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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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2,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,740
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 srandycarter


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep tan 1 inch head, slow to leave to a ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Mocha and citrus. Mostly mocha, burnt malt, but a touch of citrus mixed in.

T - Very much tied to smell. Stringent coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a sour/tart tang of citrus at the end.

M - Creamy, almost frothy in the mouth. The flavor seems to come in 2-3 waves, not exhausting quickly on the palate. Maybe too carbonated, but nice balance all the same.

D - Nice beer. Flavor kind of sticks in your mouth, though. I think I would tire soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 04:33:10 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Gobzilla


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with brown highlights that had a half finger of tan head and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had some roasitness chocolate malts with citrus notes and also some hop character. After a couple whiffs I didi manage to spot out a little coffee aroma as well. The flavors were pretty much the same as the nose consisting of the chocolate roastiness upfront along with coffee, citrus, and hop accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet and slight astringent mouthfeel from the coffee but it didi have a biiter hop finish. It drank quite good but I'm honestly not too enthused about hoppy oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 20:38:02 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of SolomonGrundy


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours inky black with a short crown of dark tan head. Very little lacing and impossible to find carbonation. If it's there, I can't see it. Aroma is heavily dominated by dark roasty malt, espresso, some hint of bourbon and maybe a dark chocolate bar w/dried cherries in it. Complex flavor hints at Guinness with a very dry and tangy upfront attack, almost no residual sweetness but it's there. Lots of espresso in the flavor. Evolves into this espresso slowly and with great complexity. Finish is very long, with a touch of hop bitterness, but mostly characterized by a full espresso City Roast that lasts and lasts. Very delicious and generally ok priced at $5.49/bomber. A classic in the style and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:21:24 | More by SolomonGrundy
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this was drank straight from the bottle, so appearance is based on artwork as well as the droplets that splattered on my table

A - 22oz bomber, the Rogue artwork is 100% distinctive and well done. beer seems to be the very definition of dark

S - great roasty toasty caramel, sugar and molasses, some citrus hints from the hops

T - just magnificent. instant zing of roasted barley and hop tone glides smoothly down the throat into a zesty hop/malt/toast finish. heavy notes of chocolate as well

M - SMOOOTH, that's all that needs to be said. thank Demeter for oats!

D - this went down with the quickness along with a healthy portion of lamb kabobs and hummus from my local kabobery. will drink again asap

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:16:06 | More by obrendano
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a wine glass. Served at Mirabelle Tavern, Stony Brook NY on September 17, 2010.

Look: deep brown with a tan head. Not much in the way of head retention but a good amount of lacing nonetheless.

Smell: a lot of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Not much else here.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Dark chocolate seems to dominate for me along with some coffee and a small amount of hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Medium bodied, not much in the way of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Drink: very high. I finished this quicker than I intended to. I could use this as a session beer.

Overall, very solid beer worthy of a top 250 spot. I will probably have again and would recommend you try this one out for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 05:51:46 | More by SkunkWorks
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks elegant out of a nitro. Nice and frothy. Creamy that fades but a head that leaves lace. Nose is subdued. Some dough and chocolate. Palate is a bit broader. Chocolate lace of carob, earth and tobacco. With a tad bit of licorice. Very mild leathery. Most say that it's an awesome example, but i've seen some equally if not more consistent english made.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2010 05:01:24 | More by rtepiak
Photo of chrisgn


4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep black, with a think, creamy head. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but is still smooth and unbelievably tasty. The alcohol is masked very well and the coffee and chocolate notes are subtle. The stout is very well balanced. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had and was totally blown away by it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:42:45 | More by chrisgn
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3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a De Struise glass...Dark brown pout, light tan head, ok retention, not mcuh lacing...Aroma is way to light, a little chocolate comes through, light grass, and a little alcohol...Taste brings about more flavor, a good feeling to the beer, but the taste is not as sweet as I would expect for an oatmeal stout. The more it warms it becomes very bitter, way to bitter for a drinkable stout, alcohol comes through too much.

A disappointing stout, not a worthy of an a- let alone being ranked as a top 100 beer based on these nutty rankings.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:10:24 | More by jrallen34
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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Miami Dolphins pint glass...

A - Poures black with a three finger dark tan head. Good head retention, and good amount lacing with this one. Might pour the next pint a little less agressive...

S - Lots of dark roasted and chocolate notes come through. Also get a hint of citrus...

T - Pretty much follows the nose. Dark chocolate and a good bitter taste of coffee followed by citrus hops. Not a big fan of the finishing hops they used in this one. A little to much citrus hoppy taste for the sytle...

M - Medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Was hoping for a fuller creamier body. A little watered down for my taste.

D - Remember enjoying this one more than I did this time. Not to impressed. Probably won't be buying again...


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:04:54 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a silky black pour revealing a thick, resilient khaki head.

