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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,011 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 3,011
Reviews: 1,540
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 211
Gots: 215 | 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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black, with a chocolate head with nice retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Roasted chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating. Slightly burnt flavors create an unwanted bitterness.

Drinkability: Good overall, but needs milder roasted malt IMO. WIll try again.

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

I always love picking up a new brew and then finding out it is a top-rated beer. Anyway, this poured jet black, no edges at all, just pure stout. Even a very easy pour brought up a huge pancake head, tan in color, with maximum retention and sticky lacing. Aromas include earthy hops, roasted malts, and chocolate. The taste is very unique and complex, almost imperial-ish. Starts off with an earthy, bitter hoppiness with a dry, roasty malt flavor balancing it out immediately. Sharp coffee, chocolate, and even a licorice like flavor were all present. Despite having a huge head the carbonation is relatively low, making for a silky smooth, full bodied mouthfeel. One of my favorite styles to drink, this beer deserves its top postition and is a rare, complete, unique brew with character and distinction.

Photo of Sudmissle
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the Stout class is the style that U.S. microbreweries have have done the best job with. This one is very competitive, with a expresso dark color and a thick perfectly developed 1 inch head. The flavor is strong and intense with a combination of toasted bread, nut and coffee notes, but it is smooth and dry enough so as to be very drinkable as a session beer, if those words can be used when describing a stout. Has a wonderfully thick mouthfeel that makes a syrupy lace on the side of the glass. In a class this competitive, I could not say this is necessarily the best Stout, but it is surely in my top 10, which really is saying a lot given the volume of solid competition with British and U.S. breweries producing quite a few memorable Stouts.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours out 'Ebony in color' as the label on the bottle states. I'll go along with that. No head at all. I poured a little rougher, still no bubbles. Hmmph...

Aroma - Big chocolate nose, dark espresso notes. The anticipation makes it kind of hard to want to pick out anything more, let's taste this beer!

Taste is big on coffee and hops out of the gate. As hoppy as this is, it was well-masked in the aroma. Turns smoky with lots of charcoal and drying after that. Finishes with a blend of hop bitterness and coffee which go hand in hand. Lots of smoke and lingering charcoal on the aftertaste. Either as my taste buds adapt or as it warms or something, the flavor makes a turn for the sweeter about halfway through the 11 ounce sample (I split this with my bro).

Mouthfeel is heavy and coating. More carbonation than expected, that too was not revealed on the pour. This beer is full of surprises. Even with the active bubbling in the mouth, they have no effect on a long-lasting aftertaste that really draws out the enjoyment of this beer.

More drinkable in colder temps to be sure, a great fireside beer. Sampled on a crisp fall day in Cincinnati enhances my score on this category.

Photo of Ellbert
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A wonderful Black stout with a nice tan head that slowely goes away leaving a nice layer on top that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Deep roasted smell with coffee and a nice hoppy smell

Taste: Very malty with a coffe bitterness to it. Smooth with a dark chocolate finish, a little watery at the finish also... Leaves you dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little watery or thin. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially at 6.2

Photo of taez555
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

This beer poured a dark brown, almost chocolate milk, colored creamy head with a pitch black body. Easily one of the most beautiful heads I've ever seen on a beer.

The nose was a firm roasted barley smell. Unsweetened chocolate, a little dash of espresso roastyness and maybe a touch of citrus. But mostly dark roasted barley.

The taste followed basically the same path. Medium bodied. Lots of dark roasted malt flavor and bitterness. Very fresh A slight grainyness. Unsweetened chocolate, burnt espresso beans. A very interesting balance of citrus, grapefruit peel, hop bitterness against the roasted barley bitterness.

It ends along the same lines. A very long lingering citrus/roasted barley bitterness

Overall it's a really nice stout. I could drink this all day long.

Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, medium creamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth. Somewhat bitter. Full flavor. Smooth taste. Slightly malty. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

Photo of DESTRO
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with a tan lace. smells of coffee, roasted barley and a slight bit of hops. mouth watering indeed. the taste is the perfect balance of sweet malt and decent hop bite, simply lovely. a nice strong chocolate/coffee taste is the show. i seriously dig this alot. the mouthfeel is creamy and just right. i could drink this by the gallons. my favorite stout when im in the mood for something flavorful and filling.

