Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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

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1,598
Ratings:
3,392
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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312
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459
For Trade:
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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a dense, rocky, mocha-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly recedes. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with a few spots and swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose suggests cocoa; however, it seems a bit chalky, as well as a slightly metallic quality. There's also a trace of lactose in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a roasted character and a slightly burnt/ashy flavor that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively effervescence and a semi-dry finish. A solid example of the style, but nothing to write home about here.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No idea how old this bottle is, but I've had it for at least a year. Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates to a blotchy haze and thick ring. Not much in the way of lacing, with just a few fingers. Dark brown body with some hints of red to it at the fringes.

S - Cocoa beans, a touch of soy, roasted barley, bitter espresso, and a touch of meaty smokiness in there as well.

T - Taste has a little more caramel with the cocoa and smokiness, and thankfully the soy element has dropped out completely. Still, it tastes a little bit dull - perhaps this bottle is too old. Damn Rogue for not dating anything. There's a bit of an acrid burnt coffee finish as well.

M - Fairly high carbonation going on here. Body is definitively medium and significantly chewy and viscous. The finish is really dry, which is somewhat atypical. This is one of the nicest elements of this brew.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly interesting or exciting. The alcohol is well hidden, and other than the slight over-carbonation it has a nice texture.

Skimmed through some other reviews - apparently this is quite hoppy when it is fresh, but goes downhill fairly quick. However, since there's no bottle dating it's hard to know what one is going to get. I'll re-review if I see it on-tap.

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Photo of exparte
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BIg chocolate aroma mixed with floral hops. Pours pure black with a thick, rocky brown head. Loses some points because the head dissipates a little too quickly for a stout. Tastes of bitter hops with chocolate and roasted malts. A bit thin on the palate but the carbonation is pleasant. Lingering chocolate and bitter finish. This is a pretty damn good stout but it leaves a bit of room for improvement.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Inky pitch black body with a massive beige head that cascades down to three fingers worth. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Roasty chocolate notes in the nose. Some biscuity malt. Roast is the main fragrance, chocolate and biscuit are much more in the background.

Taste follows smell. Big roasted/smokey notes up front. Some dark chocolate and biscuity malt. The finish is super smokey, and gets a bit ashy and acrid towards the end of the brew.

Falls a little short of what I expect from an oatmeal stout. There was none of that creamy smoothness or extra body. Dry, medium bodied, well carbonated, fairly huge carbonic bite on the finish.

Fairly good, but not nearly the best oatmeal stout I have tried.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't really detect a scent. (But then, I may have allergies acting up.)
But the pour was great! Deep, rick, thick black. Opaque.
The head is a full finger thick, and is indeed thick. Dark, dark brown and rich. Slow to dissipate, but does dissipate completely.

I started it cold. It tasted both sweet and bitter at the same time. At first all I could get was a slight coffee taste. Hoppy. And, a little flat aftertaste like the end of a Bud. That part wasn't pleasanr. But I don't know if it was because I got used to it, or getting warmer improved it, but that flat, bitter, sour aftertaste didn't last through the first glass, and not at all in the last two glasses.

Did I mention the bottle is large enough to fill too smallish pilsner glasses?

After it warmed up a bit, I started tasting a cocoa flavor. Not chocolate, but cocoa. Almost like a cafe mocha... but with hopps.

Creamy mouthfeel. And not a sticky creamy that causes that back of the pallate linger. But just a rich consistancy.

Kind of heavy--I felt full after the whole bottle. I don't even want to think of how many calories this liquid bread has! *grin*

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Photo of masikon
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony with a perfect tan head which leaves a whole lot of lacing. Nose is strong in the hop department for the style with subdued coffee tones in the background. Taste is pleasant but not overly interesting, Some good classic coffee notes, I didn't detect much chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is very nice and lingers, taste like the foam on top of a good mocha. Overall a pleasant stout but I think maybe I expected a bit more, I'll go back to this one day and see how it treats the second time around.

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Photo of Enola
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep black with a huge tan head. There is not a lot of lacing. The smell is grain and a small amount of bitterness. The taste is similar to a porter. There is a roasted flavor. The smootheness is not as good as I would like. The drinkability is ok but I think there are better options if I want a stout. Overall, a decent beer that is average for the style.

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Photo of John1985
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opaque, black appearance. Faint aroma. Coffee malt taste with pleasant bitter aftertaste. Reasonably full bodied with a creamy texture. Pretty good stout, very smooth and mellow.

