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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,885 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,885
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 184
Gots: 174 | 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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 03, 2004
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2005
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -27.9%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kylehay2004, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
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!!!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 19, 2006
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.

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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.

largadeer, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

zeff80, Jul 20, 2006
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.

biboergosum, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 24, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

SocalKicks, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jason, Nov 19, 2001
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and very little light can get through (though a wee bit does). Nose is almost a gummy cocoa. You get that roasted coffee and chocolate that you come to expect from some of the great stouts. But the flavor. Oh baby, the flavor. Rich and full with strong coffee tones and it just stays constant with a slight change throughout the life of it on your mouth. Feel is smooth and it is very drinkable. Even more so than the Imperial Stout for the obvious reasons of course.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,885 ratings.