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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,617 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2617
Reviews: 1516
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this from the handpump into a mug.

3.5 A: Black with a creamy brown cask head. Average retention and no lacing.

3.5 S: Some chocolate, oats, and yeast. Overall, rather dry and unassuming.

3.0 T: Pretty boring. Oats, somewhat chalky dryness, and woody yeast. Light roastiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation for cask. However, it not ridiculously creamy like a lot of beers from cask. Otherwise, okay.

3.0 D: Not bad, but probably the worst cask beer I've ever had. Just not enough flavor going on.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2011 17:03:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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ToasterChef

Maine

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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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know this was brewed with oatmeal so I thought it was a different version when I found it at the Great British Beer Festival. Oh well - it was nice to revisit this very tasty beer.

It looks like chocolate syrup or Turkish coffee - brownish black and very thick. The nose is big on mocha, heavy with chocolate, coffee, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, amaretto, hazelnuts, and a touch of coconut. Silky smooth on the palate like a cafe latte. Deliciously chocolatey, almost as much so as an actual chocolate stout. Milk Duds and chocolate chip cookies come to mind. Though it is rich and thick the overall flavor and finish are bitter, so this doesn't cloy even on cask. Fantastic stuff, an indecently delicious beer.

Serving type: cask

08-06-2010 09:19:38 | More by soulgrowl
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glid02

Georgia

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

Cask version served at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a good amount of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate flavors up front are joined shortly by large (at least for a stout) amounts of citrus hop flavors. The flavors complement each other nicely and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall the cask version seemed to have a lot more hops in the aroma and flavor than I remembered from the bottle version. Even without the hops the malt bill is fantastic enough to make this worth a shot.

Serving type: cask

09-15-2009 03:06:13 | More by glid02
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

On cask at Elmer Sudds. Arrived in a nonic pint glass and appears just about pitch black with a good inch of creamy dark ecru foam. The foam stays with me till the glass is empty, leaving a sticky lace in it's wake. Awesome looking pour. Smells and tastes of rich roasted grains, coffee beans, both milk and bitter chocolate, molasses, bitter, somewhat citrusy hops. Somewhere between medium and full bodied, with creamy and ample carbonation. Smooth drinking and satisfying.

Serving type: cask

05-12-2009 03:17:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask into pint glass at Gingerman in NYC

A- Bark black head with 2 finger creamy tan rocky head. Minimal lacing that faded quickly.

S- Chalky earth with coco/roasted coffee and citris undertones.

T-Pungent hops,malts and coffee but modest ABV which i expected more of from Rogue. No bitterness in the finish which I credit to the cask.

M: Medium Heavy and sticky/oily coating the pallet with smokey covering.

D- I was incorrect i thinking this was a RIS rather than an American Stout. A heavy earthy beer that I would only recommend to an experienced stout lover.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2008 13:02:51 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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stcules

Italy

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: cask

08-28-2005 20:12:04 | More by stcules
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Fatheads in Pittsburgh.
A: Served in a nice fat mug. Dark dark brown with a steamer of a head. Head was almost two inches, thick and sticky and brown in color. Nice lacing. Head was down to a collar about halfway through this beer.

S: Dark roasty malts. Nice level of a caramel/coffee aroma. Low level of hop aromas. Smells were just a bit too faint to score higher, but still very nice.

T: Sweet malty profile, notes of caramel. Mildly bitter coffee flavors throughout. Couldn't really taste any burnt flavors. Hops seem there just to balance out the sweetness and do it marvelously. Aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness. Really good tastes.

M: Smooth and creamy and served at perfect temperature. Low feel of carbonation. Full and chewy body. Low alcoholic warmth.

D&N: Dangerously drinkable. I'm totally in love with cask conditioned dark beers now. If you see this one on cask, drop everything and go have a pint, you won't regret it.

Serving type: cask

05-25-2005 05:04:40 | More by JackTheRipper
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one gravity poured from the cask at NERAX last nite.
Served in great condition,light carbonation, perfectly chilled and a black beauty. Little to no head and opaque. Aromas of roasted malts,bitter chocolate and a hint of licorice.
Flavors are more complex than the bottled version with a big drying bitterness standing out. Roasty and chocolaty with buiscuits and oreo tops. Underlying hops and fruit with a lingering, drying finish.
A great beer that lends itself very well to cask. It would be better through a beer engine.

Serving type: cask

04-30-2004 12:36:06 | More by brewandbbq
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served on the beer engine at Fathead's. The color was black with a creamy tan head. The smell was of dark chocolate. The taste was slightly sweet (like dark chocolate) but still had a nice balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth, as expected on cask. Drinkability-wise, well I could have multiples of just about any beer on cask, and this one is no exception.

A great stout, made only better by the cask-conditioning. Bravo to Rogue for a great beer, and hopefully this is one I'll have again!

Serving type: cask

10-25-2003 04:38:53 | More by beergeek279
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.

Serving type: cask

02-19-2003 11:26:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Authentic dark stout appearance. Healthy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong oat hues mixed with roasted barley.

T - Smooth, woodsy fireplace beer. Authentic stout taste and consistency. Comparable to cask served.

M - Smooth, smooth, smooth

O - This is an authentic stout that I would recommend to anyone looking to adventure into the world of stouts. Excellent consistency, color, taste, and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:43:19 | More by kcrosson492
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tmm313

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black in the glass. Poured a generous, creamy 3 finger head with aggressive pour. Super sticky lacing. Nice trailing.

