Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales
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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
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
Pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a thick, frothy coffe-colored head. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate, oatmel, toffee notes. Dark chocolate roasted maltiness with hints of burnt toast, caramel, nut and toffee. Very quaffable and sweet with slight dry finish.
12-02-2008 07:47:53 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades out into a collar and mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, coffee, cocoa, creamy vanilla, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas all in a French Roast base that has a delicious but rich flavor.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, rich, mildly bitter, along with moderate carbonation and a semi-dryness.
12-29-2006 00:32:51 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a milk chocolate color and settles in a near black color with brownish tinges around edges against light. Two finger tan head that rather quickly dissipates to a ring and a thin film. Some initial clumpy lacing.
S: Very smokey, roasted aroma, fairly strong. Obviously strong malt, caramel presence, but also a fair amount of hop bitterness.
T: This is a very nice stout, nothing outrageous or over the top, but very flavorful and balanced. Slightly roasted/burnt taste of malt, mild chocolate, caramel balanced with a strong taste of hops. Very creamy and smooth.
This is about as good of a stout as I've had. Infinitely drinkable. Nice amount of flavor without being overbearing and nice balance of malt and hops. For an everyday drinking stout, this is my choice.
03-28-2008 01:28:05 | More by yourefragile
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Cheers to my girlfriend for lugging this bomber back from the States for me.
Pours an extremely dark, opaque brown-black, with a sheen to the body. Head is also very dark, a rick milk-chocolate colour. Its crown is big, but rocky, composed of a lot of air, and not much creaminess. Carbonation abounds, in tiny thin streams of bubbles around the edge of the goblet. Excellent sticky lacing. This is a really nice looking stout.
Rich dark toasted notes on the nose, coffee, roasted malt, a little smokiness and a bittersweet hint of burnt sugar. There's even, hiding away at the back, the insinuation of oak. It's not a huge nose, but it's certainly got fine characteristics to it. Very pleasant.
Taste is initially quite smoky, with a brash wood-fire character on the front palate. This lingers around, mingling with flavours of charred meat, caraway and anise seed. The roasted characters are the ones surviving to the end though, with a long, dark back palate of roasty bitter ash. It's not a drying character, though - it stays smooth on the palate throughout.
Slippery, dark, dangerous. This is a well-made stout. It's not huge, by any account, everything is in moderation and everything is balanced. I had a great time chewing my way through it.
05-29-2008 05:44:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
On-tap, appropriately, at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo.
First off, I have to mention this was only $3.75 for a 20 oz. pint while it costs $5.25 for a 22 oz. bomber at Tiffany's in K-zoo. Anyways, Shakespeare Stout is basically, combines a rich and smooth cocoa and coffee malt profile with IPA-like hops flavors. It's a great mix of chocolate and citrus hops, hop chocolate if you will. I think the yeast masks, or takes the edge off, the grains. They're just not as big or complex as a good stout could be. Another good example of a bitter, but dark beer is Smuttynose's Robust Porter, check that out for the malt profile I'm talking about.
05-20-2007 20:38:09 | More by tempest
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
The prime example of a GREAT Stout!! Poured into a Rogue pint glass at the Issaquah Brewhouse. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night in Washington.
01-18-2008 00:56:50 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Got this bottle from the UTOBEER beer stall in the Borough Market, London. No freshness info. is given on the bottle.
A: in a goblet it pours a nearly black hue with a fluffy, thin, dark brownish beer head after force-pouring; leaving quite fine but uneven lace along the way.
S: sweetish dark malts, intense and rich, with a profound chocolatey aroma more like a chocolate porter, also slightly woody and earthy, on the backdrop of delicious, dark fruity and citrusy hops. Overall the nose is refreshingly malty and aromatic, but not as roasty as I'd expect of a stout and slightly too sweet for me.
