Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 259
Gots: 337 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of tastybeer
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brown under a nice large medium brown finely foamy head. The head fades to a thin layer leaving behind spots and strings of lace. Aroma is deeply and softly chocolatey, rich with oats, a smidge of vanilla, and some sort of berries underneath. Very nice. Taste is richly sweet, smooth, toasty, and evenly bitter through the finish. Bright lactic sweetness and coffee roastiness... Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slick, and blankety. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

Photo of gonzo000
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very deep deep brown color with frothy head

S - not much in the way of smell - it is winter in New England and I may be stuffy, but I cannot find much of anything here.

T - Taste was burnt malt, very few other notes

m - mouth feel was very good. Good carbonation.

o - good oatmeal stout, not quite Shakespearian

Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing this review to reflect my more recent experiences.

Pours thinnish black, looks like it could be a bit diluted, with just about no head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee, sugars from the oats, and some earthy hoppiness. Flavor starts off roasty and then earthy bittering hops, but then finishes up and extends into the aftertaste with some nice sugars from the oats, roasty coffee, and burnt char mixed with some hops. The finish is by far the highlight of this beer. A creamy lighter to medium mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into oatmeal stout. I still really like it but not sure I love it like I once did. Too many other great oatmeal stouts I have since discovered, making this one more middle of the pacl rather than top dog.

Photo of eggman2814
2.41/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge Rogue fan. Love the Black Lager, Pumpkin Patch and more.

A: Black leads into a thick hot cocoa head with a ruby crust that disperses quickly and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malt, slight maple syrup notes

T: dusty chalky swiss miss

M: Thin and dry, ends in cotton mouth

O: Must have been a funky batch

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, oats, toast, caramel, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of zookerman182
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with no head.
Aroma is deep chocolate super chocolate flavor with a little coffee.
Flavor is suttle chocolate with some coffee on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little carbonated.
Full chocolate flavor and coffee, awesome dessert beer!

Photo of BCraig
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- poured a very thick light caramel color head that dissipates slowly into a rocky 1 inch head after a few moments. The color is one shade off of the black scale with a slight reddish brown hue.

S- Caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight metallic notes, not off-putting.

T- dark chocolate malt and smoky flavors upfront with a little bitter burnt finish.

M- a pretty decent balance between coating and crisp. There's a little bite to it but enough smooth coating to make it drinkable.

O- I may have had about half a dozen Oatmeal Stouts in my time, so I have not nailed down the definitive character yet, but this is a good cold weather beer. It's a little smokier than I prefer, but the chocolate and roasted malt do come through.

edited 10 minutes later to add that I starting picking up some faint vanilla flavors after the beer sat a minute or two.

Photo of BWED
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a nonic. It's not often I get to fill this 20 ouncer up all the way.

A- Very deep brown. Near black. Brown head sits at 1/4" and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

S- Roasted and sweet grains are up front. A bit of a chocolate aroma as well.

T- Sweet and chocolatey, with a very nice earthy dryness in the finish.

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Finish is slightly dry, but pleasant.

O- The oats add some smoothness and make it an enjoyable drink. Not too heavy. Flavor is mild but pleasant.

Photo of Furlinator
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1 inch of tan head that settles to a thick film on top and leaves rings of lace on the drink down.

Smell is of coffee, faint dark fruit, cocoa and vanilla accents.

Taste is coffee, cocoa and roasted malt with faint dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Nice coffee and cocoa flavors abound. An solid example of oatmeal stout.

Photo of Jellopants356
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark...well really dark, just like a good stout should. I see a bit of lacing but not much. There's very little smell, could just be me. I do detect sort of a chocolatey smell with some burnt parts. Hmm, the taste is a little different than i was expecting. I'm very used to a heavy taste/texture from oatmeal stouts. This one, however, has a smoother taste noted by an earthy body and a sort of chocolate finish. I knew there was chocolate somewhere in here. A lot less of the actual oatmeal can be tasted in this one. I like the mouthfeel, although, i'm not entirely sure it fits the style, i.e. heavy almost like you ate a loaf of bread. Well, overall, i'm actually a little disappointed. I really was expecting to get a heavier offering like Oatis from Ninakasi or the Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith's (my favorite to date). I still think this one is worth checking out as it highlights differences in the style of the oatmeal stouts..

