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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
97
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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black color with a smallish khaki head that persists quite well. Smells of caramel and roast with hints of cream vanilla and earth. Light bits of dark fruit aroma as well as hints of light sugar round out the nose quite well. The flavor is roasty chocolate vanilla with a hint of chalk and earthy hops. Medium body with a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a really nice stout, approachable yet flavorful and creamy as hell.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:08:09 | More by johnnnniee
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

A near-perfect stout from rogue. Not quite an Imperial, if you ask me. This stout pours the blackest of black with a nice off-white foamy head. It gives off aromas of chocolate, coffee, hops, earth, malts and smoke. It tastes like a mixed bag of coffee and chocolate. With some hoppy, smokey, earthy flavors thrown into the mix for good measure. An excellent stout with a very full mouthfeel and a crazy drinkability. Perhaps, this is the most drinkable stout that I have ever had the pleasure to drink.

Perhaps my opinion of this beer would be a little higher if I did not sample it directly after having a Bell's Expedition stout. The blackest, strongest, Imperial Stout that ever walked the earth!

This is still an awesome drink...one of the best stouts ever!
Cheers to KleinG for this sample!,
F.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 11:54:23 | More by francisweizen
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

Appearance: Dark brown/black pour, with a modest light brown head that all too quickly reduced to a thin and spotty cover.

Smell: Medium + dark roasted malts overlaid with some spicy hops. Some oats, coffee and chocolate too.

Taste: It seems that the brewer replaced some grains (oats and/or dark malts) with hops; this is clearly an AMERICAN stout. It has a moderately bitter finish, with a relatively bitter and near-burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with mild carbonation. Has an unusual (for style) light crispness.

Overall: A decent oatmeal stout, but disappointing for a stout made by Rogue. Certainly served too cold and deserving of a re-tasting. I know you feel my pain. ;)

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 17:12:09 | More by chinchill
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FosterJM

California

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

282nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very nice dark brown with a one finger head. Some good lacing was there as well.

Smell- Very grainy with some faint hops.

Taste- A great intro oatmeal stout. Clean flavors, well balanced and great with a meal. Soft on the front with a bitter chocolate after.

Mouth- An inviting medium/medium with the aforementioned bitter chocolate.

Drink- Good into stout. Soft and very drinkable. Well pairable as I had mentioned and did so with a nice sirloin. Brought out some nice flavors and sits nicely on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:19:46 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the Stout mood as of late so I picked up this one again. It's a great brew I have consumed many times, so I figured I would finally knock out a review.

A: Pours black as night with a three finger khaki colored head which settles down to a beautiful ring just covering the top of the brew.

S: Nice and malty with hints of underlying chocolate.

T: Malt, oats, and caramel are the first thing to hit me. Then a nice warmth of chocolate comes thru with just a hint of charcoal in the finish.

M: I love the way this beer feels in the mouth. It’s really smooth, crisp and clean. Very nice.

D: You can drink this one by the pint or bomber. It's a really easy drinking stout.

Overall: It's a solid stout. It's not overly aggressive or lacking in any area, its very middle of the road. You might think that is not a good attribute to have for a beer but it actually it is. It is an easy drinking beer that does not overdue it or come up short in any area. It's a simple yet wonderful beer. We will call it simply wonderful. Along with Yeti it is quite possibly the easiest drinking stout on earth.

All that being said to achieve a better score, it needs to be a little more over the top >:{

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 18:00:47 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head that just keeps coming. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt. Body is somewhat light for a stout but it's decent. An alright stout. Not much going on flavor-wise.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 02:59:36 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the Wegman's in Syracuse

Appearance - Black colour with a huge size fizzy and frothy brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a roasted/burnt flavour. There is also some light touches of dark fruit and a smokiness. It ends with a grainy chocolate aftertaste with some light bitterness.

Overall - Crazy drinkable and delicious. The beer has a fantastic balance and the appearance in the glass is near perfect. Another solid brew from Rogue that deserves its high reviews.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 17:06:52 | More by spinrsx
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time Rogue brewed its masterful ales in Ashland, OR, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ashland is a small town with about six Shakespeare theaters and it seems as though every waitress and bartender is an actor of some stripe. The flood of ’96 washed out Rogue’s Ashland operation and the brewery expanded into its present location in Newport. But the Shakespeare theme has endured and Shakespeare Stout is a Rogue milestone.

