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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,564 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,564
Hads: 3,221
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 274
Gots: 356 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,564 | Hads: 3,221
Photo of doho95fu
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have become a big Rogue fan and I would have to say that Stouts (all) are my favorite beers, but this beer I found to be only good, not great. The color is black with a medium brown head that is thick after the pour but fades quickly. The smell is hoppy, but I didn't notice much else. The taste was just bland IMO. I caught some hints of malt and coffee but nothing really stood out. I think with beers that I expect to be good, that I often feel let down when I try them. That may be the case here. Altogether, this is surely a good beer, just less than I thought. (568 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Still The King of Stouts. I got slightly less aroma from this draft example , and maybe a bit more mouth feel and body compared to the bottle, but hardly a difference beyond that. Black as night, massive brown head, aromas of roasted grains, coffee, charred wood and flowery hops. Full bodied and hoppy, lush and smooth mouth feel with rich textures of oats and caramelized brown sugar, more fresh hop flavors and substantial bitterness balance this exceptional stout. Intense hoppy/ bitter aftertaste. All the flavor and body of an Imperial stout w/ out the alcohol presence.
Another true work of art from the good people at Rogue. (635 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid black with brown at the edges, creamy thick head. Potent odor of roasted barley and burnt flavors. Big malt characteristics, twinges of coffee and a good deal of strong bitter chocolate, some caramel and a slight butteriness deep down. Very mild sweetness and a big hunk of oat. Hop bitterness is attenuated by the burnt malt flavors but the dryness is extremely prominent. Mild hints of grasses and green vegetables as well as slightly offputting brown sugar and molasses. A very thick, sticky beer which is not cloying thanks to the hop dryness. Still not a particularly good session stout - I discovered this the hard way. It's a good beer, but unworthy of all the acclaim; perhaps this and Sierra Nevada are the prototypical West-Coast stouts.
updated 3/04 (767 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout exemplifies balance just as well as or better than any stout I've tried. Pours opaque with a frothy brown head that lasts indefinitely. Nose is of the roasted variety with a bit of chocolate and coffee characters. Taste is nearly unsurpassed. Notes of hoppy bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee are all there. Excellent mouthfeel. Finish lingers for what seems like forever. It's hard to get enough of this blissful stout. (455 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a dark brown head. Bittersweet chocolate aroma and a hoppy aroma (similar to many imperial stouts). Bittersweet chocolate taste with a hoppy bitter finish. Medium bodied (leans full) rich and creamy. A bit oily (oatmeal?).

Note: this beer was #3 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World" (321 characters)

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

22 oz bottle, pours black as night, nice tan head, aroma of roasted malts and strange citrusy hop smell, well balanced roasted malt and cofffee flavor, this stout has a nice hop bite, and finishes sort of dry. (209 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ebony body with a nice tan head that sticks very well. Interestingly enough, as you swirl the beer to rouse more head, it gets darker around the edges. Cool...

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and cascade hops. Great aroma!

Taste: Here's where it get's strange. There's a lot of malt flavor in here, but I think they use way too much cascade hops. It's out of balance and inappropriate for the style. Bear in mind, it's not hop bitterness, it's hop 'flavor.' However, I still like this beer very much. It's one of my 'regulars' and will continue to be, despite it's balance flaw.

Mouthfeel: Has a good chewy mouthfeel to it. A 22oz bottle of this on a cold night has a very nourishing effect.

Drinkability: Well, it is a strong stout, so don't expect to kill pint after pint, but it's extremely drinkable for it's style. The mouthfeel is just right...not thin, not soup-in-a-glass.

To sum up, I think this is an amazing beer, and one that I always grab at least one bottle of when the weekend comes. Having said that, I think it could be improved upon by going easier on the hops. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent stout! 22 oz "bomber". Pours out black with a thick, medium brown head. Aroma combines sweet scents of chocolate, caramel, oats and coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full-bodied. Tastes are of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and roasted malts. There's a smoky bitterness in the finish. This is the first Rogue beer that I've tried and I have to admit that I'm very impressed. (405 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of coffee, chocolate, and cameral are of top-notch Stout quality. The bitterness of the hops, on the palate, are a welcomed addition. The roasted malt is delicious. It was close to perfection. Shakespeare Stout does finish dry (and somewhat bitter), which is quite enjoyable. The nose matches the flavors perfectly and the midnight black body is awfully enjoyable to look at. The head is tan/brown and it is long lasting.

