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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,080
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 278 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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
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Photo of Crotor
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours motor-oil black with a *dark* tan, reddish head, ample and dimpled (though with large bubbles).

Stong aroma of roasted malts and Cascade hops - those two elements are so overpowering that I can't pick up anything else.

The taste is quite shocking. There's the big, dry roastiness - that was to be expected. There's also the substantial mouthfeel and earthy creaminess from the oats - expected that too. There's also plenty of chocolate and highly-caramelized toffee-type flavors. However, this beer also packs a wollop of 69 Cascade-induced IBUs. That's IPA range. Hot damn, this is decidedly American, and quite visionary. Why'd it take me so long to return to this beer? My only complaint would be that the sheer intensity of the roasted malt and hop flavors make it slightly-less than supremely drinkable.

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a somewhat small tan/light brown head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass but a wonderful deep black abyss of a color.

Aroma is mostly raosted coffeee with hints of chocolate and a slight floral hop bouquet.

Again the taste is mostly coffee with underlying chocolate tones. A great balance between roasted.toasted malts and apparent but not overpowering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy, plenty of body to this one. Good carbonation level for a bottled stout.

Overall a wonderful stout, great winter beer by the fire.

Photo of koolk
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

US Trip Aug-Nov 04

A very deep almost jet black colour with a dark brown/tan head. Good slow carbonation.

This is without a doubt one of the best smelling stouts I've ever come across. Rich chocolate and coffee malt aromas mingle beautifully with some piney hops, that also have some tight floral notes to them as well.

The palate is insainly espresso and burnt/toast flavours, with a strong hoppy kick in the back. Brilliant mouthfeel with a roundness that counters the almost tart dryness of this brew. A top notch stout worth pondering existence over. Drink slowly and enjoy.

This was my last bottle of Rogue on my trip and boy was she a killer, the pick of the lot of the Rogue stable which is saying alot as these guys were one of my favourite overall breweries during my stay (and who knows, if I tried more of their brews they might be outright first)

Photo of tatterdash
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a mocha-brown head, hints of violet are seen on the edges of the glass. Aroma was a little faint at first, milk chocolate, roasted malt, it got stronger as it warmed. Taste was very complex, roasted malts, coffee, burnt toast with a lingering dry finish. Had an almost dank basement-like taste. Mouthfeel was smooth, and less heavy than expected. It is definitely good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Imperial Stout.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Dark as night when served, some cola colored highlights. Low head. Chocolate in the aroma. Taste I found to be chocolate to start, roasted coffee bean to finish. Easy to drink, nicely balanced, good flavor. I enjoyed this brew, even though stouts aren't my favorite style.

Photo of dgallina
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle

Pours a nearly-solid syrupy black with creamy tan head and light to moderate lace. The aroma is sweet toasted coffee and carmel malts with some underlying hop flower sharpness. Flavor starts with caramel malts which develop into very deep burnt bread with fairly restrained balancing hop finish. Leaves a *very* long bitter chocolate and burnt toast after-taste. Extremely clean and appetizing flavor. Chewy, creamy, and substantial medium-heavy body, yet very clean and drinkable.

I found the bottled version significantly more interesting than what I've tried on-tap. The draft is smoother and creamier in body, but the bottled has more robust flavor and smell and better overall balance IMHO.

Photo of Shaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and finally decided to review it. It looks great: super black with a very foamy brown head when poured vigorously.

It smells sweet with coffee notes and other roasted malt aromas.

The flavor is smooth and toasted, with a bit of dryness. There's also a nice cream-like quality.

Thanks to the oats, the body is glassy.

This stout, one of Rogue's original brews, is very good and well worth looking for. This beer also shows that Rogue can make great beers that aren't hop bombs.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh Shakespeare Stout...I've been waiting awhile to try this one. Pours from the bomber a thick old motor oil black with a beautiful dark tan head. This brew is night. Roasted oats, molasses and cocoa waft up into my nose from the glass. Spicy citrus hop undertones as well...nose candy.

The first sip ignites with roasted, even a bit smoky oat tones rolled up with bitersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, raisins and just a slight hint of bitter citric hoppiness. Nirvana in a glass...simply stout-tastic.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lush and full. Shakespeare commands you to drink! Drinkability is marvelous as well. Can there be a reason to stop drinking this....I didn't think so. One of the best straight up stouts I've yet to have...props to Rogue. Highly recommended...a brew to be reckoned with.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a tan head that dissipates after a few moments, leaving a bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma is not overpowering, and has hints of pumpernickel bread, dark rye perhaps, chocolate, and a tinge of grapefruit.
The taste is excellent. Nice and smooth, with deep toasted hops and chocolate, and a bit of citrus. Almost a hint of good coffee. The hops and yeast give that perfectly balanced bitterness that I so enjoy in a stout.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with ample carbonation, and a bit of bite from the hops. It is quite drinkable, as it doesn't have an extraordinary ABV%. This ale is highly recommended by me for an American stout. I generally enjoy most of Rogue's offerings, though.

