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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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
Ranking:
#1,552
Reviews:
1,621
Ratings:
3,476
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
336
Gots:
491
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,476 |  Reviews: 1,621
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, we go with this classic oatmeal stout. A deep and dark ebony colored body without the slightest hint of light. Crowned with a frothy tan head which fades to leave a nice 1/2inch cap on the beer.

Aroma is most definitely roasted barley with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

A surprising but subtle hop note greets the palate before the strong flavors of the roasted barley take over. Typical stout flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate are found, but not overpowering.

Checking the bottles side by side and the website, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and Rogues Chocolate Stout are almost identical beers, with the only difference being the lack of "natural chocolate flavors" in the oatmeal stout. So, essentially you have two top-notch American oatmeal stouts, a price thats hard to beat in the 22oz bottle format.

Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly crisp. A bit lighter in the body than expected, but this could be from getting used to drinking all the bigger stouts out there.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, that may be one of the best representations of the style that's widely available on the market. Rogue gets a lot of crap from many craft beer elitists, but you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jburd19
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Thrasher
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid black with brown at the edges, creamy thick head. Potent odor of roasted barley and burnt flavors. Big malt characteristics, twinges of coffee and a good deal of strong bitter chocolate, some caramel and a slight butteriness deep down. Very mild sweetness and a big hunk of oat. Hop bitterness is attenuated by the burnt malt flavors but the dryness is extremely prominent. Mild hints of grasses and green vegetables as well as slightly offputting brown sugar and molasses. A very thick, sticky beer which is not cloying thanks to the hop dryness. Still not a particularly good session stout - I discovered this the hard way. It's a good beer, but unworthy of all the acclaim; perhaps this and Sierra Nevada are the prototypical West-Coast stouts.
updated 3/04

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a crude oil jet black with ample mocha brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell and Taste are earthy malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a surprisingly high hop presence. Not overbearing, but certainly there. Quite frankly, this tastes almost identical to their Mocha Porter which I had a few weeks ago. This further blurs the line between porter and stout in my opinion. It seems like it's really at the brewer's discretion whether they call their dark beer a stout or porter. I'm not mad, I love both, just an interesting thing to think about. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Finished the bomber with ease. A very solid offering from Rogue. They've yet to blow me out of the water, but they never really disappoint either. Just solid all around. Could have done worse for review #50.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, ink black color. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Decent sized dark tan head forms on top. Thin spider web lacing.

S: Caramel, espresso & coffee, along with some slightly burnt aromas.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, espresso, burnt caramel, and a surprisingly big hop finish. It's very smooth, well balanced, and complex. The flavors are all there but not over the top. It's almost like a light version of Old Rasputin.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick. Some oily hops in the finish as well.

D: The smooth and balanced flavors, along with it being only 6%, make for a very drinkable stout. A solid stout, you can't go wrong with this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of frank4sail
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opeque black look with a creamy thick brown head. In tense cocoa and sweet nose. Big flavorful initial taste of smooth roasted malt then a big blast of expresso and bitter dark chocolate. The finish is rounded with bitterness. There is also a slight alcohol dryness to the tongue.

I know there is no such thing as the "perfect beer", but if you compare this beer to other stouts you have had... it will be "the stout". Conplex, refined, and proof that an American Craft Brewery can produce a world class stout. I finally know now why this style is called "stout"... it stands on solid foundations. Yummmmmm!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Completely opaque, even backlit, with a coarsely bubbled tan head.

Aroma is nice -- roasted malt and barley dominate, though a slight hop boquet is clearly present.

Very well balanced flavor. Roasty malt flavor is the most prevalent, almost sweet enough to qualify as a sweet stout, but balanced nicely by the hops. 69 IBU is a bit high for this style of beer, but it works really well here. Crisp flavor, slightly dry finish. Chocolatey, toasty aftertaste.

Not a lot to complain about here. The head retention, in the several bottles I've payed attention to, has been relatively poor, and the head itself has been somewhat less creamy than typical of the style. Also, the body is perhaps a bit thinner than I like to see in a stout. Still, a very drinkable beer.

Also, huge kudos to Rogue for putting *so much* information about their beer right on the bottle. IBUs, Hop type, malt type, specific gravity, it's all right there! Rogue is the only company I know of that does this.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of alucard
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. The head is tan and wilts from two fingers into cm froth after a short while, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

The nose is all char, roasted grain, expresso, and bitter cooking chocolate, with a sweet fruitiness reminiscent of baked cherries, and earthy hops underneath it all. The aroma is overall very mellow, and there's something very akin to fine leather on occasion coming through.

One is smacked with more of that roast grain, char, burnt cooking chocolate, and expresso notes on the sip, before it morphs into oats, burnt toast, and large scale bitterness on the swallow. The aftertaste is all bitterness, strong cocoa, coffee beans, and charred grain giving it a very rich wallop. There is a fleeting sweetness which manifests halfway through as something almost fig-like, or plum-like before it bows to the enveloping rich character of the bitter expresso oatiness.

In the mouth it is medium-full bodied with some mouth-coating feel; carbonation is minimal, and alcohol dryness very low.

This is a very good stout, make no mistake; certainly it is rich and complex, and those big breakfast qualities do come through. If the flavours had more oomph, and the viscosity were more advanced I'd be loving this even more; I feel it just lacks in the thickness just that little bit.

NOTE: Mine says 6.5% ABV on the bottle, not sure if it's an addition.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ludachris
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from my annual Christmas visit to Halifax as a gift from my Dad.

Pours what seems to be an opaque black, but when held to the light, the true colour of a deep chestnut brown is revealed. 1.5 fingers of mocha coloured head top this beer. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Excellent but not overly pronounced smell of roasted malts, dry cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrus that just makes it through the sweetness of the chocolate and roasted malts, that stems from the cascade hops.

Roasted malts upfront followed by a healthy dose of oats, dark chocolate, light citrus to balance everything out, finishing off with a dry, coffee-like finish.

Extremely well balanced, medium bodied, and dangerously quaffable.

Overall, from the somewhat limited amount of Rogue products I've had, this one is the best to date. The balance is superb; not too sweet and not too dry. An excellent stout and highly recommended.

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Photo of cmq103
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of kalosjakar
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
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 -9.4%

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,476 ratings
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