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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 175
Gots: 142 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of ehammond1

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:39:40 | More by ehammond1
Photo of DarthRadb

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Brown, Almost Black, Creamy Tan Head upon pour that fades quickly to nothing but lacing around the outer edges.

Smell: Roasted Malts, Chocolately Oats, bit of Toffee and Molasses. Very Slight almost fruity background yeast aroma.

Taste: Roasted Malt up front, Toffee in the middle, slight Chocolate Oats finish.

Mouthfeel: Very Refreshing, medium Carbonation, nice maltly, oaty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'm a fan of this style of beer so I find very drinkable, it's not a session or lawn mower beer, but I could put a couple bottles away with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 19:45:44 | More by DarthRadb
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, nearly imperceptible to see through. Thick two fingers of brown cookie dough head. Consistent lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of toffee.

T: Thick oat flavor all the way through. Great transition from oats in the nose to roastyness from middle to rear. Almost a finish of burnt grain hanging about.

M: Leaves a not too heavy feeling on the palate. Mouthfeel though does take a bit of the 6% with it.

D: Its very good, nothing overpowering or lacking.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 23:25:16 | More by BasementBer
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with slim chestnut edges. Zero head on this pint.

Smell -- The aroma is quite roasty with black malt, cocoa, coffee, and black strap molasses sweetness.

Taste -- Black malt, iced coffee, bakers chocolate. Molasses sweetness counterbalanced by earthy hops. The iced coffee flavor is uncanny. Very nice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with low carbonation. Otherwise, the body is on point. This lack of bubbles was probably the fault of the establishment I drank this at, but still is not distracting.

Drinkability -- Rogue fans usually cite this as their favorite offering, and I can see the appeal. Good balance and a nice blend of roast flavors. This is definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 23:55:44 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of lechroy


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle.

A - Nice brown head with 2-finger head that lingers. Nothing "Exceptional".
S - Love the sweet hints of chocolate and toasted oats and coffee here.
T - smooth. velvety beer that hides its 60 IBUs of bitterness extremely well. Maybe a touch on the hoppy side for an oatmeal stout. Very fresh taste.
M - great carbonation and a smooth beer for the gullet.
O - enjoyable, drinkable, doesn't get you canned in a single 22. I brewed a batch after enjoying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 04:25:24 | More by lechroy
Photo of brystmar


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark and beautiful in my pint glass. Lots of tiny bubbles ripple up the sides to support the brew's tan head. Average lacing.

S: best part of this beer! Huge oats & nutty aromas. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malts too.

T/M: dark, roasty malts; bitter coffee; chocolate and mild oats at the end. A creamy and smooth full-bodied brew.

O: great stuff from Rogue. Love the nuttiness in the nose, wish it showed up stronger in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:17:26 | More by brystmar
Photo of jgreenearrow


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque brown, nearly black color with thick fluffy head forming at the top of the pour. Significant lacing throughout the glass.

S: Roasted malts and coffee notes hit the nose. Creamy oat and caramel tones are also present.

T: Sweet oats and caramel tones burst onto the tongue at the outset of the sip. Some bitter coffee flavors enter in the middle to accompany the rich caramel flavors and linger through the finish of the sip.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Prickly carbonation hit the tongue from start to finish.

Overall, this is an excellent oatmeal stout. The complex flavor profile indicates the quality of this product and is exactly what one would look for in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:48:41 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of sendsilk


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid stout beer. Nice mocha head. Dark full looking body. Smells good, nothing outstanding.

Had no idea what to expect from this beer but Rogue has been pretty stand up in my book so I thought I'd try it. It was $7 for a 22 oz. bottle.

Good, solid stout beer. Would not turn it down, but would not seek it out. Happy to have it whenever it's around.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:44:46 | More by sendsilk
Photo of smakawhat


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Giant fist full head created off the pour. Head is tight like a rock with a fistfull cap like head and light brown colored. Falls fairly slowly, sitting on a dark walnut body. Not much else to say not much sticky lacing while drinking.

Good malt and mild cocoa off the nose, kind of has that oatmeal stout feel, that grainy husk thing going for it (similar to Samuel Smith). Feels a little dense. Things are looking up!

Taste at first is a bit bitter and a nice hop actually. Chocolate and malt feeling hits on the end with a nice roast that hints at cigarette tobacco. It's a bit wet though but also has a nice bitterness.