Everything good you’ve ever heard about this beer is true. It is black as night, full-bodied and opaque, and has a luxurious chewy mouthfeel. The aroma is dry – faint though fragrant. The lace is flawless, and the taste is creamy and dry with a delicate brush of mocha. The finish lingers like a church bell in the mist.

I drank this at the Rogue Public House in Newport and found it to be a world class stout, mellow enough for sessions. A true champion.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-28-2004 22:01:42 | More by RedDiamond
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

22oz. bottle served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, rocky, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with a few spots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa; however, it seems a bit chalky, as well as a slightly metallic quality. There's also a trace of lactose in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a roasted character and a slightly burnt/ashy flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A solid example of the style, but nothing to write home about here.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:30:54 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 22:02:16 | More by alexgash
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Brent

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as sweet as an English stout, nor as dry as an Irish. A unique middle ground.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2001 09:29:04 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

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

06/10/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber, undated, poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a medium sized dirty chocolate head. Lacing was nice.

Smell- Mostly a light roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste- Very nice burnt chocolate taste as well as the standard coffee and roasted malt flavor. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- A bit more more carbonated than expected, but still an easy sipper.

Drinkability- Rogue impresses once again. One of the best american stouts I have had to date. This one will be purchased again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 03:58:23 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

A 650ml bottle poured into pint glass.
Black body with a nice 'root-beer float', tan head that lingered for a long while.
smell of coffee, roasted chocolate, some florals and hops. Taste was of mostly that roasted chocolate, coffee and some toast. Creamy, smooth, with a slight bite on the end. Minimal aftertaste, but just enough to remind you of the flavor.
Drinks well at just below room temp.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 15:22:41 | More by Mebuzzard
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer.

A - pitch black with a soft, off white, creamy head

S - roasty, nutty, faint coffee

T - roasted malt, coffee, creamy, a bit of charcoal

M - full bodied, creamy, smooth, low carbonation

This is a nice, easy to drink stout. The nitro tap adds a great mouthfeel and a creamier taste. The roasted malts and traditional stout flavors are on point and balanced. Overall, this was a very enjoyable pint.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2012 00:56:35 | More by tdm168
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Not sure why I've never had one of these, but I'm going to remedy that immediately. Split the bomber with the wife.

Smell is faint, bit o' malt o' meal, not much else. Oh, it's black. Head is cumulonimbus.

Shakespeare is a nice stout. Never been a big fan of his writing, but this is smooth, creamy, with a tang of hops and a jiggle of chocolate leaf in the back. IN YOUR FACE BIG BEERS! This is a nice, unabashedly regular old American Stout that's quite tasty, with some good deep malts to back up it's claims to greatness.

Not quite first rate for me, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 00:32:31 | More by maximum12
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - almost black in color with a good sized, dark tan/brownish head that fell some, leaving some lacing behind.

S - good, roasted coffee and roasted malt aroma.

T - very good taste, rich flavors of roasted coffee, a hint of chocolate, roasted malt and a slightly bitter espresso coffee finish. IMO, a very well balanced and flavorful stout.

M - medium/full bodied without feeling too heavy or thick.

D - I should have bought 2 bombers... oh well, next time!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 00:13:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. My last oatmeal stout was such a let down I hoped this one would do better.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep, rich stout black with a fluffy, creamy two finger dark mocha head that fades to leave nice side lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Nice stout aromas of chocolate and malts. The only knock is the first time I smelled this, I got a metallic aroma. Kinda killed it for me.

T - More nice chocolatey notes here, very rich and creamy. Some roasted malt notes towards the end. Definately oats. There is some light hop bitterness on the end too.

M - Really really stellar feel. Super smooth and creamy. Not thin, just delicious in the mouth, like silk.

