Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

3,455 Ratings
Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

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Photo of Mullinger1980
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DiscLizard
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cwrw
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml, typical Rogue bottle labelling, but with blue Shakespeare clothing on the gentleman. Rogue's idea of really "mixing things up"...
I tasted this at cellar temperature. This pours very smoothly and it's hard NOT to get a SIZABLE coffee-coloured head, thick and crackling slowly. Fine lacing that clung very quickly and securely. Swirling makes the edges of the head go even darker and almost light red. Like the Chocolate stout this is almost completely ebony, with only hints of blue near the edges. Incredibly opaque, too, as holding it right next to the computer screen shows no light. Solid appearance. Oats and bacon on the nose at first, almost more porter-like initially. Hickory smoke and beef jerky, with nice hop notes that seem to come in waves...sometimes there, sometimes not. Good malting that is grainy and full of licorice and tobacco. Some milky notes and plenty of salinity. Other notes of nuts, charcoal, blackberry, and black coffee. The alcohol is nose-tickling and fairly detectable. Sweet dark candy whiffs too occasionaly. Sticky sourish and salty malts on the tongue and plently of charcoal. Big and meaty. Fuller in body than their Chocolate stout. Lots of gristy dustiness in the finish. Some fruits in the middle too, dark and old, like dried dates or prunes. A little chocolate, but more coffee than anything. A good balance, but nothing out of the ordinary. Good full body and plenty of lingering bitterness. Could drink it rather quickly and easily. This compared to the Chocolate Stout? Weaker aroma but fuller taste. I have rated this in style and with disinterest, but I fail to see this as "outstanding." A good beer, yes. A little bit let-downish though for its rating. I was expecting more.

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

Nice black color, decent light-brown head.

Smells of caramel, a light citrus and a slight roasted scent.

Wow, nice full body, creamy mouthfeel, crisp though. Beautiful mix of roasted coffee with a medium sweetness and a little bitterness. Leaves a nice light chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

A truly awesome brew, my new favorite stout. Everyone should try this one.

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Photo of Birmz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a half inch of filthy head. Aroma is difficult to write about as it's incredibly intense and complex. Dark roasted malts come through, followed by molasses and some chocolate in the finish. Flavor is bursting with chocolate goodness. Slight bitter hop hint at the end. Finishes rather dry, as dry as an American stout can. This would be perfect served with a chocolate dessert, or simply sipped and enjoyed by itself. The oats do give it incredible smoothness. Still not incredibly heavy, mouthfeel is seemingly middle ground. But, wow, what a bomber for oneself!

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sweisel80
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

A very black beer... what did I expect? A very black beer...

A great, tan, creamy head dissipates quickly into a nice cap. Excellent stick to the glass. Appears "thick". Slight swirls bring the head back quite quickly. Opaque.

Aroma is yeasty. Roasted malt. A bit of chocolate. A little spice... maybe cinnamon. French roast coffee....

Quite good mouthfeel... sweet yet dry... but not too dry.

Huge roasty flavor. Delicious. Big coffee overtones and big malt. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mcaulifww
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Pours black with tan one-fingered head in snifter. Tons of thick, sticky lacing. Head lingers for some time too.

Smell is heavy with chocolate and dark toasted malt. There is also a hoppy character to it as well.

Taste is heavily dark chocolate and roasted malt. Little bit of coffee and caramel. Lots of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation. Medium bodied beer.

