Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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:
3,445
Reviews:
1,611
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
480
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night with a chocolate colored head on top.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some piney/citrus notes.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, a little pine, coffee in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not too bitter, could have a few in a sitting.

Of the two Rogue stouts that are reasonably priced, I like the Chocolate Stout a little better than this one. Personal preference as the Choc. Stout is sweeter than this one. This is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Tomas77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a place called 'The Dirty Truth',Northamton,MA which has a reputation along with 'The Moan and Dove',in Amherst,MA for having only the finest ales from all over availiable. And they did with Roague Shakepeare stout.

Black and opaque. Not sure of any ruby highlights it was dark inside. Creamy tan/light brownish head that sits at one finger throughout.

Fantastic aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are there just enough to keep the malts in check.

Some slickness on the lips when you first sip. Sweet but only at the very beginning. Flavor is the same but with a bittersweet chocolate feeling on the back of the palate. Coffee throughout the middle and more chocolate later on.

Light body and mouthfeel. Not thick or viscous at all. Slight alcohol presence is there without it being hot. A very good beer I would say for any time of the year.

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

Rogue- Shakespeare Stout

650 ML bottle

Appearance- Dark murky black with a modest creamy tan head. Heavy ringed lacing.
Smell- Light burnt coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate.
Taste- Big burnt black coffee with a sweet creamy finish. Bitter unsweetened cocoa.
Mouthfeel- Strong and dry, like espresso, up front. Creamy and sweet through the body, and finishing with a big bitter chocolate taste.

Overall- Good stout, slighty loses its bold flavor later into the bottle. When colder weather comes in find this on tap and drink it all night!

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into my pint glass after letting warm up a little. It was dark black in color even against a light. It had a good sized brownish head that slowly settled to a collar with a bit of film in the middle of the glass. No lacing. The aroma was pretty sedate. It was malty with coffee and choc malts in the background. The taste was really good but also kinda sedate. Really expected more of a kick after ready some reviews. It seemed to be missing that extra something that would have gotten it a higher score. Good amount of bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little on watery side compared to other Am Stouts that I've had recently. Overall, a good beer that you should try but I still prefer Cadillac Mtn Stout in this category. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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Photo of Shadman
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needed some ice for some magharita action (it's 39 friggin degrees here in the southern alberta desert today) and saw this single in the beer store. It's not stout season, but wth.

black as used diesil oil, head looked rich and impressive to start, but didn't hold at all, hence the rating. No lacing at all.

Smell was very impressive, rich chocolate and molasses. Can definitely smell some floral hop in there as well.

taste is very, very well balanced. Hop bitterness apparent throughout, with the chocolate malt keeping almost perfect pace.

smooth, medium body. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is the slightly watery finish.

very drinkable, not at all over-the-top.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have this lots but never reviewed it ( strange ?) It is one of my favourite stouts for both its smoothness ( not in a tasteless Guiness way) and its complexity ( notes of chocolate and roasted malt are interwoven with pure bliss. A benchmark for stouts.

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

I love how Rogue includes such marvelous detail on their labels about the ingredients in their beers. This information is a homebrewer's delight and interesting to anyone who cares about what goes into making a good beer.

Shakespeare Stout pours opaque and black with a fairly thick, light-chocolate brown head that lasts. Noticible lace is left down the sides of the glass. Aroma dominated by roasted malt, chocolate, leather, and hops; nice. Taste offers a nice blend of roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and hop tang. The label mentions oats as an ingredient. This usually creates a "silkiness" in a stout but I don't pick much of that up here.

The American Stout category has a lot of breadth to its definition. Some of the examples of the style have characteristics that are more distinctive than this one (one example being another Rogue variety - chocolate stout), but as a well rounded if not somewhat subdued example, Shakespeare fits the bill nicely.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a motor oil black with hints of deep ruby, has a brown bubbly head, not much lacing but very nice retention. Lots and lots of craters and quite bubbly, maybe its the new cap?

S: Big coffee and big chocolate with hints of ripe fruit, plums and molassas, very inviting.

T/MF: Sort of disapointed with this one, maybe it was because I picked it up at world market and who knows how long that thing had been sitting around getting light struck (even though I picked it out from the back of the display, but who knows what goes on there). Anyways this beer has a sort of dry taste when I was expecting something a bit creamier but maybe I'm holding it up against Rasputin when I shouldn't be, but still...taste is a bit flat with faint chocolate and coffee with a mild tobacco finish. How could the smell be so inviting but the taste be so flat?

D: I would for sure try this one again and not buy it from World Market but a real liqour store which might allow for a fresher review.

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In the Stout mood as of late so I picked up this one again. It's a great brew I have consumed many times, so I figured I would finally knock out a review.

A: Pours black as night with a three finger khaki colored head which settles down to a beautiful ring just covering the top of the brew.

