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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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1,568 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,568
Hads: 3,241
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 278
Gots: 370 | 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: 1,568 | Hads: 3,241
Photo of frank4sail
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of Realale
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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Photo of hyuga
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, even backlit, with a coarsely bubbled tan head.

Aroma is nice -- roasted malt and barley dominate, though a slight hop boquet is clearly present.

Very well balanced flavor. Roasty malt flavor is the most prevalent, almost sweet enough to qualify as a sweet stout, but balanced nicely by the hops. 69 IBU is a bit high for this style of beer, but it works really well here. Crisp flavor, slightly dry finish. Chocolatey, toasty aftertaste.

Not a lot to complain about here. The head retention, in the several bottles I've payed attention to, has been relatively poor, and the head itself has been somewhat less creamy than typical of the style. Also, the body is perhaps a bit thinner than I like to see in a stout. Still, a very drinkable beer.

Also, huge kudos to Rogue for putting *so much* information about their beer right on the bottle. IBUs, Hop type, malt type, specific gravity, it's all right there! Rogue is the only company I know of that does this.

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Photo of Murph
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours blacker than black with a very creamy brown head that leaves a nice lace all the way down the glass. Strong chocolate aromas as well as some dark roasted coffee. There is also some nice piney/grapefruity bitter smell to this brew. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Tons of chocolate in thsi brew, especially as it warms. Good coffee characteristics as well and only a small amount of perceived bitterness due to the cascades but not very much actual hop taste/flavor. Smooth and chewy mouthfeel that is definitely contributed to by the oats that are added. This is one awesomely drinkable beer and is one of my all time favorites. It is definitely very deserving of it's spot on the top beers.

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Photo of bcm119
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout looks as delicious as it tastes. The head retained its fine froth the entire time I drank it. Viscous, black stout with a reddish, coffee colored head. Slight coffee/burnt aroma; burnt toast nose leading to a very slight sweetness at the rear of the palette. Nice chewy mouthfeel, probably due to the oats. Maybe a hair too much carbonation in my 22-oz bottle. Finish is quick and hoppy; aftertaste deliciously roasty and bitter. One of my favorite stouts- nice and dry but not thin.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick as a brick. Dark, tan head reveals the roasted malts inside. Tangy, musty, lactic-acid aroma--"a la" stout, of course. Foretaste tingles with lots of carbonation. Midtaste slides right by, leaving a tangy, roasted-malt bitterness in the end.

Fabulous stout! Too dry for me personally, however.

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

This was exceptional. Opaque, black and beautiful with a thin brown head. The lack of head retention is the only thing that kept it from a five in appearance. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. The flavor was coffee/roasted malt, which lasted forever on the tongue. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy-almost satin on the tongue. This is one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second favorite stout as of this tasting. Inky dark in color with a hint of chocolate flavor with a malty after taste. Has a little bitter tang on finish. But a pleasant bitter after taste. One to keep in my stock!

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Photo of stingo
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've just returned from a local restaurant/beer bar where I had the Shakespeare Stout (ok, well two of them) along with dinner. Very tasty (with a very agreeable finish) though a bit thinner than I would have expected. This is a minor quibble though as this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. Highly recommended, esp in the big bottles.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best stout in a bottle? 1000-midnights black with a thick, foamy, brown head with a ton of stick and stay. A caramel-malty nose, roasted, with shades of hop oil. Roasted grains, black malt and chocolatey tastes with fresh-hop bitterness. A rich and smooth medium body with bite.

Absolutely seek and enjoy this brew, you are doing an injustice otherwise. The best stout. !Viva Rogue! Cheers!

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Photo of beernut7
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This heavy stout has a sticky heavy dark tan head and a very dark color. Heavy malt aroma gives hints of the thick heavy body. This is one of the most bitter stouts out there. Nice roasted flavor with chocolate undertones. Not the best, but not bad.

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Photo of StevieW
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well not much I can say, that hasn't already been stated. I thought this was great. Jet black color, very thick, is it going to make it out of the bottle ? Nice thick tan head, little oily drops dancing on top. Smell was sweet and bitter at the same time. I really noticed the roasted fruit and malt. Tasted better than it smelled.Very even taste, sweet, the fruit, malt, and touch of hops as well. Very good, mesermerizing beer, I just looked at it and wondered how it could taste so good. This also at the top of my list. I have only 1 left of 6. Bummer.

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

Deep opaque color; dark as night. Deep tan head with loose carbonation. Big chocolate nose. Flavor is part creamy, part bitter, but with an incredible lightness for such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard a lot of good things about this sucka, and I wasn't disappointed. Black color, a huge, tan, creamy head, and excellent lacing. Very nice nose: a mix of roasty, malty and chocolate notes. Presented itself well in the body/smoothness departments. Superb flavor! Roasted malt and bitter chocolate in a rich mix, along with some hops at the dry finish. Good stuff!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of sponberg
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can add little to the consecrating that's been done over this beauty by the reviewers who drank the bottles I wish I now had in front of me.

Rather than the charcoal that Drew noted, I picked up a "cleanness," a difficult to define taste/mouthfeel thing that I've noted most usually in beers from Maine (I know, this one's from the other side of the country) - maybe the water/yeast has something to do with it? "Cleanness" is a quality that allows all of the beers complexities to come through - think about the mouthfeel you get from water from an ice-cold mountain spring. The beer equivalent of a full-range electrostatic speaker.

Whatever. Please, sir, may I have another?

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Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of, if not THE most gorgeous beers I have ever had the pleasure of beholding. Pours ink black (not even anything peeking out around the edges) with a massive, mousse-like brown head.

Smells of mocha with hints of carmel and hops.

Taste hits you with some milk chocolate, smooth sweet oats (earthy as well), with a subtle coffee backdrop. Finish blasts you with a big acidic roastedness (like raw coffee bean...or huge expresso) mixed with the cascades. Very bitter on the finish. Balances out the early sweetness well.

Only qualm: the hops seem to pierce through the body at the finish..makes it seem less full-bodied than it really is. Dare I say, tone the trademark hoppiness down and this would be perfect. Just a minor complaint, still, damn fine. BTW: I like this baby warmed up to mellow the hops and bring out the most in the body.
This is a beer to drink and drink and drink and drink.....

The Bard would be proud of this.
Get thee to the brewery

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

Man, this is an awesome stout. Pours out motor oil black, darkest beer I've seen in a long time. The head was light brown, not massive, but ample and smells of roasted malt. Then comes a complete flavor explosion upon entering the mouth. We got sweet chocolate, coffee, a sort of charcoal, and earthy flavors all combining for make one of the most complex stouts I've had. It went down smooth easy, like the good stuff it is. I was going to have dinner with this but ended up being dinner itself. It finished off with a almost undecernable bitterness. This is one of the best and I highly recommend it.

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

It's black and beautiful. Many flavors are bouncing off each other: chocolate, coffee, and others I haven't yet been able to put my finger on. However, it wasn't quite as chunky as I expected. I would like to try it on draught.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.