Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,188 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 259
Gots: 337 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Ratings: 3,188 | Reviews: 1,584
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Throughout school, Shakespeare is constantly forced down our throat in English Literature Classes. His sonnets, plays and works dominate the landscape, and although he is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, I’ve always viewed him as overrated. Would this beer be the same? Or would I actually enjoy this version shoved down my throat? Lets find out…

Appearance – 93: The beer pours a very foamy and dark tan head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind a significant amount of lacing, which was good to see. The color is a deep black which swallows up any surrounding light as it it were a black hole. In “King Henry V” a famous line reads “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety”. I’d gladly give a moment or two to stare at this one dissipate again. Beautiful color.

Aroma – 90: A “no frills” beer to be sure, Rogue’s offering has but 10 ingredients to it, namely rolled oats, roasted barley, yeast and malts. This comes through when smelling the beer – there are no complicated infusions to figure out or notes of cinnamon or coffee to sniff for. The simplicity is refreshing, leaving an earthy malted smell on your nose.

Body & Texture – 92: As to be expected with an Oatmeal Stout, the initial mouthfeel is heavier, but the immediate feel on the tongue is more watery than creamy.

Taste – 91: Some stouts leave a decidedly heavy feel after the first sip or two, but that wasn’t the case with this selection. The flavors are light but decidedly there – an earthen flavor stems from the rolled oats which leaves a mellow chocolate aftertaste which lingers for but a moment. The thing which continually struck me about the taste was despite the look and smell of the beer how easy it was to drink and light it sat on my palate.

Overall – 91 (Excellent): Rogue continues to put forth excellent beers, and this is no exception. One of the flagships of their impressive line, their Oatmeal Stout lived up to its reputation. The beer is surprisingly easy to drink and comes with a mid-range 6.1% ABV, and is much more light and playful than one would come to expect from a stout. Part of me wished that the brewery had added in more ingredients to boost the flavor profile, but the other part is happy that they nailed what they were trying to put forth – a fantastic stout which pours, smells and tastes fantastic. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” to taste this one.

Purchase Value – (C+): A 22oz bottle of this currently retails for $7.99, which means that given the quality of the beer, the consumer is getting an above-average return on their investment. Would certainly recommend getting a bottle to drink or age.

Photo of interzen
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Another one of those 'black as Hell at night' stouts - blacker than a black thing with absolutely nothing if you hold it up to the light. Light, it seems, just falls right on into it. Fairly long-lasting mocha-brown head, plenty of bubbles and a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: In terms of smell, you can sure pick the Cascade hops out of this one - right out of the gate there's that grassy, resiny smell of hops with everything else lurking in the background. To be honest, the smell owes more to that of an IPA than it does a stout - grain notes are fairly subdued, anything else is non-existent. Most peculiar, but not altogether unpleasant.

Taste: All that said, it does taste like an oatmeal stout - here the hops blend in rather nicely with the chocolate/roasted malt flavours to the point where the taste is almost the reverse of the smell. Again, peculiar but not unpleasant. It's actually rather tasty.

Feel: Quite smooth but fairly watery compared to a lot of American stouts I've had and pretty much every British stout ever. It lacks a certain something which I can't quite put my finger on.

Overall: Imagine a malt-forward IPA and you've got something a bit like this - it's an interesting take on the style, but even leaving out my somewhat local bias, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout leaves this eating dust. Worth a try, but there are better oatmeal stouts out there. I kind-of expected better from a Rogue beer, and sadly I can't share the enthusiasm that others have shown.

Photo of Carolvs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great one, no doubt - but still a notch below the Samuel Smiths' offering.

Photo of frankwoj
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting Stout. One of the best beers I've had

Photo of cerveza5150
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome.Simply awesome! My favorite low alcohol stout!

Photo of HattedClassic
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very foamy and medium dark tan head that lasts quite a while. The beer itself is an opaque black. The lacing is a very nice look when it is on the glass.

The beer smell is extremely hoppy for an oatmeal stout. The beer smell has some light chocolate notes and some very strong oat notes that do not create a nice smell with the strong hop notes. The hops seem to dominate all the other notes and kind of ruin the smell. Thee hop smell itself isn't bad but the lack of roastness or chocolate sweetness that normally accompanies the beer style isn't there. Rather, the beer smells like an IPA with some chocolate and roast notes.

The taste follows the nose to a certain extent but has stronger roast and chocolate notes. The hop notes are fairly bitter and block out most of the other notes except for the oats.

