Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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Reviews: 1,584 | Ratings: 3,351
Photo of DS31
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The color was quite dark and the moderate head was a beautiful tan color. I was looking forward to this one after reading some of the very good reviews. However, this brew had a bitter aftertaste that I could not get away from. Perhaps I got an off bottle and will make another try..

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Photo of uconnalum2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. The appearance is pitch black. No light gets through this beer. A small light brown head goes down to being a very thin layer across the top. The smell is of roasted malt and coffee and maybe something sweet like caramel. The taste is immediately of roasted malt and coffee but not at all overpowering. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Thicker than Guinness but thinner than other stouts I've had. This beer sits rather heavy but is still quite drinkable. Overall, a nice stout but 22 oz. is my limit due to the heaviness.

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

From 22 oz bottle.

A - Nice brown head with 2-finger head that lingers. Nothing "Exceptional".
S - Love the sweet hints of chocolate and toasted oats and coffee here.
T - smooth. velvety beer that hides its 60 IBUs of bitterness extremely well. Maybe a touch on the hoppy side for an oatmeal stout. Very fresh taste.
M - great carbonation and a smooth beer for the gullet.
O - enjoyable, drinkable, doesn't get you canned in a single 22. I brewed a batch after enjoying this beer.

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Photo of bewley
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not impressed with this beer. It seems more like a bock than a stout. The thick, creamy head appeared promising, but fell flat within a minute or so.

Yes, there's subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. Yes, there is a deep dark color and rich head, but the taste is rather dry and bitter. Too light for a stout imo.

I will say that this would be a good session beer for all of the above observations.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, thick oily black color with a frothy coffee-colored head that seems to have the slightest ruby tint. The head falls but leaves a ton of frothy retention around the perimiter of the liquid.
Nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, but less powerful than I had anticipated.
What it lacks in aroma it makes up in taste. Huge bitter coffee flavor, tons of burnt malt, finishing with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Body is thick and full, a hint of carbonation dances on the tongue to keep it from presenting as syrupy. Drinkability is optimal. A great tasting brew; I would say it would make a great session beer, but it is so smooth and tasty that I don't think it will last very long at all....
This one doth not protest too much, methinks.

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

Appearance: Poured the whole 22oz bottle into one of my larger glass steins. Black as the night with a dark tan head. The head stayed up for awhile then slowly settled down into a cloudy coating on the top that left significant lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: This smell great! Sweet malty scents, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolates. You can almost smell the smoke off of it too.

Taste: The flavors live of to the aroma and then some. Nice balance of dark roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: So nice and smooth. It really goes down nice. Long finish that builds up as you finish the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down great. One of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of hike20
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Very light aroma, but a touch of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is nice and rich with a great mouth feel. Feels velvety on the tongue. Very enjoyable overall. This is definitely one of my favorites!

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. Small head but strong retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Coffee. Alcohol. Dark Fruit.

T: Rich, dark brown sugar. coffee. Some sweetness but lots of bitterness. Edgy. Touch of black pepper. Very interesting take on the style.

M: Smooth and thick. Nice bite. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Orgasm in my mouth :)

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm really confused here. There's no way this is an oatmeal stout, right? There's no oatmeal flavor or defining sweetness and the body is very very thin. The head was gorgeous and the retention and lacing are on point but flavor-wise its just so dry and thin that my mind is boggled as to how this is an oatmeal stout. Never would have guessed!

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Photo of findlayfan
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. (650 ml) bottle

Dense, light brown head.

Good, complex nose - hints of coffee, chocolate, and well-roasted malts.

Truly opaque, ebony body with a few bubbles.

Well-balanced, if a bit dry, with a whole range of notes in the aftertaste. Drinkability limited by its size - but that's not really a negative (quality over quantity, any day).

Overall, an excellent, drinkable stout - perhaps the best I've yet tried (and I've tried quite a few)!

