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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,010 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,010
Reviews: 1,540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 215 | 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 Skidz
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this one out for awhile, and I got what I wanted. It pours out real dark brown, a bit of light on the sides. Real thick head that laced out very nicely, and lasted all the way down, turning from light tan to dark ambers. Two pours on the 22oz for me.

Tastes of chocolate, winding down to coffee, then to the hops characaterize this. It really goes from bittersweet to bitter, ever so gradually. I enjoyed this a lot.

This was a very smooth beer, I'm a big judge on carbonation and this was just right; not too much, not too little. Bold flavors that even out in the end make this a solid brew for any beer drinker.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber.

Pours black with hints of dark ruby around the edges with a thin brown head. Smell is smoky burnt malt but also lightly sweet and creamy.

Taste is chocolatey, a bitter dark chocolate. Lightly nutty or oaty undertones. Big flavors here but still very smooth. A strong bitter coffee finish. Nice! Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a strong smoky and bitter aftertaste. Some hop flavors evident in the aftertaste as well. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a big flavor stout like this one.

A beer that definitely lives up to the hype.

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

Poured a deep, dark black/brown with a dark tan head. Aroma is heavy milk chocolate with some roasted barley and maybe coffee hints. Taste is very chocolately and chewy with bitter hop and resin end. Mouthfell is excellent, all alcohol feeling is hidden by prepdonerence of malt.

Photo of Rob6852
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now thats a Stout.
22 oz. Bomber with no freshness label.
Poured ink black with a Thick creamy tan head 2 fingers tall that
hung around for the whole beer.
Smells of dark roast Coffee, Mocha and a hint of dark chocolate.
The taste of this beer is simply awsome. The roasted malt gives a
coffee/dark chocolate taste and is helped out by the slight hops
dryness as it finishes.It leaves a smokey toffee taste in your mouth.
I'd say of the stouts that I have had the pleaure of drinking, this one
tops them all. Done right the first time.
I will be buying more of this wonderfull liquid in the near future.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Boy, this one was an unexpected treat. Buddy of mine had a 3 liter from I'd imagine 2000-1, just judging from the older Shakespeare Stout logo silk-screened on the swing topped jerobaom. The top part tasted really alcohol-laden. What I was drinking was like Shakespeare stout, I've had lots of it since it was released from Rogue, but it was different because it was smoky, almost hammy, wine-like, complex, lower carbonated; just an overall unique Shakespeare experience. Wicked; nice and thick. All the characteristics of this stout were in place, other than lack of any oatmeal, just rearranged in a way that my rating for this beer is so high. 3 liters are so much fun. My only gripe was the carbonation was sooo subtle that there was not really a head to accentuate the delicious aroma.

Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, that's a dark head. Brown and doughy with spotty lacing. The beer is a black black with black highlights. Holding against a bright light reveals some black. The nose is sweetish with plenty of dark chocolate and some milk. A dark chocolate front, deep tangy chocolate middle and a bitter, hoppy finish. This beer is 100% bitter chocolate. Pure, dark, unsweetened chocolate with a slight tangy, sweetish overtone. Good.

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

A fantastic stout. Rougue has always been a brewery that I could count on to make a quality beer. This was no exception. It poured a thick black color with a nice one inch head. The smell was a soft mocha scent. A little coffe and a little chocolate. This lead to a smooth drinking experience. Chocolate and coffe blended nicely for a wonderful tasting stout. Not as strong and over the top like some stouts. The mouthfeel was smooth as was the general body of the beer. Thank you once again, Rogue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,010 ratings.