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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,050
Reviews: 1,549
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 223
Gots: 254 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one sitting in the fridge for a while. 22oz bomber into 1l Lowenbau Seidel.

A- Mocha brown, nice caramel toffee head with a bubbling, lacing, craggled, chiseled head that has serious staying power. Really impressed at the head/lacing on this one. Let it come to temp. for about 15 mins and it looked fantastic still.

S- Mild coffee, faint buttery chocolate, mild roastiness (apart from the coffee).

T- Mild, subdued... but tasty. Roasted coffee... a light roast, but still tasty. Mild semi-sweet chocolate. Not the most in-your-face stout I've had, but pretty damn tasty. Waaaay better than the nesquck orgy that is their chocolate stout.

M- As far as stouts go, very good. Thick, chewy, but not overly sweet... very good body.

D- Fairly high. I' have a second if I had it. Very good beer, another winner from Rogue.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to review this after largadeer mentioned he enjoyed it. Normally Chris has terrible taste in beer, so I decided to immortalize my anger with a scathing review. Here goes.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass with a dark mocha-colored head, surprisingly large and fluffy. It fills 3" of the glass easily on both the first and second pour of the bomber. Not much lacing that sticks, but each swig leaves nice washes of foam down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, earth, chocolate, coffee, plums, and something vaguely berry-like. I get a small spicy citrus in the nose that I assume is the hop profile. I'm impressed at how restrained it is, for Rogue.

T: Burnt / roasted malt, earth, and chocolate. Light espresso bitterness. The plums I smelled are back, and they've brought figs over to play. I didn't get the berry character I smelled. Hints of the hops that I smelled, and they're a little stronger in the lingering bitter aftertaste, but overall they are [again, surprisingly] restrained, for Rogue.

M: Full-bodied and creamy. Went down very smoothly. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This is a beer that I enjoyed sipping even though I didn't have to.. At 6% it could have been finished in half the time. But it's surprisingly (there's that word again) balanced, for Rogue. And it's tasty for the ABV. I'm impressed. This may be the one beer largadeer shows good taste on.

In case I didn't say it enough, this is surprisingly good, for Rogue.

Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, an American stout... haven't had a small stout in awhile, but here we go.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours about a finger and a half of a dull mocha brown, very murky colored. Decent retention with some thick lace patterns. I haven't seen a head with this color is awhile. Color is a dark dark brown, call it black.

Aroma: Big roasted malt profile, with a nice touch of grassy hops present. A lot of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and oats.

Taste: Very sweet and syrupy. The hops are there with all the roasted malts and things are matching up very well here. I get the oats, caramel, and chocolate again. This is really hard to drink.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation here, full bodied. Not even that smooth or silky for a stout. This beer just isn't clicking.

Overall, I have a feeling I won't be able to finish this, and if I do it will take me several hours. This beer doesn't flow at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle, in which I will reevaluate next time I drink it, but this beer isn't very good at all. I can't recommend this even in the slightest way.

Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout with a firm but fairly balanced character and some good complexity. I particularly note that this should certainly not be too cold, which results in both subdued character and increased bitterness. If let warm sufficiently, it is excellent.

Essentially black, but not quite fully opaque, it has a very big dark tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting foamy top and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is rich, caramelly, roasty grain, roated leaves, damp earth, prunes with a hint of dark dried fig. It's very nice, rich, pleasant, and fairly complex with a sweetness to it.

The taste is smooth, toasty-fruitiness with hints of singed herbs, light hint of burnt caramel, stewed prunes, licorice, hint of chocolate. It is smooth but zesty and lively with slight oiliness giving a nice feel that is solid yet not heavy and still fairly engaging. It has light swetness to a dryish, slightly creamy finish. When too cold, the finish and lingering aftertaste are lop-sidedly bitter, but if warmed, the finish is balanced and dry yet creamy, leaving a lingering afteraste of coffee/caramel candies with toastiness.

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head

Smell: roasted malt and molasses

Taste: burnt malt, dark chocolate, and black coffee. At the end there is a doughy oat taste

Mouthfeel: smooth, chewy, bitter start which gets a bit sweeter at the end. medium/heavy body, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex stout, but the flavors here are as pronounced as I have had in any beer. I will look for this again, but only one at a time. A very solid offering.

Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown bordering on black hue, with a gorgeous mocha- or chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Strong, earthy chocolate smell, like dark chocolate milk mixed with rolled oats. Espresso and molasses are also present, but subdued.

T: Strong dark roasted malt flavor; high-cacao dark chocolate mixed with coffee and spices, like an Aztec chocolate drink. There's a slight almost undetectable sweetness in the end rounds things up nicely.

M: Very smooth, with just enough carbonation to remind you it's beer.

D: A highly drinkable stout; I think this should be called their "Chocolate Stout" instead because of the strong chocolate theme throughout.

Photo of GitcheGumee
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. It is opaque with a deep black color. There was a fingers worth of thick, light brown head, which lasted for a couple minutes.

Smell: It has a really nice smell. Rich roasted scents, along with a hint of coffee smell.

