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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,116 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,116
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 243
Gots: 301 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 3,116 | Reviews: 1,567
Photo of Shrews629
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer looks almost straight black to me. Most have ruby highlights, but this one had light brown highlights. This is quite possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smooth and creamy head, but not real big in head size. Good retention and worth while retention.

Smell - Some dark roasted malt. Hints of a cocoa powder type chocolate. Some coffee notes, but not enormous amounts. Rather subdued really. Some sweetness breaks through from the chocolate.

Taste - The taste brought forth the roasted malt. Almost smokey in flavor. The coffee is more pronounced in the taste and the chocolate is there and balanced in admirably. I actually almost get a dry walnut type of flavor. A small bit of bitterness also. Not as creamy as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and mostly smooth. A little bit of sharpness from the coffee. Cloaks the palate fantastically.

Drinkability - This beer is most definitely worth one's time and effort. Good all around. More than solid. Easily drinkable. It could almost be a session brew, that's how easy it went down. Perfect for a chilly evening or afternoon. Would even be good as a night cap.

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

Pours near black with light tan head.

Nose is hop dominated with espresso and maybe dark roasted coffee beans.

On the palate this ale is big and roasty, full flavored, with ample hops to stand up to the roasty flavors. Finishes bitter, but bitter in a good way.

Photo of Furlinator
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BeerDocT
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that stouts are made in different ways, but is there really a need to micro-classify them into "oatmeal," "milk," "Irish,"etc.? I don't agree! A stout's a stout and this one is...well, let's just see... .

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Poured out of the bottle as a jet-black stream and managed to produce a half-inch, khaki-colored head in the glass. Completely opaque. Beautifully black.

-Smell 3.0: Distinctive toasted barely, "stout" smell. Slightly sour bouquet. Very subdued and rather flat.

-Taste 4.5: So smooth, I want to describe it as "smoove." Wonderfully subdued taste explosion and all of it big flavors: chocolate, toasted barley, slight hoppiness, all balanced by a semi-sweetness and the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful aftertastes of toasted grains with a dusting of dark cocoa. Yum.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Bottle conditioned? Maybe, but however they achieved it, the level of carbonation is perfect for this beer. Smooth "juiciness" in the mouth. Amazingly light and refreshing feeling.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. Smooth, warming and at the same time refreshing, this beer set the bar high for itself, what with all the awards won listed all over the bottle, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Worth tracking down and worth the $5+ pricetag per 650 ml bottle. That Pacman yeast should be proud of itself.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black color with a smallish khaki head that persists quite well. Smells of caramel and roast with hints of cream vanilla and earth. Light bits of dark fruit aroma as well as hints of light sugar round out the nose quite well. The flavor is roasty chocolate vanilla with a hint of chalk and earthy hops. Medium body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a really nice stout, approachable yet flavorful and creamy as hell.

Photo of Naes
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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 InkedinRi
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jwhancher
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with large mocha head. Some decent lacing & foam clings to the glass. Smells chocolately first, then roast character really takes over as it warms. Slight burnt character. Earthiness aromas as well, likely from the hops. Tastes a tad acrid from the roast. Subtle chocolate, caramel, light vanilla notes. Tastes bitter but not a ton of hop flavor. Again, the earthiness comes into play. Feels about medium to medium-full. Oats give it a nice velvety creamy feel. Overall, this is a quality beer I've been looking forward to trying for awhile. Would love to try this one super fresh when the hops are more fresh and in your face. (Didn't see a bottled on date.)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, frothy head that lasted a long time. Really good lacing.

S: Some chocolate, oats and hops. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Very roasted flavor. Oats, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes the same as it starts.

M: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O: This is an outstanding Oatmeal stout. Wonderful head, perfect roasted flavor and so creamy. I wish the nose was a bit more interesting. Overall, I liked this better than the Breckenridge.

Photo of dgilks
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wonderful, creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lovely lacing on the glass. This is a very appetising beer.

S - Some fruitness and a touch of roast are present. The smell as a whole seems quite dull.

T - Stacks of rich, strong coffee, a hint of tobacco as well. Lots of roast malt and some earthy hops as well. Overall, there is a lot of strong, dark coffee here and it is very powerful.

M - A medium body is accompanied here by a vibrant, almost prickly carbonation. Definitely not a thick and rich stout on the mouthfeel front. It also has a lot of grip around the back of the throat.

D - This is packed with flavour and so much so that it is almost hard to drink. It is a beer that is worth drinking but one is most definitely enough.

Photo of newk340
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a silky black pour revealing a thick, resilient khaki head.

S: a bold yet muted bitter chocolate aroma supported by a backbone of oats.

