Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
3,469 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 MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No idea how old this bottle is, but I've had it for at least a year. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a blotchy haze and thick ring. Not much in the way of lacing, with just a few fingers. Dark brown body with some hints of red to it at the fringes.

S - Cocoa beans, a touch of soy, roasted barley, bitter espresso, and a touch of meaty smokiness in there as well.

T - Taste has a little more caramel with the cocoa and smokiness, and thankfully the soy element has dropped out completely. Still, it tastes a little bit dull - perhaps this bottle is too old. Damn Rogue for not dating anything. There's a bit of an acrid burnt coffee finish as well.

M - Fairly high carbonation going on here. Body is definitively medium and significantly chewy and viscous. The finish is really dry, which is somewhat atypical. This is one of the nicest elements of this brew.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly interesting or exciting. The alcohol is well hidden, and other than the slight over-carbonation it has a nice texture.

Skimmed through some other reviews - apparently this is quite hoppy when it is fresh, but goes downhill fairly quick. However, since there's no bottle dating it's hard to know what one is going to get. I'll re-review if I see it on-tap.

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Photo of zadams1
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep black with fluffy head that clears into a nice heavy tan lace.

S - Nice and prevalent roasted barley, malt and a light bitterness. Hints of chocolate also find their way into the aroma.

T - Really just a phenomenal American Stout. Everything you want in a good stout is there but never overstated. Roasted malt, creamy chocolate, citrus hops and bitter coffee are all there but just incredibly well balanced.

M - A nice medium bodied beer that is well carbonated yet coats the palate with its silky creaminess. Again with the balance!

D - A fantastic stout that if you share out of a 22 oz. like me will leave you begging for more.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into challice on 2/24/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a coal black liquid with earthy dark brown and reddish accents around the edges and a finger's worth of tan froth on top that settled into a patchy veil and deposited subtle strands of lace around the glass.

S - First whiff elicits bitter dark chocolate with a slight coffee presence and herbal hop notes. There is also a bit of basement must in the background. Some milky lactic notes provide a hint of sweetness to the aroma.

T - Opens with lots of roasted malt character and plenty of coffee bitterness as well as earthy, herbal hop notes in the middle that last well into the finish. Chocolate emerges in the backend and becomes a bit more prominent as the liquid warms up a bit. However, the bitterness dominates the finish with a distinctive sharp herbal bite. This stout indeed packs quite a hoppy punch!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and pretty full, bristly carbonation. Finishes with sharp yet dry bitterness and a splash of sweetness on the palate.

D - A fine stout from Rogue, although I found the bitterness to be just a bit too obtrusive and sharp. The flavor was very good but its assertive bitter character meddled with the balance of the stout overall.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black coffee-like color with big brown head (BBH) with good rogueish lacing.

S - Awesome. Coffee, malty, molasses. A whole lotta smell comin' through.

T - Execptional. "Yummy coffee mocha," says the girl.

M - Perfect. Full and rich; kind of creamy but not overly filling. "Bubbly on the sides of my tongue," says the girl. Yes, good carbonation.

D - Pretty great. Low ABV means this could be sessionable if you don't get full.

Never save Shakespeare!

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Photo of urwithdave
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my imperial pint glass.

A- Very dark, but not completely black. There are some brown tints that show through when held up to light. There was 2'' of a brown creamy head. The head goes down but there is pretty good retention all the way down.

S- Malts, dark chocolate, and a sweet molasses smell.

T- It starts off for me with the bitterness of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. It blends well with the malts. No alcohol presence at all. I'm missing some of the burn on the back end. As it warms up, I'm getting a stronger taste of molasses.

M- This was not as creamy as I was anticipating. Still a good brew, I was just expecting a little more when I saw the monsterous head this thing had on it. I def enjoyed it more as it warmed up. I'm finding this to be very common when I'm drinking stouts.

D- I killed the bomber by myself and I could easily drink a couple more. The low ABV allows this. Not GREAT overall, but I will def purchase this one again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has a best before date of 8 October 2010. Been looking forward to this one as Shakespeare Stout was always one of my favorites before I joined BA and when I lived in the US...what luck that it has made its way to Norway!

A: Beautiful pour into the glass. Jet black with a thick, creamy tan head. Foam sticks to the glass to form intricate lace patterns. Your quintessential stout if I ever saw one.

