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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 171
Gots: 131 | 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 Minkybut


3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a black a beer aas I have ever seen. Completely opaqe. The smell wa rich coffee. The taste was coffee but smooth like black velvet and not strong like a lot of stouts or bitter. The beer had great lacing though the head was gone rather quickly as was the beere. Great beer I will buy again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 16:29:28 | More by Minkybut
Photo of erwin08


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very dark brown/almost black color with a tan head.

S: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: rich coffee and dark chocolate with a slight hoppyness.

M: a lot thinner and smoother than i was expecting. very rich and creamy.

D: low ABV and very drinkable. would highly recommend giving this beer a try

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 18:46:55 | More by erwin08
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The prime example of a GREAT Stout!! Poured into a Rogue pint glass at the Issaquah Brewhouse. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night in Washington.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 00:56:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampler at San Francisco Rogue Public House. Ohhh....this is gooood! Jet black body, with a quickly receding off-white head. Classic roasted malt stout aromas in the nose, accented with a fruity sweetness. Lots of chocolate in the flavour, along with coffee and hops. Satisfyingly thick on the palate, and easy to sink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 17:34:26 | More by bobsy
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle of this from Bottle King in Livingston for about $5.99, and I must say, coming from a high-caliber company like Rogue's, I really wasn't too impressed with this Stout sample... expected more, and was let down by an overall lack of flavor and complexity... appearance was about average, poured a jet-black, ebony color with minimal tan head... smell was complete with burnt, dark chocolate, espresso, and liquorice aromas... taste was typical stout, with dark-espresso and cocoa flavors that was more bitter than sweet... Taste seemed pretty watered-down and somewhat more bland than I was expecting...definitely had much better stouts before this, and the overall taste was more average than anything else... I wouldn't say this was a bad brew, just wasn't to my liking and not one I would try again... Wouldn't recommend this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:29:24 | More by dsa7783
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate coffee and caramel

T - Follows the smell mostly coffee with hints of caramel

M - Good amount of carbonation for a stout

D - this is an excellent stout it has a good taste to it this definitely worth trying someime

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:15:20 | More by armock
Photo of tapman


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a 2 finger + head. Excellent carbonation retention in this beer, I'm guessing from the amount of hops used as indicated by the label. Miss the nice cascade found in many stouts, but oh well, pretty darn beautiful.

For the aroma I get green olives (canned), coffee, bitter roasted oatmeal and barley, bitter baker's cocoa. There is a bright hoppiness under the malts and I can definitely taste the cascade hops (also indicated on the ingredients list). The tangy hops mixed with the bitter malts presents a range of flavor combinations not readily found in Russian Imperials or English stouts. Go America!

A really interesting and complex taste. I perceive canned olives once again, almost burnt whole grain toast, dark chocolate consisting of a cocoa ratio of 70% +, and a cinnamon/pepper combination that resembles both and tastes like neither, and coffee (though not espresso as is popular these days). I realize the roasted barley and the oats (though I get more barley than oat which I kinda like as oats are sometimes too astringently bitter for my personal taste), cascade hops, and underneath a bevy of different malts (crystal and chocolate, though to varying degrees).

Mouthfeel is perfect, or as close as I've experienced. Hops give this brew excellent carbonation retention while thickening the beer enough to be velvety smooth. I also think that there is more roasted barley than oats in this one and if so, the malts contribute a much thinner body than usual for a heavy stout, which is balanced nicely by the hops. If there were more oats (keeping in mind this is my estimation) the mouthfeel would have been overwhelmingly syrupy.

A highly drinkable stout! I think what throws people off is the hoppiness which is unexpected in a stout. What these people aren't noticing is that this is an American Stout, so it makes sense for it to be different. I've had other cascade-hopped stouts (by Rock Bottom in Palos Park, Illinois and Goose Island in Chicago, Illinois) and this is by far the best. Its unexpected and balanced well. This brew gets so much better as it warms up so please try not to gulp it all down to hastily. A stout to make even the most earnest liberal climb on their roof and shout, "Go America!"

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:30:18 | More by tapman
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a jet black and motor oil thick into a glass with a nice rocky brown head. The aroma is very sweet with hints of burnt caramel and some citrus.

