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:
1,606
Ratings:
3,427
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
475
For Trade:
6
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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque texture. There was a big, tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of oats, malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of malt and oats up front with a solid amount of coffee and chocolate in the finish. This has to be one of the more flavorful and balanced Oatmeal Stouts I've tasted.

M: A lot of carbonation with a slick, somewhat creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is just one of those thoroughly enjoyable beers. Very easy to drink and well made.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head

Smell: roasted malt and molasses

Taste: burnt malt, dark chocolate, and black coffee. At the end there is a doughy oat taste

Mouthfeel: smooth, chewy, bitter start which gets a bit sweeter at the end. medium/heavy body, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex stout, but the flavors here are as pronounced as I have had in any beer. I will look for this again, but only one at a time. A very solid offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to have this on Nitro at the Library for 3 dollar happy hour. Sweet!

A - Pours a jet black liquid. Very solid color for a stout. The layers of pillowing foam dance down the glass like a calm rainstorm in the night. Got Nitro is awesome.

S - Got some slight chocolate and coffee malt here. Not to big or too little in the smell. Slight oatmeal.

T - Full yet drinkable this stout starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by a nice bitter oat like body and finishes with the sweet delicious taste of delicious coffee. No bitter finish to speak of.

M - Every sip is a treat coating the mouth. The pillow foam layers the sides of the glass well.

D - I will have to try this in bottle forum to see if it was just the nitro making this awesome but it really was an overall soild stout with really nothing off putting about it. Nice offering Rogue! I could drink this one all happy hour!

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

A: Dark as night with a faint hint of ruby red. Dense, khaki colored head sits atop but minimal lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chcocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, esspresso beans with a little dark fruit (maybe cherry) tart and biiter finnish.

M: Creamy and smooth yet dry. Light palate coating but not a huge aftertaste.

D: Excellent dessert beer. Enough uniqueness to hunt this one down.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A 22oz bomber, of course, poured a 1.5 finger head. I can't really use dark brown to describe it's color. It is really is just a black, not motor oil black but liquid bread black.

Smell- Everything one would imagine for a hand crafted stout. Mocha, roasted and smokey malts, witha little heavy cream.

Taste- A great mix of raosted and smokey malts, more smokey than roasted. With some vanilla cream mixed with black coffee.

Mouthfeel- A great creamy, slightly chewy palate leaving an almost burnt taste in my mouth.

Drinkability- My skinny ass needs more calories. So go beer for beer with Shakespeare.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Poured a realy dark brown, with tawny highlights around the edges. A beautiful fluffy mocha head rose to fill the tulip and took its time fading away. Sticky, spider web lacing coats the inside of my glass.

Smell is of roasted grains, chocolate, flakey oats and a touch of espresso. Everything is there in equal parts.

More flakey oats and chocolate with a roasted maltiness. There is a bit of grapefruity hops that poke through in the finish. Nice.

Smooth, not silky, but smooth. Carbonation is right where it should be.

Very enjoyable and well-crafted. An easy drinker, especially at 6%.

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

Very dark, basically black, with just a hint of dark brown highlights. This was topped by a dense, dark brown head that showed excellent retention. The aroma was quite malty, with some lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and just slightly burnt. Sweetness and fresh floral hops serve as a decent counterpoint. The flavour is really big, but balanced nicely between bitterness and rich malts. Chocolate and lactose-like sweetness counter the definite burnt malts. Bitterness is on the strong side, with plenty of floral and orange/citrus hoppiness. It had a long finish that emphasized bitterness and roasted malts, leaving the palate on the dry side. The texture was velvety smooth, low carbonation composed of fine bubbles, and a full body. This is great stuff... nice balance with plenty of flavour and a great finish.

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

22 oz bottle.

opaque black, with light tan colored head. decent lacing.

very sweet and "oatey" aroma. a little mocha.

well balance flavors of roasted malt and slightly chocolately sweetness. smooth body, creamy head. not too heavy. very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee. Taste is very malty and the roastiness shines in the mouthfeel. I really like the aftertaste. Coffee explodes at the back of the tongue as well. Goes down very smooth and leaves a semi-dry taste. A second sip confirms the same. Very nice stout. Roasty, has hints of coffee and goes down well. Excellent!

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

Beautifully black in color. (Are any of the Rogue Stouts not black?)Just the way I like a stout. Big creamy, brown head forms a sheet of lace as it recedes to a thin head. Excellent retention. Lacing comes in sheets. Rich, chocolatey, bitter and burnt nose. Excellent. Mouthfeel is so velvety smooth. Silky. The body is about medium-full. Big taste upfront to me is bittersweet chocolate. I love a nicely hopped stout and this is just that. Cascades all the way, but very little grapefruit character exists. Must be "masked" or blended with the malts in a way to produce some textured flavors. A little coffee bean slips in here and there. Maybe some cherry (plum?). What a pleasure. Their Imperial Stout is my favorite, but this is excellent in it's own right. I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.

Thank you ZAP, budgood1 and Road Warrior for bringing this beer to me.

