Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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
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#1,692
Reviews:
1,625
Ratings:
3,488
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Ratings: 3,488 |  Reviews: 1,625
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, a gift from a friend of mine, poured into pint glasses and shared with the wife.

A: Pours a very dark and opaque with an oily body, dark brown head and modest lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, acrid burnt notes, anise & licorice, modest hopping, dark caramel, slight herbal oiliness.

T: Mostly dark malt with well-rounded hopping and earthy/herbal notes. As strong as it is there isn't a strong roast or coffee presence until a moderate bitter finish and aftertaste. Faint smoke and earthiness. Light tart cherry? Very faint alcohol burn.

MF: Moderate body with some slickness, light to medium carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout, not earth shattering but pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of kaa153
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, ebony - no highlights of anything, plenty of rocky tan colored head. Looks just like a stout should look. Chunks of foamy lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt is subtle not in-your-face huge like an RIS. Also cascade hops are present in the aroma. Taste is coffee-like with a bitter cascade finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. I like drinking this beer. It is very nicely balanced and one worth having on hand. A stout for fans of subtlety and complexity.

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Photo of TetonMike
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sixpoint
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is something about this beer that makes it shy of being a "great beer."

The appearance was awesome. Huge head all the way down the glass. Deep black color.... opaque.

Aroma...???? Having a tough time with this one. Appears to be very faint, not getting much hops or malt through the nose. Just a faint whiff of chocolate and dark crystals.

Taste? Pretty well balanced. However, finishes leaving you wanting for more. It's almost as if there are not enough flavor hops... a certain entity is tardy... or despondent altogether.

Pretty thin in the mouthfeel... expecting a fuller bodied brew.

All in all, this beer is moderately drinkable.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black body, big fluffy brown/beige head. Simmers down before settling in at about a finger. Massive lacing.

Sweet nose primarily. Almost like rosebuds. Chocolate syrup and oat-ified body.

A little thin and reserved. Sweet chocolate syrup/bitter bakers cacao combine. There's a bit of bitter, and it's got some black coffee to it, but there's also the cacao contributing. Smoothe and easygoing, just wish it were a bit thicker/chewier/more pronounced. Small bubbles, but persistent. The carbonation punctuates the bitter coffee finish.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber while having some dinner at The Black Pearl in Ann Arbor. Pours thick black with a fluffy white head. Aroma of some coffee and mostly roasted barley and other grains. Thinner than expected on the palate, but still pretty hearty. Flavors of toasted coffee, dirt, bitter chocolate. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of EEscobar
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz picked up at the Coop over the weekend for about $6 ... when did Rogues bombers get so damned expensive? Shared with my carpool buddy.. mine in my New Belgium snifter.

Creamy lite brown head.. atop the expected black brew.. dots of lacing.

Aroma is dark malts and fairly abundant citrus hops for the style. Cold coffee comes to mind.

Flavor is dry burnt malts with sweet coffe grounds.. not as much chocolate as expected.. caramel without the sweetness... really pretty dry across the board. Significant citrusy hop flavors are available front to back. Body is smack dab medium... dry finish with drying black malt bitterness.

I don't drink enough stouts. I always expect them to be heavier.. but this is a nice stout that is actually very drinkable... especially on a cool Idaho night. I've had the Shakespeare Stout a bunch of times over the years.... especially lately; I bet I've picked up 4-5 bombers recently with the intent of reviewing.. but drink it anyway. Certainly a good beer for the Stout stable.. although quite a bit more pricey lately.

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Photo of Anatole
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare oatmeal stout, draft

A Dark, can't see thru it. Small head, but with fine bubbles. 4 

S Chocolaty and not much else. 3.5 

T Deep roasted malt taste. Rich lingering roastyness. No hop flavor to speak of though there is bittering.  There is a little sweetness initially, but it fades to the roast 4

M Medium thick mouthfeel. A little thinner than I expected, more of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation seemed about right.  Nice lacing.  4

D A good repeatable beer, would have another. 4  

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the blackest beers I have ever poured out, with a huge creamy tan head.

The aroma that I got was mainly of the roasted malts and alcohol... I would have preferred less of a pronounced alcohol aroma. It may have been an older bottle though.

The taste was of strong roasted barley. There were hints of bitter chocolate and some good hoppy bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel was not as big to me as the flavor was. I thought it could have had a little more body.

Would I drink another, Yes, but not right away. Too many other beers to try before I revisit this one... build more of a palette before going back.

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

Good solid stout beer. Nice mocha head. Dark full looking body. Smells good, nothing outstanding.

Had no idea what to expect from this beer but Rogue has been pretty stand up in my book so I thought I'd try it. It was $7 for a 22 oz. bottle.

Good, solid stout beer. Would not turn it down, but would not seek it out. Happy to have it whenever it's around.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - black with thick tan head, not too much in way of lacing.
S - earthy, chocolate, cocoa, raspberry
T - malty, chocolate, tobacco
F - medium body, good carbonation with small bubbles

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Photo of cmq103
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ML bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark pour, not overly thick, got me a decent 1/4" head with a semi-aggressive pour. The light brown head diminished to be thin and spotty within a few minutes. Lacing started off sticky, but slipped away to almost nothing as my glass emptied.

Smell: I expected more to the nose but what I was able to get was roasted malts and oats, though mild for an oatmeal stout. Mild coffee and chocolate too. Not bad, but I expected a little more.

Taste: Roasted oats are present but not overwhelming. Impressive blend of oats, malt, coffee and chocolate. I'm surprised by the presence of a moderately bitter finish. I wasn't expecting that with an oatmeal stout. Hops are there, which I think brings out the bitterness with this beer. Lightly sweet finish with the bitterness wanting to stick around on the tongue for quite some time after my swallow. As the beer warms the favors are more pronounced. I would suggest letting this one breathe a few minutes to get closer to room temperature. I think the bitterness lessened as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. Dry, but at times, creamy texture. The bitterness is present more in this beer that in other oatmeal stouts I've had in the past.

Overall: A pretty darn solid oatmeal stout, though my first "go to" would be Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. I haven't been disappointed by any beer made by Rogue.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -6.3%
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.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,488 ratings