T: hitting the palate upfront is immense flavour of roasted barley along with a smooth texture of oats--the smokiness and roastiness is reminiscent of French roast coffee beans, with a slightly sweet edge of darkest chocolates, milled multi-grains, some hints of charred woodchips and deeply earthy flavour creeping deep down the palate. The bitterness from roasted barley intensifies but never to the unbearable extent, and it's gradually softened by the soft texture of oats and a smooth sweetness from the dark malts, maintaining a creamy smooth texture on the palate, leaving a slightly dark chocolatey, earthy and herbal bittersweet aftertaste lingering forever~~
M: despite full-bodied and rich-flavoured, the mouthfeel manages to remain quite soft and balanced actually, not like Rogue's own Russian Imperial Stout which is a bit too rough and sharp on the palate when consumed too young. And the flavour is so different from the suggestion of the nose, and fortunately so, leaving behind much sweetness which I don't like.
D: This stout is most different from all the English and Irish stouts I've tried, and more interesting and ''bold", but not as formidable as elegant for that matter. I'm really deeply impressed by this American stout, especially given that I missed the chance to try it on cask when working at the BSF bar in GBBF 05, though I did nick a quarter of a pint of Rogue's Chocolate Stout on cask which is immensely delicious as well. I'm gonna buy more of Rogue's dark ales whenever I see any! Good stuff.
11-11-2005 04:30:50 | More by wl0307
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Bomber bottle, pours allmost black with a frothy dark tan head, leaving nice stringy lacing. Nose here is mildly of burnt grains and coffee grounds. this is a bold and full taste stout, pleanty of coffee, chocolate and roasty notes. Smoth and nicely rounded on the tongue, finishes smooth and coating, but not clinging to the tongue, finish is marked with more semi sweet dark chocolate and mildly drying hops. This one has been a classic, fine American micro brew for many years. Hats off and a big thank you to the folks at Rogue for putting this fine stuff out for such a long time.
08-04-2005 02:36:27 | More by Billolick
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
This one is a good solid American style dry stout. I've found over the years that I'm not partial to many of the Rogue products, but the fact that they still churn out fine brews like this and some others keeps me drinking their stuff. This beer pours black with a slight tan head and some slight lacing. The smell is of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit and cream. Very nicely balanced and appetizing. The taste is even better. Perfectly balanced roastiness, creaminess, and dry chocolate flavors come together without being sweet. Very nice, and with good depth while maintaining the dry stout profile. The mouthfeel as well is creamy but dry, making this quite drinkable. This stout shows that you can make an intensely flavored, balanced stout without heaping on the alcohol. A classic of the style, I can't believe I've waited so long to try it.
06-22-2007 20:27:01 | More by Georgiabeer
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
This is a 22 oz silk-screened bomber served in a Great Lakes tumbler (thanks, BigErn, for the glassware). The ale is cool.
A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.
S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.
T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced hop content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.
M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.
D: Very drinkable, the hops are not too strong (like their Impy Stout) but they provide a nice presence.
08-10-2006 21:52:13 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Review from notes taken 12/9/09
Pours black in color with a darkly tanned head. Little bit of lacing is found on the glass and head has but minor powers of retension. Nose is a full mixture of citrus hops and sweet chocolate. Taste is fairly bitter upfront from a combo of burnt grain, hops and strong black coffee. Faintly picking up on yeast and a bit of sweetness in the taste as the beer reaches room temperature. Medium to low carbonation with a medium to light feel. Overall decent with an unexpected amount of citrus hops evident.
03-05-2010 12:47:02 | More by stakem
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a three finger tall creamy dark mocha head that slowly condenses and reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts and bittersweet chocolate. Just the tiniest hint of coffee.
T: Very similar to the smell, the taste of this beer has a strong dark roasted malt body that just borders on being roasted to the point of being burnt. There are moderate notes of bittersweet chocolate, light notes of coffee, and just a hint of citrus hop. There is a moderate to strong bitterness in this beer but it does not linger very long.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish.
O: I find the flavors and aromas of this beer though the bitterness does make it a little tough to drink. Very enjoyable and one I would have again but this is not a sessionable beer - between the bitterness and the dryness.
08-10-2012 19:50:20 | More by dbrauneis
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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