Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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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:
1,608
Ratings:
3,432
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
475
For Trade:
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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Rogue Shakespeare Stout at Moe Joes in D'town Plainfield, IL. The beer poured dark and opaque and very little head formed on the first pour...in addition the beer did not lace. On the second pour there was a bit more head, and some lace. The smell was roast espresso. The taste was pretty much roast and coffee. As the beer warmed a bit of the acidic coffee flavor came out. The mouthfeel was good, fuller bodied stout, which I like and not overly crazy with the alcohol. Overall the beer was decent.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Giant fist full head created off the pour. Head is tight like a rock with a fistfull cap like head and light brown colored. Falls fairly slowly, sitting on a dark walnut body. Not much else to say not much sticky lacing while drinking.

Good malt and mild cocoa off the nose, kind of has that oatmeal stout feel, that grainy husk thing going for it (similar to Samuel Smith). Feels a little dense. Things are looking up!

Taste at first is a bit bitter and a nice hop actually. Chocolate and malt feeling hits on the end with a nice roast that hints at cigarette tobacco. It's a bit wet though but also has a nice bitterness.

Overall I like my Oatmeal stouts just a tad thicker than this but you know I can't complain about this one right here, it will do no problem.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a thick, bubbly brownish head. The color was great - the head disappeared to leave just traces fairly rapidly.
The smell was of chocolaty oats with hints of fruity hops. The aroma was fairly strong - but pleasant - earthy tones.
The taste was of sweet chocolate blended with some bitter, fruity hops and a touch of yeast. As the drink progressed, more flavors became more manifest. After a few sips, I read the bottle more closely and saw that there were nine ingredients. I was not surprised, as it is a richly complex stout. The taste was very enjoyable.
It left a nice taste in the mouth - one that I would expect from a good stout. The alcohol was well-hidden. It was rich and creamy.
The impression it left me with was haven eaten a bowl of oatmeal accompanied with a rich chocolate milk.
This is a great, complex stout to have as a dessert drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, pours allmost black with a frothy dark tan head, leaving nice stringy lacing. Nose here is mildly of burnt grains and coffee grounds. this is a bold and full taste stout, pleanty of coffee, chocolate and roasty notes. Smoth and nicely rounded on the tongue, finishes smooth and coating, but not clinging to the tongue, finish is marked with more semi sweet dark chocolate and mildly drying hops. This one has been a classic, fine American micro brew for many years. Hats off and a big thank you to the folks at Rogue for putting this fine stuff out for such a long time.

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

A classic if there ever was one.
The color is an inky cloak of solemn black.
Head is a thick, crusty, toasted brown. Aroma: supreme example of roast, rich and invigorating, potent and powerful, dry and dreamy, a snootful could rise old Yorick from his grave. Further gleanings give more flavors, of anise, espresso, pepper, chocolate. I could smell this all day and think of nothing better to do!
On first taste, I am transported! Beautiful bitterness, lush malt, titanic texture! Thoroughly magical hop play on the palate, to make old Prospero proud, malt as dark and knotted as King Richard's heart. Every single time I have the pleasure to sip this fine ale, any wintry discontent is made glorious summer anon! I happily suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange!
I feel like the world's mine oyster...mmmm. oy-sters!
From Shakespeare to Simpson, that's how even the best of beers will tranform us all!
Plainly put, the bard of beers does somehow have that bewitching power o'er me, and I am mezmerized good, as I like it. And when the hurlyburly's done, I am left clamoring for more!
I couldn't change a thing about this perfect potion. Some stouts may be more bold or brash in alcohol or flavor, but none is more perfectly integrated in all it's parts and easily drunk and thoroughly enjoyed. Truly, the stuff dreams are made of!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No idea how old this bottle is, but I've had it for at least a year. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a blotchy haze and thick ring. Not much in the way of lacing, with just a few fingers. Dark brown body with some hints of red to it at the fringes.

S - Cocoa beans, a touch of soy, roasted barley, bitter espresso, and a touch of meaty smokiness in there as well.

T - Taste has a little more caramel with the cocoa and smokiness, and thankfully the soy element has dropped out completely. Still, it tastes a little bit dull - perhaps this bottle is too old. Damn Rogue for not dating anything. There's a bit of an acrid burnt coffee finish as well.

M - Fairly high carbonation going on here. Body is definitively medium and significantly chewy and viscous. The finish is really dry, which is somewhat atypical. This is one of the nicest elements of this brew.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly interesting or exciting. The alcohol is well hidden, and other than the slight over-carbonation it has a nice texture.

