Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.
02-19-2003 11:26:36 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured midnight black with a massive cocca-colred head. Head settled in at 1/3" and had average retention and lacing
Smell: Some Malt and alcohol
Taste: Big toasty malt upfront followed by coffee, licorice and rich choclate notes with dryness on the finish. Didn't quite find it's place on my taste buds, almost
MF: Very smooth and morish
Pretty drinkable but doesn't quite come all the way together for me. A good stout never the less
01-09-2006 04:30:41 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
No idea how old this bottle is, but I've had it for at least a year. Served in a Surly pint glass.
A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a blotchy haze and thick ring. Not much in the way of lacing, with just a few fingers. Dark brown body with some hints of red to it at the fringes.
S - Cocoa beans, a touch of soy, roasted barley, bitter espresso, and a touch of meaty smokiness in there as well.
T - Taste has a little more caramel with the cocoa and smokiness, and thankfully the soy element has dropped out completely. Still, it tastes a little bit dull - perhaps this bottle is too old. Damn Rogue for not dating anything. There's a bit of an acrid burnt coffee finish as well.
M - Fairly high carbonation going on here. Body is definitively medium and significantly chewy and viscous. The finish is really dry, which is somewhat atypical. This is one of the nicest elements of this brew.
D - Drinkable, but not particularly interesting or exciting. The alcohol is well hidden, and other than the slight over-carbonation it has a nice texture.
Skimmed through some other reviews - apparently this is quite hoppy when it is fresh, but goes downhill fairly quick. However, since there's no bottle dating it's hard to know what one is going to get. I'll re-review if I see it on-tap.
03-04-2010 07:21:08 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours black with a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Very good retention here, leaving heavy thick rings of lacing behind. The aroma has a good bit of smoky dark roast and coffee present, along with some hefty dark chocolate notes. Extra tones of caramel and citrus give this some sticky tang.
The taste is deep with roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Some tamer accents of toffee and green citrus add some sweetness to this but an aggressive hop bit toward the rear helps spread dryness and smoky malts all along the back and finish of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it, which is undercut by an undercurrent of thicker chewiness from all of that malt sweetness. This is overall pretty silky in the mouth and feels spot on for the size.
I've had this several times in the bottle but never on tap, yet my opinion of it stays the same. This is just a very well crafted American Stout with lots of full flavors and a smooth, easy drinking body. Bottle or draft, this is probably my favorite beer from Rogue and one that I would never turn down.
02-09-2010 15:48:51 | More by Kegatron
5/5 rDev +20.2%
A classic if there ever was one.
The color is an inky cloak of solemn black.
Head is a thick, crusty, toasted brown. Aroma: supreme example of roast, rich and invigorating, potent and powerful, dry and dreamy, a snootful could rise old Yorick from his grave. Further gleanings give more flavors, of anise, espresso, pepper, chocolate. I could smell this all day and think of nothing better to do!
On first taste, I am transported! Beautiful bitterness, lush malt, titanic texture! Thoroughly magical hop play on the palate, to make old Prospero proud, malt as dark and knotted as King Richard's heart. Every single time I have the pleasure to sip this fine ale, any wintry discontent is made glorious summer anon! I happily suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange!
I feel like the world's mine oyster...mmmm. oy-sters!
From Shakespeare to Simpson, that's how even the best of beers will tranform us all!
Plainly put, the bard of beers does somehow have that bewitching power o'er me, and I am mezmerized good, as I like it. And when the hurlyburly's done, I am left clamoring for more!
I couldn't change a thing about this perfect potion. Some stouts may be more bold or brash in alcohol or flavor, but none is more perfectly integrated in all it's parts and easily drunk and thoroughly enjoyed. Truly, the stuff dreams are made of!
04-06-2003 17:25:32 | More by feloniousmonk
3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
This is now called Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout for some reason. Cool with me. Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that breaks quickly. Leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is low. The beer is nearly red at the corners of the glass.
Aroma is a mild roast with some side sweetness. Smells fine, could be bigger or have something going on there.
