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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,935 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,935
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 192
Gots: 190 | 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 runner440
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty great. Big roast notes in this oatmeal stout. It is ridiculously drinkable, and this bomber is disappearing before my eyes. There are big notes of roast and coffee with a bit of chocolate in the taste. This stout should always been in any stout lover's refrigerator.

runner440, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of johnrobe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brew truly worthy of the bard. What a piece of work is this beer! How noble in color! How infinite in opacity! In smell and taste how regal in depth of roastedness. What is this quintessence of water, malt and hops? the paragon of beers! the beauty of the world!

Alright, enough of the blatant Shakespeare ripoff. As I poured this brew I thought it had to be the darkest brew I've ever seen. It looks like motor oil, completely opaque. Lots of roasted barley and a touch of molasses on the nose with some citrusy hops coming through as well. The taste is extremely well balanced. Roasted barley, chocolate, a bit of citrus, a tiny amount of caramel sweetness and just hint of smoke. Outstanding! I wish the mouthfeel was a wee bit thicker on this one. It is more reminiscent of a Porter in that respect. But the good far outweighs my nitpicking. Way to go Rogue!!

johnrobe, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out 'Ebony in color' as the label on the bottle states. I'll go along with that. No head at all. I poured a little rougher, still no bubbles. Hmmph...

Aroma - Big chocolate nose, dark espresso notes. The anticipation makes it kind of hard to want to pick out anything more, let's taste this beer!

Taste is big on coffee and hops out of the gate. As hoppy as this is, it was well-masked in the aroma. Turns smoky with lots of charcoal and drying after that. Finishes with a blend of hop bitterness and coffee which go hand in hand. Lots of smoke and lingering charcoal on the aftertaste. Either as my taste buds adapt or as it warms or something, the flavor makes a turn for the sweeter about halfway through the 11 ounce sample (I split this with my bro).

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating. More carbonation than expected, that too was not revealed on the pour. This beer is full of surprises. Even with the active bubbling in the mouth, they have no effect on a long-lasting aftertaste that really draws out the enjoyment of this beer.

More drinkable in colder temps to be sure, a great fireside beer. Sampled on a crisp fall day in Cincinnati enhances my score on this category.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

superspak, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours ebony in color with a 2" creamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly as I let it sit for 30 seconds, to a nice brown surface layer.

Aroma is lots of earthy roasted malts, along with a deep dark coffee roast aroma that comes through as an underlying characteristic along with some caramel and chocolate.

Sipping, the body is not as big as i expected, and the sweetness is not there that I thought would be. Instead, it is rather bitter, but has some slight sweetness deep down. The carbonation is rather light and tingly, and the body smooths out a bit, along with a very bitter, mellow finish. A little drying on the finish tingles my tongue, as a slight chocolate flavor comes through that reminds me of chocolate powder mix. Reading the label, I saw that cascade hops are added, and I could imagine that that is where the bitterness comes from.

Excellent brew! It wasn't what I totally expected, but this one is not too sweet to consume by myself. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone!

Fish113d, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black pour with a thick head of brown bubbles. Smell is roasted oats, baker's chocolate, and a mild espresso scent. Some hop in the nose, but not overpowering.

Taste is an interesting case, it's not overly sweet but there is a definite dark chocolate flavor on top of a roasted malt note that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a nice hop presence offsetting some of the roastiness. The alcohol is just barely there, but you'll notice it. The mouthfeel is just a tad thin and watery for me. It's a delicious stout; one of the better ones I've had in a while.

whartontallboy, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz,. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with just the barest hint of ruby at the bottom when seen through light. Three inch tall light brown head receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and black coffee.

t; Black coffee and dark chocolate followed by quite a hop bite. Bittersweet finish becomes sweeter as it is consumed.

m: Moderate, silky smooth.

o: A very good oatmeal stout, rather more bitter than some from the almost 70 IBU's, but enjoyable as an American west coast take on the style. The bitterness makes it seem like its ABV is higher than 6.

scotorum, May 28, 2014
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color (nothing but black, no ruby/garnet hues) with a huge tan colored head.

Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts, not too strong on the smell.

Taste is of sweet chocolate initially followed by some coffee and some roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a tad more carbonated than I would like but still good and I could drink this stuff all night. A very solid stout that I do not purchase enough.

hckyfn9999, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Coplains
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle to a pint glass. Pours pitch black with good tan head that strays around. A very alluring nose with lots of malt, xoffee, chocolate. Taste is very good with lots of dark roasted malt and a good hop balance. Another very good beer from a very consistently great brewery.

Coplains, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this with a somewhat free weekend and the return of cold weather here in the northeast. I'm attempting to get through the top 100 beers brewed in the United States and this barely made BA's list. While I thought it was a bit overrated, this was a great brew nevertheless and a pleasure to have on a cold winter's night!