Skimmed through some other reviews - apparently this is quite hoppy when it is fresh, but goes downhill fairly quick. However, since there's no bottle dating it's hard to know what one is going to get. I'll re-review if I see it on-tap.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a dark black with some brown highlights under the light. The head is a chunky, light, foamy chocolatey color with good staying power. Aromas of coffee, nut, chocolate, and a little bit of pepper. The flavors are coffee first and foremost, and some slightly sweet chocolatey malt that helps to balance the bitterness. Earthy tones highlight, and there is a robust quality that does not go unnoticed. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, despite the heavy flavors. The aftertaste is bitter roasted coffee again, but with a touch of booze and rich, dark chocolate. Smooth and crisp finish, this beer is light and easy to drink. Very easy to consume in large quantities. Tasty.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/10/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber, undated, poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a medium sized dirty chocolate head. Lacing was nice.

Smell- Mostly a light roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Taste- Very nice burnt chocolate taste as well as the standard coffee and roasted malt flavor. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- A bit more more carbonated than expected, but still an easy sipper.

Drinkability- Rogue impresses once again. One of the best american stouts I have had to date. This one will be purchased again in the future.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of herbs. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, hint of oatmeal, slight alcohol, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is now called Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout for some reason. Cool with me. Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that breaks quickly. Leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is low. The beer is nearly red at the corners of the glass.

Aroma is a mild roast with some side sweetness. Smells fine, could be bigger or have something going on there.

Beer is medium bodied, I was expecting a little more body out of this honestly, I mean its called "Oatmeal" now. Lets do it. Beer is very bitter from the roasted grains, leaves a lingering taste and a graininess in my mouth. It grows in harshness the more I drink. Not my favorite oatmeal stout.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. Dark and smoky, roast grains and chocolate. Dark ruby brown, almost black with velvety dark beige head. A very, very good stout.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that has good retention and moderate lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, hint of vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a drier, mildly hoppy finish with slight astringency. Medium bodied, lighter than I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. A nicely made, flavorful stout that does not quite have the body and rich mouth feel I've experienced with most oatmeal stouts. Stout flavor profile is near perfect with just a little dryness in the finish.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with brown highlights that had a half finger of tan head and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had some roasitness chocolate malts with citrus notes and also some hop character. After a couple whiffs I didi manage to spot out a little coffee aroma as well. The flavors were pretty much the same as the nose consisting of the chocolate roastiness upfront along with coffee, citrus, and hop accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet and slight astringent mouthfeel from the coffee but it didi have a biiter hop finish. It drank quite good but I'm honestly not too enthused about hoppy oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a one finger caramel colored head. The head falls quickly, but remains a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee, with some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose, as bold roasted malts, strong coffee, molasses, and a stronger than normal bitterness is rounded with some soft chocolate and prune tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry lightly crisp finish. Medium-heavy in body. Roasted tones and coffee linger well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable stout, as the full robust flavors leave you wanting another taste quickly. A great stout everyone should seek out.

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

On-tap, appropriately, at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo.

First off, I have to mention this was only $3.75 for a 20 oz. pint while it costs $5.25 for a 22 oz. bomber at Tiffany's in K-zoo. Anyways, Shakespeare Stout is basically, combines a rich and smooth cocoa and coffee malt profile with IPA-like hops flavors. It's a great mix of chocolate and citrus hops, hop chocolate if you will. I think the yeast masks, or takes the edge off, the grains. They're just not as big or complex as a good stout could be. Another good example of a bitter, but dark beer is Smuttynose's Robust Porter, check that out for the malt profile I'm talking about.

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

A 650ml bottle poured into pint glass.
Black body with a nice 'root-beer float', tan head that lingered for a long while.
smell of coffee, roasted chocolate, some florals and hops. Taste was of mostly that roasted chocolate, coffee and some toast. Creamy, smooth, with a slight bite on the end. Minimal aftertaste, but just enough to remind you of the flavor.
Drinks well at just below room temp.

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

A - Pours a nice dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, nice dark tan creamy head, lots of lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is sweet malty with a nice touch of toffee.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a very tasty stout from Rogue, would highly recommend.

