Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours thick and heavy with a solid black body, a large bubbly tan head, which fades quickly leaving a thin creamy layer, and medium carbonation. The aroma a full of roasted malts, light coffee, some notes of peat and mild milk chocolate. The taste has lots of rich bitter chocolate with strong espresso from the heavy roasted malts, and some really earthy soil (in a good way) flavours. It leaves a bitter lasting aftertaste just like a good espresso. Full bodied with a heavy creamy mouthfeel and a very noticeable carbonation. Great beer. Definitely one for people into their heavy bitter stouts.
04-11-2010 19:53:02 | More by PartyBear
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured as a dark black ale with lots of sticky chocolate tinged head. Head has duration and left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smell is of roasted malts and dark coffees. Taste is of a full, rich bittersweet chocolate, accompanied by distinct coffee been flavor. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste for a few minutes. One of the better stouts I have tried.
04-19-2009 19:47:35 | More by Seanstoppable
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: Pours pitch black with about an inch of vanilla head that stays forever. Like most stouts there's a reddish tint that comes through at certain angles.
Smell: The aroma consists of flowery hops mixed with roasted malts. It's pretty standard, but a little sweeter than other stouts, and that was nice.
Taste: The roasted malts come through immediately, supported by bakers chocolate. The flowery hops mix in too, creating a dry aftertate. Overall, it's well balanced in taste, but not quite as rich as I would have liked.
Mouthfeel: Consistenly bitter, it has a great consistency and coats the palate nicely.
Drinkability: Very easy to drink and good in all respects. No part of this brew is overbearing, adding to the easy quaffability.
04-15-2006 14:08:45 | More by dbalsock
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours inky black with a large rocky latte-colored head of small, densely packed bubbles. I cannot see through the glass. Decent lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The smell is of deep roasted malts with hints of coffee as well. The taste is initially filled with a those same roasted malts along with touches of carbon, as if burned. It finishes with soft hops and is slightly drying. Medium bodied and relatively light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it a bit perky. Absolutely drinkable, and if you like roasty, toasty, carbony malts, you've found a perfect match.
01-04-2006 17:45:14 | More by hopsaplenty
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
pours a dark black with a tan lace. smells of coffee, roasted barley and a slight bit of hops. mouth watering indeed. the taste is the perfect balance of sweet malt and decent hop bite, simply lovely. a nice strong chocolate/coffee taste is the show. i seriously dig this alot. the mouthfeel is creamy and just right. i could drink this by the gallons. my favorite stout when im in the mood for something flavorful and filling.
$3.49 a bomber.
09-18-2003 03:46:14 | More by DESTRO
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
I feel compelled to write a poem in honor of the great bard and namesake of this beautiful brew. But Alas I am neither the poet, nor the writer that legendary bard was, so I shall keep it simple in my review.
This Rogue casts forth darkness from the bottle that would conceal any Roguish behavior like a moonless, cloud covered night. The only light that shall pass through this dark cavern passes through the caramel colored thick, creamy head that is riddled with craters and caves.
A bouquet of burnt caramel and roasted malt come forth while aromas of coffee, chocolate, and light floral hops steal through and will pass unobserved unless a cautious guard is in place. Remember we are dealing with a Rogue in the truest sense that will try to beguile you at every turn.
With the taste this Rogue turns on a smoothness designed to lull you into a comfort and easiness around this brew. But beware for to much of anything can be dangerous, especially with a rascal like this Stout. Like many of the legendary Bard?s tales, this Stout starts with a semi-sweetness that conceals a bitterness to come. Smooth throughout, with no plot holes or disappointments this Rogue continues with flavors of coffee, chocolate, bitter hops, and a dryness that continues into more hop fashioned bitterness.
This is a truly legendary brew and well deserving of its name. The Great Bard would be proud that his Rogue bears his name.
05-13-2003 06:54:44 | More by Loki
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Very black in appearance with a frothy tan head. Smells of slightly charred malt with a tinge of hops. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. Taste is charred malt with overtones of chocolate and coffee. Hoppiness is fairly subdued but balances out the malt so that there's no overbearing sweetness. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink.
05-12-2006 18:49:20 | More by LarryV
3.45/5 rDev -17.1%
Part of a blind stout tasting....surprising results
A- Pours an opaque blackness, with a grey foamy head
S- Rich wood malt, chocolate and coffee
T- Smooth smokey dark coffee, touch of pencil lead, with a rich coffee finish.
