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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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2,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,742
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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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 goalie33

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 16oz pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.
A) Opaque black in color. Two fingers of creamy, tan head sticking around. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass. cannot see carbonation due to color.
S) Huge roasted malt notes with strong undertones of espresso with some lighter notes of chocolate. Slight hint of oatmeal sweetness.
T) Sweetness upfront. Bland, watery middle with a bitter coffee finish that lingers in the mouth. The taste does not live up to what the nose promises.
M/D) Very thin body, much thinner then I was expecting for an oatmeal stout. Leaves the mouth rather dry. Very little in the way of carbonation. Goes down with out too much difficulty. More of a dessert beer, not really a session beer.

I had very high expectations for this beer, but I was somewhat disappointed. The flavor and the body were much thinner then I was expecting in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:17:37 | More by goalie33
Photo of Brunite


4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my standard pint glass.

A: Pours black with some faint brown notes. A tan mocha head rises up, with a solid 3 fingers of bubbly head. This beer pours like a nitrotap beer. Thousands of cascading little bubbles. Holds well and leaves a nice layer on top.

S: Sweetened roasted character of the malts come through. I also get some chocolate/cocoa notes. Nothing hop-wise.

T: The taste was mildly sweet, creamy & mellow. Not overpowering but the roasted malt is evident at the outset along with a chocolate finish. Just a hint of oats. Nice.

M: Creamy & smooth. This is like a nitro as I said...which I happen to like. But the flavors are there.

D: I loved this brew. Creamy....smooth...roasty...chocolate....a little chewy grain from the oats (perhaps). I like this despite the higher price bomber being all that is available in my area. Does this come in sixers? It should. This ranks right behind Sam Smith in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:07:57 | More by Brunite
Photo of jsprain1


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful solid black with a one finger espresso colored head. Relatively weak lacing prevents it from earning a top score.
S- Hoppy for an oatmeal stout, with standard coffee and chocolate aromas.
T- Opens up with a hoppy character with a strong dark chocolate flavor. Mild coffee notes.
M- Not quite as smooth as I like out of my oatmeal stouts, but it had a nice rich body to it nevertheless. Dry in the finish.
D- A good beer, even a very good beer, but maybe not quite deserving of some of the hype it gets.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:09:29 | More by jsprain1
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, solid black with an espresso-colored thick head that leaves behind some real nice lacing.

Aromas of roasted maltd and chocolate with some smokiness and earthy yeast tones, and a hint of dark fruit sweetness.

Flavor is much more subdued than I was expecting. Mainly roasted maltiness with dark chocolate. Slight burnt coffee taste in the middle to end. Some hop resin bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is seemed thin for the style with moderate carbonation and an overall watery feel.

A decent winter session but wasn't particularly impressed. I was left wanting a more full and smooth stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:25:33 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of mavbrew


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into OCB mug.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger thick, dark tan colored head that leaves some lacing.

S: There is a nice roasted characteristic in the nose, with hints of chocolate coming through as well. There is also a slight hop aroma.

T: There is a massive roasted flavor that hits you right up front, a serious taste explosion from the malts in the palate. This is followed by hints of coffee beans and chocolate. The finish is dry and has some bitters from the hops, not much but a good amount.

M: Medium bodied with a nice tingly carbonation. Creamy feel and a nice roasted feel throughout.

D: Rogue really knows how to make a nice stout, although personally I prefer Chocolate Stout, this is a great beer. It has some great flavor and a nice feel overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:20:29 | More by mavbrew
Photo of birderbeerer


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

Pours a super thick, slow liquid. Black with a coffee colored, one finger head with good lacing.

Smells mega heavy. Deep, dark, and thick roasted malt aroma. Oats and chocolate and a big dose of coffee.

Big roast bill on the taste. Thick and chewy. Dry oat flavor, pumpernickel and chocolate sweetness, and then huge coffee.

A big, thick, slow-drinking beer. Drinks like an imperial stout. No alcohol flavor but the heaviness seems more like a 10% abv than 6%. An impressive stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 02:04:22 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured black with a very large light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and an earthy doughy yeast with strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. It tasted mildly sweet with a hint of coffee at first then went to a slightly bitter-sweet coffee flavor that had a nice hint of chocolate and was mildly hoppy at the finish with the flavor lingering for an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a nice stout, great on a cold winters night.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 13:22:58 | More by KajII
Photo of PicoPapa


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a thick black color with a frothy, tan head. Slight lacing. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, malts and a nice overall sweet smell. Taste is a mix of vanilla, light and sweet coffee, and malts. This one is a bit light and watery but does have a decent taste. Good stout but I am surprised this is in the Top 100. Overall its worth a second look but is nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 07:12:45 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of THECPJ


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/26/2011

A: chocolate, coffee, and malts

Ap: dark brown to black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, nice lacing

B/T: moderate carbonation, well balanced, thinner than expected

Af: malty, sweet, chocolate, coffee

O: a good reliable readily available standby


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:36:50 | More by THECPJ
Photo of kingcrowing


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

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz mini imperial pint glass. Top beer #74/100!

