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

The legend...

A: A somewhat aggressive (and ill advised) pour leads to two inches of delicious espresso creme brulee colored head. Head retention is stellar, with phenomenal lacing left on the glass. The receding head can only be described as champagne like. The individual bubbles mingle together to form larger air pockets, which then pop under the pressure of the foam. Absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is an excellent opaque black.

S: Sweet cereal malt intermingled with excellent hop bitterness. Mild chocolate and mocha notes are present, although not nearly as dominant as Rogue's Chocolate Stout. (Big surprise there, huh!) The light cocoa notes are also overlapped by a more mellow espresso note.

T: This is where things get a little rougher. The beginning palate is a jumble of varying flavors that smack of grains and earth. A very subtle barnyard flavor is also present. The mid palate is more hop oriented, with the bitterness of the hops really coming through. The finish, however. Whoo boo, the finish is excellent. All the rough edges transition beautifully to the finish, which is more reminiscent of the scent of the beer. Mild chocolate and mocha lead into bitter coffee bean and espresso nuances. The lasting flavor is similar to that first time you tried black coffee with your dad. It just stays and stays.

M: I've always been a fan of the way stouts and porters feel on the tongue. This beer is no different. In fact, it stands above most other stouts in this category. The feel is almost perfectly balanced. Many stouts are thick to the point of being viscous, but this beer has a lively carbonation that kicks in at exactly the right time to keep this beer from being flabby.

D: One of the easiest stouts to drink that I've ever imbibed. (Sam Smith's Oatmeal has a slight edge.) Who cares if the beer is thick and rich. It tastes too damn good to not want more.

I'm still fairly new to the world of stouts. If anybody reads this review and thinks of a stout on this caliber, I would love to know.

McStagger, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of loganburgh
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

loganburgh, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of hyuga
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, nearly opaque, with an impressive dark tan foam topping it. This settles, but stays pretty thick and leaves patchy lace. Dark chocolate aroma with some citrus and fruity hop character mixed in. Great malt/hop balance in the taste. Chocolate in the front and citrus in the finish. A bit of roasted/coffee character in between. Fantastic mouthfeel, probably the smoothest stout I've tried! Great complexity, Close to full-bodied, but you could say it's medium-full bodied. Just a wonderful taste from start to finish. Exceptionally drinkable! I can see this being a regular favorite of mine.

hyuga, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of AudioGilz
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a 650mL pretty plain dark bottle with a very proud man holding a mug. Pours with a small tannish head that reduces to a lace fairly quickly. I really enjoy the opaque darkness and pretty delightful stout mouthfeel. My initial taste impression was burnt, slightly bitter coffee, and a faint chocolate malt taste on the way down. I wasn't too impressed. The bitterness lasted in a long disappointing aftertaste. I know it has it's place, but not a stout I will buy again. I recently had a Storm King Stout that was WAY better than Shakespeare while being higher in ABV.

AudioGilz, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of drxandy
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter, pours an opaque black with a great light brown head

smells like slight hoppy bitterness, alcohol and chocolate malt

tastes of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops come along and take over pretty much everything, citrusy, oaty smoothness compliments nicely, smokey roasty flavors as well

mouthfeel is nice, a combo from the oaty smoothness and the hops adding a dry finish and overall bitterness, really nice american stout

drxandy, May 22, 2008
Photo of TheBierBand
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

TheBierBand, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Converge
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with a gargantuan head of thick, dark-tan foam. Pitch black in the glass, and also when held up to the light. The head soon settles down to a creamy cap that leaves a web of sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt and coffee bean, with strong cocoa tones and molasses. A nice balance of roasty and sweet going on here, with some chocolaty notes and brown sugar coming through noticeably. There's a mild woody character as well. Could use a bit more oomph here, as it comes across a tad timid.

T - Opens up with roasted malt, cocoa, and brown sugar upfront, and finishes with molasses, dry herbal hops, and more charred maltiness to balance the sweeter opening. The aftertaste is plunged into mild espresso astringency with herbal hops and roasted malt. It's got bite, but it's not too abrasive. In fact, this could use a little more flavor even. Overall, this is smooth, balanced, and well crafted, but could have ratcheted up the flavor a bit.

