly resinous cascades. With warming softer milk chocolate emerges along with some grapefruit rind. The slightly oily and creamy mouthfeel rounds out a fantastic all-around stout.

bump8628, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on August 24, 2011.

A: Dark, dark brown almost black body. Almost no light comes through. Creamy head with a tannish brown head.

S: Roasted malts and caramel and chocolate comes through. Hint of hops on the finish. I'm getting some coffee as well.

T: Huge flavors of roasted malts and rich chocolate. Complex interplay between these two until the hops hit in a very good way. The finish is perfect and has a light lasting citrusy hop that makes you want an immediate repeat.

M: Very smooth with tongue tingling carbonation and an astringent finish.

O: This beer is absolutely one of my favorites. This beer is incredibly well balanced and very rich.

tony223366, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

This lovely stout pours a nice black brown color, with surprisingly little highlighting. A nice finger of caramel colored head sits atop the beer that leaves spotted lacing. A nice nose of strong toasted oats, more than most of this style, which is nice. It also has a nice layer of chocolate and coffee on the nose with a touch of raisin. The flavors follow the nose really well, nice amount of toasted oats with bits of coffee and chocolate, a lingering biscuit flavor sticks to the tongue as it goes down. At 6.1% it feels a bit thin, but is generally drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Verdict: A really nice stout from Rogue, warm and toasty, goes down easily. Great for those chilly nights or cool afternoons.

kevanb, Oct 11, 2011
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,925 ratings.