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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:
1,600
Ratings:
3,407
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
468
For Trade:
6
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Photo of dvb
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Olympia, Washington. Poured into a 12-ounce pilsner glass.

A - Black as night. As is typical of this type, the initial pour resulted in a tall head which receded pretty quickly and settled into nothing but lacing. Most of the lacing is at the top of the glass.

S - Smells like a Russian Imperial Stout to me, which is not a bad thing.

T - A little too bitter, but this is balanced out nicely by a slight sweetness and some smokiness. I'm getting a slight cocoa taste.

M - A bit thin and solvent-like, but not too bad. Slightly sticky on the lips.

D - This stout definitely tastes better cold than warm. As it warmed, it became almost too bitter. Still, a very enjoyable stout. I just need to drink it faster. :-)

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Photo of chrisms86
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as black as can be with a lacy tan head. The foam sticks around longer than many beers but eventually dissolves into a very fine layer.

Tastes strongly of roasted chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee in the background. The bitterness kills off any sweet tastes and makes this stout compliment food well, unlike many of its counterparts. Mouthfeel is thick with an enjoyable aftertaste.

This one could be the best of my favorite style. Highly recommended, although due to price concerns I'll likely stick with Obsidian for now.

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Photo of GregBrewski
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 22oz bottle. Poured a nice thick black color with a brown head, which stayed until the bottom. Smelled of chocolate and some spice. When it first hits your taste buds you immediately notice the sweetness and malt, some roastiness as well. The aftertaste is best noted with hops. Its a medium bodied brew with light carbonation, perfect for this style, could use a little more body though. Overall it’s a great stout with not too high ABV so not too difficult to drink.

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

Good, Good, Good.

Shakespeare Stout is by far my favorite Stout out there, and it deserves a ton of praise.

My most recent bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass, with a 2 finger head. Said head was creamy, and released a pleasant coffee aroma, with hints of chocolate. Floral and grassy notes also add to the smell, which makes the beer very nice, even before taste.

Tastes great. Bitter yet creamy, hoppy and delicious, this is a great beer. Excellent mouthfeel too, slightly thick, but still quite drinkable.

This is an all around excellent Stout, and honestly, this is what other beers in the genre should be striving for. Cheers!

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip

A: Very dark, almost black color with a creamy, dark mocha head that stayed throughout drinking and provided decent lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint smell of oatmeal, inviting a healthy taste.

T: A taste of chocolate, roasted oats, and that kind of slightly sour taste that's found in a Guinness. I wish the oatmeal taste was a little more present. The taste lingers long after you've swallowed your mouthfull.

M: Medium to medium-thick, with moderate carbonation. Seems appropriate to style.

D: This is highly drinkable. There is hardly any hint of alcohol flavor in this beer. A great winter warmer.

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Photo of Melicita
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark brown with a nice froth. Smells exactly like most stouts--malted with some hints of dark chocolate and honey. A little yeast as well. Taste is very roasty with dark chocolate flavor throughout. There is a hopped zing in the finish, which is subtle but evident. Good.

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Photo of mitchfor3
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black color, beautiful creamy tan lace. This beer looks oh so inviting.

Smells so rich! Caramely, strongly malty, hint of hops. Can't wait!

Taste is mmm mmm mmm mmm good! Creamy, malty, just like the smell. Slightly sweet at first, and just a bit bitter when those hops kick in, but nothing overpower, and certainly nothing that detracts from the delicious taste.

I love stouts and this is one of my very favorite. I will be drinking this whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of jward
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptionally well-balanced stout -- simply delicious. Shakespeare Stout pours black, like a well-seasoned skillet, with a luscious mocha-brown head. The nose is dark and woodsy, with elements of dark chocolate, rum and, as Riggo has observed, olive (or even olive oil). The flavor profile is, I'll say it again, just exceptionally well-balanced. There are notes of espresso, oats, hops, chocolate and perhaps wild berries, but no single flavor dominates. The mouthfeel is robust, but not heavy, nicely balanced by a surprisingly crisp carbonatation and dry finish. (Even the bottle is great, with a dangerously well-dressed 'rogue' holding up a frothy mug of beer.)

