Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

3,450 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 ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted many times on draft (never in bottle)

Pours dark black with some decent bubbly mocha head.

Aroma was solid chocolate with some hints of vanilla cream.

Flavor was predominantely a sweet chocolate and balanced bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel was creamy thick juicy goodness, light carbonation.

Overall, solid oatmeal and incredibly representative of the style

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Photo of JCarson410
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a large rocky latte-colored head of small, densely packed bubbles. I cannot see through the glass. Decent lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The smell is of deep roasted malts with hints of coffee as well. The taste is initially filled with a those same roasted malts along with touches of carbon, as if burned. It finishes with soft hops and is slightly drying. Medium bodied and relatively light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it a bit perky. Absolutely drinkable, and if you like roasty, toasty, carbony malts, you've found a perfect match.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have sat on this one too long and it went a bit downhill.

A-Jet black, caramel colored head that fizzles out. Small patches of lacing around the top of my mug.

S-Bitter chocolate, notes of alcohol and roasted malts.

T-Not what I was expecting from Rogue or a Stout of this magnitude. At slightly colder than room temperature, the malts tasted burned, not roasted. Chocolate was overly bitter. The brew mellowed out as it got warmer, with the alcohol notes getting slightly stronger.

M-Thick and creamy. Smooth start to finish.

D-Would want to try a fresher one, this one sat for about 6 months.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

282nd review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A very nice dark brown with a one finger head. Some good lacing was there as well.

Smell- Very grainy with some faint hops.

Taste- A great intro oatmeal stout. Clean flavors, well balanced and great with a meal. Soft on the front with a bitter chocolate after.

Mouth- An inviting medium/medium with the aforementioned bitter chocolate.

Drink- Good into stout. Soft and very drinkable. Well pairable as I had mentioned and did so with a nice sirloin. Brought out some nice flavors and sits nicely on the palate.

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Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly pitch black with a nice whole-wheat-colored head that lasted a good long time while releasing aromas of bread, charcoal and a little bitterness that reminded me of oranges. Being a fan of stouts and porters, I looked forward to trying this beer but was struck by its rather thin body and the higher-than-expected carbonation; the bubbles gave it a bite that I couldn't get used to. Plenty of hops at the back end... a tad too much so that the malt was buried too quickly. The sharp edge was okay, but still I prefer more of a malt presence and fewer IBUs in this style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nearly perfect black with a rapidly receding tan head. Very strong expresso and toated flavor. Bitter and dry its quite a tasty brew, but I wouldn't quite call it great. Not sure what it is about Rogue beers that disappoints me, but I will say this one is drinkable.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on numerous occasions and finally had a chance to review.

Black pour with thick tan head.
Roasted malts. Some chocolate. Even less coffee.
Taste was dark and roasted mainly chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel. Unbalanced with hops which seem slightly overdone.
Medium mouthfeel. Silky, velvety smooth.
Although taste was less than expected still good and drinkable. Take two.

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Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with only slight red around the edges. Tall dark head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - heavy malts with chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

T - holy smokey Batman. Malts, oats and some chocolate are in there. Some bitterness as well.

M - medium feel between thin and coating. Very mild tingle on tongue. Disappointing.

D - the unified taste and light feel make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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?

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Photo of thecoldesquire
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz bottle.

Appearance: A beautiful black beer with a nice dark brown head. And it was a lot of head at that. This beer had great head retention with excellent lacing.

Smell: Great roasted smell, kind of like coffee.

Taste: Here's where the beer goes downhill. To me this was not that exceptional of a stout. It was a decent stout whith a good roasted flavor, but I did not get any of the citrusy hops that other reviewers described. There was also a sort of ash like flavor. I also did not perceive the chocolate flavor that I keep hearing that this beer has. Above average, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Very good and full bodied, just the way I like my stout.

Drinkability: Similar to the flavor, this was average average, but not great.

Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Maybe something happend on the long trip from Oregon to West Virginia. I don't know, but this beer did not live up to my expectations. I may try it again, but at almost five bucks for a 22 oz bottle, I am quite hesitant. I have had better West Coast Stouts and would rather spend seven bucks on a six pack of Sierra Nevada Stout than Five on one bottle of this. Your mileage may vary.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours black with a nice big inch and a half brown head. Head slowly falls leaving a ton of lacing that covers most of the glass.