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

Solid black with brown at the edges, creamy thick head. Potent odor of roasted barley and burnt flavors. Big malt characteristics, twinges of coffee and a good deal of strong bitter chocolate, some caramel and a slight butteriness deep down. Very mild sweetness and a big hunk of oat. Hop bitterness is attenuated by the burnt malt flavors but the dryness is extremely prominent. Mild hints of grasses and green vegetables as well as slightly offputting brown sugar and molasses. A very thick, sticky beer which is not cloying thanks to the hop dryness. Still not a particularly good session stout - I discovered this the hard way. It's a good beer, but unworthy of all the acclaim; perhaps this and Sierra Nevada are the prototypical West-Coast stouts.
updated 3/04

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This lacks flavor and feels very watery. It looks and smells good, but really let down after that. Not much good to say other than it's cheap and available.

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Photo of Jdouble777
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appreance- Looks absolutely scrumptious with choclately tones and smooth stout medium head

Smell- Aromas just do not match the look, there is a faint nutty choclate mix, hazelnut maybe, but overall the smell is not punctual or alluring

Taste- Smooth, easiest to drink stout I have ever experienced; however, it does not pop at all and finishes kinda boring

Mouthfeel- Goes down soooo smooth, gentle and light

Overall- Good solid beer, but not Rogue worthy and defiantly not 90+...great winter drinking beer

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

Several of my friends swear by this beer; me, not so much. It's good, but it is too low in ABV and a bit too tame for me. I would take, say, a Lion Stout over this 100% of the time. Then again, Lion is no slouch, so my complaint is actually a compliment.

A – It pours nice and dark, but not black, with decent head and moderate retention.

S – Roasty. That is the main olfactory sensation. Burnt cocoa, dark roast coffee, charred grain and a bit of a malty sweetness to tie it all together.

T – The taste is roasty and stout, perfectly average. Forgive my lack of superlative and whimsy, but it is just a bit of a fence-sitter of a beer. It tastes quite good, but given the obvious quality, it seems just a risky tweak for something stunning, which it is not.

M – The feel is thinner, but viscous enough to overcome it.

D – As I said, good but not great.

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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 phisig137
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a pint glass. Thick black color, lets no light through. A fluffy cafe au lait head emerges and disapates rather quickly, with no lacing, but a small ring around the top.

Aroma shows roasted barley, burnt espresso, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very similar, VERY roasty, tones of dark roasted coffee, even a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel for me is kinda bad. Feels way over carbonated for the style, and feels a bit astringent.

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Photo of beveritt
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a tall, thin, mug. Bottle states "ebony in color with a rich, creamy head, an earthy flavor that comes from oats and a mellow chocolate aftertaste." 15 degrees pPlato, 69 IBU, 77AA, 135.48 degrees L.

Appearance: Pours with a 2-3 inch medium to dark tan head. Falls slowly to a thin coat of foam with some lacing. Beer itself is black, nearly opaque.

Smell: Roasted barley is the predominant smell.

Taste: Hop bitterness upfront flavor vice in the finish as usual. Finishes with roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation, decent body.

Drinkability: A good, drinkable stout, but not as rich and creamy as many stouts available.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Finally getting around to reviewing this one from Rogue, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. Bottle doesn't really have much to say on this one - no abv listed either.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a thick dark inky blackish-brown body, super dark and close to opaque, especially for being an under 6.00% abv beer, the color is very impressive. One finger of thin bubbly mocha head that dies down to a bubbly ring quickly, leaving minor spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is rich, dark, bitter, & roasty. Huge notes of chocolate / cream / barley malt roastiness, lightly charred & ashy. Slight notes of mineral water, & dark pitted fruits.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark bitter, roasty, malty, chocolatey, with lots of burnt black coffee & ashy char in the taste. Again, slight notes of mineral watery & dried raisins / figs / dates. It's ok. Not particularly flavorful or interesting, for my liking.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Body is light & actually pretty watery for my liking. Lots of dark bitter burnt malts, black coffee, & raisins in the aftertaste.

Overall, it was okay. I thought it was average all around, and a bit too thin and bitter for my liking.

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of jkendrick
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very black in color with a foamy tan head. As expected, no light visible. It is not as thick and viscous as some other stouts as it pours. The head has good retention and the lacing is nice.

