Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
3,470 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,470 |  Reviews: 1,618
Photo of scarletfire79
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz. bomber. total black, or the darkest brown i have ever seen, with a caramel laced head. the smell is chocolate, dark fruit and coffee with slight hop prescence. the taste is amazing. the perfect balance of flavors. this beer compliments itself very well. definitly the best stout i've had to date. this beer perfect, or as close to perfect as i've seen so far.

 379 characters

Photo of leedorham
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Full brown head that dissipates to the edges where it remains throughout.

Full musty sour and hoppy aroma. Very dry smelling.

Nice full-bodied taste with good up front hop bitter and taste. The hops and sourness outweigh the sweetness. Strong coffee and unsweetened coffee characteristics. The acidity of the strong carbonation ads a bit of bite.

A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but a great stout nonetheless. As I get to the bottom of the snifter the beer warms, the carbonation lessens, and enjoy the taste characteristics more.

 595 characters

Photo of pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, but not quite black, this beer is more like the red-velvet cake of stouts, with oddly appealing ruby hues at the edges. The foam is milk-chocolate in color, and a manageable 1/4 inch or so. It's not a dense rocky foam like I have found other Rogues to be. It's not a persistent foam.

S: Is that chocolate aroma is more than the power of suggestion? This brew has chocolate malt, according to the ingredients panel (but not actual chocolate as per another Rogue brew). As the session continued, I became aware of the light aroma of the cascade hops.

T: There are many things going on in the taste/flavor department and my perceptions changed as I drank the brew. Initially, I found a slightly metallic/molasses note up front, a strong chocolate middle, and a finish that has both a coffe-like roast and a slight dry twang. There is a moderate caramel sweetness to this one, and no noticeable bitterness. Surprising, given the 69 IBUS the bottle claims. Mostly, the sweetness and chocolateness prevailed.

M: Creamy up front feel, (thanks to the oatmeal?) with a dry finish.

A 22oz bottle was great, but if they made 33 oz bottles, I'd have been happier. This is mighty close to exactly what I am looking for when I want a stout.

 1,248 characters

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

It really is a shame Rogue puts no dates on their bottles.

A- Pours a nice black mass with a nice brown head that forms and settles to a splotchy thin sheet on the top. Not the darkest I have seen, but it does fight to keep the light out.

S- A very strong roasty character to this. Chocolate and coffee as well. Some vanilla. What is up with that metallic tinge to this? The hops maybe? Interesting.

T- The flavor is good on this. Good roasty backbone and some more chocolate and coffee to it. This seems to have a strange character to it with the hops.

M- This beer has a little bite to it with the hops and carbonation. A little dry. Does feel a bit heavier at the end.

D- I have had some other bottles of this I know to be a few months old and I recall them being much better than this. I wonder if a little more time in the fridge would have done this beer some good. Still worth a try.

 906 characters

Photo of jmbranum
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Stouts, but I must say that this may be my favorite.

Beautiful dark, dark black brew with a glorious dark tan fluffy head. Except for the edges, the beer is completely opaque.

Smooth mouth feel. Maybe it could use even more smoothness but that's flyspecking there.

Glorious dark toasty aroma and flavor that is to die for. Coffee, dark chocolate, and lots of toasted malt. If you let the beer linger in your mouth you can pick up a fair bit of unexpected hops (well I say that, Rogue really is known for hops, but it is a bit unusual for a stout). However the hops are not overpowering (as some of the other Rogue offerings) and really fit well with the style.

A superb dry stout. Highly recommended. The best of the Rogue beers I've had to date, and probably the best Stout I've had (but I change my mind on that pretty often).

 854 characters

Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black. The head is very creamy with a nice light brown/tan color. The first smell I found was black olives. Not sure why, but it was surprising. It isn't exactly a bad thing. Other than that, there is roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The taste has much more coffee to it than the smell. The roasted malt is a nice compliment as is the dark chocolate. Caramelized sugar and molasses show up as well. Some strange tastes I found were black olives and lake water.

The mouthfeel is lacking a body and true taste, it's kind of thin. It still coats the mouth with dark chocolate, which is nice, but the black olives and lake water linger on the palate. The drinkability is one of the better aspects of this beer. It seems light for a stout, so it goes down well. The chocolate and malt aren't too overwhelming or sweet, so I enjoyed the whole 22oz. bomber. I think I need to stop drinking so many Imperial Stouts, because they are making me think regular Stouts are too thin. I'll try this again because, even though everyone's tastes are different, I expected this to be much better. I'm assuming I had a bad bottle. The store I bought it from isn't the cleanest and is known for some older bottles.