S: Nice and malty with hints of underlying chocolate.

T: Malt, oats, and caramel are the first thing to hit me. Then a nice warmth of chocolate comes thru with just a hint of charcoal in the finish.

M: I love the way this beer feels in the mouth. It’s really smooth, crisp and clean. Very nice.

D: You can drink this one by the pint or bomber. It's a really easy drinking stout.

Overall: It's a solid stout. It's not overly aggressive or lacking in any area, its very middle of the road. You might think that is not a good attribute to have for a beer but it actually it is. It is an easy drinking beer that does not overdue it or come up short in any area. It's a simple yet wonderful beer. We will call it simply wonderful. Along with Yeti it is quite possibly the easiest drinking stout on earth.

All that being said to achieve a better score, it needs to be a little more over the top >:{

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- pours very dark almost black, with a nice tan head.

S- smells of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts

T- tastes similer to the aroma, roast coffee and chocolate with a nice balance of bitterness.

M- on the lighter side of full-bodied, very smooth stout.

D- this is an amazing beer, i will definitley drink it again!

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Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an old fav. The beer pours almost flat, with a scant microhead. That caramelly brown color gives way to a nose that carries rosted malt and chocolate in balance. The body is smooth and suprisingly nimble with a silky mouthfeel. The taste is that of malt, chocolate and if you close your eyes, you can get an extremely fleeting berry in the aftertaste. The color leads one to suspect that this will be heavy in the mouth, but as I said, just not true.

Honestly, this is a year-round beer. It is great to drink, use in beef stew, or just simply drink some more. Let's face it, tough to go wrong with rogue.

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

This one is a good solid American style dry stout. I've found over the years that I'm not partial to many of the Rogue products, but the fact that they still churn out fine brews like this and some others keeps me drinking their stuff. This beer pours black with a slight tan head and some slight lacing. The smell is of roasted grain, chocolate, dark fruit and cream. Very nicely balanced and appetizing. The taste is even better. Perfectly balanced roastiness, creaminess, and dry chocolate flavors come together without being sweet. Very nice, and with good depth while maintaining the dry stout profile. The mouthfeel as well is creamy but dry, making this quite drinkable. This stout shows that you can make an intensely flavored, balanced stout without heaping on the alcohol. A classic of the style, I can't believe I've waited so long to try it.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic cup at a music festival (Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN). The head was nice, tan, & creamy and the beer itself was a deep brown/black opaque.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee and caramel.

The taste was quite good. Nice dark chocolate with a nice hop bitterness with coffee-like taste to balance. Hints of caramel sweetness to add complexity.

The mouthfeel was nice and thick (viscous) and low-ish carbonation.... not too low so as to make it flat.... but appropriate for the style.

Drinkability.... my kind of beer! Nice robust stout with good consistancy. Highly recommended.

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Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the first craft beers that I really enjoyed. It started with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Rogue St. Red, and Shakespeare Stout. I was about 23, and I ordered this often when a local pub used to keep this on tap.

So kudos to Rogue for doing it well, and doing it well for so long.

On to the beer...

Pours a deep flat black color with a big aggressive tan head. Mean looking beer. (but that's a good thing)

Aromas are of oats, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Flavors are very full, and upfront. There is a very oatmeal like character to this one, lots of cereal grain flavors, and notes of dark roasted malts. There are also oak, bitter chocolate, and smoke flavors as well. Finish is crisp, biting, and with some nice hop bitterness. This is a flavorful beer, that doesn't wack you over the head with too much. It's just tasty, and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel seems a bit too watery and thin for my tastes. It's not bad, but just seems a little off for a stout.

Drinkability is great. This one is so easy to drink, and enjoyable. As good I remember it from years ago...

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

Poured a deep dark black as night with a big foaming tan head. Very thick and opaque, like oil, but nicely carbonated. Smell was full of coffee and chocolate tones, with a definate sweetness that was evident from the very beginning. The taste was very full and robust. A nice full bodied feel. Flavors were very full, lots of caramel and sugar, coffee and chocolate tones were very predominant. Overall this is a very fine sessionable stout and was very glad to finally try it. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Another winner from Rogue.

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

Jet black. Large head – creamy dark brown, pretty good retention and lacing.

Some nice American hops pop out first – citric and floral. Then some chocolate and roasted sweet malt – strong and nicely balanced.

Sweet thick rich dense malt. Caramel sweetness roasted dark chocolate and lighter espresso notes. Fairly strong American hop flavor (mainly citrus with floral and spicy notes) and medium bitterness. Roasted barley earthy woody bitterness notes. Finishes medium-light bitterness and a little malt and citrus hop sticks around. Creamy oat touch.

Medium-full body, creamy smooth. Medium carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Notes: Now this is a stout. One of the best I’ve had. Stronger/bolder than Sierra Nevada’s. thick and dense stuff, it just keep coming out of the bottle and I am filling.

