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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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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 IRONRakkasan
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick dark chewy beer with a large head. I figured I was on my way to a good oatmeal stout. However, I was surprised at the heavy fruity hops aroma. Guess I was expecting more muted roasted malts.

The initial taste was fine, but quickly gave way to what I figured what would be more appropriately labeled as an Imperial Stout. The aftertaste confirmed my belief.

Still, not bad. Always happy with Rogue's offerings.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black with a frothy one finger head, with Swiss cheese dimples.

S - Sweet, chocolate syrup and pungent roasted coffee bean. Toasty, dark creme brulee sugars with a touch of sea salt caramel.

T - Sweet, bitter coffee beans and semi sweet cooking chocolate up front. Roasted java and toasty dark grains about. Nice touch of hop bitterness and dry hops as well. A hint of warm alcohol in the back.

M - Slick on the palate like stouts should be, viscous yet not syrupy. A chewy brew.

O - Well rounded, roasty stout with alot of charachter.

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

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of large snifter glass

A: Dark black with a thick dark brown one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong coffee and roasted malt aromas fill the nose. Very pleasant hints of oatmeal and caramel.

T: As with the smell the strong coffee and roasted malts dominate this brew. Dark rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Slightly hoppy and smooth.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Awesome oatmeal stout. Easily drinkable and finished my whole 22oz bomber in no time at all and had wishing I had another.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very nice black color with a dense, foamy tan head. Good retention, and nice lacing.

Smell: Great roasted malt aroma with oatmeal, and some nuttiness. There's a bit of coffee and chocolate as well.

Taste: Bitter roasted malt flavors, with a hint of cream and dark chocolate. Not much sweetness. Bitter aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate, slow carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Mild ABV, easy to drink as long as you're ok with roast bitterness.

Very nice oatmeal stout, especially if you enjoy bitter flavors. One to get again, now that I can find it locally again.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass a deep black. Several fingers of puffy muddy colored head reluctantly deflate while leaving some lacing on the glass.

The nose is almost smokey, some chocolate and even a little spice.

A sip is just silky smooth with low carbonation. Smokey chocolate hits me most predominantly with some nice subtle hop bitterness/spice to balance out the sweeter dark malts.

Really a nice stout. Almost too smooth, if that's possible - the flavors are supremely balanced and this makes for a very fine drink.

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Photo of birdman200
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, small brown head dissipates quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing.
S: Very roasty. Smells of freshly ground coffee.
T: Super smooth, nice dark malt character, burnt cookies. Mildly sweet.
M: Very dry, clean feel to it.
D: Good, but I think I'd really have to be in the mood to have this one again.

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

Presentation: A pint bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was accompanied with light brie cheese.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown and settled to black rendering the glass opaque. The head was quite generous, at least an inch, and bubbly and a light brownish-tan color. After subsiding the head retained throughout drinking and left a light lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell: Perhaps the most inviting part of this oatmeal stout. I was at once presented with a smoky and coffee scent. There was also some chocolate and even some caramel present. The aroma was very clean and inviting. I really did look forward to the smell upon each sip.

Taste: Consistent with the smell. Prominent notes of smoky coffee tempered with a lightly-earthy and bittersweet chocolate. It really was well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated. Felt rather light for its style yet there was even some subtle chewiness to it.

Overall: This really was a fantastic beer. A complex smell & taste, while maintaining a humble balance. I'm looking forward to the next one. How did I feel upon finishing?

"Parting is such sweet sorrow."
-William Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet II.ii)

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Photo of maltmelon
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. From the fridge, let it warm for approx. 15 min.

A - Dark, dark brown. About a 1/2 inch of sand-colored head. Medium lacing.
S - Slightly toasty.
T - Seemed a bit on the hoppy side for what I'd expect from a stout. Got some of the toastiness too, but the hops were a little overwhelming.
M - Light carbonation, neither thin not thick.
O - Nothing to get either really excited about or complain about. Very average, I might feel better about it if it wasn't so pricey. Would have preferred to taste the malt more.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark brown, basically black, with a respectable thick foamy head.

S: Coffee jumps right out. Grain, sweetness too but cant place it - maybe dark chocolate, bit of herbalness and grassiness.

T: Big coffee, tons of barley, burnt and roasted malt swing in behind. Dark chocolate and a pop of grassiness in the end. Frothy soy milk throughout. Extremely creamy.

M: Big, thick, creamy and chewy.

O: This beer was good in all respects but lacked something special to make it the sum of its parts. I would recommend but think there are others I would reach for. Probably just personal preference. I think it was the burnt overtones that drug me down.

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Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a thick cap of creamy light brown foam. Nice lacing.

Rich chocolate scent with cream and coffee notes.

Deep roasted malt adds toasted notes along with coffee bean and a light oatmeal sweetness. A bit too toasty for my liking.