M - Not quite as mouth-filling as I was expecting. For a brew at 6.50% ABV this has definitely got some real size to it, there's no denying that, and it's probably in large part to the oats used in the brewing process. Carbonation is low, and the body is creamy, viscous, and smooth, with some stickiness to it.

D - A solid stout from a solid brewery. I know Rogue is a bit of an afterthought for many American BAs, but they're basically the only American craft brewery that ships a wide catalogue of beer up to Western Canada, and I'm thankful for that. While this doesn't pack the punch that a lot of bigger, imperial stouts do, it's still a dark, smooth, and drinkable beer, even on a hot summer afternoon.

Converge, May 19, 2012
Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of cwreay90
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of JLeet
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Kerne
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kerne, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of uustal
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a 90-10 black to brown color ratio on the pour. A great brown head with medium lacing and retention. Faint roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted barley and a little more hops up front than your usual stout. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of oats follow and linger on the aftertaste. Finishes nice, not dry and slight sweetness. A little light on flavor and was expecting a more oatmeal to justify the namesake. Creamy mouthfeel which is medium bodied.

uustal, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ChrisinRI, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ninner00, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare Stout pours an incredible jet black with damn near a black head from a 12oz brown bottle. Again, the head is damn near black and consists of firm and closely packed bubbles that try to scale the sides of the glass as if it where under siege. The pour also gave the impression that Shakespeare Stout had a viscoses element similar to 90 weight gear lube.

Palate is also viscoses with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. We are talking knife and fork stuff here guys and gals with major mouth feel.

The alcohol component will light your after burner, leaving you with a very nice glow!

Thanks bditty187 for the trade so I could review this beer!

BeerBob, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz.bottle into a toulip glass yielding a thick, fluffy, beige two-finger head that reduced to about one finger and lasted the length of the sample. Huge rings of lace went all the way down the sides of the glass. The beer itself is very dark black with not a trace of light getting thru.

Smell is of rosted malt and some barley. Deep chocolate smell and some light coffee as well. Some expresso/mocha scents as well.

Taste is very dark and malty. Oh so malty yet smooth to the finish. Some coffee flavor and a slightly bitter chicory taste. Chocolate and toffee flavors ever so slight in the back ground.

Rather thick on the palate but smooth as well. A heavy beer for sure but well balanced and some ever so slight carbonation.

Easy to drink, enjoyable to drink, and one I will drink lots and lots of.

Sycodrummer, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased from Capital Market for $5.29.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a one finger, cappuccino tan head with good retention and lacing.

S-Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and faint hops. Overall, the aroma was not robust enough.

T-Dark bittersweet chocolate and some coffee, by not nearly enough creamy rich malt flavor. I suspect it is because the hops are overbearing at 69 IBUs. Taste was disappointing.

M-Smooth, but I can't discern the presence of oatmeal in the mouthfeel.

D-This is decent oatmeal stout, but not quite on par with what I have come to expect from Rogue.

velosuds, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev -3.8%

reitzbrewing, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of JC333
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JC333, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Waveoff
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Waveoff, May 18, 2014
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"I would give all me fame for a pot of ale, and safety." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V

22 oz. Bomber
Well Shakespeare can keep his fame and bask in the pitch blackness of this stout to boot. A tan color topped off the rocky head which had very little lace. The smell was not overly complex with the standard smoked malt flavors. Better than guiness for sure, but the smell was nothing to compose a sonnet about. The taste was very well balanced with roasted nut, and bitter chocolate tastes complimenting notes of charred wood. The mouthfeel was very sharp and cut through the rounded malts. I would surly give my safety for a pot of this stout and the only tragedy was I had but one bomber.

GreatPondBrewer, May 16, 2003
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -3.8%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of juju7
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will remember this beer as the beer that made me recognize the common flavour found in Rogue beers. This is not a bad stout by any means, my beer doesn't say anywhere that it's an oatmeal stout but BA says so. Not really getting any particular oatmeal stout characteristics from this though.A bit more hops on the nose than most stouts along with some chocolate and ground coffee. I can't shake the feeling that this is like a caricature of a stout. Like it's trying too hard. Ah never mind me, I'm just jibbering now.

juju7, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DrGonzoDDS, Aug 21, 2012
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,885 ratings.