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

Appearance: The beer looks great, Dark black with a brown head, light and frothy.
Smell: Has a great aroma, was a surprise to find a floral smell not a strong coffee or malted flavor.
Taste: Was very strong on the coffee flavor, burnt malt. not bad but not as good as I expected but still good.
Mouthfeel: The corbonation was good on this beer, has a nice thick feel to it.
Drinkablity: I enjoyed the beer, however I am not a coffee drinker and I thought this beer was more coffee than beer.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always keep a couple of these on the shelf at home because it is such a reliably great beer and only 7 dollars a bomber at Hazel's in Boulder. Whenever I am not in the mood to try something new, this one always get a good look. Great balance of stout flavor with the breakfast accents.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This already has a lot of reviews from many better reviewers than myself, so I will be short.

Basics:

This beer is dark dark dark with a great copper head that lingers. The aroma is crisp, malty, so refreshing somehow. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a stout, but just fine in my opinion. Great taste. (Boring)

What I really like about this Stout is that it has all the great charactoristics of a traditional stout, with a GREAT hoppy bitterness that stays with you the rest of the night. There are lots of roasted malts, chocolate malts, etc, but this brew is (from my experience thus) incomparably smooth, flavorful, and clean...with just the right amount of sweetness and creaminess to make it great, but not overly cloy-ish or like milk. I will be drinking this the rest of my life and I recommend you do as well.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

It tastes like some kind of coffee soda. Unless you are a fan of this style, I'd say avoid it. There's nothing good about drinking an alcoholic version of black coffee and club soda. It is not "bad" though; just not my cup of tea. (Bear in mind, I am a fan of dark beer and the various styles from which they originate.)

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice foamy head with fair head retention. Decent lacing.

Smells okay, nothing special. Slight chocolate scent.

Nice bitter dark chocolate at the forefront with hoppy end.

Mouthfeel okay , nothing special for a stout.

It is fairly average in some respects, but is very well balanced. Nothing jumps out at you, but I could drink these all night long without my tastebuds getting fried.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance is a nice dark brown/ black one , completely opaque. has a nice beige head that is really my favorite part about the appearance here. the head is just right for what you would expect with a bottled stout, it also has a great duration, sticks around and forms nice rings all along the side of the glass. smell is nice strong sense of malts and dark barleys. great hint of burnt grains, definitely the class stout smell. surely nothing overwhelming, but exactly what one expects in a stout.
the taste is great, i get lots of sweet caramels at first followed some of the more bitter burnt flavors. as everyone states, a great balance one hopes to find in a stout. theres a nice finish of warmth from the alcohol, which i also find very well done with this beer. the mouthfeel is good for a bottle, can only imagine what it would be like on tap. most certainly a session beer, despite the somewhat high alcohol. could drink these all night though.

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Photo of ncsutton
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

A - Nice, very dark ebony color, a good thick head that last a good amount of time

S - Very robust, I'm getting chocolate and coffee smells

T - Great, can really taste the malts as well as the chocolate, it is overall very chocolatey which is good to me. I'm not really getting the oats but that's ok with this brew, very subtle on the hops

M - Very rich and creamy, extremely smooth

O - Overall a very solid brew, I personally like the chocolate taste of Stouts so this one was really good. Like i said earlier i never got the oats, but still very good.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark...well really dark, just like a good stout should. I see a bit of lacing but not much. There's very little smell, could just be me. I do detect sort of a chocolatey smell with some burnt parts. Hmm, the taste is a little different than i was expecting. I'm very used to a heavy taste/texture from oatmeal stouts. This one, however, has a smoother taste noted by an earthy body and a sort of chocolate finish. I knew there was chocolate somewhere in here. A lot less of the actual oatmeal can be tasted in this one. I like the mouthfeel, although, i'm not entirely sure it fits the style, i.e. heavy almost like you ate a loaf of bread. Well, overall, i'm actually a little disappointed. I really was expecting to get a heavier offering like Oatis from Ninakasi or the Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith's (my favorite to date). I still think this one is worth checking out as it highlights differences in the style of the oatmeal stouts..

