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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,084 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,084
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 234
Gots: 281 | 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 oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours quite dark brown, once in the glass it appears black. The head started out quite large for a stout, but it is quickly falling back into a finger depth. Tan on black, a good look for a stout.

The smell is pretty big on citrus hops, almost like a hoppy APA or IPA. The roasted malt is there, but it seems to be drowned out by the bitterness. Not bad, but different for the style.

Taste reaffirms for me that this is an American Stout. A fair amount of roasted coffee and sweet maltiness starts up this beer. I do find that the finish has Cascade hops, and it tries to compete with the malt, but comes up a bit short. I don't seem to find the flavour as full as some of the reviewers, but it is pretty good.

Mouthfeel is also quite nice. Definite chewiness to it, and the carbonation is good, though I find it just a little higher than many stouts.

I can't argue that this is a very good beer, but I don't find it quite living up to the hype. It sure does go down smooth though, and I have nothing against having a bomber of this in my fridge.

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz. bomber. Sampled on August 25, 2011. It pours a rich cherry-brown to black with a silky, gentle tan head that dissolves to a ring but not completely. The aromas are an enticing mix of chocolate, oatmeal, and Northwestern hops. The body surprised me as it came in a little lighter than medium weight. The taste had a nice, mellow chocolate malt character with a dashing dose of hops to carry it to the end. Great aroma, great taste, but a weaker body than I anticipated.

Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown bordering on black hue, with a gorgeous mocha- or chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Strong, earthy chocolate smell, like dark chocolate milk mixed with rolled oats. Espresso and molasses are also present, but subdued.

T: Strong dark roasted malt flavor; high-cacao dark chocolate mixed with coffee and spices, like an Aztec chocolate drink. There's a slight almost undetectable sweetness in the end rounds things up nicely.

M: Very smooth, with just enough carbonation to remind you it's beer.

D: A highly drinkable stout; I think this should be called their "Chocolate Stout" instead because of the strong chocolate theme throughout.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, off white head, a fair amount of lace and a medium carbonation. It looks like a stout.

Aroma of charred malt and a faint note of citrus hops, a delicate note of ale yeast and coco chocolate powder.

Flavor of roasted barley and a fair balance of subtle cascade hops. Extremely drinkable, dry and refreshing finish.

Wonderful proper ale, recommended!

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Wegman's in Syracuse

Appearance - Black colour with a huge size fizzy and frothy brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a roasted/burnt flavour. There is also some light touches of dark fruit and a smokiness. It ends with a grainy chocolate aftertaste with some light bitterness.

Overall - Crazy drinkable and delicious. The beer has a fantastic balance and the appearance in the glass is near perfect. Another solid brew from Rogue that deserves its high reviews.

Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Beer is pitch black and forms a frothy, tan colored head. Nose is roasted malts, cocoa, and molasses. Taste is dominated by a roasted bitterness and unsweetened cocoa or dark chocolate. Well balanced and easy to drink. Appropriate carbonation with a medium to full body. Finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

Photo of ckollias
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of large snifter glass

A: Dark black with a thick dark brown one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong coffee and roasted malt aromas fill the nose. Very pleasant hints of oatmeal and caramel.

T: As with the smell the strong coffee and roasted malts dominate this brew. Dark rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Slightly hoppy and smooth.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Easily drinkable and finished my whole 22oz bomber in no time at all and had wishing I had another.

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A great looking stout. Opaque black, no light gets through. A large foamy tan head forms to leave plenty of lace.
S: Plenty of rich malt and oats in the nose. At first smell I would say this is an oatmeal stout.
T: This is a very thick beer with plenty of dark roasted malt and tons of oats and chocolate.
M/D: A creamy and rich beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. A sipping beer only in the since that I want to saver everything.

I would say that this is miss labeled. This seems like an oatmeal stout in every way. Anyway, what ever it is labeled, this is a great stout. A beer that should not be missed.

Photo of NickRivers
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours pitch black with plenty of mocha head, smells of coffee, dark malt, bready alcohol, slight hop presence through the smokiness.

T&M - Thick, roasty, smokey, bold malt flavor turns to a thick and sweet coffee end with hints of dark chocolate, balanced throughout by a nice hop flavor and sticky yet crisp mouthfeel.

