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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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Ratings: 3,476 |  Reviews: 1,621
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 on-tap...my 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 smooth...it 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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Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a black with a thick tan head.

In the smell I get a roasty, lightly hoppy, and a chocolatey finish.

Taste is slightly hoppy sweet, chocolatey. Very interesting balance.

Mouthfeel is very dry from the hopping, and very drinkable.

This is very different from what I thought it would be. Hoppy yet balanced. Good chocolate in a regular stout.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown, almost black in color. It has a half inch mocha colored head covering the top of the beer when first poured, but faded after a few minutes to a thin lacing.

The aroma has a lot of bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds coming through. The oats also come through a bit to give it a smoothness in the nose. It has a nice roasted but smooth aroma to it overall.

The taste is similar to the nose in that the bitter sweet chocolate and the coffee really come through. The oats give it a creamy, smoothness that I really like. It finishes with a little more bitterness and some cocoa and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate to low carbonation. The oats give it a little creamy mouthfeel which I always love. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting and flavorful stout.

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Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with only slight red around the edges. Tall dark head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - heavy malts with chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

T - holy smokey Batman. Malts, oats and some chocolate are in there. Some bitterness as well.

M - medium feel between thin and coating. Very mild tingle on tongue. Disappointing.

D - the unified taste and light feel make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black into a pint glass. Three fingers of full coffee-colored head that slowly receded to around a finger. Aromas of French roast coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste is unexpectedly dry at first--like powdery baker's chocolate--with little carbonation. Hearty oatmeal and smooth malts take over, followed by a long and exceedingly pleasant milk chocolate finish. Very roasty and dry, like a fine coffee, and despite the consistent chocolate notes there is never a sense of cloying sweetness.

This is a wonderful stout -- came back to it after several years away, and now I regret the hiatus! Much preferred over the Rogue Mocha Porter.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near black with a nice brown head.

S: Plenty of coffee and chocolate alongside some roasted malt characteristics and a little bit of earthy bitterness.

T: Roasted malts is definitely the dominatnt flavor melding together with chocolate and coffee. All this is a bit balanced out by some earthy, citrus hops.

M: Medium bodied and fairly chewy.

D: Everything here was good, but for some reason it just really wasn't drawing me back for more.

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Photo of mynie
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last night, seeing this on tap for the very first time, I had no choice but to re-review the first beer I ever awarded a perfect score. Back in the day this was, like, *the* beer; you couldn't think much of yourself as a beer person until you had tried it. And now it's still a big deal, I guess. It's really impressive to see a lower-ABV beer getting an A on this site, especially when it's got over 1200 reviews. Even in this age of the mindless adulation of bigness, people still can't deny Shakespeare its due.

The Nitro pour doesn't detract from the appearance. It's still got a nice, big brown head and it is still as opaque as concept the of death.

Smell rough, burnt, dry, and yet also smooth like milk and sweet like chocolate syrup.

Tastes like a wonderful hybrid of an English dry stout and an American oatmeal, starting with burnt, bitter malt, moving into a long and lingering wave of dark and milk chocolates, and then ending on firm cascade hops that are spicy, dry, and flowery all at once.

Four years later, this is still perfect.

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Photo of turnerr79
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained at the Rogue Ales Public House in Portland, OR.

Poured by the Rogue pro beer tender. Firm head that stayed around to chat for a while.

Rich nose, deep creamy malty.

First sip is Oh So Creamy stout. Unsweetened cocoa flavor lingers on the palate.

Very easy to drink. One pint is not enough.

Instantly my my fav Rogue brew.

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Photo of Docer
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a 22oz. bottle at a QFC to try. I love oatmeal stouts best.... but really love Shakespeare Stout.... so this has to be the best of both worlds right?

- Pours a dark coffee black/brown with a couple of fading fingers of mocha colored head down to a nice even 1/8" layer of thick stout froth.

- Nice bitter and chocolaty malt scent.. smells like a dry beer.. while there is still a subtle sweet blanket of grain, roasted malt, and oats... light but present bitter hop.

- Nice roasted and certainly flavorful stout.... sweet... pure, dark... chocolate malt, roasted grain and barley... and a sweet oat that balances it very well. Slightly dry hop presence... certainly a bitter early boil.

- Light to medium bodied.. little more thick and chalky than the usual Shakespeare... and certainly a little more robust and grainy.

- Overall another fantastic stout... I must say that Rogue does make the best stouts.. always consistent and always flavorful while being able to maintain the style.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Poured a 2 finger, dark brown, frothy head. Settled slowly leaving little craters as it did. Some sticky lacing, but mostly retreats back into the brew.

S: Dark roasted malted. Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla bean.

T: A subtly sweet and slightly bitter roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee. Tastes a lot like it smells.

M: Thick and dry. Very filling and coating. Dry finish, bitter aftertaste.

D: Good beer to sip.

Really great appearance. Rich and dark. Nose has some the standard stout stuff, but a nice slightly sweet balance as well. Great stout flavor. All the right combination of components. Really pure and pristine. Tastes like what a stout should be. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz into a tulip. Nice dark brown fluffy head. Dark beer and good lacing.

Nose is dark malts and piny hops. I love that Rogue has made a stout with a hop profile so prominent. By that I mean that many stouts I try are so concerned with the malts that they overlook the hops, Rogue has not done this and the nose is all the evidence one needs to prove it. I also get a bit of chocolate, though not anything like the Rogue Chocolate Stout (duh).

Taste is bitter, tangy and has tobacco and coffee notes. Stout well describes this ale.

This is a dry beer and quite refreshing.


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Photo of PartyBear
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and heavy with a solid black body, a large bubbly tan head, which fades quickly leaving a thin creamy layer, and medium carbonation. The aroma a full of roasted malts, light coffee, some notes of peat and mild milk chocolate. The taste has lots of rich bitter chocolate with strong espresso from the heavy roasted malts, and some really earthy soil (in a good way) flavours. It leaves a bitter lasting aftertaste just like a good espresso. Full bodied with a heavy creamy mouthfeel and a very noticeable carbonation. Great beer. Definitely one for people into their heavy bitter stouts.

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of pints at the Rogue Ale Public House in late March.

This beer poured black with a fine two finger head. Nose is of chocolate/coffee roasted malts. Taste is a delight, a perfect balance between the roasted chocolate malts and a generous portion of Cascade hops with hints of coffee. Mouthfeel medium bodied but is very creamy and lively. Overall drinkability is great. I have been dissapointed with the change in taste with beers on nitro-tap but this one did not dissapoint!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue "Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout". 1 pt. 6 oz.

Thick blackish-brown liquid gushes into the pint glass forming an equally dense, sticky and dark caramel head. Lacing is predictably spongey and clumpy. It looks like a serious drink -- near perfection.

The first whiff brings in a pungent stale coffee aroma. It seems like it was once good coffee, but it's been sitting out to long. That's followed by hint of rich chocolate, and a roasted malt aroma. It smells wet to me -- and I understand that sounds weird or obvious -- but there's something a bit dank about it that stands out in an unpleasant way. The chocolate is the best part of the smell.

Flavor is strong -- a fine roasted black coffee in the forefront, just a touch of mocha, and sweet caramel hints in the back. The finish is bitter and chalky, and so is the aftertaste.

The texture has a smooth flow and a light fizzy character. It seems as though a stout like this should be thicker. As it warms, it takes on an oily character.

It's not the best oatmeal stout I've ever had -- and I can't say it really breaks any boundaries -- but it's solid and quite drinkable.

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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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