Overall this was good. Very drinkable.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Dead Guy. I've had the Mocha Porter. I've had Hazlenut to YSB to Yellow Snow to Irish Ale to St. Rogue Red to Choco Stout. I've even had the fabled I Squared PA (wonderful by the way). But I've never had Shakespeare Stout. The BEST Rogue apparently. The BEST BEER IN THE WORLD as I've seen crowned in some questionable literature. The hype is almost overpowering. So, on to MY review.
22 ounce bomber. Pop top pours a black brown beer, no carbonation, with deep tan head. Reminds me of the King (Storm, that is). Smell is sweet and bitter, like an imperial. But this is just a meager stout. Well maybe not. Taste is very smooth, with just the right touch of bitter hop and roasty malt to make you say hmmm. If I had had this before SK, I'd say SK is a heavy Shakespeare. Since I've already had the King, I'd say this is a lighter guy, but fit to serve as his second in command. Good choco feel at the end. Interesting to note the oatmeal prescence in the malt (props to Rogue for listing all their ingredients--gentlemen among brewers). The oatmeal seems to have just turned to alcohol, and left little of its trace in the residual taste. I really love this beer, I guess my cynicism comes from the fact that Rogue is in Oregon, I am in PA, Victory is 1 hour from me, and Storm King is similar, and just a bit better. Rogue's Imperial should embolize this. I'm sold. I love it. But, at $6 a bomber, with $1.75 SK's in the cooler, I can't really bring myself to say I prefer this. Great beer.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours a used diesel motor oil black with a brown head. Smells of dark roasted malts and burnt chocolate. Has a nice n' thick, chewy mouthfeel. The taste is of toasted, almost burnt malts with a chocolatey undertone. Finishes with a slightly burnt grain bitterness on the tongue.
A stout lovers stout for sure.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an easy pour brings out a nice thick tan head over a very dark beer, with some red highlights. the aroma is a very nice roasted malt smell, maybe some chocolate and coffee notes there, but the taste is where the malts really shine the coffee and chocolate are pronounced and fade away in a bit of bitterness that might be more due to the hops than the malt. the mouthfeel is full bodied, but with a bit too much carbonation for me.

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Photo of Harvey98
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of AlbertVogler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dsl72701
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmaaattt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of gmcfarre
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ox bomber into traditional pint glass. Sampled during a snowy picnic along with a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.

A - Super oqaque darkness with 1 inch caramel colored head. Very nice lacing.

S - Slightly subdued toffee notes with a hint of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Good malt balance with overt sweetness. Toffee and chocolate come to mind. Good creamy aftertaste that leave you wanting more.

M - Smooth lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a slight dryness at aftertaste.

D - Non-overt sweetness make this a repeatable and delicious treat.

Of the two brews, I preferred the Shakespeare (although the Yeti was indeed delicious). As I recall, this beer paired nicely with Gouda cheese.

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

The beer smells of roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate. When poured it looks like an imperial stout. It looked thick and has a big head. Decent retention with its brown coloured head. The bitterness from the hops are perfectly balanced from the roasty malts. The coffee flavours are great and the hints of chocolate make the beer very tasty; there is also a nice sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and this beer is super drinkable. However, the watery mouthfeel really hurts the taste, but I might be a bit jaded from RIS... I will drink this many more times!

EDIT: As the beer warms up, the mouthfeel get's better and soe does the flavour.

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Photo of Keeling
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doppelmeup
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22 oz bottle of this with some grilled lamb for Easter dinner.

Looked very much like a stout. Dark brown, thick, rich inch tall head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smelled of burnt coffee and smoked peat.

Tasted very smoky and rich, again the burnt coffee taste prevailed, with some dark molasses and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Thick, rich mouthfeel without being too syrupy or thick. Definitely a dryer stout, versus a Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall not a bad stout. I think that if you like this style of beer, you would like this beer. Does it deserve to be in the top 25 or 30 on the best beer list? I'm not sure.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a completely opaque jet black that just refuses to let any light through. Big frothy inch-thick head that's the color of light caramel. Sticky, bubbly lacing coats the inside of the glass and doesn't go away. Just a great looking stout. Smell is initially pretty astringent, but once it warms up and settles down a little bit, the aromas of chocolate and malt become quite prevalent. Some mild coffee nuances accompany them, along with the titular oatmeal, which is subdued, but still present.

Starts off with a malty kick that permeates the palate with a whole host of different flavors, including chocolate and coffee with some mild roasty notes. Hops makes a brief appearance on the back end, gliding into the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy, yet managing to retain a medium-to-light body and feel. Finishes clean and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Drinkability is quite good. With a tolerable ABV, an enticing scent and a pleasing taste, this Rogue beer is a great candidate to share with friends or to just indulge with by yourself. Just wish all of their brews were this solid!

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,455 ratings.
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