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tan head that quickly dies off but leaves some lacing on the glass. An aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight trace of alcohol. Very balanced flavor. Very malty with a strong coffee character and slight chocolate character. This is a very well made beer and I'll probably have it again soon.

Photo of kindestcut
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I wish I could end my review right there. Instead, I'll tell you why I loved this beer so much.

The Rogue Shakespeare Stout poured a deep, dark black...like the Congo at night. The head is very lively, a brown cloud that rises and falls rather quickly.

The aroma is lovely, dominated by a strong presence of roasted barley, malt and a hint of hops. It is not an overly strong nose but it is a pleasant sign of things to come.

The taste is nothing short of exceptional. This is everything a stout should be. There is a wonderful blend of flavors, each easy to find in the forest of this bottle. Coffee (actually more like a very good espresso), a hint of chocolate, sweet malt (in the tradition of a malted milkshake) and trailing hops make this a delicious beer.

This stout goes down smoothly and begs for another when you are done. Damn, I wish these were sold in 6-packs!

So far, the Rogue Shakespeare Stout is my favorite American stout...no, it's my favorite stout. Period.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***300th Beer review***

Label Lore: Double labeled 12 oz’er. With a “World Stout Champion” stamp.

Huge gargantuan head pour that left two inches of brew foam from four inches of foam in me pint. As more brew pours, a volcano like brown shape is left in the head. Well, five minutes later this thing is poured. Poerfection in appearance, all the way, without a doubt. Pours as black brown as used motor oil from a ’71 Buick.

Scents of malts hit me from here. Citrous hints, most likely due to this behemoth pour.

First Swigs: Deep chocolate cake, dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate. A citrous lemon lime peel hop (cascade?) Background fronts the finish that quickly lingers off to sweet astringent citrous and pancake batter.

About as full bodied as full bodied gets. Foamy frothy filliong.

Last Swigs: Lime citrous, & dark chocolate. Hmmm…better than that sounds. Thanks to BA Buckeyenation for the bottle. Wish there were more to compare. Reminds me much-ly of Victory Storm King. #2 in style currently with 398 reviews. More than any other. This is debateably the best damn beer availible period due to at least some availibility factors. Damn good!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Rogue, I haven't gone wrong with them yet. Shakespeare Stout pours the color of coffee with an average-sized, medium brown head. The aroma is very inviting, a nice mixture of roasted chocolate and hops. Taste is initially hoppy with some tongue-tingling action. Sip finishes with a mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. These elements come together nicely and equal a balanced beer. My only complaint is that I wish the chocolate taste was more assertive. Great beer, however, too heavy for long sessions.

Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a used diesel motor oil black with a brown head. Smells of dark roasted malts and burnt chocolate. Has a nice n' thick, chewy mouthfeel. The taste is of toasted, almost burnt malts with a chocolatey undertone. Finishes with a slightly burnt grain bitterness on the tongue.
A stout lovers stout for sure.

Photo of etaggie09
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: jet black with a quickly diminishing coffee brown head. good lacing.

Aroma: Roasty aroma with some malt and a very faint alcoholic smell.

Taste: roasted coffee bean. nice and bitter. full with a nice malt with a minimal hop profile. Balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: nice and full with a moderate body and moderate carbonation. wonderfully bitter, dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer that I loved having after dinner.

Notes: Oh yeah this is a great example of an American Stout. Nearly flawless.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick creamy, light chocolate brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown to black beer. The aroma is slightly acidic in its roastiness, and it has notes of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol. It has a creamy mouthfeel up front, and a sharp acidic roast malt bite in the finish. Espresso dominates over the chocolate, which is the opposite sense I got in the aroma. The dark malt notes of roasted barley, and burnt malt dominates this beer. Not much in the way of hops is noticeable above all of the roast character, but there is a nice hop bite in the finish that is a bit bracing and let you know that this beer is in fact 69 IBUs. A very nice stout that I have always had a soft spot for.

Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally black color, with a nice malted-milk colored head. Smells of a chuck of chocolate. Taste is your typical stout, not too heavy, not too light, with a nice chocolate flavor and some bitterness.

