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 AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. Great inky black color with nice, thick, luxurious brown head that lasted and left great chunky lacing.

A dark, roasty aroma pleases the nose. A bit like a fresh farm field, lots of crisp oak, malt, and hops all find their way through.

Taste is very nice. Smooth roasty malts and coffee/chocolate stout flavors are balanced well with malty oatmeal and crisp hops, plus a pinch of cappuccino.

Feel is smooth and full bodied with perfect carbonation and a nice, lightly bitter coffee like aftertaste.

Easy to drink. I haven't been a huge rogue fan so far, but this is one nice bomber of stout.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer looks almost straight black to me. Most have ruby highlights, but this one had light brown highlights. This is quite possibly the darkest beer I've ever seen. Smooth and creamy head, but not real big in head size. Good retention and worth while retention.

Smell - Some dark roasted malt. Hints of a cocoa powder type chocolate. Some coffee notes, but not enormous amounts. Rather subdued really. Some sweetness breaks through from the chocolate.

Taste - The taste brought forth the roasted malt. Almost smokey in flavor. The coffee is more pronounced in the taste and the chocolate is there and balanced in admirably. I actually almost get a dry walnut type of flavor. A small bit of bitterness also. Not as creamy as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and mostly smooth. A little bit of sharpness from the coffee. Cloaks the palate fantastically.

Drinkability - This beer is most definitely worth one's time and effort. Good all around. More than solid. Easily drinkable. It could almost be a session brew, that's how easy it went down. Perfect for a chilly evening or afternoon. Would even be good as a night cap.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

282nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very nice dark brown with a one finger head. Some good lacing was there as well.

Smell- Very grainy with some faint hops.

Taste- A great intro oatmeal stout. Clean flavors, well balanced and great with a meal. Soft on the front with a bitter chocolate after.

Mouth- An inviting medium/medium with the aforementioned bitter chocolate.

Drink- Good into stout. Soft and very drinkable. Well pairable as I had mentioned and did so with a nice sirloin. Brought out some nice flavors and sits nicely on the palate.

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

A - Pours pitch black, nice chocolate / mocha coloured head with relentless retention, and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S - Chocolate malts dominate, followed by rolled oats and bready malts with a touch of espresso and sour mash on the finish.

T - Bitter cocoa malts off the top, roasted nuttiness with a touch of almonds, bitter leafy green hops on the finish and a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. A bit chalky and could be a bit sweeter, but a solid / bold flavour nonetheless.

M - Fills the mouth with bubbly/foamy carbonation and comes a cross a bit too light for my liking. That being said, it goes down smooth and finishes with a nice level of dryness.

D - Overall a very tasty oatmeal stout. World Class - a slight overstatement as I've had better, but a very tasty oatmeal stout nonetheless. Easily drinkable, though the mouthfeel was a bit of a turnoff. I'd take a 6-er of St Ambroise Oatmeal over this one, but not to be taken as a disappointment. Taste it for yourself!

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Photo of NightINgale
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer has got a very dark, opaque brown body, with a rich brown head. Wonderful lacing and impressive head retention. A truly beautiful stout!

S - A pronounced earthy hoppiness really fights for the main role in the aroma. However, the strong roasted malt profile is still the dominant. Dark chocolate and coffee, with some toasted bread notes.

T - Kind of coarse at first, with a very pronounced bitterness and coffee notes. However, after a few moments, it becomes much smooth and a bit more complex. It has a very rich roasted malt profile, with almost tobacco-like notes. Dark chocolate, espresso, a bit of licorice, and oatmeal. The finish is bitter and malty. As the beer warms up, you may get some nice sweetness and a smoother finish. Tasty, yet very roasty, so not necessarily a beer for all.

M - Medium-bodied. Some carbonation can be felt at first. No real feel of alcohol. Not the most pleasant mouthfeel, yet it is quite alright.

D - For such a hoppy and bitter stout, this goes down very well. I would not call this a session stout, but this is certainly very drinkable nonetheless.

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

I hadn't had a Rogue in awhile so I picked up this guy. Yesterday was a good pale ale and I thought I would change it around with a good stout.

As with most stouts this one poured out nicely leaving a thick bubbly-creamy head that was sort of a coffee with creme color. The beer itself was a dark chocolate color.

It smelled as I expected it to be. It was a bit sweet like chocolate and had coffee as well. Hops came out in the aroma too.

Like many stouts I drink I let it sit out for awhile so that it would be a bit warmer. I am able to taste more if I do so. The Shakespeare is definitely complex with chocolate sweetness but also bitter like dark chocolate and coffee. The hops made themselves known too. Although it's complex I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. It wasn't too complex for me but perhaps the complexities didn't all add up for a beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great black body with rolling black and brown bubbling head that forms into a three finger froth, but settles down way too soon to be anything perfect.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate notes here with a bit of cooked grains.

