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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,119
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 244
Gots: 303 | 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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Ratings: 3,119 | Reviews: 1,567
Photo of ReebShorts
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Orval Chalice, color is Black. Brown head with nice tight bubbles faded to some islands with lacing around the edges.

Smell is chocolate, figs, coffee, banana, and slightly floral.

Mmm, tasty. Burnt coffee flavor and a nice bitter finish

Fine carbonation, nice tingle effect on the palette, very enjoyable drinker. Good Sunday evening nightcapper.

Photo of jmz62565
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great looking dark color with a big coffee looking three finger head.You can really smell the coffee and chocolate in this stout.The taste is a full coffee and chocolate blast.It is extremely aromatic and flavorful.It's easy to see why this has won so many awards.A great full mouthfeel that lasts and changes as it goes down your mouth.As far as drinkability goes,I will probably buy this anytime I see it.This is one of the best beers in America. Cheers.

Photo of nickss
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 5 - Black as night and beautiful. Huge one inch plus tan head, with tons of lacing as it slowly subsides.

Smell - 4.5 - Caramel and mocha, berries and nuts with some gorgeous floral hoppiness in the tail... wonderful.

Taste - 5 - Intensely complex... I love this... much better than I remember it being. Huge coffee and mocha in the front end, a bit of subtle nuttiness and a quick burst of berries in the back.... amazing.

Mouthfeel - 5 - thick, creamy, tongue coating... wow.

Drinkability - 5 - This goes right behind Storm King in my list of favorite brews.... I could drink this all day long and not grow tired of it. Simply incredible.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, solid stout. What was most interesting to me was how the flavor changed as it warmed. Right out of the fridge, it seemed to taste like a typical stout. Dark, roasted, a touch of chocolate and coffee. But as i sipped it over the course of 45 minutes or so, some sort of flowery fruitiness crept in and started changing things up. The last sip was remarkably different from the first.

Not something i could drink all the time, but a nice treat once in a while.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, almost black brown color with a thick, rich brown head. mmm.... looks great.

Smells like figs and chocolate.

Tastes big and powerful, anise and caramels add to the chocolate covered figs.

Felt light bodied for a Stout but I suppose that American Stouts sometimes are. The alcohol was a touch strong giving this beer a slight bite.

Pretty drinkable. Not a filling stout at all. Crisp and downable.

Pretty quality.

Photo of burnstar
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Zeno's. This is black with a nice thick frothy tan head. Smell is chocolatey malt with some coffee and perhaps some hoppy aromas in the background. Taste is roasted malt at first followed quickly by strong chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with some nice citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice thick mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

Photo of Fish113d
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22 oz. bottle and poured into a tulip glass, it pours ebony in color with a 2" creamy dark tan head that dissipates rather quickly as I let it sit for 30 seconds, to a nice brown surface layer.

Aroma is lots of earthy roasted malts, along with a deep dark coffee roast aroma that comes through as an underlying characteristic along with some caramel and chocolate.

Sipping, the body is not as big as i expected, and the sweetness is not there that I thought would be. Instead, it is rather bitter, but has some slight sweetness deep down. The carbonation is rather light and tingly, and the body smooths out a bit, along with a very bitter, mellow finish. A little drying on the finish tingles my tongue, as a slight chocolate flavor comes through that reminds me of chocolate powder mix. Reading the label, I saw that cascade hops are added, and I could imagine that that is where the bitterness comes from.

Excellent brew! It wasn't what I totally expected, but this one is not too sweet to consume by myself. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone!

Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Brownish head, not very beautiful to see.
At the nose it is silk, softness, smoothness. Very smooth. Sweet, with roasted notes, and a lot of cocoa and chocolate. Very good.
The taste it is infinitely soft and smooth, with stout character, sweetness, but with a good bitterness that makes it very well balanced. Obviously again roasted and chocolate notes. Good.
Medium body.
Great drinkability.

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

Pitch black color and can not see a hue with an average light brown head that is slightly frothy and fizzy with no lacing.

Roasted molasses malt smell with milk chocolate and a lightly citrus and pine hops aroma.

A lightly sweet and acidic, moderately bitter, and roasted molasses malt taste with more coffee than milk chocolate. The hops are well hidden but linger some pine and orange.

