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:
1,599
Ratings:
3,402
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
Wants:
315
Gots:
464
For Trade:
5
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Photo of mclanem
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer looks great, Dark black with a brown head, light and frothy.
Smell: Has a great aroma, was a surprise to find a floral smell not a strong coffee or malted flavor.
Taste: Was very strong on the coffee flavor, burnt malt. not bad but not as good as I expected but still good.
Mouthfeel: The corbonation was good on this beer, has a nice thick feel to it.
Drinkablity: I enjoyed the beer, however I am not a coffee drinker and I thought this beer was more coffee than beer.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always keep a couple of these on the shelf at home because it is such a reliably great beer and only 7 dollars a bomber at Hazel's in Boulder. Whenever I am not in the mood to try something new, this one always get a good look. Great balance of stout flavor with the breakfast accents.

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This already has a lot of reviews from many better reviewers than myself, so I will be short.

Basics:

This beer is dark dark dark with a great copper head that lingers. The aroma is crisp, malty, so refreshing somehow. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a stout, but just fine in my opinion. Great taste. (Boring)

What I really like about this Stout is that it has all the great charactoristics of a traditional stout, with a GREAT hoppy bitterness that stays with you the rest of the night. There are lots of roasted malts, chocolate malts, etc, but this brew is (from my experience thus) incomparably smooth, flavorful, and clean...with just the right amount of sweetness and creaminess to make it great, but not overly cloy-ish or like milk. I will be drinking this the rest of my life and I recommend you do as well.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

It tastes like some kind of coffee soda. Unless you are a fan of this style, I'd say avoid it. There's nothing good about drinking an alcoholic version of black coffee and club soda. It is not "bad" though; just not my cup of tea. (Bear in mind, I am a fan of dark beer and the various styles from which they originate.)

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice foamy head with fair head retention. Decent lacing.

Smells okay, nothing special. Slight chocolate scent.

Nice bitter dark chocolate at the forefront with hoppy end.

Mouthfeel okay , nothing special for a stout.

It is fairly average in some respects, but is very well balanced. Nothing jumps out at you, but I could drink these all night long without my tastebuds getting fried.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance is a nice dark brown/ black one , completely opaque. has a nice beige head that is really my favorite part about the appearance here. the head is just right for what you would expect with a bottled stout, it also has a great duration, sticks around and forms nice rings all along the side of the glass. smell is nice strong sense of malts and dark barleys. great hint of burnt grains, definitely the class stout smell. surely nothing overwhelming, but exactly what one expects in a stout.
the taste is great, i get lots of sweet caramels at first followed some of the more bitter burnt flavors. as everyone states, a great balance one hopes to find in a stout. theres a nice finish of warmth from the alcohol, which i also find very well done with this beer. the mouthfeel is good for a bottle, can only imagine what it would be like on tap. most certainly a session beer, despite the somewhat high alcohol. could drink these all night though.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

A - Nice, very dark ebony color, a good thick head that last a good amount of time

S - Very robust, I'm getting chocolate and coffee smells

T - Great, can really taste the malts as well as the chocolate, it is overall very chocolatey which is good to me. I'm not really getting the oats but that's ok with this brew, very subtle on the hops

M - Very rich and creamy, extremely smooth

O - Overall a very solid brew, I personally like the chocolate taste of Stouts so this one was really good. Like i said earlier i never got the oats, but still very good.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark...well really dark, just like a good stout should. I see a bit of lacing but not much. There's very little smell, could just be me. I do detect sort of a chocolatey smell with some burnt parts. Hmm, the taste is a little different than i was expecting. I'm very used to a heavy taste/texture from oatmeal stouts. This one, however, has a smoother taste noted by an earthy body and a sort of chocolate finish. I knew there was chocolate somewhere in here. A lot less of the actual oatmeal can be tasted in this one. I like the mouthfeel, although, i'm not entirely sure it fits the style, i.e. heavy almost like you ate a loaf of bread. Well, overall, i'm actually a little disappointed. I really was expecting to get a heavier offering like Oatis from Ninakasi or the Oatmeal Stout from Samuel Smith's (my favorite to date). I still think this one is worth checking out as it highlights differences in the style of the oatmeal stouts..

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!!!! A fullbodied stout with significant notes of coffee and roasted flavors. Like I've stated before, Rogue hit the nail on the head when they tackled stouts...definetly in my top 5 of american/english stouts...it's a treat if you can find it. and obviously if you can find it on tap, there is a noticeable different in the flavor, smell, and taste...having had both.