Taste: There is definitely lots of flavor here. A strong roasted is the dominant taste. There is come coffee taste later in the sip. It finishes with just the right amount of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but pleasant. I am impressed with this stout.

Moutfeel:The carbonation is prominent at first, but it's nothing I'll complain about. This is really a well constructed stout. No extreme aspects, but it has some identity.

Drinkability: I rate this stout well in this department. I could drink a couple of these while still enjoying it. I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Shakespeare stout.

A= pours a pitch black hue with a light brown head and leaves faint lacing behind.

S= smells of oats and spices and a hint of coffee.

T= tastes like a average stout in the beginning,
it has a nice bitterness with a chocolate coffee finnish.

MF= has a smooth tingling mouth feel. perfectly carbonated.

this is the second stout ive had from rogue and its better than the chocolate stout, i actually think its better than samuel smiths imperial stout.

enjoy cheers!

Photo of rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. 5.99 from Peace St in Raleigh.

Appearance: For years I have compared other stouts to Shakespeare. Its completely opaque with a huge fluffy brown (really, its brown) head. Decent head retention and reasonable lacing.

Smell: Its got that signature Rogue smell, which I think comes from the yeast they use. Very earthy hops smell. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Bitter grassy hops up front. Dark roasted malt flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a long bitter chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: The rich creaminess of this beer puts it near the top for American stouts. I think the oatmeal contributes to this. Clearly not as full as an RIS or other imperial stout, but thats not what it is.

Drinkability: I probably had my first one of these 12 years ago now. It obviously blew me away then, but it holds up well. Different due to the hoppiness, but very tasty. Lowish abv makes it possible to down the bomber easily. Didnt think I would end up rating this one so high, but its just great, and a decent value too.

Photo of mmva321
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass.

It's great we start with the appearance because this is what I like most about Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. This is what the beer of my dreams looks like, when I'm asleep and two gorgeous beer angels come down from heaven with a pint glass. The glass is filled with something that looks just like this. It's a dark stout that absorbs all light. The 3-4 finger caramel-colored head has great retention and leaves lacing as you drink.

The smell is also exquisite. The bitter hops smell is present, but this is offset perfectly by a sweet and malty chocolate smell. It's very well balanced and smells like expensive coffee ice cream.

If I had to mark this down it's because the bitterness, to me, overpowered the sweeter aspects. So, while the balance isn't quite perfect, the flavors are still there in all their glory. There is a bitter coffee taste that is still present long after you drink, but there is a certain smooth sweetness that is present throughout, making this very enjoyable to drink.

The feel is very smooth with just the slightest bit of carbonation. It is rich and thick, which I like about stouts.

The drink itself is terrific. The rich characteristics of the beer make it a real treat. It is bold and very creamy. Great beer.

Photo of mightymoksha
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours an oily black, with a rich, sticky beige head. Head retains very well and covers the glass all the way down. Beautiful.

Aroma is complex, featuring hints of cacao, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee and toffee.

Outrageously smooth, a rich, roasted malt sweetness is balanced perfectly with a mild bitterness. Notes of cacao and dark roasted coffee are the most prominent. Smokey and toffee/butterscotch notes are also present. Semi-dry, smokey, coffee-esque finish. Delicious.

Again, outrageously smooth on the palate. A hearty body and creamy mouthfeel make this one a treat.

Delicious and moderate alcohol content. That, along with my devotion to delicious black coffee, I find it to be extremely drinkable.

Photo of Grunewald
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours opaque black a thick tan head. The head leaves a wall of lacing.

S - coffee and sweet/candied berries (strawberry jam)

T - sweet roasted malt and tannic hops

M - low carbonation, smooth body and a semi dry finish

D - the smell is inviting but the taste does not follow through as well as I hoped. It's still a decent stout.

Photo of capn
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout, by Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon, is a tasty stout for those who enjoy a moderately bitter brew. Its beautiful ebony color is topped off by a creamy tan head that leaves heavy lace. It has a sweet, malty nose and a very crisp start followed immediately by a moderately bitter hoppiness. It also has a hoppy finish with notes of baker's chocolate. It has a crisp mouth-feel on the tongue and a slight creaminess on the cheeks. A good beer overall.

Ingredients: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley, Free Range Coastal Water (as opposed to the domestic farm-raised water... get over the hippy crap guys), and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

Photo of digitalbullet
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black with a tan brown head
Smell: Coffee with Dark Cocoa dominates this brew.
Taste: Just like the smell dark roast coffee with cocoa powder. Not much else.. But this is far from a negative.
Mouthfeel: One word. Smooth. Fine carbonation. Not to slick on the palate that can plague some stouts.
Drinkability: A fine example of the style. Another home run from Rogue.

Photo of ryanonline
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, lots of dark tan head nearly opaque.

Aroma - bittersweet, light hoppiness and tons of burnt malt.

Taste - Obvious dark roasted malts, a lot of people are saying coffee and chocolate, i really can only taste a tobacco flavor. slightly salty finish (maybe that's me?), but thoroughly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth without being too heavy.

