Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,599
Ratings:
3,402
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
464
For Trade:
5
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahh, Shakespeare Stout. My favorite of all stouts. Why, you ask? This is a beer that proves that less really can be more. This beer, for me, is one that all other American stouts are measured against.

Shakespeare Stout is the color of midnight with a small, everlasting tan head that contrasts brilliantly with the beer below. I drank a 22oz bomber out of a large pint glass and the head never faltered in close to an hour. Amazing, really.

Smell is subdued; nothing fancy here. Mild chocolate, espresso, malt, maybe some honey. Not nearly as aromatic as some other Rogue beers.

On first sip, a tingly bite leaps into your mouth and fades into intense roasted malt, coffee and cocoa flavors. Marvelous mouthfeel -- rich and smooth. This one actually made my mouth water after the first taste. That, my friends, is a good beer. The aftertaste lasts a long while, daring you to fill your mouth again. This stout is close to perfection in my book. My main beef is that isn't sold in 6-packs.

This is a classic stout. Not overly complex, no gimmicks, no weird additions. Simply fresh, delightful taste. Balance in a bottle. Highest recommendation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a creamy off-white head,taste is very caramelly and of semi-sweet chocolate.The taste is roasted and chocolaty with some caramel sweetness almost like a snickers bar but not as sweet there is some nice nuttiness in the background.A real nice beer a liquid dessert.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 650ml bottle. Very dark, black pour with a huge tan head.

Smell: The nose was huge on roasted malts. Plenty of chocolate hints throughout.

Taste: Rich and chocolatey. Lots of roated malt but not too sweet. Medium body and a great balance.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chalky. Very creamy body that dries towards te finish.

Drinkablilty: Rich and endulgent but yet the body is light enough to enjoy on almost any occasion. A lovely example of an irish stout.

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

Appearance – Black as night with a super-dark, foaming head that lingered and laced the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell – The perfect mix of coffee, roasted malts, fine espresso, and SF chocolate. The ripe fruits are in the background but very present: apricot at the pit, Bing cherries, some tobacco, and raisins.

Taste – The hop balance here caught me by surprise. Comparisons to Stone are inevitable, yet deceiving. The sherry balance in the Stone is reflected in the hop balance of the Rogue. Otherwise, the trails are similar.

The lovely roasted malt base makes this a standout. Add to that the bitter coffee and espresso flavors and you’ve got a real winner. If you think coffee and espresso are the same, try mixing them together. You can taste the strong distinctions between the two mixtures, and this has both of them on display at their finest qualities.

The awesome, ripe fruits are here as well, but this is not a sweetened or sugary stout by any means. Again, contrast to the Stone where sweetness abounds. Here the darkish malts and bitter hops create a refreshing characteristic uncommon to the style.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied for sure and very refreshing. This one is a mouthful indeed.

Drinkability – I could drink one of these a day for the rest of my life. The nice thing about the incredible balance is that it’s the right beer any time of the year. This is by far Rogue’s finest offering that I’ve tasted. Well done!

Update – I originally rated this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to sit down with paper and pen and give it another go in 2005. Man, is this a good beer.

It looks, smells, tastes, and feels incredible. It’s really hard to find any fault with this beer. I’m upping the Appearance to a perfect 5.0 and considering myself blessed for having such easy access to this Rogue offering.

Update – I put an ’05 in the cellar and popped it in July 2006 to see how it would age. The head was predictably smaller and the malts a bit more broken down, but the lovely roasted malt is still very strong and hasn’t sugared up in the least. Maybe as a two-year-old it might start to sweeten, but after just one year it is super-hardy and ready for some more cellar time!

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

Deep, almost black brown color with a thick, rich brown head. mmm.... looks great.

Smells like figs and chocolate.

Tastes big and powerful, anise and caramels add to the chocolate covered figs.

Felt light bodied for a Stout but I suppose that American Stouts sometimes are. The alcohol was a touch strong giving this beer a slight bite.

Pretty drinkable. Not a filling stout at all. Crisp and downable.

Pretty quality.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with very nearly no other shades of color, even at the edges. Huge, dark tan head tops this one off with fine bubbles, lasting for quite a while and leaving some small bits of chunky lacing behind. Aroma full of sweetness and roasted grain, and surprisingly a small dose of ashy, leafy hop on the nose. A faint, light cocoa aroma is present and becomes a little stronger as it warms up. Oats are also very apparent on the nose, adding a creamy and milky sweet aroma to buckle everything together. Should be a nice ride.

