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
Ratings:
3,455
Reviews:
1,615
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
481
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,455 |  Reviews: 1,615
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 Beeeeeerman
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to find anything bad about this beer. Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Did not leave much lacing but was well-retained. Chocolatey coffee aroma and the same goes for the taste. You can also really notice the roasted malts and a good amount of hoppage as well. Great silky, creamy mouthfeel. Really coats the inside of your mouth nicely. Very drinkable for a stout as well. At $5 for a 22 oz. bomber you won't see me drinking this every night, but definitely a great beer and a great representation of its style as well.

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

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tan head that quickly dies off but leaves some lacing on the glass. An aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight trace of alcohol. Very balanced flavor. Very malty with a strong coffee character and slight chocolate character. This is a very well made beer and I'll probably have it again soon.

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

22oz. brown bottle. Nice renaissance man with a mug in his hand on the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate syrup color. Great tan head with nice lacing until the end. The scent is medium roasted coffee. A bit of burnt caramel. The oats are there and it finishes with a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is primarily a nice burnt malt. Stong coffee with some chocolate. Caramel for sweetness. There is a nice hop bitterness. The bitterness mellows if the stout is drunk slowly. There is a mild unpleasant tang to the flavor. It does not make or break the stout but it just tips the scale enough for me. I would of gone 4.5 or 5 if it were not for the sourness.

If feels great. Nice and smooth. I knocked points off for drinkability because of the sourness again. It just lends itself to a bit of a carbonated and tangy ending. I will still buy this stout. Very nicely done.

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

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark black with tan head with light lace.

S - Caramel, toffee, and some coffee undertones. Nothing overpowering though.

T - Mild malt flavors blended with what tastes like alcoholic coffee. Being a coffee fiend, I like this.

M - Rich and heart makes any Stout proud.

D - I could have 3-4 of these tonight...

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Pours thick and heavy with a solid black body, a large bubbly tan head, which fades quickly leaving a thin creamy layer, and medium carbonation. The aroma a full of roasted malts, light coffee, some notes of peat and mild milk chocolate. The taste has lots of rich bitter chocolate with strong espresso from the heavy roasted malts, and some really earthy soil (in a good way) flavours. It leaves a bitter lasting aftertaste just like a good espresso. Full bodied with a heavy creamy mouthfeel and a very noticeable carbonation. Great beer. Definitely one for people into their heavy bitter stouts.

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

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

Served out of 22oz bottle

This beer pours pitch black, when held up to the light no trace of any other color. A nice tan colored head forms but disapates fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops a bit of citrus coming through. Along with coffee, and chocolate. Medium bodied stout that feels good in the mouth. A clean finish with mild hops on the nose. A great stout and will drink(buy) again.

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Photo of colts9016
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

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

From a 22oz into a tulip. Nice dark brown fluffy head. Dark beer and good lacing.

Nose is dark malts and piny hops. I love that Rogue has made a stout with a hop profile so prominent. By that I mean that many stouts I try are so concerned with the malts that they overlook the hops, Rogue has not done this and the nose is all the evidence one needs to prove it. I also get a bit of chocolate, though not anything like the Rogue Chocolate Stout (duh).

Taste is bitter, tangy and has tobacco and coffee notes. Stout well describes this ale.

This is a dry beer and quite refreshing.

Slainte.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer as part of my attempt to try all 100 beers of fame. I used to have it regularly while living in Oregon, and it is nice to pick up Oregon beers while living in New Jersey.

The look is a perfect example of a oatmeal stout. It is too dark to see through, and the single finger of foam is that proper tan color.

The smell is great. You get the coffee roast coming off the top. The flavor is a ton of coffee. The feel was a little light and the bitterness of the coffee is never really balanced.

Overall an amazing beer. Rogue isn't lying with the label on the bottle stating: World Stout Champion.

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Photo of terrapinchris
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to be very picky about my stouts, and I have some pretty high expectations given how good I know they can be. The bottle lists the ingredients, which of course includes Rogue's trademark Pacman yeast, as well as chocolate malts, cascade hops, and oats.

I poured it into my tulip glass, noting that the head remained somewhat small throughout the pour. The finger's worth of foam was mocha-brown in color, and the liquid itself was the deep, murky black of a good coffee.


The aromas were surprisingly faint, but they hinted at vanilla, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee beans, with only the most vague trace of hops. It fits the profile of a stout well-enough, but I kept expecting a bigger smell.

However, the taste leaves virtually nothing to be desired. Most stouts can capture the necessary flavors reasonably well, but this one delivers them with a richness and boldness that is rare. Butterscotch, vanilla, chocolates, coffee, with a bit of dairy/cream...it's like a dream. The hops seem to be present only to remind the drinker that it is in fact a beer that is being consumed, not a liquid brownie. The very slight bite keeps the flavors perfectly balanced all the way through the finish.

Just as I was surprised by the lack of punch in the aromas, however, the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. In contrast to the fullness of the taste, it feels a bit thin. This might be because of the molasses feel I'm used to having with Imperial stouts. Either way, it isn't too terrible, and it doesn't take away from the incredible taste.

It's so drinkable that I had restrain myself from gulping it down. I poured about half the bottle initially, put a stopper in it and stuck it back in the fridge for a few days to see if the aromas might emerge. I pulled it back out about 20 minutes ago to no avail, unfortunately. But I'm perfectly content drinking it the way it is. A brilliant stout, this is.

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Photo of WholeLottaTricks
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, 5.8% ABV, 69 IBU. Pours medium to thick, black, with 4+ fingers of head, lots of lacing. Nose is malty sweetness and coffee, taste is malt, strong coffee, moderately bitter coffee close. Real nice mouthfeel. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, though could be a bit less bitter for my taste.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Homerbag
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark black/red with thick one finger head that did not retain well.

The unique thing about this is the hop profile that this give out. I was not expecting the hop along with the coffee and chocolate. I won't go as far as to say this is complex, just unique. The citic hop blends well with the coffee and chocolate notes that I was expecting.

The taste is good like I rated it. All aromas are prevalant in the taste in a good blance. Nothing is obnoxious, but each flavor is distinct. Feel is a bit on the thin side but over leaves a good aftertaste.

Overall a good drinking stout. A little outside the box with the strong hops, but well received. Could easily be a session beer when you want to go a little darker.

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Photo of Bloodyickes
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roasted, earthy, burnt coffee. Good bitterness, a bit high carbonation. Very drinkable. Oatmeal astringency. A good session beer

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PatandDavid
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Dark as night when served, some cola colored highlights. Low head. Chocolate in the aroma. Taste I found to be chocolate to start, roasted coffee bean to finish. Easy to drink, nicely balanced, good flavor. I enjoyed this brew, even though stouts aren't my favorite style.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,455 ratings.
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