T: all the flavor resides in the lingering aftertaste of chocolates, oatmeal, and then dry oak, though on the whole, the flavors seem watered down.

MF/D: incredibly smooth, faint bubbles dance across the tongue before dissolving down the throat. easily consumable by a party of one.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark molasses with a soft off-white head.

Smell: Oatmeal and chocolate malts, grainy chocolate like scent.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate. Lingering chocolate bitterness in the mouth.

Drinkability: heaven in a bottle during the winter. This is a great oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's, but good none the less.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A: Very dark, almost black color with a creamy, dark mocha head that stayed throughout drinking and provided decent lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint smell of oatmeal, inviting a healthy taste.

T: A taste of chocolate, roasted oats, and that kind of slightly sour taste that's found in a Guinness. I wish the oatmeal taste was a little more present. The taste lingers long after you've swallowed your mouthfull.

M: Medium to medium-thick, with moderate carbonation. Seems appropriate to style.

D: This is highly drinkable. There is hardly any hint of alcohol flavor in this beer. A great winter warmer.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hadn't had a Rogue in awhile so I picked up this guy. Yesterday was a good pale ale and I thought I would change it around with a good stout.

As with most stouts this one poured out nicely leaving a thick bubbly-creamy head that was sort of a coffee with creme color. The beer itself was a dark chocolate color.

It smelled as I expected it to be. It was a bit sweet like chocolate and had coffee as well. Hops came out in the aroma too.

Like many stouts I drink I let it sit out for awhile so that it would be a bit warmer. I am able to taste more if I do so. The Shakespeare is definitely complex with chocolate sweetness but also bitter like dark chocolate and coffee. The hops made themselves known too. Although it's complex I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It wasn't too complex for me but perhaps the complexities didn't all add up for a beer that I enjoyed.

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ales Public House in SF.

Black color with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, toast, and a little chocolate although not nearly as assertive as in their chocolate stout.

Nice oatmeal smoothness on the palate. Fairly full body.

A very enjoyable beer overall. Rogue is underrated on this site I find. Maybe it's their price point.

Photo of Tbub18
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 22 oz silk-screened bomber served in a Great Lakes tumbler (thanks, BigErn, for the glassware). The ale is cool.

A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.

S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.

T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced hop content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.

M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.

D: Very drinkable, the hops are not too strong (like their Impy Stout) but they provide a nice presence.

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chimay challace and was very dark, almost black with luscious creamy head that breaks down fast but leaves a ring behind.

Smells is of heavy roasted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee with a tail of the alcohol which puts this near a session stout at 6%.

The carbonation hits you first with a creamy turn into a nice roasty malt backbone. Great crispness from high carbonation that finishes quick and clean.

Medium body for the style and more carbonation than I would expect which makes this a nice drinking stout that could easily turn into two or three before you know it. I can see myself going back for more and a nice offering from the fellas at ROGUE.

Photo of kkmiller76
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tviz33
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to pint glass

A- Pours jet black with a tall creamy brown head that sticks around for a while, leaving lots of nice lacing

S- Brown sugar, roasted coffee, oats, and a noticeable hop presence.

T- Fairly sweet, very roasty and earthy. Brown sugar is also detectable. Little alcohol burn, if any, and finishes with some balancing hops.

M- Quite creamy and smooth with a medium body. Low amounts of carbonation. Despite the sweetness, it's not too sticky.

O- A very good oatmeal stout that is about as balanced as can be. Not quite as good as Sam Smith's in my book, however.

Photo of tconboy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark jet black with a nice thick tan head, nice thick lacing. Aroma is hoppy, chocolaty, malty, sweet caramel. Great complexity, rich chocolate flavor with nice sweet caramel notes. Very easy to drink because of the incredible balance and smoothness. Definitely glad I picked this up. Recommended.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black. Large head – creamy dark brown, pretty good retention and lacing.

Some nice American hops pop out first – citric and floral. Then some chocolate and roasted sweet malt – strong and nicely balanced.

Sweet thick rich dense malt. Caramel sweetness roasted dark chocolate and lighter espresso notes. Fairly strong American hop flavor (mainly citrus with floral and spicy notes) and medium bitterness. Roasted barley earthy woody bitterness notes. Finishes medium-light bitterness and a little malt and citrus hop sticks around. Creamy oat touch.

Medium-full body, creamy smooth. Medium carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Notes: Now this is a stout. One of the best I’ve had. Stronger/bolder than Sierra Nevada’s. thick and dense stuff, it just keep coming out of the bottle and I am filling.

More Notes: Okay, I feel sick. This is soo much stout. I can’t handle it. You have beaten me Rogue! Death by tasty.

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 Spaceman_Jer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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