Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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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 BlindPig
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- 1in mocha colored head, head stays for a long time. Head is pretty thick in feel. Beer is black or VERY dark brown. VERY little light gets through when held up to a light. At same time however does look inviting and not murky. Can’t see any kind of carbonation besides for the head. As head goes down its almost like craters form slowly in head.

Smell- Chocolaty smell probably the malt and also sweet hops coming through.

Taste- Coffee flavor, also chocolaty (not so much though). Pretty bitter aftertaste. Has a sweet taste to it which I believe is from the hops that do come through. Doesn’t have a very good balance between the malts and hops (malts out weighing the hops), but I believe that there’s not supposed to be in this style.

Mouthfeel- It’s a medium body but more on the thin side. Light to medium carbonation.

Drinkability- The more I had the better it tasted. Could drink a couple if there was nothing else to drink. Didn’t mind it but not the best.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with brown highlights that had a half finger of tan head and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The nose had some roasitness chocolate malts with citrus notes and also some hop character. After a couple whiffs I didi manage to spot out a little coffee aroma as well. The flavors were pretty much the same as the nose consisting of the chocolate roastiness upfront along with coffee, citrus, and hop accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet and slight astringent mouthfeel from the coffee but it didi have a biiter hop finish. It drank quite good but I'm honestly not too enthused about hoppy oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.99.

A: Nearly black with 2-finger, cocoa brown 2-finger head with good retention and lacing.

S: Very heavy on floral hops with cocoa, cappucino, and molasses horning in on the aroma

T: Dark malts abound with chocolate/cocoa and coffee touches but massive floral hoppiness and the signature Pacman woody yeastiness

M: Full-bodied but the yeastiness causes the feel to suffer a little as the hoppiness and yeastiness together give an overly dry feel

D: A good stout with a complex flavor profile but misses due to the massive hoppiness. I like most of Rogue's ales but love very few of them.

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Photo of winomark
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black, with a chocolate head with nice retention.

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, and alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Roasted chocolate malt, hop bitterness, and a crisp finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich and coating. Slightly burnt flavors create an unwanted bitterness.

Drinkability: Good overall, but needs milder roasted malt IMO. WIll try again.

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Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hard Times Cafe in Springfield. My wife ordered one too and didn't like it. I got to experience TWO pints of this!

A: I'm on autopilot now with dark beers: Poured a very dark, chocolate brown color, with a very small head... too small perhaps, considering this on is only 6.1%.

S: Not much smell at all and it was almost as if no thought was put into this aspect. Still, I managed to dredge up a tinge of weak chocolate milk, roast, and yeast...Pacman yeast, that is....

T: It had a really nice cake batter-esque finish that reminded me much more of an Irish Dry stout rather than an oatmeal. Some mild chocolate notes, very little coffee, and the bitterness I got on the finish was primarily from the malt bill.

M: This one was fairly thick, but not slimey (something I often attribute to oatmeal stouts). The lacing was mildly splotchy.

O: This was one of my "starter" beers back when I was just getting used to craft brews, and to be honest, it wasn't as good as I remember it being. Still, I did just drink two pints of it with no effort whatsoever, so... there you have it...

NOTE: This is the EXACT same beer as the Chocolate Stout. The only difference is, with that one, Rogue uses a high grade (expensive) Belgian Chocolate.

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Photo of tdraben
3.85/5  rDev -7%

Photo of botham
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a nonic pint. pours black with distant garnet highlights, and three fingers of medium brown head that remins for a few minutes, leaving light lacings.

aroma is of dark malts and light hops. malt notes include black, roasted, and chocolate. side notes include coffee and a light nutty base. the hops are aromatic and are almost overpowered by the malts.

taste is mainly of roasted malts and coffee, with ancillary notes of chocolate, burnt malt, and a touch of bittering hops in the aftertaste. a smooth and rich profile for this stout.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture and smooth finish. almost silky in its smoothness, this is a pleasant stout on the palate.

drinkability is good. a standard stout without anything unique, yet solid and drinkable. a good brew from Rogue. cheers!

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a gorgeous dark brown that can't be seen through. The three inch head stayed massive for 5 minutes. The head was frothy, creamy and the brownest ive seen in awhile. It holds shape like memory foam.

S: Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate are most notable here. There is a light hint of sweet citrus.

T: Tastes like a great bitter dark chocolate. Lightly sweet and kind of drying. The aroma flavors are lightly present but this pretty much tastes like a bite of rich dark belgian chocolate.

M/D: The feel is moderate but dry and slightly tingly from the carbonation. Almost too flavorfull and dry.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick dark chewy beer with a large head. I figured I was on my way to a good oatmeal stout. However, I was surprised at the heavy fruity hops aroma. Guess I was expecting more muted roasted malts.

The initial taste was fine, but quickly gave way to what I figured what would be more appropriately labeled as an Imperial Stout. The aftertaste confirmed my belief.

Still, not bad. Always happy with Rogue's offerings.

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Photo of HippieDave56
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,486 ratings
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