Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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
Ratings:
3,455
Reviews:
1,615
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
480
For Trade:
6
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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

A: Pours pretty much black with a 2 finger tan head that dissipates to a nice 1/4 finger of creamy bubbles.

S: Very strong hop smell for an oatmeal stout. Roasted chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste is superb. It is full of roasted, malty caramel and chocolate notes. More espresso than coffee like. The hops first smell comes through on the taste. Hops first then the cascade of malts.

Overall this is an amazing beer. Not as creamy as some other oatmeal stouts but very smooth and drinkable. The head leaves great lacing and the taste sticks in your mouth. I'd buy it again, but I think there are better oatmeal's out there with more bang for your $. Great Beer Rogue Brewery!!!

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Photo of zhanson88
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Shakespeare Stout pours out nearly black with a full 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Retention is very good, and lacing is very abundant.

Smell: Roasted malts, charcoal, and burned toast form the base of the smell of this beer. Coffee follows, with some pretty strong hop notes on the back end. Honestly, this beer just smells like burned....something. There's not any sweetness to it. Just a burned smell and some hops.

Taste: There's more of the smell in the taste. Roasted malts and burned toast with some coffee. Some noteworthy hops on the back end. Once again, that burned taste really hangs around on this beer. No sweetness from the oats in the beer or anything to balance it out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between medium and full bodied, and fairly smooth drinking overall. This beer has been given pretty solid reviews by many people. I just don't find it that appealing.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle with no freshness date or ABV on the label. Pitch black in the glass with mahogany hues along the edge of the glass.
Dark tan head which dissipates slowly. The aroma is a beautiful blend of roasted malts and nuts with hints of chocolate/caramel.
Rich ,creamy, silky mouthfeel. Taste is wonderfully balanced; creamy chocolate evident up front with a nice bitter finish. Malts and hops are blended perfectly. Beautiful lacing along the glass. In my opinion this is an extremely delicious, well-rounded stout.
Drinkability is VERY good, and is certainly one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Highly recommended

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black beer with a dark tan head. Good finger of head dissipates slowly. Lace is heavy throughout.

S: Clean, crisp, some subdued caramel and malt notes but I'm really not getting much here.

T: Milky, chocolate goodness throughout. Some nice roasted malts in there and hops provide a rather dry finish resembling bitter coffee.

M: Thick and creamy, medium carbonation.

D: Great oatmeal stout, wish the nose was a little more pronounced though. Dry finish is not what I'd expect in an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.72/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rogue Shakespeare Stout has an extremely dark-colored, opaque body. The head is large and brown, with big bubbles, good retention and good lacing.

The aroma is a little bit off-putting the coffee is bitter and not especially aromatic; at first it just smells a lot like soy sauce.

The flavor is an improvement on the aroma, but I still don't love it. The coffee tastes a little bit more like coffee, but not like any kind of coffee I would want to drink; the flavor is dominated by an acrid bitterness, and not a pleasant bitterness that would come from hops. The coffee flavor is bringing the bitterness. Besides that, there are roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate malts and bright, hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is solid, with a big creamy feel to it.

I can't say I'm a fan of Shakespeare Stout. I doubt I'll be trying this one again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a pillowy mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of coffee and some hops.

Tastes of solid roasted character up front rounded out by bitterness. Roasted notes consist of coffee and bitter chocolate with some molasses as well. Oatmeal is not so prevalent, but does make an appearance and add its typical smoothness. Earthy hops and roasted bitterness combine on the back end to keep any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--Warrior Ale--Dedicated to Richard Marcincko--2008 22 oz. Bottle Release. 6.25% ABV--69 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0 Stout--Dense lacy rich espresso head. Opaque ebony color with bronze red edges. Huge dense dark pellicle. Rich floral Cascade hop roasted chocolate espresso front. Tangy dry crusty earthy mild sweet roasted chocolate espresso rich Oat Stout body. Dry hoppy spice end. Sampled 12/9/2009. 2 @ $6.00 Each.

Earlier Rating: 12/9/2009 Total Score: 4.25--Brown Bear Stout--1997 12 oz. Bottle. 6.25% ABV.

Warrior Ale 2008 Release. Tasty tangy hoppy espresso cocoa oat Stout. Crusty rich body. Floral chocolate Cascade hop front.Clean balanced hop spice lingering chocolate end. Dense lacy espresso head. Thick tight dense dark pellicle.Clear ebony black bronze red edge color. Dry sweet. Hoppy Stout.

