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:
3,446
Reviews:
1,611
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
480
For Trade:
6
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Photo of beachbum1975
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one DrewOSU. This is the first beer we cracked for the LOST Season premiere (Season 5, yes - I'm a tool).

Pours black with a huge, 4 inch foamy, dark tan head served a touch above room temp and an average pour. Excellent lacing down the walls of my pint glass and average head retention.

Light, sweet chocolate and mild, sugary malts and light coffee grounds - pretty simple nose. Also, some traces of wet cardboard, though I know this is a fresh delivery to the Root Cellar.

Light bodied with low carbonation and medium to full flavor. Much like the nose, only much from flavorful. Heavily roasted coffee stands out most with a trailing of chocolate in the middle. Slightly bitter finish, likely due to the hops at place.

Nice overall, but I didn't care for the nose on this a whole lot.

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Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cmq103
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark pour, not overly thick, got me a decent 1/4" head with a semi-aggressive pour. The light brown head diminished to be thin and spotty within a few minutes. Lacing started off sticky, but slipped away to almost nothing as my glass emptied.

Smell: I expected more to the nose but what I was able to get was roasted malts and oats, though mild for an oatmeal stout. Mild coffee and chocolate too. Not bad, but I expected a little more.

Taste: Roasted oats are present but not overwhelming. Impressive blend of oats, malt, coffee and chocolate. I'm surprised by the presence of a moderately bitter finish. I wasn't expecting that with an oatmeal stout. Hops are there, which I think brings out the bitterness with this beer. Lightly sweet finish with the bitterness wanting to stick around on the tongue for quite some time after my swallow. As the beer warms the favors are more pronounced. I would suggest letting this one breathe a few minutes to get closer to room temperature. I think the bitterness lessened as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. Dry, but at times, creamy texture. The bitterness is present more in this beer that in other oatmeal stouts I've had in the past.

Overall: A pretty darn solid oatmeal stout, though my first "go to" would be Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. I haven't been disappointed by any beer made by Rogue.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a tan/mocha head.

Chocolate up front on the nose with a hint of oats.

Bitterness front and center in the taste, i wasnt expecting that. Much different taste than what the nose would suggest. Im not getting much in the taste besides the bitterness and a tingly unpleasant mouthfeel.

Honestly, this one is a head scratcher to me. I truly do not understand the high rating.

Edit: best by date of 1/21/14, drank on 1/3/16. Has to be the reason this is unpleasant to me. I will have to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of s1ckboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of bh123
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Pours an impenetrably deep black with a rich tan head that retains nicely. Rings of lace linger beautifully after every sip.

The aroma is roast and cascade hops, nice and fruity, slightly piney, with hints of milk chocolate and caramel.

The taste is very roast forward but perfectly so, very dry, intense and smooth at the same time--pine bitterness lingers long in the finish. Definitely has a coffee grinds taste going on.

The mouthfeel is creamy, just a notch below full bodied, and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall just a great drinker, really nice and roasty and dry and balanced to perfection.

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Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kegger22
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a moderate head that faded to a collar. The aroma was coffee and chocolate. The taste not so sweet, but bitter black coffee and dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Mouth feel was medium to full bodied with fairly minimal carbonation. Drinkability was good, 6.00 ABV a plus in this category. Reminded me of SN's stout.

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Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Dark chocolate silk with just enough complexity to always be interesting yet not so intense so as to lose drinkability. This is THE session stout. Aroma is chocolate-covered black raspberries. The roastedness is strong but melds seamlessly with the other flavors of caramel and hops. Yes, the hops are there, just like we expect from Rogue, but they are not overly fruity. Their flavor adds earthiness and life to the aroma and a vinous depth to the flavor. Body is medium-thin, but the low carbonation stops it from feeling at all fizzy. Lingering bitterness and roasted acidity tantalize the taste buds for another sip. Oh yeah, this is nice.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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 gelasin
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of jp312
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 650ml bottle into a large mug.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with plentiful brown/tan head, which fades slowly to but a thin coating.

S- A bit of earthy hopiness upon pouring. Some roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee notes develop as the brew warms.

T- Burned, acidic coffee is huge upon first sip, and largely prevails throughout consumption. Chocolate notes are vague and fleeting, and wet cardboard notes creep in during consumption.

M- Moderate/low carbonation....watery and thinner than I had hoped. I'm always disappointed to encounter a stout this watery.

D- Ok. This wasn't completely offensive to drink, but consuming all 22 ounces became a chore by the last 1/4 of the mug.

Future outlook: Especially considering the reviews here and my general fondness for stouts, I am somewhat disappointed in this one. With so many vastly superior stout options so readily available, I'm unlikely to feel compelled to revisit this one anytime soon.

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Photo of timoteo833
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,446 ratings.
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