The pour to this was good, with a very dark brown hue and a bit of mahogany around the edges. The lacing wasn't really there, but the head was quite frothy and long lasting. As for the mouthfeel, it was a bit thinner than I envisioned but overall, just about right. The oatmeal and a bit of a grainy texture can be felt up front as the chocolate and espresso slowly took over in the back. Only the bitter notes lingered, but this wasn't that strong for a Stout and it surprisingly didn't have a strong alcohol presence to it at all.

At 6.00% ABV, this is about as drinkable as this style gets. The best aspects of this beer are the roasted, melted-chocolate aroma and the relatively easygoing drinkability. For this time of the year, it's about as good as it gets, even if you want to down the whole bottle by yourself!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. A generous, brown head formed on top of the black beer, leaving a nice amount of lacing as well.

Aroma is basically chocolate and coffee with a touch of hops. Nice aroma.

Taste reflects the aroma. Bitter chocolate and coffee. Molasses. Nice and dark tasting.

Slight pucker to mouthfeel brings this baby home. Very enjoyable. Must have more!!

SaCkErZ9, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Black, barely any hues when held to light. Massive 3 finger mocha head that's rocky and foamy and dissipates ever so slowly.

S: Oat, chocolate, roasted malts, prune, molasses

T: Dark roasted malts with a little bitterness, prune on the high end, smooth chocolate and molasses malt base. There's a bit of hop presence in the background, mainly floral with maybe a hint of lemon, that mainly comes in strong in the beginning, fades in the middle, and returns upon the finish. Finish is bittersweet, similar to an oatmeal chocolate cookie (but bitter) with a twist of leaf/lemon. I've heard people say they tasted coffee in this, but I don't get any. There's some roasted bitterness that could be mistaken for coffee, but I think it's just a combination of roasted malts and leafy hop bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation and medium to full body. Probably one of the fuller and richer bodies on a regular ABV stout. Super smooth.

D: Fairly high. The flavor is rich and the hops aren't too much, the finish is mellow, bittersweet chocolate, and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. At 6%ABV, I could drink this all day.

Satchboogie, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew at El Bait Shop on St. Patrick's Day so it was in a plastic cup, so that might have affected the taste slightly. Even so, it was fantastic.

The glass came filled with this dark, perhaps light absorbing beer that had a creamy dark brown head that didn't surrender until the end. Several sniffs detected some toffee notes. Several gulps detected toffee and mocha flavors. IT WAS SUPER SMOOTH, an 8.5 out of 10 for smoothness. The taste lingered for a bit and was very appreciated. I will definately have this one again sometime.

DesMoinesMike, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Jadjunk
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#97. On tap at summits' wayside tavern in Snellville, GA.

(Appearance) Arrives cold and black as night. No visible carbonation. Not much exciting but it does alright. 3.5

(Smell) cocoa bean and oatmeal malt. Slight bitter espresso coffee tones Earthy hops. Well balanced and potency is not bad. 4.5

(Taste) Very thin cocoa flavor and a light touch of coffee. Tastes earthy with some very bold characteristics that complement and round the other flavors. Toasty wood tones also here, light smoky finish. Slightly on the thin and borderline bitter side, but overall pleasant taste. It could go anywhere from here, with wildly varying results. I found it original and pleasant overall, and would leave it just about the same 4.5

(Mouthfeel) that oatmeal Pairs well with this thin beer to make a smooth textured but creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Alcohol is tough to detect. 4

(Drinkability) Fairly drinkable. No flavors are straining and that smoky finish avoids being cloying. ABV is good. Slightly filling, non expectedly. I'd be likely to get more. 4

Verdict:

Jadjunk, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is inky-black with brown highlights, no light transmission, and a brown head that fades too quickly into just a ring (lost points for that). Aroma is strong, dark and sweet, malty with hints of sorghum.

Taste is roasty, very dark patent malt but rather dry instead of sweet. Some elements of espresso, baking cocoa and molasses among some respectable bitterness for a stout. Bit of an unusual tang of dark fruits, maybe raisins or prunes, and now that I read other reviews, the rich oaty taste becomes evident.

Body is not thin but the mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected. Probably keeps its drinkability higher, though, as anything thicker would cause that number to fall. Tons of flavor, an excellent example of a very good dry stout that certainly beats the pants off a Guinness.

assurbanipaul, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of TheBierBand
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

TheBierBand, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a jet black with a decent cafe au lait coloured head. The lace cligs all up and down the glass.

S-Dark roasted malts, plenty of chocolate and coffee. A little mild smelling

T-a deep rich coffee taste pervades this. Very nicely done. The roasted coffee taste also lingers in the aftertaste as well. The aftertaste also allows the hops to peek through with a little.

