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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,978 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,978
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 196
Gots: 205 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 daledeee
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a good brown head. Smell is nutty, bitter and malty. The taste is surprisingly smooth. Chocolate and coffee in a perfect blend. Just a shade below some of the other stouts I have had but very tasty. A little too bitter for me.

daledeee, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark as night, a tiny hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. A decent-sized head forms and leaves sticky lace for the duration.

Smell is roasty malt and mild grapefruit.

Taste is primarily of vanilla and chocolate all at the same time; the twister cone of stouts. Takes the middle ground between bitter and sweet; there's a light, almost airy, but still substantial feel. Finishes on a slightly tangy, citric hops note. A well delayed, mild aftertaste leaves more notification of cascades.

An especially drinkable stout.

shirfan, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A bit of dark brown highlight in the pour; otherwise this is a deep black beer with a huge, rocky, coffee-and-milk colored head of variously sized bubbles that starts about three fingers deep. Head fades to a more mocha color with time, but clings to glass and dries out into crusty, dark lacework. Super smooth smell with subtle milk-chocolatey malt up front and a hazelnutty finish, with a touch of yeasty, roast-barleyish breadiness in the middle and exceedingly fresh hop character. Just fresh, fresh, fresh in all regards, even though it doesn't exactly come roaring out of the glass. Flavors are of roasted coffee beans and more slight hazelnut with a smoky character; dark chocolate at sides of palate and bits of damp earth; then a medium-sized hop backbone that strikes at the roof of the mouth and finishes. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is soft and a touch oily with a nice, wet, hop smack; coffee flavor finishes smoothly and consistently, but I prefer a chewier stout (been spoiled by the oatmeals). That said, drinkability is simply insane. Super moreish, truly gulpable. Recommended.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Rastacouere
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours black with a medium coffee brown head in a La Maudite snifter. Aroma is deep chocolate and coffee. Very nice roasted barley matches solid floral hops. From the first sip, I find it quite sour, reminding me of a Guinness, but much thicker and hoppier. The finish is astringent and ultra dry (bad), but hops are pleasant and the roastiness is perfectly developped (good). Overall, I must say I expected more from Shakespeare Stout.

Rastacouere, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first whiff smells like a mixture of dark roasted coffee, burnt toast, and a smoking grill. As I get further down, more complexities like chocolate and grapefruit emerge. Towards the end the hops start asserting themselves more.

The appearance is completely opaque black with a dark brown thick head that rapidly rises as the beer is poured. The head leaves brown lacing going down. The taste is that of dark roasted caramel malts, balanced nicely by bitter hops. I just wish it was a tad bit more more hoppy.

Nice mothfeel. A bit thin for a stout but very tasty.

rajendra82, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the now infamous 22oz silk screened bottle. beautifully black with a two finger tan head. Good retention and lacing on this one. Lots of coffee and earthy tones in this one. A great smelling beer.

Big rush of dark and burt malt tower over the initial part of the taste. This is followed by a a very dry middle. The end seems to get that classic dry stout bitterness, but then you get a slight sweetness of coffee ice cream. I can't explian the finish. Quite different. It's got that classic big, fat, chewy, oily stout mouthfeel.

A really good dry stout.

yankeeheel, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured black with only a glimmer of light shining through and a small to medium tan head that held well. Smell is of burnt malts and barley. Taste shows a balance surprising to find in a stout. Quite hoppy. Bittersweet chocolate. Burnt flavors show in the finish. Slight molasses and caramel are noticed the further I drink this one. Hop presence increases the more I continue. All around this was a good beer that can be enjoyed at any time.

granger10, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of smitty1080
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-luscious thick black pour creating a tan creamy head.

Smells-slightly flowery, kinda piney, toasty

Taste- hoppy in the beginning, then to bittersweet chocolate, finished with a slight burnt malty taste.

Mouthfeel- smooth, tongue coating, heavy

Drinkability- the alcohol is not a big concern in this one but it does take alot out of the senses with the wide spectrum of the hops and malt.

smitty1080, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of BeefyMee
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer should be seasonal for Easter because it's hoppier than a freakin rabbit. Does it say somewhere in Hamlet that you should mix an IPA and a stout? That's what it tastes like in any case. The initial bitter hoppiness is what ruins it for me, but after that there is a pleasing chocolate aftertaste that is one of the beer's saving graces. Quite drinkable however, and not at all a bad beer. Maybe if I was a big IPA fan I would be into it a little more.

