Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
3,455 Ratings
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:
481
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,455 |  Reviews: 1,615
Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from the World Market here in Dublin, OH. Staying in a hotel here overnight for work, going to an all day meeting for work in Columbus tomorrow. The World Market is very close to where I am staying. Poured into a pint glass. This beer is a dark brown, almost black color. No light is getting in here. Nice tan head a good inch when poured. Settles to a spotty surface coating and nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing too. Has a malty, chocolat aroma with some coffee too. Bitter chocolate and coffee, along with some sweet malt. Good, slightly crisp, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Pretty good, but it didn't impress me as much as many of their other beers have.

Eric

 775 characters

Photo of CMW
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black with a large khaki head. Rentention is good and there was a medium amount of lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt with some nice sweetness that has cinnamon undertones.

T - Roasted malt is the first thing that washes through. There is some sweetness through the middle and it finished quite bitter and dry.

M - Much thinner than I expected. ALmost feels like an Irish dry stout.

D - Very drinkable although I wish it was less dry in the finish.

 461 characters

Photo of jpaltan
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a thick head, caramel colored. some lacing around the sides. smell is all coffee and chocolate. espresso with some bitterness in the nose. taste is rather bitter - bitter burnt coffee taste. some sweetness towards the end, but then back to an abrasive bitterness. beer seems quite raw with the flavors not really blending together smoothly, but rather each one is a separate entity. mouthfeel is well carbonated, some chewiness. body is nice.

 459 characters

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

Pours black as a stout should and has a nice light brown head that slicks down the glass.

Smell is very strong and has a chocolate tone and a bit of a roasted malt.

Taste is roasty with a some dark chocolate. I am detecting a little chawkiness, but not bad enough to bother me. Mouthfeel is about right for a stout, being medium with a little creaminess. Great stout that will be had again.

 392 characters

Photo of pants678
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brownish black, opaque, single finger creamy head.

Coffee and dark chocolate.

Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee, nuts as well. Bittersweet finish, not quite fruit but something along those lines. Might be the cascade hops, actually.

Very little carbonation, quite smooth.

 285 characters

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

Pours a dark brown color with a creamy head that made for great lacing. The aroma was very malty and chocolatey with some coffee notes. The taste was similar to the smell. First taste was malt and chocolate then almost a bitter coffee. The mouthfeel was not heavy but smooth and creamy and it had the perfect carbonation.

Overall it probably is my favorite stout! I'm looking forward to another one!

 401 characters

Photo of SidewinderX
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass. Pitch black brew with a thick mocha head that encourages you to pour properly. The head leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma that has a bit of chocolate, coffee, and nut in it.

Taste: Darkly roasted malt flavor with a noticeable citrus hit towards the end. Very, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely fantastic. Smooth, dry, and thick. Doesn't assault the palate, yet clings to it with a bittersweet finish.

Drinkability: Reasonable ABV that's completely hidden in the outstanding flavor of the brew. Not a "light" beer by any respects, but you'll have no trouble drinking a 22oz bottle.

Overall a great beer. Really, really enjoyed this one.

 714 characters

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

Enjoyed on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Shows up at the table dark brown, nearly black, with a thick, creamy, medium-brown head, showing great retention and closing around the glass with a curtain of lace.

A nice roasty, slightly coffeeish, slightly sweet aroma presents itself to the nose. Nothing mind-blowing, but inviting nevertheless.

A rich, medium body with a mild carbonation forms smoothly across the tongue. A touch of sweet chocolate melts quickly into a concoction of lightly roasted malts and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of espresso, balanced by a brief appearance of bittering hops and finishing a tad dry and bready-roasty.

Delightfully smooth and easy-drinking, this is a superb stout and a wonderful quaff. Superb.

 765 characters

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

22oz bottle pours a jet black brew, zero visibility with lots of foamy, dark cappuccino head, which leaves nice sticky lacing down the glass. Stouts were meant to look like this.

Smell is bold. Roasted malts and grains, hints of molasses, coffee, caramels, a hint of a citrusy hop lightness in the back.

Mmmm, some nice roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of espresso, solid oat presence, sweet. Dry mouthfeel, some malt bitterness, some hops to add some balance, smooth finish.

Man, I could drink this all night. Less ABV than a bigger RIS cousin makes this one drinkable on a high level for me. Full taste, not overpowering but delightful - absolutely top notch stout.

 674 characters

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

Had this one on tap at the Verdugo Bar.

Poured an almost opaque black color. You can barely see some brown tinges at the edge. Nice tan one inch thick head that left really nice lacing on the glass.

Nutty aroma, like roasted almonds.