This Stout is praiseworthy of it's “top rating”. No doubt about it, this is one damn fine brew! Drink up! (554 characters)

Photo of Kwak
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exccelent from start to finish!
IT sat hevy in the glass and look liked mud.
The head was tastey with a rich tan color.
It was a dark and thick body, flavor in every sip.
Its after taste was filling and a littel warming.


Great Showing Rouge

I must stop now and get another. (298 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed my first Shakespeare Stout this evening, and it was killer! Comparing the texture of this to motor oil is not exaggerating at all. Pitch black, moderate tan head. As for the taste, it was a pretty complex mix of smokey coffee and chocolate with a great hoppy bite that is prevalent but not overpowering.

For some reason, the flavor of this really reminds me of being at the beach on a cold day and has almost a saltwater quality to it, and I mean that as a compliment. This was one of the best beers I've had to date. Not quite as good as Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but better than Storm King. (607 characters)

Photo of Lupe
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with brown highlights, looks like molasses when being poured. Cappucino colored head that starts out big and settles into a thin sheet with wispy lacing. Aroma is of hops and chocolate malt. Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Perfectly balanced, I did not find this to be too bitter, more of a roasted or bitter chocolate than a predominating hop bitterness. Finishes nicely with a tingle on the tounge and coffee aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, and amazingly easy to drink. Glad I picked this one as my birthday brew. Simply amazing. (606 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big stout poured a very deep brown black, the head was bordering on brown. A roasty nose dominates and a good roasted finish coates your palate. A smooth yet very hoppy stout (66 Ibu's) very well balanced and decadent. It packs a wallop at almost 8% so a near perfect to perfect drinkability score, at least for me is denied. Excellent stout from a fine brewery. (371 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

“Blessings of Thy Heart, for Thou Brewest Good Ale”, Shakespeare.
It’s obvious to me that Shakespeare was writing about Rogue Ales all those years ago.

This is a very dark beer. An ebonyious, deep dark brown (it is not quite black on close scrutiny). A thick pouring, viscous fluid, from a 650ml “Bomber” Bottle – which so reminded me of Heavy Oil. The head has a tremendous capacity for voluminous expansion when first poured, and resembled a brown cylinder of Styrofoam, which then slowly subsided, and settled down to ¼” velvety smooth dark brown coaster type head. Not much lace at all, good because that would be a waste. Nose is dominated by Cocoa, with some lightly roasted malts and a feint, almost dark chocolaty, sweetness. Huge mouthfeel which does not disappoint at all, and adds great character to this Stout. This is no "wannabe" Stout; it is definitely up with the Big Boys. It is what I would refer to in England as an Extra Stout. Initial tastes are again cocoa, some coffee, heavier roasted malts and molasses. Dark fruits are hidden here – they appear as the beer warms. There is some lemon character as well in the middle – where do I get this? (Hops!??), I really don’t know! – but I do get it, so it’s reported. Finish is dry with more bitterness offsetting the earlier chocolate sweetness. A great lingering impudent finish. You know from the beginning that this beer is a Stout, it is resolute ‘start-to-finish’, and it does not disappoint at all. Fantastic!

Shakespeare also wrote;

"Never shame to hear what you have nobly done"
Coriolanus, Act ii, Sc.2

NICE ONE ROGUE!!!! (1,628 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown - almost black - body capped by a full, foamy, dark brown head that drops but keeps a solid collar and decent surface covering. Lacing is minor with just some thin lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly sweet and cocoa-ish with some sharp fruit (citrusy hops combined?) but only minimal roastiness. The body is thin/medium with a tiny bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor grabs your attention with a sharp acrid bite upfront, then reveals a dark fruitiness, roasted malt, and then light cocoa. Although it's substantial bitterness is noticeable from the start, it finishes dry with a flourish of even more prominent bitterness, some hop flavor, and a lingering roastiness. It starts big and finishes big! Quite bold. An interesting beer to linger over as it reveals itself more fully once warmed. (865 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout pours an incredible jet black with damn near a black head from a 12oz brown bottle. Again, the head is damn near black and consists of firm and closely packed bubbles that try to scale the sides of the glass as if it where under siege. The pour also gave the impression that Shakespeare Stout had a viscoses element similar to 90 weight gear lube.