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!!! A fullbodied stout with significant notes of coffee and roasted flavors. Like I've stated before, Rogue hit the nail on the head when they tackled stouts...definetly in my top 5 of american/english stouts...it's a treat if you can find it. and obviously if you can find it on tap, there is a noticeable different in the flavor, smell, and taste...having had both.

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

Man, this is an awesome stout. Pours out motor oil black, darkest beer I've seen in a long time. The head was light brown, not massive, but ample and smells of roasted malt. Then comes a complete flavor explosion upon entering the mouth. We got sweet chocolate, coffee, a sort of charcoal, and earthy flavors all combining for make one of the most complex stouts I've had. It went down smooth easy, like the good stuff it is. I was going to have dinner with this but ended up being dinner itself. It finished off with a almost undecernable bitterness. This is one of the best and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic. No doubt about it. While this is a really big stout (both in flavour and in bottle) it's drinkable and downright fun.
First pour shows a deep, dark black with ruby highlights. An impressive head for a bottled stout with excellent cascade effect. Aromas of roasted barley, crisp hops and hints of caramel, roasted cocoa beans and malt blend into a quite attractive mix.
Initial taste impression is of smoothness. There are no harsh or out-of-place notes. While the malt is creamy and smooth it is balanced by crisp grain flavours and a strong underpinning of cocoa. The foundation of grain flavours shows the mix of barley, malt, hops and oats in perfect balance. The aftertaste is clean, citric with a fading hop and coffee cleanser. Primary impressions at the end are of balance and smoothness. This shows off the talents of a top-notch brewer in action. Love it.

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Photo of mwearl
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my most favorite beers. Ebony in color with fairly small head. Wonderfully bitter after taste. Not a high gravity beer, but I must rate the "feeling" of this beer as exceptional. Just as drinkable as a Guiness yet much more complex and distinct. I am a huge Rogue fan, so I may be biased, but if you like Stouts, this is probably the best domestic you will find.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't really detect a scent. (But then, I may have allergies acting up.)
But the pour was great! Deep, rick, thick black. Opaque.
The head is a full finger thick, and is indeed thick. Dark, dark brown and rich. Slow to dissipate, but does dissipate completely.

I started it cold. It tasted both sweet and bitter at the same time. At first all I could get was a slight coffee taste. Hoppy. And, a little flat aftertaste like the end of a Bud. That part wasn't pleasanr. But I don't know if it was because I got used to it, or getting warmer improved it, but that flat, bitter, sour aftertaste didn't last through the first glass, and not at all in the last two glasses.

Did I mention the bottle is large enough to fill too smallish pilsner glasses?

After it warmed up a bit, I started tasting a cocoa flavor. Not chocolate, but cocoa. Almost like a cafe mocha... but with hopps.

Creamy mouthfeel. And not a sticky creamy that causes that back of the pallate linger. But just a rich consistancy.

Kind of heavy--I felt full after the whole bottle. I don't even want to think of how many calories this liquid bread has! *grin*

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Photo of wavz
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Mocca Brown

S- Smokey Chocolate

T- Deep aromas of Smoke with Coffee and hints of roasted chocolate.

M- Nice and smooth, nice balance of taste and carbination.

D- A warmer for the upcoming winter months, easy drinker with tones of home.

This is one of the best stouts that I have ever tried, and I keep coming back for more.

Wavz

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Photo of wanker
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delicious stout. Just sweet enough, without being cloying. Lovely syrupy aftertaste. As drinkable as they come.

Is this my favorite stout of all time? It just might be. Rogue got everything right on this one.

The only negative thing I can say about this stout is that it is a bit pricey. I paid around $4.25 for a 22 oz. bomber. But I wouldn't hesitate to pay it again to enjoy this beer.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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