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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,772
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 173
Gots: 137 | 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 Fatehunter


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a snifter. Black. Tan half inch head that lasted a minute, then down to just lacing the rim.

S - Roasted and burnt malt dominates, but a faint cocoa comes through.

T - Smooth, balanced malt at first, then toast, ends with a combination of burnt malt and bitterness. Complex, but it all goes together well.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation that bites the tongue a little at the end.

D - Super-duper stout. The stout standard bearer. The burnt malt and bitter hops flavors are great and what I look for in a stout. Not a criticism, but the chocolate really does not come out in the taste.. other than balancing out the bittering hops. I personally like this but be advised that this is not a CHOCOLATE beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:58:23 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of madvermin


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin black, with a decent amount of head.

Smells of bits of coffee, and generally of pleasant dirt, a little bit of pine in there too.

Tastes very earthy, with chocolate and oatmeal sourness in there a bit.

Thin texture was pleasing in this case, this was an easily likable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 08:06:47 | More by madvermin
Photo of rrski198


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at I-Tap in Chesterfield, MO.

A: Jet black. Average tan/off whit ehead. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild hop character on the back end.

T: Deep dark chocolate, raosted nutty flavor and dry bitterness. Almost spicy ont he back of the tongue.

M: Good carbonation. Decent body and very dry and bitter on the back of my tongue.

O: A quite pleasant stout. I enjoyed this more than most average oatmeal stouts. I would buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:32:22 | More by rrski198
Photo of herman77


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a creamy dark beige head. Good retention. Excellent lacing that leaves sheets around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, slightly burnt carmel. A bit of coco sweetness and coffee.

T: A bit boring and dull at first. Hints of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Then comes huge amounts of hops for an oatmeal stout. Lots of roasted, borderline burnt malt and more hops in the finish. A west coast interpretation of this style for sure.

M: Medium body. Smooth, but not creamy at all. I like my O stouts with that creamy mouthfeel, this one is lacking.

D: Decent drink, but too much hops and burnt malt for my liking in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:50:28 | More by herman77
Photo of Lerxst


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at Kickbacks

A-Black as night with a inch and a half creamy khaki head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-Understated and tame. Some roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Nose needs to be more prominent.

T-Bready malt, hints of chocolate and coffee as the nose suggested, a somewhat sour, astringent back end that isn't very pleasant.

M-Rich and creamy.

D-The sour and astringent back end really hurt the drinkability.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2011 19:33:37 | More by Lerxst
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good pour from a bomber, dark with a nice light amber head. Good smell not too strong like some stouts. Some earthy and coffee tones. Tastes good at first drink, and is smooth with not a lot of alcohol taste. Lacks the creaminess of a great stout. Also like the Rogue Chocolate stout, it almost has an over carbonated feel to it. Probably would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:36:04 | More by HopHeadJimmy34
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Pours a very dark brown, with some burnt orange at the edge when the glass is held up to the light. Initial finger of light brown/khaki colored head dissipated almost immediately, leaving some nice lacing. Given the lower abv, I was surprised at the lack of head retention. Some carbonation seen right at the edge of the glass, gentle and slow.

Nose is a mellow roasted malt/oat, with a tinge of sourness that seems lactic. Milk chocolate sweetness and just a bit of herbal hops as the beer warms.

Taking a sip, roasted malts and oats upfront, mellowing into sweet chocolate. Nice thick and slightly slick mouthfeel, with the perfect amount of small bubbled soft carbonation to make the beer not coat your tongue. Fairly light lingering bitterness on the tongue.

No alcohol presence at all in the taste, making this dangerously close to a session beer. Something that you can drink fairly quickly and enjoy the flavor but not feel the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:06:01 | More by nataku00
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P - 22 Oz Nicely printed brown bottle, no freshness date.

A - Dark black with nice creamy deep tan color head 1 to 2 fingers, good retention right til the end, with thin slightly runny lacing. high viscosity rather sticky looking.

S - burnt barley, slight carmel, hints of bakers chocolate.

T - sweetness, bitter hops followed by very burnt malt taste, nice chocolate aftertatse. not as sweet as I expected compared to sam smiths oatmeal stout. appreciative.

M - very pleasing feel, just the right amount of carbonation.

D - would sip these all day or night if they werent $7 a bottle ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 04:23:47 | More by SteveoNY
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my standard pint glass.

A black pour, not pitch black, some brown notes, but there is no light shining through this baby. Brown mocha head rises up, with a solid 3 fingers of bubbly head. Dissipates rather quickly, but leaves an ice film layer on top. Lacing clings tight to the glass after each sip, but slowly starts to fall south to join the film.

Sweetened roasted character of the malts dominate the nose. A strong chocolate essence, but with the sweet it comes off as milk chocolate. A mild floral bitterness lurks below.

