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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 1,574
Hads: 3,267
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 289
Gots: 392 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Reviews: 1,574 | Hads: 3,267
Photo of aromatorio
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked my first bottle of this stuff with a college friend who was in town from the East Coast. Nothing beats a beer with old friends (except free beer with old friends I guess).

A: This is what a good, drinkable stout should look like. It poured nicely, forming a slightly brown cap of foam that stuck around for a few minutes before fading into some very lovely lacing.

S: The aroma on the Shakespeare stout is also a notch above some of the other beers I've had recently. It wasn't overly roasty, and with the low ABV, had no taint of hotness. I think I picked up some dark fruit notes, maybe some butterscotch or very matured malts.

T: Tastes greeeeat! This wasn't huge and insane like the Abyss. It wasn't overly chocolatey or anything like that. It was a very balanced stout, with just the right amount of bitter, coffee bite.

M: A little thin, although by no means watery. It was creamy and smooth on the backside.

D: Quite sessionable. If this came in sixers, I think it would be a staple of my fridge. Some stouts are treats, and as such demand to be drank alone. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind putting away two or three of these with a meal.

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Photo of sudsface69
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue, I love you! Another great beer from this world class brewery. This one pours a deep black with a beautiful tan head. Head retention is nice, as is lacing. In the nose I smell some oats, coffee with cream, chocolate, nuts, and a nice touch of hops. Flavor is rich, with a lot of chocolate coming through - kind of a cafe mocha thing going on. Also a pretty much perfect amount of hops. The balance here is outstanding. I like that when this beer first hits your palate you're thinking it's going to be a little sweet. Then as it moves forward, it hits you with a lot of chewy, roasted maltiness, then it finishes with a slight citric pucker from the hops. You're left salivating a little and just waiting for your next sip. Very well balanced, very drinkable beer. Love it!

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

One of the most drinkable stouts I've had recently. Not too heavy or malty, Nice body.

Hint of almost chocolatey/coffee like notes on the back end.

Definitely a stout that won't over power the palette and drinks very well.

This was my favorite Rogue brew I've had thus far. I will definitely pick this up again

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S- chocolate, mocha, malts, some vanilla, and I can even detect some oatmeal with sweet molasses.

A- beautiful black beer with a creamy mocha head that lasts for the entirety of the pint! The lacing on this beer is unreal, it's absolutely amazing how it sticks to the whole glass.

T/m- subtle well rounded stout. Not overwhelming in any particular are. Chocolate coco flavor, some mocha, a good amount of malts with some tones of vanilla. Very drinkable beer with little to no aftertaste and the alcohol is masked very well. Full bodied could be a little thicker in my opinion.

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Photo of tturaiders
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark and black, medium tan head that gradually gets smaller but never leaves, and a little lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Roasted Malt, and Caramel.

Taste: Roasted Malt balanced with hops, bitter chocolate, some smoke that I couldn't smell, and a hint of coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy but not too thick.

Drinkability: Great drinkability and well carbonated. Nice balance of hops and malt but not too heavy as some stouts tend to be.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now thats a Stout.
22 oz. Bomber with no freshness label.
Poured ink black with a Thick creamy tan head 2 fingers tall that
hung around for the whole beer.
Smells of dark roast Coffee, Mocha and a hint of dark chocolate.
The taste of this beer is simply awsome. The roasted malt gives a
coffee/dark chocolate taste and is helped out by the slight hops
dryness as it finishes.It leaves a smokey toffee taste in your mouth.
I'd say of the stouts that I have had the pleaure of drinking, this one
tops them all. Done right the first time.
I will be buying more of this wonderfull liquid in the near future.

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Photo of seangroves
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured with a finger of a dark, creamy head that has excellent retention. The beer is very dark in color.

Very hoppy mixed with strong hints of chocolate malts with a strong presence of roastiness.

Hops come through strongly during the beginning and mid-taste followed at the end with a hint of malt and a dry aftertaste. The cascades come through very strongly in this beer and are slightly overpowering as the balance of the beer is focused on the hops and not so much the malts.

Light to Medium bodied with the right degree of carbonation. It is very smooth due to the oats used.

This beer is an easy beer to consume at only 6% and has good mouthfeel and excellent texture. The beer is almost like drinking a dark IPA.

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Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super thick creamy head with a jet black appearance. coffee and dark chocolate with a roasty smell. starts off tasting thin and lacking body but is surprisingly hoppy and finishes very dry and delicious. The bitterness is well appreciated too. Very good stout

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Photo of crzyc
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with @realctremblay

A: dark chocolate head. Very nice lacing. Dark chocolate colored body.

S: malt, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal

T: as it smells, deeper in fact.

M: wonderful carbonation and fullness

O: well balanced, not syrupy like another stout i just reviewed. Terrific.