This is a consummate American stout. Big chocolate and coffee bean flavor, along with just the right amount of pine and citrus hops to compliment but not overpower the flavor. A musty earthiness rounds out the flavor nicely. Dark fruits and raisins also present.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is a drinkable stout that is spot-on for the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 00:07:31 | More by BBM
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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Creamy milk chocolate head that sticks around for a bit. The beer itself is a dark black, no light to be seen.
S:A burnt chocolate with a faint burnt coffee bean.
T:As with most rogue beers, the hops linger on the back. Before that faint chocolate. Just a touch of oatmeal. smoke?
M: A huge sharp fizz
D: Definitely a good beer, its a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:30:16 | More by Scoobydank
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bottle (Duece-Duece)

A - Thick muddy darkness that poured heavy to the last drop, 2 fingers of dark tan head.

S - Strong scent of malt, coffee, faint caramel and chocolate.

T- Roasted malt, Patent malts, rich coffee, light earthy hops and a chocolate after taste that is amazing!

M - Full body stout with light carbonation and creamy sweet smoothness.

D- Very drinkable, best after dinner. For a stout that has a lower alcohol percentage and higher hop count it is and easy drink.

This is hands down one of the best beers in the world

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 19:19:33 | More by
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, ebony - no highlights of anything, plenty of rocky tan colored head. Looks just like a stout should look. Chunks of foamy lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt is subtle not in-your-face huge like an RIS. Also cascade hops are present in the aroma. Taste is coffee-like with a bitter cascade finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. I like drinking this beer. It is very nicely balanced and one worth having on hand. A stout for fans of subtlety and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:03:21 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:18:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a deep, dark, tarry black with a creamy, cocoa-colored head. The head retains for a little while and then recedes to a spotty skim that leaves a decent amount of lace in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, spicy dark fruit, chalky cocoa, and hops.

T: Blackened malt, dark chocolate, espresso, spicy dark fruit, grassy hops, cocoa-dusted cherries, and brown sugar/molassas are all found in abundance here.

M: Starts creamy and full, then turns bitter and dry during the middle on through to the finish.

D: I rated the Smell lower because it doesn't quite hint at the excellent flavors found in this great stout. Big flavors + low abv = a very drinkable stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 01:23:26 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Finn


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black into an over-sized wine glass. A slight wisp of head retention.

Smell: Chalky, chocolate, licorice and sweet caramel dominate the nose, with mild esters of plums and fruit.

Taste: Dark fruit and roasted malt with a mild sweetness, with the roasted barley and hop bitterness taking the finish. Fairly dry finish, did I mention roasted barley?

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full body with moderate carbonation, not disappointing.

Drinkability: While this is a fantastic stout, I've had better in the drinkability department. The roasted barley/astringent character detracts a tiny bit from the quaffability. But overall: RECOMMENDED!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:39:50 | More by Finn
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New York

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

From notes. Split a 22oz.

A: Awesome two fingers of weird mocha/tan head. Very earthy looking.

S: Malt, sweet caramel.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, with a slight bitterness that suits the style.

M: Med to slightly heavy body. Good light carbonation.

D: In between a sipper and being able to drink 3 or so bombers. Depends on the temperature it is served at.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 20:22:08 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a little light tan head.

S - Chocolate and coffee scents.

T - Strong coffee with some chocolate taste also. Rich flavor.

M - Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer that's easy to drink. The lower alcohol content makes this easy to enjoy the whole bottle and then some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:50:53 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of Tilley4


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

Very nice example of the style here.

Jet black pour, looks and smells like extremely stryong coffee. Hint of roasted chocolate too.

This was a tasty stout. Extremely pleasant chocolatey finish. Good roasted taste, quite impressive.