Good bittersweet flavor of roasted chocolate malts. Almost no hop bitterness detected, most of the puckering bitterness was from the burnt flavors of the malts.

Thick bodied mouthfeel with a good bittersweet aftertaste that clung to the palate for a bit.

Good drinkability. Not too rich or high abv lets this one be a good choice all night long. While not exceptional, this is definitely one of the better beers I've had from Rogue.

 671 characters

Photo of zdk9
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as space with not a highlight to be seen. A thick film of orange-tan foam tops the beer and leaves slight lacing behind.

S- This one has some heft to the nose which I really appreciate, though not as much depth as the flavor. The most pronounced smell is burnt grain husk. There are also notes of coffee and some darker berry, unsweetened blueberry.

T- Great typical stout tastes. Burnt husk once again dominates, but here the flavors are more balanced. The blueberry comes out more, and theres a touch of bitter orange and grapefruit rind to go along. Not really any chocolate, which I comment on only for comparison's sake, not because that detracts from the beer.

M- Dry as an Irish stout. This is nice and different from syrupy, fairly sweet stouts that you typically get from American brewers make. I like this if only for the difference.

D- A great beer which I thoroughly enjoyed and has some interesting differences from other stouts that really sets it apart. I was expecting much more hop flavor, and while there is a good amount, with those citrusy flavors, I didn't think it was overdone. Delicious

 1,129 characters

Photo of Jablonski
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is pitch black, and pours with a large milk chocolate colored head. Decent lacing on the glass. The smell is fantastic. It's nice and strong as well with dark chocolate and coffee. It has a smokey aroma too with a small amount of floral hops. The taste has more coffeeness to it than the smell, but it is not overbearing. The bitterness comes through a second after each sip, but its only strong enough to notice it. Quite a drinkable beer at it's low alcohol content, and I'm a bit sad that I didn't pick up another bomber. One of my favorite beers, and probably the best stout I've had.

 633 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony with a thick foamy tan head. Some dissipation and a few good lace rings. Very nice.

Great aromas here. I get big whiffs of chocolate, coffee, deep roasted malt.

This is just flat out fantastic. Smooth creamy coffee/expresso flavors, hints of dark chocolate, dry mild bitter roasted malt finish. Great balance and complexity. Nothing overly in your face, but strong expressions of flavors to make you want to come back for more.

Moderate to mild carbonation, and slight mouth coating characteristics. Very pleasant.

This was a very very easy bomber to put away and look for another. It is a real treat and could become a habitual purchase when available. I know it is year round, but I don't see it year round out here. Buy it when you see it.

 758 characters

Photo of Richardberg
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Deep brown (almost black) color with ruby fringes. Rich, thick tan head that lingers forever.

S: some of each - caramel malts, alcohol, sweetness, touch of hops. Nothing too distinctive.

T: classic bold stout flavor up front with lots of roasted malts and chocolatey overtones. Finishes with a mix of aromatic hops and bitter chocolate. Delightful journey of flavor.

M: rich, moderately thick, low carbonation, very dry finish.

D: moderate ABV and well crafted flavors make this an easy & accessible favorite.

 561 characters

Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass out of 22oz. bomber. pours a dark black with a nice dark tan, almost brownish head that sticks around for a little bit and then fades to a nice foam ring. its completely opaque when held up to the light. although a bit thin in the mouthfeel, i find this to be a rather complex beer. in the nose there is a lot of coffee or almost even a cappucino smell and a huge roasted malt presence. nice and earthy with a little bit of chocolate as well. in the taste you get a lot of roasted malts and chocolate with a nice bitter chocolate finish. a decent creamy taste in the end as well, similar to an oatmeal stout.this beer has a really nice lace on the glass. i really enjoyed this brew, very easy drinking, but packed with tons of complex flavors. if you can find it, get it for sure.

 805 characters

Photo of Riccymon
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Though I rarely splurge on Rogue bombers, all the positive reviews convinced me to finally give Shakespeare a chance.

Poured an opaque cola black with more than two fingers of cappucino-colored head. Looks nice. Smell is malty with roasty grain and coffee and nut notes; fairly subtle. As I sip, I get more of the barley flavors from the nose and some bitter chocolate hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd have liked. However, I find I really enjoy the drinkability here. At just 6%, this goes down easily. A nice, relatively simple stout that I appreciate even if I don't adore it.

 597 characters

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

Totally opaque black. Very nice and somewhat rocky tan head. Good retention. Aroma was subtle and malty, very clean.

First thing I notice is not the flavor, but the awesome chewy mouthfeel of this beer. Totally fills your mouth. Remarkable. Taste is great, leaves a ton of roastiness and coffee on the palate. Not sweet, but pretty dry and bitter. Quite simply delicious and not over the top. Subtle carbonation-- just right. I now understand the revered cult status of the Shakespeare Stout.