T: Good, not great, the taste sort of falls flat. There's still some of the coffee and roasted flavors from the nose, but they don't seem to all jive together as well. Still impressive, but nothing out of this world.

M: WAAYY to this, no body whatsoever in my opinion. No velvety smoothness, no creamy textures. Just thisness.

D: Very drinkable, but the whole lack of appropriate body makes me question this being an oatmeal stout at all.

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

On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)

A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.

T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.

D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color with amber notes apearing when held up to the light, beautiful cap of tan colored foam that retained well throughout drink.

First thing my nose picked up was chocolate, followed by a pleasant roasted malt character that had me salivating.

Great taste, chocolate, caramel, oat, toasted bread, an underlying note of licorise and a lingering dryness.

Goes down smooth enough, very easy to drink. Great beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Dark brown body with plenty of reddish highlights under two fingers of predictably creamy light-brown nitro foam. Similarly typical (and great) retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Quite roasty, with plenty of milk + dark chocolate malt. A touch of coffee as well, but (unfortunately) lots of metallic sharpness. Not terrible, but not that good, either.

T: Good balance of caramel and chocolate sweetness, with dark chocolate roasty bitterness on the tail end. Dry finish. Tasty.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Definitely doesn't hurt that it's nitro.

D: Quite easy to quaff.

Notes: Considering this is firmly in the Top 100, I was really expecting more. It's a tasty stout, sure, but the metallic aroma and general lack of complexity left me less than excited. I think I'll just move my one bomber from my cellar to my office as a piece of Shakespeare-iana.


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

A - Definitely a stout. Very black, no highlights. Mountain of tan/brown head. Good retention too.

S - Smells of darkly roasted malts. Using some black patent here I believe, darkest caramel too. Hint of coffee but mostly dark malts dominate. Bit of citrus hops as well.

T - Fine beer. Smooth oatmeal flavor (bottle says earthy and I can see that). Nice chocolate notes there as well. Nice balancing bitterness, not much for hop flavor though.

M - Incredibly smooth. Great carbonation.

D - High.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#97. On tap at summits' wayside tavern in Snellville, GA.

(Appearance) Arrives cold and black as night. No visible carbonation. Not much exciting but it does alright. 3.5

(Smell) cocoa bean and oatmeal malt. Slight bitter espresso coffee tones Earthy hops. Well balanced and potency is not bad. 4.5

(Taste) Very thin cocoa flavor and a light touch of coffee. Tastes earthy with some very bold characteristics that complement and round the other flavors. Toasty wood tones also here, light smoky finish. Slightly on the thin and borderline bitter side, but overall pleasant taste. It could go anywhere from here, with wildly varying results. I found it original and pleasant overall, and would leave it just about the same 4.5

(Mouthfeel) that oatmeal Pairs well with this thin beer to make a smooth textured but creamy mouthfeel. Medium body. Alcohol is tough to detect. 4

(Drinkability) Fairly drinkable. No flavors are straining and that smoky finish avoids being cloying. ABV is good. Slightly filling, non expectedly. I'd be likely to get more. 4


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Photo of mckeowbc
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black out of the bottle, looks black in the glass. Ample amount of light brown, foamy head.
S - Smell is slightly sweet, subtle note of chocolate.
T - Taste is dry and earthy with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy.
D - Very drinkable Nice even flavors, no rough edges. Good for a heavy beer, maybe a little filling though.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro tap at Prime 16 along with some very good burger and fries

Pretty much sticks to my original reiew minus the mouthfeel

A: Black body with some nice tan head.

S: Big roasted malts. Chocolate, hearty oatmeal, and a nice hop backbone to balance it out.

T: Roasted coffee oatmeal up front with some bitterness attached and a chocolatey finish.

M: Smooth full bodied mouth feel like the regular tap but insanely creamy. I prefer this one on regular tap but it was very interesting and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try on nitro.

D: Nice heavy stout that goes down easily because it is very well balanced.

