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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,574 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,574
Hads: 3,266
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 288
Gots: 390 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,574 | Hads: 3,266
Photo of DESTRO
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with a tan lace. smells of coffee, roasted barley and a slight bit of hops. mouth watering indeed. the taste is the perfect balance of sweet malt and decent hop bite, simply lovely. a nice strong chocolate/coffee taste is the show. i seriously dig this alot. the mouthfeel is creamy and just right. i could drink this by the gallons. my favorite stout when im in the mood for something flavorful and filling.

$3.49 a bomber.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown head with deep black body and spunky lace.

Aroma: burnt barley, hops, burnt and burnt bread and burnt.

Taste: burnt barley, and burnt bread on a huge salad of hops. Smooth dark chocolate.

Mouth: Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drink: This evaporates before you know it.

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

Pour: black chocolate with bubbly tan head. Looks like a dark chocolate milk. Excellent lacing. Medium head retention.

Smell: aroma consisted of roasted black patent and chocolate notes, spicy hops, mocha. Very nice!

Taste: amazing balance of roasted malt and hops. Finishes rather dry with tasty chocolate and slightly bitter. Outstanding!!

Mouthfeel: a tad thin for a stout, but not bad at all. Nice carbonation. Very slick and easy going down.

Notes: I had four of these bombers at lunch, and I must say as much as I enjoyed them, they really filled me up. Not the best session brew, but oh so amazing!! Highly recommended.

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

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Effectively pitch black with a thick tan head. First whiff is hops. Sweet, wonderful hops. Upon further investigation, you can smell the malt undertones - thick, roasted, chocolately, and rich. The taste present all of this in a nice neat little package. Hop bitterness and roasted malt start off the ensemble. The bitterness carries through the middle, and the finish is wrapped in dryness and smooth malt. Very silky. A tad heavy for a session beer, but would make an excellent meal replacement.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is quite the beer. Its pitch black but a hint of light will show when held to the sky. A nice brown head sits atop this one. Its got a nice roasted aroma to it. As for the taste, it is mainly a roasted one, but it is very smooth tasting. It is also backed by a nice hoppy bitterness, also smooth and well intergrated. This is a very well put together beer, great tasting but well balanced. Highly recommended.

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Photo of alexgash
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark, pretty much black body with a medium sized brown head. A thing of beauty. I can see why this is called Shakespeare Stout, if indeed, Shakespeare was black and smelled of sweet roasted malts, rum-soaked coffee cake, and hops. Taste is not sweet as the smell might indicate, but loaded with malts and delicious roastiness. Very robust burned, roasty, coffee flavors--amazing. The only other stout that I can compare it to is Kalamazoo stout. Finish is delightfully dry and bitter with lingering chocolatey roastiness. I can tell the alcohol is there, but it goes down so easily. Maybe I will compose a sonnet to this beer, but on the other hand I think I'll just drink, enjoy, savor, and buy some for my family members for Christmas.

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

Good brew, terse review: Black, black, black. Slightly poofed tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted barley malts layer over a bitter-ish hop aroma. Coffee and toffee-ish flavors beat down most everything else, which includes subtle chocolate and caramel. This brew closes with a nice little hoppy finish. It's a bit too flavorful and overtly hopped to make a big drinking stout; I'd much rather put back a few oatmeal or chocolate stouts or even a Sammy Smith Imperial. In some ways, it almost suffers because of its flavor. Nonetheless, it's a great one.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasted malt nose with some hints of chocolate and hops. Trace amount of alcohol noted.
Appearance: Pure black. Started with a small tan head that faded about half way through the class. Only a suggestion of lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Classic stout profile. I experienced the taste of toasted grain with a sweet start, almost creamy taste that quickly transitions to a mild hop dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Seems light for a stout, but not watery. The beer has a slight hop/alcohol prickle, but almost flat in terms of carbonation, which is expected for style.
Overall Impression: Beer was better when it warmed a touch. Drinkability was good, the dry finish helped. Quite similar to Guinness to me, but lighter mouthfeel, sweeter, less carbonated, and more chocolate malt notes. I'm thinking I kept the bottle a little too long before drinking after comparing my review to others, but no date, so hard to tell. Over all, very enjoyable.