 494 characters

Photo of joshuadlight
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
The beer is deep and dark, don't expect to see any light through this thing. The head is big and frothy, resembling the head of coke float.
The smell and taste are full of bitter chocolate and espresso. Roasted malts are also at the fore front. This is far from a malt-bomb though, there are 69 ibu's in this bad boy and there is plenty of bitterness in the finish.
It is a mouthful, but it is frothy and delicious, I wish I had bought more than one of these.

 499 characters

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

Appearance- Pours a pillowy, dark brown head which dissapates quickly, beer is jet black and completely opaque. It looks the way any respectable stout should look

Smell- Chocolatey and roasty malts a bit of floral hops

Taste- Dry and roasty malts, coffee and liccorice notes, dark smooth chocolate and hops are prominent towards the end. Dry and not quite as complex and full flavored as I would expect, but still quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and dry with a moderately frothy body

Drinkability- Goes down quite easily for a stout. I'd like to try this pumped with nitro.

 576 characters

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

Pours a dark jet black with a nice thick tan head, nice thick lacing. Aroma is hoppy, chocolaty, malty, sweet caramel. Great complexity, rich chocolate flavor with nice sweet caramel notes. Very easy to drink because of the incredible balance and smoothness. Definitely glad I picked this up. Recommended.

 305 characters

Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

super thick creamy head with a jet black appearance. coffee and dark chocolate with a roasty smell. starts off tasting thin and lacking body but is surprisingly hoppy and finishes very dry and delicious. The bitterness is well appreciated too. Very good stout

 259 characters

Photo of litheum94
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, dark brown color. The head is moderately thick and mocha in color, with lacing that lingers for quite a while.

The aromas are almost completely coffee scented. There's a sweetness in the background, perhaps chocolate or fruits.

The taste up front is exactly the same as it smells; bold coffee taste with a sweet tinge to it. The sweet taste is more akin to chocolate than fruits, so perhaps the sweet aromas is chocolate after all. The finish is slightly bitter. Not too bad, but a little harsher than I was expecting. It has a hoppy quality that I wasn't quite ready for.

This is a light mouthful for a stout. It has very strong flavors, but doesn't feel exceptionally heavy.

All in all, a very good stout. The finish is the only thing that really gets me with this one.

 795 characters

Photo of TMB0424
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into pint glass

Brew is a deep brown, almost black, body with lighter mahogany edges. A good sized fizzy, loose mocha colored head has great retention and left a lot of lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted fresh coffee with chocolate splashes. Nice element of darker fruits as well (plums, maybe grapes), mixed with molasses.

Taste is basically like the smell, extremely well balanced. Coffee, milk chocolate, sweet molasses and caramel. Ripe dark fruits come through as well, with hints of plum.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but very refreshing. Bubbly and fizzy from the carbonation. Creamy as well, but it suffers a little because it's a tinge watery. Drinkability is great - it's well balanced and easy to drink. The finish is a little bitter, mixed with coffee and chocolate - very nice. Great stout from Rogue.

 831 characters

Photo of Reaper16
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served a 22oz. pour on-tap

Poured a nice, solid pitch-brown with a head the color of khaki pants. Decent retention, and above average lacing.

Shakespeare Stout hit all of the right aroma notes (chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, etc.) and added some pleasant fruitiness, presumable from the hops.

This tastes like a Rogue beer (the Pac-Man yeast, I'm sure), which means that I like it. What can I say that hasn't already been said? It doesn't really surprise with any of the flavor points, not even the hoppiness. What makes Shakespeare Stout stand out from its peers is the incredible balance, and the way each flavor component is pretty marvelously blended with the others. This is simply a great tasting beer; nothing is out of place.

The one spot where this beer is marred is the mouthfeel. It is too thin, imo. Beyond that, this is an immeasurably drinkable stout.

One for my favorite beers from the beginning of my beer exploration; it was nice to revisit it after a while and find that it is essentially just as good as I remembered it.

 1,047 characters

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 1 PT.6 Fl Oz bottle

Poured a velvet black color with a tan two finger creamy looking head that stayed for a while.

Smells of purple grapes, bittersweet chocolate, plums, and some roasted caramel malts.

Nice sweet creamy taste upfront with a minimal hop bitterness in the end. Unforuntaley for me the flavor does not hold through and it leaves me wanting more out of it.

Not to heavy, a litte thin and lacking more flavor. Dont get me wrong its a good stout but theres better ones out there.

This has good drinkability cause its not a heavy stout. I would consider doing a session with this

 609 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.