I'm usually not impressed with the Rogue line-up but this was a nice surprise. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 17:22:53 | More by Tilley4
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm drinking and reviewing a 22 oz. one of these tonight. it has been one of my favorite beers for several years.

i am drinking this out of a new sam adams glass.

i love the appearance of this beer. poured rather aggressively into the glass managed to produce about about an inch of head with little to no lacing. this beer is jet black in color. i thought it was the dark floors and dark countertops, but i took it into another room and the same result... jet black. the head is a mocha brown color. beautiful. i only wish i could get a three inch head on this one so i could give it a five here.

the smell is roasted, almost burnt, malty, also chocolate and coffee. completely delicious. just enough bitter at the end. a very balanced beer IMO. must be the hops.

this beer has a wonderful mouthfeel. thick and creamy, but not sticky. it's like a pillow in your mouth. nice and fluffy, but then it's gone and it's time for another sip.

a superbly drinkable beer. it's not too overwhelming. it's full of flavor, but not so complex that you fell it necessary to stop at one, although i don't imagine i could handle more than a couple of these large bottles.

it's not the best stout in the world, but it never disappointes

another fine offering from rogue, a company that i respect for offering a lot of different beers that i have enjoyed for the better part of the past fifteen years.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 00:51:05 | More by deepsouth
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours nicely, dark black with a one finger mocha head. Very little retention and no lacing.

S- Nothing special about the smell, slight hints of chocolate, mostly a strong burnt barley smell.

T- Very strong burnt barley taste. And I do mean burnt, seems like all the Stouts I've had from Rogue have some burnt barley.

M- Okay mouthfeel, medium body, a little light for a dark beer. Small, almost inconsequential bite at the end.

D- I wasn't impressed with this beer. I don't think I'll try another Rogue beer. Every one I've had has been unimpressive. This is another letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:55:53 | More by DackAchan
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New York

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

Jet black body with a good mocha colored head. Great chocolaty roasty aroma with tons of coffee. The aroma is very strong and delicious. The flavor has TONS of roast malt with coffee and chocolate in the background. Bitterness is pretty high for a stout, but Rogue is as Rogue does. I can't get any hop flavor off this one. Good heavy body but not thick. It doesn't make much sense to say, but it makes sense in my mind. All the body is right up front and it slims down almost immediately. A great stout all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 05:56:30 | More by drseamus
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been on a stout kick lately and this has to be the highlight so far. Poured from bomber into chalice. This is one hell of a black beer, nick thick and creamy mocha head forms with good retention and average lacing. Smell is of toasted grains, coffee, and a touch of alcohol, something about the smell seems just a little off or out of place. This beer tastes amazing, everything a stout should be. Nice dark, malted grains, a hint of coffee, some chocolate (slightly bitter) and a small touch of hops which I normally dont detect in stouts but I like the presence. The mouthfeel is incredible, nice and thick, low on carbonation, it just seems perfect. The lower ABV makes this an easy drinker. Definitly enjoyed best at a warmer temperature and its meant for slow sipping.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 02:22:37 | More by bunnyhustle
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black. Cascading carbonation a la Guinness. Topped with a dark tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hop aroma lingers in the background. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Quite bitter. Dark bitter chocolate flavor is very strong. Boozy. Dry bittering finish. It could be sweeter.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth – not slick.

D, notes: Drinkability is ok. A little too bitter without enough malt balance in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 18:55:01 | More by Nipitato
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bomber into a chalice. Poured an opaque black, that allowed a little light through that showed mahogany hues. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit mellower than I expected. There is chocolate up front with a lot of roasted malts, a bit of hops at the end to balance. Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth. If there is ever a chance for a stout to be a session beer then this is one. This goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 20:26:41 | More by hwwty4
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber of this into a pint glass. Poured a dark black with a thick khaki head. Smells of burnt caramel, coffee, and chocolate prove to me that this is a stout. Tastes very nice - all the smells were present in the taste, with mild sour notes. A little hoppier than I expected, though not bad at all. Very balanced with a nice thick mouthfeel. I'll probably have this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 23:50:08 | More by atrus138
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown/black with a three-finger head of dark foam that settles fairly quickly.

S: Chocolate up front, with a hint of coffee in the background. Lots of roasted qualities to the malt in this one as well. A hint of hops comes through to provide balance.

T: A wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted malts balance out in this one, blending in a hint of hops as well. This is a very well-crafted stout, and damn tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a nice subtle hint of carbonation.

D: This is another outstanding stout from Rogue. This and the Chocolate Stout are by far two of my standards in that category. Very drinkable, and very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 16:54:06 | More by YonderWanderer
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,744 ratings.