S: a bold yet muted bitter chocolate aroma supported by a backbone of oats.

T: all the flavor resides in the lingering aftertaste of chocolates, oatmeal, and then dry oak, though on the whole, the flavors seem watered down.

MF/D: incredibly smooth, faint bubbles dance across the tongue before dissolving down the throat. easily consumable by a party of one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 15:32:03 | More by newk340
Photo of jeranbrews


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an oatmeal stout? I've been enjoying it for years now. I thought it was just because it's tasty

A - low head very dark brown. In this light it's almost crimson color. The body is a bit clear but definitely opaque. Great spider man webbing on the glass

S - roasted sweet. Chocolate and caramel malts. Sweet I hope there is more after warming

T - creamy roasted toast. For some reason I'm hungry for vegimite now. This is not so much a sweet beer as it is a non-drying beer. I'm hungry for salty foods

M - a bit thin. Maybe the pour. But has a great silky quality. Smooth and creamy

D - well this is a fine anytime beer by me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 10:00:17 | More by jeranbrews
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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with deep walnut hues on the edge. A fairly large, sticky, cloudy, frothy cafe colored head. A bit above average retention that settles into a thin layer of lace and then later just a ring of lace.

S - Very nice smelling with plenty of coffee aroma and a fair amount of hops as well with citrus being strongest but some others. Some chocolate/cocoa and some other roasted aromas. Good amount of earthy aroma.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, but it isn't as enjoyable or as good as I had hoped for in comparison to the nose. Coffee and roasted barley and oats provide a lot of the flavor. Pretty well hopped as well with some citrus and earthy flavors being the strongest. Some sweet chocolate and a touch of caramel.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy and chewy feel. Pretty good but not the best feel in regards to other oatmeal stouts.

D - Pretty easy to drink beer and tasty. Although with the onslaught of roasted flavors and hops make it a bit more difficult to keep drinking it all night.

Notes: A nice beer with a lot of roasted and hop flavors. Lots of coffee flavors as well. I thought this was a good beer and it was tasty, but it wasn't top notch.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 08:29:54 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a black color with a large, creamy tan head that has great retention and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Smells strongly of roasted malt upfront, with some chocolate and coffee mixed in, along with a touch of smoke in the background.

Tastes of bitter chocolate and roasted malt start things off, followed by a lighter presence of toasted bread and coffee. A mild touch of citric hops shows up at the end and lingers into the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel but seems to be lacking a bit in body. Feels a little thin, but not too noticeable. A nice balanced stout overall. Good to have on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:04:17 | More by Vengeance526
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, we go with this classic oatmeal stout. A deep and dark ebony colored body without the slightest hint of light. Crowned with a frothy tan head which fades to leave a nice 1/2inch cap on the beer.

Aroma is most definitely roasted barley with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

A surprising but subtle hop note greets the palate before the strong flavors of the roasted barley take over. Typical stout flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate are found, but not overpowering.

Checking the bottles side by side and the website, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and Rogues Chocolate Stout are almost identical beers, with the only difference being the lack of "natural chocolate flavors" in the oatmeal stout. So, essentially you have two top-notch American oatmeal stouts, a price thats hard to beat in the 22oz bottle format.

Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly crisp. A bit lighter in the body than expected, but this could be from getting used to drinking all the bigger stouts out there.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, that may be one of the best representations of the style that's widely available on the market. Rogue gets a lot of crap from many craft beer elitists, but you can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:45:34 | More by Kinsman
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to have this on Nitro at the Library for 3 dollar happy hour. Sweet!

A - Pours a jet black liquid. Very solid color for a stout. The layers of pillowing foam dance down the glass like a calm rainstorm in the night. Got Nitro is awesome.

S - Got some slight chocolate and coffee malt here. Not to big or too little in the smell. Slight oatmeal.

T - Full yet drinkable this stout starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by a nice bitter oat like body and finishes with the sweet delicious taste of delicious coffee. No bitter finish to speak of.

M - Every sip is a treat coating the mouth. The pillow foam layers the sides of the glass well.

D - I will have to try this in bottle forum to see if it was just the nitro making this awesome but it really was an overall soild stout with really nothing off putting about it. Nice offering Rogue! I could drink this one all happy hour!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-08-2010 01:05:56 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

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

From 09/04/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, bready malts, hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, light citrus, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.

d - At 6% ABV, I feel like you could drink a lot of this. I thought it was a very balances, solid stout I would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:52:25 | More by mdfb79
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a near opaque black liquid with a bubbly khaki colored head.

S-the nose brings some roasted malt, a little chalky, hints of ash, a light chocolate malt with notes of burnt coffee, a fair citric hop presence in the back.

T-the taste has a huge roasted malt presence, light chocolate malt, a nice citric hop presence with plenty of coffee bitterness in the finish.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate with a medium body, very inviting and easy to drink, well carbonated crisp rough finish.