An undeniably interesting beer, just not what I'll reach for the next time I want a stout.

BeefyMee, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a super-dark, foaming head that lingered and laced the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell – The perfect mix of coffee, roasted malts, fine espresso, and SF chocolate. The ripe fruits are in the background but very present: apricot at the pit, Bing cherries, some tobacco, and raisins.

Taste – The hop balance here caught me by surprise. Comparisons to Stone are inevitable, yet deceiving. The sherry balance in the Stone is reflected in the hop balance of the Rogue. Otherwise, the trails are similar.

The lovely roasted malt base makes this a standout. Add to that the bitter coffee and espresso flavors and you’ve got a real winner. If you think coffee and espresso are the same, try mixing them together. You can taste the strong distinctions between the two mixtures, and this has both of them on display at their finest qualities.

The awesome, ripe fruits are here as well, but this is not a sweetened or sugary stout by any means. Again, contrast to the Stone where sweetness abounds. Here the darkish malts and bitter hops create a refreshing characteristic uncommon to the style.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and very refreshing. This one is a mouthful indeed.

Drinkability – I could drink one of these a day for the rest of my life. The nice thing about the incredible balance is that it’s the right beer any time of the year. This is by far Rogue’s finest offering that I’ve tasted. Well done!

Update – I originally rated this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to sit down with paper and pen and give it another go in 2005. Man, is this a good beer.

It looks, smells, tastes, and feels incredible. It’s really hard to find any fault with this beer. I’m upping the Appearance to a perfect 5.0 and considering myself blessed for having such easy access to this Rogue offering.

Update – I put an ’05 in the cellar and popped it in July 2006 to see how it would age. The head was predictably smaller and the malts a bit more broken down, but the lovely roasted malt is still very strong and hasn’t sugared up in the least. Maybe as a two-year-old it might start to sweeten, but after just one year it is super-hardy and ready for some more cellar time!

RoyalT, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of DagFishHead
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber bottle.
Appearance: Classic stout black. Thick, creamy, brown head. Finely bubbled and hangs in there. Nice lace. Gorgeous.
Smell: Licorace, smoke, hops (hoppier than most), espresso, molasses, even raisin. Not as earthy as other examples.
Taste: Beautiful balance of hops and malt. Coffee, bitter chocolate, Smoked/roasted malt, plum, raisin add a sweet balance. Dry, bitter hop/roast finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, soothing alcohol warmth.
Drinkability: This is a favorite...I try to always have one in the fridge.
For me, this simply is stout.

DagFishHead, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a chocolate soda type head, creamy chocolate aroma, chocolate coffee taste comes through in a gush at the first taste. The mouthfeel is not smooth at all, rather spritzy. Dark chocolate aftertaste, but not really to sweet. A very good stout, but not one of the 5 best beers in the world as per Stuart Kallen in his book 50 Greatest beers.Its not even in my top 5 list when it comes to stouts.

grynder33, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nearly perfect black with a rapidly receding tan head. Very strong expresso and toated flavor. Bitter and dry its quite a tasty brew, but I wouldn't quite call it great. Not sure what it is about Rogue beers that disappoints me, but I will say this one is drinkable.

Sixpack595, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber. Poured a pure black with a massive chocloate head that slowly receded. Lots of lacing on the glass. Now here is where things go south for me on this. The aroma was all hops, I could barely detect anything else. he same with the taste. It reminded me more of drinking an IPA instead of a stout. Did I get a very young bottle that wasn't ready? I find it hard to rate this, not being like any other stout i've had. It's not bad but not what was expected.

Indybeer, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on the beer engine at Fathead's. The color was black with a creamy tan head. The smell was of dark chocolate. The taste was slightly sweet (like dark chocolate) but still had a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, as expected on cask. Drinkability-wise, well I could have multiples of just about any beer on cask, and this one is no exception.

A great stout, made only better by the cask-conditioning. Bravo to Rogue for a great beer, and hopefully this is one I'll have again!

beergeek279, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now officialy the best stout that I have ever had. This poured jet black with a medium sized brown head that turned into a nice pillowy froth on top of the beer. The smell was heavenly with the smell of coffee beans and a slight hint of plum. The taste just killed me with its perfect balance of hoppy, chocolate and smokey flavors all rounded out by a great coffee finish. This stout is balanced to perfection and is one of the few that I could pound back all night and enjoy every minute of it.

