Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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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Reviews: 1,611 | Ratings: 3,437
Photo of FortyouncestoFreedom
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has this for the first time around Christmas. Drank it while I was eating Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. Let's just say, I gained 20 pounds that winter. This beer is near perfect

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Photo of Viaduck
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very,very dark with nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate & oats. Taste is salty bitterness but not unpleasant, coffee, chocolate, roasted oats & hops. It feels thinner than it looks, lots of carbonation, but not a very stout amount of alcohol. Makes you want to write a sonnet. Very good for a busy bards.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark pour with thick tan head. Flavour of cocoa powder, coffee, oatmeal cookie and tobacco. Hops come through as slightly citric and balance well. Mouthfeel is silky smooth oats, slightly oily with roasted acidity. Excellent

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a simple black with a good sized head. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark fruit, smoke, and sawdust. The flavor is lead by roasty malts, a fairly strong smokey quality, dark chocolate, plum, with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall this is a decent beer. Maybe I am just not as into this style as I once was, but this doesn't do much for me. The is a lingering smokiness that never seems to integrate itself. Just never a huge fan of Rogue.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I think of an archtype, this is one of those. Classic formula. Hearty black pour, not used motor oil viscous but not coming in Newcastle brown ale thin either. Almost a full inch of tan head on the top. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt, nothing done heavily but in conformity with style tradition.

Taste really hits the chewy and smooth notes, there's plenty of roast there, but it isn't acrid or bitter. The hopping is ample here, but never elevating itself beyond the malt. The format in a bomber is a little excessive price per oz wise, but its a solid beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Finally getting around to reviewing this one from Rogue, acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. Bottle doesn't really have much to say on this one - no abv listed either.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a thick dark inky blackish-brown body, super dark and close to opaque, especially for being an under 6.00% abv beer, the color is very impressive. One finger of thin bubbly mocha head that dies down to a bubbly ring quickly, leaving minor spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is rich, dark, bitter, & roasty. Huge notes of chocolate / cream / barley malt roastiness, lightly charred & ashy. Slight notes of mineral water, & dark pitted fruits.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark bitter, roasty, malty, chocolatey, with lots of burnt black coffee & ashy char in the taste. Again, slight notes of mineral watery & dried raisins / figs / dates. It's ok. Not particularly flavorful or interesting, for my liking.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Body is light & actually pretty watery for my liking. Lots of dark bitter burnt malts, black coffee, & raisins in the aftertaste.

Overall, it was okay. I thought it was average all around, and a bit too thin and bitter for my liking.

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout -----3.5/5

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, 5.8% ABV, 69 IBU. Pours medium to thick, black, with 4+ fingers of head, lots of lacing. Nose is malty sweetness and coffee, taste is malt, strong coffee, moderately bitter coffee close. Real nice mouthfeel. Overall a decent oatmeal stout, though could be a bit less bitter for my taste.

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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 Alexrdvz
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put, one of the best US made stouts. It has a creamy velvety feel, nicely roasted oats give it its characteristic flavor. Forma a nice head and it has a nice chocolate aftertaste that is not overwhelmingly chocolatie.
The Bly problem is the price at my local stores in Oklahoma... But that has nothing to do with the quality of the beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark espresso coffee color with small tan cap.

Aroma of roasted malt and dark toffee.

Coffeeish flavor of dark roasted malt. Some hops appear mid palate but show little more that a sub presence. Roasted bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full, almost creamy texture with good balancing carbonation.

For me the balance is tilted toward roast bitterness which is singing solo and louder than all the rest combined.

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Photo of 99acdcfan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Hefe glass from a 22oz bomber. Beautiful onyx color with an inviting tan head that had some serious staying power. The smell was pleasant with the expected malty, coffee notes. Mouthfeel was truly outstanding, rich and smooth, you are definitely drinking an oatmeal stout. Coffee was the predominant taste with a dose of hops at the end. Not an IPA dose, but the hops are definitely there. BTW, My bottle lists the IBU's at 60, while the beer info lists the IBU's at 69. If you crave mouthfeel, this is definitely the oatmeal stout for you. A bit too hoppy for this style which interferes with the coffee and roasted notes, but a top quality beer overall.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Jet Black and dead, except for the big long lasting head that materializes out of nowhere. Aroma is licorice and coffee, heavy but not overly sweet. Taste is roasted everything, again mostly burnt coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate. While that sounds a little unpleasant at first blush, like chewing on charcoal, it's actually quite nice due to how tremendously smooth it goes down. The oatmeal does a nice job of taking the edge off, which allows all of that burnt stuff to create a nice multi-layered flavor profile.

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Photo of gandres
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz/650 ml bought from the Issaquah Brewery poured to wine glass
A: Black, medium brown head that slowly disappears, some lacing
Smell: Aroma of licorice, fragrant
Taste medium, low bitterness
very good beer, good to repeat
Drank: June 1, 2016

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Photo of Guppy314
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh yes, I do love a full-bodied Stout beer with rich Malt flavor you can practically sink your teeth into. And all this tempered with oat flavor/feel that balances things nicely. Unlike the overpowering impact of some beers, this Shakespear Oatmeal Stout could be drunk all night.

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap in a snifter
Served: 7 May 2016

Appearance: Pours a deep black with hints of red around the edges when held up to the light. Crowned with a tan head.

Smell: Standard stout notes, especially roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A soft sweetness also present but not super assertive.