Photo of SawDog505
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, not sure when ur was bottled. Why Rogue Why! Give us a date please! Pours so dark and a incredible mocha head. The most impressive looking regular stout I have ever seen. Smell is chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. Taste is what you expect from the nose, but this is a complex 6.1% Seriously amazing this stout is only a regular stout, drinks like milk shake. Body is very big for its just above average abv. For me this is the gold standard of oatmeal stouts, wow so special. On tap even better, that is a side note, but almost every beer is better on tap.

Photo of Gryphon69
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle into a oversized wine glass. no clue of the date, found 2 bottles on the back shelf of a outa of the way liquor store with lots of dust on them.

A- Black ; as in pitch black opaque. Does not look cloudy. Poured it formed a 1 finger high cocoa colored head that fell pretty fast, left a nice frothy ring around the glass.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate (like chocolate licorice), slight coffee, lots of raisin, plum and dark fruits. Smell is fairly sweet but very nice.

T- Roasted Malt , slight coffee and chocolate sweetness up front that turns to a dark fruit sweetness in the end, with a faint bitterness that kind of finish's it off.

M- Hmm, medium body with the first drink that turns watery after it hits the tongue, slightly creamy with a decent amount of smoothness to it. Little bubbles that linger which you cant see in the glass.

O- My first Rogue beer, pretty good so far, has a very good nose that is better than the taste, but the taste is good, so no disappointment here.

Photo of spoony
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (undated) into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces two fingers of short-lived mocha-brown foam. The head drops pretty quickly into a collar. There is a stray finger of lacing left behind. The beer is nearly black and completely opaque.

S-The smell is smooth and well-integrated, but concentrated with roasted malts that verge on charred, but lack any acrid or acidic scents. There is a lightly bitter hop note hiding under the malts.

T-The taste, like the smell, is very smooth, but concentrated and intense. Coffee on the front, with a little kick of bitterness, gives way to smooth, milky chocolate and caramel on the finish. Unlike some oatmeal beers, this one never slips into pure creaminess, but rather, stays on the aggressive side of things.

M-The feel is light to medium body for the style with smooth, but active, carbonation.

O-It is great to finally try this classic of craft beer. For me, the reputation is mostly deserved...you get solid flavors, smooth feel, great drinkability, and no gimmicks. What is most impressive is how smooth and drinkable this beer is without losing either the oatmeal character or the more aggressive, coffee/roasted malt flavors.

Photo of cleve00
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a mason jar

A – black opaque with a 1 finger beige head that lingers and dissipates slowly . Some lacing.

S – Roasted malts, very little coffee , maybe even some fruitiness/raisin,plum.

T- Roasted malts, , faint nuttiness. bitterness that lingers throughout. No pleasantries just left with a bitter aftertaste.

MF – mild dry finish, carbonation is a little much. This is my first Oatmeal Stout. I will be in pursuit of more Oatmeal Stouts to compare it to.

Summary: the price point was right for sure, but if the taste isn't there i wont go back.

**I enjoyed the Roguee Chocolate Stout much more:)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass (I'm at a beach house). Rogue refuses to put a freshness date on their beers.

An excellent oatmeal stout. Good body. Could be smoother.

A – Pours a black opaque with a 2-finger dark tan rock head. Slightly viscous. A very thin persistent head. Little to no lacing.

S – Roasted malts, some coffee slight sweetness, maybe even some fruitiness.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, faint nuttiness. Some bitterness that seems more to be from the roasted grains than the hops.

MF – Medium bodied, medium dry finish, slightly sharp finish from the carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts I have had.

Photo of Libationguy
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass with a deep tan 1-finger head with a creamy look. Medium- head retention with no lacing.

Cocoa, milk chocolate, dried fig, fresh cream and hazelnuts on the nose.

Fairly simple on the palate shows coffee, cocoa powder, mild bitterness and a moderate level of astringency.

Medium bodied with a very slight wateriness around the edges of the beer. The carbonation is more aggressive than expected from the appearance. Medium length for the finish.