Dmann, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a dark chocolate head. Head retention is nice .

aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little acohol is detected.

the taste is a near perfect balance of roast chocolate malt and hoppy bitterness. The finish has a little crispness to it.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The alcohol warms nicely. Drinkability is enhanced by the overall smoothness and balance. My new favorite stout.

Jables, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black, with a chocolate head with nice retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Roasted chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating. Slightly burnt flavors create an unwanted bitterness.

Drinkability: Good overall, but needs milder roasted malt IMO. WIll try again.

winomark, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always love picking up a new brew and then finding out it is a top-rated beer. Anyway, this poured jet black, no edges at all, just pure stout. Even a very easy pour brought up a huge pancake head, tan in color, with maximum retention and sticky lacing. Aromas include earthy hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. The taste is very unique and complex, almost imperial-ish. Starts off with an earthy, bitter hoppiness with a dry, roasty malt flavor balancing it out immediately. Sharp coffee, chocolate, and even a licorice like flavor were all present. Despite having a huge head the carbonation is relatively low, making for a silky smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. One of my favorite styles to drink, this beer deserves its top postition and is a rare, complete, unique brew with character and distinction.

nixhecks, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Sudmissle
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the Stout class is the style that U.S. microbreweries have have done the best job with. This one is very competitive, with a expresso dark color and a thick perfectly developed 1 inch head. The flavor is strong and intense with a combination of toasted bread, nut and coffee notes, but it is smooth and dry enough so as to be very drinkable as a session beer, if those words can be used when describing a stout. Has a wonderfully thick mouthfeel that makes a syrupy lace on the side of the glass. In a class this competitive, I could not say this is necessarily the best Stout, but it is surely in my top 10, which really is saying a lot given the volume of solid competition with British and U.S. breweries producing quite a few memorable Stouts.

Sudmissle, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out 'Ebony in color' as the label on the bottle states. I'll go along with that. No head at all. I poured a little rougher, still no bubbles. Hmmph...

Aroma - Big chocolate nose, dark espresso notes. The anticipation makes it kind of hard to want to pick out anything more, let's taste this beer!

Taste is big on coffee and hops out of the gate. As hoppy as this is, it was well-masked in the aroma. Turns smoky with lots of charcoal and drying after that. Finishes with a blend of hop bitterness and coffee which go hand in hand. Lots of smoke and lingering charcoal on the aftertaste. Either as my taste buds adapt or as it warms or something, the flavor makes a turn for the sweeter about halfway through the 11 ounce sample (I split this with my bro).

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating. More carbonation than expected, that too was not revealed on the pour. This beer is full of surprises. Even with the active bubbling in the mouth, they have no effect on a long-lasting aftertaste that really draws out the enjoyment of this beer.

More drinkable in colder temps to be sure, a great fireside beer. Sampled on a crisp fall day in Cincinnati enhances my score on this category.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A wonderful Black stout with a nice tan head that slowely goes away leaving a nice layer on top that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Deep roasted smell with coffee and a nice hoppy smell

Taste: Very malty with a coffe bitterness to it. Smooth with a dark chocolate finish, a little watery at the finish also... Leaves you dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little watery or thin. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially at 6.2

Ellbert, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer poured a dark brown, almost chocolate milk, colored creamy head with a pitch black body. Easily one of the most beautiful heads I've ever seen on a beer.

The nose was a firm roasted barley smell. Unsweetened chocolate, a little dash of espresso roastyness and maybe a touch of citrus. But mostly dark roasted barley.

The taste followed basically the same path. Medium bodied. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor and bitterness. Very fresh A slight grainyness. Unsweetened chocolate, burnt espresso beans. A very interesting balance of citrus, grapefruit peel, hop bitterness against the roasted barley bitterness.

It ends along the same lines. A very long lingering citrus/roasted barley bitterness

Overall it's a really nice stout. I could drink this all day long.

taez555, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, medium creamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. Somewhat bitter. Full flavor. Smooth taste. Slightly malty. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with a tan lace. smells of coffee, roasted barley and a slight bit of hops. mouth watering indeed. the taste is the perfect balance of sweet malt and decent hop bite, simply lovely. a nice strong chocolate/coffee taste is the show. i seriously dig this alot. the mouthfeel is creamy and just right. i could drink this by the gallons. my favorite stout when im in the mood for something flavorful and filling.

$3.49 a bomber.

DESTRO, Sep 18, 2003
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,978 ratings.