The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing for an oatmeal stout. The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side and feels bit watery. The beer is smooth but not creamy.

Overall, a pretty disappointing oatmeal stout and wondering if I just got a bad bottle. The beer overall smells, feels, and tastes like a malty IPA. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone if they're looking for a good oatmeal stout.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Total black beer with a small and fast dissapearing brown head.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, candy, vanilla and roasted malt.
Taste: Coffe from arabic beans, dark chocolate, rich roasted malt, chocolate milk, sweet syrup and some hops.
Body: Medium to full body with light carbonation. A great bitterness. Creamy.

Photo of lstorie3
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a smallish tan head. The smell is sweet - marshmallows, jelly beans, sugar cookies with a little floral hint. The taste doesn't follow the nose like I had expected. It it's think in the mouth. The floral essence hits first and then follows with a dark roasty flavor. Not as sweet as I had expected, which is probably a good thing considering how sweet the smell was. Really good beer.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Superb stout and the best I've had to date. Of all the beers I try just to try this one keeps me coming back as often as possible. Super deep roasted flavors that hang around long after the last sip. Incredible beer.

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic oatmeal stout - pours dark and creamy with a mocha-like head. Complex aroma of toasted malt, expresso, and dark chocolate. A profound taste combining rich toasted malt with a surprising infusion of almost citrus-like hops. Long lingering finish that reflects the taste of the beer. A must try for any stout lover.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, caramel, bread crust, and roasted grains in the aroma along with a touch of flowery hops. The body is black and opaque with a deep mocha head. The flavor is intensely roasty but smooth. Lots of coffee grounds and bitter, spicy/grapefruit-like hops. The finish is bitter and tart. Silky with low carbonation but a good bite.

Consistently flavorful throughout, particularly thanks to the roasted grains and bitter/citrusy hops. Just enough carbonation to be satisfying but little enough not to interfere with the smoothness of the texture. Solid and straightforward.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

one of their best beer imo

Photo of jdwilliamson79
3.24/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really didn't find this stout to be anything special. No outstanding flavors. Not sure why it's rated so high.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasty!! Smooth stout. If that makes since. Haha. Great taste.

Photo of kim_thayil
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

first of all, it smells delicious. it's like those super chewy chocolate candies. riesens, i think they're called.

it pours black as night. and light doesn't penetrate it at all. i actually held it up to a light bulb and it was like "yeah, (frank) that".

it has a thick dark tan (almost brown) head that sticks around and gets kind of lumpy after a while before it dissipates, sticking to the glass the entire way.

it's creamy and smooth and goes down easy. it's delicious and refreshing when it's cold and it gets even better as it warms up a little bit (you can really taste the riesens). it's the perfect amount of sweetness. it's definitely there but not even close to being overpoweringly sweet.

Photo of MarkWilkinson
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is how a stout *should* feel, not too thick, but not watery. A solid stout with good carbonation, pairs well with spicy food.

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good. Not my style of beer but I can recognize how good this beer is.

Photo of mta11c
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle. Decent head for a stout, dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing. Heavy roasted malt aromas with a hint of sweet/fruity chocolate all of witch are prevalent in the taste. Also tasting hints of dark coffee. Medium Light mouthfeel but a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of Rodrigolucca
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An incredible sensation with the richest smell and taste.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Pitch black with a hint of copper when held to the light, a finger of dark grey brown head.


S: Chocolaty, milk chocolate, sweet, coffee, Chocolate Charleston chews.


T: Dark chocolate, chocolate milk, toasted notes like dark brown toasted bread, very light sweetness.

M: Medium thick creamy and smooth, light foaming powder carbonation.


O: Excellent. Got in Chiang Mai, Thailand, drank Dec 12th, 2014. Some would say an oatmeal stout pairs with anything. Dare you to try it with Thai "Stinky Beans and Shrimp with Red Curry Paste" then rethink it.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -3.4%

650 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark - black with a beige head. Nose is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

Photo of DrunkAl
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Awful.

Photo of findango
4/5  rDev -3.4%

- malty, almost fruity aroma
- smooth, sweetness at the start; drying, burnt, thin finish

Photo of rjs246
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Oh my god yes. Love affair with Stout rekindled.

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

I wanted to like this more than I did. Malty and bitter. My friend said she picked up chocolate, but I wasn't getting much of it. Maybe a hint of cocoa. I'm not getting the flavours I'd expect from this style. Maybe my taste buds are dead? Definitely no strong flavours. Finish slightly smokey.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
92 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.