Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Rogue Ales

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #17
Ranked #2,155
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Notes: 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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Photo of ChrisCage
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- This one pours a very dark brown color and is fairly hard to see through, but some light does pass. The head is rich and creamy, about two fingers in thickness initially and settles fast into a thick layer of foam above the brew itself. Carbonation appears to be about average for the style, while the lacing is tan colored, with very little in terms of cling around the inside of the glass. Decent looking overall

S- Lots of cocoa initially, which gives way to a slightly soapy tang. Underlying notes of black coffee, grassy/grainy oat flake, dark fruit remnants, dark chocolate nougat malt sweetness, and dare I say a piney quality that reminds me of the outdoors....interesting!

T- There is some citrus peel zest, piney resin and overall this isn't good for the style. Unfortunately, it overtakes the chocolate/coffee/char that I was hoping for. As for the more traditional flavors, they are there, but are all over the place, and are more noted on the finish than rather in the middle of the taste. There is a weird lingering aftertaste that is more of hops than anything. The oat dryness is present and I think this is enhancing what I am not liking about the flavors here, which is unfortunate, as I normally like a good Oatmeal Stout.

M/O- Medium bodied and the carbonation is fairly robust too, providing more of a pale ale vibe than anything. Drinkability is poor for this reason and overall this falls short in what I was expecting this to be. Rogue is generally a favored brewery with its offerings in my opinion, but this is about as interesting and enjoyable as a Shakespearean play. Not good.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass.

Pours a very dark-brown (nearly black) opaque with a creamy dark tan head that lingers for the last finger, giving way to exceptional foam and lacing.

Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, dark coffee roasted malts, and dark fruits.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee and roasted grain. And then---the main event arrives in midstream. BIg oat flavor rises above the din, with the grainy oats blending with some subtle but solid dark fruit flavor. Deceptively hidden grassy and earthy hops augment the coffee and chocolate bitterness and bring it all home.

The brew is just shy of full-bodied, with the grainy oats providing a drying finish. Very drinkable for the style.

Exceptional representation of the style.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Pitch black, no light passes.

Nice khaki head which dissipates but doesn't disappear.

Strong lacing.

Mild cocoa nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Oats kick in with the taste; hops are clearly present as well.

A lot going on here; the oats & hops mixing creates an odd metallic effect on my tongue. For all that it's really drinkable and certainly unique.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you like dry oatmeal stouts, you'll like this one. Rogue makes good stuff, but I expected just a bit more here. It's very oatmeal-heavy, with just a bit of creaminess but not as much as I'd have thought, and a bit of smokiness as well. Yes, it's very dry.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, 19559... poured into a nonic)

L: relatively high-rise dark tan foam stand on pour; collapses slow, holding a tight, creamy construct; dark brown liquid, reddish highlights... chunky collar and dark tone to foam remains; a few nice wide bands of lace

S: dark chocolate milk, chocolate cake; subtle toasty-roasty and char notes; earthy, woodsy/piney background hop essence... shows a lil old leather as it goes

T: smooth roasted barley wash up front, cakey malt middle, hint of dark coffee in the finish; big robust piney bitter afterburn humming with the charred roast in the aftertaste; back end is relatively dry - majority of sugars express burnt caramelization... roast and bitter last a long time; delicate toffee-ish sweetness builds

F: the bitterness, roast, and ample carbonation fray the ends, balancing out the husky milkiness of its body... alcohol plays real light... feels like a meal unto itself; soft oily, resinous residual film

O: takes me back!... this used to be a regular (bomber-size) swill of mine back in the early aughts - moved on to other breweries, styles... don't see this too often anymore; happened to find this at State Line, thought I'd take a trip down fuzzy-memory lane (1403)

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

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Khimera. Dry and bitter,with soft roastyness and some chocolate and coffee notes.Nice but I expected more smooth and creamy body and stronger flavors

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Photo of Nass
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the worst oatmeal stouts I ever tried. Watered down and and very bland. Anybody that thinks this makes for a good oatmeal stout has probably never had the pleasure of trying any other oatmeal stouts but this one. This sucks in comparison their mocha porter. I do not recommend this beer. Cheers! C