Aroma is an interest mix of hops, dark roasted malt and little bit of chocolate.

Flavor is hops and dark roasted malt. Some molasses flavor, but without being sweet (maybe vanilla extract?). This is a dry and bitter stout.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated and prickly from the hops.

I picked up a bottle of this because a bartender at my favorite bar that has this on tap right now told me everyone loved it and that he thought it was awesome too. I told him I wasn't impressed by it when I tried it once a year or so ago out of the bottle and didn't try it at the bar. I'm a little put off by the amount of carbonation and I prefer the sweeter stouts. I need to try this on draft at the bar now and see if there's any difference or if I just have different tastes than my bartender friend and all the other folks that think so highly of this stout. If the draft is different, I'll post another review.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with thick, tan head. Smells very malty with hints of black olives. The taste is sweet and chocolately upfront, which is a little underwhelming. It's followed by a strong black coffee taste. The beer is smooth and creamy, but a little less carbonated than I prefer in my stouts.

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Photo of seangroves
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Poured with a finger of a dark, creamy head that has excellent retention. The beer is very dark in color.

Very hoppy mixed with strong hints of chocolate malts with a strong presence of roastiness.

Hops come through strongly during the beginning and mid-taste followed at the end with a hint of malt and a dry aftertaste. The cascades come through very strongly in this beer and are slightly overpowering as the balance of the beer is focused on the hops and not so much the malts.

Light to Medium bodied with the right degree of carbonation. It is very smooth due to the oats used.

This beer is an easy beer to consume at only 6% and has good mouthfeel and excellent texture. The beer is almost like drinking a dark IPA.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
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.


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Photo of rrski198
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at I-Tap in Chesterfield, MO.

A: Jet black. Average tan/off whit ehead. Decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted malt. Mild hop character on the back end.

T: Deep dark chocolate, raosted nutty flavor and dry bitterness. Almost spicy ont he back of the tongue.

M: Good carbonation. Decent body and very dry and bitter on the back of my tongue.

O: A quite pleasant stout. I enjoyed this more than most average oatmeal stouts. I would buy again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a truly impenetrable black brew.

Smell is mildly fruity, not that great.

Taste is sweet with chocolate and coffee flavors. Cola and sweetness show up too.

Mouthfeel is very good, has a Coke a Cola like carbonation bite.

It is drinkable but NOT as good as Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of heerboth
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a dark black ale with lots of sticky chocolate tinged head. Head has duration and left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smell is of roasted malts and dark coffees. Taste is of a full, rich bittersweet chocolate, accompanied by distinct coffee been flavor. Leaves a coffee like aftertaste for a few minutes. One of the better stouts I have tried.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a thick foamy tan head. The aroma of the beer has roasted malts and hints of chocolate but then a slight bitterness. The taste is similar but the beer has more of a char taste to it. The mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation, mouth coating, and thick. The bitterness lasts a while on the tongue.

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Photo of scratch69
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Black with a finger and a half worth of dark tan head. Light amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt, oats, and some floral hops.

Taste- Dark roasted malt flavors with notes of chocolate, some char, and a very light hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent oatmeal stout but nothing special. I have had several that I would prefer over this.

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Photo of jws7968
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too thin for a stout.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rogue Oatmeal Stout
22 oz bottle (Total Wine - Claymont, DE)
Room temperature, chilled pint glass

A - Pours thick, black. Gingerbread-colored head, appx 3 fingers deep that eroded to 1.5 into an inced pint glass.

S - roasted malts, baker's chocolate, oats, faint touch of alcohol

T - Good balance, smooth - roasted malts, bakers chocolate, hint of coffee, finishes with a chalky taste of sweetened oatmeal.

M - Again, smooth. Carbonation kicks in, but the finish gives it some sort of chalky feeling - not crazy about it.

D - Fine taste, good aroma, but the chalkiness keeps me from putting this in the A category.

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Photo of duceswild
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,450 ratings.
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