M-Very chewy. very rich perfectly carbonated for the style, slightly bubbly.

D-This is a stout I should be having more often. It is going down easily despite the hangover

sleazo, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Color is a nice inky oil slick black with reddish highlights near the bottom of the glass. Smells spicy and burnt, with some hop resins, nuts, and a slight red berry fruitiness hovering over singed caramel, wood char, and dark roast coffee. Palate is simultaneously roasted, nutty, and slightly tart, with coffee and chocolate flavors providing the base while redskin peanut, lemon rind, and chalky minerals add nuance. Reminds me of a thin to moderate bodied top-tier Irish dry stout with an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness has to be experienced to be believed. A drinkable oatmeal stout that has some hop presence and is curiously devoid of prominent sweetness. Screams "American" when compared with excellent British examples like Samuel Smith and not in a bad way.

CalgaryFMC, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. There is a ton of sediment suspended in the beer even though I poured carefully. There was also a lot of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate, with quite a bit of hop bitterness and bitter dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

While I have never tried this side-by-side. this beer reminds me quite a bit of Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

Mora2000, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark brown that doesn't quite hit black. Gorgeous and thick brown head that stays for a while and eventually leaves rich lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

A wonderful aroma of coffee and chocolate. Little hop presence. Smells rich and lovely.

An incredible amount of flavor. There's tons of coffee, and chocolate, and even some significant hop presence. Bitter yet sweet, nearly perfect. Very good.

Rich mouthfeel, ample carbonation, very nice.

An exceptionally good oatmeal stout. It does everything right.

ehammond1, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of zjungleist
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly black with a nice tan head. The smell is not very heavy, but I got pretty standard chocoalte and coffee with some resonable hops. Taste is nice and rich, with lots of chocolate and espresso, sweetness and hops to finnish. Mouthfeels if velvety and well balanced. Drinkability is high, but not too high. Good stuff.

zjungleist, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cola color with ruby highlights around the edges upon the pour. The head was creamy, soft, 2 fingers in height with a dark mocha color leaving a sparse film lacing.

S: dry citrus, pine and fresh roasted coffee bitterness blending together beautifully.

T: The initial flavor was bitter, roasted coffee grains though, the flavor thins out towards the end of the sip. There was some dried citrus, pine and a acrid roasted bitterness. Finishes with some burnt roasted coffee grinds, burnt chocolate, and a charred smoky woodiness.

M: light, oily, with a sharp, acrid bitterness of roasted grinds lacing the tongue that just seem to linger on and on.

D: Decent drinkability, was bitter but the body seemed a tad thin at times. Takes a few sips before you may warm up to this but goes down easier after that.

beerthulhu, May 12, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Great appearance: solid dark with a really thick, I would say inch, light chocolate head. The head laced away to this creamy lacing and thin, consistent head. Aromas have a frosty punch to them. Rich in roasty mocha, yeast/bread, malt, slight vanilla, dark chocolate. The taste is more or less the above mentioned flavors but with more of a roasted, bitter feel to them. Great stout body; really helps enhance the flavors. I think the drink got better after sip; great stout!

fitzy84, May 21, 2008
Photo of theopholis
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Poured perfectly black into an imperial pint glass. This is the 1st beer that I've reviewed that is perfectly black, even when held up to a light. The head is a very dark tan, very creamy and tight, but does not last long. Some lacing, mostly at the original liquid-air interface after each drink.

Aroma-Smells mainly of roasted malts, coffee. Also something that smells yeasty to me in the beginning, but that smell quickly dissipates.

Taste- begins with lightly bitter coffee on the tip of the toungue and intensifies at the back. As I swish it around in my mouth, I get a different bitterness in every part. A nice complexity for a stout.

Mouthfeel is good. A nice, oily feel that lets you know you actually have some beer in your mouth. Carbonation level is perfect.

Drinkability-very good if you like stouts (I do). Not a beer I'd drink during the day, but a great beer for just sitting in front of the tube and vegging out after a tough day at work.

Caution...failry bitter and slightly acidic. If you have acid-reflux, make sure you have some Tums ready.

theopholis, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very dark with very little carbonation. the head stays less than a 1/4 inch of tiny dark bubbles that take forever to dissapate. Lacing stays where the level started.
Smell is chocolate fruity hops. As it warms you can smell something a little sweeter like mabey a coffee with toffee?
First taste is chocolate and hops. No fruit. Second sip reveals more dark fruits like apple with a coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Only the dark hops are left on the palate with mabey a hint of coffee/chocolate lingering.
Rogue is a great brewery for sure. I could drink a few of these at one sitting.

peabody, Aug 17, 2006
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
91 out of 100 based on 2,935 ratings.