Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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

Poured from tap into pint glass.
L: Black color with a massive beige foam head.
S: Coffee, milk, caramel.
T: Bitter chocolate, milk.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Great stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with thick, sorry, brown head that didn't last long.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of dark chocolate.

Tastes coffee and light smokey roasted malts. Fades to a dry and bitter finish with roasted malt and coffee linger and light smoke. Lighter side of medium body and medium, smooth carbonation

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint glass in January 2017. There was no bottled-by or drink-by dates on the bottle, but I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head remains thick for a while, and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted coffee and malts. There is some hoppiness as well as some sweetness like caramel, but overall the roasted coffee dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the flavors. There is coffee flavors with some smokie roasted flavors, a little chocolate flavor, and hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is some sweetness like chocolate and caramel. There is a medium alcohol presence as with other Stout.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is an excellent oatmeal Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. Overall one of the best Stouts I have tasted. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic oatmeal stout. Pours very dark brown/black; opaque even when held up to the light. A nice tan/brown head when poured, but not overly high even on a hard pour which hints at the excellent (not too high) level of carbonation to come which helps with the velvety smooth mouthfeel. Head dissipates relatively quickly for the style & little lacing remains on the glass while drinking. Tons of coffee in the aroma. The coffee continues in the taste with a touch of dark chocolate, nice smooth dark malts and some nice toffee/caramel sweetness. I want another one of these! Sadly, they're not readily available to me & I picked up only one on a recent trip to the States. I will have to embrace my long-time oatmeal companion, which previously had no rivals - St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. We will weep together at the disappearance of my new friend. Well done Rogue.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a thick foamy tan head. The aroma of the beer has roasted malts and hints of chocolate but then a slight bitterness. The taste is similar but the beer has more of a char taste to it. The mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation, mouth coating, and thick. The bitterness lasts a while on the tongue.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown. Almost black. Smells of smoke and roasted barley. A little sweet for a stout but has a fantastic smoky flavor that lingers on the tongue. An excellent stout.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. Dark and smoky, roast grains and chocolate. Dark ruby brown, almost black with velvety dark beige head. A very, very good stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, opaque but still fairly muddy brown; one finger mocha head with good retention, plenty of lacing. Smells of roasted barley, milk chocolate, touch of espresso, a fair bit of earthiness, touch of resin, more roasted barley. Nice balance of roast and sweetness. Flavour is similar; more resin and earthy noble hops come across on the finish but it is a pretty balanced roasty and sweet milk chocolate brew with a nice bitterness on the backend, but not what I would call hoppy like Storm King. Not particularly bitter, but really just very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, rich and appropriate for a cold evening. I can see why this was considered a game winner once upon a time, but it would seem that it has been surpassed, and for a long time.

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Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has this for the first time around Christmas. Drank it while I was eating Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. Let's just say, I gained 20 pounds that winter. This beer is near perfect

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Photo of Viaduck
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very,very dark with nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate & oats. Taste is salty bitterness but not unpleasant, coffee, chocolate, roasted oats & hops. It feels thinner than it looks, lots of carbonation, but not a very stout amount of alcohol. Makes you want to write a sonnet. Very good for a busy bards.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark pour with thick tan head. Flavour of cocoa powder, coffee, oatmeal cookie and tobacco. Hops come through as slightly citric and balance well. Mouthfeel is silky smooth oats, slightly oily with roasted acidity. Excellent

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a simple black with a good sized head. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, and sawdust. The flavor is lead by roasty malts, a fairly strong smokey quality, dark chocolate, plum, with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall this is a decent beer. Maybe I am just not as into this style as I once was, but this doesn't do much for me. The is a lingering smokiness that never seems to integrate itself. Just never a huge fan of Rogue.

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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 mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Finally getting around to reviewing this one from Rogue, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. Bottle doesn't really have much to say on this one - no abv listed either.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a thick dark inky blackish-brown body, super dark and close to opaque, especially for being an under 6.00% abv beer, the color is very impressive. One finger of thin bubbly mocha head that dies down to a bubbly ring quickly, leaving minor spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is rich, dark, bitter, & roasty. Huge notes of chocolate / cream / barley malt roastiness, lightly charred & ashy. Slight notes of mineral water, & dark pitted fruits.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark bitter, roasty, malty, chocolatey, with lots of burnt black coffee & ashy char in the taste. Again, slight notes of mineral watery & dried raisins / figs / dates. It's ok. Not particularly flavorful or interesting, for my liking.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Body is light & actually pretty watery for my liking. Lots of dark bitter burnt malts, black coffee, & raisins in the aftertaste.

Overall, it was okay. I thought it was average all around, and a bit too thin and bitter for my liking.

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout -----3.5/5

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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 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 Alexrdvz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, one of the best US made stouts. It has a creamy velvety feel, nicely roasted oats give it its characteristic flavor. Forma a nice head and it has a nice chocolate aftertaste that is not overwhelmingly chocolatie.
The Bly problem is the price at my local stores in Oklahoma... But that has nothing to do with the quality of the beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark espresso coffee color with small tan cap.

Aroma of roasted malt and dark toffee.

Coffeeish flavor of dark roasted malt. Some hops appear mid palate but show little more that a sub presence. Roasted bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full, almost creamy texture with good balancing carbonation.

For me the balance is tilted toward roast bitterness which is singing solo and louder than all the rest combined.

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Photo of 99acdcfan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Hefe glass from a 22oz bomber. Beautiful onyx color with an inviting tan head that had some serious staying power. The smell was pleasant with the expected malty, coffee notes. Mouthfeel was truly outstanding, rich and smooth, you are definitely drinking an oatmeal stout. Coffee was the predominant taste with a dose of hops at the end. Not an IPA dose, but the hops are definitely there. BTW, My bottle lists the IBU's at 60, while the beer info lists the IBU's at 69. If you crave mouthfeel, this is definitely the oatmeal stout for you. A bit too hoppy for this style which interferes with the coffee and roasted notes, but a top quality beer overall.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Jet Black and dead, except for the big long lasting head that materializes out of nowhere. Aroma is licorice and coffee, heavy but not overly sweet. Taste is roasted everything, again mostly burnt coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate. While that sounds a little unpleasant at first blush, like chewing on charcoal, it's actually quite nice due to how tremendously smooth it goes down. The oatmeal does a nice job of taking the edge off, which allows all of that burnt stuff to create a nice multi-layered flavor profile.

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Photo of gandres
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz/650 ml bought from the Issaquah Brewery poured to wine glass
A: Black, medium brown head that slowly disappears, some lacing
Smell: Aroma of licorice, fragrant
Taste medium, low bitterness
very good beer, good to repeat
Drank: June 1, 2016

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Photo of Guppy314
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes, I do love a full-bodied Stout beer with rich Malt flavor you can practically sink your teeth into. And all this tempered with oat flavor/feel that balances things nicely. Unlike the overpowering impact of some beers, this Shakespear Oatmeal Stout could be drunk all night.

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

Serving: On tap in a snifter
Served: 7 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a deep black with hints of red around the edges when held up to the light. Crowned with a tan head.

Smell: Standard stout notes, especially roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A soft sweetness also present but not super assertive.

Taste: Pretty much your standard oatmeal stout here- nice stout flavors with a soft body due to the influence of the oatmeal. Not much astringency or bitterness offered by the oats, which was great to see. Medium acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium-low carbonation. A nice soft beer on the palate.

Overall: Exactly what a normal oatmeal stout should probably taste like.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as really good example of a well done oatmeal stout. It's not overly complex, but the mouthfeel is nice and creamy like you expect from the style and there is a good amount of adjunct flavor.

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