Bomber at Nikki's

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Photo of DarthRadb
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Brown, Almost Black, Creamy Tan Head upon pour that fades quickly to nothing but lacing around the outer edges.

Smell: Roasted Malts, Chocolately Oats, bit of Toffee and Molasses. Very Slight almost fruity background yeast aroma.

Taste: Roasted Malt up front, Toffee in the middle, slight Chocolate Oats finish.

Mouthfeel: Very Refreshing, medium Carbonation, nice maltly, oaty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'm a fan of this style of beer so I find very drinkable, it's not a session or lawn mower beer, but I could put a couple bottles away with no problem.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Throughout school, Shakespeare is constantly forced down our throat in English Literature Classes. His sonnets, plays and works dominate the landscape, and although he is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, I’ve always viewed him as overrated. Would this beer be the same? Or would I actually enjoy this version shoved down my throat? Lets find out…

Appearance – 93: The beer pours a very foamy and dark tan head that lingers for quite some time and leaves behind a significant amount of lacing, which was good to see. The color is a deep black which swallows up any surrounding light as it it were a black hole. In “King Henry V” a famous line reads “I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety”. I’d gladly give a moment or two to stare at this one dissipate again. Beautiful color.

Aroma – 90: A “no frills” beer to be sure, Rogue’s offering has but 10 ingredients to it, namely rolled oats, roasted barley, yeast and malts. This comes through when smelling the beer – there are no complicated infusions to figure out or notes of cinnamon or coffee to sniff for. The simplicity is refreshing, leaving an earthy malted smell on your nose.

Body & Texture – 92: As to be expected with an Oatmeal Stout, the initial mouthfeel is heavier, but the immediate feel on the tongue is more watery than creamy.

Taste – 91: Some stouts leave a decidedly heavy feel after the first sip or two, but that wasn’t the case with this selection. The flavors are light but decidedly there – an earthen flavor stems from the rolled oats which leaves a mellow chocolate aftertaste which lingers for but a moment. The thing which continually struck me about the taste was despite the look and smell of the beer how easy it was to drink and light it sat on my palate.

Overall – 91 (Excellent): Rogue continues to put forth excellent beers, and this is no exception. One of the flagships of their impressive line, their Oatmeal Stout lived up to its reputation. The beer is surprisingly easy to drink and comes with a mid-range 6.1% ABV, and is much more light and playful than one would come to expect from a stout. Part of me wished that the brewery had added in more ingredients to boost the flavor profile, but the other part is happy that they nailed what they were trying to put forth – a fantastic stout which pours, smells and tastes fantastic. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” to taste this one.

Purchase Value – (C+): A 22oz bottle of this currently retails for $7.99, which means that given the quality of the beer, the consumer is getting an above-average return on their investment. Would certainly recommend getting a bottle to drink or age.

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

Looks appropriately black with a nice, brown head. Head holds pretty well.

Smell is malty and molasses.

Taste is smoky, malty, nutty and chocolate with dry, lightly bitter finish.

Good carbonation and slightly thick.

Drinkability? Really good. Sorta like a stong nut brown.

A solid stout.

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Photo of erwin08
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very dark brown/almost black color with a tan head.

S: roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T: rich coffee and dark chocolate with a slight hoppyness.

M: a lot thinner and smoother than i was expecting. very rich and creamy.

D: low ABV and very drinkable. would highly recommend giving this beer a try

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

Shakespeare Stout, by Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon, is a tasty stout for those who enjoy a moderately bitter brew. Its beautiful ebony color is topped off by a creamy tan head that leaves heavy lace. It has a sweet, malty nose and a very crisp start followed immediately by a moderately bitter hoppiness. It also has a hoppy finish with notes of baker's chocolate. It has a crisp mouth-feel on the tongue and a slight creaminess on the cheeks. A good beer overall.

Ingredients: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley, Free Range Coastal Water (as opposed to the domestic farm-raised water... get over the hippy crap guys), and Top Fermenting Pacman Yeast.

I wish you Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Cap'n

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Photo of mtschmitz
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Dark opaque coffee color with two finger head which settles to a nice top.

S) Roasted malt with coffee and alcohol scents and brown sugar

T) Heavy roasted malt as you would expect from a stout. Extremely smooth and sweet going in, and well-balanced. A pleasant burnt sugar taste

M) Medium-full bodied extremely smooth and slightly chewy. A bit sweet on the back that hangs but I enjoy it.

O) A good oatmeal stout. Full bodied and rich with flavor. Appears to be adequate carbonation and well-balanced. Head seems to stay nicely with the glass. Will have again.