 1,221 characters

Photo of Bookseeb
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in color with a light brown head. smell of roasted malts, baking cocoa and coffee, the same could be said for the taste with a slight tinge from the hops in the immediate aftertaste with a lingering bitterness. A good drinker with medium body and the right amount of carbonation to make a smooth stout.

 317 characters

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

Bomber from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Thick tan lacing atop jet black body.

To the nose - roasted malts up front. Coffee beans and charred wood smoke. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, the malts are tremendous. Sweet depth - molasses and maple candy. Slight hop character to back it up and lighten things up. Taste is layered and complex with sweetness.

The feel is thick and oily - heavy and strong on the tongue. The finish is dry - bringing you back for another.

Musings: A wonderful stout. Look, nose, taste and feel - everything top notch.

 575 characters

Photo of maundythirsty
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ebony -- the got it right in the bottle copy -- beer with hints of brown around the edges. Very thin, greasy, tiny-bubbled tan head. Smells like spiked espresso, with some fudge rolled in.

Sturdy taste of roasted malt, with baker's chocolate. Some cold, burned coffee and plenty of bitterness. Loose and fairly light mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to notice.

This is a stout you can put away in quantity, but it tastes like a porter. Almost a stand-in for Great Lakes Edmund Fitz?

 493 characters

Photo of BeerCheese
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took bottle from the fridge and poured directly into my glass. Completely black even when held up to a bright light, with a big brown pillowy head. About 1/4 inch of head remained all the way to the bottom of the glass with nice lacing. Smell of hops coming through along with the roasted malt. I found that I liked the initial smell more than the smell as I took a drink, though. Taste was great with a very slight hop bite and really no sweet malts - only roasted malts. Light/medium carbonation gave this one a nice mouthfeel.

 529 characters

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

My wife thinks she sees brown, i say it's just black, no matter what it's dark and looks appealing. Thin brown head that caps this one off. Cocoa smell with some coffee bitterness in the background. Taste is also of cocoa. It also has a very earthy taste and mouthfeel. Almost feels a little bit gritty on the tongue. Finishes smooth and mild. Overall a nicely balanced beer. Very clean and simple which in this case is a good thing. Very drinkable. While I enjoy a hop or alcohol bomb, it's also nice to be able to find a good clean beer that isn't over the top but very well done.

 582 characters

Photo of BDTyre
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rated best stout in the world, and admittedly, it is pretty decent...

Rich dark stout colour, with a markedly off-white head. The blackness of this is almost impenetrable, and there are only the faintest hints of ruby.

Rich, toffee chocolate and coffee taste. Bitter, and a bit astringent. There is a certain sweetness, but the malts do come off a bit weak, and the bitterness is reminiscent of an imperial stout.

Honestly, the taste is enjoyable, but the finish comes off as an underdone imp. stout. Great body and easy drinking, but the astringent-sweet flavour can sometimes hamper one's desire to revisit the glass.

Generally, this is a very well dones stout and I would definitely purchase it again.

 716 characters

Photo of sacfly
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Pours a dark, black/brown color with only a hint of red highlights on the edges. Thin head of medium sized brown bubbles. Aroma is very roasty and sweet, with a hint of soy sauce. Pleasurable taste with a heavy sweetness balanced by roasted grains. This stout definitely achieves its dark color with a heavy dose of dark crystal malt. Just enough chocolate malt and roasted barley to keep this from being too sweet. Aftertaste is were the chocolate malt truly shines. Almost a milk chocolate finish, fades into bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, most likely from the oats. Great stout.

 595 characters

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

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick black in color. Pours a dense fluffy two fingered head that is brown. Head stays for the entire sample. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Burnt malt character. Pine sap.

T: Roasted coffee and a dark chocolate presence. Nice Pacific Northwest hop bitter bite. Roasted malts are followed by a slight dark fruit taste. The beer finishes with a smoke and earth aftertaste.

M: Extremely smooth and creamy. Minimal caronation. Bitter and slightly dry.

D: An easy drinker. Impeccable balance. Shakespeare Stout is always in my rotation of beers and this it never disappoints.

 648 characters

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

The pour produced a jet-black with a thin, caramel-colored head that subsided to about half its original two-finger size. Small amount of retention at the top of the glass. The smell is of lightly burnt malts, toasted nuts, and light-bodied chocolates with a hint of coffee. These flavors also come through in the taste, with a mildly bitter finish that pairs with a smooth sweetness. Delicious. The pleasant bitterness lingers. A very drinkable stout, and one of many great beers by Rogue.

 490 characters

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

Poured into my pint glass this stout had a dense light coffee colored head and intense black color. I really liked the contrast of the head and beer. Toasty chocolate and hops in my nose. Some acidic coffee as well. Taste is hoppy chocolate. Very nice. The coffee comes through here as well, but the bitter hops dominate. Mouthfeel is very chewy but dry. Finishes clean for being such a big beer. I finished two bombers in a sitting and could have honestly gone for a third. A great beer.

