Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

3,462 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 manahansf
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color underneath of a full, creamy, brown head. An aroma of sweet and grainy malt gently flow from the froth. The drink is very similar packed full of a smooth roasted flavor. The body is heavy with low carbonation levels causing the drink to flow slowly and coating the palate with the velvety brew. The finish fades ever so slowly with a sweeter toffee flavor leaving a longing for another sip.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, with a head that starts quite modestly and almost catches up as the pour completes, forming into a nice and creamy, rolling sandy brown.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of toffee, and notes of citrus / soft fruitiness. It's all rounded out with just enough cocoa-roasty scents.

T: Quite a robust coffee flavour combined with a rich, roasted maltiness that adds a beautiful touch to the beer. A little citrus zing offers a nice hop balance that doesn't show up in such a way in many other stouts. It's nice when other flavours can push through the typical 'coffee and chocolate' types of flavours, and this beer achieves that well.

M + D: For a beer brewed with rolled oats, I would have expected more creaminess in the body. That said, it still has a plenty of body and the mouthfeel certainly isn't bad in the least, so I can't bring myself to take marks on a point that is being influenced by something I feel could be suggestive. It's an excellent stout, doesn't go over the top with alcohol, heavy body, or so forth... but it offers an excellent flavour, and great balance.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is amazing. Black body with tan head. Rich dark chocolate and coffee aroma with taste to follow. Complex and rich in perfect balance. There's all sorts of stuff going on here. Molasses, toffee, pumpernickel, the works. This is the best stout I've had.

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

Shared a bomber with a fellow advocate. I got the second pour and the sediment in my mug.

A= Dark brown head that disappeared half way through, atop perfect darkness.

S= Tart dark chocolate covered cherries.

T= A little watery for a stout, but plenty of bitter smokey chocolate in the aftertaste. Bitterness is also a little citrusy.

M= Medium-heavy body and minimal carbonation.

D= Very drinkable with its low ABV (compared to some of its compadres). I could see this as a good session stout.

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

Got this one from my annual Christmas visit to Halifax as a gift from my Dad.

Pours what seems to be an opaque black, but when held to the light, the true colour of a deep chestnut brown is revealed. 1.5 fingers of mocha coloured head top this beer. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Excellent but not overly pronounced smell of roasted malts, dry cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrus that just makes it through the sweetness of the chocolate and roasted malts, that stems from the cascade hops.

Roasted malts upfront followed by a healthy dose of oats, dark chocolate, light citrus to balance everything out, finishing off with a dry, coffee-like finish.

Extremely well balanced, medium bodied, and dangerously quaffable.

Overall, from the somewhat limited amount of Rogue products I've had, this one is the best to date. The balance is superb; not too sweet and not too dry. An excellent stout and highly recommended.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black, which looks ruby colored in the right light. It creates a very nice creamy mocha colored head with nice retention and a good, even lacing with fine bubbles. Smells of rich chocolate and coffee with a very faint hop aroma. This beer has a sweet malt upfront and gives way to some roasty, bread-like flavors, followed by and almost overpowering coffee bitterness that attacks the taste buds on the side of your tongue and don't let go. This is a nice stout, however the coffee bitterness is a bit of a put off for me. I enjoy most stouts, especially ones that have deep coffee aromas, it is just the bitterness that has proved unsuccessful at converting me to a coffee drinker. The stout is almost too on point with coffee flavors, something that ultimately gave it a flaw for me. Good but too much in my opinion. I have a feeling also that this might be an all around better beer from a nitro tap.
One really positive note, the head retention amazed me down to the last drop. One little swirl and the beer was blanketed with a nice layer of khaki colored foam. If lacking in taste, this beer has some great visual appeal.

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours straight black with a nice full tan head that doesn't last as long as I wish. The head does leave nice lacing behind though. Smellsof dark roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate as well. This beer tastes of roasted coffee with some light hints of chocolate. Has a bit of sweet licoricy finish. Though it's not a favorite of mine, it's still a very solid stout.

