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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Ratings: 3,488 |  Reviews: 1,625
Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a thick black color with a frothy, tan head. Slight lacing. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, malts and a nice overall sweet smell. Taste is a mix of vanilla, light and sweet coffee, and malts. This one is a bit light and watery but does have a decent taste. Good stout but I am surprised this is in the Top 100. Overall its worth a second look but is nothing spectacular.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a velvety black into the glass with a thin tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace and a thin ring around the surface. A roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee with a hint of nuts greet you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is smooth and very drinkable. The flavor is mainly chocolate and coffee, but it doesn't overpower the taste. It finishes with some earthy, nutty flavors leaving behind a coffee taste.

I found this to be a very drinkable stout whos flavor doesn't overpower the palate.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of herbs. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, hint of oatmeal, slight alcohol, yeast, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with slim chestnut edges. Zero head on this pint.

Smell -- The aroma is quite roasty with black malt, cocoa, coffee, and black strap molasses sweetness.

Taste -- Black malt, iced coffee, bakers chocolate. Molasses sweetness counterbalanced by earthy hops. The iced coffee flavor is uncanny. Very nice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with low carbonation. Otherwise, the body is on point. This lack of bubbles was probably the fault of the establishment I drank this at, but still is not distracting.

Drinkability -- Rogue fans usually cite this as their favorite offering, and I can see the appeal. Good balance and a nice blend of roast flavors. This is definitely one of the better oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of Chinakalva
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Mikro last week.

Pours jet black with a solid nitro head that leaves abundant lacing. What else can be expected from a nitro-tap?

Mild aroma of roasted malts and some espresso.

Very flavorful, at first there is a touch of roasted malt, then just a little chocolate, but the coffee, oats, and roasted aftertaste make this stout stand out. Very robust for the ABV.

Creamy smooth and at the lower end of medium bodied.

I drank this one slowly as I enjoyed fish and chips, this is an excellent stout regardless of the nitro-tap and I hope to try the bottled version soon.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a completely opaque jet black that just refuses to let any light through. Big frothy inch-thick head that's the color of light caramel. Sticky, bubbly lacing coats the inside of the glass and doesn't go away. Just a great looking stout. Smell is initially pretty astringent, but once it warms up and settles down a little bit, the aromas of chocolate and malt become quite prevalent. Some mild coffee nuances accompany them, along with the titular oatmeal, which is subdued, but still present.

Starts off with a malty kick that permeates the palate with a whole host of different flavors, including chocolate and coffee with some mild roasty notes. Hops makes a brief appearance on the back end, gliding into the bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy, yet managing to retain a medium-to-light body and feel. Finishes clean and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Drinkability is quite good. With a tolerable ABV, an enticing scent and a pleasing taste, this Rogue beer is a great candidate to share with friends or to just indulge with by yourself. Just wish all of their brews were this solid!

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

A: Pours a deep black with no light penetration whatsoever. Nice mocha colored head, about 1.5 fingers in height, reduced down to a small layer of bubbles on top. Very nice lacing down the sides.

S: Upfront I get a lot of chocolate and cocoa, but underneath that there is a sweetness from the oatmeal and a little bit of coffee.

T: This beer has a nice hop presence that caught me a little off guard. The flavor is rounded out with some roasted malts, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, it coats my mouth.

O: A solid Oatmeal stout, but the hops knock it down a little for me, would have preferred a stronger presence from the oatmeal.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pitch black color and can not see a hue with an average light brown head that is slightly frothy and fizzy with no lacing.

Roasted molasses malt smell with milk chocolate and a lightly citrus and pine hops aroma.

A lightly sweet and acidic, moderately bitter, and roasted molasses malt taste with more coffee than milk chocolate. The hops are well hidden but linger some pine and orange.

Medium to full bodied, dry and lightly creamy texture, slightly lively but soft carbonation, and a decent lightly metallic and astringent finish.

A consistant product however not the best Stout around 6% abv available.

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

Very nice dark cannot see light through it...Good sign.Nice malty and slight mint on the nose.Deep mocha malt in your mouth,with a medium dry finish.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a pillowy mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of coffee and some hops.

Tastes of solid roasted character up front rounded out by bitterness. Roasted notes consist of coffee and bitter chocolate with some molasses as well. Oatmeal is not so prevalent, but does make an appearance and add its typical smoothness. Earthy hops and roasted bitterness combine on the back end to keep any sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into my pint glass after letting warm up a little. It was dark black in color even against a light. It had a good sized brownish head that slowly settled to a collar with a bit of film in the middle of the glass. No lacing. The aroma was pretty sedate. It was malty with coffee and choc malts in the background. The taste was really good but also kinda sedate. Really expected more of a kick after ready some reviews. It seemed to be missing that extra something that would have gotten it a higher score. Good amount of bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little on watery side compared to other Am Stouts that I've had recently. Overall, a good beer that you should try but I still prefer Cadillac Mtn Stout in this category. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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

Pours almost black with a mocha-brown head, hints of violet are seen on the edges of the glass. Aroma was a little faint at first, milk chocolate, roasted malt, it got stronger as it warmed. Taste was very complex, roasted malts, coffee, burnt toast with a lingering dry finish. Had an almost dank basement-like taste. Mouthfeel was smooth, and less heavy than expected. It is definitely good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the Imperial Stout.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: dark brown, medium-small head, and good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, hops, and slight coffee.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, and some hops.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

It is a nice and creamy stout. The roasted flavors are plentiful.

