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 brendan13
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a very dark brown colour verging on black with a 2.5 cm dark mocha colour head that slowly falls away leaving quite thick lacing down the glass.
S - Roasted and chocolate malt notes hit first followed by some floral and vauge citrus hop notes.
T - Much like the smell. Chocolate maltiness with a strong roasty quality, some caramel and dark fruit touches balanced with some floral and citrus fruit hoppiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Dry, roasty finish with the floral and fruity hops lingering.
D - A pretty good stout. Maybe a touch too roasty to make it great but something I would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of olmatty
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pillowy, dark brown head which dissapates quickly, beer is jet black and completely opaque. It looks the way any respectable stout should look

Smell- Chocolatey and roasty malts a bit of floral hops

Taste- Dry and roasty malts, coffee and liccorice notes, dark smooth chocolate and hops are prominent towards the end. Dry and not quite as complex and full flavored as I would expect, but still quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and dry with a moderately frothy body

Drinkability- Goes down quite easily for a stout. I'd like to try this pumped with nitro.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to glass during season opener of The Shield...

Black with brown head. You should see this one. It's very pretty.

Strong nice stout scent.

Something hits the old taster up front followed by bitter chocolate. Serious stout.

So thick. Full bodied. Serious business.

I'm surprised this one isn't higher on the top 100. I would easily prefer this over something like storm king or old rasputin.

Overall: totally solid stout

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Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick head from a bomber into a brandy snifter. this has a nice deep black color with a coffee colored head. the head is long-lasting and leaves nice lacing throughout.
s - hints of sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
t - very malty with hints of toffee and chocolate.
m - smooth and coats the tongue nicely.
d - very good drinkability when you want a good stout but don't need all the alcohol content of most.

indulge me while i tell a story. back in 1999 while a junior at auburn i was coming back to birmingham from tuscaloosa after the iron bowl. auburn had just won the game and the temperature was in the 30s and sleeting all game long. needless to say we were soaked. we stopped in a sports bar which consistently has the best selection in birmingham. i knew nothing about craft beer but knew i liked good beer when i could find it. we all ordered each other something different from the menu for fun. my friend ordered me a shakespeare. as the bartender poured it into my glass, i couldn't believe it, i haven't been the same since. this was when rogue bottled it in 12 oz. bottles instead of the bombers. now we can no longer get this beer in alabama b/c of the container size. thanks, taylor and FREE THE HOPS!

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Photo of swid
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a light-absorbing black into my pint glass. Only by holding it up to a light at an angle is there any evidence that it's not a completely opaque black. A 1/2", tan head forms, and quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing. The aroma is surprisingly simple; chocolate and roasted malts are about evenly balanced with the pine and citrus aromas from the Northwest hops.

This beer tastes almost exactly as an American stout should: roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts up front, balanced well by the citrus/pine/spice of the hops. The mouthfeel is wet and full. Finishes crisp, leaving a very pleasant roasted, chocolate, and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout, and scary drinkable; it's a shame the Bard never got to try one himself. Shakespeare Stout is a must-have for anyone who hasn't trod beyond the Irish dry stouts, and is worth trying regardless of your beer likes/dislikes.

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

22oz bottle - 9 bucks at a pub when this bottle goes for around 8 at the store? Can't pass that up, now, can I?

This beer pours a solid, light-sucking black, with the barest of red cola edges when stabbed at the overhead light, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and quite creamy mocha head, which leaves some decent patchy snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly slip away.

It smells of somewhat musty dry milk chocolate, gritty and grainy caramel malt, metallic vanilla, dry-roast coffee beans, muddled dark fruit esters, and masked earthy hops. The taste is well roasted chocolate malt, oaten breakfast cereal, day-old coffee, a wee bit of oily nuttiness, and some bitter earthy and pine hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a tad fizzy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, quite smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the bittersweet chocolate becoming even more pronounced.

A pleasantly solid example of the style, offering the expected silken bearing, as well as the well-rounded flavour, if not the weight or ABV, of a much bigger beer. I'm sure the ol' bard would have appreciated this one.

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

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

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured pitch black with a three finger light tan head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour malt, and slight chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, oatmeal, and milk chocolate. It a medium feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty excellent brew. A very easy drinker that has a very nice creamy mouthfeel to it. A very good balanced flavor and aroma going here. This one could be more complex to help it be great, but it is still very good.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours very dark and thick -very little carbonation - so far so good. smells of chocolate.
taste - hmmm its like coffee; a slight bit of maltyness and chocolate traces, and a bit of hops thrown in as well, giving it a brighter taste with a slight bitter aftertaste. overall though the coffee flavor dominates...
this one is a very good stout; all rogues seem so high quality, just a few ingredients and seems very natural and pure. good solid shit. problem with this one is its so rich and deep and heavy(despite low abv!) that although its a damn good beer in small doses its difficult to finish the bomber cause it becomes just too much after a while.

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

Finally, a few Rogue Ales are available in Calgary. 650 ml brown bottle with painted label.
This pours very dark brown (almost black) with a big mocha brown colored head. Good head stability taht leaves thin lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Hold it up to the light, and nothing comes through the ebony liquid. Lots of smells when swirled under the nose - roasted oats, tobacco smoke, and coffee aroma. Lots of flavor too, what you expect from a stout. Dark chocolate, prune-like fruitiness, and coffee are all present. There is just a touch of sour bitterness to help balance it all out. Good, full creamy body, it is easy to slowly sip and enjoy this one. Very good, but not sure I would rate as 'outstanding' imo. Can't wait to try some other Rogue selections.

Note to Self: Ranked the #5 American Stout when I tried it.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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

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