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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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3,479 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 beachbum1975
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one DrewOSU. This is the first beer we cracked for the LOST Season premiere (Season 5, yes - I'm a tool).

Pours black with a huge, 4 inch foamy, dark tan head served a touch above room temp and an average pour. Excellent lacing down the walls of my pint glass and average head retention.

Light, sweet chocolate and mild, sugary malts and light coffee grounds - pretty simple nose. Also, some traces of wet cardboard, though I know this is a fresh delivery to the Root Cellar.

Light bodied with low carbonation and medium to full flavor. Much like the nose, only much from flavorful. Heavily roasted coffee stands out most with a trailing of chocolate in the middle. Slightly bitter finish, likely due to the hops at place.

Nice overall, but I didn't care for the nose on this a whole lot.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance: Poured a dark brown/black color, with a one finger khaki head. Good retention. Sticky and creamy foam for the head that layered and laced to the glass all the way down.

Smell: Chocolate roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, with a chocolate aftertaste. Sweet. Both complex and simple in taste at the same time. The taste seems to get better with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but without being overly filling. Very smooth and "creamy"

Drinkability: Probably the best stout I've ever had. Easy to drink, very smooth, and quite delicious. An excellent beer at any time; before dinner, during, or for dessert.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the great Neil St. Piccadilly and chilled over a long weekend. Big black body through and through, topped with three fingers of moderately tan froth; good durability and scattered patches of lacing start Shakespeare Stout off with a visual bang. More hops in the smell than I expected, especially for a stout, accompanied by lots of molasses, and caramel malt. If the aromas were more pronounced this would certainly merit a higher score for the smell.

Shakespeare Stout really gets going with the taste, that is, with its diverse flavors and rich taste. Molasses, coffee, oily hops, dark chocolate--very delicious, very rich, and even better as it warms. The latter quality--improvement with warmth--was no mean feat as this was the antithesis of a sipper. [I'll address the drinkability later.] Some warmth draws out the aromas better and for the taste in particular the elements of viscosity--molasses, chocolate, and hops.

The mouthfeel meets the bar that the taste advances--well hopped bordering on chewy, viscous--great hop-malt balance. It's very hard not to be impressed with Shakespeare Stout. The exceedingly accessible drinkability attests to that. Before I knew it, the DAB mug was half-drained, with only a precious few ounces of the 22 oz. bomber left to pour into it.

It's interesting that Shakespeare Stout, the beer I noted to myself last week that I most wanted to sample from Rogue, was the same beer that both precipitated my grabbing a few others from this terrific Northwest brewery, and the one that I sampled last. Shakespeare Stout certainly embodies the adage "last but not least," for it is an outstanding stout. I'm amazed that I had yet to try this sterling, hopped-up stout. It won't be long before I grab another one of these beauties from Rogue.

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

A: Pitch black with one finger caramel head. No lacing.

S: Bittersweet chocolate comes through with a bang. Roast coffee follows with the scent of sugar and a mild strawberry/earthy aroma.

T: The chocolate and the roast is superb. Lots of carbonation make it tinkle in your mouth. Mild alcohol present, can make this beer go down a little faster than it should.

M: Medium Bodied in texture. Very gulpable. Aftertaste is very pleasant and non-threatening.

D: A session stout, this one is.

Recommend to everyone.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good, but this is the first time I drank a beer and was thinking of a chocolate breakfast bar.

Clearly a sweet stout with a great roasted coffee, chocolate and nut aroma

Medium to heavy roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration.

Medium to heavy body with a smooth texture.

Good brew and one of my top rated beers for style.

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Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep and dark, nearly black, chocolate brown with a cocoa brown head.

S- Scents of cocoa malts, piney hops, and sweet/ sour yeast back tone.

T- Leads with a cola taste. Mid palate is of perfectly moderate sweet malts. Finishes with nice green bitter hops.

M- Could be a bit heavier on the palate for a stout. Not a fan of the thin stout.

D- Its a solid stout would be really good it it had just a heavier viscosity. The flavors are not overbearing neither is the ABV so definitely session able.

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

S = Roasted coffee and hint of chocolate.

T = A very nice roasted coffee bean flavor upfront with just a slight amount of baker's chocolate in the background. Bitterness was very low and the finish was long lasting coffee flavors.

MF = Body was thick and carbonation was moderate.

Overall, a solid American Stout and, as of now, my favorite offering from Rogue.

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

Thanks to jac5084 for this!
Pours pitch black with huge tan head. Great looking stout. Smell - chocolate malts mostly, some cocoa. Taste - dark chocolate as it is, very bitter and chocolaty. Great stuff. Pretty much ideal stout - rich, smooth and easy enough to drink. I'm truly enjoing this one.

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

Bomber with no freshness date.

A large, fluffy and foamy crown of tan head sits atop a black-as-night brew. A couple of chunks of lacing stick here and there as I consume. Head hangs around until the bitter end.

