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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,055 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 223
Gots: 259 | FT: 6
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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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of bigdaddyvoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of iamnotadude
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of agandt
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gregg03
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

From one of favorite breweries, Rogue, from Oregon. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my standard for Oatmeal Stout, and this is almost as good. Rogue seems to alway knows how to make sure the brew has character. This outmeal stout is smooth, and, at the same time, has that kick that Rogue loves to add. Pours thick, little lacing or head, a bit musty espresso followed by a slight bitterness. Excellent, maybe great, but not perfect.

Photo of WheelsRule
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Chronofied
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured at about 52 degrees into a laser-etched snifter.

Appearance - Nice, appealing foamy head, with classy retention, though not much lacing. A dark obsidian color, letting no visible light through. Attractive.

Smell - Boozey with definite oats, redolent with malt. Some hint of nuttiness and chocolate, and maybe just a hint of coffee. A little bit of underlying earthy hop character.

Taste - Medium bodied, honestly thinner than I was expecting. Nice and bready though, the character of the yeast is much more obvious in the taste than in the smell. Malts are toasty, hops provided some pleasant bitterness. Definite chocolate and nuts, with some coffee underneath; the aroma didn't lie. Starts and ends with some light alcohol heat. Aftertaste has the barest hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel - Enjoyable mouthfeel, creamy though not heavy, rich without being oppressive. Carbonation deteriorated throughout, until there was almost none left. Hop character causes a bitterness to linger along with the alcohol heat after the beer is gone.

Drinkability - This beer has an average drinkability, maybe slightly better. While it is heavier, the taste remains appealing and encouraging throughout the course of a pint-six bottle, though if you drink it too slowly the carbonation will die before you can kill the volume in your glass.

Photo of daskipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of wildshire
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Mangstarr
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MattByMoonlight
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jclovebrew
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is Deepest Black. Aroma is roasty, balanced with some hop aroma. Tastes rich, chocolatey, sweet, thick. Bitterness is assertive and very appealing. Mouthfeel is velvety with thick bubbles mixed in.

This is a stout that drinks like an imperial. A home run stout. Give me more.

Photo of Ig0r
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour gives a good head of small, creamy, tan bubbles that leave a lot of lacing. The color is deep, opaque black.

The smell is a nice mix of fruit sweetness, chocolate, and smooth roasted coffee. The feel is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor matches the smell very well with sweetness leading a roasted-malt body with a light hop finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry with burnt toast (but not unpleasant) and bitterness.

For a very flavorful stout, the drinkability is surprisingly good. There is no feeling of heaviness or over-alcoholic aftertaste. Given the extra sweetness, this would make an excellent dessert beer.

Photo of neobassman
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being unimpressed by a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a couple years back, I had not bothered to try another Rogue offering, until now. This Shakespeare Stout will not emerge as one of my favorites, but it has at least convinced me to try other Rogue offerings in the future. After trying this brew, I was shocked to find that it contained oats. It just did not seem akin to other oatmeal-ish stouts (which I tend to like). The pour produced a strong, medium-to-dark shiny, foamy and persistent head. So far, so good. The smell struck me as predominantly coffee and not especially complex as stouts go. The taste seemed more like that of Irish dry stouts, like Guinness, sharp and heavy on the roasted barley, but absent was the rounded, slightly sweet and chewy richness from the oats. Things were better in the mouthfeel department, where the oats made an appearance to provide this stout with a good, creamy sensation and a pleasant, malty aftertaste. What lingers on the tongue, however, was a return to the coffee flavors. This was not a plus for me, since I am not a coffee drinker otherwise. There was more of a hops presence, which is to be expected with a brew that is described as an "American" stout. Don't drink this if you are seeking a more malty, rounded, English-style brew. For me, I did not dislike it, but I am not likely to seek it out in the near future. My tasting was an isolated experience; it would be interesting to taste this side-by-side with other micro-brew stouts.

Photo of SidewinderX
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Pitch black brew with a thick mocha head that encourages you to pour properly. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma that has a bit of chocolate, coffee, and nut in it.