Shakespeare hits the palate with a very creamy body and a silky mouth feel - somewhat on the heavier side, but not quite chewy or "thick". The flavor is very robust and commanding - deeply roasted malts begin to lay the foundation for a nice collage of flavors. Nutty and woody flavors come marching through along with bittersweet cocoa powder and maybe the faintest hint of coffee or espresso on the very back of the tongue. The hop character is actually quite strong, and works surprisingly well; earthy, leafy, floral - they provide a nice, offsetting bitterness. The oats are also noticeable on the palate, more so in the aftertaste - but really, their biggest role is adding to the creamy mouth feel of the beer. Aftertaste is a bittersweet cocoa and earthy, roasted malt flavor with just a slight touch of left-over hop. Carbonation was medium, enough to produce a gigantic head upon pouring this one.

Solid oatmeal stout here, and actually one of Rogue's less expensive bomber offerings. Nice, robust flavors along with a friendly mouth feel and a low ABV make this stout super drinkable any time of the day.

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Photo of Altair
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

Brilliant jet black pour with a ruddy brown cap.

Wonderful aromas of coffe, caramelized malt, & a little alcohol.

Great abundance of your expected flavors presented in an exceptional way. Toasty cocoa, bitter coffe, and sweet malt all share a place on the flavor pallet. Delicious.

Smooth, creamy, wonderful.

I was considering giving up on the style so I stocked my fridge (via my beer fridge) with my stout stock and thought that i would trudge through a style that had lost its luster for me. I have changed my mind. I hope I can find some more opinion changers in my own fridge.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of sgoodship
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard a great deal about Rogue and believe it or not, this is my first of their brews. Their Shakespeare is not a bad place to start I would imagine.

A: Poured from a bomber as black and still as an underground cave. Nothing showing against the light. Nice 2 finger espresso stained head dissipated to a thinner constant companion. Nice lacing.

S: Really solid stale malty smell with a little coffee - maybe a touch of bitter chocolate and some hop fruit. Pleasant and deliberately understated.

T: A touch of caramel but mostly a bolder bitter roasted malt, nutty, oaty. Real meaty stuff. Finishes with a lingering bitter coffee and hop. Just a really nice balanced brew.

M: Medium body. Chewy. Creamy smooth apart from the carbonation which was more than I expected but calmed down nicely as the drink progressed.

D: Incredibly drinkable. The fact that it isn't too aggressive in any area and has a reasonably low ABV makes it a very easy drink to consume. Gets better and better as it warms up. Really nice stout.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of -DF-
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is now officialy the best stout that I have ever had. This poured jet black with a medium sized brown head that turned into a nice pillowy froth on top of the beer. The smell was heavenly with the smell of coffee beans and a slight hint of plum. The taste just killed me with its perfect balance of hoppy, chocolate and smokey flavors all rounded out by a great coffee finish. This stout is balanced to perfection and is one of the few that I could pound back all night and enjoy every minute of it.

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Photo of newk340
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a silky black pour revealing a thick, resilient khaki head.

S: a bold yet muted bitter chocolate aroma supported by a backbone of oats.

T: all the flavor resides in the lingering aftertaste of chocolates, oatmeal, and then dry oak, though on the whole, the flavors seem watered down.

MF/D: incredibly smooth, faint bubbles dance across the tongue before dissolving down the throat. easily consumable by a party of one.

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

Pours a totally black color, with a nice malted-milk colored head. Smells of a chuck of chocolate. Taste is your typical stout, not too heavy, not too light, with a nice chocolate flavor and some bitterness.

This is quite a good brew, not too big (like an imperial stout), but not a lightweight either. Definitely a once-in-a-while beer though.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh Shakespeare Stout...I've been waiting awhile to try this one. Pours from the bomber a thick old motor oil black with a beautiful dark tan head. This brew is night. Roasted oats, molasses and cocoa waft up into my nose from the glass. Spicy citrus hop undertones as well...nose candy.

The first sip ignites with roasted, even a bit smoky oat tones rolled up with bitersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, raisins and just a slight hint of bitter citric hoppiness. Nirvana in a glass...simply stout-tastic.

Mouthfeel is creamy, lush and full. Shakespeare commands you to drink! Drinkability is marvelous as well. Can there be a reason to stop drinking this....I didn't think so. One of the best straight up stouts I've yet to have...props to Rogue. Highly recommended...a brew to be reckoned with.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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