O - Overall I think this was a great represenatation of the style. Really, really good mouthfeel and appearance helped push this oatmeal stout along.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 05:20:57 | More by rudzud
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz. bomber. Sampled on August 25, 2011. It pours a rich cherry-brown to black with a silky, gentle tan head that dissolves to a ring but not completely. The aromas are an enticing mix of chocolate, oatmeal, and Northwestern hops. The body surprised me as it came in a little lighter than medium weight. The taste had a nice, mellow chocolate malt character with a dashing dose of hops to carry it to the end. Great aroma, great taste, but a weaker body than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:34:42 | More by puboflyons
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best Rogue Brewery offering that I've tried so far. It was a very dark brown shade with a small coffee-colored head. It had a very pleasant sweet roasted malt odor. The taste was coffee/grainy, with some hoppiness showing up afterwards. A good mouthfeel, not overpowering, and not much carbonation. Very drinkable, enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 02:56:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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mynie

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last night, seeing this on tap for the very first time, I had no choice but to re-review the first beer I ever awarded a perfect score. Back in the day this was, like, *the* beer; you couldn't think much of yourself as a beer person until you had tried it. And now it's still a big deal, I guess. It's really impressive to see a lower-ABV beer getting an A on this site, especially when it's got over 1200 reviews. Even in this age of the mindless adulation of bigness, people still can't deny Shakespeare its due.

The Nitro pour doesn't detract from the appearance. It's still got a nice, big brown head and it is still as opaque as concept the of death.

Smell rough, burnt, dry, and yet also smooth like milk and sweet like chocolate syrup.

Tastes like a wonderful hybrid of an English dry stout and an American oatmeal, starting with burnt, bitter malt, moving into a long and lingering wave of dark and milk chocolates, and then ending on firm cascade hops that are spicy, dry, and flowery all at once.

Four years later, this is still perfect.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-01-2010 23:55:50 | More by mynie
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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

Pours black with a large, lasting dark head.
Nose shows roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate and soft coffee. Very appetising.
Same story with the flavours, roasted malt, faint chocolate and oats. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
Nice soft carbonation.
Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:30:17 | More by CrazyDavros
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

22oz. bottle into challice on 2/24/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a coal black liquid with earthy dark brown and reddish accents around the edges and a finger's worth of tan froth on top that settled into a patchy veil and deposited subtle strands of lace around the glass.

S - First whiff elicits bitter dark chocolate with a slight coffee presence and herbal hop notes. There is also a bit of basement must in the background. Some milky lactic notes provide a hint of sweetness to the aroma.

T - Opens with lots of roasted malt character and plenty of coffee bitterness as well as earthy, herbal hop notes in the middle that last well into the finish. Chocolate emerges in the backend and becomes a bit more prominent as the liquid warms up a bit. However, the bitterness dominates the finish with a distinctive sharp herbal bite. This stout indeed packs quite a hoppy punch!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and pretty full, bristly carbonation. Finishes with sharp yet dry bitterness and a splash of sweetness on the palate.

D - A fine stout from Rogue, although I found the bitterness to be just a bit too obtrusive and sharp. The flavor was very good but its assertive bitter character meddled with the balance of the stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:58:46 | More by ffejherb
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick, black beer with a dense, creamy, tan head. Great roasted grain and hop aroma. Drinking sensation is full and heavy, and the taste is intriguingly bitter. Coffee, caramel, and roasted/burnt grains. The bitter finish is simply outstanding. I keep thinking that this is what other stouts aspire to be when they grow up.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 12:19:28 | More by Suds
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 13:54:30 | More by clayrock81
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Durge

Connecticut

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

Happy to find this at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this stout shows a solid black color with a big, never-die chocolatey colored head with lots of luscious lacing. The aroma is a very subtle chocolate-grain, but hard to place. The flavor brings charcoal-dark chocolate and grass hops. Charcoal-malt emerges as the dominant theme but it’s very nicely blended into a highly drinkable, yet tasty brew. This is creamy smooth and velvetty in feel, really wonderful and inviting. Body is solidly medium with a bit of a dry/resinous feel. Very nice and a stout I would easily have any time!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 03:22:23 | More by Durge
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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