Pours a very dark black with a small but thick and creamy dark brown head that stays around for a while. Nose is very strong, malty and rich with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, toffee and vanilla.

Taste is quite bitter from the dark malts, not much for hops to be found here. The finish is super dry and bitter with a light chocolate flavor lingering for a bit. The carbonation is a bit sharp at first but quickly becomes very mellow and rich. This is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 22:43:12 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of lespaulrocker


3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at some Italian restaurant I visited while in North Carolina.

A: As a barista, the first thing that struck me about this beer was how much like espresso it looked. Black body that let almost no light through, creamy brown one finger head that dissipated slowly. Left moderate to heavy amounts of lacing. Really a beautiful beer, especially to someone like me who loves coffee.

S: Malty, coffee/espresso hints, chocolate.

T: Amazing. A lot of malts up front, some chocolate and coffee, followed by a slight hint of hops and coffee to finish. I feel like my years of being a coffee snob (no Starbucks for me) have led me to this beer.

M: Creamy, a little bit of carbonation, just the right amount. \

D: This is a sipper. It took me the whole meal to get through one, but it was worth it.

I will definitely seek this beer out again. One of the better beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 22:33:01 | More by lespaulrocker
Photo of Chronofied

North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at about 52 degrees into a laser-etched snifter.

Appearance - Nice, appealing foamy head, with classy retention, though not much lacing. A dark obsidian color, letting no visible light through. Attractive.

Smell - Boozey with definite oats, redolent with malt. Some hint of nuttiness and chocolate, and maybe just a hint of coffee. A little bit of underlying earthy hop character.

Taste - Medium bodied, honestly thinner than I was expecting. Nice and bready though, the character of the yeast is much more obvious in the taste than in the smell. Malts are toasty, hops provided some pleasant bitterness. Definite chocolate and nuts, with some coffee underneath; the aroma didn't lie. Starts and ends with some light alcohol heat. Aftertaste has the barest hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel - Enjoyable mouthfeel, creamy though not heavy, rich without being oppressive. Carbonation deteriorated throughout, until there was almost none left. Hop character causes a bitterness to linger along with the alcohol heat after the beer is gone.

Drinkability - This beer has an average drinkability, maybe slightly better. While it is heavier, the taste remains appealing and encouraging throughout the course of a pint-six bottle, though if you drink it too slowly the carbonation will die before you can kill the volume in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 17:24:42 | More by Chronofied
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours nearly black, with nearly no other color highlights -- just a hint of ruby in the very corners of the glass. A nice creamy brown head forms, then fades to a ring with some thin film on toop. The head reaffirms itself with every swirl of the glass. Some foamy lace.

Smell: The aroma is mostly roasted malt without much sweetness attached, some chocolate malt, chocolate, brewed coffee, and a bit of earthy hops as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a huge dose of unsweetened roasted malt character. Some unsweetened chocolate and chocolate malt step in, with a rising touch of bitter coffee, and earthy hops to finish. The combination of coffee malts and a strong hop presence just give me too much bitterness here, and I am a hophead.

Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy, full bodied. Some bubbly carbonation. Chewy, resiny, lightly acidic, and a bit dry.

Drinkability: The flavor gets more bitter with each sip without giving me enough complex flavor to make it truly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 19:21:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
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South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured pitch black with a three finger light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour malt, and slight chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, oatmeal, and milk chocolate. It a medium feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty excellent brew. A very easy drinker that has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it. A very good balanced flavor and aroma going here. This one could be more complex to help it be great, but it is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 21:00:40 | More by thagr81us
Photo of metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high head that slowly faded away and is light mocha in color.
S: There are aromas of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some coffee flavors and hints of citrus from the hops. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down rather easily although I'm not sure if I could have more than one of these at a time because of the bitterness and dryness.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 12:14:42 | More by metter98
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is actually my first time having Shakespeare stout. I usually don't drink rogue stuff. Not a huge fan but got this one because it's in the top 100.

Pours an awesome deep black with a super sticky tan head and awesome lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is not as strong as I hoped but not bad. Roasty and a bit of coffee type aroma. Not much.

Taste is good. Nice roasty character but I feel it's missing something. Like more caramel malt or more oatmeal.

