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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 190
Gots: 189 | 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 kbrady9
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bomber at my local bottle shop.

A- Good looking stout. It pours very dark, essentially black. A nice, full, dense head that is a fairly dark brown. The head dissipates within a minute or two with nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pretty good aroma. Smells of mocha and some nuttiness, but with a very nice malty body. Can't smell any hops or much alcohol on the back end.

T-The mocha, coffee like flavor hits immediately with the alcohol taking over soon thereafter. The alcohol is a bit overbearing and it lingers for a significant period of time after it goes down. The body doesn't have much sweetness to it in order to help mask some of the strong alcohol flavors.

M-The body does not live up to what the aroma promises. The beer feels unnaturally light going down with the alcohol overpowering the rest of the flavors. Alcohol lingers at the end.

D-I expected much more from this beer. Not something I would purchase again, whether it be in a bottle or on tap anywhere.

kbrady9, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Jvandever
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jvandever, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of GitcheGumee
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. It is opaque with a deep black color. There was a fingers worth of thick, light brown head, which lasted for a couple minutes.

Smell: It has a really nice smell. Rich roasted scents, along with a hint of coffee smell.

Taste: There is definitely lots of flavor here. A strong roasted is the dominant taste. There is come coffee taste later in the sip. It finishes with just the right amount of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but pleasant. I am impressed with this stout.

Moutfeel:The carbonation is prominent at first, but it's nothing I'll complain about. This is really a well constructed stout. No extreme aspects, but it has some identity.

Drinkability: I rate this stout well in this department. I could drink a couple of these while still enjoying it. I'll be buying this one again.

GitcheGumee, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Fikash
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more could you want from an oatmeal stout? It's creamy, delicious, aromatic, and dances perfectly on your tongue. The roasted notes of coffee and chocolate are present but masterfully subdued. Balance is the end result here, and Rogue has achieved it. The color is perfectly dark, the consistency is perfectly stout-like. There are few better examples of this style.

You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Fikash, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of syu3003
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the pdx airport via nitro line. Beautifully pours creamy black with two fingers head. Aroma not too apparent as it was served in a pint, but hints of a malty essence and oatmeal of course. Drinks thick and creamy and very delicious. Although nothing really stands out about this beer, it is very drinkable and balanced and extremely satisfying especially waiting for a flight departure. Highly recommend stopping by the rogue taproom at pdx, and a friendly bartender! Cheers!

syu3003, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of TommyD335
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

TommyD335, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of briscott99
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark brown (not totally black) with a thick, creamy brown head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: This is not a very sweet beer, but there is a lot of caramel on the nose and a good bit of chocolate malt aroma in there as well. Faintly I also smell some hops.

T: Hints of chocolate. But mostly lots of roasty goodness and a lot of bitterness. Finishes bitter and very dry... dare I say, sophisticated. Normally I don't like highly hopped/bitter stouts, but this one hits me just right.

M: Light/med body with low carbonation on the tongue.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this stuff all night. This is a truly unique stout. I used to drink this on tap when I lived in Oregon, and now that I'm on the East Coast I usually have to settle for 22 oz bombers, but this stout never disappoints, on tap, nitro, bottle, whatever. Very much recommended.

briscott99, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of drbeer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

drbeer, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of KKD
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

KKD, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Lipstraw
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Lipstraw, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Rooney107
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours into the glass silky and obsidian--simply beautiful. Forms a solid dark tan head that reminds me of espresso. No light pierces the glass.

S- Lots of nuanced malt characteristics, some chocolate and coffee. A bit of toffee and milk creaminess.

T- Wonderful malt flavors hit me right away. Bittersweet chocolate intermingled with a light lactose and "frothy" notes fill out the flavor profile. A light bitterness seems omnipresent, but it never overtakes the palate. Simply superb.

M- It feels a bit heavy, but also creamy and a bit chewy (most likely from the rolled oats). Excellent feel.

D- I would drink this everyday if it wasn't so expensive. This is one of my favorite beers, ever.