Beer is medium bodied, I was expecting a little more body out of this honestly, I mean its called "Oatmeal" now. Lets do it. Beer is very bitter from the roasted grains, leaves a lingering taste and a graininess in my mouth. It grows in harshness the more I drink. Not my favorite oatmeal stout.
07-13-2010 21:26:34 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
one of my favorite stouts. pours dark dark browm almost black cascading from the nitro tap with a memorable creamy head. smells rich and dark malty, with notes of unsweetened cocoa and coffee. taste is a little bit bitter at the end, but not a hop bitterness as i know it to be, more like bittersweet chocolate. the mouthfeel is so creamy and smooth, full bodied and as drinkable as any stout in the game. a wonderful noontime drink after a hard night of drinking. rejuvenating and delightful
12-23-2011 23:36:39 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!
06-02-2003 08:41:03 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -3.8%
First had: on nitro at Rogue, Portland, OR
Poured black with a starkly opposing creamy tan head. Gotta love nitro. Aroma was as expected: dark roasted malts, toasted grains, notes of coffee and cocoa, with promises of earthy hops. Taste followed the aroma: dark malts and grainy oatmeal, roast and toast, cocoa, some coffee bitterness, and a hint of earthy hops. Smooth, though not as full-bodied as expected from a oatmeal stout on nitro...about medium-bodied I suppose, but still smooth and easily downable.
01-10-2012 21:06:56 | More by Rifugium
4.22/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. There is a ton of sediment suspended in the beer even though I poured carefully. There was also a lot of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate, with quite a bit of hop bitterness and bitter dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
While I have never tried this side-by-side. this beer reminds me quite a bit of Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.
01-18-2010 01:17:52 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -21.2%
Beautiful dark appearance in the glass with an impeccable beige head to match. Bone dry on the palate but a nice sudsy mouthfeel with great carbonation.
The first flavor is bitterness. Dark chocolate and not a hint of sweetness. Overpowering burnt malt taste. Dark, charred flavors, barely a hint of caramel or even burnt sugar.
It is kind of like a nitro pour, with the big creamy foam. It's just so bitter and strongly, severely flavored. From the 22 oz bottle, which cost $7 in San Diego.
05-17-2012 06:02:55 | More by mactrail
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
From 09/04/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of roasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, bready malts, hint of alcohol.
t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, light citrus, and bready malts.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.
d - At 6% ABV, I feel like you could drink a lot of this. I thought it was a very balances, solid stout I would definitely try again.
09-05-2010 21:52:25 | More by mdfb79
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured pitch black with a thick, bubbly brownish head. The color was great - the head disappeared to leave just traces fairly rapidly.
The smell was of chocolaty oats with hints of fruity hops. The aroma was fairly strong - but pleasant - earthy tones.
The taste was of sweet chocolate blended with some bitter, fruity hops and a touch of yeast. As the drink progressed, more flavors became more manifest. After a few sips, I read the bottle more closely and saw that there were nine ingredients. I was not surprised, as it is a richly complex stout. The taste was very enjoyable.
It left a nice taste in the mouth - one that I would expect from a good stout. The alcohol was well-hidden. It was rich and creamy.
The impression it left me with was haven eaten a bowl of oatmeal accompanied with a rich chocolate milk.
This is a great, complex stout to have as a dessert drink.
06-20-2006 17:57:47 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours with a thick creamy, light chocolate brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown to black beer. The aroma is slightly acidic in its roastiness, and it has notes of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol. It has a creamy mouthfeel up front, and a sharp acidic roast malt bite in the finish. Espresso dominates over the chocolate, which is the opposite sense I got in the aroma. The dark malt notes of roasted barley, and burnt malt dominates this beer. Not much in the way of hops is noticeable above all of the roast character, but there is a nice hop bite in the finish that is a bit bracing and let you know that this beer is in fact 69 IBUs. A very nice stout that I have always had a soft spot for.
10-04-2004 17:02:53 | More by Gueuzedude
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Faint light will show through; still this is a near mahogany color. Hard to say, but it appears clear. Thick, long-lasting head. Only negative is the lack of lace (spotty at best).