Aroma: Roasted malt is most dominant with a touch of hops. I can smell some chocolate and a bit of fruit. There is not the coffee aromas I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. Not as thick and creamy as I like and the carbonation is a tad heavy on my tongue.

Taste: The coffee I missed in the aroma is certainly present in the taste, even more so than the chocolate. Of course, the roasted malts is a dominant flavor as well. There is some bitterness, but it is nicely balanced. The flavors are complex, but not particularly strong. The bitterness sets in with the dry finish.

Overall impression: This is good stout, but not in my upper echelon.A

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ebony with a pillowy clay colored head. Near unparalleled lace and retention. Near perfect.

Aroma is dark roast malt with an oaty smooth acidity. Tastes dark and roasty and fairly monotone. Good, but a one trick pony. Body is terribly watery, the Pacman yeast (which I usually like) just doesn't fit with this beer.

Good but unengaging due to lack of depth. The mouthfeel is as hearty as a Hawiian death metal band.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nearly black color with minimal lacing.

Smells and tastes exactly like a strong coffee. Unfortunately, that's all it tastes like. I remember this beer being much more complex. But, after having it tonight, I feel as though it's a decent stout, but there are definitely better ones on the market.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours with no head and almost black color.

Smell- Nose is very weak but is mildly hoppy.

Taste- Suprisingly bitter, hops definitly take the lead role in the flavor department here, some light burnt flavors on the finish with a hint of overly done coffee. Not awful but not particularly my thing.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage.

Drinkability- An ok brew, I found this one disappointing but Im not a big fan of hopped stouts'.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VP debate night - I refuse to listen to that sneering, clueless woman, so let's have a beer instead.

A - Fairly strong pour into a pint glass. Creamy-looking head recedes, revealing a passable lace. Body the color of dark-roast coffee.

S - Sasparilla, carob, some roasted coffee, but not really a burnt smell. Mild aromatics but pleasant.

T - Sharp, drying, slightly smoky signature Rogue Pacman yeast character immediately evident. Chocolatey, but only hinted at, not overwhelmingly so at all. Quite assertive Cascade profile at 69 IBU, leaves a very bitter chocolate aftertaste. Some sips, I feel the Cascades fight a bit too much with the smooth, creamy malts, other sips seem more in balance. On the bitter, hoppy end of the style, but nothing wrong with that.

F - Stouts brewed with oatmeal always have a luxurious feel, and this gets the feel pretty well, though it doesn't come off as creamy as it could. I think the hops cut through some of that.

D - At 6%, rich and hoppy, one bomber is plenty. It is a complex example of the style, and bigger than its strength would indicate. Also noted, the bitterness of this stout really stays with you.

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Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark pour with a big handsome brown head. Looks quite delicious. Head settles to a film, gives up a small measure of lace.

Aroma is roast malt, chocolate. Not over powering but distinct.

Strong bitter malt, semi sweet chocolate flavours. Dry, chalky mouthfeel, long lingering bitterness.

Decent beer, quite tasty, but somewhat one dimensional. Worth a try.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a simple black with a good sized head. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, and sawdust. The flavor is lead by roasty malts, a fairly strong smokey quality, dark chocolate, plum, with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall this is a decent beer. Maybe I am just not as into this style as I once was, but this doesn't do much for me. The is a lingering smokiness that never seems to integrate itself. Just never a huge fan of Rogue.

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Photo of kajerm
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours black with an insubstantial tan head. Nose is dark-roasted malt, probably coffee and chocolate but too light to really discern many individual notes.

Tastes like it smells, only a little stronger. Chocolate is definitely evident, sweet up front with some of those hops they like in Oregon in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, light and inoffensive.

THIS is a stout? What I can smell and taste is good, but everything about this beer is just too weak and subdued for me. As nice as it is in theory, I think the 6% ABV is killing the mouthfeel.

On the upside, it's not hard to drink a lot of these. When the Rogue rep was trying to get rid of them at the end of the tasting, I put away my fair share with no problem at all.

But Rogue didn't have to sacrifice flavor and body to make a drinkable stout.

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Photo of HopHeadJimmy34
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good pour from a bomber, dark with a nice light amber head. Good smell not too strong like some stouts. Some earthy and coffee tones. Tastes good at first drink, and is smooth with not a lot of alcohol taste. Lacks the creaminess of a great stout. Also like the Rogue Chocolate stout, it almost has an over carbonated feel to it. Probably would not buy again.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.
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