Rereviewed: Got another bottle, this one must have been a bit fresher, the hops really popped out this time, but a strong stout malt base kept it in check nicely. Scores went up, guess this isn't one to cellar, but enjoy young, at least for me.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful stout. Not too harsh, smooth, nice creamy head that seemed to stay a while. Even a Bud Light drinker friend I was with enjoyed it. The bartender suggested it, and I found his suggestion admirable. Seemingly a typical stout, but as a typical stout, this one is still very memorable and I will ask for it again, if I can find it.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a deep black color. On top was a very dark frothy tan head. This stout gave off one of the darkest head that I have seen. Lacing is present but it gets patchy around the glass. The aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, and roasted malt with a slight sweetness of chocolate. The taste is heavy roasted malt with a burnt coffee feel to it. After the swallow, it is nothing but a nice roasted malt bitterness with earthy tone washing over the tongue. Rouge beers have not disappointed me in anyway, nor do I expect them to. This stout is necessary for all to try!

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick frothy dark tan head sat for along time atop an ebony black brew which allowed no light to pass through.
Aroma: Oats with chocolate and a pleasent roastiness that balances very well.
Flavor: Creamy at first follows with a beautiful balance of sweet oats blended with carmelly malt flavors. Balanced with an almost imperceptible hop flavor that becomes more apparrent as it finishes. Finishes with a subtle bitterness that is more hoppy than roasted but it does contain both flavors.
Body: Excellent mouthfeel as this beer has the ability to carry through all of the flavors without being thick or carrying the flavors too far.
Drinkability: This is a very excellent stout that i would be happy to order whenever the mood strikes me for a stout.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely amazing beer! It pours a very deep, dark black color, topped off with a thick and creamy tan head that fades away moderately leaving a thin, sticky lace on the glass. The nose is full of coffee aromas, sort of like that aroma you get from the coffee pot when it’s been left on all day with about a half inch of coffee in the bottom. There is also a nice chocolate and nuttiness scents that push through the coffeeness. The taste is unbelievable…roasted chocolate malts give the tastebuds a huge smack across the face. There is also a bit of alcohol left on the palate. This is one great full-bodied stout that is highly enjoyable. It’s a bit filling though, after a 22oz bomber of this brew, my belly felt like I just eaten a 22oz steak dinner with big ol’ baked potato, I was stuffed.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing. It has a roasty, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes. I also detected a raisiny, alcoholic aroma. It has a rich flavor with a roasty, and chocloatey flavors. It finishes with a nice roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for a full-bodied brew. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber. Poured out pitch black (swear it just sucked in the light around it) with a fizzy brownish-tan head that faded very fast and left no lace.
Smell was all dark chocolate, coffee and malt.
Taste was like eating a baker's chocolate-covered espresso bean. Faintly sweet to start with a dark chocolate flavor which transitioned to a more bitter, espresso-like taste. All this was layered on a nice roasted malt backbone and well balanced.
Feel was dry, velvety and not as heavy as expected.
Drinkability is pretty good thanks to the finely balanced taste and fact that this beer gets even better as it gets warmer. By the time I finished, it was near room temp and better than when I started. Rogue created a good beer here which will really grow on you quick.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice, deep, dark, murky brown, with a head that looks like it came off a cup of hot cocoa. Truly unique.

Smell: Like rotting mocha.

Taste: Bitter. Hoppy. Chocolately. Your first sip of the stuff will make you want to immediately spit it out. A few sips later, however, and the complexities of the taste start to come out at you. The bitterness hits you like a slap across the face, waking you up enough to notice the chocolatey undertones. Quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: The taste makes it feel a lot thicker than it probably is. Goes down smoother than you'd think, considering the bitterness.

