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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,574
Hads: 3,266
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 289
Gots: 390 | 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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How about that. LCBO being on the forefront and 4 reviews, all from Ontario. This is an above avergae stout, not too chocolately or burnt coffee. Very drinkable and not far below the infamous Shakespeare Rogue in rogue abilities. Malty and yet balanced.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings and spots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, roasted coffee beans, and some bittersweet chocolate aromas. Taste is of the toasted oats and roasted coffee grounds up front with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is an assertive roasted coffee/cocoa bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp but thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good oatmeal stout with some nice coffee and chocolate flavors to balance things out. A bit too thin in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite stouts. pours dark dark browm almost black cascading from the nitro tap with a memorable creamy head. smells rich and dark malty, with notes of unsweetened cocoa and coffee. taste is a little bit bitter at the end, but not a hop bitterness as i know it to be, more like bittersweet chocolate. the mouthfeel is so creamy and smooth, full bodied and as drinkable as any stout in the game. a wonderful noontime drink after a hard night of drinking. rejuvenating and delightful

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is probably one of Rogue's best beers. I was happy to have finally gotten some one day at a local Wegman's when I was there. The beer poured out as a deep black color with what appeared to be a pretty thick body! Surprising for Rogue to have something like this from what I've had from them in the past. The smell of this beer is big, roasted, malty, and chocolaty. The taste follows the same path, it's got a lot of roasted malts and chocolate in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer is indeed pretty thick, I'm very happy that this beer actually has some good body to it. Overall I think this was really nice.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich black body with a beautiful deep tan head; lots of lacing on the glass

Smell: Maybe it's just my bottle, but the nose is relatively closed; I pick up a bit of chocolate-covered cherries if I try real hard

Taste: Also a bit disappointing; very smooth and builds a decent bitterness on the finish but very restrained overall. (I'll have to try another bottle at another time as this one is not doing much for me.)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but my bottle doesn't merit the accolades others have given this brew

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

Whoa mamma. I'm surprised that I haven't rated this beer yet. I'm glad because it never tasted better than it did on tap at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Of course it's opaque black and has great head retention. This beer is surprisingly mellow and smooth, both in texture and flavor, to be so bold and flavorful. They get great malt flavors, chocolate flavors, and coffee flavors without a hint of astringency. Solid hopping does not leave the beer unnecessarily bitter, metalic, or acidic. It's as creamy as marshmellows, but easier to drink. Finishes mildly coffee-like and lightly bitter. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near black with a nice brown head.

S: Plenty of coffee and chocolate alongside some roasted malt characteristics and a little bit of earthy bitterness.

T: Roasted malts is definitely the dominatnt flavor melding together with chocolate and coffee. All this is a bit balanced out by some earthy, citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.

D: Everything here was good, but for some reason it just really wasn't drawing me back for more.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-dark beer with a huge head with standard retention for this style of beer. Aroma is quite complex with a mix of roastiness and choclate, which bring some very enjoyable sweetness. Carbonation is good with a strong body. Taste is quite similar to aroma with the roastiness and chocolate coming out very nicely. The end is more sweet then dry which I enjoyed. Overall, a truly great sweet stout.

Note: This one was actually called Wild Irish Stout, which is the import name of this beer.

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

Appearance - Pitch black with a thick, frothy coffee-colored head. Retention is quite solid and lasts throughout the whole pint.

Smell - Roasty and nutty with a touch of smoke and baker's chocolate, all complemented by subtle citrus hops. Very little sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel - Rich and roasty, hints of burnt toast and cocoa. Semi-dry; the malt provides just a touch of balancing sweetness. Remarkably smooth and full-bodied. A hop bite appears briefly in the finish, leading to a long aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

Notes - One of the best stouts ever. A microbrew classic.

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

22oz bottle - 9 bucks at a pub when this bottle goes for around 8 at the store? Can't pass that up, now, can I?

This beer pours a solid, light-sucking black, with the barest of red cola edges when stabbed at the overhead light, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and quite creamy mocha head, which leaves some decent patchy snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly slip away.

It smells of somewhat musty dry milk chocolate, gritty and grainy caramel malt, metallic vanilla, dry-roast coffee beans, muddled dark fruit esters, and masked earthy hops. The taste is well roasted chocolate malt, oaten breakfast cereal, day-old coffee, a wee bit of oily nuttiness, and some bitter earthy and pine hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a tad fizzy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, quite smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the bittersweet chocolate becoming even more pronounced.