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Photo of DrewS
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this is an awesome stout. Pours out motor oil black, darkest beer I've seen in a long time. The head was light brown, not massive, but ample and smells of roasted malt. Then comes a complete flavor explosion upon entering the mouth. We got sweet chocolate, coffee, a sort of charcoal, and earthy flavors all combining for make one of the most complex stouts I've had. It went down smooth easy, like the good stuff it is. I was going to have dinner with this but ended up being dinner itself. It finished off with a almost undecernable bitterness. This is one of the best and I highly recommend it.

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

A classic. No doubt about it. While this is a really big stout (both in flavour and in bottle) it's drinkable and downright fun.
First pour shows a deep, dark black with ruby highlights. An impressive head for a bottled stout with excellent cascade effect. Aromas of roasted barley, crisp hops and hints of caramel, roasted cocoa beans and malt blend into a quite attractive mix.
Initial taste impression is of smoothness. There are no harsh or out-of-place notes. While the malt is creamy and smooth it is balanced by crisp grain flavours and a strong underpinning of cocoa. The foundation of grain flavours shows the mix of barley, malt, hops and oats in perfect balance. The aftertaste is clean, citric with a fading hop and coffee cleanser. Primary impressions at the end are of balance and smoothness. This shows off the talents of a top-notch brewer in action. Love it.

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Photo of mwearl
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my most favorite beers. Ebony in color with fairly small head. Wonderfully bitter after taste. Not a high gravity beer, but I must rate the "feeling" of this beer as exceptional. Just as drinkable as a Guiness yet much more complex and distinct. I am a huge Rogue fan, so I may be biased, but if you like Stouts, this is probably the best domestic you will find.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't really detect a scent. (But then, I may have allergies acting up.)
But the pour was great! Deep, rick, thick black. Opaque.
The head is a full finger thick, and is indeed thick. Dark, dark brown and rich. Slow to dissipate, but does dissipate completely.

I started it cold. It tasted both sweet and bitter at the same time. At first all I could get was a slight coffee taste. Hoppy. And, a little flat aftertaste like the end of a Bud. That part wasn't pleasanr. But I don't know if it was because I got used to it, or getting warmer improved it, but that flat, bitter, sour aftertaste didn't last through the first glass, and not at all in the last two glasses.

Did I mention the bottle is large enough to fill too smallish pilsner glasses?

After it warmed up a bit, I started tasting a cocoa flavor. Not chocolate, but cocoa. Almost like a cafe mocha... but with hopps.

Creamy mouthfeel. And not a sticky creamy that causes that back of the pallate linger. But just a rich consistancy.

Kind of heavy--I felt full after the whole bottle. I don't even want to think of how many calories this liquid bread has! *grin*

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Photo of wavz
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Mocca Brown

S- Smokey Chocolate

T- Deep aromas of Smoke with Coffee and hints of roasted chocolate.

M- Nice and smooth, nice balance of taste and carbination.

D- A warmer for the upcoming winter months, easy drinker with tones of home.

This is one of the best stouts that I have ever tried, and I keep coming back for more.

Wavz

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Photo of wanker
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delicious stout. Just sweet enough, without being cloying. Lovely syrupy aftertaste. As drinkable as they come.

Is this my favorite stout of all time? It just might be. Rogue got everything right on this one.

The only negative thing I can say about this stout is that it is a bit pricey. I paid around $4.25 for a 22 oz. bomber. But I wouldn't hesitate to pay it again to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of mkorpal
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown, near black. Tan head about 1 finger, decent retention, with minimal lacing.

Smell is mild chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. Not a ton going on. Needs to be a bit more forward.

taste is of bitter chocolate, some roasted coffee, and some dark fruits. Better than the smell, but still could use something more.

Smooth, but was missing the creamy thick mouthfeel that I expected. Mouthfeel needs to be beefed up. In the end, it ends up to dry.

Drinkability is hurt by the dryness. Not exactly what I would want from the style. It was ok, but was lacking to me. I would have it again, but won't be seeking it out anytime soon.

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A-- Opaque black pour with nice 2 finger mocha brown/espresso colored creamy head lacing the glass as I go
S-- Roasted malts, chocolate and slight hops coffee
T-- Light, hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malts, coffee finish is a little bitter
M-- Light and little to no carbonation maybe a little chewy
D-- a wonderfully balanced stout.. another please

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Photo of seabass87
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ML bottle into glass.