Silky smooth, approaches chewy. Dryer finish in a medium body. Nice carbonation.

A good quality oatmeal stout that just lacks in sweetness and has too much roast for my liking. Not the most affordable bomber, but still a quality beer all around.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours jet black with a generous pour yielding a finger's worth of tan foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a halo around the glass.

S: Oak, smoke, woodchips, double espresso, slightest hint of chocolate.

T: Dry, smoky woodchips and oak hit the palate first, followed by a slight coffee roast that finishes with slightly hoppy bitterness.

M: Soft mouthfeel for a stout, with a dry and uninspiring finish.

O: Not sure what the rave is all about with this one. It's overly smoky, has slight roast/coffee flavor, the only oats I get are of the dirt/earth variety, and not much going on here. Bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in an over-sized brandy snifter at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black body with a two-finger thick had of persistent, creamy tan foam that left nice sheets of lace and retained til the bottom of the brew. Bless the nitro-tap system!

S: Charred malts and an earthy, herbal hop bitterness sting the nose a bit. Some roasted, milk chocolaty characteristics leap into the aroma as well.

T: Bittwersweet, roasted black and specialty malts impart a chocolaty and bitter espresso flavor up front. A somewhat fruity, nutty malt center blends with an herbal, spicy hop profile before finishing out smooth, creamy and bitter with a lingering hint of semisweet, dark chocolate and nuttiness.

M: Full-bodied, slightly creamy and rather smooth given the use of oatmeal and its 6% ABV.

O: A fine after-dinner brew to sub-in for your coffee or espresso with dessert. Shakespeare would pair nicely with a chocolate torte or mousse, perhaps. But, it's just as fine on its own and perfect as a digestive at 6.1% ABV; not too heavy with enough robust character to put a cap on the evening.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a great homemade meal, I love to sit back with a nice craft brew. This time, I'm goin' Rogue: pouring a tall glass of their famous Shakespeare Stout. I'm a huge fan of their Hazelnut Brown Nectar, but that's the only one I've tried from the old Brewers on the Bay. Anyway, can't wait to give this one a try.

A: Viscous, with a body as thick as motor oil. The head is a dark brown, and it grows fast to a solid 3 fingers. I don't think I've ever seen a head this aggressive on a super-dark stout like this - but I love it. Sticky lacing is everywhere, and, if you pay close enough attention, you can catch a quick glimpse of some yeasty sediment before it disappears back into the darkness. Black, bold, and beautiful.

S: Mega-sweet aromas effortlessly waft from this one. A great creamy chocolate and hazelnut blend. Caramel and other dark sugary notes as well; reminds me of a fresh pecan pie. It's all very typical for a dark, dark stout, but this is done to the extreme. Excellent.

T: It's hard not to notice the smokiness first. That biting flavor, like the smell of a freshly-lit fireplace, stays with you for a while. The sugars taste fresh and clean, but their chocolate/caramel presence is not intense. In fact, there's not a whole lot of over-bearing in this beer - it's really mellow and balanced. The oats are apparent as well, giving it a natural feel at times. Other than that, I gotta say: I love those Willamette hops!!! They fit perfectly in this earthy brew. They add their bitterness at the perfect point, giving a boost to the coffee flavors yet staying crisp for the aftertaste. This palate is very well-executed.

M: This is where I lost some interest. For a super-dark beer like this, I was craving a seriously heavy mouthfeel. I was disappointed by a consistent watery texture.

O: Almost infallible - the feel definitely turned me off at times, but overall, it's very well-crafted. And, even with that snag, I still consider this one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is completely black with a small amount of brown head that slowly settles. Smell is very sweet with a hint of oats, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Excellent combination.

Sweet chocolate taste with a mixture of oats and caramel. Picked up coffee and roasted malts as well. Medium-heavy bodied, but creamy, with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a lingering malt/oat taste.

Overall, this is an excellent stout. It has a great mixture of tastes and goes down smooth. Definitely something to savor.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this was the first Oatmeal Stout I ever had years ago, either Rogue or Stoudts Fat Dog.

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Claret.

Appearance-Pitch black, a little light shines through when held up to the light. 2 inch foamy, big bubble mocha head. Very appealing.

Smell-Malty, Smokey, some bitter chocolate and a light yearst aroma.

Taste-Burnt and Smokey flavors throughout the whole sip. Upfront some subtle coffee and malt flavors, and towards the end a nice bitter chocolate. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing and Crisp, a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied.

Overall-I was planning on drinking this one slow and calling it a night, but the bombers gone. I really liked this beer.

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

Review #1

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black with a one finger dark khaki/caramel head. Light cannot pass through this wonderfully looking stout. Great lacing.

