Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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 AmorousAngel
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured opaque black with very small, brown head, which dissipated quickly.

Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt aroma. A bit of citrus.

The hops kind of smack you in the face. The roast malt and coffee are underneath but are overpowered by the hops. Very flavorful and complex.

Acidic feel. Low carbonation. Heavy body

The hops are a bit too much for my personal taste, but if you like hops, you will love this stout. Nice change of pace, but I will probably not make this one a regular purchase.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- very dark and coffeelike, minimal head retention

Smell - rich and chocolatey, faint coffee

Taste - toasty, coffee, but only mildly sweet, has a distinct dryness, almost like a wine.

Mouthfeel - average thickness compared to other stouts, smooth with medium carbonation

Drinkability - a good after dinner drink, I would have it again

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours nearly black, with nearly no other color highlights -- just a hint of ruby in the very corners of the glass. A nice creamy brown head forms, then fades to a ring with some thin film on toop. The head reaffirms itself with every swirl of the glass. Some foamy lace.

Smell: The aroma is mostly roasted malt without much sweetness attached, some chocolate malt, chocolate, brewed coffee, and a bit of earthy hops as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a huge dose of unsweetened roasted malt character. Some unsweetened chocolate and chocolate malt step in, with a rising touch of bitter coffee, and earthy hops to finish. The combination of coffee malts and a strong hop presence just give me too much bitterness here, and I am a hophead.

Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy, full bodied. Some bubbly carbonation. Chewy, resiny, lightly acidic, and a bit dry.

Drinkability: The flavor gets more bitter with each sip without giving me enough complex flavor to make it truly enjoyable.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into snifter. Not sure of bottle's age but considering the layer of yeast caked to the bottom, I'd say it was sitting for at least half a year. Pours pretty dark for a 6% stout. Looks black in the glass with rusty brown along the edges when held up to the light. Tight tan colored head. Roasted malts, oats, and maybe a touch of milk chocolate is what I get for smell. Taste is mild, the creaminess makes it enjoyable but the thinness detracts from it. A bit of a letdown for me, but I've never been a fan of Rogue's beers. Definitely not a world class stout by today's standards.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shakespeare on tap at Pony Bar, served in a 14-oz pint.

Appearance: Beautiful nitro pour, intensely black with a foamy mocha head I just wanna bite! Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, hops. Stickiness. Nice barnyard-farm aromas. But all very muted due to the nitro serving.

Taste: Hop-forward, then roasty-toasty. Smooth but rich, with a strong bitter coffee feel. The chocolate is less intense in the mouth as opposed to the nose. Some dairy, milk powder.

Mouthfeel: As expected, creamy and rich, easy to drink. A little too bitter at times, but fine. Dry like a classic Irish stout. Water, please! Full voluptuous body all around, like a curvaceous ebony mama.

Overall: Nothing earth-shattering for sure, pretty simple overall but oh-so-pleasant and drinkable. You could session this all day and have fun.

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Photo of charlatan
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on tap at Kelly's Olympian in Portland. As usual with Rogue brews, it came at a hefty premium (an extra 75c) over the other craft brews.

Dark as one would expect with a thick, light brown coloured head which made the feel luxurious for the first few sips.

Smells sweet and malty.

As I hinted above, the feel is wonderful. Early on I feel like I am draining a light mousse, but even as the head dissipates the beer still slides down very smoothly.

The taste in sequence: cream; brown bread; chocolate; coffee; hint of hops (nothing like the potency I am used to from Rogue); oatmeal.

Fortunately for me the coffee flavour is very faint, and is insignificant in comparison with the others.

Unusually for a stout I feel that I could down a few of these in a row, although I doubt I would want to. One is enough - a very pleasant stout, but more of curiosity than a session beer for me.

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Photo of goz
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black, with a creamy dark head, quickly dimishes to almost no lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, some chocolate, lightly hoppy (floral mostly). Flavor is strong with the chocolate and roasted malts (coffee), with a mild hops bitterness showing in the finish. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown with a mocha colored head.