The taste wasn't overly anything. Kind of bland. Mild roasted malt flavors with a mild chocolate finish. Mild hop flavors, more of a grassy/grainy finish. Rather toned down, but perhaps that is the draw.

Creamy nature is quite nice. Very smooth and mellow. ABV is well hidden. Could drink a couple of these without thinking much of it.

The taste was the major drawback. Was expecting more, but perhaps that is the draw to this beer. A great balance that is super creamy. For me though, this is my not my Oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:38:34 | More by Cheesemoose
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3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured jet black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing. Hints of caramel, roasted barley in the aroma. Very very smooth with a creamy malty mouthfeel with a blend of roasted barley, malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the finish is a coffee after taste with a hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:44:30 | More by jmperez
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date poured into a Lion Stout mug on 12/29/2010

Appearance 4.5/5
Clear and dark brown with a big dark mocha head. Good head retention and kickass lacing! Very very inviting.

Aroma 3.5/5
Soft chocolate notes, some sweet malts and perhaps some coffee like sharpness. Weak.

Taste 4.5/5
Mildly sweet, grainy, and coffee like at the beginning, yielding quickly into a strongly bitter, roasty, acidic and astringent finish. A very nice stout experience. Some hop flavor as well in the intensely roasty-bitter-coffee aftertaste. It's better than what sometimes gets passed off as "Imperial", and yet is way lower in alcohol.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Medium body and medium carbonation. More harsh than silky, not that I mind!

Drinkability 5/5
Great drinkability, lots of flavor and low ABV. What else do you want?

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:26:53 | More by tewaris
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a 1" thick milk chocolate color head that fizzles down to a thing ring of bubbles around the edge with a thin film covering the rest.

It smells heavily of roasted malts and cocoa, with definite notes of sweet oats and some coffee as well.

The taste is quite strong roasted notes. Though thankfully the roast does give way to some of the bitter cocoa, and sweet oats that I picked up on in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

This was a drinkable and well done stout, though it wouldn't be my personal choice as best for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:07:22 | More by vkv822
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently tried Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout and enjoyed it, but I felt more compelled to write about Rogue's excellent Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. I love the balance - smooth mouthfeel, the roast coffee and chocoloate characteristics, nice hop bitterness on the finish. I am not a habitual stout drinker, but I have had dark brews that taste like soy sauce. That's certainly not the case here. The Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout is an excellent place to start if you're exploring this style - then you might also enjoy the Wolaver's.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:46:53 | More by angusdegraosta
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District of Columbia

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

A: Sheer black with a thick, robust beige head comprised of various sized bubbles. The head displays great retention and absolutely coats the glass in lacing.

S: Roast, coffee, chocolate.

T: The beer leads off with roast and chocolate flavors, followed by oats and coffee. The beer finishes with a hint of hop bitterness and lasting chocolate covered coffee bean flavors.

M: Medium body, with a smooth and creamy feel, yet with plenty of carbonation to give the beer some zip.

D: A solid oatmeal stout. I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:41:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

A: Pours pretty much black with a 2 finger tan head that dissipates to a nice 1/4 finger of creamy bubbles.

S: Very strong hop smell for an oatmeal stout. Roasted chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste is superb. It is full of roasted, malty caramel and chocolate notes. More espresso than coffee like. The hops first smell comes through on the taste. Hops first then the cascade of malts.

Overall this is an amazing beer. Not as creamy as some other oatmeal stouts but very smooth and drinkable. The head leaves great lacing and the taste sticks in your mouth. I'd buy it again, but I think there are better oatmeal's out there with more bang for your $. Great Beer Rogue Brewery!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 23:22:08 | More by midwestbrewers
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3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Shakespeare Stout pours out nearly black with a full 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Retention is very good, and lacing is very abundant.

Smell: Roasted malts, charcoal, and burned toast form the base of the smell of this beer. Coffee follows, with some pretty strong hop notes on the back end. Honestly, this beer just smells like burned....something. There's not any sweetness to it. Just a burned smell and some hops.

Taste: There's more of the smell in the taste. Roasted malts and burned toast with some coffee. Some noteworthy hops on the back end. Once again, that burned taste really hangs around on this beer. No sweetness from the oats in the beer or anything to balance it out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between medium and full bodied, and fairly smooth drinking overall. This beer has been given pretty solid reviews by many people. I just don't find it that appealing.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 06:26:20 | More by zhanson88
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle with no freshness date or ABV on the label. Pitch black in the glass with mahogany hues along the edge of the glass.
Dark tan head which dissipates slowly. The aroma is a beautiful blend of roasted malts and nuts with hints of chocolate/caramel.
Rich ,creamy, silky mouthfeel. Taste is wonderfully balanced; creamy chocolate evident up front with a nice bitter finish. Malts and hops are blended perfectly. Beautiful lacing along the glass. In my opinion this is an extremely delicious, well-rounded stout.
Drinkability is VERY good, and is certainly one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:53:21 | More by CaptDavyJones
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New Hampshire

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

A: Deep dark black beer with a dark tan head. Good finger of head dissipates slowly. Lace is heavy throughout.