Taste: Pretty much your standard oatmeal stout here- nice stout flavors with a soft body due to the influence of the oatmeal. Not much astringency or bitterness offered by the oats, which was great to see. Medium acid.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body with medium-low carbonation. A nice soft beer on the palate.

Overall: Exactly what a normal oatmeal stout should probably taste like.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as really good example of a well done oatmeal stout. It's not overly complex, but the mouthfeel is nice and creamy like you expect from the style and there is a good amount of adjunct flavor.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass, color is dark brown head is tan, head presents about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is simple, clean: nice roasted malt, smooth oatiness, light chocolate.

Taste is better than the aroma with a clean and smooth flavor, nice simple balance of oat, roast, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp ale carbonation with well balanced and lingering flavors.

Overall, a great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a tan head, not too stiff, had to pour slightly aggressively to get much. Nose pleasant, more raisiny than many stouts of this type. Malts and some hops both obvious. Taste: nice balance and lacking the aggressive bitter hops edge that so many stouts have, but maintaining the actual bitter character that you'd expect. Dark malts, a bit of dark sweetness, of course. Mouthfeel creamy from start to finish, with a bit of afterbite. All together this is exactly what you'd expect from a competently made oatmeal stout, but this one is just more consistent, more balanced, than many of this style. All the parts seem to fit together more tightly.

Brown bottle poured into nonic glass. No date that I could find, but tasted fresh enough.

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Photo of Martine
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. The head is tan and wilts from two fingers into cm froth after a short while, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

The nose is all char, roasted grain, expresso, and bitter cooking chocolate, with a sweet fruitiness reminiscent of baked cherries, and earthy hops underneath it all. The aroma is overall very mellow, and there's something very akin to fine leather on occasion coming through.

One is smacked with more of that roast grain, char, burnt cooking chocolate, and expresso notes on the sip, before it morphs into oats, burnt toast, and large scale bitterness on the swallow. The aftertaste is all bitterness, strong cocoa, coffee beans, and charred grain giving it a very rich wallop. There is a fleeting sweetness which manifests halfway through as something almost fig-like, or plum-like before it bows to the enveloping rich character of the bitter expresso oatiness.

In the mouth it is medium-full bodied with some mouth-coating feel; carbonation is minimal, and alcohol dryness very low.

This is a very good stout, make no mistake; certainly it is rich and complex, and those big breakfast qualities do come through. If the flavours had more oomph, and the viscosity were more advanced I'd be loving this even more; I feel it just lacks in the thickness just that little bit.

NOTE: Mine says 6.5% ABV on the bottle, not sure if it's an addition.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy Chocolaty Aroma, not too strongDecent Tan Head, dark black color.Bittersweet chocolate notes, with stiches of sour fruit, cherry, raisins.smoothGave my only Guiness to my Wife to drink on St. Patricks Day; but I am not feeling Jealous.
Slightly Superior head to head with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful coffee-coloured head, dense and with a lot of persistence. Smell is rich, roasted malt, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a nice herbal hop kick. All of which is repeated in the taste. It's a lovely, delicious beer, one that seems super-bitter at first, and yet becomes oddly mellow. Moderate body, mellow carbonation--quite drinkable.

It's a shame all the stories of Rogue's shitty business practices, for they make truly great beer. This is one of them.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a solid black color with a 1.5 finger head which dissipates quickly however some remains until the end. There is also a good amount of lacing.

The smell is full of sweet oats, chocolate, burnt coffee and toasted oats. There is also a hint of lightly spiced hops.

The taste, happily, follows the nose with oats dominating but balanced by the bitter coffee the whole way through to the end. The chocolate taste as well as the toasted oats underlie everything from start to finish. There is a very light taste of mild hops at the finish. The finish is just slightly dry however the feel is mostly smooth and creamy. Overall this is my new WOW beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

How curious that I have not reviewed this beer until now! I think that part of it was a reluctance on my part o open a 22-fl. oz. bomber by myself. Certainly, I am capable of drinking the whole thing, but it just seems selfish. I picked up this reasonable 12-fl. oz. bottle recently at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "Dedicate to the Rogue in Each of Us"; "100% Pure Rogue"; "World Champion Stout".

After Pop!ping the cap, I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour. This raised three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose was roasty, chocolaty and with a molasses/treacle bite. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft & creamy, but not overly carbonated. Instead, the liquid itself seemed to be like a dollop on my tongue. Mmmm. The taste was a little more bitter than I had expected, closer to black coffee and/or bittersweet chocolate than the nose had suggested. Finish was semi-sweet, slightly smoky, lingering with notes of coffee & dark chocolate. It strikes me as more of a dessert beer than one just to drink on its own, but that is me.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small tan head that fades leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are awesome, especially for a "smaller stout". Tons of chocolate syrup. Some caramel in the mix as well. The flavors have alot of roasted malts. More chocolate with hints of coffee. Nice bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a classic Rogue brew. It's nice to see it in 12oz bottles now. Great example of a traditional oatmeal stout.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Pours an opaque brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is smooth roasted malts with a slight earthy hoppiness and a strong chocolate finish. Not particularly sweet, although it certainly isn't bitter. Kind of a dark chocolate or coffee with cream sort of thing, I guess. Medium/oily mouthfeel, with just about the right carbonation. Moderate ABV allows you to appreciate the subtleties of the beer. Good offering - I'd try again!

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,437 ratings.
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