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown coming out of the bottle, yet, looks black in glass with a hint of ruby red. A modest tan head soon dissipates, however, there is a thin ringlike collar that retains.
Pleasant and inviting aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats suggest a smooth and roasty sweetness. Towards the end the nose suggests dark bread and toasted malt.
The sweetness from the aroma is not evident in the taste. In contrast, there is a strong roasted malt and espresso beans character that is bitter. The palate is also significantly dry, aiding drinkability. Furthermore, this is heavily hopped for the style; it is wood like, notes of tobacco, earthy, and even a hint of citrus zest. The sweetness is fleeting and more towards the end.
Medium bodied, smooth, and seemingly sessionable. A no nonsense dry and bitter stout, kind of like a strong cup of black coffee. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout pours a near perfect black with dark brown highlights. A slightly whitewashed khaki head coats the surface and lingers on the sides of the glass with moderate sheets of lacing.

The smell is all roast. Burnt toast, roasted grain, slightly mineral and spicy notes.

The flavor follows showcasing roasted grain, however the mineral and metallic flavors that follow take over and linger on. A mold chocolate flavor stays from beginning to end.

The feel is surprisingly extra dry but balanced with mild carbonation.

Still considered a standard for the style, Shakespeare is a very good beer. Definitely in the vein of classic English style stouts, heavy on the minerals, but ultimately very drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, lactose, chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, some hints of chocolate, nothing like the aroma, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of mintzmeet
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is damn near a perfect stout in my opinion. Got on tap at pazzos pizza. The head on this has such small bubbles it's a uniform tan head. BEAUTIFUL. Tastes delicious too. Not bitter. Not sweet. Just right.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark black look
Nutty earthy smell
Rich, but slightly thin taste
Smooth feel
Pretty decent overall. Little bit on the thin side for an oatmeal stout

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Photo of Sabtos
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Matte black with a thick tan creamy foam.

Smell is roasty malt, an unusual airiness, nuts, and milk chocolate.

Taste is tangy nuts, woody roasted malt, smoked almond, chocolate and a hint of sweetening raspberry.

Very dry and quite thin.

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Photo of 8444dodgers01
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Three-fingered tan head that is holding its own. Aroma is peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate, cigarattes, and oats. Taste like a strong cup of joe. Slick mouthfeel. Finish is long and bitter. There is a hint of cherry. Again thanks again Nick Reid for this beer from the bruery.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a tan colored, creamy, full head, some retention. slight lacing, looks very nice.

A: Lots of milk chocolate roasted goodness, coffee, slight hoppy aromas, roasted malts, nice aroma.

T: Very nice, roasted malts, barley, light toasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate bitterness in the middle, finish has a coffee-like dryness, with more toasted and roasted malts in the finish, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a dry coffee-like finish, oats add smoothness and drinkability.

O: Love oatmeal stouts, this one hits all the right notes, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oats, slight bitterness, smooth finish, well done.

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Photo of janubio
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark colour, big off white head with medium retention that fades to a thin layer lasting all the while. Good lace.
Aroma of chocolate, red fruits, coffee, nuts, roasted malts and a nice touoch of hops.
Palate is a bit watery, creamy, slick. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, red fruits and there's is the noticeable hop thing. Really good.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a decent looking black color with a nice looking off white foamy three finger head. The lacing is fairly thick and sticks finely to the glass. The smell was semi-roasty and coffee-like but as it warmed there was some oatmeal like features. The taste was mainly roasty but had a decent sweetness running about it. The aftertaste did end up having a decent light chocolate about it. The finish was super dry. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body and had a decent sessionability about it. Overall, for the most part, this is a decent oatmeal stout worthy of having again.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can’t Adam and beli-Eve that I haven’t reviewed this classic and highly lauded Oatmeal Stout by Rogue (one of my... well, not favourite brewers but they’re definitely up there in my top 50). The funny part is that I’ve drunk so many beers now I sometimes think I’ve had a beer before and I recommend it to people without realising that in fact I haven’t actually had it before - this is one of those beers. I could have sworn I reviewed it and gave it an 8/10 or something along those lines. Oh well, I love Oatmeal Stouts, so I’ll probably end up giving it an 8/10 anyhow. I don’t get the Shakespeare reference, was he partial to Oatmeal Stouts? I don’t even think the style existed in his time. Whatevs.

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

A: Straight off the mark it looks viscous - like old engine oil (the real thing, not the brew by Harviestoun... which used to be more viscous back in the day when it was 9% ABV!). Deep black body with a mocha-coloured head that recedes leaving a thin lace ring... oh well, average head but looks syrupy, that’s all that matters. 8/10.