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

Bomber. Pours a deep black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is roasty, lots of chocolate, floral hops and caramel, pretty intense. Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate, grains, roast, floral, coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and a dry grainy finish. A good dry stout.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, rocky, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with a few spots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa; however, it seems a bit chalky, as well as a slightly metallic quality. There's also a trace of lactose in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a roasted character and a slightly burnt/ashy flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A solid example of the style, but nothing to write home about here.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out pitch black with a nice two finger, very dark tan head that retains very well and leaves a medium coat of lacing. The ring and cloud on the beer is very thick and makes for a very nice looking beer. Smell has notes of coffee, oatmeal, roast malts, cocoa and some hops. The balance is nice but the strength could be better. Taste is much of the same with the better strength. The roasty malts and coffee cocoa notes are very nice. The oatmeal is amazing in this beer and lends that unique sweetness. There are some earthy and piney hops that finish off a very good balanced taste. The mouthfeel should be better for an oatmeal stout. The body feels a tiny bit watery. The carbonation is low-medium and feels nice with the flavors. The oatmeal smoothness is nice but the watery body needs to be thickened. A coat of hops and roast malt stays on the tongue. Very drinkable beer. Rogue offers good beers at great prices. The taste is very nice. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have had. Need to up the body.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic stout. Chewy, thick, but not thick like a real boozy Imperial Stout. One of Rogue's best offerings. Nothing really jumps out at you in the aroma department, its nice and smooth, with minimal impact on the nose.

Good balance between chocolate, minimal coffee flavor. Great hopped Stout. So often, I find it difficult to justify spending $6 +/- on a 22 oz. of Rogue, but this one is worth it. I don't recall ever getting this one in 12oz, but a 6er of this stuff would be tits.

You get a smooth, robust and chewy drinking experience with this one.

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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 Bung
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour, quick building tan head. Smells like a fine iced coffee. The coffee notes trump the chocolate and chicory. Some maltiness, more hop character. Great drinkable sessionable stout for the stout lover. Very good, probably my 2nd favorite Rogue after the chocolate stout.

Bottle and Draft

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle, no freshness date
A 4.25 - thick and black, creamy light brown head hangs around for awhile
S 4.25 - roasty, chocolate, oat, smoke, earth
T 4.25 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, earthy
M 4.25 - creamy and smooth, fullish body, very balanced, finishes semi-bitter and pretty clean with some slightly chalky dark cocoa lingering
O 4.25 - very impressive oatmeal stout. I don't know why I don't go for more Rogue beers, but for some reason I don't.

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Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why I've never had one of these, but I'm going to remedy that immediately. Split the bomber with the wife.

Smell is faint, bit o' malt o' meal, not much else. Oh, it's black. Head is cumulonimbus.

Shakespeare is a nice stout. Never been a big fan of his writing, but this is smooth, creamy, with a tang of hops and a jiggle of chocolate leaf in the back. IN YOUR FACE BIG BEERS! This is a nice, unabashedly regular old American Stout that's quite tasty, with some good deep malts to back up it's claims to greatness.

Not quite first rate for me, but very good.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a De Struise glass...Dark brown pout, light tan head, ok retention, not mcuh lacing...Aroma is way to light, a little chocolate comes through, light grass, and a little alcohol...Taste brings about more flavor, a good feeling to the beer, but the taste is not as sweet as I would expect for an oatmeal stout. The more it warms it becomes very bitter, way to bitter for a drinkable stout, alcohol comes through too much.

A disappointing stout, not a worthy of an a- let alone being ranked as a top 100 beer based on these nutty rankings.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aromas is of dark roasted malts with bitter/darker chocolate, dark roast coffee and some slight caramel/vanilla bean.

The taste is a subtly sweet and slightly bitter roasted malt backbone. Rather bitter for an Oatmeal Stout in my opinion with the dark chocolate and coffee roastiness. Tastes a lot like it smells. The mouthfeel is thick yet dry. Very filling and coating. Dry finish, bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is a really great beer, not exactly to style in my opinion. I like my Oatmeal Stouts a little more balanced on the bitterness scale. Drinks slightly heavier than the ABV indicates but that's great because I can have more!

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Photo of dgilks
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a wonderful, creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lovely lacing on the glass. This is a very appetising beer.

S - Some fruitness and a touch of roast are present. The smell as a whole seems quite dull.

T - Stacks of rich, strong coffee, a hint of tobacco as well. Lots of roast malt and some earthy hops as well. Overall, there is a lot of strong, dark coffee here and it is very powerful.

M - A medium body is accompanied here by a vibrant, almost prickly carbonation. Definitely not a thick and rich stout on the mouthfeel front. It also has a lot of grip around the back of the throat.

D - This is packed with flavour and so much so that it is almost hard to drink. It is a beer that is worth drinking but one is most definitely enough.

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Photo of Suds
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick, black beer with a dense, creamy, tan head. Great roasted grain and hop aroma. Drinking sensation is full and heavy, and the taste is intriguingly bitter. Coffee, caramel, and roasted/burnt grains. The bitter finish is simply outstanding. I keep thinking that this is what other stouts aspire to be when they grow up.

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Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A great looking stout. Opaque black, no light gets through. A large foamy tan head forms to leave plenty of lace.
S: Plenty of rich malt and oats in the nose. At first smell I would say this is an oatmeal stout.
T: This is a very thick beer with plenty of dark roasted malt and tons of oats and chocolate.
M/D: A creamy and rich beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. A sipping beer only in the since that I want to saver everything.

I would say that this is miss labeled. This seems like an oatmeal stout in every way. Anyway, what ever it is labeled, this is a great stout. A beer that should not be missed.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Rogue bomber at a poker game, right after drinking Stone Russian Imperial Stout. The Rogue seemed flavorless after the Stone.

It looked really good (pitch black with dark tan foam) but the aroma and flavor seemed weak. I tasted burnt malt, not strong enough to be offensive. I can't really see why this is highly rated by so many people. I probably won't get it again.

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

Appearance. Pours a deep, dirty motor oil with over a finger of thick, light brown head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Roasty malts, coffee, a little chocolate and molasses.

Taste. Roasty toasty malt and a litttle dark chocolate. Slightly sweet with nice burnt toast and grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, smooth carbonation. Fantastic for the style.

Overall. Great example of one of my fav styles. This bomber went way too quickly.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,427 ratings.
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