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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,976 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 198
Gots: 204 | 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 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
Photo of baiser
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured smooth and creamy, pronounced coffee/roasted aroma. Taste was like a rich espresso, with bits of bitter chocolate, finished with a nice hop flavour. This is a rich and creamy stout that will leave you wanting more. Well crafted, and worth every bit of hype it gets. Well done.

baiser, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not really a huge fan of stouts, but this one is actually quite phenomenal. The appearance is pitch black with an huge tan head that leaves a pretty, frilly little lace on the glass. The smell is very earthy, like chocolatey roasted malts and caramel. The taste of this brew is almost exactly like Rogue's Chocolate Stout. In other words: chocolatey, ever so slightly roasted malt. The bottle boasts that this beer is consistently rated as America's finest stout... I, for one, cannot disagree, but I would welcome anybody to buy me a stout of any other make if they thought it could be beaten. Either opinion would be highly subjective, but nonetheless, I doubt anybody could argue that this is not a VERY fine stout.

neonbrown82, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass....this has been sitting in my fridge for 2 months now, so its about 40 degrees, and I hope will be totally awesome.

A- pours jet black with a mocha colored, two finger head. Leaves some beautiful looking lacing along the rim.

S- getting a lot of chocolate...maybe moreso than the Chocolate Stout...and some coffee. There are some roasted malts in there too...smells like a good stout should. I approve.

T- mostly coffee, and its rather bitter. Its not overwhelming at all, really...very nice.

M- actually, its kind of watery. What the hell? Upon a second sip, there is some thickness there, but its not as much as I'd like...the feel is real complex, the more I drink. One sip it'll be thin, another it will be thick. Interesting. It gets a 4 for uniqueness

D- really drinkable stout. It doesn't have that creamy goodness you'd expect from an Irish stout, but that doesn't mean it doesn't go down smooth...it just goes down differently. Regardless, its very drinkable and something I'll definitely look to buy again

bigfnjoe, May 31, 2010
Photo of LarryV
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very black in appearance with a frothy tan head. Smells of slightly charred malt with a tinge of hops. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is charred malt with overtones of chocolate and coffee. Hoppiness is fairly subdued but balances out the malt so that there's no overbearing sweetness. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink.

LarryV, May 12, 2006
Photo of digitalbullet
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black with a tan brown head
Smell: Coffee with Dark Cocoa dominates this brew.
Taste: Just like the smell dark roast coffee with cocoa powder. Not much else.. But this is far from a negative.
Mouthfeel: One word. Smooth. Fine carbonation. Not to slick on the palate that can plague some stouts.
Drinkability: A fine example of the style. Another home run from Rogue.

digitalbullet, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night with a faint hint of ruby red. Dense, khaki colored head sits atop but minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chcocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, esspresso beans with a little dark fruit (maybe cherry) tart and biiter finnish.

M: Creamy and smooth yet dry. Light palate coating but not a huge aftertaste.

D: Excellent dessert beer. Enough uniqueness to hunt this one down.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near black with a nice brown head.

S: Plenty of coffee and chocolate alongside some roasted malt characteristics and a little bit of earthy bitterness.

T: Roasted malts is definitely the dominatnt flavor melding together with chocolate and coffee. All this is a bit balanced out by some earthy, citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.

D: Everything here was good, but for some reason it just really wasn't drawing me back for more.

Thorpe429, May 07, 2010
Photo of brewintheLou
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as a stout should and has a nice light brown head that slicks down the glass.

Smell is very strong and has a chocolate tone and a bit of a roasted malt.

Taste is roasty with a some dark chocolate. I am detecting a little chawkiness, but not bad enough to bother me. Mouthfeel is about right for a stout, being medium with a little creaminess. Great stout that will be had again.

brewintheLou, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Matthew
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized brownish bubbley head. The head slowly shrinks to a nice frothy covering over the top of the beer.
Aromas are not overpowering but very pleasant. Nice earthy roasted type flavors with a sweetness that reminds me of some chocolate stouts.
Incredibley smooth. Much better than I had expected. Nice smooth roasted malt flavors that blend into an earthy oat type flavor. The finish is of slightly bitter/floral hops. This stout is sweeter tasting than most but the sweetness really goes well with the other flavors in this brew especially the creamy character.
The mouthfeel is thinner and not as sticky as some stouts and the carbonation is minimal.
This is a great stout. Goes well with sweets.

Matthew, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of Beerzebub
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, thick dark tan head. Smells like cocoa and shortbready, biscuity caramel malt, coffee, toast, floral white wine notes. Smells rich and appetizing.

Tastes like rich dark chocolate and caramel malt, bitter dark roasted coffee, and bitter floral hops. More hoppy than most stouts, but not at all overly bitter; the balance between bitterness and rich malt is well struck. Fairly dry. Finish is bitter cocoa and coffee, lingering. Fairly rich, creamy mouthfeel, with a touch of stickiness.

This is a delicious stout, with its own West coast interpretation of the style.

Beerzebub, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of putnam
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great opaque brown color. The head is colored too; only it doesn't stick to the glass, has large bubbles and disappears quickly. The aromas are of candied dark-roast coffee beans, peat and carob. The taste is straightforward: mildly sweet and infused with sweet spices, coffee, potatoes, and charred radicchio. The finish is pleasantly dry and lingers just long enough to seem relevant. Not a bad stout at all. Can someone fill me in on the Shakespeare connection? Is this what he drank? I thought he was more of an ESB guy.

putnam, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of loren01
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with good sized tan head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Slightly smokey, chocolattey, roasted maltiness
T: Dark roasted coffee, slightly sweet. Slight dark chocolate taste. Finishes very earthy.
M: Well carbonated, full mouthfeel
D: Pretty complex tasting beer, would have this again for sure. Probably my favorite dark beer that Rogue has.

loren01, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops in the nose to start, with a little scent of coffee.

Pours a robust three-finger head with good retention - larger bubbles on the outside surround a creamy smooth interior head of a surfer-tanned color.

Creamy smooth sensation in the mouth when sipped, as the carbonation continues down the palate, carrying with it the bold hop flavor tempered by chocolatey, turbinado sugar malts and a lingering impression of leftover devil's food cake.

Excellent overall. Something Sir John Falstaff would have enjoyed for sure.

tubacharlie, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark black color, with only a hint of red along the edges when you hold it up to the light. Moderate tan head with good lacing. Rich dark-chocolate aroma with sharp, peppery hops. Initially sweet taste of cocoa & coffee, slowly bittering up after a few moments, to finish dry and roasted. Good, full body but not heavy.

allengarvin, Jan 06, 2006
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.