A- Looks like a stout... Opaque dark brown and about a half finger of small cream-colored head that disappears quickly. A fair amount of nice lacing. No carbonation visible (will come back to this later).

S- As one would expect, primarily cooked oatmeal. Also chocolate, biscotti, and mocha... Smells like a delicious stout, hoping the taste follows.

T- The most amazing thing about this stout is how crisp it is... I might even call it refreshing, an adjective I don't typically attribute to stouts. Although I can't see any carbonation, there's a decent amount here... Definitely surprised me (in a good way). The taste is mostly what you would anticipate: oats, slightly bitter mocha, light chocolate. Lingering smokey aftertaste.

M- As I said above, the carbonation here was the big surprise for me. Very refreshing with a medium-light body (for a stout). Finishes relatively clean and dry.

O- In a style dominated by overpowering, high ABV, thick-as-motor-oil stouts, this beer stands out as a shining example of a simpler, lighter stout that still has plenty of gusto. I keep coming back to this beer, and it remains one of my favorites from the Rogue family.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Authentic dark stout appearance. Healthy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong oat hues mixed with roasted barley.

T - Smooth, woodsy fireplace beer. Authentic stout taste and consistency. Comparable to cask served.

M - Smooth, smooth, smooth

O - This is an authentic stout that I would recommend to anyone looking to adventure into the world of stouts. Excellent consistency, color, taste, and appearance.

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Photo of Gregg03
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

From one of favorite breweries, Rogue, from Oregon. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my standard for Oatmeal Stout, and this is almost as good. Rogue seems to alway knows how to make sure the brew has character. This outmeal stout is smooth, and, at the same time, has that kick that Rogue loves to add. Pours thick, little lacing or head, a bit musty espresso followed by a slight bitterness. Excellent, maybe great, but not perfect.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a solid black with a light brown head

S- Roasted Malts, chocolate and espresso

T- I like this a little more than the Rogue Chocolate stout. The difference b/t the two is that I find this beer to be more roasted. In the Chocolate stout all you taste is chocolate but in the Shakespeare stout you can taste the chocolate as well as some good sweet coffee with a nutty backbone.

Food Pairing- I made beer braised chicken with this and it was really good.

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

You better come thirty for this bad boy or its money wasted. Let’s start with the oversized behemoth of a 1 pint 6oz bottle for around $7. I can’t drink that much stout after work and would love a smaller 4 pack option. The pour was good with lots of rich creamy brown head. Has a nice sweet fruity smell that puts my grinning face deep into the glass. My thoughts are easily lost in deeply roasted malts and tantalizing bitterness. It has everything that I like in oatmeal stout, but the cocoa was a bit overpowering for me in the aftertaste near the end of the bottle. Nitpicking the logical minds, Shakespeare didn’t know chocolate, so maybe they should rename this beer to imply what it really is, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Anyways, in short there is nothing unexpected, just a good stout with lots of sweet and bitter flavors. Only negative is the price and size limits the purchase options from me without a friend to share it with.

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Photo of cleve00
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a mason jar

A – black opaque with a 1 finger beige head that lingers and dissipates slowly . Some lacing.

S – Roasted malts, very little coffee , maybe even some fruitiness/raisin,plum.

T- Roasted malts, , faint nuttiness. bitterness that lingers throughout. No pleasantries just left with a bitter aftertaste.

MF – mild dry finish, carbonation is a little much. This is my first Oatmeal Stout. I will be in pursuit of more Oatmeal Stouts to compare it to.

Summary: the price point was right for sure, but if the taste isn't there i wont go back.

**I enjoyed the Roguee Chocolate Stout much more:)

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Photo of kevinl6
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is addictive!! Jet black appearance with a creamy, ever so slight, tan head that crawls down the glass as you drink it. Smell can't be beat for me....roasty, coffee, slight hints of chocolate, all at the perfect 'strength'. I love the smell of this one! Taste has some bitterness, sweetness, and coffee to it, with a possible slight alchohol warmth, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, but not quite as thick as a Chocolate Stout. Drinkability only gets a 4 for me, as it is sweet and thick....but, it is still a very drinkable stout to be as thick as it is. One of the best!

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

Served out of 22oz bottle

This beer pours pitch black, when held up to the light no trace of any other color. A nice tan colored head forms but disapates fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops a bit of citrus coming through. Along with coffee, and chocolate. Medium bodied stout that feels good in the mouth. A clean finish with mild hops on the nose. A great stout and will drink(buy) again.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,402 ratings.
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