Overall I like my Oatmeal stouts just a tad thicker than this but you know I can't complain about this one right here, it will do no problem.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:34:03 | More by smakawhat
Photo of BranfordBound


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Mikro last week.

Pours jet black with a solid nitro head that leaves abundant lacing. What else can be expected from a nitro-tap?

Mild aroma of roasted malts and some espresso.

Very flavorful, at first there is a touch of roasted malt, then just a little chocolate, but the coffee, oats, and roasted aftertaste make this stout stand out. Very robust for the ABV.

Creamy smooth and at the lower end of medium bodied.

I drank this one slowly as I enjoyed fish and chips, this is an excellent stout regardless of the nitro-tap and I hope to try the bottled version soon.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-12-2011 22:54:01 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of robbrandes


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber, into a pint glass.

100% black as the sidebars here on the BA webpage. actually held the last 2" up to a lightbulb, still no penetration. nice, creamy brown head that sticks to the sides and hangs around through the whole glass.

the smell is a subtle mix of the chocolate malt, some earthy undertones and a bit of toasted maltiness. maybe a hint of fruitiness from the pac-man...

wonderful balance on the palate. no single flavor jumps out at you, but instead mingles together on the tongue. minimal bitterness, the hops are extremely smooth and the malt is robust enough to really round this beer out.

overall - i still prefer rogue's chocolate stout, but this is a solid, workhorse of a beer and always worth a roll.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:21:47 | More by robbrandes
Photo of harrymel


3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 16:31:24 | More by harrymel
Photo of jwinship83


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up because i havnt had this since i started my exploration of craft beer. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out an opaque black body that no light can penetrate. a finger of coffee colored head sits on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. you cant ask for anything more from this. perfect.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are dark roasted malts. not really burnt smelling, but definitely not light roasted. after that i get alot of dark chocolate and a little bit of smoke. dark roast coffee on the finish.

T- the taste starts out with the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that i get lots of dark chocolate and a little bit of milk chocolate. there is less smoke in the taste than in the nose. the coffee on the finish comes on strong and leaves a long lingering aftertaste.

M- thinner than im used to for a stout. on the lower side of medium bodied. the carbonation seems a bit high also. very smooth and creamy.

O- this is one of rogues better beers, although i think you have to pay a little too much for what you get. still a pleasure to drink and something that often gets overlooked because of how common it is. there is alot of flavor packed into this somewhat small beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:11:45 | More by jwinship83
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger frothy tan head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S - It smells of deep roasted malts up front. There is a pretty big hop presence here for an oatmeal stout. I am also getting notes of chocolate, coffee, a touch of dark fruits, and some smokiness.

T - This mostly tastes of dark roasted malts and chocolate. There are some notes of coffee, dark fruits, and theres some hop presence. The finish is dry and there is a slight hoppy bitterness as well.

M - It has a medium body with nice tingly carbonation. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. It's rich and creamy, and theres a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy, and I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 13:34:55 | More by JizackFH
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this from the handpump into a mug.

3.5 A: Black with a creamy brown cask head. Average retention and no lacing.

3.5 S: Some chocolate, oats, and yeast. Overall, rather dry and unassuming.

3.0 T: Pretty boring. Oats, somewhat chalky dryness, and woody yeast. Light roastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation for cask. However, it not ridiculously creamy like a lot of beers from cask. Otherwise, okay.

3.0 D: Not bad, but probably the worst cask beer I've ever had. Just not enough flavor going on.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2011 17:03:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, however underneath that I get some sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence. The flavor is rounded out with lots of roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and a touch or two coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, however i would have liked more of an oatmeal flavor less on the chocolate. Overral i still very much enjoy this beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 01:52:55 | More by bierguru
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height, reduced down to a small layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, but underneath that there is a sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence that caught me a little off guard. The flavor is rounded out with some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, but the hops knock it down a little for me, would have preferred a stronger presence from the oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:42:56 | More by mdaschaf
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3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upfront coffee with a subtle oat chocolate finish. With some time there is a very clear hop finish, every strong bitterness but hard to place with the coffee and oat aromas dominating.

Nothing stand out here, there's coffee and chocolate, slightly over powered by the bitter hops at the finish. Subtle oat flavors that seem to meld all of this together and create a very uniform flavor that mixes everything together vs spreading the flavors out.