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Photo of TheFeintingGoat
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says "ebony" and boy do they tell it like it is, dark and the day before creation this one is. A dirty, cola colored head as well that creates a union of the darkest proportions.
The smell is quite good, with cola, coffee, toffee, unsweetened chocolate and (i'll be damned) mud permeating throughout. The citric acid here is a bit too dominant as you get through the beer.
This beer is nice and salty on the front (which reminds me of coastal pacific waters) with the coffee/toffee and cream flavors coming out to play throughout the mouth. Hops are definitly evident, and this is the great, american thing about this beer. It's very bold, yet refined and able to hold itself with the rest of the world's stouts.
The mouthfeel is, quite honestly, perfect. It's lead-heavy, however it doesn't weigh you down, but controls you palette in the most elegant of ways. When you finish the beer the aftertaste moves toward a rennet on the back, like a fine, salty cheese. A nice cream stout moves to a chocolate orange to a fine cheese--you can't ask for much more.
It's drinkability it good, despite the fact that you can really only session one (tops two) of these at a time. The answer to that? One is all you need. 6% ABV didn't seem like alot until about 10 minutes after I finished it, when this issue was resolved for me. Very enjoyable, very drinkable, and very warming. It's the perfect drink if you want high flavor but the humbleness of your beverage to blend in to what else is going on around you (Food, friends, etc.). Not much wrong here, not much at all. Can't wait to try this gem on tap.

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

A: Dark brown with a thin head on top.

S: Espresso, cocoa

T: Mostly Espresso, little cocoa. Not sweet at all, but not bitter either.

M: Medium carbonation, started out kind of bland but finished with more complexity.

Verdict was "DRINK IT WARM." Started out fridge temp in iced glasware. Was NOT impressed. As I let it warm to about 65 degrees it took on a whole new life and became a very drinkable beer. Don't serve this one ice cold please.

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Photo of BrianGaynor
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours thick, black as night with a light brown finger and a half head.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee! Not a very strong smell, though.

Taste: strong coffee and roasted malts. Very good taste. Alcohol taste lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: thick in the mouth with a lot of carbonation

Overall: the more I drink the lower the score gets, unfortunately. The carbonation is off-putting to me. Still a great beer, though. I wouldn't hesitate to get it again.

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Photo of pugbutter
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I like this much more than the other stouts I've tried; nice and hoppy. Bitter in a good way, not in the overwhelming, unsweetened baking chocolate sort of way.

It really is too carbonated though.

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Photo of DrDocRudge
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer smells good, but can't match the marvelous toffee, chocolate and coffee flavors that emerge. Suitable for both bar drinking or as a dessert. Another masterwork from Rogue.

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Photo of Ilacquin
2.21/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured a pitch black with a nice thick dark tan head. Head left little lacing, as I wasn't able to drink much of this brew.

Aroma was non-descript, a little malty and not very strong.

Not sure what went wrong with this- taste was potent and bitter. A little malt and hop character, but the "bite" was so overwhelming I couldn't gather much else. Not sure if this was a bad bottle (skunked?) or what, but the overall experience was foul. This was the first time I have ever poured a beer out without finishing it. I enjoy a lot of stouts, and this was NOT the flavor or bite I usually associate with a good stout.

I sincerely hope this was a bad bottle, but it will be quite a while before I spend $5 to try it again.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a great brew... one I might be underdevoloped for.

The appearance is very dark and the smell is good and roasted... just like the taste. The most uniquely emphasized attribute of this beer is its significant roasted flavour. Its full in the sense that there is a lot going on: dark coffee and bits of ester, not as frothy-mouth-feeling as I would have liked and the roasted flavour blew me away as I finished the 750 ml bottle.

they should call it the double-roasted stout!! very good

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Photo of BCraig
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A- poured a very thick light caramel color head that dissipates slowly into a rocky 1 inch head after a few moments. The color is one shade off of the black scale with a slight reddish brown hue.

S- Caramel and chocolate aromas with some slight metallic notes, not off-putting.

T- dark chocolate malt and smoky flavors upfront with a little bitter burnt finish.

M- a pretty decent balance between coating and crisp. There's a little bite to it but enough smooth coating to make it drinkable.

O- I may have had about half a dozen Oatmeal Stouts in my time, so I have not nailed down the definitive character yet, but this is a good cold weather beer. It's a little smokier than I prefer, but the chocolate and roasted malt do come through.

edited 10 minutes later to add that I starting picking up some faint vanilla flavors after the beer sat a minute or two.

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Photo of jmperez
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured jet black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing. Hints of caramel, roasted barley in the aroma. Very very smooth with a creamy malty mouthfeel with a blend of roasted barley, malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the finish is a coffee after taste with a hop bitterness.

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Jet black with light caramel head. Aroma had a hint of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth beer, and the mild chocolate aftertaste was great. Wasn’t a very sweet chocolate, but rather bitter. Guinness was basically the only other stout I had tried before this one, and I must say this was an eye-opener. Excited to try more now.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.