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

Pours a dark brownish coffee color with a decent creamy head. This is a very good stout. Lots of malt and coffee on the nose. Taste is malty with coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Very bold with a great body. An excellent stout. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

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

Enjoyed on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Shows up at the table dark brown, nearly black, with a thick, creamy, medium-brown head, showing great retention and closing around the glass with a curtain of lace.

A nice roasty, slightly coffeeish, slightly sweet aroma presents itself to the nose. Nothing mind-blowing, but inviting nevertheless.

A rich, medium body with a mild carbonation forms smoothly across the tongue. A touch of sweet chocolate melts quickly into a concoction of lightly roasted malts and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of espresso, balanced by a brief appearance of bittering hops and finishing a tad dry and bready-roasty.

Delightfully smooth and easy-drinking, this is a superb stout and a wonderful quaff. Superb.

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

Picked up a bomber of this from the World Market here in Dublin, OH. Staying in a hotel here overnight for work, going to an all day meeting for work in Columbus tomorrow. The World Market is very close to where I am staying. Poured into a pint glass. This beer is a dark brown, almost black color. No light is getting in here. Nice tan head a good inch when poured. Settles to a spotty surface coating and nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing too. Has a malty, chocolat aroma with some coffee too. Bitter chocolate and coffee, along with some sweet malt. Good, slightly crisp, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Pretty good, but it didn't impress me as much as many of their other beers have.


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Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a mission to scoop up some Rogue brews and after a few goodies, had to go with the classic. Pretty excited for this brew, cool bottle and a big reputation goes along with it.

A: The stout is an opaque, oil-black beast with a coffee (with milk) colored head and a fingers-worth of lace.

S: The stout has a soft, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma.

T: This stout is a solid west coast version, with a pronounced HOP content. The malts are roasted and deep, adding a good deal of big taste to this beer. There are some chocolatey notes hidden in there too.

M: The stout is very drinkable with a manageable abv of 6%.

D: Very unique brew, never had a Stout with this much hops and I gotta say, I enjoyed it! Rogue has another solid winner here, maybe not the best stout ever, but one you gotta try to get a feel for how far the style can stretch. Find this brew and give Will's bottle a try!

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

650ml bottle bought online from

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Dirty nut brown head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent covering... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Rich roasted and charred dark chocolate maltiness, sweet coffee, lots of treacle and brown sugar sweetness, some sooty like smokiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents, dates), pine and citric hop notes, toasted (maybe charred ?) fruit loaf, some earthiness, milky notes...

Taste - Sweet dark chocolate, lots of roasted / charred bready malts, treacle sweetness, dark spicy fruits (raisins, date,some figs), piney and grassy hop bitterness, citrus hints, traces of piney resin, light liquorice, light sourness...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... fairly full bodied... incredibly drinkable at 6%

Overall - A incredibly well balanced and drinkable stout... recommended...

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

Poured pitch black with a 1/2" head (room temperature); substantial, almost sticky in the mouth, with a lasting presence even after swallowing. Aroma could have been stronger, but the taste more than made up for it. Woody Roasted Malt first, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Wonderful all around. I'd have a second, and maybe third, in a single sitting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt, a coffee presence and a small hop. In the taste, roasty malt and coffee, also a oatmeal sweetness. A smooth, bog bodied mouthfeel, with a semi-sweet maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice stout, oatmeal sweet and a nice hop presence.

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

On-tap at Heroe's (Claremont)

A: Pours essentially black with a dense, creamy tan head. Nice sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Tons of roasted malts on the nose with a strong earthy hop aroma. Plenty of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa powder as well. Not much sweetness, maybe some burnt sugar.

T: A moderate level of bitterness with lots of earthy hop flavor to go with it. Cocoa powder and bitter, baker's chocolate are definitely there. Quite a lot of roasted malt flavor as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Was expecting a bit more silky mouthfeel, though.

D: Like a lot of Rogue beers, this is good, but not amazing and not really worth the price they charge.

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Photo of nitro0292
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a nonic. Pitch black body upon which sits a khaki creme head that sticks around until the end leaving sticky, chunky lacing all the way down.

Smell is of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. A slight backdrop of coffee soaked hops.

Taste is more of the same, but with stronger overtones. Fairly dry finish with notable astringency from the dark malts. Just a touch of yeast on the finish from the bottle re-fermentation.

Mouthfeel is solid, goes down very easy. Could perhaps use a touch less carbonation.

This is a solid oatmeal stout. Not sure it is one of the best, however.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,488 ratings