$3.49 a bomber.

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

Appearance: Dark brown head with deep black body and spunky lace.

Aroma: burnt barley, hops, burnt and burnt bread and burnt.

Taste: burnt barley, and burnt bread on a huge salad of hops. Smooth dark chocolate.

Mouth: Smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drink: This evaporates before you know it.

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

Pour: black chocolate with bubbly tan head. Looks like a dark chocolate milk. Excellent lacing. Medium head retention.

Smell: aroma consisted of roasted black patent and chocolate notes, spicy hops, mocha. Very nice!

Taste: amazing balance of roasted malt and hops. Finishes rather dry with tasty chocolate and slightly bitter. Outstanding!!

Mouthfeel: a tad thin for a stout, but not bad at all. Nice carbonation. Very slick and easy going down.

Notes: I had four of these bombers at lunch, and I must say as much as I enjoyed them, they really filled me up. Not the best session brew, but oh so amazing!! Highly recommended.

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

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Effectively pitch black with a thick tan head. First whiff is hops. Sweet, wonderful hops. Upon further investigation, you can smell the malt undertones - thick, roasted, chocolately, and rich. The taste present all of this in a nice neat little package. Hop bitterness and roasted malt start off the ensemble. The bitterness carries through the middle, and the finish is wrapped in dryness and smooth malt. Very silky. A tad heavy for a session beer, but would make an excellent meal replacement.

Photo of Tballz420
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is quite the beer. Its pitch black but a hint of light will show when held to the sky. A nice brown head sits atop this one. Its got a nice roasted aroma to it. As for the taste, it is mainly a roasted one, but it is very smooth tasting. It is also backed by a nice hoppy bitterness, also smooth and well intergrated. This is a very well put together beer, great tasting but well balanced. Highly recommended.

Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark, pretty much black body with a medium sized brown head. A thing of beauty. I can see why this is called Shakespeare Stout, if indeed, Shakespeare was black and smelled of sweet roasted malts, rum-soaked coffee cake, and hops. Taste is not sweet as the smell might indicate, but loaded with malts and delicious roastiness. Very robust burned, roasty, coffee flavors--amazing. The only other stout that I can compare it to is Kalamazoo stout. Finish is delightfully dry and bitter with lingering chocolatey roastiness. I can tell the alcohol is there, but it goes down so easily. Maybe I will compose a sonnet to this beer, but on the other hand I think I'll just drink, enjoy, savor, and buy some for my family members for Christmas.

Photo of marburg
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good brew, terse review: Black, black, black. Slightly poofed tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasted barley malts layer over a bitter-ish hop aroma. Coffee and toffee-ish flavors beat down most everything else, which includes subtle chocolate and caramel. This brew closes with a nice little hoppy finish. It's a bit too flavorful and overtly hopped to make a big drinking stout; I'd much rather put back a few oatmeal or chocolate stouts or even a Sammy Smith Imperial. In some ways, it almost suffers because of its flavor. Nonetheless, it's a great one.

Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasted malt nose with some hints of chocolate and hops. Trace amount of alcohol noted.
Appearance: Pure black. Started with a small tan head that faded about half way through the class. Only a suggestion of lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Classic stout profile. I experienced the taste of toasted grain with a sweet start, almost creamy taste that quickly transitions to a mild hop dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Seems light for a stout, but not watery. The beer has a slight hop/alcohol prickle, but almost flat in terms of carbonation, which is expected for style.
Overall Impression: Beer was better when it warmed a touch. Drinkability was good, the dry finish helped. Quite similar to Guinness to me, but lighter mouthfeel, sweeter, less carbonated, and more chocolate malt notes. I'm thinking I kept the bottle a little too long before drinking after comparing my review to others, but no date, so hard to tell. Over all, very enjoyable.

Rereviewed: Got another bottle, this one must have been a bit fresher, the hops really popped out this time, but a strong stout malt base kept it in check nicely. Scores went up, guess this isn't one to cellar, but enjoy young, at least for me.

