Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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3/5 rDev -27.9%
A: pours a dark definitive brown. One finger loose toasted wheat head takes it's time falling down to a thick sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.
S: toasty, smells of pine bark, evident bitterness on the nose here for me. hints of coffee, cocoa beans. Not bad, not what I had expected either. nice. Slightest hint of graham and cinnamon as it warms.
T: More coffee than anticipated, but def less than an east coast coffee beer. Bitter in the back. Not very complex. Plenty of oats, toasty oats.
M: Heavy with medium to high carb. Dry and cloying at the same time. Wish the carb was a bit lower and the beer was smoothed out more.
O: Decent beer, but not a go to for stouts, or oatmeal stouts. Uncertain of the greatness this beer has acheived provided the beer is quite simple.
04-02-2011 16:31:24 | More by harrymel
3/5 rDev -27.9%
A: Pitch black with a rootbeer float-like head (light and dark tan) that settles fairly quickly.
S: Smells delicious, roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of licorice. Very, very good.
T: This is pretty much an IPA mixed with some stout. First taste is very good, the roasted malts from the smell are very apparent at first, but after that first sip, those flavors seem to disapear. There seems to be a very strong hop profile in this stout, much stronger than in any other stout I've had. The bitterness overpowers the roasted malts, the chocolate flavors and pretty much any other stout flavors. Aftertaste is pretty bitter with a little bit of burnt malt in the background. Bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while. I think this is a very unbalanced beer. The high hop profile mixed with the roasted malts and chocolate make it almost taste sour. I know this isn't a bad bottle because I've had a few of these in the past before I decided to write a review and I had the same experience.
M: Pretty thin for a stout. Carbonation is high, but not bad.
D: I'm a huge fan of stouts and a huge fan of Rogue but this is the first time that I've had one that I didn't really want to finish. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's a bad tasting stout if that makes any sense. Not something I would pour out but definatly not something I would want when I am in the mood for a stout. This is basically a stout made with the hopheads in mind.
08-07-2006 19:12:33 | More by MLegendre
3.03/5 rDev -27.2%
Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.
From a bomber into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Pours black and produces a 2 finger, medium looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Black body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good film cap leaving some immediate clingy lacing. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Roasted malts with obvious oat notes in there. Sweet milk chocolate and notes of cream as well. Nice nose.
TASTE: Some roasted malts with oats and sweet milk chocolate. More roast and cocoa powder at the swallow. A mild aftertaste of roasted malt, cocoa and bitter hops. Decent, but nothing special, and not bold enough to really stand out from the crowd.
PALATE: Medium body and higher, prickly carbonation. Not as creamy as it could be for an oatmeal stout. Goes down slightly prickly and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Too prickly, carbonated, and not creamy enough.
OVERALL: A decent beer, but the palate let it down a little. This one is worth trying out, and definitely fits the bill if you're looking for an easy drinking stout, though I certainly wouldn't recommend going out of your way.
12-13-2010 14:20:45 | More by Jeffo
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
A: Pours jet black with a generous pour yielding a finger's worth of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a halo around the glass.
S: Oak, smoke, woodchips, double espresso, slightest hint of chocolate.
T: Dry, smoky woodchips and oak hit the palate first, followed by a slight coffee roast that finishes with slightly hoppy bitterness.
M: Soft mouthfeel for a stout, with a dry and uninspiring finish.
O: Not sure what the rave is all about with this one. It's overly smoky, has slight roast/coffee flavor, the only oats I get are of the dirt/earth variety, and not much going on here. Bit of a disappointment.
05-06-2011 03:19:27 | More by Krakistophales
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,839 ratings.