Taste: Darkly roasted malt flavor with a noticeable citrus hit towards the end. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely fantastic. Smooth, dry, and thick. Doesn't assault the palate, yet clings to it with a bittersweet finish.

Drinkability: Reasonable ABV that's completely hidden in the outstanding flavor of the brew. Not a "light" beer by any respects, but you'll have no trouble drinking a 22oz bottle.

Overall a great beer. Really, really enjoyed this one.

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

pours black with a medium tan head that lingers just a bit.

smells roasty and chocolatey.

taste is mainly coffee and oats. some chocolate and hops follow.

very smooth feel. has more carbonation than i expected.

not too strong. easy to drink. i could finish the bottle alone in a short time.

Photo of dpcoz
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Oatmeal Stout
22 oz bottle (Total Wine - Claymont, DE)
Room temperature, chilled pint glass

A - Pours thick, black. Gingerbread-colored head, appx 3 fingers deep that eroded to 1.5 into an inced pint glass.

S - roasted malts, baker's chocolate, oats, faint touch of alcohol

T - Good balance, smooth - roasted malts, bakers chocolate, hint of coffee, finishes with a chalky taste of sweetened oatmeal.

M - Again, smooth. Carbonation kicks in, but the finish gives it some sort of chalky feeling - not crazy about it.

D - Fine taste, good aroma, but the chalkiness keeps me from putting this in the A category.

Photo of Iggy12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of koolkat
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THe beer pours out of the bomber a dark black with a brown head. I know I am in for a serious beer from the initial pouring.
At the first sip I was anything but disappointed, full roasted flavor with a nice hop twinge at the end. The hops are not overpowering or subtle but have that nice balance for this truly excellent beer. It goes down smoothly with some coffee flavors at the end of the tasting. I could easily see this as becoming one of my favorite beers while I am out here in Missouri. I wish I had found the store that had it earlier, it is a fitting yet different replacement for storm king.

Photo of jbramley
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Date: 12 December 2006

A deep black pour with a short, thick, dark-tan head. Slighty sour, but not particularly pungent aroma. Taste of enjoyable sour/bitter mix. Smooth in the mouth and rolls down the tongue from an initial sharpness on the tip of the tongue to a lingering slightly sour, bburnt coffee flavor in the back of the mouth.

Very enjoyable stout. At first, I was not overly impressed by it, but as I made my way through the first few swigs, it rounded out to be a very tasty pour.

Photo of oishiibiiru
3/5  rDev -27.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of HisDorian
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first thought...

poured from bomber into a pint glass.

Poured nice and dark, very opaque. HUGE head. 3-4 fingers, but it dissipates quickly.

Strong lacing. Extremely dark color. Can't see through it at all.

Sweetness to the scent. Nice roasted malts, but not overdone. Not a huge "coffee" burn flavor. is that oatmeal?

Nice alcohol bite at front. Touch of sweetness as well. Long smooth finish. A little bit of bitter at the start of the finish. Not sure if it's the roast or the hops. Leaves a bit of the coffee taste at very end.

Hints of chocolate. Maybe even a touch of licorice. Just a bit of spice with some dryness on the back of my tongue.

A little heavier mouthfeel, which is what I was hoping for and expecting. Coats the mouth a bit. Tastes a bit spicier the more I get into the beer.

I could easily drink a couple of these. Not a session beer, though.

Photo of mightymoksha
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours an oily black, with a rich, sticky beige head. Head retains very well and covers the glass all the way down. Beautiful.

Aroma is complex, featuring hints of cacao, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee and toffee.

Outrageously smooth, a rich, roasted malt sweetness is balanced perfectly with a mild bitterness. Notes of cacao and dark roasted coffee are the most prominent. Smokey and toffee/butterscotch notes are also present. Semi-dry, smokey, coffee-esque finish. Delicious.

Again, outrageously smooth on the palate. A hearty body and creamy mouthfeel make this one a treat.

Delicious and moderate alcohol content. That, along with my devotion to delicious black coffee, I find it to be extremely drinkable.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,055 ratings.