O - Overall an amazing beer, as a fan of porters I really like this one for its smokiness and hop character as appose to overwhelming chocolate and bready alcohol found in some stouts.

Pretty good stuff, as I mentioned I love porters due to their drinkibility and mouthfeel. Not too many styles have the ability to sip or slurp all the while enjoying every bit of it. I was turned off to the brew in terms of the brewery. Im not attracted to Rogue at all, I don't digg their choice of styles, I wish they made more lighter beers, but after siipping on this one for a bit i've started to appreciate Rogue not as a brewery but as crafters. They really do put a lot of craftsmanship into their products and i've sorta learned to enjoy them as a fine bottle of wine, not comparing it to others like it but rather enjoying each drink for what it is and how much soul the brewer has put into each bottle. Go out and buy one, if your a fan of stouts your in for a treat. Stay thirsty my friends!

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: black like a stout with a two-three finger mocha colored head. Nice consistency and creamy look to it.

S: roasted malts, hoppiness, a little chocolate and a smidge of oatmeal.

T. Nice! Bitter enough to keep you interested with a very roasted dark character. Like a bitter dark chocolates almOst.

Mf. Very full and carbonated. Great rich, dense mouthfeel. This is a little more to it than normal stouts. Which I like.

Overall I will be drinking this beer again for sure. I enjoyed this one for sure, it was super fresh as well.

Photo of acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep black, no light comes through. Dark tand head rests on top for quite a while.

Smell. an instant hoppiness, but under that is a sweet dark chocolate aroma. is sweet and bitter.

Taste. is roasty and chocolatey. i bit hoppy for the style. is nice. has that rogue "kick" i always taste in pretty much all their beers. roasted malts are all over this. they have a small taste of coffee, but not really much- and i wish there was more. aftertaste is also i touch of roasted malts and is bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice. Great balance. good carbonation. lots of hop presence.

Overall a great beer, but i just dont see it as being so high on the top 100 beers. But a truly an excellent beer!

Photo of kgotcher
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a big rich creamy chocolate brown head.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, a bit of malty sweetness and a mellow earthyness.

Dark bitter chocolate flavor, nice earthy hop bitterness. Hints of coffee, caramel, and sweet dark fruit.

Medium body with fairly noticable carbonation. Sightly powdery dry (astringency) mouthfeel (reminds me of unsweetened dark chocolate). Very dry finish.

A good beer but quite dry and astingent, this is brought out even more by the seemingly high carbonation. Dryness is also probably due to a highly attenuated yeast.

Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black with a dark brown one inch head, slowly fading to a solid cap and leaving behind lots of really nice lacing. Very impessive looking.

Smell; chocolate and coffee notes really stand out up front, with roasted malts and little bit of black licorice.

Taste; chocolate coffee as the nose indicated, with bits of rasins and licorice. There's also just a touch of soy sauce, but not to much so. I like the slight hop bitterness that keeps this from being overly sweet. Mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I would have liked, but still pretty good, and this is very easy to drink.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Jet black with light caramel head. Aroma had a hint of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth beer, and the mild chocolate aftertaste was great. Wasn’t a very sweet chocolate, but rather bitter. Guinness was basically the only other stout I had tried before this one, and I must say this was an eye-opener. Excited to try more now.

Photo of nanchen
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first, I didn't like it, because it was NOT syrupy and like drinking coffee-flavored motor oil. Perhaps, this was because we had been talking about Dark Lord for a bit. But now that I think about it, I think I was too quick to rush a judgment. What struck me most was the mouthfeel, which was smooth and almost watery, as opposed to the thick viscosity of the russian imperial style stouts. But perhaps, because it's not one of those hit you in the face stouts, it makes for a more drinkable beverage, like I could have more than one glass. Likewise, the roasted malt flavors and coffee-ness are more subdued, I think I even got a bit of dark chocolate in there too, but it doesn't coat your tongue or leave a lasting coffee bitterness. All in all, I'd like to try this again and I won't shy away from buying it next chance I get.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served dark black in a large chalice - too cold from the bar tap, as usual. Looks like a soda at first, but the tight brown foam sticks very closely to the glass. Awesome lacing. Nose is remarkably hoppy, citrus backed up by espresso. The profile in the taste cuts both ways: strong, bracing hops meet in the middle, crashing into waves of coffee and roasted barley. Very aggressive, with a creamy mouthfeel that belies the huge flavor. Super hoppy stout, and still a favorite after all these years.

