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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 189 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twenty two ounces of black magic! Absolutely black, with dark brown highlights around the edges of the glass. A creamy looking dark tan head slowly settles into a nifty looking halo.
Nose is of roast coffee.
Full bodied and creamy. Burnt roast, espresso, and malt flavors up front. Hops cut right through all of those roast / burnt flavors to deliver a dry finish that has a lingering chocolate flavor. Quaffable in an extreme way.

xgrigorix, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An impressive dark chocolate colored body lies beneath a thick layer of foamy, frothy tan head. The lace sticks and clings to the side of the glass. Heavy and rich roasted malt flavors roll with tastes of dark coffee, toffee and chocolate. The abundantly complex hops have citrus, spice and a light metallic tang to it. A slight camphor essence can be detected as can the fairly strong alcohol kick. This unfiltered, richly flavored Stout is really quite drinkable.

BeerResearcher, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? I think I've found beer Nirvana..

Poured out black as night into my snifter.. Smell was of dark roast espresso with a twinge of hops. Taste was malty, with just a hint of molasses on the tongue, along with that really bitter black chocolate you get with a really high African cocoa bean content. Goes down velvety smooth and leaves nothing but a clean afterfeel on the palate. I will come back to this time after time...

euskera, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ebony black with small but impressive tan head that lingers. Aroma is cascade and a roasted graininess. Smooth on the palate, thick and creamy. Flavor is malty with a hint of chocolate and hop bitterness. Finishes drier than the other Rogue Stouts I've tried

BierReise, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!

WesWes, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MM ok my 200th review , I know it dont mean "jack" but its special to me.
Ok was skulking about my local Albertson today as the wife did the groceries..thought I would take a look at their walk in cooler ( with little hope of finding anything good) and LO and behold there it was one solitary bottle ..at the back 22 oz bomber grabbed it fast.back to wife smiling like a maniac!
OK its the usual high quality screen printed 22 oz bomber we have come to love from Rogue. Says "world stout champion" on the label
Well this beer is a work of art to behold ..completelly black even when held to the light..and a marvelous inch high chocolate coloured head..its dissapated to a lovelly lace..I really didnt want to touch this..maybe I will take a picture next time..hang it on my wall..perfect.
Wonderful aroma of all sorts of luscious dark stuff..chocolate, roasted oats,barley espressoo..it goes on and on
MMMMone wonderful tasting stout..its all of the above with added a creaminess..and a lovelly hop bitterness thats does not overwhelm but compliments ( odd for a stout but Rogue pulls it off).
Very smooth yet its challenging on the tongue.
For a big beer this is an excellent drinkable stout wow wee..I need more sir!

Reidrover, May 30, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown head which provides very good lacing. Solid black beer. It has a pleasant aroma -- mostly of wood. It also has a wicker-sweet smell. Tastes malty and creamy. Delicious and thick like a full meal. A very good Irish Stout. Clean aftertaste, too.

dwarbi, May 29, 2003
Photo of Garin
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml brown bomber, labelled "Wild Irish Stout" instead of "Shakespeare Stout". This is apparently a quirk of the distribution of this beer in British Columbia.

I poured pure evil into my glass. Utterly black, it had a anti-halo that actually sucked the light out of the room surrounding it. It was capped off by a thick, ominous brown head that held out for quite a while before succumbing to the black hole beer beneath.

The smell was rich, roasty, and burned. There was some rich malt, some chocolatey coffee, and the slightest bit of hops in there as well. There was so much here I had a hard time separating the aromas. Wow.

The flavours were incredible! Nutty, malty, roasted grains... Lots of smoky, peaty, burned bittersweetness. It was rounded out with firm hoppy bitterness that complemented the burned bitterness very well. Maybe a touch of lemony hops? There was something citrusy or piney in there anyhow. Again, there were so many flavours here that I had a hard time pulling them all out. I may just have to drink two or seventeen more of these to figure it out.