The mouthfeel is not what I expect from a good oatmeal stout. Needs to be more frothy. Needs more body. I need to chew and oatmeal stout.

Overall I probably won't buy this one again. Much better always avaliable stouts out there. Try it but it's not one I'll be keeping around. Doesn't live up to the top 100 IMO

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:02:39 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour and I am met with a black ale with a big beige head that stays the entire session. Bitter chocolate aroma with some cocoa whiffs and roasted dark malts. Very bitter taste. I was expecting some sweet rush on the taste or at least the swallow based on the smell but there is none to be had. Black coffee, slight chocolate and malty. Bitter almost sour-like finish. The mouthfeel is too thin for an outmeal stout. Drinkability was ok. The bitter, bitter taste put me off a little. I may have had a bad bottle and therefore the review could be tainted. I recall drinking this fresher and getting a better session. Will look to re-review in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:44:58 | More by kaseydad
Photo of Meerkey


3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick pitch black, frothy beige head.

S: Hops and caramel, roasted barley, soy sauce, chocolate malts at the end.

T: Bitter chocolate, dry roasted barley, hops, and coffee. Sweet, but slightly sour at the end.

M: Thick and creamy, slightly burned finish.

D: Great smell, pretty good flavor. Delightfully creamy and silky. I'd recommend this if you like stouts.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2011 03:22:01 | More by Meerkey
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a dark mocha head that lasts for a good while. It looks more like an imperial stout.

S-Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T-Much like the nose, heavy on the roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Some hops are also present.

M-Pretty creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is one sessionable stout. I will have no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall, this is a very good Oatmeal Stout. I will definitely drink this again in the future. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:12:18 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A: Very dark, almost black color with a creamy, dark mocha head that stayed throughout drinking and provided decent lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint smell of oatmeal, inviting a healthy taste.

T: A taste of chocolate, roasted oats, and that kind of slightly sour taste that's found in a Guinness. I wish the oatmeal taste was a little more present. The taste lingers long after you've swallowed your mouthfull.

M: Medium to medium-thick, with moderate carbonation. Seems appropriate to style.

D: This is highly drinkable. There is hardly any hint of alcohol flavor in this beer. A great winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 01:59:15 | More by duffcalifornia
Photo of Fatehunter


4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a snifter. Black. Tan half inch head that lasted a minute, then down to just lacing the rim.

S - Roasted and burnt malt dominates, but a faint cocoa comes through.

T - Smooth, balanced malt at first, then toast, ends with a combination of burnt malt and bitterness. Complex, but it all goes together well.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation that bites the tongue a little at the end.

D - Super-duper stout. The stout standard bearer. The burnt malt and bitter hops flavors are great and what I look for in a stout. Not a criticism, but the chocolate really does not come out in the taste.. other than balancing out the bittering hops. I personally like this but be advised that this is not a CHOCOLATE beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:58:23 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of madvermin


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin black, with a decent amount of head.

Smells of bits of coffee, and generally of pleasant dirt, a little bit of pine in there too.

Tastes very earthy, with chocolate and oatmeal sourness in there a bit.

Thin texture was pleasing in this case, this was an easily likable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 08:06:47 | More by madvermin
Photo of rrski198


3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at I-Tap in Chesterfield, MO.

A: Jet black. Average tan/off whit ehead. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild hop character on the back end.

T: Deep dark chocolate, raosted nutty flavor and dry bitterness. Almost spicy ont he back of the tongue.

M: Good carbonation. Decent body and very dry and bitter on the back of my tongue.

O: A quite pleasant stout. I enjoyed this more than most average oatmeal stouts. I would buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:32:22 | More by rrski198
Photo of herman77


3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a creamy dark beige head. Good retention. Excellent lacing that leaves sheets around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, slightly burnt carmel. A bit of coco sweetness and coffee.

T: A bit boring and dull at first. Hints of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Then comes huge amounts of hops for an oatmeal stout. Lots of roasted, borderline burnt malt and more hops in the finish. A west coast interpretation of this style for sure.

M: Medium body. Smooth, but not creamy at all. I like my O stouts with that creamy mouthfeel, this one is lacking.

D: Decent drink, but too much hops and burnt malt for my liking in an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:50:28 | More by herman77
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3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at Kickbacks

A-Black as night with a inch and a half creamy khaki head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-Understated and tame. Some roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Nose needs to be more prominent.

T-Bready malt, hints of chocolate and coffee as the nose suggested, a somewhat sour, astringent back end that isn't very pleasant.

M-Rich and creamy.

D-The sour and astringent back end really hurt the drinkability.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-08-2011 19:33:37 | More by Lerxst
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