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 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 mcarroll10177
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tradional beer mug at the Moan and Dove

A- black as night with an off white head, tons of lacing on the glass

S- some roasted malts, with hints of black coffee

T- roasted character upfront some bitterness in the finish

M- balanced, but as this is a stout it could have used a bit more body

D- a solid stout from a great brewery. I will have this one again.

notes- this stout does lack the complexity of some others but it is all in all a solid offering.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not what it used to be. Back in 1994 this was a top 5 beer. It's obviously been modified over the years. Somewhat disappointing but overall, its still a decent stout

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off to say that this beer really smells quite different, and not good in my opinion, the palate differs though. I will start off with the good to say there is plenty of chocolate marsh mellows, but really has quite a bit of medicinal notes that are very present. The beer almost smells like a cleaning agent to some sort, to what causes this i'm not certain. To the palate- a different story. The taste infuses chocolate, cinnamon and gingerbread that has a balance of some bitter hops. I like this beer, but the nose is incredibly weird. One of the few beers where the nose is off, and the taste is on

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a rich dark roast holding coffee notes and an oat stout quality.
Black as tar. Thick heavy head that leaves tracks.
Flavor is heavy and intense roast malt without cloyness. Strong flavors, intense dryness middle to finish and a long lingering on the tongue. Hop bitterness (with malt dryness) as warms. Coffee and some fruit noted too.
The enjoyment of the feel is somewhat decreased by the bite and the intensity of the malt. Smooth anyway and very nicely carbonated.
Bitterness is too intense to make it easy to drink. Improved significantly as warmed.

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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is obviously a popular beer and I can tell why. It pours an inky black color impenetrable to light with a very thick creamy and slightly frothy head that retains like crazy and billows against the glass. Lots of lacing evident to boot. The head is a nice chocolate brown color. The nose on the beer is roasted and chocolate malts.

There is definitely a chunk of yeast on the bottom of the bottle and this beer is alive. Kudos the Rogue for including the ingredients. There are several types of malts, including crystal and chocolate. The beer uses Cascade hops, along with oats and wheat. The latter two are interesting in this beer. The oats create the slightly watery but ultra smooth and creamy feel in the beer, while the wheat adds a bit of pricklishness in the mouthfeel to balance out against the silky oats. The beer is definitely more dry than sweet, with a biting and bittering dark chocolate finish, with some coffee roasted notes in there too. The charred dark roast lingers into the aftertaste and the beer is substantial yet warming. The ABV is well hidden. This is a nice, dark, slightly bittering dryish stout, with a bit of cocoa powder coming in at the very end. It's a fairly complex beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been holding on for this bottle for awhile. Pours a crude oil black with a phenomenal caramel tan mocha head that is incredible, the cake laced froth will coat the glass throughout the session. The smell is the normal mocha espresso/chocolate roast that is pleasing, this stout however didn't have much else to add, the smells weren't heavy either. The taste was lighter than expected, more roasted or bbq wood/grain, hints of coffee, misses that sweet caramel/chocolate I've come accustomed to, good but not great, medium bodied and cleanses the palate to invite you back for more, a good solid stout, I thought would be great though.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Garnet-tinged black with steady creamy purple-tan head that laces. Brown sugar, clean roastiness, flinty oats, ash, dark malt acidity, some earth and a slight mint herbal note - but none of it very distinct.
Chocolate, ginger snap cookie dough, and sweet Turkish coffee, some roasted sourness and winter, slight orange zest and cola hops finish.
Coffee candy finish and very tight linger with both hop and roast bitterness.
Medium-full, gloopy, soft, round, creamy, smooth.

I can't make up my mind about this one. Part of me thinks that it's another case of Rogue skating on their reputation from 10 years ago, and that there are many better US stouts since. Part of me thinks it's exactly what an oatmeal stout should be - half way between a Dry Irish and Robust Stout and all smoothness and balance. It is silky, the hops and roast are there, and it goes down easy despite being at the upper limits of the strength for the style.

Is it world class? Not quite - but it is very very good.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout

A = Poured a dark brown/ruby with a thick foam head. That dissapated to form a fine lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Smelt of fine coffee beans and dark chocolate. There was however a slight wet sock smell which causes me to knock the score a little.

T = Initial chocolate taste that flows to a roasted coffee taste. Very smooth.

M = A little waterey. Needs to be a little more full bodied.

D = Drinkable.

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Photo of Bandi
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of syu3003
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the pdx airport via nitro line. Beautifully pours creamy black with two fingers head. Aroma not too apparent as it was served in a pint, but hints of a malty essence and oatmeal of course. Drinks thick and creamy and very delicious. Although nothing really stands out about this beer, it is very drinkable and balanced and extremely satisfying especially waiting for a flight departure. Highly recommend stopping by the rogue taproom at pdx, and a friendly bartender! Cheers!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sheer black with a thick, robust beige head comprised of various sized bubbles. The head displays great retention and absolutely coats the glass in lacing.

S: Roast, coffee, chocolate.

T: The beer leads off with roast and chocolate flavors, followed by oats and coffee. The beer finishes with a hint of hop bitterness and lasting chocolate covered coffee bean flavors.

M: Medium body, with a smooth and creamy feel, yet with plenty of carbonation to give the beer some zip.