The body was rich and creamy without being heavy. The oaty slickness helped the bitter and burned go down smoothly. Just the right touch of light carbonation kept things lively.

This stout is such an evil pleasure, the burned and bitter flavours are so intense, and they've somehow made this wonderfully drinkable. I haven't figured out how they did this yet. This is my first Rogue beer, and I'm deeply impressed.

Garin, May 26, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stout as black as ever, had an appealing café au lait colored head that was thin and bubbly/foamy. Also had little lace but lots of stain in tendril shapes.

Nose of chocolate, oats, nuts, great malt. Now, the floral hops scents were beautiful in and of itself, but even more beautiful was how they were blended in with the very opposite darker scents that make up this stout.

Tasted of a good malt covered in tangy hops, with some chocolate notes and a truly espresso-tasting flavor toward the end. Deposited a nutty taste after awhile. Had an easy thin mouthfeel and a long dry finish due to the tartness from dark malts and earthy hops and oats.

This beer is calm but somewhat complex. Not as loud and exciting as some others but far from average. Instead, the essence of balance and quiet intrique for a stout.

nomad, May 23, 2003
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard "wow" come out of my mouth as I poured from the bomber bottle. The darkest brown liquid I've ever seen rolled around the pint glass, and a dark brown foamy head percolated up to the top. The aroma of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and hops swirled up into my nose, which was helpful to get the smelling part of the review done since I was not taking the time to put my nose to the glass. It went right to my mouth instead.

The flavor is intense, complex, and changing as you drink. Roasted/burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and espresso. The malt mellows out as it lingers on the tongue, and the tingly aftertaste of bitter hops, bitter chocolate, and dark coffee sets in. The only criticism is that the mouthfeel is just a bit watery, and could be fuller. Otherwise, a tremendous selection. Just remembered there's more in the bottle...

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An inspirational stout that seems to be bringing out the poet in all of us. I shall dabble a wee bit as well.

Super black color, thick as night,
no light penetrates this glass, as it is poetry to write.
Head is gorgeous, super thickly creamy delight,
big bubbles and luscious lumps, I could swim in it all night.
Colour of light tannish leather, not so light as a feather,
delicate sheets of tight lace did stick together.

Aromas of roasted malts, earthy, tangy hops up front,
some notes of chocolate and coffee and a wee touch of dark-like citrus, nothing to blunt.

Full and delicious, smooth, yummy, dark tones in flavor,
roasted and chocolate malts with a perfect blend of earthy hops in its favor.
Hop twinge in there, and a nice dryness follows,
all very pleasing, this stout, and continue to swallows.

Full body feel, smooth, then tongue tingly,
to a nice sweet tart-like drying and mingly.

To drink or not to drink, that is the question.
Answer, is to drink this stout!
And thank Hamlet's revenge it comes in a 22 oz bomber to tout!

tavernjef, May 20, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bard himself wrote in a Winter's Tale that "A quart of ale is a dish for a King." This stout is worthy, indeed!

A regal blackness, crowned with an enormous leather brown head, starting at 3 fingers, and slowly susiding to a 1 finger head. Served at cellar temps, about 50-55F.

The aroma was Dark Malt and Espresso. Tastes were espresso, lemon peel, malt, bitter chocolate. My wife said it reminded her of a carbonated espresso, but I wouldn't let her put any Sambuca in it...

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, and the finish was smooth, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Well-balanced overall!

"What fools these mortals be!" if they don't like this stout! No "toil and trouble" needed to enjoy...

WaltTrombone, May 17, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I would give all me fame for a pot of ale, and safety." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V

22 oz. Bomber
Well Shakespeare can keep his fame and bask in the pitch blackness of this stout to boot. A tan color topped off the rocky head which had very little lace. The smell was not overly complex with the standard smoked malt flavors. Better than guiness for sure, but the smell was nothing to compose a sonnet about. The taste was very well balanced with roasted nut, and bitter chocolate tastes complimenting notes of charred wood. The mouthfeel was very sharp and cut through the rounded malts. I would surly give my safety for a pot of this stout and the only tragedy was I had but one bomber.