Slightly chalky... but the rest is powerful, milky mocha. Some nuttiness in the background: almond and hazelnut come to mind. Very rich.
Holy coffee, Batman. Strong black patent malt flavor. Almost chewy. The finish is the bitter burnt malt tastes. The aftertaste is hoppy, but only after the swallow is complete. Relatively thin body for the style. High carbonation. (Interestingly, if I sip only the head, there's a metallic taste to the froth.)
Big flavor without being an extreme beer. Coffee lovers rejoice.
06-08-2008 22:50:00 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Dark black, opaque, with a thick, brown head, which dissipates to a tan film, with good retention and lacing. The beer looks quite thick when it is poured out.
S: Not terribly robust, but smells great though, smells like a mix of German chocolate cake, roasted cacao nibs, and mocha coffee.
T: Very good, very sweet, but not cloying, has that sweet, almost peaty oat malt taste, with lots of rich milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Quite a complex chocolate flavor.
M: Smooth, thick and rich, but not overpowering, full-bodied.
D: A great stout, handsome and smooth, probably my favourite everyday beer from Rogue.
08-17-2007 05:32:36 | More by Halcyondays
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: pours black in color with a one finger caramel colored head. The head falls quickly, but remains a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.
Smell: roasted malts and coffee, with some hints of dark chocolate.
Taste: follows the nose, as bold roasted malts, strong coffee, molasses, and a stronger than normal bitterness is rounded with some soft chocolate and prune tones.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry lightly crisp finish. Medium-heavy in body. Roasted tones and coffee linger well into the aftertaste.
Drinkability: superbly drinkable stout, as the full robust flavors leave you wanting another taste quickly. A great stout everyone should seek out.
02-05-2006 20:10:16 | More by Gavage
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at a nearby bottle shop. Expectations are high given the recommendation and high rating by a friend, murrhey. I love a good Oatmeal Stout. 69 IBU.
Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Paired with pretzels.
A: Pours a silky attractive rich dark tan colour head of luscious excellent cream, great rolling frothy thickness, and staggering 8 minute retention. Body colour is a solid dark black. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent albeit thin lacing as the head slowly recedes. Spot on for the style. I can't wait to try it.
Sm: Light roasted barley, rolling oats, dark malts, chocolate malt, and caramel. A surprisingly light aroma; I wouldn't call it subtle. Complex but understated. Light floral hopping. Hints of peat. Not as bold or evocative as I'd like, but appealing for the style. The oats certainly come through.
T/Mf: Creamy in the late second act. Chocolate malt and dark malts form the supportive body alongside understated caramel. Oats give it a consistent character throughout and lend it that trademark smooth porter-like mouthfeel. Lightly earthy (purportedly from the oats). Unfortunately, the roasted barley character is nowhere near as pronounced as I'd like. It could also use more cream. Balanced and enjoyable, but lacking complexity or sufficient subtlety. I quite like it, but it's a bit wanting. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Good palate presence. It certainly doesn't lack body. Any hopping is minimal in strength and floral in character. Bitterness is low, as is perceived bitterness. The balance is a highlight here.
Dr: A balanced, drinkable oatmeal stout from Rogue. I'd love to try this on nitro. It's not a perfect example of the style, but it's certainly a notable one. It won't disappoint fans of the style, but I doubt it will really impress either. I quite enjoy it and will easily finish this bottle, but I hoped for more. It's one of the better Rogue beers I've had in recent memory. Hides its ABV well.
02-07-2013 05:54:05 | More by kojevergas
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
06/10/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 22oz bomber, undated, poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.
Appearance- Black pour with a medium sized dirty chocolate head. Lacing was nice.
Smell- Mostly a light roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.
Taste- Very nice burnt chocolate taste as well as the standard coffee and roasted malt flavor. Quite tasty.
Mouthfeel- A bit more more carbonated than expected, but still an easy sipper.
Drinkability- Rogue impresses once again. One of the best american stouts I have had to date. This one will be purchased again in the future.
06-11-2005 03:58:23 | More by GClarkage
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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