Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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93
outstanding

3,013 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 1,541
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 213
Gots: 221 | FT: 4
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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 Johnroby
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brandon911
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of thecheapies
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost as black as black can get. Big four-fingered light brown head left two chunky rows of foamy lace drapery rings. Looks outstanding.

Malty, oaty, a little salty. Good roastiness with a mild chocolate note. Hints of charred grain and espresso. Needs a bit more earthiness. Could dry it up to something more amazing.

The hops show up in the flavor with some off-setting pine and rugged earthiness. Chocolate dried out to a dusty cocoa and the burnt espresso note comes through more. Bitterness contributed by the malts, too. A little salinity in the finish works nicely, also. Finishes up with ghosts of char-roast and mintiness.

Medium to full-bodied with a slight powdery feel. Carbonation is medium or maybe medium-light. Alcohol not in-play.

Great oatmeal stout. Been too long between revisits. Recommended.

Photo of Popsinc
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650ml bottle. Very dark, black pour with a huge tan head.

Smell: The nose was huge on roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate hints throughout.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey. Lots of roated malt but not too sweet. Medium body and a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chalky. Very creamy body that dries towards te finish.

Drinkablilty: Rich and endulgent but yet the body is light enough to enjoy on almost any occasion. A lovely example of an irish stout.

Photo of sgoodship
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a great deal about Rogue and believe it or not, this is my first of their brews. Their Shakespeare is not a bad place to start I would imagine.

A: Poured from a bomber as black and still as an underground cave. Nothing showing against the light. Nice 2 finger espresso stained head dissipated to a thinner constant companion. Nice lacing.

S: Really solid stale malty smell with a little coffee - maybe a touch of bitter chocolate and some hop fruit. Pleasant and deliberately understated.

T: A touch of caramel but mostly a bolder bitter roasted malt, nutty, oaty. Real meaty stuff. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and hop. Just a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium body. Chewy. Creamy smooth apart from the carbonation which was more than I expected but calmed down nicely as the drink progressed.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fact that it isn't too aggressive in any area and has a reasonably low ABV makes it a very easy drink to consume. Gets better and better as it warms up. Really nice stout.

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 Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a crude oil jet black with ample mocha brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell and Taste are earthy malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a surprisingly high hop presence. Not overbearing, but certainly there. Quite frankly, this tastes almost identical to their Mocha Porter which I had a few weeks ago. This further blurs the line between porter and stout in my opinion. It seems like it's really at the brewer's discretion whether they call their dark beer a stout or porter. I'm not mad, I love both, just an interesting thing to think about. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Finished the bomber with ease. A very solid offering from Rogue. They've yet to blow me out of the water, but they never really disappoint either. Just solid all around. Could have done worse for review #50.

Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, pitch black and sits under a huge fluffy head of brown bubbles.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and malt fill the nose with a bit of smoke.

Somewhat disappointing taste in that there's not a lot of it. You can pick up some roasted malt flavors, but there's no chocolate until deep into the finish.

The mouthfeel is what you'd expect with an oatmeal beer...very creamy and smooth. It's full bodied with a tiny bit of bitter in the end.

This is a good beer. No overpowering flavors, it's creamy and alcohol level is moderate. It's highly drinkable.

Photo of bierman2000
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate stout that is smooth and creamy..has a bitter finish at the end of each sip reminding you that it is a Stout and also a Rogue product. Black dark malty with a full nose of hops and wonderful creamy head..highly drinkable and a great apertif with chocolate.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a deep, dirty motor oil with over a finger of thick, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Roasty malts, coffee, a little chocolate and molasses.

Taste. Roasty toasty malt and a litttle dark chocolate. Slightly sweet with nice burnt toast and grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation. Fantastic for the style.

Overall. Great example of one of my fav styles. This bomber went way too quickly.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep motor oil black (but not quite as thick) with a very pretty tan head on top. And from the first smell, I can tell this is going to be a good one!

Aroma is wonderful roasty malt that just fills up my nose. Round and mellow smokiness.

Flavor is roasty goodness, almost charcoal, dry, astringent, with a bitter chocolate end. This is one nice beer.

Mouthfeel is much more full than most commonly available stouts, although still thin in comparison to the big Imperial Stouts.

Photo of supercolter
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, thick black, one of the few beers I can't see through with a light held up to it. Fantastic. Just a little light on the head and lacing. Smell and taste are very similar. Lots of malted oats up front with bit of nutmeg and dry/bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful, a bit too carbonated for a stout is my only qualm. But medium in body and swallow quite nicely.

Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a fruit-like aroma and some hop in there also.

T: A very smooth roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavor. There is a sweet fruity/hop taste and then a bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth and velvety. Not too heavy.

D: A very good oatmeal stout. Nothing is too overpowering, a very balanced stout.

Photo of BWH3
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout Rogue Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The beer stats as presented as only Rogue does.

Northwest Harrington and Klages malt, Crystal 135-165, Beeston Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, Rolled oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free range coastal waters, and Pacman Yeast. Plato 15, IBU 69, 135.45 Lovibond, and 77 AA.