S: Oats, milk, chocolate (dark and milk), toasted malt, cinnamon toast crunch, chocolate chip cookies. Just the way I remember it.

T: Like rediscovering a lost love. Where have you been the past few years? Chocolate -- dark chocolate, burnt cocoa powder, toasty malt, and a slight hint of dark fruit in the background, like a plum, perhaps. Oatmeal there as well. Bottle talks about an earthy flavor and a mellow chocolate aftertaste, which is right on the mark. Very satisfying and not excessively complex. A good reminder about how pleasurable an American stout can be after sampling the extreme beer scene. Rogue hit a bulls eye with this one. Lightening in a bottle.

M: Smooth, substantial, velvety, embracing, with a perfect amount of carbonation to cut through the fats on compliments like sharp cheeses.

D: For me, Shakespeare Stout is the definition of drinkability. Obviously we're not talking a thirst quencher that you're going to turn to to sate your thirst. What we're talking is a beautiful work of art that you're going to enjoy several pints of on a quiet evening, relishing life's simple pleasures. Not that this is a simple beer, but you get my meaning.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. From a 22 oz bomber.

A - Pours a viscous oily black with some brown hues in the light. There is a nice .5 inch head that is tan and very dense with some sporadic bigger chunky bubbles. The head retention is very good and it recedes to a nice thin mat.

S - Starts of with a creamy robust roasted malt aroma followed by some nice smooth and sweet chocolate hints. Delicious mocha hints mixed with some nice vanilla as well. Very good.

T - Sweet malt initially that quickly explodes into a nice explosion of roasted malt tastes. Nice burnt hints all throughout. Some nice spices are mixed in with some mild vanilla and chocolate hints. It finishes a bit watery but its not a major knock on the beer. As the beer warms the robust character fills the mouth in such a comforting way. very good offering.

M - Nice, creamy, smooth, good CO2 balance. Very well crafted complex body.

D - Good drinkability. Lower ABV. Roasted flavors might be overwhelming for some after a few.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Several of my friends swear by this beer; me, not so much. It's good, but it is too low in ABV and a bit too tame for me. I would take, say, a Lion Stout over this 100% of the time. Then again, Lion is no slouch, so my complaint is actually a compliment.

A – It pours nice and dark, but not black, with decent head and moderate retention.

S – Roasty. That is the main olfactory sensation. Burnt cocoa, dark roast coffee, charred grain and a bit of a malty sweetness to tie it all together.

T – The taste is roasty and stout, perfectly average. Forgive my lack of superlative and whimsy, but it is just a bit of a fence-sitter of a beer. It tastes quite good, but given the obvious quality, it seems just a risky tweak for something stunning, which it is not.

M – The feel is thinner, but viscous enough to overcome it.

D – As I said, good but not great.

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Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's great that Rogue is able to get this much malt flavor and aroma without having to beef the alcohol up to ten or eleven percent. This is a very robust, very malty and roasty stout that is not too much on the alcohol that it'll put you away for the evening.

Very dark aroma, look and flavor. Excellent stout.

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

A- Poured from the bottle with a huge 1"+ light brown creamy head, which slowly receded, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. The body was a completely opaque, seemingly uncarbonated dark-dark-brown.

S- Roasted and crystal malt aromas dominate the nose, with a faint herbal hop aroma playing second fiddle. Roasty and somewhat chocolatey in character... very rich nose overall...

T- Roasty and crystal malts are really big up front, but some quinine-like hop bitterness emerges midway and takes-over in the sustained chocolatey bitter finish. Frankly, I find this to be a bit too bitter for my liking. Still good overall nonetheless.

M- A very impressive body for a 6% ABV stout. Big and somewhat chewy... with an impressive carbonation that is abundant, moderately soft and not bloating at all.

D- Goes down really smooth. A real pleasure throughout the drink... and that alcohol is low enough to allow for consumption of the entire bomber without any major inebriating effects.

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

On tap @ the Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA) on 2/6/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a ½ finger of smooth and creamy mocha colored head. Very good retention here, leaving heavy thick rings of lacing behind. The aroma has a good bit of smoky dark roast and coffee present, along with some hefty dark chocolate notes. Extra tones of caramel and citrus give this some sticky tang.