Palate is also viscoses with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. We are talking knife and fork stuff here guys and gals with major mouth feel.

The alcohol component will light your after burner, leaving you with a very nice glow!

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer! (662 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opeque black look with a creamy thick brown head. In tense cocoa and sweet nose. Big flavorful initial taste of smooth roasted malt then a big blast of expresso and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is rounded with bitterness. There is also a slight alcohol dryness to the tongue.

I know there is no such thing as the "perfect beer", but if you compare this beer to other stouts you have had... it will be "the stout". Conplex, refined, and proof that an American Craft Brewery can produce a world class stout. I finally know now why this style is called "stout"... it stands on solid foundations. Yummmmmm! (618 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful thick black with a large 3 finger brown head that hangs around leaving a lace down the glass. The smell of the cascade hops and roasted chocolate are evident and smells absolutely delicious. Wow! Great brew with flavors of chocolate roasted malt with the hops balanced superbly and the chocolate hangs around to the end. This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel and leaves your mouth begging for another swallow. Only my second perfect 5 in 100 reviews. I couldn't find anything wrong with it, period! What a way to enter the mug club and I was saving it for that! Cheers! (595 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in color, but with some brownnish-red highlights. Thick coffee foam settles slowly to an espresso crema-like cap.

Nose is all cascade, and a lot of it. One has to work to get any of the malt and coffee notes that one knows are there. These are easier to pick out as the beer warms.

Palate is out of balance for this taster - too much hop flavor. Not too much bitterness, but it tastes almost like a hop tea rather than a beer. There is some nice malt, coffee and bitter notes, but they are simply overwhelmed by the cascade flavor. Definitely a quality brew, but not to my taste. (607 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick, black beer with a dense, creamy, tan head. Great roasted grain and hop aroma. Drinking sensation is full and heavy, and the taste is intriguingly bitter. Coffee, caramel, and roasted/burnt grains. The bitter finish is simply outstanding. I keep thinking that this is what other stouts aspire to be when they grow up. (337 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick and opaque with a dense ring of brown foam forming around the glass. Aroma is of roasted barley and caramel malt sweetness with coffee, chocolate, hop and vanilla notes underneath--very inviting. Flavor is balanced between roastiness, caramel sweetness, dark-chocolatelike bitterness and the underlying bitterness of the hops. Pleasantly bitter and roasty finish with residual sweetness to make the lips and tongue smack. This is one damn good beer! The ultimate beer drinker's beer.

In my opinion, no other stout in the world compares as far as I have tasted. This is the best stout I have tasted, bar none. Get some now! (633 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque, with an impressive dark tan foam topping it. This settles, but stays pretty thick and leaves patchy lace. Dark chocolate aroma with some citrus and fruity hop character mixed in. Great malt/hop balance in the taste. Chocolate in the front and citrus in the finish. A bit of roasted/coffee character in between. Fantastic mouthfeel, probably the smoothest stout I've tried! Great complexity, Close to full-bodied, but you could say it's medium-full bodied. Just a wonderful taste from start to finish. Exceptionally drinkable! I can see this being a regular favorite of mine. (606 characters)

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

What a great beer. It was more bitter than I expected, but after the initial surprise I just sat back and enjoyed it. Strong chocolate aroma. Almost black color with a thin but beautifully dark brown head. This is definitely on my "buy again" list. (248 characters)

Photo of usualpulp
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very black color, with a thin brown head. The head doesnt stay as long as expected. There are slight smells of coffee beans and chocolate on the first sip. Upon first taste one notices spice and malt, and a hint of coffee and clove. This is a good example of a stout, not quite as creamy as i would have liked, but very good as far as stouts go. I would definately reccomend this beer to my friends. (417 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (524 characters)

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.