More Notes: Okay, I feel sick. This is soo much stout. I can’t handle it. You have beaten me Rogue! Death by tasty.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark milky brown with near brown head, good retention with large stable bubbles, heavy lacing..dark dark dark.

Aroma heavy on malt, chocolate, with a smoky background and light alcohol presense.

Smoky malt profile, medium bitterness that increases in the finish. Rich but not overly sweet. Creamy mouthfeel verging on chunky, like drinking coffee with the grounds left in.

Overall too rich for continuous consumption. Maybe a tad heavy for my taste. Tasty, but not as complex as I was expecting.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this all on my own, in celebration of finishing my dissertation. Pours an opaque black with a ruby-brown head. Nice head to it, it dissipated a little quickly, but not too bad. Lovely smells of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, something tart like cherries. Tastes of much of the same: opens sweet like the chocolate and molasses, finishes nicely some bitterness from the coffee. Rounded out with flavors of toasted oats and some of the dark fruitiness. Good mouthfeel - nice thickness for the style, without being overpowering. Overall, a very well-crafted stout. Wonderfully drinkable, very enjoyable.

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

A- deep brown almost black body with thick dark brown head. Leaves behind plenty of lacing. It almost looks ominous in the glass.

S- Coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate emerge in the smell.

T- Roasted coffee and malt up front followed by a hint of hop bitterness. The finish is of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

M- medium carbonation and a nice thick body. Pretty smooth.

D- This was good. Very drinkable. It still a sipper since it is a stout; but it is a very interesting and complex beer. Recommended.

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Photo of brdc
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice black beer with a nice brown head.
Aroma is pleasant, but in my opinion, uncharacteristic of the style and overly hopped, with minimal maltiness, although some caramels can be noticed here and there.
Taste is mostly bitter, and again in my opinion, a little bit overhopped, with some overpowered maltiness in there.
Mouthfeel is generally good, but I still thought this one a was too hoppy and did not finish the bottle.
I know many will disagree.

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Photo of clickpush
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Hard pour produces big 3 finger dark brown head over even darker brown body. Body is opaque, no light getting through even around the edges. Descent is slow and rocky, providing a solid cappuccino like foam. Doesn't leave a whole lot of webbing along the glass, but a nice cap of lace remains.

Nose: Chocolate and caramel, some fruit notes like plums, brown sugar. Quite sweet smelling, marshmallow and milk chocolate. Nice roasted malt character as well, a bit of burnt toast, a bit coffee. Mmm.

Mouth: Roast character is much more pronounced in flavor than in smell with a chewy, burnt toast feel to it all the way through. A touch of heat as it comes back up. The flavor falls a bit flat, though, as there doesn't seem to be a lot more than the roastiness. A roast bitterness lingers, very nice, but where's the balance? Mouthfeel is quite well carbonated but not as smooth as it could be.

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

On-tap, appropriately, at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo.

First off, I have to mention this was only $3.75 for a 20 oz. pint while it costs $5.25 for a 22 oz. bomber at Tiffany's in K-zoo. Anyways, Shakespeare Stout is basically, combines a rich and smooth cocoa and coffee malt profile with IPA-like hops flavors. It's a great mix of chocolate and citrus hops, hop chocolate if you will. I think the yeast masks, or takes the edge off, the grains. They're just not as big or complex as a good stout could be. Another good example of a bitter, but dark beer is Smuttynose's Robust Porter, check that out for the malt profile I'm talking about.

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive creamy light brown head sits on top of the ink black brew. Very appealing.

Vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate in the nose.

Coffee, dark chocolate, and savory roasted flavors dominate. Once the beer warms up a little fruit character is more apparent. Some orange. Very clean bitterness present.

Smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Very nice beer that always seems to impress me.

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

This is the most balanced stout I have ever tried. It does it all very well.

Into a Snifter a pours a deep black, with a tan foamy head, that leaves some great lacing.

I smell dark chocolate and espresso, a very inviting smell.

The taste is so smoky I love it. It has a very original taste overall. I can't believe how smooth this beer is. That does help the mouthfeel, because let me tell you this beer feels great moving around in the mouth. I couldn't find a hint of bitterness with this beer.

Seriously, it's fun moving this beer around your mouth, because it just helps the taste and you do not get any harsh overtones. Dare I say this is better than Great Lakes Blackout Stout, I guess so.

As you can tell I'm very pleased with this beer. I'm going to keep buying this beer without hesitation. Drinkability, is easilty one of the best out there.

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

Looks appropriately black with a nice, brown head. Head holds pretty well.

Smell is malty and molasses.

Taste is smoky, malty, nutty and chocolate with dry, lightly bitter finish.

Good carbonation and slightly thick.

Drinkability? Really good. Sorta like a stong nut brown.

A solid stout.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,445 ratings.
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