Photo of Fabric8r
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful stout. Not too harsh, smooth, nice creamy head that seemed to stay a while. Even a Bud Light drinker friend I was with enjoyed it. The bartender suggested it, and I found his suggestion admirable. Seemingly a typical stout, but as a typical stout, this one is still very memorable and I will ask for it again, if I can find it.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured a deep black color. On top was a very dark frothy tan head. This stout gave off one of the darkest head that I have seen. Lacing is present but it gets patchy around the glass. The aroma is of burnt coffee, espresso, and roasted malt with a slight sweetness of chocolate. The taste is heavy roasted malt with a burnt coffee feel to it. After the swallow, it is nothing but a nice roasted malt bitterness with earthy tone washing over the tongue. Rouge beers have not disappointed me in anyway, nor do I expect them to. This stout is necessary for all to try!

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick frothy dark tan head sat for along time atop an ebony black brew which allowed no light to pass through.
Aroma: Oats with chocolate and a pleasent roastiness that balances very well.
Flavor: Creamy at first follows with a beautiful balance of sweet oats blended with carmelly malt flavors. Balanced with an almost imperceptible hop flavor that becomes more apparrent as it finishes. Finishes with a subtle bitterness that is more hoppy than roasted but it does contain both flavors.
Body: Excellent mouthfeel as this beer has the ability to carry through all of the flavors without being thick or carrying the flavors too far.
Drinkability: This is a very excellent stout that i would be happy to order whenever the mood strikes me for a stout.

Photo of Scooter77
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely amazing beer! It pours a very deep, dark black color, topped off with a thick and creamy tan head that fades away moderately leaving a thin, sticky lace on the glass. The nose is full of coffee aromas, sort of like that aroma you get from the coffee pot when it’s been left on all day with about a half inch of coffee in the bottom. There is also a nice chocolate and nuttiness scents that push through the coffeeness. The taste is unbelievable…roasted chocolate malts give the tastebuds a huge smack across the face. There is also a bit of alcohol left on the palate. This is one great full-bodied stout that is highly enjoyable. It’s a bit filling though, after a 22oz bomber of this brew, my belly felt like I just eaten a 22oz steak dinner with big ol’ baked potato, I was stuffed.

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

Pours black as night with a thick brown head that leaves good lacing. It has a roasty, chocolatey aroma with coffee notes. I also detected a raisiny, alcoholic aroma. It has a rich flavor with a roasty, and chocloatey flavors. It finishes with a nice roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for a full-bodied brew. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 22oz bomber. Poured out pitch black (swear it just sucked in the light around it) with a fizzy brownish-tan head that faded very fast and left no lace.
Smell was all dark chocolate, coffee and malt.
Taste was like eating a baker's chocolate-covered espresso bean. Faintly sweet to start with a dark chocolate flavor which transitioned to a more bitter, espresso-like taste. All this was layered on a nice roasted malt backbone and well balanced.
Feel was dry, velvety and not as heavy as expected.
Drinkability is pretty good thanks to the finely balanced taste and fact that this beer gets even better as it gets warmer. By the time I finished, it was near room temp and better than when I started. Rogue created a good beer here which will really grow on you quick.

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

Appearance: A nice, deep, dark, murky brown, with a head that looks like it came off a cup of hot cocoa. Truly unique.

Smell: Like rotting mocha.

Taste: Bitter. Hoppy. Chocolately. Your first sip of the stuff will make you want to immediately spit it out. A few sips later, however, and the complexities of the taste start to come out at you. The bitterness hits you like a slap across the face, waking you up enough to notice the chocolatey undertones. Quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: The taste makes it feel a lot thicker than it probably is. Goes down smoother than you'd think, considering the bitterness.

Drinkability: Wish I had a lot more of this stuff. Not to sound yuppie, but this is a beer for the refined palate. 2/3rds of your friends will hate it. Nonetheless, this is an absolutely wonderful beer.

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

Originally sampled on 9 May 2002. Great chocolate/coffee flavor. Wonderful aroma. In my opinion, this is a great stout to use to introduce beer geek wannabees to some of the heavier artillery. The chocolaty taste & nice aroma will ease them into the world of better beer.

Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at Huckleberries in Spokane. Pitch black in color, with a big tan head. Smell of coffee and dark chocolate. Tasted of toasty malts, with coffee and chocolate, finishing with a minor hoppiness at the finish. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. All in all, an enjoyable stout.

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,011 ratings.