D-great representation of the style, creamy texture, good flavors, well balanced hop profile, really a tasty drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:40:23 | More by cpetrone84
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Quenchers, poured into a standard pint glass. Pours nice and dark black with a lasting finger of cream. Progression down the pint leaves a nice faint lace the whole way down the glass.

Putting the pint to the nose there is instantly evidence of toasted malt and oatmeal. A drink confirms these flavors which last through the drink giving way to an interplay of hops and bitter chocolate. Subsequent sips have the hop character at the end giving way to more chocolate and light toasted oatmeal flavors. By the end of the pint the bitterness fades and is almost absent.

Easily drinkable. Something I'd call a summer stout; a stout tasty enough to hold it's own as a stout but not so thick and bold that you'd avoid drinking this in the sun or at a BBQ. This is reinforced by a lack of booziness, as well. I could see myself getting through a good number of these if I wasn't paying attention.

A great stout, exemplary of the oatmeal style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 17:26:01 | More by TheStove
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer came to me as a black opaque liquid with a soapy brown head. I could smell roasted coffee and alcohol aromas. The tastes included chocolate malts, light sweetness, tobacco and some some coffee bitterness (although the bitterness was slight). The beer has a medium body. The cask delivery method made it feel like there was no carbonation. Also at low levels was the coating, but a lot of flavor was left behind in that meager coat. This is a pretty drinkable stout, but the bitterness and coffee seems a bit strong to me. Maybe I would have better enjoyed the nitro-tap version that was also on offer that night.

Serving type: cask

08-24-2010 17:54:37 | More by ToasterChef
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Oatmeal Stout
22 oz bottle (Total Wine - Claymont, DE)
Room temperature, chilled pint glass

A - Pours thick, black. Gingerbread-colored head, appx 3 fingers deep that eroded to 1.5 into an inced pint glass.

S - roasted malts, baker's chocolate, oats, faint touch of alcohol

T - Good balance, smooth - roasted malts, bakers chocolate, hint of coffee, finishes with a chalky taste of sweetened oatmeal.

M - Again, smooth. Carbonation kicks in, but the finish gives it some sort of chalky feeling - not crazy about it.

D - Fine taste, good aroma, but the chalkiness keeps me from putting this in the A category.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:13:47 | More by dpcoz
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark color, almost black in the glass but not black like some stouts. Plenty of cream colored head on this one and it hangs around for the duration, not a real thick head though, almost soapy looking.

S - A lot of roasted malt and chocolate. Bitter chocolate, this one has a real bitter smell. Don't smell any oatmeal that I expect, but then again I don't smell oatmeal on a regular basis.

T- This one is nicely balanced with a lot of roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. This one does stray a bit towards the bitter side. Reminds me more of a porter, but definitely a decent taste overall.

M - This one is smooth and pretty creamy. Not much carbonation, goes down extremely easy. Best aspect of the beer in my opinion.

D - Wouldn't want more than a bomber of this in a night. I like oatmeal stouts, but this one is a little too bitter for me to drink on a regular basis. A pretty good brew though, and worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:44:15 | More by Bonis
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass opaque black/brown with a couple of fingers of tan head.

Smell: Inviting mixture of mild chocolate, roast barley, subtle citrus.

Taste: The taste was so smooth I needed it to warm up to near room temperature to appreciate the incredibly balanced interplay of the roasted barly, sweet malt and citrusy hop within a backdrop of mild chocolates and coffee bean, both of which lingered in a very nice slightly sweet chocolate coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy.

Drinkability: Shakespeare comes in a bomber, but I could easily drink two.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 16:02:16 | More by JackieTH
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: black body and creamy head from nitro.
Smell: earthy, some vanilla
Taste: rich full bodied stout. soe mellow chocolate. love this beer!

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2010 17:11:19 | More by CampusCrew
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know why I havent had this beer yet. I picked it up from Krogers tonight.

A- One really nice looking beer. Nice, strong rich tan colored head. It has nice retention with nice lacing. The head never really fades. The beer is deep and dark but clear enough to let some highlights happen in places.

S- Nice milkiness with a rich dark chocolate smell. Its a lot like a tootsie roll.

T- Fairly balanced but it leans towards a roasty bitterness on the finish. Starts with creamy smooth chocolate that segues into burnt oats and malts with a touch of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:43:40 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Pours a black of light's bane with a mocha head that sticks all the way down the glass, quite impressively. Smell is a caramel malt which prominently features barley and oats, plus a tinge of citrus hops, and notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is full malt up front, barley and oats with the strong caramel taste, and the citrus hops come in for the finish. The malt is surprisingly crisp, as the beer is all around, and the hops share the finish well with chocolate and coffee flavors which blend so well with the malt. Incredible mouthfeel, super smooth and crisp. Very drinkable as while it is full flavored, it is not thick.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:13:24 | More by Zodijackyl
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,740 ratings.