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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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 SaltyLime
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown with a mocha colored head.

Smell - Nice chocolates and smoke.

Taste - Soft hint of chocolate. Medium hoppiness with a slight bitterness which I normally don't mind, but it seemed to throw this brew off balance.

Mouthfeel - Full body, a little sharp start from the hops to a smoother stout finish.

Drinkability - Went down well, it was a good beer. I was hoping for another favorite from Rogue. Will pass by this bottle if there is a decent variety to choose from.

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Photo of custardcb
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured the whole 22oz bottle into one of my larger glass steins. Black as the night with a dark tan head. The head stayed up for awhile then slowly settled down into a cloudy coating on the top that left significant lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: This smell great! Sweet malty scents, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolates. You can almost smell the smoke off of it too.

Taste: The flavors live of to the aroma and then some. Nice balance of dark roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: So nice and smooth. It really goes down nice. Long finish that builds up as you finish the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down great. One of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of loren01
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with good sized tan head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Slightly smokey, chocolattey, roasted maltiness
T: Dark roasted coffee, slightly sweet. Slight dark chocolate taste. Finishes very earthy.
M: Well carbonated, full mouthfeel
D: Pretty complex tasting beer, would have this again for sure. Probably my favorite dark beer that Rogue has.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on-nitro today at the Eugene City Brewery. Paired VERY well with my Reuben. Poured a very dark color, thick creamy tan head. Smell is of nicely toasted malt, slightly of coffee. Not an overpowering aroma powerhouse, but all together well balanced. Tastes nice and roasted, just a bit coffee flavor to go along with the nice malt body. Very creamy mouthfeel. Man, this went down so easy. Please sir may I have another!

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Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a nonic glass from a 22oz bomber. Got a pretty cool looking dude on the front right next to the “World Champion Stout” award seal. Well deserved.

Appearance- Pours a dark, thick, oily black that allows no light in or out. Matter of fact, I’m fairly sure this stuff is sucking the light out of the room. It’s that dark. Poured a really nice thick, creamy head that receded pretty quickly but left a nice collar and spotty lacing.
Smell- Wow… the first thing that jumps out at me is a light fruityness that is unexpected. There isn’t really one dominating feature to the aroma as everything is very subtle. Nice coffee, chocolate malts make the expected appearance, along with a very feint toasty sweetness.
Taste- Dark fruity bitterness up front that gives way to nice coffee tones. Subtle earthy cocoa malts are present that add a nice sweetness. Has a almost dark licorice finish that lingers with a very light nuttyness.
Mouthfeel- Light carbonation that matches the style beautifully. A thinner body than I expected with a very oily/slick feel. No traces of alcohol.
Drinkability- This was one of the best stouts I had the first time I drank it, and it’s still one of the best stouts this time. It’s a very nice, subtle beer that has flavor, but not IRS intensity. Great beer!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber
This stuff is a favorite that I somehow can't recall having in at least a year. Better fix that.

Pours nearly black with a very large creamy brown head. Retention on this bottle is decent, with a thin cap remaining throughout, and spotty lacing. Nose is disappointing only in relation to the other aspects of this beer - it is relatively complex with notes of anise, chocolate , and yes, even hops make an appearance, but I struggle to detect even that. I'm guessing a few degrees colder and I'd get almost no aroma at all.

Such a tasty beer. Roasty, chocolatey, and very nicely hopped with a fantastic bitterness. Awesome residual sweetness, before the roastiness comes back with the drying finish. The taste and creamy smooth full-bodied mouthfeel are both very close to a "5"

I read about this big tasty bitter stout and it sounds harsh, and difficult to drink, but it is anything but. Ridiculously drinkable - it sure as hell won't be another year before I'll have this again.

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Photo of lehows
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid opaque black color with a two finger tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention too. Aromas were big and enticing with coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and caramel dominating. Delicious flavors display everything found in the aroma plus a tasty hop presence as well. Hands down one of the best American Stouts I've had and ridiculously drinkable too. Get this when you see it.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil. With beautiful head.

S- Oh wow. how does one describe this smell? Besides using Beautiful, wonderful, glorious, astounding, exceptional... oh, and roasty and malty.

T- Malty, roasty.... sooo good. Not ultra complex... but a model american stout.

M- Creamy, smooth, thick...

D- I could have another.

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Photo of sleazo
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a jet black with a decent cafe au lait coloured head. The lace cligs all up and down the glass.

S-Dark roasted malts, plenty of chocolate and coffee. A little mild smelling

T-a deep rich coffee taste pervades this. Very nicely done. The roasted coffee taste also lingers in the aftertaste as well. The aftertaste also allows the hops to peek through with a little.

M-Very chewy. very rich perfectly carbonated for the style, slightly bubbly.