Rooney107, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of michaelpcarney
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: POURS A DEEP CHOCOLATE / DEEP TAN HEAD / LEFT WITH A FROTH

S: VERY NICE AROMA / COFFEE / CHOCOLATE / CARAMEL / SWEET MALTS

T: MALT WITH A CHOCOLATE ON THE BACK OF THE TONGUE / OATMEAL ON THE FINISH

M: CREAMY / BUT LIGHT? / WIERD...

D: FOR A STOUT VERY DRINKABLE

SERVING TYPE: BOTTLE

michaelpcarney, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of ForgottenBoy
5/5  rDev +20.5%

ForgottenBoy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of marksback
4/5  rDev -3.6%

marksback, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Patricky11
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Patricky11, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of skomahon
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ale's brew pub in San Francisco. I had tried this beer previously out of a bottle, but was interested to sample again on tap--and was again amazed at its richness and drinkability!

Pours dark, rich black color into a pint glass. Little head present, but first smell is of dark chocolate, mixed with some lighter hints. I was impressed by the taste--great combination of rich flavors with a wonderful, lingering aftertaste (described by others as chocolate covered cherry--I think that's a great description!). I would definitely order this again, and having it on tap was a great treat!

skomahon, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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.)

xxxcjbcxxx, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of BCraig
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

BCraig, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Nonikins
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Nonikins, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of mesmart530
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mesmart530, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of camshew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

camshew, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of LuukGx
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%

LuukGx, Tuesday at 05:42 AM
Photo of OhioBulldog
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was highly anticipating this beer as i am a big fan of porters and stouts and this seemed to have very top ratings.

This beer pours black as night with a nig big tan brown head, and bubbles creeping up the side of my brandy snifter. The aroma is very much of deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some hops. The taste is huge. Wonderful rich thick roasted malts, a hint of chocolaty sweetness, and a little bitter hop kick to finish and balance it all off. The beer is garganguan and its rich creamy body coats the mouth as it is swallowed, yet very suprisinly it is very drinkble as it leaves me begging for more.

This stout is all that i anticipated and more, fantastic job by Rogue.

OhioBulldog, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of terrapinchris
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to be very picky about my stouts, and I have some pretty high expectations given how good I know they can be. The bottle lists the ingredients, which of course includes Rogue's trademark Pacman yeast, as well as chocolate malts, cascade hops, and oats.

I poured it into my tulip glass, noting that the head remained somewhat small throughout the pour. The finger's worth of foam was mocha-brown in color, and the liquid itself was the deep, murky black of a good coffee.


The aromas were surprisingly faint, but they hinted at vanilla, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee beans, with only the most vague trace of hops. It fits the profile of a stout well-enough, but I kept expecting a bigger smell.

However, the taste leaves virtually nothing to be desired. Most stouts can capture the necessary flavors reasonably well, but this one delivers them with a richness and boldness that is rare. Butterscotch, vanilla, chocolates, coffee, with a bit of dairy/cream...it's like a dream. The hops seem to be present only to remind the drinker that it is in fact a beer that is being consumed, not a liquid brownie. The very slight bite keeps the flavors perfectly balanced all the way through the finish.

Just as I was surprised by the lack of punch in the aromas, however, the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. In contrast to the fullness of the taste, it feels a bit thin. This might be because of the molasses feel I'm used to having with Imperial stouts. Either way, it isn't too terrible, and it doesn't take away from the incredible taste.

It's so drinkable that I had restrain myself from gulping it down. I poured about half the bottle initially, put a stopper in it and stuck it back in the fridge for a few days to see if the aromas might emerge. I pulled it back out about 20 minutes ago to no avail, unfortunately. But I'm perfectly content drinking it the way it is. A brilliant stout, this is.

terrapinchris, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Surlington
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick tan head. Tight, even bubbles.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate.
T: The first taste is slightly sweet, not cloying, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Warm and malty. Ends beautifully with a twist of hoppy bitterness. The hops are more prominent than in most stouts, and have a certain piquant zing---very hard to describe, very complex.
M: Thick and warm, almost chewable. But not syrupy.
D: Highly drinkable; even that 22 oz bottle leaves you wanting more.

Overall: Very complex for a stout. An absolutely epic brew.

Surlington, Sep 09, 2008
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 2,926 ratings.