Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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Ratings: 3,464 |  Reviews: 1,616
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know why I havent had this beer yet. I picked it up from Krogers tonight.

A- One really nice looking beer. Nice, strong rich tan colored head. It has nice retention with nice lacing. The head never really fades. The beer is deep and dark but clear enough to let some highlights happen in places.

S- Nice milkiness with a rich dark chocolate smell. Its a lot like a tootsie roll.

T- Fairly balanced but it leans towards a roasty bitterness on the finish. Starts with creamy smooth chocolate that segues into burnt oats and malts with a touch of hops.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

Pours a black of light's bane with a mocha head that sticks all the way down the glass, quite impressively. Smell is a caramel malt which prominently features barley and oats, plus a tinge of citrus hops, and notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is full malt up front, barley and oats with the strong caramel taste, and the citrus hops come in for the finish. The malt is surprisingly crisp, as the beer is all around, and the hops share the finish well with chocolate and coffee flavors which blend so well with the malt. Incredible mouthfeel, super smooth and crisp. Very drinkable as while it is full flavored, it is not thick.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Ales Public House in SF.

Black color with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops.

Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, toast, and a little chocolate although not nearly as assertive as in their chocolate stout.

Nice oatmeal smoothness on the palate. Fairly full body.

A very enjoyable beer overall. Rogue is underrated on this site I find. Maybe it's their price point.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops. The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky. Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.

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Photo of jsanford
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 8/8/10. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours jet black with a huge, chunky mocha head. Looks like chocolate mousse floating on your beer. Beautiful.

S - Intensely dark roasted malt with a touch of smoke, vanilla and cocoa powder.

T - More dark, slightly bitter roasted malt. More smoke and vanilla with a bit of coffee and chocolate floating around. There's a slight cereal quality to, which I assume is from the oatmeal.

M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-thin body and medium carbonation.

D - Great everyday stout, the lighter body ups the drinkability a bit. Not as big and complex as the stouts I usually drink, but certainly not something I'd pass on if offered.

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

I didn't know this was brewed with oatmeal so I thought it was a different version when I found it at the Great British Beer Festival. Oh well - it was nice to revisit this very tasty beer.

It looks like chocolate syrup or Turkish coffee - brownish black and very thick. The nose is big on mocha, heavy with chocolate, coffee, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, amaretto, hazelnuts, and a touch of coconut. Silky smooth on the palate like a cafe latte. Deliciously chocolatey, almost as much so as an actual chocolate stout. Milk Duds and chocolate chip cookies come to mind. Though it is rich and thick the overall flavor and finish are bitter, so this doesn't cloy even on cask. Fantastic stuff, an indecently delicious beer.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense, thick black into a pint glass. You can almost hear the BLACKNESS!! It's amazing! Rich creamy head that, after a while, dissipates into a nice lacing. Very strong roast smell, coffee and chocolate. Malty and delicious. Coffee on the tongue, hop bitterness just about right, very malty sweet.
Very drinkable, you just want more and more of that hoppy oatmeal/cofee!
Wow, what an amazing Stout! Rich, complex and delicious.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

The stout pours a jet black, dark with immense cascading brown foam. Significant lacing - thick on the side as the beer desperately clings to the glass.

Rich roasted smell. Oatmeal present.

Malty taste, some hop back, but blended perfectly. Coffee and oatmeal. Could have this for breakfast.

Smooth, creamy milky mouthfeel. Wonderful.

Easy drinking bomber, pretty damn close to perfect. Best Oatmeal Stout I have had since Sam Smith. Would have to taste side by side to see which is better.

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

Poured very dark brown, almost black with a very nice dark brown head that retained well with some lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and oatmeal.
Taste of medium coffee, dark chocolate and the oatmeal. Not as bitter as i would have expected.
Medium body and creamy with light carbonation.
Drinkable beer, a lighter body stout, good beer to end a meal with of a night cap.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep rich brown with a caramel head. It is delightful in the nose - smells of sweet whole grain hearty bread. It is bitter at the first sip, then mellows a bit to a full rounded tatse - bitter up front sweet and hearty in the back. It is well balanced for a heavy beer and is very drinkable even for someone not aquainted with big beers. The beer is little heavy but would pair nice with a roastbeef sandwhich or definitely sweet deserts.

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Photo of chickenm
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a big creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and some light hops. The taste is roasty and has some really nice bitterness with coffee and chocolate. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. This is a lowish ABV stout which I like, drinkability is very good. Best Rogue beer I've tried to date!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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 djmichaelk
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown, with some highlights around the edges. A finger-width of head sits on top, before dropping down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Lots of roasty goodness -- dark coffee, cheerios, and oatmeal are in the lead, followed by toasted bread and burnt sugar.

T - The oatmeal really comes through, giving it that cereal taste and smell that I love from this style. Plenty of coffee flavors, plus a bit of chocolate in the background. Not very sweet, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen (tasted?).

M - Kind of a letdown here, with the carbonation just being too much. It keeps it from that velvety, viscous feel that I crave from my stouts.

D - Pretty high. The relatively low abv and the light mouthfeel make me think I could sit and drink a four-pack of these big bottles.

O - Although the cost is a bit high, this is a good beer. I can't believe that I waited this long to actually review it, since I've had it a few times. Definitely one to seek out on tap if you have a choice.