S: Instant chocolate hits your nose for a brief second followed by a slightly bitter coffee. The hops come through to enhance the bitterness and tone down the sweetness of the chocolate

T: Bitter coffee upfront with a sweet oat taste through the middle followed by an even sweeter chocolate that hits the back end and stays on the pallet.

M: For a stout it is light but slightly chewy at the beginning. Smooth finish. Goes down VERY easy

O: Great Stout that paired very well with the meat I was having at the time. Take the time to enjoy a few sips before the meal though as this changes the taste slightly and is less bitter up front during the meal.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black, short tan head left a thin covering, moderate lacing
S - bittersweet chocolate, light fresh coffee, leafy, and buttery syrup
T - cold pressed coffee, bakers chocolate, smoky malt, light leafy hops and a hint of fruity syrup
M - full bodied chewy and smooth, finished sweet and bitter
O - a classic all out stout, a big bodied beer with the flavour to match, extremely easy drinking

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Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark brown that doesn't quite hit black. Gorgeous and thick brown head that stays for a while and eventually leaves rich lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

A wonderful aroma of coffee and chocolate. Little hop presence. Smells rich and lovely.

An incredible amount of flavor. There's tons of coffee, and chocolate, and even some significant hop presence. Bitter yet sweet, nearly perfect. Very good.

Rich mouthfeel, ample carbonation, very nice.

An exceptionally good oatmeal stout. It does everything right.

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Photo of DarthRadb
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Brown, Almost Black, Creamy Tan Head upon pour that fades quickly to nothing but lacing around the outer edges.

Smell: Roasted Malts, Chocolately Oats, bit of Toffee and Molasses. Very Slight almost fruity background yeast aroma.

Taste: Roasted Malt up front, Toffee in the middle, slight Chocolate Oats finish.

Mouthfeel: Very Refreshing, medium Carbonation, nice maltly, oaty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'm a fan of this style of beer so I find very drinkable, it's not a session or lawn mower beer, but I could put a couple bottles away with no problem.

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Photo of BasementBer
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, nearly imperceptible to see through. Thick two fingers of brown cookie dough head. Consistent lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of toffee.

T: Thick oat flavor all the way through. Great transition from oats in the nose to roastyness from middle to rear. Almost a finish of burnt grain hanging about.

M: Leaves a not too heavy feeling on the palate. Mouthfeel though does take a bit of the 6% with it.

D: Its very good, nothing overpowering or lacking.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with slim chestnut edges. Zero head on this pint.

Smell -- The aroma is quite roasty with black malt, cocoa, coffee, and black strap molasses sweetness.

Taste -- Black malt, iced coffee, bakers chocolate. Molasses sweetness counterbalanced by earthy hops. The iced coffee flavor is uncanny. Very nice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with low carbonation. Otherwise, the body is on point. This lack of bubbles was probably the fault of the establishment I drank this at, but still is not distracting.

Drinkability -- Rogue fans usually cite this as their favorite offering, and I can see the appeal. Good balance and a nice blend of roast flavors. This is definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of lechroy
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bottle.

A - Nice brown head with 2-finger head that lingers. Nothing "Exceptional".
S - Love the sweet hints of chocolate and toasted oats and coffee here.
T - smooth. velvety beer that hides its 60 IBUs of bitterness extremely well. Maybe a touch on the hoppy side for an oatmeal stout. Very fresh taste.
M - great carbonation and a smooth beer for the gullet.
O - enjoyable, drinkable, doesn't get you canned in a single 22. I brewed a batch after enjoying this beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark and beautiful in my pint glass. Lots of tiny bubbles ripple up the sides to support the brew's tan head. Average lacing.

S: best part of this beer! Huge oats & nutty aromas. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malts too.

T/M: dark, roasty malts; bitter coffee; chocolate and mild oats at the end. A creamy and smooth full-bodied brew.

O: great stuff from Rogue. Love the nuttiness in the nose, wish it showed up stronger in the taste.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep opaque brown, nearly black color with thick fluffy head forming at the top of the pour. Significant lacing throughout the glass.

S: Roasted malts and coffee notes hit the nose. Creamy oat and caramel tones are also present.

T: Sweet oats and caramel tones burst onto the tongue at the outset of the sip. Some bitter coffee flavors enter in the middle to accompany the rich caramel flavors and linger through the finish of the sip.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Prickly carbonation hit the tongue from start to finish.

Overall, this is an excellent oatmeal stout. The complex flavor profile indicates the quality of this product and is exactly what one would look for in this style.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid stout beer. Nice mocha head. Dark full looking body. Smells good, nothing outstanding.

Had no idea what to expect from this beer but Rogue has been pretty stand up in my book so I thought I'd try it. It was $7 for a 22 oz. bottle.

Good, solid stout beer. Would not turn it down, but would not seek it out. Happy to have it whenever it's around.

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