The taste is deep with roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Some tamer accents of toffee and green citrus add some sweetness to this but an aggressive hop bit toward the rear helps spread dryness and smoky malts all along the back and finish of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it, which is undercut by an undercurrent of thicker chewiness from all of that malt sweetness. This is overall pretty silky in the mouth and feels spot on for the size.

I've had this several times in the bottle but never on tap, yet my opinion of it stays the same. This is just a very well crafted American Stout with lots of full flavors and a smooth, easy drinking body. Bottle or draft, this is probably my favorite beer from Rogue and one that I would never turn down.

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

Appearance: Dark and black, medium tan head that gradually gets smaller but never leaves, and a little lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Roasted Malt, and Caramel.

Taste: Roasted Malt balanced with hops, bitter chocolate, some smoke that I couldn't smell, and a hint of coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy but not too thick.

Drinkability: Great drinkability and well carbonated. Nice balance of hops and malt but not too heavy as some stouts tend to be.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this with a somewhat free weekend and the return of cold weather here in the northeast. I'm attempting to get through the top 100 beers brewed in the United States and this barely made BA's list. While I thought it was a bit overrated, this was a great brew nevertheless and a pleasure to have on a cold winter's night!

The pour to this was good, with a very dark brown hue and a bit of mahogany around the edges. The lacing wasn't really there, but the head was quite frothy and long lasting. As for the mouthfeel, it was a bit thinner than I envisioned but overall, just about right. The oatmeal and a bit of a grainy texture can be felt up front as the chocolate and espresso slowly took over in the back. Only the bitter notes lingered, but this wasn't that strong for a Stout and it surprisingly didn't have a strong alcohol presence to it at all.

At 6.00% ABV, this is about as drinkable as this style gets. The best aspects of this beer are the roasted, melted-chocolate aroma and the relatively easygoing drinkability. For this time of the year, it's about as good as it gets, even if you want to down the whole bottle by yourself!

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Photo of JohnL9013
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say, now that I've tried this stuff, I think it's a little overrated.

A: Good black appearance with a small head and little lacing.

S: Smells spectacular. Molasses, caramel, malts, etc, and plenty of em.

T: The taste simply isn't as good as the smell would lead you to believe. I think it's a little too bitter and would prefer a little more sweetness. Other than that, it's well balanced and tastes great, very clean, but the strength could be significantly increased, in my opinion. I feel like this beer has arrived at a medium that is comfortably boring.

M: Too carbonated, plain and simple. I do not appreciate fizziness in a beer of this style.

D: Moderately drinkable.

Overall, I think this beer is highly overrated as there are plenty of other, better options in this arena around this price. I would still buy it again if the selection is poor but I have lots to choose from in my area.

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Photo of WWWade
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - dark black with a two finger, off white head that receded, but never completely left.

S - strong malts

T - malty, with some carmel hints

M - smooth

D - solid drinkability for a stout, but not the best

This is a great beer to enjoy with a steak on a cold day. Luckily, I currently have all three, great beer - snow - and a juicy KC strip!

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black and hint of brown withh a huge tan head
S-burnt, dark fruit, chocolate
T-roasted malt with hints of sweet chocolate and a crisp drak fruitness to it with an assertive amount of hops perfectly balancing the brew
M-medium body and higher carbonation give this beer a very crisp drinkable character
D-its crisp finish and wonderfully balanced, complex taste make this beer highly drinkable and is one of the finest example of stouts around IMO

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color is nearly black, and opaque. An average pour produces a very large three finger khaki colored head with excellent retention and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

The nose has a nice light roasted malt character, with hints of dark bitter chocolate and light grassy hops. Pretty good so far.

The taste is much more bitter than the nose leads you to believe. Bitter chocolate, grassy hops and even a little bit of bitterness picked up for the roasting of the malts. Chocolate and sweeter malts balance it out a little, and right in the end I get a light coffee taste. Fairly complex and it all melds together nicely, great stuff.

