Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

3,460 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 draheim
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

1-finger tan head with some lacing. Beer is pitch black, as it should be.

Aroma: dark malt, dank well water.

Taste is rich, a little chocolatey, roasty, black coffee. Nice bitterness on the finish, decent mouthfeel.

Maybe this bottle is a little old. This isn't an especially complex stout, but it's good, drinkable. When I give the glass a good swirl that tan head comes right back - not sure what exactly that indicates, but I like it.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a great brew... one I might be underdevoloped for.

The appearance is very dark and the smell is good and roasted... just like the taste. The most uniquely emphasized attribute of this beer is its significant roasted flavour. Its full in the sense that there is a lot going on: dark coffee and bits of ester, not as frothy-mouth-feeling as I would have liked and the roasted flavour blew me away as I finished the 750 ml bottle.

they should call it the double-roasted stout!! very good

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Photo of litheum94
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, dark brown color. The head is moderately thick and mocha in color, with lacing that lingers for quite a while.

The aromas are almost completely coffee scented. There's a sweetness in the background, perhaps chocolate or fruits.

The taste up front is exactly the same as it smells; bold coffee taste with a sweet tinge to it. The sweet taste is more akin to chocolate than fruits, so perhaps the sweet aromas is chocolate after all. The finish is slightly bitter. Not too bad, but a little harsher than I was expecting. It has a hoppy quality that I wasn't quite ready for.

This is a light mouthful for a stout. It has very strong flavors, but doesn't feel exceptionally heavy.

All in all, a very good stout. The finish is the only thing that really gets me with this one.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This oatmeal stout is an opaque chocolate body with some slight ruby tinged highlights. There is a good finger and a half of thick sandy head on this one.

Smell- There is some sweet molasses and dark fruit hiding in the nose, which I was not expecting in an oatmeal stout. And of course, there is the smooth grain profile of oats. Those are the major players anyway.

Taste- I am surprised that Rogue has so much resin hop mixed with roasted malt at the front of the drink. Does not need that hop profile. The oatmeal is mid drink to finish and adds a nice smooth grain profile. In the finish, dark chocolate starts to show up and linger. It is a good beer for sure.

Mouth feel- This offering is too light for a stout. It is really bubbly, and in turn this makes the offering way too medium bodied. You would think the oats would help in this regard. Well now, after warming up quite a bit, the feel has mellowed for the best. It is slicker and slightly chewier.

Overall- I really thought this was a well made stout, there are few missteps that stop this beer from being really great, like the hops in the drink and the mouth feel. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up considerably. That is where it really shines.

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Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - pitch black, completely opaque. Head is lightly tan, reflecting the roasted barley content and probably black patent. Good head retention and lacing.

S - not getting a ton of aroma off this beer. Hints of roast barley, toast. Almost a smell of grilled meat. Also some earthy hop aroma. Very light, though.

T - chocolatey, roast malt flavor. Assertive hop biterness balances out the malt here. Very nice toasty, coffee flavors. Tangy hop aftertaste - earthy, piney. Strong roast note, almost like I'm eating charred vegetables or meat. No alcohol taste or aroma.

M - very smooth. Bottle mentioned that oats are used in this beer, could be reason for the silky smoothness. Carbonation average. Body is medium to medium heavy.

D - very tasty stout, but I'm not blown away, and I usually am by Rogue products. Nice, well balanced, rich stout. But for the body of this beer, it would make a nice session drink.

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Photo of mabermud
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I drank this alongside a Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. This probably wasn't a very good idea for a review, but I have always done this for the enjoyment and contrast of two beers.

A - This was served with a minimal head and spotty cloud cover. This appears solid blackish-brown.
S - This has the base stout smell with hints of peat, mild espresso, cocoa.
T - Smooth, creamy, and bitter-sweet chocolate. There is a balance of malts, coffee, chocolate, and maybe caramel. This has an earthy taste, does not have much sweetness, and has a dry finish.
M - Medium body and light carbonation
O - Well done, solid oatmeal stout. Everything comes together very well.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick creamy, light chocolate brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown to black beer. The aroma is slightly acidic in its roastiness, and it has notes of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol. It has a creamy mouthfeel up front, and a sharp acidic roast malt bite in the finish. Espresso dominates over the chocolate, which is the opposite sense I got in the aroma. The dark malt notes of roasted barley, and burnt malt dominates this beer. Not much in the way of hops is noticeable above all of the roast character, but there is a nice hop bite in the finish that is a bit bracing and let you know that this beer is in fact 69 IBUs. A very nice stout that I have always had a soft spot for.

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Photo of rtaps
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance-Very dark, medium head, long retention

Smell-Predominately chocolate smell with hint of coffee and oats

Taste-Strong coffee taste with a chocolate after taste

Feel-fairly dry high carbonate

Overall b. Good beer would recommend trying it but not as good as other stouts ive tried.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of zotzot
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice oatmeal stout
Creamy, tasty

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Photo of gotbeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable Stout.

It pours very dark with a decent head. The smell is of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste hits you with more semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability would be great on a cold night.

A really solid offering from Rogue.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 2-finger frothy tan head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S - It smells of deep roasted malts up front. There is a pretty big hop presence here for an oatmeal stout. I am also getting notes of chocolate, coffee, a touch of dark fruits, and some smokiness.

T - This mostly tastes of dark roasted malts and chocolate. There are some notes of coffee, dark fruits, and theres some hop presence. The finish is dry and there is a slight hoppy bitterness as well.