Drinkability - Clean and not too heavy good.

I like a good bitter beer, stones ruination ipa and their imperial russian stout. dogfish heads 120. Even rogues imperial ipa. All of those are very different from this beer and there's just something about it I am not quite thrilled about... otherwise a good beer, though i think it may be overated.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle. Poured to a pint glass. (my good glasses are at the Ms.s house)

A-Very dark. Faint reds shines through in the right light. Good 2 finger head, light tan. Nice ring around the glass stays for the duration. Thats dedication!

S-Slightly bitter, in a good way. Slight coffee, and chocolate. A tiny bit woodsy,like a campfire on its last leg...smokey like that.

T-Sweet bitterness! (oxymoron in the best of ways) There are some wonderful bitter coffee notes, along with a hint of chocolate. The smokeyness makes an appearence as well. Yum is all I can say!

M-Thick and chewy without feeling too heavy. It's an American stout, but i think it borrows nicely from the RIS catigory...

D-I think the drinkability is rather high. Its not too strong, despite the catagory, but maintains a superior tastiness throughout that makes you want to have another. I would like to think of this brew as getting the best of the stout world without HAVING to get shitfaced in the process. But if you do, I don't think I'd blame ya...

Photo of apbarwood
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One shade below black with an enormous head of light-tan foam. The head retention is incredible and keeps a decent layer of foam covering the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass. The aroma features a strong roasted malt character with a dark chocolate undertone and a bit of a citrusy American hop. It's good but could be stronger and a bit more polished. The flavor starts with the roasted malt flavors and a hint of coffee then gradually slips into the softer dark chocolate notes. Eventually it finishes with a resinous hop character that slowly drys the palate and leaves me wanting more. This, coupled with a nice amount of carbonation provides for a pretty good mouthfeel. At first, I felt this one was too rough around the edges but as it warmed it definitely improved and everything seemed to blend quite nicely. A damn good stout that's worth trying at least once but one that I could definitely see in my regular rotation. Not my favorite but it's up there.

Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a thick tan head.

S- Lots of toasted and burnt malt.

T- Nice mix of toasted and burnt malt. Reminds me of toasted bread crusts. Leaves a very pleasant lingering toasted flavor.

M- Really full up front and thins out toward the back.

D- Really nice stout that isn't overpowering.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours DARK brown cant see light through it, with a 2 finger light brown head into a pint glass. laces good too
S: dark roasted malts, chocolate
T: bitter chocolate, good dark malt sweetness, a smokey coffee. medium hop bitterness
M: creamy but not syrupy.
D: another bomber im glad to be not sharing.

Photo of Long813
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque.1.5 finger creamy,dark brown head. Fine lacing after each sip

S: Black licorice, smoky, hops, espresso hint of chocolate

T: Well balanced to create complex flavours to keep you guessing. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Creamy with a crisp alcohol following

D: A wise choice at any time. This isn't to strong or weak in any spectrum - very well balanced.

Photo of ToddT
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a three finger tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee in the nose.

T- Heavy bittersweet chocolate that slowly changes to a slightly bitter finish of coffee. Finish is dry with a lingering final note of coffee and earthiness. Very well balanced.

M- Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Creamy and silky in the mouth, very smooth.

D- Very, and that's all that need be said. The 6.0% ABV is well hidden

Find it, drink it, and enjoy it.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an impenetrably deep black with a rich tan head that retains nicely. Rings of lace linger beautifully after every sip.

The aroma is roast and cascade hops, nice and fruity, slightly piney, with hints of milk chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very roast forward but perfectly so, very dry, intense and smooth at the same time--pine bitterness lingers long in the finish. Definitely has a coffee grinds taste going on.

The mouthfeel is creamy, just a notch below full bodied, and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall just a great drinker, really nice and roasty and dry and balanced to perfection.

Photo of jhammel01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitchblack with plenty of carbonation and a coffee colored off white head.

Smells of thick dark chocolates and coffee.

Tastes the same as it smells and its very smooth. It has a bit of roasted malt tanginess as well. Its very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium bodied side. Its also very nice and creamy.

I throughly enjoyed this one. Glad its always available at my local stop!

Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as black as night with a one finger cappicino laced head,it has aromas of bittersweet chocolate and on smell it smells like a perfectly balanced stout between sweet and bitter,it has a nice dense mouthfeel with a big oat driven feel first up then the palette is balanced out by a rather hoppy bittersweet mellow chocolate aftertaste to really not make this beer as sweet as it sounds on its description on the back of the bottle,i really like this beer and once again im stoked that this brewery continues to send its brew's to our shores Thanks Rogue.

Photo of eagles22
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful Dark, black with big thick tan head of foam..leaves a nice lacing around the glass

Smell: roasted malts,dark coffee,hints of chocolate also hint of figs

Taste: wow thats wonderful..dark chocolate,roasted coffee and malts

Mouthfeel: just leaves you wanting more of this fine brew

Drinkability: great session brew

one of the best beers I had by rogue and thats pretty legit cause all thier beers are wonderful

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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