Nose is a nice mix of chocolate, coffee and charred grains with a bit of a kick from the hops.

Taste delivers on the aroma's promise. A smooth, creamy body brings charred barley and caramel to my tongue. Hops kick in with a citric snap, before giving way to a coffee and dark chocolate finish. Carbonation bubbles lightly in the background. Body is a definite medium; a real presence in the mouth, but never feels heavy, it's deft and nimble.

Drinkability is through the roof on this beer, creamy, smooth and satisfying. Pass me another one, please.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as black can be, the pint glass accepts this dark pour from a slightly chilled bomber. No you can't see any light through it, and the rich creamy tan head leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bitter chocolate mingled with robust dark roasted coffees, dark malts and some hoppy undertones. There is also a behind the scenes sulfur like aroma, like rotten veggies or something. Not prominent, but definitely there..

Taste has an upfront bitterness that encircles a nice roasty malt profile, some coffee bean and chocolate notes are there as well. It somehow sours right before the finish and then goes dry and bitter in the end.

Body is fairly big for a 6% stout. Somewhat smooth without a lot of noticeable carbonation. Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will be nursing the rest of this bomber.

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

Brown pour turning to a very deep dark brown in the glass. Nice 1 1/2 finger light brown head. Pretty good retention and a bit of lacing. Looks great.
Smells like chocolate and roasted coffee.
Tastes more earthy than I expected. From the scent I guessed that it would have a stronger chocolate flavor, which was a breath of fresh air for me after recently having their Chocolate Stout and Souther Tier's Choklat which were both great. There were hints of bittersweet chocolate and an aftertaste of coffee which balanced the drink out nicely.
Very smooth and well carbonated. Average thickness for the style gave me just what I expected.

It was great to have a stout that wasn't too heavy on chocolate or coffee. Will happily buy again.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as midnight with a thick and creamy tan head. Nice licorice and coffee smell with a hint of backing chocolate and some oat. Very roasty flavor with chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, licorice and a bit of a bitter finish to it all. One of my favorite beers in my younger days, I had a bottle last week that didn't quite live up to my memories but was still better than 90% of the beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I just picked this up for the first time the other day and actually have been looking forward to this brew. I love Stouts and I love Rogue.

The bottle is just the normal Rogue graphic with the character dressed up like...Shakespeare? Nothing really special or extraordinary.

The pour was really the most exciting part of this brew. It came out farely thick but really dark. Something that also struck me was the three and a half finger head that matured after the pour. The head is really dark with a brown shade.

Okay, so here is the deal. This 'soapy' flavor and mouthfeel that everyone has been describing it as is not good. I do not like it with Belgium ales and I do not enjoy it when it comes with my stout. The taste really does not strike me as anything special. I do not want to be too negative but I was kind of disapointed.

The drinkability is good. I would only want to drink one of these because of the taste, but as far as how many I could drink, probably a few. See, with my stouts I like overwhelming flavor. This has a burnt barley and soapy froth flavor that does not taste too good.

Overall I would not buy this brew again. It does not take away from what Rogue does, it just proves how hard a good stout is to make.


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

This is a great stout. It has an incredibly smooth feel with lots of sudsy, soapy carbonation. There isn't any wateriness in the feel. The bitter hop bite in the finish is just right, not too big, not too small. The malt flavor is creamy, toasty chocolate with an excellent balance of sweet, sour and dough. There is a rather small amount of coffee and other subtle aspects to the flavor. It's a great stout in a category crowded by only good to average examples.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 650ml bottle into a large mug.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with plentiful brown/tan head, which fades slowly to but a thin coating.

S- A bit of earthy hopiness upon pouring. Some roasty, malty, chocolate, coffee notes develop as the brew warms.

T- Burned, acidic coffee is huge upon first sip, and largely prevails throughout consumption. Chocolate notes are vague and fleeting, and wet cardboard notes creep in during consumption.

M- Moderate/low carbonation....watery and thinner than I had hoped. I'm always disappointed to encounter a stout this watery.

D- Ok. This wasn't completely offensive to drink, but consuming all 22 ounces became a chore by the last 1/4 of the mug.

Future outlook: Especially considering the reviews here and my general fondness for stouts, I am somewhat disappointed in this one. With so many vastly superior stout options so readily available, I'm unlikely to feel compelled to revisit this one anytime soon.

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

22oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a dark unclear dark dark brown. Head is tan. Head dissolves rather quicklty.

Smell Hint of chocolate with citrus smell. Roasted caramel is present.

Taste Malt, chocolate, coffee taste. Starts off just a tad sweet and finishes a little bitter. Very tasty and rich.

Mouthful low carbonation a really nice stout.

Drinkability A 22oz bomber is a perfect after dinner sip. I could drink this stuff once a month or once every other month and really look forward to a treat.

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Photo of meday
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into Imperial Pint

Ebony color with rich browning head.

Immediate roasted aroma. Very close in smell to a smoked beer.

The dark roast dominated the flavor. Hints of chocolate, campfire, cedar, moss.