M - It has a medium body with nice tingly carbonation. It goes down easy and has nice flavor. It's rich and creamy, and theres a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The drinkability here is good. It goes down easy, and I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 22 oz bottle.
This is about as attractive as a stout can be I suppose. Dark black with no light coming through. Dark tan head, it looked like a cup of strong coffee.
It smelled wonderful, lots of malty goodness and whatnot.
The taste was nice, but I've had stouts I've enjoyed more. The highlight here was the strong presence of roasted flavors, like charred toast and espresso. Otherwise this was a little tangy, a little sweet.
The mouthfeel was nice and thick, but I felt like it was over carbonated and that took away from the smooth quality this would otherwise have had.
Pretty nice stout, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of JamesS
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the large bottle a wonderful pitch black, almost like an onyx gem, the way it reflected light. It had a wonderful tan head and great lacing. Not much of a scent, though, very little to detect beyond some roasted grains. Nice taste, a very nice roasted flavor, seemed more like a dry Irish stout than an American, but good nonetheless. Not many other characteristics to the taste, though. Goes down great, very smooth.

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Photo of iwhoopedbatman
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotstuff
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of Stouts that have a very heavy coffee taste to them; however, this particular Stout I really, really enjoyed drinking because it has a very mild coffee taste to it.This is a stout that I definitely would enjoy drinking again given the opportunity.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful solid black with a one finger espresso colored head. Relatively weak lacing prevents it from earning a top score.
S- Hoppy for an oatmeal stout, with standard coffee and chocolate aromas.
T- Opens up with a hoppy character with a strong dark chocolate flavor. Mild coffee notes.
M- Not quite as smooth as I like out of my oatmeal stouts, but it had a nice rich body to it nevertheless. Dry in the finish.
D- A good beer, even a very good beer, but maybe not quite deserving of some of the hype it gets.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: poured black w/ a 2 inch mocha hue head. Head fully lasted and left a good amount of lace on glass.

smell: mild roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of coffee

taste and mouthfeel: light to medium body, slightly watery, lively carbonated, starts semi sweet and ends chocolate/coffee bitter.

drinkability: very easy to drink

Although I like this brew. I was expecting a little more from this stout. Make no mistake I will continue buying this brew.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shakespeare poured a shimmering obsidian black, with an cola-foam colored creamy head. The smell was powerful and was reminiscent of Expedition Stout, for those of you lucky enough to have that frame of reference...deeply roasty coffee malts with a nice floral bouquet of hops pinned to it. The taste started with a brief kick of nice smokey dark choclate, which then collapsed too quickly into the well done bitter finish with lingering cola undertones... a bit disappointing. Numerous assertive fruity esters were also present, and though I usually enjoy a robust ester component in most beers (esp. dark), these seemed out of place somehow. The mouthfeel was creamy and full however. It was quite drinkable for a stout, due to the lack of lingering monster stout flavors and a well-done sweetness level. Shakespeare is certainly a full-flavored and original stout, but the quick flavor drop-off and off-esters leave me unsatisfied.

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent beer, just nothing special going on in any aspect. Found the nose weak and certainly not as creamy as I'd expect from an oatmeal. More hop than malt here.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer has got a very dark, opaque brown body, with a rich brown head. Wonderful lacing and impressive head retention. A truly beautiful stout!

S - A pronounced earthy hoppiness really fights for the main role in the aroma. However, the strong roasted malt profile is still the dominant. Dark chocolate and coffee, with some toasted bread notes.

T - Kind of coarse at first, with a very pronounced bitterness and coffee notes. However, after a few moments, it becomes much smooth and a bit more complex. It has a very rich roasted malt profile, with almost tobacco-like notes. Dark chocolate, espresso, a bit of licorice, and oatmeal. The finish is bitter and malty. As the beer warms up, you may get some nice sweetness and a smoother finish. Tasty, yet very roasty, so not necessarily a beer for all.

M - Medium-bodied. Some carbonation can be felt at first. No real feel of alcohol. Not the most pleasant mouthfeel, yet it is quite alright.

D - For such a hoppy and bitter stout, this goes down very well. I would not call this a session stout, but this is certainly very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of ifnkovhg
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As for the beer's merits, I have nothing to add to the reviews of (e.g.) the Brothers Alstrom. For me, this beer had three drawbacks:

1) I know Oatmeal Stouts can be hoppy, and I probably should have expected as much from Rogue. But I prefer oatmeal stouts that aren't so hop-forward. The hops don't overpower by any means, but they are a little more pronounced than I'd prefer.

2) Even with the hops, the taste and mouthfeel were very good, but...this one left my throat feeling coated. And there was a slight burnt aftertaste that lingered. I know that oatmeal stouts aren't meant to be thirst quenchers, but this one's lingering viscosity got on my nerves.

3) The price. I probably should win a prize for being the 1,000,000th person to mention this, but I don't understand Rogue's inflated price point.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Super dark, creamy tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

S- Rich roasty aroma, slightly sweet, subtle chocolate.

T- Roasty and burnt malts. A sweetness that leads into the dry, bitter finish.

F- Creamy, yet watery.

O- Great oat stout!

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Photo of smitty1080
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-luscious thick black pour creating a tan creamy head.

Smells-slightly flowery, kinda piney, toasty

Taste- hoppy in the beginning, then to bittersweet chocolate, finished with a slight burnt malty taste.

Mouthfeel- smooth, tongue coating, heavy

Drinkability- the alcohol is not a big concern in this one but it does take alot out of the senses with the wide spectrum of the hops and malt.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber. Pours black with a thin head. Smell is mostly chocolately malts but not very strong. Taste is a mix of bitter hops, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit dry for my tastes which affected the drinkability even with the low ABV. Not a big fan of this beer.


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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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