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

At first, I didn't like it, because it was NOT syrupy and like drinking coffee-flavored motor oil. Perhaps, this was because we had been talking about Dark Lord for a bit. But now that I think about it, I think I was too quick to rush a judgment. What struck me most was the mouthfeel, which was smooth and almost watery, as opposed to the thick viscosity of the russian imperial style stouts. But perhaps, because it's not one of those hit you in the face stouts, it makes for a more drinkable beverage, like I could have more than one glass. Likewise, the roasted malt flavors and coffee-ness are more subdued, I think I even got a bit of dark chocolate in there too, but it doesn't coat your tongue or leave a lasting coffee bitterness. All in all, I'd like to try this again and I won't shy away from buying it next chance I get.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - 9 bucks at a pub when this bottle goes for around 8 at the store? Can't pass that up, now, can I?

This beer pours a solid, light-sucking black, with the barest of red cola edges when stabbed at the overhead light, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and quite creamy mocha head, which leaves some decent patchy snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly slip away.

It smells of somewhat musty dry milk chocolate, gritty and grainy caramel malt, metallic vanilla, dry-roast coffee beans, muddled dark fruit esters, and masked earthy hops. The taste is well roasted chocolate malt, oaten breakfast cereal, day-old coffee, a wee bit of oily nuttiness, and some bitter earthy and pine hops.

The carbonation is moderate, if a tad fizzy at the same time, the body a sturdy medium weight, quite smooth, and even a bit creamy. It finishes just off-dry, the bittersweet chocolate becoming even more pronounced.

A pleasantly solid example of the style, offering the expected silken bearing, as well as the well-rounded flavour, if not the weight or ABV, of a much bigger beer. I'm sure the ol' bard would have appreciated this one.

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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is obviously a popular beer and I can tell why. It pours an inky black color impenetrable to light with a very thick creamy and slightly frothy head that retains like crazy and billows against the glass. Lots of lacing evident to boot. The head is a nice chocolate brown color. The nose on the beer is roasted and chocolate malts.

There is definitely a chunk of yeast on the bottom of the bottle and this beer is alive. Kudos the Rogue for including the ingredients. There are several types of malts, including crystal and chocolate. The beer uses Cascade hops, along with oats and wheat. The latter two are interesting in this beer. The oats create the slightly watery but ultra smooth and creamy feel in the beer, while the wheat adds a bit of pricklishness in the mouthfeel to balance out against the silky oats. The beer is definitely more dry than sweet, with a biting and bittering dark chocolate finish, with some coffee roasted notes in there too. The charred dark roast lingers into the aftertaste and the beer is substantial yet warming. The ABV is well hidden. This is a nice, dark, slightly bittering dryish stout, with a bit of cocoa powder coming in at the very end. It's a fairly complex beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black with a towering dark brown head. Thick rings of lace appear as the head slowly shrinks down. The smell is bold to say the least, big chocolate and coffee notes with CC cookies and hops. Wow! Big time flavor here, darkest chocolate-bitter even, with roasted coffee bean and sugary black malt. Brown sugar too and a small molasses kick, rounded out with a bitter punch from the semi-sweet chocolate and alpha acids in the hops. Robustly hoppy for the style and it only adds that much more to the beer. Insanely thick and vicious mouthfeel one could chew on for hours at a time. A remarkable beer, one of the finest examples in existence and a must try for any serious connoisseur. Another one of the beers that got me started, I'll always go back to this one. Has all the character of the higher abv examples. Just on feel and flavor alone if I didn't know better I would think this beer was 9% not 6%.

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

650ml bottle bought online from

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, lots of treacle and brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Sweet dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... incredibly drinkable at 6%

Overall - A incredibly well balanced and drinkable stout... recommended...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic stout. Chewy, thick, but not thick like a real boozy Imperial Stout. One of Rogue's best offerings. Nothing really jumps out at you in the aroma department, its nice and smooth, with minimal impact on the nose.

Good balance between chocolate, minimal coffee flavor. Great hopped Stout. So often, I find it difficult to justify spending $6 +/- on a 22 oz. of Rogue, but this one is worth it. I don't recall ever getting this one in 12oz, but a 6er of this stuff would be tits.

You get a smooth, robust and chewy drinking experience with this one.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Good nose with dark molasses and roasted malts and coffee finishing things off.

Appearance - Poured a big light tan head with the beer itself having a very dark color.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose with coffee and roasted malts. Surprisingly not much hop bitterness for a Rogue beer. Hints of oats and chocolate in there as well.

Notes - A very good plain stout. Probably would compete with SN Stout for my go to regular stout.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one sitting in the fridge for a while. 22oz bomber into 1l Lowenbau Seidel.