S: Clean, crisp, some subdued caramel and malt notes but I'm really not getting much here.

T: Milky, chocolate goodness throughout. Some nice roasted malts in there and hops provide a rather dry finish resembling bitter coffee.

M: Thick and creamy, medium carbonation.

D: Great oatmeal stout, wish the nose was a little more pronounced though. Dry finish is not what I'd expect in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:01:19 | More by jiggahertz
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2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rogue Shakespeare Stout has an extremely dark-colored, opaque body. The head is large and brown, with big bubbles, good retention and good lacing.

The aroma is a little bit off-putting the coffee is bitter and not especially aromatic; at first it just smells a lot like soy sauce.

The flavor is an improvement on the aroma, but I still don't love it. The coffee tastes a little bit more like coffee, but not like any kind of coffee I would want to drink; the flavor is dominated by an acrid bitterness, and not a pleasant bitterness that would come from hops. The coffee flavor is bringing the bitterness. Besides that, there are roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate malts and bright, hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is solid, with a big creamy feel to it.

I can't say I'm a fan of Shakespeare Stout. I doubt I'll be trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 13:11:35 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a pillowy mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of coffee and some hops.

Tastes of solid roasted character up front rounded out by bitterness. Roasted notes consist of coffee and bitter chocolate with some molasses as well. Oatmeal is not so prevalent, but does make an appearance and add its typical smoothness. Earthy hops and roasted bitterness combine on the back end to keep any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:53:22 | More by ocelot2500
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Warrior Ale--Dedicated to Richard Marcincko--2008 22 oz. Bottle Release. 6.25% ABV--69 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0 Stout--Dense lacy rich espresso head. Opaque ebony color with bronze red edges. Huge dense dark pellicle. Rich floral Cascade hop roasted chocolate espresso front. Tangy dry crusty earthy mild sweet roasted chocolate espresso rich Oat Stout body. Dry hoppy spice end. Sampled 12/9/2009. 2 @ $6.00 Each.

Earlier Rating: 12/9/2009 Total Score: 4.25--Brown Bear Stout--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 6.25% ABV.

Warrior Ale 2008 Release. Tasty tangy hoppy espresso cocoa oat Stout. Crusty rich body. Floral chocolate Cascade hop front.Clean balanced hop spice lingering chocolate end. Dense lacy espresso head. Thick tight dense dark pellicle.Clear ebony black bronze red edge color. Dry sweet. Hoppy Stout.

Rogue Ales--Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.78% ABV? Calculated from 15 Plato 77% AA Specification. 69 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Big dense lacy espresso head. Tight thick sediment. Opaque jet black color. No edge. Dry rich burnt espresso hop front. Sediment adds creaminess to crusty burnt rich roasted no fruit dry Stout body. Missing Oatmeal silk. Too dry crisp hot hop clean Stout end. Sampled 12/17/2010. Purchase for $4.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 12/16/2010.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 06:30:26 | More by philbertk
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark molasses with a soft off-white head.

Smell: Oatmeal and chocolate malts, grainy chocolate like scent.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate. Lingering chocolate bitterness in the mouth.

Drinkability: heaven in a bottle during the winter. This is a great oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 00:04:32 | More by wmtxbb
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 to a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick 3-4 finger head with the consistency of a whipped jello almost. Some lingering lace. Pours a dark pitch brown which absorbs all visible light.

Aroma: Spicy hops with orange and cinnamon dominate the nose, without much sweetness but yet hinting at a looming malt background.

Flavor: Perfectly bitter with dark chocolate and coffee being the main culprits. A tad smoky and definitely containing a roasted flavor in the finish. It tastes a lot like eating a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, which is a little light considering some oatmeal stouts chewiness. Very pleasant and definitely should be drunk more than once.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 05:09:12 | More by ebrauser
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3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 14:20:45 | More by Jeffo
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, pitch black and sits under a huge fluffy head of brown bubbles.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and malt fill the nose with a bit of smoke.

Somewhat disappointing taste in that there's not a lot of it. You can pick up some roasted malt flavors, but there's no chocolate until deep into the finish.

The mouthfeel is what you'd expect with an oatmeal beer...very creamy and smooth. It's full bodied with a tiny bit of bitter in the end.

This is a good beer. No overpowering flavors, it's creamy and alcohol level is moderate. It's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:01:53 | More by RickS95
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,772 ratings.