Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #17
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,264
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
1,632
Ratings:
3,511
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  344
Gots
  494
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
Reviews: 1,632 | Ratings: 3,511 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jan 28, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa mamma. I'm surprised that I haven't rated this beer yet. I'm glad because it never tasted better than it did on tap at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Of course it's opaque black and has great head retention. This beer is surprisingly mellow and smooth, both in texture and flavor, to be so bold and flavorful. They get great malt flavors, chocolate flavors, and coffee flavors without a hint of astringency. Solid hopping does not leave the beer unnecessarily bitter, metalic, or acidic. It's as creamy as marshmellows, but easier to drink. Finishes mildly coffee-like and lightly bitter. I could drink this one all night.

Oct 17, 2005
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I think of an archtype, this is one of those. Classic formula. Hearty black pour, not used motor oil viscous but not coming in Newcastle brown ale thin either. Almost a full inch of tan head on the top. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt, nothing done heavily but in conformity with style tradition.

Taste really hits the chewy and smooth notes, there's plenty of roast there, but it isn't acrid or bitter. The hopping is ample here, but never elevating itself beyond the malt. The format in a bomber is a little excessive price per oz wise, but its a solid beer.

Jul 25, 2016
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crimsonfloyd from California

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with thick, tan head. Smells very malty with hints of black olives. The taste is sweet and chocolately upfront, which is a little underwhelming. It's followed by a strong black coffee taste. The beer is smooth and creamy, but a little less carbonated than I prefer in my stouts.

Jul 03, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Dec 09, 2017
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euskera from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? I think I've found beer Nirvana..

Poured out black as night into my snifter.. Smell was of dark roast espresso with a twinge of hops. Taste was malty, with just a hint of molasses on the tongue, along with that really bitter black chocolate you get with a really high African cocoa bean content. Goes down velvety smooth and leaves nothing but a clean afterfeel on the palate. I will come back to this time after time...

Jun 07, 2003
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Feb 23, 2013
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enfield249 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark red brown, 1 finger of tan head that fades to a ring of tan foam. Ruby highlights.

S - I'm having a hard time getting the smell here, but what I do get comes across as a nice roastyness.

T - First I get some nice coffee flavors, then some hops, and finally it leaves with a burnt toast flavor that lingers a while.

M - Full, lots of carbonation, cloying. This beer really sticks around.

D - A excellent American stout, really has a lot of the hop flavor that you don't get in English styles.

Feb 23, 2008
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very good beer from Rogue. The hint of chocolate and coffee had a strong backbone for the malt complex. There was a hint of hops on the finish. I think it could had a little more oomph in the body of the beer but overall it was very nice to drink. Nice Finish and very drinkable

Dec 05, 2008
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magine from Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black color with a tan, chunky thick head. Brew leaves a nice thick island head that stays throughout and leaves a great lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells malty, chocolate, oats, dark fruits. Smokey burnt malts. Brew smells good.

Brew is slightly peppery on the tongue initially, chocolate burnt smoked malts can be tasted quickly after. Very earthy hop and flavor an almost oily hop resin, some oats and grains in there as well. Big barley flavors as well. Smooth as you drink and finishes slightly bitter and dry. Good unique tasting oatmeal stout.

This is a different tasting oatmeal stout; earthy, hops and burnt malts with a chocolate flavor in the dry finish. Was expecting a sweeter flavor but this is very good stuff none the less.

Oct 15, 2010
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DoctorB2B from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 20, 2011
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StoneBrewFanatic from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black into my snifter with a little less than two fingers of dense mocha head that has moderate retention and heavy lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee and oats.

T - Follows the nose, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate that carries throughout, also a coffee like bitterness that really lingers on the palate, faint oats and molasses, slightly metallic.

M - Kind of thin for a stout, perhaps over carbonated and leaves the palate rather dry.

O - Decent beer, glad I gave it a whirl but not overly impressed.

Sep 26, 2011
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codon2004 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

Nov 29, 2011
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Lare453 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jan 08, 2013
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Roose13 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appreance- Dark in color, much like regular stouts. Chocolate-colored head.

Smell- Roasted malts, coffee, oatmeal and a slight hint of brown sugar.

Taste- Incredibly easy to drink. Taste of coffee lingers on the tongue and coats the mouth. The taste of oatmeal also lingers in the smell.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly smooth

Overall- Great stout. Easily my favorite at the moment. Has set the bar for my expectations in other stouts.

Serving type: 22oz bomber.

Oct 02, 2012
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DemoniChris from Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 11, 2014
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WuBByG999 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Apr 02, 2014
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mikehunt863

4.12/5  rDev -1%

Nov 08, 2014
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NolanGTI from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite stouts in the world. Beautiful black pour with a 1 finger head that sticks aroud for awhile. This beer looks like someone smeared carbonated milk chocolate on your beer, just a gorgeous head.

The nose is all over the chocolate spectrum, just outstanding. I honestly believe you could trick people with a sweet tooth into trying this just based on the smell.

This is what a stout should taste like. great mouthfeel, not too carbonated but not watery, just perfect. Nice roasted malt with chocolate dominate the falors in this classic.

Nov 24, 2005
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle.

A: Pours jet black with a dark brown/caramel two finger head that dissipates to about a half finger and leaves lace all the way down.
S: Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and maybe some chocolate in there too. Dark fruit also hits the nose after the chocolate/coffee malts hit you.
T: Tastes of dark/sweet chocolate mixed with coffee and a bit of a sweet fruit (hops and malts) towards the end. Nice smooth ending that leaves you wanting more. Sweet chocolate flavor leaves a nice aftertaste. Slight spicyness also thats hard to place.
M & D: Very silky smooth but thicker than I thought it was going to be. I could definately drink a bunch of these if I had them. Good carbonation but low enough that the malts break through making them the main feature for this stout.

Apr 18, 2006
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Photekut from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

May 18, 2013
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damienblack from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice thick dark brown, big mocha head with excellent retention. Smells rich, and some excellent aroma hoppage going on. Taste is super-smooth, very rich despite having the texture and viscosity of milk. Silky. Nice hop afterflavor helps part aside the deep dark malt. More chocolatey and hoppy than anything else. Can be a bit much to drink a lot of, but still quite excellent.

Jul 15, 2009
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Dec 19, 2011
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Zodijackyl from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Pours a black of light's bane with a mocha head that sticks all the way down the glass, quite impressively. Smell is a caramel malt which prominently features barley and oats, plus a tinge of citrus hops, and notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is full malt up front, barley and oats with the strong caramel taste, and the citrus hops come in for the finish. The malt is surprisingly crisp, as the beer is all around, and the hops share the finish well with chocolate and coffee flavors which blend so well with the malt. Incredible mouthfeel, super smooth and crisp. Very drinkable as while it is full flavored, it is not thick.

Aug 13, 2010
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phideltashaggy from Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard US tumbler

*side note* This is my first stout besides Guinness, so take this review with a grain of salt

A-This one one of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Almost completly black with a medium thick brown head. Perfect lacing.

S- Roasted malts are the main scent.

T-Not as sweet as one might expect. The main flavor I got was of roasted malts. The finish is a weird battle; some sips there is a nice burnt chocolate finish, then the next will be very dry and hoppy.

MF-About the same thickness of a standard guinness, possibly thinner.

D-I think this is a nice beer to nurse at the end of a long day, but I can't see myself drinking more than one.

Overall, this is not quite what I was expecting from a craft stout, but that just shows me that there are many things to learn about beer. I look forward to reviewing more very soon.

Nov 04, 2010
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