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

Served dark black in a large chalice - too cold from the bar tap, as usual. Looks like a soda at first, but the tight brown foam sticks very closely to the glass. Awesome lacing. Nose is remarkably hoppy, citrus backed up by espresso. The profile in the taste cuts both ways: strong, bracing hops meet in the middle, crashing into waves of coffee and roasted barley. Very aggressive, with a creamy mouthfeel that belies the huge flavor. Super hoppy stout, and still a favorite after all these years.

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Photo of uustal
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a 90-10 black to brown color ratio on the pour. A great brown head with medium lacing and retention. Faint roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted barley and a little more hops up front than your usual stout. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of oats follow and linger on the aftertaste. Finishes nice, not dry and slight sweetness. A little light on flavor and was expecting a more oatmeal to justify the namesake. Creamy mouthfeel which is medium bodied.

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

Poured from bottle into Chimay challace and was very dark, almost black with luscious creamy head that breaks down fast but leaves a ring behind.

Smells is of heavy roasted malt with notes of chocolate and coffee with a tail of the alcohol which puts this near a session stout at 6%.

The carbonation hits you first with a creamy turn into a nice roasty malt backbone. Great crispness from high carbonation that finishes quick and clean.

Medium body for the style and more carbonation than I would expect which makes this a nice drinking stout that could easily turn into two or three before you know it. I can see myself going back for more and a nice offering from the fellas at ROGUE.

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Photo of JRed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in body with off-white head. Light aroma of chocolate, cream, subtle citrus from hops, brown sugar. Dark chocolate flavors, coffee, roast, toast, slight hop bitterness, more ashy roast towards the end. Heavy in body but rather refreshing for a stout and doesn't sit heavily on the belly. A great night cap that can accompany dessert or just be had by itself.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Tryst in Delray for $4 a pint ($2 at happy hour!!!)

A: Pours a viscous looking pitch black color with a small khaki colored head. Retention was pretty good...good enough

S: Extremely mellow nose; milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, lactose, some slight floral hops, caramel, brown sugar, and light espresso/coffee

T: Oh soooo smooth...amazing on-tap! So mellow yet so complex. Lots of chocolate, lactose, toasted malts, floral hops, and coffee. Much lighter than it looks.

MF/D: Viscous, velvety goodness...perfect feel to it, and definitely not prickly. Drinkability at its finest..amazingly mellow and light, but at the same time, flavorful. At $4 a pint, this may be my new go-to

Notes: I was completely blown away by this brother swears by it, so I finally gave it a try expecting strong bitterness and charred aspects, but it was the opposite

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout poured a black color, and had a good sized ale that disapted quickly. It smelt and tasted of coffee flavors, and chocholate. It was strong, but no one flavor was overpowering. Overall a pretty good stout. Not the best, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of michaelpcarney
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4







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Photo of BigTomZ
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a medium tan head that lingers just a bit.

smells roasty and chocolatey.

taste is mainly coffee and oats. some chocolate and hops follow.

very smooth feel. has more carbonation than i expected.

not too strong. easy to drink. i could finish the bottle alone in a short time.

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

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate-y color with a small amount of tan head which leaves more of a fine lacing than actual froth.

S: Very aromatic, somewhat sweet smelling with hints of chocolate, coffee, and a light but sweet malty flavor.

T: Wow. There is a lot of flavor packed into this beer. Oatmeal is definitely present on the finish with a lot of malt and chocolate flavors as well.

M: Very smooth sitting on the tongue. Medium amount of carbonation which tingles the tongue just slightly on the finish.

D: Very drinkable, definitely will be finishing this one and wishing I had another.

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Photo of seh410
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark chocolate in color, looks almost like root beer with a minimal creamy tan head

Aroma: It smells amazing, like desert but in beer form. The aroma is deliciously malty with deep dark chocolate undertones that seem to fade into coffee and espresso scents after sitting at room temp for a few minutes. Delicious.

Taste: Malty and choclately, but not heavily or overpoweringly chocolately at all.... Just like a hint of chocolate mixed with the delicious malts and surprisingly - but refreshingly - bitter (in my opinion) hit of hops. On the back side, it is sweet and dry with tastes of oatmeal

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy in mouth, but not heavy

Drinkability: It is easy gong down and not too big or difficult to drink. It is sweet enough that I'm enjoying it as desert, and I think would be best enjoyed in this type of setting.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass....this has been sitting in my fridge for 2 months now, so its about 40 degrees, and I hope will be totally awesome.

A- pours jet black with a mocha colored, two finger head. Leaves some beautiful looking lacing along the rim.

S- getting a lot of chocolate...maybe moreso than the Chocolate Stout...and some coffee. There are some roasted malts in there too...smells like a good stout should. I approve.

T- mostly coffee, and its rather bitter. Its not overwhelming at all, really...very nice.

M- actually, its kind of watery. What the hell? Upon a second sip, there is some thickness there, but its not as much as I'd like...the feel is real complex, the more I drink. One sip it'll be thin, another it will be thick. Interesting. It gets a 4 for uniqueness

D- really drinkable stout. It doesn't have that creamy goodness you'd expect from an Irish stout, but that doesn't mean it doesn't go down just goes down differently. Regardless, its very drinkable and something I'll definitely look to buy again

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Photo of biggietattoos
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the most drinkable stouts I've had recently. Not too heavy or malty, Nice body.

Hint of almost chocolatey/coffee like notes on the back end.

Definitely a stout that won't over power the palette and drinks very well.

This was my favorite Rogue brew I've had thus far. I will definitely pick this up again

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 87.7% out of 100 with 3,464 ratings
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