With its subtle flavor, at least for the style, this isn't the biggest stout around and it's not going to assault or overwhelm your tastebuds. But that's just fine by me. In my judgment, this is one of the best beers produced in the U.S.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass...twice.

Appearance: Thick and black. The dark beige head looked pretty, but went away pretty quickly.

Smell: Didn't get it right away, but then the aroma of roasted oats and coffee came through. Nice.

Taste and mouthfeel: Whoa, this beer is smooth. I barely noticed the carbonation, but that wasn't a bad thing in this case. The roasted oats were the dominant flavor for me, they hit right away with a slight chocolate undertone. It tasted even better as the beer warmed up. I actually found the aftertaste a bit smoky.

Drinkability: A beer this smooth is definitely drinkable. But beware: this beer is filling, and it fills you up fast - the bomber was more than enough for me.

Notes: A big stout in every way but alcohol content. Big-bodied, big-flavored. A good choice any time of the year, but I suspect it would really hit the spot when the weather gets cold.

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

Appearance: Dark black with a tan brown head
Smell: Coffee with Dark Cocoa dominates this brew.
Taste: Just like the smell dark roast coffee with cocoa powder. Not much else.. But this is far from a negative.
Mouthfeel: One word. Smooth. Fine carbonation. Not to slick on the palate that can plague some stouts.
Drinkability: A fine example of the style. Another home run from Rogue.

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

Rogue Shakespeare stout.

A= pours a pitch black hue with a light brown head and leaves faint lacing behind.

S= smells of oats and spices and a hint of coffee.

T= tastes like a average stout in the beginning,
it has a nice bitterness with a chocolate coffee finnish.

MF= has a smooth tingling mouth feel. perfectly carbonated.

this is the second stout ive had from rogue and its better than the chocolate stout, i actually think its better than samuel smiths imperial stout.

enjoy cheers!

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Photo of DS31
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The color was quite dark and the moderate head was a beautiful tan color. I was looking forward to this one after reading some of the very good reviews. However, this brew had a bitter aftertaste that I could not get away from. Perhaps I got an off bottle and will make another try..

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a lot of haters but it was honestly FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it for a delicious and smooth oatmeal stout by the fantastic Rogue brewery.

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Photo of Tomas77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a place called 'The Dirty Truth',Northamton,MA which has a reputation along with 'The Moan and Dove',in Amherst,MA for having only the finest ales from all over availiable. And they did with Roague Shakepeare stout.

Black and opaque. Not sure of any ruby highlights it was dark inside. Creamy tan/light brownish head that sits at one finger throughout.

Fantastic aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are there just enough to keep the malts in check.

Some slickness on the lips when you first sip. Sweet but only at the very beginning. Flavor is the same but with a bittersweet chocolate feeling on the back of the palate. Coffee throughout the middle and more chocolate later on.

Light body and mouthfeel. Not thick or viscous at all. Slight alcohol presence is there without it being hot. A very good beer I would say for any time of the year.

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Photo of DackAchan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours nicely, dark black with a one finger mocha head. Very little retention and no lacing.

S- Nothing special about the smell, slight hints of chocolate, mostly a strong burnt barley smell.

T- Very strong burnt barley taste. And I do mean burnt, seems like all the Stouts I've had from Rogue have some burnt barley.

M- Okay mouthfeel, medium body, a little light for a dark beer. Small, almost inconsequential bite at the end.

D- I wasn't impressed with this beer. I don't think I'll try another Rogue beer. Every one I've had has been unimpressive. This is another letdown.

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Photo of gatorguy
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown color, nearly black. has a light brown head, two fingers worth.