Medium in body, with a smooth and creamy texture. Has an appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is great.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this stout. A very well crafted stout. Simple, yet refined. Complex, yet approachable. Great stuff.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into wine glass jan22 2010

A very dark pour with a large dense dark head that formed on top and stayed there for some time. the foam slowly fell to an island leaving a fair amount of lace along the way

S very bitter bakers chocolate with some mild coffee, raisins, and some licorice

T the bitter chocolate has a sweeter aspect in the mouth compared to the nose, I also pick up on some mild smoke I couldn't smell

M full bodied with a creamy feel due to the carbonation

D another good session beer from Rouge, not lacking in any areas and well worth trying with out doubt

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

A: Pours a deep opaque blackish brown, with a tiny shade of red. Nice fluffy dark brown head, some good lacing.

S: Big roasted malt smell, with some chocolate, and more malt.

T: Very impressive. Huge flavor here, as the nose would lead on. Very roasted taste of malt and chocolate. Slight coffee bitter backing.

M: Nice and smooth, creamy. Low carbonation that does wonder.

D: Incredible, low ABV and gigantic flavor make this brew an absolute pleasure to drink.

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

Had on tap at RedBones in Somerville 1/20/10

A: This beer pours a relatively opaque deep chocolate brown. Mahogany hues peek through here and there. Not much head to this beer, but nice wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose if of somewhat muted caramel malts, chocolate, coffee, hont of smokiness, and some dark fruits.

T: Taste is fantastic! Nice bitter dark chocolate up front, roasted and burnt malts with a hint of smokiness. Espresso, Rich oatmeal, sweet chocolate, and some hints of dark fruit..possibly plum. Damn fine beer here.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation, creamy with a clean finish.

D: I can't believe it took me so long to have this one! I had passed it over time and again. I'm glad I got it on tap, I'll be sure to pick up bombers of this one in the future as it is a well blended and damn tasty brew.

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Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, almost black that didn't let any light through at all. I mean totally opaque! Topped by a creamy brown head that quickly turned to a ring of bubbles although it did leave some nice lacing.

Smell was very enticing. Raisins, brown sugar and roasted flavors were all very much there. Also a hint of pineyness. A slight hint of licorice and the sweet smell of alcohol rounded it out.

Taste was very much roasted coffe and bitter chocolate at the forefront. A piney hoppiness in the finish and some warming alcohol made it a great beer to drink on such a stormy day!

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but very silky. Drinkability was good and it didn't fill me up as other stouts tend to do. A great example of an American Stout.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 650ml brown bottle with white and blue colored label of Shakespeare holding a mug of beer into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Purchased for $4.99 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor a few weeks ago. No observed "best by" date.

A Great looking medium brown creamy head over a completely black body that lets no light through and head leaves a nice, curtain lacing. This is a great look. 4.5

S Dark roast malt which is a greated dark roasted way with possibly some dark chocolate aromas. Repeated smells reveal a nice hop presence. 4.0

T Deep, dark roast malt for the first 2 thirds and then, like a tide coming in, hops fill up the last third but the aftertaste is a distant dark roast malt. I really like this taste. It is bold, bodacious, ridiculous. 4.5

M Initial impressions are the smoothness derived from the creamy head. Then I get the dark roast malt bigness followed by that wave of hops. This is a very big, active beer with lots of layers of feel. 5.0

D Fair to good due to its absolute size, ABV and darkness which drives the drinkability down for me. 3.5

Notes: I am really impressed with this beer which is not my favorite style and, frankly, the brewer is not my favorite either.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. There is a ton of sediment suspended in the beer even though I poured carefully. There was also a lot of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. The flavor is roasted malts and chocolate, with quite a bit of hop bitterness and bitter dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

While I have never tried this side-by-side. this beer reminds me quite a bit of Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of exparte
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BIg chocolate aroma mixed with floral hops. Pours pure black with a thick, rocky brown head. Loses some points because the head dissipates a little too quickly for a stout. Tastes of bitter hops with chocolate and roasted malts. A bit thin on the palate but the carbonation is pleasant. Lingering chocolate and bitter finish. This is a pretty damn good stout but it leaves a bit of room for improvement.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark near-black with a fluffy light brown head with excellent retention. Mild spotty lacing. Taste and aroma are dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of cocoa and roasted coffee - a bit of that dark chocolate bitterness lingers on that back of the tongue. Carbonation is mild with an overall smooth, full mouthfeel. Typical stout drinkability.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,469 ratings
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