Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
3,470 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 ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into challice on 2/24/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a coal black liquid with earthy dark brown and reddish accents around the edges and a finger's worth of tan froth on top that settled into a patchy veil and deposited subtle strands of lace around the glass.

S - First whiff elicits bitter dark chocolate with a slight coffee presence and herbal hop notes. There is also a bit of basement must in the background. Some milky lactic notes provide a hint of sweetness to the aroma.

T - Opens with lots of roasted malt character and plenty of coffee bitterness as well as earthy, herbal hop notes in the middle that last well into the finish. Chocolate emerges in the backend and becomes a bit more prominent as the liquid warms up a bit. However, the bitterness dominates the finish with a distinctive sharp herbal bite. This stout indeed packs quite a hoppy punch!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, slick texture and pretty full, bristly carbonation. Finishes with sharp yet dry bitterness and a splash of sweetness on the palate.

D - A fine stout from Rogue, although I found the bitterness to be just a bit too obtrusive and sharp. The flavor was very good but its assertive bitter character meddled with the balance of the stout overall.

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Photo of MooseBoose
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of battlekow
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some of Shakespeare's stuff is pretty dark, but Shakespeare Stout a nihilistic black, with a big head the color of creamy coffee. The little black bubbles peppering the head make it look alluringly like a chocolate chip cookie. Smell walks the line between dark chocolate and prunes. Huge roasted flavor, to the point of being burnt, that overwhelms the "mellow chocolate aftertaste" promised by the bottle. More pruniness, but it mixes well with the other flavors. Good, velvety mouthfeel. Drinkable for awhile but the burnt flavor lingers and dissuades futher consumption.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date.... 69 IBUs.

Poured a brown, creamy 3 finger head that left lots of lacing.

Aroma was of hops and malt not much going on in the aroma department.

Taste was very good....sour malt at first with a slight hoppy bitterness. The after taste was of cofee and slight chocolate, nut.

Very good mouthfeel....creamy texture. The flavors do blend well.

A very good stout

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Photo of Bone53
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Blue Dust

Very light yet good aromas and taste. The best part is the mouthfeel which is great. Slightly roasted upfront with a grainy aftertaste and hops throughout. Overall a decent, light stout

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours inky black with a short crown of dark tan head. Very little lacing and impossible to find carbonation. If it's there, I can't see it. Aroma is heavily dominated by dark roasty malt, espresso, some hint of bourbon and maybe a dark chocolate bar w/dried cherries in it. Complex flavor hints at Guinness with a very dry and tangy upfront attack, almost no residual sweetness but it's there. Lots of espresso in the flavor. Evolves into this espresso slowly and with great complexity. Finish is very long, with a touch of hop bitterness, but mostly characterized by a full espresso City Roast that lasts and lasts. Very delicious and generally ok priced at $5.49/bomber. A classic in the style and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Murray314
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some mahagony highlights and a thin cappicino colored head.

Smell was mostly roasted malts with hints of coffee.

Taste is dominated by black roasted malt flavors. There are some hints of coffee and a touch of hops in the finish, but the roasted maltyness while good is maybe a little too dominating.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium fullness to it.

Drinkability is good, a good stout, but nothing special.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive looking beer, the Darth Vader of stouts if you will. Right off the bat you can tell some serious time was put into this beer. Off color head that hung around for a while, is not lacing the far side of the pint glass.

Heavy chicory and smoke aromas. Taste comes through as a bit harsh and is dominated by the smokiness of the beer. Aftertaste is a little too bitter for my liking in this style.

If you look at this beer as comfort food you'll find that too much of anything albeit tasty might not be exactly what you needed.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with dark tan head. Smells of earthy malts and slight hops. Taste earthy malts with a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a nice touch of bitterness. Smooth creamy in the mouth. Very drinkable.

Very enjoyable.
This is no Guinness, it has flavor.
Definitely one I must make Chili with

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -7.5%
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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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,470 ratings
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