This is quite a good brew, not too big (like an imperial stout), but not a lightweight either. Definitely a once-in-a-while beer though.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled while in Vegas, from a brown 650 ml bottle, silk-screened label. Interesting, all of that info pertaining to the beer printed on the label, but no mention of an actual abv %. The body is a thick pitch black, impermeable to light, very impressive. Thick chunky tan head, dented with large bubbles. Massive lacing. Dark chocolate on the nose, some coffee, and noticable cascade hops. The flavour starts with bitter dark chocolate, some coffee and roasted malt nearing the middle, and complimented by the hop presence. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Only one of these per serving for me though, it's a little rough on the guts once the bottle has been emptied.

Photo of trumick
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily, black with a one finger head that lasts for a bit, no lacing.
Smell is of malt, malt, malt and some ripe, dark fruit with a bit of chocolate.
Taste is incredible sweet, dark, roasted malt, just as it starts to finish there is ripe dark fruits, then quickly followed by bitter, dry, chocolate, exspresso at the very end and stays forever. I Love a good stout!!!
Mouthfeel is full bodied and robust, creamy, nice carbination.
Drinkability is quite nice I could put few of these away sitting by a nice campfire in front of the family cottage with a gentle breeze coming off of the small, clear, spring fed lake under the Northern Michigan fall moon.

I have yet to find a Rogue product I don't like. This, however, is probably the best stout I have ever placed my hands on.

Photo of Denali
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN.

Looks like black mud. Like a black hole, no light is getting through this one. Nice thick tan head that laced like crazy.

At first sip I was suprised that I wasn't inundated with flavor - the mouthfeel was thinner than expected and there was almost no flavor at all and then, bang! Licorice and fig flavors suddenly come through. Floral hops come in next. Roasted coffee flavors then dominate and last through the aftertaste, along with a hoppy bitterness. Very tasty stout with a strong hop presence.

On some sips, the flavor was immediate, while on other sips, the flavors were delayed. Taste was very reminiscent of Nailbiter. I would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel but a very nice beer nevertheless.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The many favorable reviews of this top ranked stout certainly caught my attention, but in the end, it seemed a bit over hyped. Shakespeare is a good stout - maybe even a great stout but it's not an earth-shattering superlative. It's more of a supermodel: very attractive, with a great body, but perhaps a bit light on complexity. It's still good, and I wouldn't kick it out of the bar. It just seems that aside from the magnificent tan head and gorgeous black body that there is little more to justify the attention. The roasted malt aroma is strong, but standard. The flavors are almost monochromatic with roast coffee notes and a bit of a cascade bite with only the subtlest coffee notes peaking through a fog of acrid and bitter notes.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my glass, a deep and dark black that continues to appear solid, even when held to a bright light. Even the edges are just slightly lighter, say charcoal, rather than betray this beer to having any color. A nice head settled in, but then faded down as I waited a bit for this beer to come to a proper temperature. At that point, the head came down to a thick film, with the usual Pacman "moon crater" divots in it.

Aroma was disappointing, being mostly of the yeast, with a few Cascade notes in the back. Nothing that really impressed me, to be honest.

The taste of this, I'm happy to report, was an improvement over the aroma, containing subtle chocolate notes, a smooth and low-key roastiness, and a distinct Cascade finish. This was never astringent or overly roasty, just right in the middle.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I would have liked, but it wasn't shabby.

Drinkability, I feel, was again not great, but not terrible. A bomber was enough for me.

All in all, this isn't the first time I've had this beer, either from the bottle, or on tap, and it won't be the last. Perhaps the prototype for the overly hopped American Stout.

The Storm King may rule the kingdom, but it certainly cribbed some notes from this baby -- get what I'm sayin'?

Photo of RocketWidget
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve been waiting quite a while to give this beer a shot. I have to say, this is easily one of the best stouts I’ve ever had, and I LOVE stouts.

Pours a perfect deep black color that is brownish red when held to the light. Head is thick, heavy, and lasts near indefinitely. Smell is exceptional in it’s potency and allure, smells like a pure malt field, with elements of chocolate running throughout. Taste is quite good. Immediately complex, malty flavor is dominant with hints of fruit, cocoa, and quite sweet. Rogue brews consistently excellent beers, and here is one of their best. A must try.

Photo of Hibernator
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a jet black color. Dirty brown head that looks fluffy. Awesome lacings.

Smell is roasted malts and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Slighty ripe bitterness on the finish. Robust and full flavored.

Great American stout.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is something about this beer that makes it shy of being a "great beer."

The appearance was awesome. Huge head all the way down the glass. Deep black color.... opaque.

Aroma...???? Having a tough time with this one. Appears to be very faint, not getting much hops or malt through the nose. Just a faint whiff of chocolate and dark crystals.

Taste? Pretty well balanced. However, finishes leaving you wanting for more. It's almost as if there are not enough flavor hops... a certain entity is tardy... or despondent altogether.

Pretty thin in the mouthfeel... expecting a fuller bodied brew.

All in all, this beer is moderately drinkable.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,080 ratings.