S- Plum, dates, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, milk chocolate, a good dose of oats, caramel, and a touch of floral and spicy hops.

T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel in the beginning. Cocoa, coffee, and char follow. Burnt, earthy aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Smooth and drying. Big burnt aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this Stout. I don't always enjoy Oatmeal Stouts, but this one was an exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 21:53:19 | More by tmm313
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illpass78

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a small tan head that recedes swiftly. Lacing is nonexistent and carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: Smells like bitter chocolate, black coffee, oats and dark malts. The nose is about average strength - doesn't leap at you, but it's there.

Taste: Very tasty stout. Taste follows the nose but is more forward. Dark chocolate and oats dominate.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-smooth and fairly heavy. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: This is a really good oatmeal stout. I paired it with baked lemon tofu and noodle salad. It kind of screams out for more robust food than that, but it was a darn good companion anyway. If you like oatmeal stouts, seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:33:55 | More by illpass78
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Color is a nice inky oil slick black with reddish highlights near the bottom of the glass. Smells spicy and burnt, with some hop resins, nuts, and a slight red berry fruitiness hovering over singed caramel, wood char, and dark roast coffee. Palate is simultaneously roasted, nutty, and slightly tart, with coffee and chocolate flavors providing the base while redskin peanut, lemon rind, and chalky minerals add nuance. Reminds me of a thin to moderate bodied top-tier Irish dry stout with an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness has to be experienced to be believed. A drinkable oatmeal stout that has some hop presence and is curiously devoid of prominent sweetness. Screams "American" when compared with excellent British examples like Samuel Smith and not in a bad way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 21:52:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this. Pours nearly black under a large, lumpy tan head. The foam settles to a solid sheet in the surface; minor lacing. Smells of dark malt, subtle oats, roasted barely, and earthy hops with a slight soapy/floral note. Lots of chocolaty roast in the flavor and some citrusy hop bitterness. Creamy smooth, not quite full bodied, but appropriate for the style. I imagine I would have rated this one higher years ago, but hey, it's still a classic. Good, hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 21:06:52 | More by wedge
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 14:15:53 | More by brutusmuktuk
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brown under a nice large medium brown finely foamy head. The head fades to a thin layer leaving behind spots and strings of lace. Aroma is deeply and softly chocolatey, rich with oats, a smidge of vanilla, and some sort of berries underneath. Very nice. Taste is richly sweet, smooth, toasty, and evenly bitter through the finish. Bright lactic sweetness and coffee roastiness... Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slick, and blankety. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 04:28:06 | More by tastybeer
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very deep deep brown color with frothy head

S - not much in the way of smell - it is winter in New England and I may be stuffy, but I cannot find much of anything here.

T - Taste was burnt malt, very few other notes

m - mouth feel was very good. Good carbonation.

o - good oatmeal stout, not quite Shakespearian

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:03:24 | More by gonzo000
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denver10

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing this review to reflect my more recent experiences.

Pours thinnish black, looks like it could be a bit diluted, with just about no head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee, sugars from the oats, and some earthy hoppiness. Flavor starts off roasty and then earthy bittering hops, but then finishes up and extends into the aftertaste with some nice sugars from the oats, roasty coffee, and burnt char mixed with some hops. The finish is by far the highlight of this beer. A creamy lighter to medium mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into oatmeal stout. I still really like it but not sure I love it like I once did. Too many other great oatmeal stouts I have since discovered, making this one more middle of the pacl rather than top dog.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-05-2014 07:27:08 | More by denver10
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eggman2814

Illinois

2.39/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge Rogue fan. Love the Black Lager, Pumpkin Patch and more.

A: Black leads into a thick hot cocoa head with a ruby crust that disperses quickly and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malt, slight maple syrup notes

T: dusty chalky swiss miss

M: Thin and dry, ends in cotton mouth

O: Must have been a funky batch

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:17:02 | More by eggman2814
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, light char, oats, toast, caramel, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, caramel, light char, oats, dark bread, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and oat flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:08:45 | More by superspak
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with no head.
Aroma is deep chocolate super chocolate flavor with a little coffee.
Flavor is suttle chocolate with some coffee on the back end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little carbonated.
Full chocolate flavor and coffee, awesome dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:25:26 | More by zookerman182
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BCraig

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- poured a very thick light caramel color head that dissipates slowly into a rocky 1 inch head after a few moments. The color is one shade off of the black scale with a slight reddish brown hue.

S- Caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight metallic notes, not off-putting.

T- dark chocolate malt and smoky flavors upfront with a little bitter burnt finish.

M- a pretty decent balance between coating and crisp. There's a little bite to it but enough smooth coating to make it drinkable.

O- I may have had about half a dozen Oatmeal Stouts in my time, so I have not nailed down the definitive character yet, but this is a good cold weather beer. It's a little smokier than I prefer, but the chocolate and roasted malt do come through.

edited 10 minutes later to add that I starting picking up some faint vanilla flavors after the beer sat a minute or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 21:13:59 | More by BCraig
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a nonic. It's not often I get to fill this 20 ouncer up all the way.

A- Very deep brown. Near black. Brown head sits at 1/4" and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

S- Roasted and sweet grains are up front. A bit of a chocolate aroma as well.

T- Sweet and chocolatey, with a very nice earthy dryness in the finish.

M- Smooth and easy to drink. Finish is slightly dry, but pleasant.

O- The oats add some smoothness and make it an enjoyable drink. Not too heavy. Flavor is mild but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:49:16 | More by BWED
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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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