D-This is a stout I should be having more often. It is going down easily despite the hangover

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a nice tan head atop this dark brew. Very black in color. Smell was amazing, chocolate, carmel, roasted malt and espresso smells as well. Sorta like walking in a starbucks very strong smell of espresso/coffee. Taste is a mirror of the scent. Very sweet with chocolate flavors and roasted malts. Nice hop bitterness in the semi-dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel was good with the amount of carbonation and was smooth and creamy.
I really enjoy this stout one of my tops.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Served up with a nice brown creamy head, pours out dark brown-black. The smell is sweet of chocolate and roasted malts and maybe some caramel?. The taste is a little bit bitter up front, but then mainly of sweet malt - lots of lacing. Delicious. I think this is Rogue's best product.

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Photo of kajerm
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours black with an insubstantial tan head. Nose is dark-roasted malt, probably coffee and chocolate but too light to really discern many individual notes.

Tastes like it smells, only a little stronger. Chocolate is definitely evident, sweet up front with some of those hops they like in Oregon in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, light and inoffensive.

THIS is a stout? What I can smell and taste is good, but everything about this beer is just too weak and subdued for me. As nice as it is in theory, I think the 6% ABV is killing the mouthfeel.

On the upside, it's not hard to drink a lot of these. When the Rogue rep was trying to get rid of them at the end of the tasting, I put away my fair share with no problem at all.

But Rogue didn't have to sacrifice flavor and body to make a drinkable stout.

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Photo of mwearl
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my most favorite beers. Ebony in color with fairly small head. Wonderfully bitter after taste. Not a high gravity beer, but I must rate the "feeling" of this beer as exceptional. Just as drinkable as a Guiness yet much more complex and distinct. I am a huge Rogue fan, so I may be biased, but if you like Stouts, this is probably the best domestic you will find.

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Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown (no light peeking through). Creamy, chocolaty one finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Initially, it smells of espresso, dark chocolate, and malt. There's also some toasted nut and hints of toffee.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee tastes are surely the primary feature. It also has the toasted nut flavor which really adds something. Nice malty taste as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and goes down very easy for a stout. In my opinion, the ABV is perfect for this beer and makes if very drinkable. I'd be happy with a couple of bombers in a sitting. Overall, it's a very good stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Boppar
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (around 50 degrees F) into a pint glass with two fingers of tan, leathery head. The beer itself is not quite black, but rather an exceedingly dark brown, with the faintest hint of red. The head retention is fairly good. Decent lacing. Certainly a very pretty beer.

Smells of malty sweetness and beery goodness. Maybe some raisins.

Taste is mellow malty sweetness, the faintest hint of molasses, some dry chocolate (but not as much as I had been led to believe), and maybe some raisins. Maybe. There is a very nice mid-palate dryness that lends itself well to this beer, balancing out the initial sweetness. Nice crisp, cascade-y finish. Yet for all this, the beer doesn't have either as much complexity, or as much oomph as I would have liked.

The mouthfeel is slick and creamy. This beer is well-carbonated, and swishing it around in my mouth is a tactile delight as more bubbles come into play.

I could put a few of these back. In fact, it is quite sessionable for a stout. The only thing hindering sessionablility is that it seems to be missing something in terms of taste, if only ever so slightly.

While not the best stout out there, this is still a solid, well-rounded, well-crafted beer, and worth a try.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know it’s not the quantity but the quality we rate here….but…..for my 200th beer, I noticed a Rogue glass in my cabinet and a Shakespeare Stout in my fridge….so I thought – what the hell!

What an interesting pour – thick and oily with a nice rocky head. The aroma is heavy of roasted malt. The flavors swirl on my tongue – heavy with roasted malt and sweetness for balance. The mouthfeel is definitely heavy – just shy of chewy. This beer has the character of something suitable of Shakespeare’s time.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Warsteiner pilsner.

A: Black pour with a huge, fluffy gray/tan, pillowy head. Good retention and terrific lacing.

S: Roasted malt, mocha/coffee, mild sweetness, chocolate.

T: Same as smell with a mild hop presence to balance out. Hint of smokiness also.

M: Super creamy thickness, ended by a mild carbonated hop tingle.

D: Super good stout, not too bitter or roasted. Good balance makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of mmcave
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22oz bomber at Sam’s chilled and poured into a nonic. Thick and creamy one finger of thick milk chocolate head with abundant lacing and good retention. The body is mahogany, jet black and completely opaque. Smell is of roasted barley, rolled oats, a tiny hint of vanilla, dry roast coffee, and a nutty mild chocolate character up against some slight grapefruit hop notes. The taste is much the same as the smell a real battle between rich roasted barley, dark malts and hop grape fruitiness.
The bitterness is balanced well, just one the boarder of being a little too present for me for the style. The bottle lists that only cascades where used, don’t get me wrong I love cascade hops, but I’m beginning to think that cascades used as bittering hops and boiled for a full 60 min. or more become a bit muddy. The mouth feel is pleasant on this could be a tad thicker, but nice just the same. This is a very tasty beer though I doubt I’ll buy it again, just the same absolutely worth the experience

