Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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: 3,464 |  Reviews: 1,616
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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Photo of leitmotif
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

I love how Rogue includes such marvelous detail on their labels about the ingredients in their beers. This information is a homebrewer's delight and interesting to anyone who cares about what goes into making a good beer.

Shakespeare Stout pours opaque and black with a fairly thick, light-chocolate brown head that lasts. Noticible lace is left down the sides of the glass. Aroma dominated by roasted malt, chocolate, leather, and hops; nice. Taste offers a nice blend of roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and hop tang. The label mentions oats as an ingredient. This usually creates a "silkiness" in a stout but I don't pick much of that up here.

The American Stout category has a lot of breadth to its definition. Some of the examples of the style have characteristics that are more distinctive than this one (one example being another Rogue variety - chocolate stout), but as a well rounded if not somewhat subdued example, Shakespeare fits the bill nicely.

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

i'm drinking and reviewing a 22 oz. one of these tonight. it has been one of my favorite beers for several years.

i am drinking this out of a new sam adams glass.

i love the appearance of this beer. poured rather aggressively into the glass managed to produce about about an inch of head with little to no lacing. this beer is jet black in color. i thought it was the dark floors and dark countertops, but i took it into another room and the same result... jet black. the head is a mocha brown color. beautiful. i only wish i could get a three inch head on this one so i could give it a five here.

the smell is roasted, almost burnt, malty, also chocolate and coffee. completely delicious. just enough bitter at the end. a very balanced beer IMO. must be the hops.

this beer has a wonderful mouthfeel. thick and creamy, but not sticky. it's like a pillow in your mouth. nice and fluffy, but then it's gone and it's time for another sip.

a superbly drinkable beer. it's not too overwhelming. it's full of flavor, but not so complex that you fell it necessary to stop at one, although i don't imagine i could handle more than a couple of these large bottles.

it's not the best stout in the world, but it never disappointes

another fine offering from rogue, a company that i respect for offering a lot of different beers that i have enjoyed for the better part of the past fifteen years.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a dark mocha head that lasts for a good while. It looks more like an imperial stout.

S-Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T-Much like the nose, heavy on the roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Some hops are also present.

M-Pretty creamy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is one sessionable stout. I will have no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall, this is a very good Oatmeal Stout. I will definitely drink this again in the future. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

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

As black as night. With a nice tan cloud cover. Rogue's trademark hoppiness is present in the nose along with a nice toasty aroma. This is my favorite style of stout. Dry and hoppy. Not too rich, making it very drinkable in the long haul. A session stout if there ever was one. An after taste almost like burnt toast and I mean that in the most yummy sense of burnt toast (the die hards know what I mean). This might be my favorite stout ever, I have to think about it. While I finish my pint.

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

This beer pours as black as night with a one finger cappicino laced head,it has aromas of bittersweet chocolate and on smell it smells like a perfectly balanced stout between sweet and bitter,it has a nice dense mouthfeel with a big oat driven feel first up then the palette is balanced out by a rather hoppy bittersweet mellow chocolate aftertaste to really not make this beer as sweet as it sounds on its description on the back of the bottle,i really like this beer and once again im stoked that this brewery continues to send its brew's to our shores Thanks Rogue.

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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Orland

Poured jet black into an imperial pint glass. If I look hard enough and hold it to the light I can faintly see a mahogany shimmer. The head is amazing after the pour. Two fingers of billowy milk chocolatey goodness that makes itself very comfortable but eventually fades to a cap. Thin micro bubbled lacing after each sip.

Smells mainly of roasted malts. There's some cocoa powder in there as well along with the smallest amount of burnt malts. I can pick up a little cascade hoppiness at first but it fades to the malts rather quickly. As this beer warms I even pick up sweet tobacco. Smells like a perfect beer to drink on this cold evening.

Tastes begins with mellow bitter coffee beans and intensifies by mid-palate. On the swallow the coffee beans turn themselves in to a creamy cappucino with a touch of milk chocolate in the aftertaste that makes a nice accompaniment. The more I drink the more the bitterness lingers in the finish. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is good. I would like it better if it was a little more creamy in the mouth but it's still good. theres some carbonation that makes this beer feel lively and keeps it moving like it should. Finishes moderately dry and clean.

For a stout the drinkability is pretty high. Being cold like it is right now I could easily drink a couple of these bombers. If it was a warm day I don't think it would be as easy to put down.

This is a really clean well made stout. I am constantly finding myself impressed with each new Rogue I pick up.


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

Although I frequently visit Beeradvocate, this is my first review.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark black with a miniscule head.

Smell: Hints of caramel and roasted malts with subtle notes of chocolate.

Taste: Begins with chocolate upfront, which quickly dissipates leading to subtle roastedness at the finish. This roastedness is highly appealing due to lack of intensity. The oatmeal presence is negligible. This beer is well balanced and straight forward, which is appreciated.

Mouthfeel: somewhat creamy with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Due to its balance, this a very drinkable beer.

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

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark black. No light could penetrate this beer. The head was a medium cocoa brown that was thick and rich. Not only in color, but, in all aspects, very nice and lasting. The lace that was left on the sides of the glass was very good and stretched a good way to the end of the glass and kept the color of the head even as it dried. The aroma was of roasted malt, sweet coffee, hints of dark molasses and floral hops. The tastes were of malt, bitter chocolate, sweet coffee and hops all over the tongue. It finished with sweet chocolate coffee with a bite of hops at the end. This is one of those good beers that only improves as it sits and rises in temperature. Not a thick beer as some of the stouts that I have tried, but it held up very well. A very good beer and a very good beer maker.

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

On tap at Bocktown in Pittsburgh

A: Dark, Dark brown, yet not completely black. Nice brown head that quickly dissipates to a skim.

S: Lighter than I expected, with notes of coffee and chocolate, but no hop presence in the nose

T: Also lighter than I expected. There are mostly light coffee flavors and some cocoa. The lack of hops and intense flavors left me a bit disappointing, but the flavor is decent nonetheless

M,D. There is a decent amount of carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel nice and the lightness leaves the drinkability decent as well

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

Shakespeare comes in a dark bottle with a painted Thespian. I remember this beer when I first started drinking micro beers back in the early 90's.

This is looks the look of a tough looking stout. Dark as the deepest cavern, the sun cannot pierce it. It has a thin 1/8 of an inch loose foam head.

The smell is chocolately and roasted malts. Its tastes of chocolate and a little bit of coffee. This is a very smooth and balanced beer.

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Photo of hozersr
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I dont know why I havent had this beer yet. I picked it up from Krogers tonight.

A- One really nice looking beer. Nice, strong rich tan colored head. It has nice retention with nice lacing. The head never really fades. The beer is deep and dark but clear enough to let some highlights happen in places.

S- Nice milkiness with a rich dark chocolate smell. Its a lot like a tootsie roll.

T- Fairly balanced but it leans towards a roasty bitterness on the finish. Starts with creamy smooth chocolate that segues into burnt oats and malts with a touch of hops.

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Photo of Lucular
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 87.7% out of 100 with 3,464 ratings
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