A pleasantly solid example of the style, offering the expected silken bearing, as well as the well-rounded flavour, if not the weight or ABV, of a much bigger beer. I'm sure the ol' bard would have appreciated this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a bold black hue with a huge (three finger) brown head. It left nice lacing as I drank it.

S - The first smell I noticed was the chocolate. I also detected a little caramel and the hops were present, too.

T - It has a distinct chocolately/coffee taste. Some of the hop flavors came through as well. Slight bitterness, too.

M - Soft and creamy. It is a heavy drinking beer.

D - Wow, it is very good. But because it is such a heavy beer I can't imagine having more than one in a sitting especially with a meal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"I will make it a felony to drink small beer"

-King Henry VI, part II (act iv, scene ii)

I thought I'd start this review off with a quote from 'Willy Shakes' himself. This is not a big beer in the same way that Dark Lord is big, but I think I'm safely on Henry's good side when drinking this stout.

Absolute jet black with nothing in the way of highlights, even with bright sunlight behind the glass. The head is the same medium brown that you'd see on a cola, with a fat one finger disk persisting for quite a long time. Very little lace is disappointing.

The first thing that hits my nose is hops, believe it or not. The other typical stout scents are present as well... coffee (primarily) and chocolate.

The taste is intense, as if the flavor knob has been turned up to '11'. Again, the hoppiness is surprising and isn't in the background at all, but is right up front. Even though I've never had it, I imagine that this is what espresso tastes like: strong, roasted and 'black'.

I was impressed with the body/mouthfeel the first time I had this brew, but it doesn't seem so incredible now that I have a few more stouts under my belt. It's definitely creamy, but it isn't head-and-shoulders above its peers.

Rouge Shakespeare Stout is very good beer and deserves all of the accolades thrown its way. However, even though I consider myself an IPA-loving' hophead, I don't like such intense hoppiness in my stouts. If you love hops, love good stouts and love combining them in one glass, then this is the beer that you've been looking for.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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

Poured a deep dark black as night with a big foaming tan head. Very thick and opaque, like oil, but nicely carbonated. Smell was full of coffee and chocolate tones, with a definate sweetness that was evident from the very beginning. The taste was very full and robust. A nice full bodied feel. Flavors were very full, lots of caramel and sugar, coffee and chocolate tones were very predominant. Overall this is a very fine sessionable stout and was very glad to finally try it. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of tan-brown head on top of an opaque, black body with no light showing through. The foam settles slowly an leaves nice lace.

S - Toffee and chocolate notes with some citrus hops, notes of orange and chicory. There is also a big, roasty espresso note that dominates the other flavors in the aroma.

T - Some chocolate and caramel malt up front, which are quickly replaced by a black coffee note of bitter, roasted malt. Some hop flavor comes out in the middle, it is mostly a resinous pine flavor that contradicts the more fruity hop notes in the aroma. Finishes with strong hop and malt bitterness, balance by moderate caramel and some bitter chocolate. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the finish with with a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick, slightly oily body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this is a bit of a departure from many other American stouts. The roast character is aggressive, but complex and it benefits form the additions of the unusually assertive hops. Along with Sierra Nevada Stout, this seems the be the classic example of a sub genre of American stouts that display an aggressive hop character that one doesn't seem to see very much anymore. The idea of a big, palate crushing stout that doesn't reach into Imperial alcohol levels seems to have been lost on many breweries in the last few years; Shakespeare shows us the potential of such a brew.

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

On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)

A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.

T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.

D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out pitch black with a modest coffee-colored head that... Hm. Well, the head snuck away while I was watching "Sixth Sense". There wasn't any lacing.

Smell: Aroma is mainly chocolate, roasted malts, and smoke.

Taste: Extreme roasted malt flavors (burnt) that follow with black licorice and chocolate. The bitterness tends to lean towards being astringent, squashing the other flavors. Oh, and this one definitely finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a sharp cabonation, and just a touch watery.

Drinkability: Not my favorite of the Rogue Gallery.

One thing's for sure, this beer is sure making my employer angry! I've been drinking it all day! I'm addicted!!!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Very good retention here, leaving heavy thick rings of lacing behind. The aroma has a good bit of smoky dark roast and coffee present, along with some hefty dark chocolate notes. Extra tones of caramel and citrus give this some sticky tang.