GreatPondBrewer, May 16, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I feel compelled to write a poem in honor of the great bard and namesake of this beautiful brew. But Alas I am neither the poet, nor the writer that legendary bard was, so I shall keep it simple in my review.

This Rogue casts forth darkness from the bottle that would conceal any Roguish behavior like a moonless, cloud covered night. The only light that shall pass through this dark cavern passes through the caramel colored thick, creamy head that is riddled with craters and caves.

A bouquet of burnt caramel and roasted malt come forth while aromas of coffee, chocolate, and light floral hops steal through and will pass unobserved unless a cautious guard is in place. Remember we are dealing with a Rogue in the truest sense that will try to beguile you at every turn.

With the taste this Rogue turns on a smoothness designed to lull you into a comfort and easiness around this brew. But beware for to much of anything can be dangerous, especially with a rascal like this Stout. Like many of the legendary Bard?s tales, this Stout starts with a semi-sweetness that conceals a bitterness to come. Smooth throughout, with no plot holes or disappointments this Rogue continues with flavors of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, and a dryness that continues into more hop fashioned bitterness.

This is a truly legendary brew and well deserving of its name. The Great Bard would be proud that his Rogue bears his name.

Loki, May 13, 2003
Photo of Edwin
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue drew me in with their Dead Guy Ale, and now I have to try every type of Rogue beer out there. First up: Shakespeare Stout. Plenty to like about this brew even before pouring as it is a beautiful 22oz painted label bottle with all the vital statistics on the side.
Pour it out and you get a nice, black beer with a nice, thick reddish-brown head. The aroma hits the nose with a scent of coffee and chocolate and just a hint of oat.
Take a sip and the flavor confirms what the bottle and the scent already told you: a nice coffe/grain/oat flavor on the tongue and a chocolaty aftertaste.
All in all a very solid brew that is very enjoyable to drink. You'll savor every sip. The world Stout Champion comes through as-advertised. Pick this one up. Enjoy!

Edwin, May 12, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass, forming about 1 finger of a deep caramel/rootbeer brown head. The color was black at night, no red hues like other stouts, just pure black. The head dies down soon to a small line. The smell is packed with roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. Best smelling stout I've ever had! The taste is a direct reflection of the smell, smooth coffee flavor with a little smokiness. You also get all 69 IBUs of hops from this one. The hops have a nice bite, very delicious. The mouthfeel is good and strong. One thing about this beer as I drink it, there is absolutely no lace on the glass. The drinkability is alright, this is a good finishing beer. It also gets better as it warms.

SheepNutz, May 07, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber. Always impressive Rogue etched printing on the bottle.

Appearance: A veil of blackness sucks in all light like a black hole. Nothing gets through this beer, even when holding it up to the light. Puffy caramel-colored head quickly dispappears into barely anything yet somehow manages to lace the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt aromas mix with chocolate chip cookies and a cup of coffee. There is also a faint...citrusy hop aroma that peeks through. A very different but still lovely plethora of scents.

Taste: In my humble opinion, I think it is imperative to remember that this is "just" a stout that you are drinking. It is by no means an imperial stout and with the low ABV (only slightly higher than your friends' Budweiser), it really has a different flavor profile. There is a definite (DUH!) chocolatey flavor that dominates, with a nice balancing act offered by the hops. Roasted coffee, malts, and a caramel-toffee flavor also lend their flavors to this lovely creation. Finishes with just a slight bitterness mixed with a coffee-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Drenches the palate in creamy-smoothness that just lasts forever.

Drinkability: Again, given that this is only 6.2% ABV, I really don't notice the alcohol content and it helps make this a very drinkable beer. Another winner from Rogue!