A- Mocha brown, nice caramel toffee head with a bubbling, lacing, craggled, chiseled head that has serious staying power. Really impressed at the head/lacing on this one. Let it come to temp. for about 15 mins and it looked fantastic still.

S- Mild coffee, faint buttery chocolate, mild roastiness (apart from the coffee).

T- Mild, subdued... but tasty. Roasted coffee... a light roast, but still tasty. Mild semi-sweet chocolate. Not the most in-your-face stout I've had, but pretty damn tasty. Waaaay better than the nesquck orgy that is their chocolate stout.

M- As far as stouts go, very good. Thick, chewy, but not overly sweet... very good body.

D- Fairly high. I' have a second if I had it. Very good beer, another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to review this after largadeer mentioned he enjoyed it. Normally Chris has terrible taste in beer, so I decided to immortalize my anger with a scathing review. Here goes.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass with a dark mocha-colored head, surprisingly large and fluffy. It fills 3" of the glass easily on both the first and second pour of the bomber. Not much lacing that sticks, but each swig leaves nice washes of foam down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, earth, chocolate, coffee, plums, and something vaguely berry-like. I get a small spicy citrus in the nose that I assume is the hop profile. I'm impressed at how restrained it is, for Rogue.

T: Burnt / roasted malt, earth, and chocolate. Light espresso bitterness. The plums I smelled are back, and they've brought figs over to play. I didn't get the berry character I smelled. Hints of the hops that I smelled, and they're a little stronger in the lingering bitter aftertaste, but overall they are [again, surprisingly] restrained, for Rogue.

M: Full-bodied and creamy. Went down very smoothly. Finishes slightly dry.

D: This is a beer that I enjoyed sipping even though I didn't have to.. At 6% it could have been finished in half the time. But it's surprisingly (there's that word again) balanced, for Rogue. And it's tasty for the ABV. I'm impressed. This may be the one beer largadeer shows good taste on.

In case I didn't say it enough, this is surprisingly good, for Rogue.

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Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, an American stout... haven't had a small stout in awhile, but here we go.

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours about a finger and a half of a dull mocha brown, very murky colored. Decent retention with some thick lace patterns. I haven't seen a head with this color is awhile. Color is a dark dark brown, call it black.

Aroma: Big roasted malt profile, with a nice touch of grassy hops present. A lot of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and oats.

Taste: Very sweet and syrupy. The hops are there with all the roasted malts and things are matching up very well here. I get the oats, caramel, and chocolate again. This is really hard to drink.

Mouthfeel: Tons of carbonation here, full bodied. Not even that smooth or silky for a stout. This beer just isn't clicking.

Overall, I have a feeling I won't be able to finish this, and if I do it will take me several hours. This beer doesn't flow at all. Maybe I got a bad bottle, in which I will reevaluate next time I drink it, but this beer isn't very good at all. I can't recommend this even in the slightest way.

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Photo of Offa
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout with a firm but fairly balanced character and some good complexity. I particularly note that this should certainly not be too cold, which results in both subdued character and increased bitterness. If let warm sufficiently, it is excellent.

Essentially black, but not quite fully opaque, it has a very big dark tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting foamy top and leaving some decent lace.

The aroma is rich, caramelly, roasty grain, roated leaves, damp earth, prunes with a hint of dark dried fig. It's very nice, rich, pleasant, and fairly complex with a sweetness to it.

The taste is smooth, toasty-fruitiness with hints of singed herbs, light hint of burnt caramel, stewed prunes, licorice, hint of chocolate. It is smooth but zesty and lively with slight oiliness giving a nice feel that is solid yet not heavy and still fairly engaging. It has light swetness to a dryish, slightly creamy finish. When too cold, the finish and lingering aftertaste are lop-sidedly bitter, but if warmed, the finish is balanced and dry yet creamy, leaving a lingering afteraste of coffee/caramel candies with toastiness.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, 1/2 inch head

Smell: roasted malt and molasses

Taste: burnt malt, dark chocolate, and black coffee. At the end there is a doughy oat taste

Mouthfeel: smooth, chewy, bitter start which gets a bit sweeter at the end. medium/heavy body, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex stout, but the flavors here are as pronounced as I have had in any beer. I will look for this again, but only one at a time. A very solid offering.