 488 characters

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 650 ML. Screen Printed Bottle w/o Date

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. No light will pass through this pint. 1 finger, dark coffee colored firm head.

Smell: Floral hops, Ting of green olive, earthy.

Taste: Bold hoppiness upfront, big malt. Burnt chocolate barley finish. Lingering hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Prickly on the tongue, Smooth yet heavy and bold.

Drinkability: Good. Slow drinker. Rather hoppy for an everyday brew.

 465 characters

Photo of velo343
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Lots of retention and sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lots of dark, toasted aroma. Mostly espresso, dark chocolate as well. Also some lighter fruit and pine coming through the darkness.

Taste - Like drinking melted bittersweet chocolate. While a little sweet, there's a sharp bitterness from all the hops that results in a dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, not overly thick.

Drinkability - While quite hoppy for a stout, the bitterness matches the dark chocolate perfectly. Drank this with a very rich chocolate/cherry dessert and the flavors were an amazing match. Fantastic.

 663 characters

Photo of Jwaks
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 22oz bottle

A bold and intimidating nearly opaque black body shows deep mahogany highlights near the rim just below a lean, fallow colored foamy collar and patchy layer of khaki head. No signs of carbonation are evident through this brew's deep inky body.

Burnt malt, light smoke, unsweetened chocolate and piney hop aromas must be teased out from the reticent yet tight nose along with hints of dark brown sugar, espresso and rum raisins.

Big bitter hop flavors, an odd surprise in a stout, and espresso lead the attack combining with a roasted, smokey malt backbone creating a tame and structured mid palate all tied off on a dry finish with plenty of smoke and dark roast coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and ripe prunes. Very bitter and hoppy for a stout, it is unbalanced without enough malt and other body to stand up to the other dominant flavors. This is true to traditional rogue style with emphasis on the hops and other bitter flavors.

Medium to full bodied for a stout, it is a bit thin and not living up to its full potential. Hop bitters and lots of smokey malts cover up some of the finer complexities in this brew. Quite smooth and easy going down, this brew is a pleasure to drink.

Overall this is a nice bitter and smoky stout.


 1,290 characters

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, somewhat brown hues to the color. Decent-sized, khaki-colored head that quickly dissapates to a thin cap. Pretty good carbonation.

Roasty malt aroma with some hop character. Taste is sweet and roasty, with a nice chocolate flavor and a dry finish. A little hops in the finish.

Medium-light body and very smooth. Quite drinkable with some nice complexity but nothing that really stood out to me.

 412 characters

Photo of Stimack
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess it is sad that with my love of stouts and porters I have never tried the Rogue Shakespeare Stout before, I guess I should be a little ashamed of that because I usually see it at Olivers whenever I stop in. Well it was on tap last evening so I thought I would give it a try. Well I was not disappointed at all; actually I think it opened my eyes to what a superb beer this is. I was floating; my wife could tell by the way the beer went down, extremely tasty. The brew was poured to a black color; not sure any light would make it through but did not really look that deeply. Had a very nice dark brown head that had great retention and left nice lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with a nice mixture of scents. I am picking up chocolate, coffee, roasted to burnt malt, brown sugar sweetness, and a pronounced (by pronounced, I mean stronger than the normal Stout but in no ways does it dominate) hop smell for a stout. The taste is simply incredible, extremely smooth through out, chocolate flavors up front that break to a coffee like taste that mixes nicely with the hops in the back end top give it the perfect amount of bitterness. This was the highlight of the evening, simple a great beer and one that I will have on a steady rotation at the house here, man I can not believe what I have been missing!

 1,347 characters

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

Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night.

 470 characters

Photo of Morningstar
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the works of William Shakespeare. So when I sit down to read one of his plays, I like to pop open a bottle and sit and read.

I like this stout it's very robust and understated. It has a nice bitterness that I enjoy in a stout. It also has a good after taste.

I enjoy drinking this stout along with some fish and chips.

I would definitely recomend this stout to everyone. You will enjoy it immensely.

 423 characters

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish coffee color with a decent creamy head. This is a very good stout. Lots of malt and coffee on the nose. Taste is malty with coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Very bold with a great body. An excellent stout. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

 271 characters

Photo of mnesporov
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz Bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark black with a frothy tan head.

Smell: A roasted dark citrus smell with hints of burnt caramel and molasses that tingle the senses.

Taste: A very unique blend of roasted barley with malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the later half it has a chocolaty taste with a zesty citric toffee/coffee taste.

Mouth-Feel: An extremely smooth mouth with a creamy finish.

Drink-Ability: This is just one of those brews that you cant put down till the end.

 537 characters

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,470 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.