S - Coffee, chocolate, earthy oats

T - Well balanced stout here, all the flavors mesh great. Starts off with some coffee flavor, transitions to chocolate, then to the earthy oats. Hop bitterness is mild and compliments the brew well.

M - What you would expect for a stout, somewhat heavy but has good carbonation.

O - Excellent oatmeal stout, one that I will seek out more often.

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Photo of uconnalum2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. The appearance is pitch black. No light gets through this beer. A small light brown head goes down to being a very thin layer across the top. The smell is of roasted malt and coffee and maybe something sweet like caramel. The taste is immediately of roasted malt and coffee but not at all overpowering. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Thicker than Guinness but thinner than other stouts I've had. This beer sits rather heavy but is still quite drinkable. Overall, a nice stout but 22 oz. is my limit due to the heaviness.

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Photo of lechroy
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle.

A - Nice brown head with 2-finger head that lingers. Nothing "Exceptional".
S - Love the sweet hints of chocolate and toasted oats and coffee here.
T - smooth. velvety beer that hides its 60 IBUs of bitterness extremely well. Maybe a touch on the hoppy side for an oatmeal stout. Very fresh taste.
M - great carbonation and a smooth beer for the gullet.
O - enjoyable, drinkable, doesn't get you canned in a single 22. I brewed a batch after enjoying this beer.

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Photo of bewley
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not impressed with this beer. It seems more like a bock than a stout. The thick, creamy head appeared promising, but fell flat within a minute or so.

Yes, there's subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. Yes, there is a deep dark color and rich head, but the taste is rather dry and bitter. Too light for a stout imo.

I will say that this would be a good session beer for all of the above observations.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, thick oily black color with a frothy coffee-colored head that seems to have the slightest ruby tint. The head falls but leaves a ton of frothy retention around the perimiter of the liquid.
Nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, but less powerful than I had anticipated.
What it lacks in aroma it makes up in taste. Huge bitter coffee flavor, tons of burnt malt, finishing with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Body is thick and full, a hint of carbonation dances on the tongue to keep it from presenting as syrupy. Drinkability is optimal. A great tasting brew; I would say it would make a great session beer, but it is so smooth and tasty that I don't think it will last very long at all....
This one doth not protest too much, methinks.

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

Appearance: Poured the whole 22oz bottle into one of my larger glass steins. Black as the night with a dark tan head. The head stayed up for awhile then slowly settled down into a cloudy coating on the top that left significant lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: This smell great! Sweet malty scents, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolates. You can almost smell the smoke off of it too.

Taste: The flavors live of to the aroma and then some. Nice balance of dark roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: So nice and smooth. It really goes down nice. Long finish that builds up as you finish the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down great. One of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of hike20
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Very light aroma, but a touch of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor is nice and rich with a great mouth feel. Feels velvety on the tongue. Very enjoyable overall. This is definitely one of my favorites!

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black. Small head but strong retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Coffee. Alcohol. Dark Fruit.

T: Rich, dark brown sugar. coffee. Some sweetness but lots of bitterness. Edgy. Touch of black pepper. Very interesting take on the style.

M: Smooth and thick. Nice bite. Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Orgasm in my mouth :)

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm really confused here. There's no way this is an oatmeal stout, right? There's no oatmeal flavor or defining sweetness and the body is very very thin. The head was gorgeous and the retention and lacing are on point but flavor-wise its just so dry and thin that my mind is boggled as to how this is an oatmeal stout. Never would have guessed!

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Photo of findlayfan
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. (650 ml) bottle

Dense, light brown head.

Good, complex nose - hints of coffee, chocolate, and well-roasted malts.

Truly opaque, ebony body with a few bubbles.

Well-balanced, if a bit dry, with a whole range of notes in the aftertaste. Drinkability limited by its size - but that's not really a negative (quality over quantity, any day).

Overall, an excellent, drinkable stout - perhaps the best I've yet tried (and I've tried quite a few)!

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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