Appearance: Still ink black beverage with only a glancing hint of red in the underbelly if tilted and held to the light. Head pours a cocoa brown. Initially large the head fades slowly into a thin sheet of foam then subsides into a ring. The beer does not cling to the glass like the chocolate stout. Classic American (4.5)

Smell: The aroma is rich with roasted malt. A very slight malt sweetness is buried underneath these black waters. A noticeable but delicate citrus/resin like scent of cascade hops is also detectable. Nothing unique or bizarre about this aroma, but it is very representative of style and has no flaws. (4.0)

Taste: Again, powerful and full flavor of roast grain. Bitterness is the flavor of coffee without astringency or excess acidity. The hops bitterness accompanies the malt bitterness well. The aftertaste has a slight burnt quality but does not linger long. The beer has a subtle creaminess and a nice dry finish. Nothing exceptional but no mistakes made. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Nice light medium body and fairly still. Nice dry finish on palate. (4.5)

Drinkability: If you want a thirst quenching, enjoyable stout to tip back over and over again all night, this is your beer. It does not have the depth that other popular craft stouts have (or Rogue Chocolate Stout for that matter) but this one has no flaws and is fairly robust in terms of flavor. (4.5)

Photo of Voonder
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for this!
Pours pitch black with huge tan head. Great looking stout. Smell - chocolate malts mostly, some cocoa. Taste - dark chocolate as it is, very bitter and chocolaty. Great stuff. Pretty much ideal stout - rich, smooth and easy enough to drink. I'm truly enjoing this one.

Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a recent trade with freberg. thanks michael!

my 200th review. woohoo! not bad for less than a year of reviewing.

pours almost black and nearly opaque with a half inch of dense brown head. the head drops fairly quickly to a thin film on the beer and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. milk chocolate. roasty. toffee. nutty, actually makes me think of their hazelnut brown nectar. light sweetness. biscuity malt. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. lots of roast. bitterness is actually higher than i expected, maybe a little too high. it really stays with you long after the beer is gone. toffee.

mouthfeel is great. big and full, with moderate well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is great. alcohol is well balanced, even if the bitterness is a little high.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed. It started with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Rogue St. Red, and Shakespeare Stout. I was about 23, and I ordered this often when a local pub used to keep this on tap.

So kudos to Rogue for doing it well, and doing it well for so long.

On to the beer...

Pours a deep flat black color with a big aggressive tan head. Mean looking beer. (but that's a good thing)

Aromas are of oats, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Flavors are very full, and upfront. There is a very oatmeal like character to this one, lots of cereal grain flavors, and notes of dark roasted malts. There are also oak, bitter chocolate, and smoke flavors as well. Finish is crisp, biting, and with some nice hop bitterness. This is a flavorful beer, that doesn't wack you over the head with too much. It's just tasty, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too watery and thin for my tastes. It's not bad, but just seems a little off for a stout.

Drinkability is great. This one is so easy to drink, and enjoyable. As good I remember it from years ago...

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the PDX rogue alehouse.

The beer pouts a beautiful dark black color with outstanding head retention and sticky lacing. The beer is very roasty on the nose with coffee, licorise and light sweet malt. The beer is very impressive on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. There beer starts out somewhat sweet, but then the hops come on strong and the beer finishes with good bitterness/dryness. The finish is long and smooth, and is quite delicious.

A very fine beer from Rogue. Surprisingly fresh and delicious here at the airport.

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

opaque black, with light tan colored head. decent lacing.

very sweet and "oatey" aroma. a little mocha.

well balance flavors of roasted malt and slightly chocolately sweetness. smooth body, creamy head. not too heavy. very easy to drink.

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking stout. Black, fairly mildly carbonated, yet managed a nice 2 finger tan coloured head after pouring into my snifter. Decent head retention, and nice, intricate, sticky lace.

A nice nose on this one. Chocolate malts and deeper notes of char apparent, as well as the decent dose of cascade with a grapefruity hop aroma. A creamy nuttiness and hint of rolled oats also present, along with a hint of anise.

Yummy stuff. Hazelnut and chocolate, hints of dark fruit, then some deeper roasted flavours of espresso that give a hint of char that morphs to give a hint of anise and a wisp smoke. All the while the cascades are trying to assert themselves, and manage to give a nice grapefruit finish.

A great mouthfeel on this medium bodied stout. Smooth, creamy, yet almost dry. Favours the chocolate malts slightly over the more roasted malts, the final balancing act is nicely done by the generous amount of cascades used in the hopping of this brew.

A pretty damn drinkable and tasty stout with a fair amount going on in it. Rich chocolate character and somewhat mild roastiness should make this a great stout for introducing newbies to the style, so long as they enjoy cascades. A very well made brew, wonder why it took me so long to finally crack this bottle, as it has been sitting in my cellar for a year or so.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

Photo of Naes
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with a large milk chocolate head.

Its aroma is roasty and chocolaty.

The flavor is just as stated above, roasty and finishes with a wonderful smooth chocolate taste. It’s a perfect balance between sweet and bitter chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated. It is also a bit sticky on the tongue.

It is delicious and dangerously drinkable. I will have to get more for sure.

If you like stouts, get this one and don’t be afraid of the sticker price, it’s worth it.

Photo of TMB0424
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into pint glass

Brew is a deep brown, almost black, body with lighter mahogany edges. A good sized fizzy, loose mocha colored head has great retention and left a lot of lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted fresh coffee with chocolate splashes. Nice element of darker fruits as well (plums, maybe grapes), mixed with molasses.

Taste is basically like the smell, extremely well balanced. Coffee, milk chocolate, sweet molasses and caramel. Ripe dark fruits come through as well, with hints of plum.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but very refreshing. Bubbly and fizzy from the carbonation. Creamy as well, but it suffers a little because it's a tinge watery. Drinkability is great - it's well balanced and easy to drink. The finish is a little bitter, mixed with coffee and chocolate - very nice. Great stout from Rogue.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings and spots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, roasted coffee beans, and some bittersweet chocolate aromas. Taste is of the toasted oats and roasted coffee grounds up front with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is an assertive roasted coffee/cocoa bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp but thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout with some nice coffee and chocolate flavors to balance things out. A bit too thin in my opinion.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,013 ratings.