S: Cheeky fruity hop notes mingle with a chocolate and coffee combo that never gets old - I love a good Stout! Earthy red coffee cherry character with a hint cigar tobacco sweetness. Not quite world-class but bloody moreish nonetheless. Moreish/10... which I guess translates to: 8/10.

T: Just an excellent, easy-drinking Oatmeal Stout. Nothing extraordinary - just solid and dependable, a Land Rover of Stouts this is [I’ll take a LR over a Jeep any day of the week]. Flavours are similar to the above with notes of: Earthy/floral hops, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of tobacco leaf and a whisper of smoke. Aftertaste has a lingering bitterness, it’s not sharp but it does mar the flavour just a touch. 8/10.

M: Medium, almost heavy bodied with a soft/dense carbonation. Nowhere near Founders in stature and body, however it’s got enough heft to be considered a real Oatmeal Stout... I do wonder how Founders get so much body in their beers... but I digress. 7/10.

D: After the average-at-best-but-really-that’s-just-a-nice-way-of-saying-crap Milk Stout by Brouhaha it’s comforting to drink an Oatmeal Stout that ticks all the boxes - it’s not quite as good as Rogue’s own Chocolate Stout (I do quite like that one!), this is just good, a good example of the style, quite acceptable and drinkable, tasty even. So there. What where? There? There. 8/10.

Food match: In keeping with the Shakespeare theme: Roasted game meats n’ stuff.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country - HAIL THE VICTORIOUS DEAD!"

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stein glass. No bottling or freshness date.

L: Black as night. Half finger tan head recedes slowly into a ring.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts of caramel and barley. Leafy and citrusy hops. Wonderful aroma.

T: What a wonderful beer. Rich cocoa and chocolate with a surprising note of peanuts. Leafy and citric hop notes stay around yet stay subtle. Wood smoke and sherry also make an appearance. Roasted caramel and barley are wonderful balancing. What a delectable stout.

F: Smooth creamy, medium bodied.

O: First from Rogue and I am NOT disappointed. Will be back for more.

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Goodness, this is a bizarre one. A splash of saccharine sweetness blasts the tongue before it's washed away by this bizarre, almost indescribable bitterness, with pepper sprinkled in on the finish. Far, far from the worst of the type, but, honestly, the taste is almost identical to Rhinelander's Chocolate Bunny, with a bit of pepper sprinkled in. And Chocolate Bunny is cheaper!

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Photo of 88caprice
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Overall, a great oatmeal stout.

Look: Blacky black black with brown head and sweet lacing that can't stop won't stop.
Smell: Citrusy from the hop presence. Dark and roasty, burnt. Like a tobacco pipe.
Taste: Roasted malts, burnt sugar, and ever-present hop bitterness.
Feel: Smooth and sparkly. Substantial, but not thick or chewy.

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint glass.
L: Black color with a massive beige foam head.
S: Coffee, milk, caramel.
T: Bitter chocolate, milk.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Great stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with thick, sorry, brown head that didn't last long.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes coffee and light smokey roasted malts. Fades to a dry and bitter finish with roasted malt and coffee linger and light smoke. Lighter side of medium body and medium, smooth carbonation

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint glass in January 2017. There was no bottled-by or drink-by dates on the bottle, but I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head remains thick for a while, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted coffee and malts. There is some hoppiness as well as some sweetness like caramel, but overall the roasted coffee dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the flavors. There is coffee flavors with some smokie roasted flavors, a little chocolate flavor, and hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is some sweetness like chocolate and caramel. There is a medium alcohol presence as with other Stout.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is an excellent oatmeal Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall one of the best Stouts I have tasted. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic oatmeal stout. Pours very dark brown/black; opaque even when held up to the light. A nice tan/brown head when poured, but not overly high even on a hard pour which hints at the excellent (not too high) level of carbonation to come which helps with the velvety smooth mouthfeel. Head dissipates relatively quickly for the style & little lacing remains on the glass while drinking. Tons of coffee in the aroma. The coffee continues in the taste with a touch of dark chocolate, nice smooth dark malts and some nice toffee/caramel sweetness. I want another one of these! Sadly, they're not readily available to me & I picked up only one on a recent trip to the States. I will have to embrace my long-time oatmeal companion, which previously had no rivals - St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. We will weep together at the disappearance of my new friend. Well done Rogue.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3510 ratings