For a stout with oatmeal to create a creamier texture, it was thin and biting. I have possibly been spoiled by my nitro-homebrew stout I always keep on-tap. But to me, a stout, especially one with oatmeal, should be full and creamy in the mouth, whether nitro or none.

I finished the bottle, but the drinkability was only average.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stout is a deep brown/black with a good-sized, frothy red/brown head with good longevity that leaves great lacing. The aroma is a little sweet and is of roasted chocolate malt and citrusy hops. It is medium-bodied with soft carbonation and seems perhaps more watery than I'd expect. It leaves the mouth feeling a bit astringent. The flavor is of charred wood, chocolate and grapefruit. Pretty darn good. This almost seems like a foreign stout to me.
(rated Mar 29, 2007)

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Photo of pb342
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: excellent caramel colored head, deep dark brown (ebony) appearance, subtle carbonation. The head speaks to me and says "drink me".

S: sweet, roasty, chocolate smells

T: A first deep sip initially makes me aware of its roasty, chocolate taste. Aftertaste displays its true roast flavor as the initial chocolate taste fades away.

Mouthfeel: heavy but yet very smooth. Feels like velvet on my toungue

D: The smoothness of the beer makes it very easy to drink. Don't even dare to chug this beer or drink it fast because this beer is too superior to be mistreated like a busch light during a drinking game at a frat party.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, dark stout. Pours jet black with a minimal brown head. Almost as if it sucks the light of the room into it. Rich, brownie-batter aroma, if yoru brownies were made with dark and baker's chocolate. Very strong chocolate flavors with a bittersweet aftertaste. Nice and hoppy, cascades? Good roasted malt as well. Didn't get "soy-sauced" like some others. Really liked this beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Redbones Barbecue, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a translucent brown/black with an ultra smooth and creamy, two-finger, coffee-colored head. Thick rings of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was mild. Semi-sweet initially with subtle notes of powdered cocoa and coffee. A touch of roast was noticeable as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma oddly seemed to fade.

The taste was deep and dark. Somewhat bitter. Roasted malts dominated the flavor profile. Black coffee notes were quite apparent. A dry, oaty quality came through as well. Some smokiness was also detectable. The big, resonating finish was a mix of intense roastiness and bitter, piney hoppiness. Slightly burnt and acrid. This beer was quite bold, but it was not nearly as complex or as smooth as I anticipated.

The mouthfeel was medium/lighter bodied for the style (a touch watery) with a super fine and mild carbonation.

Drinkability was decent. This is a lighter bodied stout that masks its alcohol content quite well. However, the hoppy, bitter finish made this one a sipper.

This is another fine example of an over hopped, over hyped and overpriced beer from Rogue. Although many may disagree, I feel like their time in the craft beer limelight has come and gone.

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Photo of sudsface69
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue, I love you! Another great beer from this world class brewery. This one pours a deep black with a beautiful tan head. Head retention is nice, as is lacing. In the nose I smell some oats, coffee with cream, chocolate, nuts, and a nice touch of hops. Flavor is rich, with a lot of chocolate coming through - kind of a cafe mocha thing going on. Also a pretty much perfect amount of hops. The balance here is outstanding. I like that when this beer first hits your palate you're thinking it's going to be a little sweet. Then as it moves forward, it hits you with a lot of chewy, roasted maltiness, then it finishes with a slight citric pucker from the hops. You're left salivating a little and just waiting for your next sip. Very well balanced, very drinkable beer. Love it!

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance is a nice dark brown/ black one , completely opaque. has a nice beige head that is really my favorite part about the appearance here. the head is just right for what you would expect with a bottled stout, it also has a great duration, sticks around and forms nice rings all along the side of the glass. smell is nice strong sense of malts and dark barleys. great hint of burnt grains, definitely the class stout smell. surely nothing overwhelming, but exactly what one expects in a stout.
the taste is great, i get lots of sweet caramels at first followed some of the more bitter burnt flavors. as everyone states, a great balance one hopes to find in a stout. theres a nice finish of warmth from the alcohol, which i also find very well done with this beer. the mouthfeel is good for a bottle, can only imagine what it would be like on tap. most certainly a session beer, despite the somewhat high alcohol. could drink these all night though.

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

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Newport

I have always been a big fan of the Shakespeare Stout. Had many-a-bombers of this lovely brew but this is the first time on-tap and it was amazing.

Poured black with a big thick tan head with good retention, it was there a while, great lacing throughout the whole pint too. Smelled of oats, maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee also whith a swirl of the glass. Tasted amazing as well. This is a pretty thick bodied beer but it is very drinkable.

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

A dark brown pour, quick building tan head. Smells like a fine iced coffee. The coffee notes trump the chocolate and chicory. Some maltiness, more hop character. Great drinkable sessionable stout for the stout lover. Very good, probably my 2nd favorite Rogue after the chocolate stout.

Bottle and Draft

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,479 ratings
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