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Photo of dbossman
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a brown, huge head; decent retention and great lacing; this is a fantastic looking stout

S: A rich roasted maltiness with loads of oats; subtle chocolate and coffee; a touch subdued overall

T: Surprising hop presence on top of the expected roasted malts and oats; coffee and chocolate are also prevalent

F: Nice creaminess and mouth coat; the beer sits pleasantly on the roof of the mouth

D: A nice, easy drinking oatmeal stout; although this is one of my favorites of the style, it--like most from the style--becomes a bit wearing as the beer goes down because of the intensity of the oats and malts; good beer though overall

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Photo of goalie33
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 16oz pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.
A) Opaque black in color. Two fingers of creamy, tan head sticking around. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass. cannot see carbonation due to color.
S) Huge roasted malt notes with strong undertones of espresso with some lighter notes of chocolate. Slight hint of oatmeal sweetness.
T) Sweetness upfront. Bland, watery middle with a bitter coffee finish that lingers in the mouth. The taste does not live up to what the nose promises.
M/D) Very thin body, much thinner then I was expecting for an oatmeal stout. Leaves the mouth rather dry. Very little in the way of carbonation. Goes down with out too much difficulty. More of a dessert beer, not really a session beer.

I had very high expectations for this beer, but I was somewhat disappointed. The flavor and the body were much thinner then I was expecting in an oatmeal stout.

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

22oz bomber poured into my standard pint glass.

A: Pours black with some faint brown notes. A tan mocha head rises up, with a solid 3 fingers of bubbly head. This beer pours like a nitrotap beer. Thousands of cascading little bubbles. Holds well and leaves a nice layer on top.

S: Sweetened roasted character of the malts come through. I also get some chocolate/cocoa notes. Nothing hop-wise.

T: The taste was mildly sweet, creamy & mellow. Not overpowering but the roasted malt is evident at the outset along with a chocolate finish. Just a hint of oats. Nice.

M: Creamy & smooth. This is like a nitro as I said...which I happen to like. But the flavors are there.

D: I loved this brew. Creamy....smooth...roasty...chocolate....a little chewy grain from the oats (perhaps). I like this despite the higher price bomber being all that is available in my area. Does this come in sixers? It should. This ranks right behind Sam Smith in my book.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful solid black with a one finger espresso colored head. Relatively weak lacing prevents it from earning a top score.
S- Hoppy for an oatmeal stout, with standard coffee and chocolate aromas.
T- Opens up with a hoppy character with a strong dark chocolate flavor. Mild coffee notes.
M- Not quite as smooth as I like out of my oatmeal stouts, but it had a nice rich body to it nevertheless. Dry in the finish.
D- A good beer, even a very good beer, but maybe not quite deserving of some of the hype it gets.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, solid black with an espresso-colored thick head that leaves behind some real nice lacing.

Aromas of roasted maltd and chocolate with some smokiness and earthy yeast tones, and a hint of dark fruit sweetness.

Flavor is much more subdued than I was expecting. Mainly roasted maltiness with dark chocolate. Slight burnt coffee taste in the middle to end. Some hop resin bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is seemed thin for the style with moderate carbonation and an overall watery feel.

A decent winter session but wasn't particularly impressed. I was left wanting a more full and smooth stout.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into OCB mug.

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger thick, dark tan colored head that leaves some lacing.

S: There is a nice roasted characteristic in the nose, with hints of chocolate coming through as well. There is also a slight hop aroma.

T: There is a massive roasted flavor that hits you right up front, a serious taste explosion from the malts in the palate. This is followed by hints of coffee beans and chocolate. The finish is dry and has some bitters from the hops, not much but a good amount.

M: Medium bodied with a nice tingly carbonation. Creamy feel and a nice roasted feel throughout.

D: Rogue really knows how to make a nice stout, although personally I prefer Chocolate Stout, this is a great beer. It has some great flavor and a nice feel overall.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super thick, slow liquid. Black with a coffee colored, one finger head with good lacing.

Smells mega heavy. Deep, dark, and thick roasted malt aroma. Oats and chocolate and a big dose of coffee.

Big roast bill on the taste. Thick and chewy. Dry oat flavor, pumpernickel and chocolate sweetness, and then huge coffee.

A big, thick, slow-drinking beer. Drinks like an imperial stout. No alcohol flavor but the heaviness seems more like a 10% abv than 6%. An impressive stout.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured black with a very large light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of burnt cereal malts, mild resin hops and an earthy doughy yeast with strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate. It tasted mildly sweet with a hint of coffee at first then went to a slightly bitter-sweet coffee flavor that had a nice hint of chocolate and was mildly hoppy at the finish with the flavor lingering for an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was full in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a nice stout, great on a cold winters night.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a thick black color with a frothy, tan head. Slight lacing. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, malts and a nice overall sweet smell. Taste is a mix of vanilla, light and sweet coffee, and malts. This one is a bit light and watery but does have a decent taste. Good stout but I am surprised this is in the Top 100. Overall its worth a second look but is nothing spectacular.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/26/2011

A: chocolate, coffee, and malts

Ap: dark brown to black with a 1 finger mocha colored head, nice lacing

B/T: moderate carbonation, well balanced, thinner than expected

Af: malty, sweet, chocolate, coffee

O: a good reliable readily available standby


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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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