The taste is deep with roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Some tamer accents of toffee and green citrus add some sweetness to this but an aggressive hop bit toward the rear helps spread dryness and smoky malts all along the back and finish of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it, which is undercut by an undercurrent of thicker chewiness from all of that malt sweetness. This is overall pretty silky in the mouth and feels spot on for the size.

I've had this several times in the bottle but never on tap, yet my opinion of it stays the same. This is just a very well crafted American Stout with lots of full flavors and a smooth, easy drinking body. Bottle or draft, this is probably my favorite beer from Rogue and one that I would never turn down.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown - almost black - body capped by a full, foamy, dark brown head that drops but keeps a solid collar and decent surface covering. Lacing is minor with just some thin lace throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly sweet and cocoa-ish with some sharp fruit (citrusy hops combined?) but only minimal roastiness. The body is thin/medium with a tiny bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor grabs your attention with a sharp acrid bite upfront, then reveals a dark fruitiness, roasted malt, and then light cocoa. Although it's substantial bitterness is noticeable from the start, it finishes dry with a flourish of even more prominent bitterness, some hop flavor, and a lingering roastiness. It starts big and finishes big! Quite bold. An interesting beer to linger over as it reveals itself more fully once warmed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful dark appearance in the glass with an impeccable beige head to match. Bone dry on the palate but a nice sudsy mouthfeel with great carbonation.

The first flavor is bitterness. Dark chocolate and not a hint of sweetness. Overpowering burnt malt taste. Dark, charred flavors, barely a hint of caramel or even burnt sugar.

It is kind of like a nitro pour, with the big creamy foam. It's just so bitter and strongly, severely flavored. From the 22 oz bottle, which cost $7 in San Diego.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a nearby bottle shop. Expectations are high given the recommendation and high rating by a friend, murrhey. I love a good Oatmeal Stout. 69 IBU.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with pretzels.

A: Pours a silky attractive rich dark tan colour head of luscious excellent cream, great rolling frothy thickness, and staggering 8 minute retention. Body colour is a solid dark black. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent albeit thin lacing as the head slowly recedes. Spot on for the style. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Light roasted barley, rolling oats, dark malts, chocolate malt, and caramel. A surprisingly light aroma; I wouldn't call it subtle. Complex but understated. Light floral hopping. Hints of peat. Not as bold or evocative as I'd like, but appealing for the style. The oats certainly come through.

T/Mf: Creamy in the late second act. Chocolate malt and dark malts form the supportive body alongside understated caramel. Oats give it a consistent character throughout and lend it that trademark smooth porter-like mouthfeel. Lightly earthy (purportedly from the oats). Unfortunately, the roasted barley character is nowhere near as pronounced as I'd like. It could also use more cream. Balanced and enjoyable, but lacking complexity or sufficient subtlety. I quite like it, but it's a bit wanting. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Good palate presence. It certainly doesn't lack body. Any hopping is minimal in strength and floral in character. Bitterness is low, as is perceived bitterness. The balance is a highlight here.

Dr: A balanced, drinkable oatmeal stout from Rogue. I'd love to try this on nitro. It's not a perfect example of the style, but it's certainly a notable one. It won't disappoint fans of the style, but I doubt it will really impress either. I quite enjoy it and will easily finish this bottle, but I hoped for more. It's one of the better Rogue beers I've had in recent memory. Hides its ABV well.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big light brown head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear (I think) super dark brown to black colored stout.

Dark roasted malts with coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal coming through nicely, also more subdued smells coming through that get overpowered my the malts.

Big full dark roasted malts taste with dark chocolate, coffee's and the oatmeal combining in a full rich tasting stout.

A smooth and dryish aftertaste with the dark chocolate and coffee tastes hanging around on this full bodied beer.

Very well done, smooth and full of rich roasted tastes, this is when drink beer for the sake of just having a beer is so worthy.

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

Presentation: 22oz bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep black with a frothy creamy tan lace.

Smell: Hints of burnt caramel, roasted barley and citric hop make for a very appealing aroma.

Taste: Very very smooth with a creamy malty mouthfeel and some malt crispness. A rich balanced blend of roasted barley, malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the finish is a chocolaty and coffee after taste with a touch of citric hop and residual sweetness.

Notes: This is a cult classic American stout, drink and learn. Balanced to perfection and a sheer delite to drink.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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