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours jet black with a fairly large tan head. Good retention.

Nose contains roast malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a creamy scent. Very inviting.

Taste is like the nose. Roast malt, dark chocolate. Creamy and rather bitter, particularly in the finish. Not complex, but certainly tasty.

Medium bodied, creamy, moderately carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall, very good. The best beer I have had from Rogue, a brewery that tends to disappoint me. Not this time.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with big frothy mocha colored head that left dense glass coating lace.

S- Big sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt, coffee notes.

T- Big hershey's syrup like chocolate notes, big roasted malt, roasted coffee notes, breadiness, and caramel notes. The sweetness and roastiness is well balanced.

M- Quite creamy, smooth, and silky. Medium body, a little lighter for a stout but very drinkable.

O- A really excellent stout with a great balance of sweetness and roastiness, very nice mouthfeeel and appearance for a stout.

Photo of Mikecap
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a jet black with two fingers of dark brown head from a 22 oz. bottle into two tulip glasses. The head fades slowly leaving some thick brown lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of chocolate and smoke with a bit of coffee and some more sweet aromas coming out. Delicious aroma for an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Bold with bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and black coffee come out with nothing overpowering. Good balance of flavors with some smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Great body with nice carbonation that makes this very drinkable. Somewhat filling with a nice creaminess and bready texture.

Overall: An awesome oatmeal stout from Rogue and perhaps their best beer. Definitely a must try beer for any fans of stouts.

Photo of SDbrewerJake
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. Super dark pour with a nice mocha head.. half finger for my glass... Smell was a strong stout with sweet notes. Taste was great. Good mouth feel with a stout flavour that went down and left your mouth with some coffee, dark malts flavour and it was great. Way better than rogues chocolate stout.

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a 16 oz nonic.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is s pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Oats, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and some smoke.

Taste: Smokey, ash, bready oats, bittersweet chocolate,

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full bodied, bitter, low carbonation, and a bit smooth.

Overall: Pretty solid oatmeal stout. Smooth and balance of flavors.

Photo of Profchaos20
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/8/13 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A - Pours black with a two finger creamy dark brown head.

S - Sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hints of caramel, bread, burnt sugar, brown sugar, and biscuit. Nutty.

T - Sweet malty and roasty. Dark fruits, dark chocolate. Not as interesting as the aroma but good.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation. Carbonation seems a bit high and interrupts the smoothness here and there.

O - Tasty stout, aroma is the highlight here for me but solid overall.

Photo of delta490
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- almost black, with just a hint of light coming through. Big thick coffee-colored head lasts for a while and leaves nice lacing.

S- big roast aromas of coffee and a slight hint of chocolate

T- mirrors the smell almost exactly

M-has a nice feel. Not thin or oily or chewy. Just right on the palette.

O- a well-above-average stout beer.

Photo of SmashPants
2.22/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: tall brown 650mL bottle, transluscent craft beer label.

Appearance: a good start - pitch black in colour with a two-finger tan head that leaves great lace as it dropped to a rocky one-finger.

Aroma: an unpleasant and musty earth-like nose. Not nice at all - smells of bad nuts and dirt.

Taste: follows the nose - no subtelety behind this beer. A musty dankness - earthy and unpleasant.

Aftertaste: lingers too long - I don't like this one.

Mouth feel: lighter in body than I would have expected, with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very expensive and very poor beer. I would avoid this at all cost - it is an uninspired and uninteresting version of the oatmeal stout. Another poor beer from Rogue.

Photo of frankiepop
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a Rogue fan nor am I a Rogue hater, but I really liked enjoyed this bear from the first pour and sip. Yes, the visual experience of this black beer with a sturdy brown head looks just heavenly. The aromas were mild, but when I caught something of a hint that was roasty warm and chocolatte.

The tasted is very refreshing for a stout. Quite smooth and well balanced beer. I tasted chocolate notes right away and dark roasted malt, but nothing overwhelming. Instead this beverage is best described as well balanced for all the flavors. I would suggest it reminds me of something between an Obsidian Stout and a Black Butte Porter.

Prokofiev would be a well composed music to go with this well brewed beer. I prefer his film works for Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.