Medium to full bodied, dry and lightly creamy texture, slightly lively but soft carbonation, and a decent lightly metallic and astringent finish.

A consistant product however not the best Stout around 6% abv available.

Photo of Naes
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with a large milk chocolate head.

Its aroma is roasty and chocolaty.

The flavor is just as stated above, roasty and finishes with a wonderful smooth chocolate taste. It’s a perfect balance between sweet and bitter chocolate.

The mouth feel is medium in body and is mildly carbonated. It is also a bit sticky on the tongue.

It is delicious and dangerously drinkable. I will have to get more for sure.

If you like stouts, get this one and don’t be afraid of the sticker price, it’s worth it.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of 22oz bottle

This beer pours pitch black, when held up to the light no trace of any other color. A nice tan colored head forms but disapates fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops a bit of citrus coming through. Along with coffee, and chocolate. Medium bodied stout that feels good in the mouth. A clean finish with mild hops on the nose. A great stout and will drink(buy) again.

Photo of swid
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a light-absorbing black into my pint glass. Only by holding it up to a light at an angle is there any evidence that it's not a completely opaque black. A 1/2", tan head forms, and quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing. The aroma is surprisingly simple; chocolate and roasted malts are about evenly balanced with the pine and citrus aromas from the Northwest hops.

This beer tastes almost exactly as an American stout should: roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts up front, balanced well by the citrus/pine/spice of the hops. The mouthfeel is wet and full. Finishes crisp, leaving a very pleasant roasted, chocolate, and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout, and scary drinkable; it's a shame the Bard never got to try one himself. Shakespeare Stout is a must-have for anyone who hasn't trod beyond the Irish dry stouts, and is worth trying regardless of your beer likes/dislikes.

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

bomber bought at peace street market in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, tan/brown foamy head that dissapears quickly and laces the rim

smell: toasted malts, moderate coffee aroma, slight chocolate, licorice is faint

taste: nice toasted malt taste...This is a delicious American Stout, perhaps the best I have ever had. Creamy chocolate, coffee roasts, slightly bitter finish, extraordinarily balanced

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, light carbonation...impressive

drinkability: better than average

Photo of DogFood11
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted barley or burnt is all I can think about after the first taste...but as the beer warms it developes a much richer coffee/choclate type taste. at 6% I could drink a few of these and the taste doesnt get old. I've visited the rogue many times and have never bothered to review the beers as i'm too focused on partying but next time I go this is a must to review on tap.

Overall....solid american stout that could please a large demo. nothing to throw a wrench in your palate and well crafted blend of malts and burnt barley taste. thank you rogue. Oh YEAH i almost forgot Rogue beers are priced very modest for how much work is apparent in their brew...thanks again

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: bomber with blue and white painted label/graphics. a man with a mug of beer in one hand and the other hand in the air and wearing a feather in his hat dominates the front. "world champion stout" on front. ingredients are listed on the back and there are recommendations of food to pair this beer with. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a super black with no highlights and a dark tan head in a snifter glass. head is magnificent. poured half and half and droped to about an inch the rest of the way down. nice pancake batter look and the sticking and lacing is rediculous.

smell: sweet caramel, light molasses and light chocolate. some lemons after aggitating.

taste: first sip is sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice counterbalancing bitter finish. there again is a hidden pine and lemony citrus as well. roasted barley and burnt malt. one of the most balanced tasting beers i've ever tasted. finishes dry.

mouthfeel: rediculo-smooth. just a tad light in body, but leaves a creamy feel in my mouth after the swallow. great carbonation and acidity. super velvety swallow.

drinkability: this beer was gone in no time! little to no noticible alcohol. every sip begs for more. if you're a hop head stout lover like i am, then you'll blow through this brew.

overall: i've had this beer a few times now and it gets better every time i drink it. very close to perfection. my current favorite american stout with only a few doubles and russian imperials being able to compare.

edit (10.24.05): did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod.

Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second best american stout I've ever tasted (first being Sixpoint craft ales Diesel) The beer is black with a nice light beige head. The aromas were of stron groasted characters, some chocolate, coffee, unfortunatly cardboard, distant black licorice and a slight hint of alcohol. The hops brought up the rear but very faintly. The taste was very sweet of heavy roasted chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and a nice hint of , molasses. Once again it finished smoothly with well balanced hops. Very slick and creamy on the palette. In my book a very well put together american stout.