Smell - Nice chocolates and smoke.

Taste - Soft hint of chocolate. Medium hoppiness with a slight bitterness which I normally don't mind, but it seemed to throw this brew off balance.

Mouthfeel - Full body, a little sharp start from the hops to a smoother stout finish.

Drinkability - Went down well, it was a good beer. I was hoping for another favorite from Rogue. Will pass by this bottle if there is a decent variety to choose from.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bomber into the pub glass.

Appearance: Poured a very good blackness with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a nice toffee coloration about an inch high.

Smell: Smells of burnt caramel and roasted coffee goodness.

Taste: The roasted barley and oats greeted my taste buds initially; however, the finish of coffee and chocolate lingered. Nicely malted and hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Dam I was surprised. I am not much of a rogue fan to begin with. This beer had a medium body. Over all a very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bomber into a chalice. Poured an opaque black, that allowed a little light through that showed mahogany hues. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit mellower than I expected. There is chocolate up front with a lot of roasted malts, a bit of hops at the end to balance. Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth. If there is ever a chance for a stout to be a session beer then this is one. This goes down very easily.

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Photo of Morningstar
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick as a brick. Dark, tan head reveals the roasted malts inside. Tangy, musty, lactic-acid aroma--"a la" stout, of course. Foretaste tingles with lots of carbonation. Midtaste slides right by, leaving a tangy, roasted-malt bitterness in the end.

Fabulous stout! Too dry for me personally, however.

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Photo of znichols
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, nearly straight black with a slight brown hue when held to the light. Eggshell head lasts quite a bit and creeps to the edge of the glass. Solid lacing, too. Good lookin' stout!

S- Deep roast on the nose with hints of earthy, piney hops and a coffee note as well. Smells decent but doesn't really jump out at you.

T- Good roasty flavor following the aroma. Dark cocoa and coffee with light hop flavor in the finish. Lasts quite a while. Again, a very nice flavor but nothing that really attacks the taste buds. Not really any booze detectable. Fairly dry. Pretty solid.

M- Pretty creamy with a slight oily aspect. Moderate to low levels of carbonation. Really nice stout body.

O- This is a pretty quintessential Oatmeal Stout with a creamy, fairly thick body and good roasty flavor. Expect light coffee and cocoa with hints of earthy hops. Try it if available but don't kill yourself looking for it.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second best american stout I've ever tasted (first being Sixpoint craft ales Diesel) The beer is black with a nice light beige head. The aromas were of stron groasted characters, some chocolate, coffee, unfortunatly cardboard, distant black licorice and a slight hint of alcohol. The hops brought up the rear but very faintly. The taste was very sweet of heavy roasted chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and a nice hint of , molasses. Once again it finished smoothly with well balanced hops. Very slick and creamy on the palette. In my book a very well put together american stout.

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alright, I know my review is a little low compared to others reviews. This just didn't do it for me. I had this about a month ago and loved it but didn't review it and then revisited it for the purpose of reviewing it and then didn't like it as much as I did before. However, I did have a Gulden Draak before I had this one. Apparently in my drunken state I thought this would be a bigger beer and obviously I was wrong.

Anyway on to the review...

Poured damn near black with a thick light tan head. The head was dense and creamy but died to a thin layer and then to nothing. Very little lace left on the glass and a large amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Not a lot to the aroma. Perhaps my nostils were fried after inhaling the fine aroma of the Gulden Draak. It sorta smelled like flowers with some light oat notes, suddle toffee and loads of chocolate.

Smooth and silky! Which is something I definately did like. Some maple notes, bitter chocolate, then coffee then spins and goes straight into hop bitterness. Heavy in the mouth but left a lingering after taste like I just took a huge bong hit. Odd.