Insanely smooth, mellow, the alcohol is hard to notice, the hops at a bit of a bite but exactly what is called for here.

Not the best oatmeal stout. There's a bit more that can be done here especially in the flavors. It's subtle in ways I don't love and yet it's so balanced it works. A great stout? Perhaps not, but a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:41:55 | More by bobhits
Photo of gskitt

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, a really nice selection from Rogue. Pours a black with a tan head. Lots of lacing. Smell was not overpowering, some roasted malts, not too sweet. This reminded me of a dry Irish stout, maybe thats the oatmeal. Chocolate notes with the accompanying bitterness, coffee, and some grain. Smooth and drinkable. A really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:29:35 | More by gskitt
Photo of jmdrpi


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:10:51 | More by jmdrpi
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a coupon for $1-off any bomber at Total Wine. Decided to grab something that I continually pass over. This one jumped out at me this time around. And it's a "Top-100" Popular beer to boot!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an absolute black. No light-penetrance at all. A small half-finger tan head sits atop. Retains well enough for its size. Minor bits of lace cling around. The nose is sweet with sugar cookie, oatmeal, brown sugar, and coffee. Very nice.

This beer starts out more on the bubbly side, which I wasn't expecting given that this is an Oatmeal Stout. As it warms, this mellows out to become quite a smooth drink. Shame on me for drinking it too fast! Big roasted flavors abound, but are well-balanced with sweet syrup, oats, and milk chocolate. Faint twig-like flavor on the finish. Good stuff here. Why I passed over this for so long annoys me. I'll have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 20:01:22 | More by Onenote81
Photo of cbgbslev

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: The stout pours jet black in color with a 1 finger deep mocha head. very good retention and very nice lacing.

S: I smell a little bittersweet chocolate and coffee and definitely oats.

T: I get a nice balance of oats and roast malt. some coffee and molasses. a little hop bitterness but nothing extreme.

M: Medium thick mouthfeel. velvety texture and perfect level of carbonation. I wish my mouth felt this way all the time.

D: I loved this beer and could easily have a couple more bottles. the alcohol is well hidden and doesn't detract at all.

I can't wait to add this to my list of go-to favorites. definitely having these in stock in my cabinet

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:45:14 | More by cbgbslev
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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bomber at my local bottle shop.

A- Good looking stout. It pours very dark, essentially black. A nice, full, dense head that is a fairly dark brown. The head dissipates within a minute or two with nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pretty good aroma. Smells of mocha and some nuttiness, but with a very nice malty body. Can't smell any hops or much alcohol on the back end.

T-The mocha, coffee like flavor hits immediately with the alcohol taking over soon thereafter. The alcohol is a bit overbearing and it lingers for a significant period of time after it goes down. The body doesn't have much sweetness to it in order to help mask some of the strong alcohol flavors.

M-The body does not live up to what the aroma promises. The beer feels unnaturally light going down with the alcohol overpowering the rest of the flavors. Alcohol lingers at the end.

D-I expected much more from this beer. Not something I would purchase again, whether it be in a bottle or on tap anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 02:53:55 | More by kbrady9
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: The beer pours black in color with a 1.5 finger mocha head that has moderate retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Oats, grapes, raisins, and that's about it. I was surprised there weren't more deeper roast/caramel/chocolate smells. Instead the overall smell is quite light.

T: There's a lot more roast in the flavor than the smell foreshadowed. I like the balance of oats and roast, but there's not much else there. I don't get much if any of the dark fruits that I was expecting based on the nose. There's also not much hop back end.

M: Pretty good aftertaste and nice level of carbonation, but a little bit thin for my liking.

D: Overall this has pretty good drinkability as it goes down easy, although the lack of complexity doesn't lend itself to wanting a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:29:37 | More by glazeman
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare oatmeal stout, draft

A Dark, can't see thru it. Small head, but with fine bubbles. 4 

S Chocolaty and not much else. 3.5 

T Deep roasted malt taste. Rich lingering roastyness. No hop flavor to speak of though there is bittering.  There is a little sweetness initially, but it fades to the roast 4

M Medium thick mouthfeel. A little thinner than I expected, more of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation seemed about right.  Nice lacing.  4

D A good repeatable beer, would have another. 4  

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:43:30 | More by boss302
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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