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Photo of happygnome
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a jet black with about an inch or more of tan head that has good retention time and leaves a lot of sticky lacing, in short everything i look for in a good beer
s: wow, roasted sweet malts nice coffee like aroma very inviting very very nice
t: wow, nice creamy smooth taste, roasted malts light hop bitterness vrery nice
m: full bodied beer very smooth very nice, not overly carbonated very enjoyable

overall this is one of the top three beers taht i have ever had it is amazing

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Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours an incredibly dark color, closest to pure black I've ever seen, with just the barest hints of brown around the edges of the glass. A nice tan billowy head with a little lacing. Smell is strong mocha malt, with a hint of alcohol, some nuttiness, a little chocolate, sweet molasses. Fairly bitter flavor up front, although not particularly hoppy until the end. Coffee flavor in the middle, with strong roasted malts coming through. A little sweet at the end, before the aftertaste. Body is strong and full, creamy, with solid carbonation; an oddly 'crunchy' beer, although I'm not sure if that makes any sense. It's a good beer, with a distinct, interesting flavor. For me it's a little too extensively bitter (a sort of coffee-like hoppiness, if that's possible) in the aftertaste, which makes it a little less drinkable. But overall, a good beer, quite tasty.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Massive Fluffy coffee colored head fades slowly and leaves a thick lacing down the side but it doesn't stick. Body is black, as it should be. Enticing.

S: Powerful dark malts and sweetness. Roasty coffee and chocolate and almost a creamyness in the aroma.

T: Great complex roasty malts with a followed by slight hop flavor and bitterness. Really a benchmark for stouts.

M: Amazing smooth mouth-filling beer.

D: Long bitterness tires out my tounge. But otherwise it's a joy.

One of the first beers I discovered. It introduced me not only to real stouts, but also great beer.

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Photo of uberabr
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 into a snifter. Pitch black with a deep brown head with some definite red hues. Very pretty, but it doesn't stick around long enough the ogle at. Smells of fruits, berries, molasses and caramel with a light hoppy grass.

Taste is light, sweet and fruity. Tons of estery watermellon, mango and apple ride a backbone of milk chocolate, cherries, and rasberries. Moderately buttery, with a very subtle hop, and hints of lemon rind in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, drinkability is very high. An excellent counterpart to the Chocolate Sout- very impressive.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz into a pint glass.

Deep deep black with a beautiful beige head. Left lacing all over the glass right to the end.

Caramel, barley, fruits, and high hop nose makes this one of the best smelling beers out there.

Super smooth! Creamy malts and a nice crisp on the tip of the tongue. Balanced but heavy blend of the barely, malts, sweetness, bitterness, and a great finish in chocolate aftertastes with a hint of hops and sweetness.

A great beer and in my opinion one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with the ingredients listed on the side; 69 IBUs. It sits in my chalice deep black with a half-inch of orangey/brown head that halves in depth, yet retains, and leaves light lacing. The bouquet is exquisite, lightly sweet, with roasted, chocolate, and espresso malts, pine, cake/cookies, brownies, black/blueberry, green apple, strawberry?, pear?, vanilla?, and some green hops to bring it all together. It tastes of roasted/bitter/charred malts, chocolate, tobacco, leather, earth, charcoal/ashtray, green/piney hops, and a touch of oats. The body is medium, drying, with medium carbonation and a long, lingering finish. Just a touch too thin for me, but overall a wondrous stout that is highly recommended and well worth revisiting.

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Photo of jmalex
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, the beer that really got me to fall in love with Rogue. Most of my reviews so far have been on beers I'm trying for the first time. This one is just the opposite. Shakespeare is an old standby and today it finally gets it's due.

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque black with a small tan head. A very thin collar remains with just the smallest indications of the quickly disappearing head. A bit underwhelming.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits all hit immediately and in unison. Citrusy cascades lurk in the background along with some licorice and bittersweet chocolate. Just what a stout should smell like.

TASTE: The taste filled with roasted coffee and sweet fruits. The hops don't shy away either, adding just enough bitterness as not to overshadow what the malt has going on. The finish is very roasted and bitter with a strong taste of burnt malts. Rogue's signature Pacman yeast is also very apparent in the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Wonderfully full bodied with an incredible smoothness that leaves just enough of a coating in your mouth so that you won't lose the taste. Not undercarbonated either, unlike some stouts.

DRINKABILITY: Quite possibly the most drinkable stout I've had to date. Sure the ABV is low at 6%, but it's still a stout just the same. And for me to consider having a second bomber when I'm done has to speak volumes for just how drinkable this beer is.

The most striking this about Shakespeare Stout is that despite how full bodied and full flavored it is, it goes down so damn easy. As long as Rogue is making this beer, I'll be buying it. Delicious!

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