I will revisit this soon.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical black colour and off-white head. Roasted malt and hoppy aromas are present, perhaps with a bit of soya-sauce in the mix as well. The flavor is much more "roasted" than I was expecting, but there’s chocolate there too along with a combination of earthy hops and faint citrus finish. The flavor profile seems more "imperial" than "sweet", but either way it’s all good.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dense, rocky, four fingers of dark walnut head converts to sea-foam as it drops sticky lace above a rich, dark brown, velvet beer.

A tulip glass highlights the sweet roasted malt with milk chocolate, latte and subtle pine notes in the background.

Shakespeare Stout has a strong bitterness with pumpernickel bread and espresso.

Soft carbonation and a light body give this relatively dry beer a nice mouth-feel with only a hint of alcohol.

While a fine offering on its own, this sonnet is perhaps best served cold. However, it will also compliment any beef dish.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown brew with a huge brown head with a nice cascading effect before it calms. Without a careful pour, this one is all head. It leaves small specks of lacing all down the sides of the glass. Lacing really doesn't hold its weight, especially among stouts.

S - Coffee, chocolate. Hint of elderberries. That is all I am pulling out and it isn't very strong, but it is nice.

T - At first there is a cocoa flavor with some light coffee. The slightest hint of dark fruit. Aftertaste is of bitter charred malt and a hint of fading chocolate.

M - Carbonation was at little high, especially when poured in such a manner to prevent having all head. Thin and very refreshing.

D - Very, a refreshing pleasant stout with a low abv and a nice flavor. I was expecting a more powerful stout, not the lighter subdued "session stout" that this is. I might have this again if found on tap.

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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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3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt bottle served into a Pint glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours deep dark amber in color.Light brown foam.Close & creamy, small bubbled.Thick layer with fairly good retention.Brief lacing rings.Toasted malt,oat & subtle chocolate aromas. Extremely dry palate.Chocolate flavor is backed by dry nuts.Dry hoppy aftertaste hids choco notes.Full body & high viscosity for a just 6,1% ABV beer.May be chewed it up!Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of locarboy
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from sam's liquor in chicago. Pours black with dark brown fluffy head. Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that mingled with the aroma of cascade hops. The mouth feel wasn't what I expected with it having oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Nice lacing down the glass. Had a bit of a smokey, phenolic flavor (is it infected?). I expected more of a dark chocolate flavor. An interesting beer. There are other stouts I'd buy over this, but it was very drinkable all the same.

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Photo of Braz
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure dark brown/black with a very coarse tan head, sea foam like.Head does not last very long at all. Smell is quite roasted and coffee like. Taste is dry and a little bitter. No real sweetness to speak of. Grain notes picked up. Coffee ground flavors. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Pretty decent stout with a dry bitterness.

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Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will remember this beer as the beer that made me recognize the common flavour found in Rogue beers. This is not a bad stout by any means, my beer doesn't say anywhere that it's an oatmeal stout but BA says so. Not really getting any particular oatmeal stout characteristics from this though.A bit more hops on the nose than most stouts along with some chocolate and ground coffee. I can't shake the feeling that this is like a caricature of a stout. Like it's trying too hard. Ah never mind me, I'm just jibbering now.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted dark malts, chocolate, oats and coffee with a touch of hops. The taste is malty up front as you would expect, with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted oats and coffee. The sweetness fades quickly and leaves the bitterness of dark chocolate and pale hops. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky. Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I like the fact that this beer isn't as sweet as most stouts are and even though I think this is a solid beer, I've definitely had better stouts than this one.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black. Cascading carbonation a la Guinness. Topped with a dark tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt aroma. Hop aroma lingers in the background. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Quite bitter. Dark bitter chocolate flavor is very strong. Boozy. Dry bittering finish. It could be sweeter.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Smooth – not slick.

D, notes: Drinkability is ok. A little too bitter without enough malt balance in my opinion.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,420 ratings.
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