Photo of nycwinter
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber with a fellow advocate. I got the second pour and the sediment in my mug.

A= Dark brown head that disappeared half way through, atop perfect darkness.

S= Tart dark chocolate covered cherries.

T= A little watery for a stout, but plenty of bitter smokey chocolate in the aftertaste. Bitterness is also a little citrusy.

M= Medium-heavy body and minimal carbonation.

D= Very drinkable with its low ABV (compared to some of its compadres). I could see this as a good session stout.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Poured a realy dark brown, with tawny highlights around the edges. A beautiful fluffy mocha head rose to fill the tulip and took its time fading away. Sticky, spider web lacing coats the inside of my glass.

Smell is of roasted grains, chocolate, flakey oats and a touch of espresso. Everything is there in equal parts.

More flakey oats and chocolate with a roasted maltiness. There is a bit of grapefruity hops that poke through in the finish. Nice.

Smooth, not silky, but smooth. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Very enjoyable and well-crafted. An easy drinker, especially at 6%.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, ink black color. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Decent sized dark tan head forms on top. Thin spider web lacing.

S: Caramel, espresso & coffee, along with some slightly burnt aromas.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, espresso, burnt caramel, and a surprisingly big hop finish. It's very smooth, well balanced, and complex. The flavors are all there but not over the top. It's almost like a light version of Old Rasputin.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick. Some oily hops in the finish as well.

D: The smooth and balanced flavors, along with it being only 6%, make for a very drinkable stout. A solid stout, you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch Black dense color with a small mocha head. Average retention and lacing.

Aroma is of dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste is an explosion of roastiness with dark malts, oats, roast grains, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Ends with a huge bitter note from the roasted character and hops.

Body is huge and thick with and astringent bitter mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium to high. Abv is well hidden.

Extreme stout with lots of body, malt and roastiness. Almost no residual sweetness perceivable.

Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, terse review: Black, black, black. Slightly poofed tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted barley malts layer over a bitter-ish hop aroma. Coffee and toffee-ish flavors beat down most everything else, which includes subtle chocolate and caramel. This brew closes with a nice little hoppy finish. It's a bit too flavorful and overtly hopped to make a big drinking stout; I'd much rather put back a few oatmeal or chocolate stouts or even a Sammy Smith Imperial. In some ways, it almost suffers because of its flavor. Nonetheless, it's a great one.

Photo of damienblack
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice thick dark brown, big mocha head with excellent retention. Smells rich, and some excellent aroma hoppage going on. Taste is super-smooth, very rich despite having the texture and viscosity of milk. Silky. Nice hop afterflavor helps part aside the deep dark malt. More chocolatey and hoppy than anything else. Can be a bit much to drink a lot of, but still quite excellent.

Photo of ralree
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, opaque, nice 2-finger head with great retention, decent lacing. A bit of head remains indefinitely, which is great.

S: Smoke, Chocolate, vanilla, a little coffee, hops, dark fruit, barley. Chocolate and hops are the dominant smells.

T: Very Very smokey and chocolatey. Non-sweet taste really brings out the hops. The bitter chocolate and hops with smoke go together very well. Leaves a super-bitter taste in your mouth after swallowing, which is cool - makes you feel like a man. I wish it were a little sweeter. Also, a metallic background flavor hinders the taste.

M: Carbonation a little high, pretty syrupy, thick, pretty astringent. Medium-heavy body. Again, makes one feel like a man.

D: For a stout it goes down well. It's not a dessert beer, so I'm not chugging it for the sugary taste, but it definitely drinks well for the style.

Photo of RJLarse
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought a bomber of Shakespeare Stout in a specialty beer shop. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a coal black color and is opaque. A tan head forms, and is resilient, but not sticky. Very little lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is faint, a mild sweet aroma. A bit og fruity hop scent and some chocolate fragrances.

Taste is good, a well balanced combination of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Mild bitterness

Mouthfeel is quite good, a smooth, buttery. dry feel, with virtually no carbonation.

Very drinkable for a stout. Well balances flavors are not over powering and a modest ABV makes is sessionable. A really nice brew from the folks at Rogue.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,084 ratings.