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

Gorgeous pitch black brew with translucent edges, not much head in the pint glass...why didn't I use the snifter? Smell is coffee and slight anise, toasted malts. Oh, the taste, heavy duty toasted malt with a fine coffee flavor over the top and some hop bite underneath and in the finish. Quite a symphony of flavors. Mouthfeel starts a little watery but fills quickly and the finish is strong and long. What a great drinking stout. Highly recommended and readily available. There is no excuse for not consuming this beer.

Photo of gimmehead
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: impenetrable, light-eating black with a mocha colored head

Smell: rich and sweet caramel malts, big roasted aroma; alittle hop spice; bittersweet chocolate and black licorice; a little smoky with some alcohol notes when agitated

Taste: bittersweet roasted malts, rich chocolate flavor, very sweet; roasted coffee notes and some marshmallow sweetness mixes with a lingering bitter finish

Mouthfeel: medium full; very smooth and silky

Drinkability: rich and sweet, good with dessert or a Padron

Photo of cracgor
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black color. Tan creamy head. Has decent retention and sticks well to the glass in patches.

Smell: Very hoppy for a stout. Also sweet and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted, nutty, chocolate and some fruitiness. Creamy almost milk sweet. This has a great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied...maybe just medium body.

Drinkability: Comples and tasty. Well balanced. Sweetness matches the chocolate/hop bitter perfectly.

Photo of fisherman34
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical black colour and off-white head. Roasted malt and hoppy aromas are present, perhaps with a bit of soya-sauce in the mix as well. The flavor is much more "roasted" than I was expecting, but there’s chocolate there too along with a combination of earthy hops and faint citrus finish. The flavor profile seems more "imperial" than "sweet", but either way it’s all good.

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

Bomber bottle, pours allmost black with a frothy dark tan head, leaving nice stringy lacing. Nose here is mildly of burnt grains and coffee grounds. this is a bold and full taste stout, pleanty of coffee, chocolate and roasty notes. Smoth and nicely rounded on the tongue, finishes smooth and coating, but not clinging to the tongue, finish is marked with more semi sweet dark chocolate and mildly drying hops. This one has been a classic, fine American micro brew for many years. Hats off and a big thank you to the folks at Rogue for putting this fine stuff out for such a long time.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a crude oil jet black with ample mocha brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell and Taste are earthy malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a surprisingly high hop presence. Not overbearing, but certainly there. Quite frankly, this tastes almost identical to their Mocha Porter which I had a few weeks ago. This further blurs the line between porter and stout in my opinion. It seems like it's really at the brewer's discretion whether they call their dark beer a stout or porter. I'm not mad, I love both, just an interesting thing to think about. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Finished the bomber with ease. A very solid offering from Rogue. They've yet to blow me out of the water, but they never really disappoint either. Just solid all around. Could have done worse for review #50.

Photo of theozag
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Please pardon the brevity of this review, I am attempting to catch up (between work assignments) from weeks of tasting based on notes...

Overall: "To my tastebuds, more a porter than a stout."

Brew had no head, merely a fringe of brown bubbles over an opaque black body.

Smell is gentle and bittersweet, much like baker's chocolate.

Starts smooth and spicy with some roasted oat flavor; Settles heavy & full-bodied as a good stout should, but thin on flavor complexity... simply a straightforward coffee/caramel mix; Finish is a heavy dark chocolate taste with a bitter hop edge over a rich, smooth, malty foundation.

Strong, bitter aftertaste.

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

Pours an opaque black color with a large tan head the recedes quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. The taste is rather smooth. Dark chocolate and coffe like the aroma. I don't find it to be very complex though, and it does seem to be as flavorful as a stout could be. Still, the flavor it has tastes good. Mouthfeel is medium thick bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is a good stout, easily drinkable, and enjoyable.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber. This beer pours out black with a huge dark brown head. The aroma is roasted coffee, caramel, and hops - everything that I like in a stout. This beer has a great roasted flavor. There is also a malty caramel flavor. The most notable aspect of this beer is the hops. There is much more hopiness than in most stouts. The hops and bitter roastiness balance the malt. Mouthfeel is full. This beer is terrific both from the bottle and on tap. Just be sure to let it warm up if it's at refrigerator temp. Nearly perfect.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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