Rogue Ales--Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.78% ABV? Calculated from 15 Plato 77% AA Specification. 69 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Big dense lacy espresso head. Tight thick sediment. Opaque jet black color. No edge. Dry rich burnt espresso hop front. Sediment adds creaminess to crusty burnt rich roasted no fruit dry Stout body. Missing Oatmeal silk. Too dry crisp hot hop clean Stout end. Sampled 12/17/2010. Purchase for $4.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 12/16/2010.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark molasses with a soft off-white head.

Smell: Oatmeal and chocolate malts, grainy chocolate like scent.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate. Lingering chocolate bitterness in the mouth.

Drinkability: heaven in a bottle during the winter. This is a great oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith's, but good none the less.

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Photo of ebrauser
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 to a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick 3-4 finger head with the consistency of a whipped jello almost. Some lingering lace. Pours a dark pitch brown which absorbs all visible light.

Aroma: Spicy hops with orange and cinnamon dominate the nose, without much sweetness but yet hinting at a looming malt background.

Flavor: Perfectly bitter with dark chocolate and coffee being the main culprits. A tad smoky and definitely containing a roasted flavor in the finish. It tastes a lot like eating a chocolate-covered coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, which is a little light considering some oatmeal stouts chewiness. Very pleasant and definitely should be drunk more than once.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and produces a 2 finger, medium looking, mocha colored head with great retention. Black body and medium-high levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good film cap leaving some immediate clingy lacing. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts with obvious oat notes in there. Sweet milk chocolate and notes of cream as well. Nice nose.

TASTE: Some roasted malts with oats and sweet milk chocolate. More roast and cocoa powder at the swallow. A mild aftertaste of roasted malt, cocoa and bitter hops. Decent, but nothing special, and not bold enough to really stand out from the crowd.

PALATE: Medium body and higher, prickly carbonation. Not as creamy as it could be for an oatmeal stout. Goes down slightly prickly and finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Too prickly, carbonated, and not creamy enough.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but the palate let it down a little. This one is worth trying out, and definitely fits the bill if you're looking for an easy drinking stout, though I certainly wouldn't recommend going out of your way.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, pitch black and sits under a huge fluffy head of brown bubbles.

Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and malt fill the nose with a bit of smoke.

Somewhat disappointing taste in that there's not a lot of it. You can pick up some roasted malt flavors, but there's no chocolate until deep into the finish.

The mouthfeel is what you'd expect with an oatmeal beer...very creamy and smooth. It's full bodied with a tiny bit of bitter in the end.

This is a good beer. No overpowering flavors, it's creamy and alcohol level is moderate. It's highly drinkable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Black, as stouts should be! Fairly decent head

S: Don't get too much oatmeal outta this one, but i do get a big whiff of malt and barley

T: Still don't taste the oatmeal, but it definitely tastes like a bigger stout than the one that it really is

M: Kind of watery, but what can you expect from a stout at 6.1%?

D: At 6.1%, it's definitely one that you can drink a bomber or 2 of quite easily

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Photo of sweemzander
3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color that produced a good tan foamy head with good retention. Some lacing here and there.

(S)- A tad dry. A very mellow roasted profile. Hints of cocoa and molasses with a nutty creaminess.

(T)- Same as the smell. A mellow roastedness with cocoa and molasses. That same nutty creaminess to it. A bit bitter on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Mellow and smooth, except for that rather dry bitter, almost acrid finish.

(D)- A decent all-around stout. For the style and $$ however, I will look elsewhere.

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

Although I frequently visit Beeradvocate, this is my first review.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark black with a miniscule head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and roasted malts with subtle notes of chocolate.

Taste: Begins with chocolate upfront, which quickly dissipates leading to subtle roastedness at the finish. This roastedness is highly appealing due to lack of intensity. The oatmeal presence is negligible. This beer is well balanced and straight forward, which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel: somewhat creamy with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Due to its balance, this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very nice dark black color, but disappointingly "thin" looking with not so much head.

Taste is less sweet than I expected, seemed more like a riff on a dry stout. Taste is fairly nice, a little roasted bitterness, some hops, slightly acrid, but again very similar to a dry stout in my opinion. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin -- I was really hoping for something more creamy and full.

Not a bad beer, but didn't really live up to its reputation...

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Photo of goldbot
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pitch black color with thick, brown head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Plenty of chocolate flavor rounded out with ample roasted barley/coffee flavor. Slight herbal hoppiness. Flavor of roasted coffee, plenty of bitterness. Hint of dark chocolate and a touch of citrus. Full body without being overly sweet.

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

A: dark as night brown, almost black with chocolate brown lacing.

S: chocolate oats and toasted malts, hints of coffee drift in.