M- sticky but smooth
D- Very enjoyable to drink
02-09-2008 04:11:49 | More by m1ked
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
I opened a twelve ounce bottle that I had been keeping for a cold day. Having had this before, I knew what I was in for. I love the bitterness combined with sweetness. A slight burnt flavor gives keeps you on your toes. It did not have much of a head, so I was a little dissapointed. But hey,what a beer.
11-18-2001 10:03:11 | More by AaronRed
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a jet black with some dark chestnut coming through on the edges. Thick, dense creamy brown head. Layers of perfect tiny bubbles. Nice lacing. Aromas of espresso, cocoa and dark roasted malt.
Big gutsy bittersweet flavor. Dark chocolate, espresso and sweet roasted/charred malt. There was a nice tangy, almost tart hop bitterness. Great balance.
Medium bodied with a rich full creamy mouthfeel and exceptional drinkability.
01-06-2004 03:47:39 | More by rkhaze
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Near black, somewhat brown hues to the color. Decent-sized, khaki-colored head that quickly dissapates to a thin cap. Pretty good carbonation.
Roasty malt aroma with some hop character. Taste is sweet and roasty, with a nice chocolate flavor and a dry finish. A little hops in the finish.
Medium-light body and very smooth. Quite drinkable with some nice complexity but nothing that really stood out to me.
02-03-2007 16:17:12 | More by AaronHomoya
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured into a nonic pint.
Pours a thick dark and black color that allows a small amount of light through it. A vigorous pour helped create a nice thick tan/brown head that has a good amount of lacing as you drink. The aroma is full of malt and the roasted barley. There is definite chocolate and a small amount of coffee in this stout too. The smell is a huge component of this beer. The taste is equally as good too.
The initial taste is full of the roasted malt and grain with some of the bittersweet or dark chocolate and cocoa coming in towards the end. I can pick up a few coffee undertones after a few sips too. The beer is damn smooth and creamy and has a small amount of carbonation going on. This stout has a light to medium body and very rich. I'd say this stout has such a high drinkability. A bomber of this would be easily be finished in a night's session by myself.
08-05-2009 06:34:20 | More by infi
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours black, off white head, a fair amount of lace and a medium carbonation. It looks like a stout.
Aroma of charred malt and a faint note of citrus hops, a delicate note of ale yeast and coco chocolate powder.
Flavor of roasted barley and a fair balance of subtle cascade hops. Extremely drinkable, dry and refreshing finish.
Wonderful proper ale, recommended!
10-04-2008 00:46:55 | More by bloberglawp
4.2/5 rDev +1%
I know that stouts are made in different ways, but is there really a need to micro-classify them into "oatmeal," "milk," "Irish,"etc.? I don't agree! A stout's a stout and this one is...well, let's just see... .
Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.
-Appearance 4.5: Poured out of the bottle as a jet-black stream and managed to produce a half-inch, khaki-colored head in the glass. Completely opaque. Beautifully black.
-Smell 3.0: Distinctive toasted barely, "stout" smell. Slightly sour bouquet. Very subdued and rather flat.
-Taste 4.5: So smooth, I want to describe it as "smoove." Wonderfully subdued taste explosion and all of it big flavors: chocolate, toasted barley, slight hoppiness, all balanced by a semi-sweetness and the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful aftertastes of toasted grains with a dusting of dark cocoa. Yum.
-Mouthfeel 4.5: Bottle conditioned? Maybe, but however they achieved it, the level of carbonation is perfect for this beer. Smooth "juiciness" in the mouth. Amazingly light and refreshing feeling.
-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. Smooth, warming and at the same time refreshing, this beer set the bar high for itself, what with all the awards won listed all over the bottle, but it certainly lived up to the hype. Worth tracking down and worth the $5+ pricetag per 650 ml bottle. That Pacman yeast should be proud of itself.
08-27-2011 04:14:21 | More by BeerDocT
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a dark brown with an articulated fluffy dense dark tan head.
Produced a nice coffe and toasted malt aroma.
My only gripe about the flavor is it could have a heavier or denser mouthfeel flavor foundation.
The finish tended to disolve into a water-like character.
Otherwise I could keep enjoying this beer until it welded me to my chair.
06-24-2009 23:08:26 | More by gueuzeonhigh
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Of all the Rogoues I have tasted this is probably one of the best if not the best. Allthoug I also really like the Nut Brown Ale I had while in Oregon.
Anyway; This dark and creamy stout has a very brown head that sets it off from other stouts. Also there is a rather surprisingly good hoppiness to this stout. This is no Guiness - So don't drink this wanting to compare to guiness. It is not creamy but more buttery in texture. a very good stout. If you want a comparison try Old Rasputin.
12-17-2002 07:45:20 | More by AtrumAnimus
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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