Drinkability: Wish I had a lot more of this stuff. Not to sound yuppie, but this is a beer for the refined palate. 2/3rds of your friends will hate it. Nonetheless, this is an absolutely wonderful beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 9 May 2002. Great chocolate/coffee flavor. Wonderful aroma. In my opinion, this is a great stout to use to introduce beer geek wannabees to some of the heavier artillery. The chocolaty taste & nice aroma will ease them into the world of better beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at Huckleberries in Spokane. Pitch black in color, with a big tan head. Smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted of toasty malts, with coffee and chocolate, finishing with a minor hoppiness at the finish. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. All in all, an enjoyable stout.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

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

Now Quaffing: Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Presentation: 22 oz. brown bomber.

This stout pours a viscous blackness into my chalice with no hope for light through the glass. There is a mocha brown head of fine bubbles and the lacing is good as the head recedes. Initial aromas are of roasted malts and maybe some barley. There is an exceptional creaminess to the mouthfeel which complements the full body perfectly. The tastes reflect the nose with roasted malts and some bakers chocolate. The finish is smooth and dry with a light hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palate between each sip. This is an exceptional stout from a world class brewery.

Notes: I usually prefer stouts at warmer temperatures. This is one that I truly enjoy equally both at refridgerated and cellar temperatures. I always drink one glass chilled and the other after it has warmed up a bit.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is addictive!! Jet black appearance with a creamy, ever so slight, tan head that crawls down the glass as you drink it. Smell can't be beat for me....roasty, coffee, slight hints of chocolate, all at the perfect 'strength'. I love the smell of this one! Taste has some bitterness, sweetness, and coffee to it, with a possible slight alchohol warmth, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, but not quite as thick as a Chocolate Stout. Drinkability only gets a 4 for me, as it is sweet and thick....but, it is still a very drinkable stout to be as thick as it is. One of the best!

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

22oz. brown bottle. Nice renaissance man with a mug in his hand on the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate syrup color. Great tan head with nice lacing until the end. The scent is medium roasted coffee. A bit of burnt caramel. The oats are there and it finishes with a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is primarily a nice burnt malt. Stong coffee with some chocolate. Caramel for sweetness. There is a nice hop bitterness. The bitterness mellows if the stout is drunk slowly. There is a mild unpleasant tang to the flavor. It does not make or break the stout but it just tips the scale enough for me. I would of gone 4.5 or 5 if it were not for the sourness.

If feels great. Nice and smooth. I knocked points off for drinkability because of the sourness again. It just lends itself to a bit of a carbonated and tangy ending. I will still buy this stout. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Elemental
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A darnn good beer, that lets you know that it is good from the pour. Its dark and aromatic with a hint of a sweet smell. It has a small amount of head. The taste is wonderful with alomst a hint of a coffee but this isn't overpowering by any means. Very malty and robust with a great bitterness to finish off the beer.
Bottom line: yet another great beer from Rogue.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love rogue. they seem to be the can't miss brewery thus far. their shakespeare stout is another over-achiever. pours a dark dark black colour with a mighty, lasting, tan head. chocolate and malt smells prevail here. this is echoed in the taste, which is pure liquid paradise. this brew is heavy but light at the same time. a damn fine, damn creamy stout. no complaints. one of the best stouts i've ever had.

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Photo of avylover
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pretty much black with maybe the slightest hint of mahogony brown in there. The head is brown, thick , & frothy, with major lacing. Smell is of burnt coffee & vinous fruit. Rather fruity for a stout really. Taste is dominatred by tons of sweet maltiness and a fruity background. Quite florally hoppy as well There is some coffee in there as well as chocolate, but these flavors are'nt all that pronounced. There is also a marked alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is silky, yet finishes a bit gritty from thick carbonation trying to poke through such a heavy beer. A good stout, but it seems a bit "all over the place" to me. This beer can't decide what it wants to be.

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

Beer pours black with a small but frothy tan head. Smell of burnt malt, a touch of caramel, and those signature hops. Taste starts with roasted malt, which gives the taste a creamy mouth feel, the sweetness of the malt is balanced with hop bitterness, and it finishes with coffee and chocolate tastes, still with a lot of crisp hops sticking around.

The malt and the hops are balanced very well in this beer. I didn’t think I would like it, but the hops don’t overrun the malt.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.