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

A: Dark brown bordering on black hue, with a gorgeous mocha- or chocolate milk-colored head.

S: Strong, earthy chocolate smell, like dark chocolate milk mixed with rolled oats. Espresso and molasses are also present, but subdued.

T: Strong dark roasted malt flavor; high-cacao dark chocolate mixed with coffee and spices, like an Aztec chocolate drink. There's a slight almost undetectable sweetness in the end rounds things up nicely.

M: Very smooth, with just enough carbonation to remind you it's beer.

D: A highly drinkable stout; I think this should be called their "Chocolate Stout" instead because of the strong chocolate theme throughout.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This is a great looking beer. It is opaque with a deep black color. There was a fingers worth of thick, light brown head, which lasted for a couple minutes.

Smell: It has a really nice smell. Rich roasted scents, along with a hint of coffee smell.

Taste: There is definitely lots of flavor here. A strong roasted is the dominant taste. There is come coffee taste later in the sip. It finishes with just the right amount of hops. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but pleasant. I am impressed with this stout.

Moutfeel:The carbonation is prominent at first, but it's nothing I'll complain about. This is really a well constructed stout. No extreme aspects, but it has some identity.

Drinkability: I rate this stout well in this department. I could drink a couple of these while still enjoying it. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rogue Shakespeare stout.

A= pours a pitch black hue with a light brown head and leaves faint lacing behind.

S= smells of oats and spices and a hint of coffee.

T= tastes like a average stout in the beginning,
it has a nice bitterness with a chocolate coffee finnish.

MF= has a smooth tingling mouth feel. perfectly carbonated.

this is the second stout ive had from rogue and its better than the chocolate stout, i actually think its better than samuel smiths imperial stout.

enjoy cheers!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. 5.99 from Peace St in Raleigh.

Appearance: For years I have compared other stouts to Shakespeare. Its completely opaque with a huge fluffy brown (really, its brown) head. Decent head retention and reasonable lacing.

Smell: Its got that signature Rogue smell, which I think comes from the yeast they use. Very earthy hops smell. Burnt coffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Bitter grassy hops up front. Dark roasted malt flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a long bitter chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: The rich creaminess of this beer puts it near the top for American stouts. I think the oatmeal contributes to this. Clearly not as full as an RIS or other imperial stout, but thats not what it is.

Drinkability: I probably had my first one of these 12 years ago now. It obviously blew me away then, but it holds up well. Different due to the hoppiness, but very tasty. Lowish abv makes it possible to down the bomber easily. Didnt think I would end up rating this one so high, but its just great, and a decent value too.

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Photo of mmva321
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass.

It's great we start with the appearance because this is what I like most about Rogue's Shakespeare Stout. This is what the beer of my dreams looks like, when I'm asleep and two gorgeous beer angels come down from heaven with a pint glass. The glass is filled with something that looks just like this. It's a dark stout that absorbs all light. The 3-4 finger caramel-colored head has great retention and leaves lacing as you drink.

The smell is also exquisite. The bitter hops smell is present, but this is offset perfectly by a sweet and malty chocolate smell. It's very well balanced and smells like expensive coffee ice cream.

If I had to mark this down it's because the bitterness, to me, overpowered the sweeter aspects. So, while the balance isn't quite perfect, the flavors are still there in all their glory. There is a bitter coffee taste that is still present long after you drink, but there is a certain smooth sweetness that is present throughout, making this very enjoyable to drink.

The feel is very smooth with just the slightest bit of carbonation. It is rich and thick, which I like about stouts.

The drink itself is terrific. The rich characteristics of the beer make it a real treat. It is bold and very creamy. Great beer.

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Photo of mightymoksha
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours an oily black, with a rich, sticky beige head. Head retains very well and covers the glass all the way down. Beautiful.

Aroma is complex, featuring hints of cacao, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee and toffee.

Outrageously smooth, a rich, roasted malt sweetness is balanced perfectly with a mild bitterness. Notes of cacao and dark roasted coffee are the most prominent. Smokey and toffee/butterscotch notes are also present. Semi-dry, smokey, coffee-esque finish. Delicious.

Again, outrageously smooth on the palate. A hearty body and creamy mouthfeel make this one a treat.

Delicious and moderate alcohol content. That, along with my devotion to delicious black coffee, I find it to be extremely drinkable.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,462 ratings.
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