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Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is classic stout color, black, with a dark tan head that when poured dissipates quickly, but remains as a slight ring around the glass. It has a mild citrusy hop aroma (Cascade hops) with dark malt character that blends together nicely. The beer tastes very dark, noting the use of roasted barley and chocolate malts (a little too heavy on the roasted barley). It is also flavored with Cascade hops which gives it a very pleasant hop flavor. It has a med. to heavy body, but is highly drinkable. This is not, in my opinion, one of their better beers, but is still better than many competitors offerings. My only complaint is that the hop flavor is hidden by the use of roasted barley. Nevertheless a great stout!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Pacific Ranch Market, on to the beer:

This stout pours out thick, leaving an opaque color in the glass and an outstanding head that holds well. The aroma is full of roasted cocoa flavor. Up front on the palate, roasted barley is tasted first, then a wave of mild hops scramble on before a long lingering roasted aftertaste. Chocolate flavors emerge as the beer warms, sweetening things up a bit. Leftovers of chalk sits around in the aftertaste too. A good mix of flavors makes this beer a winner and a role model for how other craft brewers can make thier stouts.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. There is a ton of sediment suspended in the beer even though I poured carefully. There was also a lot of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate, with quite a bit of hop bitterness and bitter dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

While I have never tried this side-by-side. this beer reminds me quite a bit of Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

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

Rogue : Shakespeare Stout

22oz bottle. Pours black as night with a mocha head. Aroma of chocolates, coffee and some alcohol. In the taste, more of the aforementioned chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, char, espresso and very little booze or alcohol. The oats have made this beer silky smooth and goes down very nicely and easily. This bottle had some age on it, and was still very nice. Overall, a solid oatmeal stout with good flavors that went well together. Would be a fine dessert beer to pair with chocolate.

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a jet black color with a light brown coffee fluffy head.

The aroma has some milk chocolate, a bit of creaminess, a bit of coffee, roasted malt. I don’t really get the oatmeal coming through.

The flavor is quite good for an oatmeal stout. The front has that round malt flavor that oats give this beer. The beer has quite a bit of roast that gives it bitterness, a bit like coffee. The finish has this slight bitter chocolate and roast. It’s almost metallic, earthy, or herbal.

It has pretty big roasted and bitter flavors for a 6.10% ABV stout. It’s less tame than other oatmeal or milk stouts.

The beer doesn’t really have the mouthfeel from oats. I wish there was more sweetness to balance the bitterness out.

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

This one is a good solid American style dry stout. I've found over the years that I'm not partial to many of the Rogue products, but the fact that they still churn out fine brews like this and some others keeps me drinking their stuff. This beer pours black with a slight tan head and some slight lacing. The smell is of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit and cream. Very nicely balanced and appetizing. The taste is even better. Perfectly balanced roastiness, creaminess, and dry chocolate flavors come together without being sweet. Very nice, and with good depth while maintaining the dry stout profile. The mouthfeel as well is creamy but dry, making this quite drinkable. This stout shows that you can make an intensely flavored, balanced stout without heaping on the alcohol. A classic of the style, I can't believe I've waited so long to try it.

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

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter blackness with thick, dark, foamy head reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake.

Smell: smooth and malty with a large and distinct chocolate aroma. Yummy!

Taste: big malt with big chocolate and a delicious coffee finish. Some nice spicy hops and bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick with a nice creaminess.

Drinkability: possibly a little *too* drinkable.

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

Dark chocolate with a subtle, although plainly visible in some angles, maroon tinted lining. The beer is, of course, opaque and drawing any colour from it is difficult without the help of bright lighting. A giant mound of foam topped by large airy bubbles is tacked onto the beer's surface. Its bounteous accumulation etches the glass in layer after layer of intricately woven lace.

Whether the beer smells good or great is something drinkers will disagree on. If you like plenty of hops in your beer, regardless of style, then you will absolutely, positively love Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. If you want a stout to be more heavy roasted espresso oriented the beer should still find favour with you, so long as you can accept that pungent, zestful American hops are put first.

Make no mistake, there is still plenty of mocha for everyone. The beer offers notes of hazelnut, dark caramel, black coffee and milk-chocolate covered honeycomb toffee along with the notes of spicy, resiny, grapefruit flavoured hops. The combination results in a candied fruit topped toffee cake served with a side cup of fresh-pulled espresso. Yum!

Take a look at Rogue's lineup and you're hard-pressed to find a beer that isn't intensely hopped. This brewer is obviously fond of hoppy beers and that makes two of us. This beer provides me with my chocolaty roast malt stout fix but it also accommodates the hop head in me too. Others may disagree, but I find the zesty bitterness a welcome dimension.

That is said for this particular stout but not all of them. This level of hoppiness could destroy the balance in many stout ecosystems. Rogue, however, seems to have some innate understanding of how to incorporate it. The chocolaty-coffee roast is omnipresent on each sip and imparts plenty of chalky, scorched grain texture and flavour. This has the richness of an Imperial Stout yet the drinkability of an Irish Dry Stout.

This one earns the word "stout" in its namesake, it is in fact the very definition of the word. You should see a picture of this bottle when you look the word up in the dictionary. This set the benchmark. I've had many a great stouts since I first tried Shakespeare Stout but I still consider this one of my favourite of them all. A stout by any other name is not as sweet...

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,432 ratings.
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