D: A solid oatmeal stout. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of bwbetts
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of divineaudio
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a weizen glass.

color is an opaque dark brown with very faint red highlights on the edges. a careful pour gave me a giant, rocky, 3 finger, light brown head that eventually calmed to a thin cap. leaves tons of sticky, web-like lacing in the glass. really an amazing looking beer.

smell is a healthy dose of roast and chocolate with notes of fig, molasses and cola.

taste wise, roasted malt and chocolate dominate the palette. the oats are there as is a bit of smoke and dark fruit, but really, it's all about the rich malt character. the bittersweetness in the finish hits more like a strong espresso than hops. gets more flavorful as it warms.

full in body and very rich, but with a nice smoothness. carbonation is just right.

very drinkable for such a rich beer, but i don't know that i'd want to have more than a bomber of this in a sitting. i feel like this one definitely pushes the style limits a bit. could probably hold it's own against much bigger stouts in a tasting.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my standard pint glass.

A black pour, not pitch black, some brown notes, but there is no light shining through this baby. Brown mocha head rises up, with a solid 3 fingers of bubbly head. Dissipates rather quickly, but leaves an ice film layer on top. Lacing clings tight to the glass after each sip, but slowly starts to fall south to join the film.

Sweetened roasted character of the malts dominate the nose. A strong chocolate essence, but with the sweet it comes off as milk chocolate. A mild floral bitterness lurks below.

The taste wasn't overly anything. Kind of bland. Mild roasted malt flavors with a mild chocolate finish. Mild hop flavors, more of a grassy/grainy finish. Rather toned down, but perhaps that is the draw.

Creamy nature is quite nice. Very smooth and mellow. ABV is well hidden. Could drink a couple of these without thinking much of it.

The taste was the major drawback. Was expecting more, but perhaps that is the draw to this beer. A great balance that is super creamy. For me though, this is my not my Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 9 May 2002. Great chocolate/coffee flavor. Wonderful aroma. In my opinion, this is a great stout to use to introduce beer geek wannabees to some of the heavier artillery. The chocolaty taste & nice aroma will ease them into the world of better beer.

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Photo of csiewert
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick black color with a trace of tan foamy head that retains slightly and leaves little lacing. The aroma has strong notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. The taste starts smokey and has notes of caramel sweetness, then finishes with some chocolate and coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly harsh and lingering. Overall a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faint light will show through; still this is a near mahogany color. Hard to say, but it appears clear. Thick, long-lasting head. Only negative is the lack of lace (spotty at best).

Slightly chalky... but the rest is powerful, milky mocha. Some nuttiness in the background: almond and hazelnut come to mind. Very rich.

Holy coffee, Batman. Strong black patent malt flavor. Almost chewy. The finish is the bitter burnt malt tastes. The aftertaste is hoppy, but only after the swallow is complete. Relatively thin body for the style. High carbonation. (Interestingly, if I sip only the head, there's a metallic taste to the froth.)

Big flavor without being an extreme beer. Coffee lovers rejoice.

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Photo of Buebie
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date. Into my Omegang snifter.
Color is black, with a very slight redish glow at the edges of the glass. Big 3 finger brown head. Great retention and thick clumpy lace lines my glass.

Smell is very malty with big chocolate cake aroma. Smells a bit milky with a dairy buttery kick.

T/M: Big malty semi sweet chocolate up front, turning bitter. Carbonation zing at the middle, very smooth. Finish is woody, with a bittering bite from the hops. I want to say citric rind or some type of acidic citrus flavor that lingers.

Great brew, very rich in aroma and flavor. Like that hoppy surprise at the end.

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Photo of stuckonhops
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- jet black...no light from my flame passes through...dark creamy sticky lacing and head...almost looks like bubbles in chocolate milk..

S--definet chocolate and coffee on the nose first...hops in the backround...cascade i believe...light oat smell...very inviting..

T--immediate roasted malts and chocolate flavors...gives way to slight hops but that could be due to the bottle sitting to long as the first time i had this the hops were very present..malty and a bit sweet but not at all near cloying..just right..

M+D-- thought it would be thicker than it is but it is still a touch creamy...making it very drinkable and easy going...can finish a whole bomber easily and then some..

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a red wine glass (I'm at a beach house). Rogue refuses to put a freshness date on their beers.

An excellent oatmeal stout. Good body. Could be smoother.

A – Pours a black opaque with a 2-finger dark tan rock head. Slightly viscous. A very thin persistent head. Little to no lacing.

S – Roasted malts, some coffee slight sweetness, maybe even some fruitiness.

T- Roasted malts, coffee, faint nuttiness. Some bitterness that seems more to be from the roasted grains than the hops.

MF – Medium bodied, medium dry finish, slightly sharp finish from the carbonation. Not as smooth as some other oatmeal stouts I have had.

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Photo of stcules
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Brownish head, not very beautiful to see.
At the nose it is silk, softness, smoothness. Very smooth. Sweet, with roasted notes, and a lot of cocoa and chocolate. Very good.
The taste it is infinitely soft and smooth, with stout character, sweetness, but with a good bitterness that makes it very well balanced. Obviously again roasted and chocolate notes. Good.
Medium body.
Great drinkability.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an easy pour brings out a nice thick tan head over a very dark beer, with some red highlights. the aroma is a very nice roasted malt smell, maybe some chocolate and coffee notes there, but the taste is where the malts really shine the coffee and chocolate are pronounced and fade away in a bit of bitterness that might be more due to the hops than the malt. the mouthfeel is full bodied, but with a bit too much carbonation for me.

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