T: smooth taste of chocolate, coffee and oats. Slight bitter taste.

M: rich and creamy feel.

D: one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. Rogue never let's me down. I'm sure I'll get it many times again.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

hmmm Rogue... this company is beginning to get under my nerves... all of their dark beers seem to have the same acidic, pungent, chocolate and coffee flavour. Perhaps this is some weird form of conditioning... the first Rogue beer I ever had was the Double Chocolate Stout... anyway...

It looks alright, black with weak lacing, the head was big but it is gone now. The smell is what I described above... Acrid yet savory. I would probably rate the beer higher if it was a regular stout as opposed to an oatmeal. The smooth, creamy, thick oatmeal character is not there (at least not enough).

For the quality and the price, this one is definitely a pass.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, rocky, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with a few spots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa; however, it seems a bit chalky, as well as a slightly metallic quality. There's also a trace of lactose in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a roasted character and a slightly burnt/ashy flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A solid example of the style, but nothing to write home about here.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual Stout black with that always lovely tan head.

Smells of roasted malt with the freshness of hops.

It has a great hops bite as soon as it hits your tongue but soon changes to an almost burnt chocolate taste. The specialy grains give is a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Rogue always has pretty solid brews and this is just another one of them.

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

The aromas is of dark roasted malts with bitter/darker chocolate, dark roast coffee and some slight caramel/vanilla bean.

The taste is a subtly sweet and slightly bitter roasted malt backbone. Rather bitter for an Oatmeal Stout in my opinion with the dark chocolate and coffee roastiness. Tastes a lot like it smells. The mouthfeel is thick yet dry. Very filling and coating. Dry finish, bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is a really great beer, not exactly to style in my opinion. I like my Oatmeal Stouts a little more balanced on the bitterness scale. Drinks slightly heavier than the ABV indicates but that's great because I can have more!

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black. Very nice 2 inch creamy brown head

Smell - Coffee, chocolate, some hops. Sugars, malts and barley, though no smell was strong.

Taste - Had a hard time finding this beer, been looking for months, finally scored. First drink, i was surprized that it wasnt so strong in the coffee flavor, and i could really taste the hops in it. Its really smooth and mild. The chocolate and hops are the big flavors at first, but the coffee and malts come alive. The brown sugar is mild at best, and the barley is medium.

Mouthfeel - As with oatmeal stouts, you get the coffee and chocolate up front, then tounge is left with the bitter oatmeal flavor. This beer is mild, you could drink another dark beer right after this.

Drinkabilty - Well, its soild but, too mild on flavors. I wish it had more coffee and or chocolate to it. You could easy down this 22oz'er. As usual, im a bit dissapointed with another rogue beer. This is good but, id for sure take samuel smiths oatmeal stout over this.

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

Poured out of a bottle into a common mug

Appearance: Color is a deep dark brown to nearly black. Cannot see through the beer. Head is creamy to dark brown in color, lacing is excellent.

Smell: Roasted malts are an absolute, possibly hints of chocolate and coffee as well. The second you open the bottle the roasted malt fragrance is prevalent.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, and again a slight chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in the mouth, little carbonation on the tongue, creamy overall flavor and feel.

Drinkability: Good to above average.

Overall: For stouts this beer faired very well in my opinion. The flavor is great, the fragrance is excellent, the only down side to it is that I'm sure it's not an easy find on the east coast of the United States. This would be a great beer paired with red meat like a steak or lamb; or to just enjoy by itself. As for the big question "would I have another?" Yes I would. Enjoy!

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Served just slightly chilled. I can't imagine a more beautiful ale: black as coal, with the creamiest head imaginable and ample lacing. The black hole of beer, no light could possibly escape.

The aroma is of chocolate and citrus hops. I taste espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and bitter hops on the front of my tongue. It's hoppier than I remember Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, my only prior experience with oatmeal stouts. The hops give it a slightly more bitter finish than I expected. Of course, it is still smooth as silk going down, and not out of balance at all. Talk about drinkability, I'm gulping rather than sipping. Maybe I should unbutton my pants and let my belt out a notch. There's a "Whole 'lotta Love" in this glass.

With a thick and creamy mouthfeel I can't find any fault with this stout. It's an American twist on a great English ale. I would still prefer a Samuel Smith's, but that's really beside the point. Rogue should be very proud of this effort.

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Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brown colored head. Good lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a fruit-like aroma and some hop in there also.

T: A very smooth roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate flavor. There is a sweet fruity/hop taste and then a bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth and velvety. Not too heavy.

D: A very good oatmeal stout. Nothing is too overpowering, a very balanced stout.

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