OldFrothingSlosh, May 03, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I begin this review by saying that I am not a Rogue fan nor do I like overowering hops. This beer came from the tap with a good head and a deep dark color. The lace clung to the sides of the glass. The hops attacked my nose and kept whatever malt from coming in. The bitterness on the tongue blasted away the sweet chocolate I thought I could taste in the background. The beer was so hoppy that this business kept the mouthfeel deep in the background. At best, I would rate this as a specialty beer and hope that no one tryig their first stout would tackle this hop monster.

LarryKemp, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

goz, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic if there ever was one.
The color is an inky cloak of solemn black.
Head is a thick, crusty, toasted brown. Aroma: supreme example of roast, rich and invigorating, potent and powerful, dry and dreamy, a snootful could rise old Yorick from his grave. Further gleanings give more flavors, of anise, espresso, pepper, chocolate. I could smell this all day and think of nothing better to do!
On first taste, I am transported! Beautiful bitterness, lush malt, titanic texture! Thoroughly magical hop play on the palate, to make old Prospero proud, malt as dark and knotted as King Richard's heart. Every single time I have the pleasure to sip this fine ale, any wintry discontent is made glorious summer anon! I happily suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange!
I feel like the world's mine oyster...mmmm. oy-sters!
From Shakespeare to Simpson, that's how even the best of beers will tranform us all!
Plainly put, the bard of beers does somehow have that bewitching power o'er me, and I am mezmerized good, as I like it. And when the hurlyburly's done, I am left clamoring for more!
I couldn't change a thing about this perfect potion. Some stouts may be more bold or brash in alcohol or flavor, but none is more perfectly integrated in all it's parts and easily drunk and thoroughly enjoyed. Truly, the stuff dreams are made of!

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of BigHead
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great stout!!! My first sip of this beer exploded in my mouth with flavor. A smokey flavor took over first, followed by a lovely chocolate. The beer looks as dark as dark can be when it's poured into a glass. The aroma of chocolate and coffee invites your senses to experience this beer. The dark beer with its head color of a coffee latee' residing perfectly above the separation line. A good stout that is very drinkable.

BigHead, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A near-perfect stout from rogue. Not quite an Imperial, if you ask me. This stout pours the blackest of black with a nice off-white foamy head. It gives off aromas of chocolate, coffee, hops, earth, malts and smoke. It tastes like a mixed bag of coffee and chocolate. With some hoppy, smokey, earthy flavors thrown into the mix for good measure. An excellent stout with a very full mouthfeel and a crazy drinkability. Perhaps, this is the most drinkable stout that I have ever had the pleasure to drink.

Perhaps my opinion of this beer would be a little higher if I did not sample it directly after having a Bell's Expedition stout. The blackest, strongest, Imperial Stout that ever walked the earth!

This is still an awesome drink...one of the best stouts ever!
Cheers to KleinG for this sample!,
F.

francisweizen, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only reason I am not rating this a 5, is that I have never rated a beer perfect yet! Pours a deepest darkest brown hue, with a solid tan head. Superb flavors abound, Chocolate is right beside toffee, coffee, and caramel, with enough hops to keep everybody in line, one great beer!

jtw5877, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to have a glass of this on tap at D's the past weekend. This is my first run-in with Rogue Ales.

Dark and black color with light brown head with a pale tannish head. Aroma is typical roasted hops and malts. Flavor is similiar and is very well balanced. Not a very hoppy-bitter stout like SN. I repeat, this beer is extremely well balanced. This makes it easy to drink and appeasing to someone who might have been turned off by some other imperial stout. An easy drinking brew, but it might become a little boring after a few.

allboutbierge, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a beautiful light brown head. Nose is burnt caramel, and roasted barley. Taste is extremely well balanced with a very smooth, earthy malt taste with a bit of malt crispness. A little hop bitterness. Chocolately aftertaste, with a bit of citrus. Fantastically smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I'll come back to this one again and again. Probably tops my list of stouts.

Admiraldinty, Mar 24, 2003
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.