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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Photo of drugsbunny
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pour from a bomber produces a thick and frothy head, beautiful brown and chocolaty. A rich looking dark beer, with a dense mouthfeel, but not heavy. Nothing like those watery nitro-infused stouts. An aroma of burnt malt comes to you, then a full taste, with slight roasted notes and chocolate aftertaste. A pleasure to drink. A great stout and my favorite offering from Rogue. Try it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jet black body, rays of ruby along the bottom edges. Massive cascading head is at first a deep "wet" dark tan, but it "dries" out to a lighter tan. Fluffier, too. Rises above the rim and dentable too. Excellent lacing. Looks seriously damn good.

Very enticing roasty aroma. Plenty of coffee, laced with some cocoa.

Similar sensations in the taste. Roasted coffee, blended with some chocolate bits. Oatmeal smoothness balances off the hop nip at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full. Not oily slick, instead, lighter than expected, but it works well. Outstanding drinkability.

Beer as comfort food ? An exceptional "everyday" stout.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I could end my review right there. Instead, I'll tell you why I loved this beer so much.

The Rogue Shakespeare Stout poured a deep, dark the Congo at night. The head is very lively, a brown cloud that rises and falls rather quickly.

The aroma is lovely, dominated by a strong presence of roasted barley, malt and a hint of hops. It is not an overly strong nose but it is a pleasant sign of things to come.

The taste is nothing short of exceptional. This is everything a stout should be. There is a wonderful blend of flavors, each easy to find in the forest of this bottle. Coffee (actually more like a very good espresso), a hint of chocolate, sweet malt (in the tradition of a malted milkshake) and trailing hops make this a delicious beer.

This stout goes down smoothly and begs for another when you are done. Damn, I wish these were sold in 6-packs!

So far, the Rogue Shakespeare Stout is my favorite American, it's my favorite stout. Period.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: bomber with blue and white painted label/graphics. a man with a mug of beer in one hand and the other hand in the air and wearing a feather in his hat dominates the front. "world champion stout" on front. ingredients are listed on the back and there are recommendations of food to pair this beer with. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a super black with no highlights and a dark tan head in a snifter glass. head is magnificent. poured half and half and droped to about an inch the rest of the way down. nice pancake batter look and the sticking and lacing is rediculous.

smell: sweet caramel, light molasses and light chocolate. some lemons after aggitating.

taste: first sip is sweet chocolate and coffee with a nice counterbalancing bitter finish. there again is a hidden pine and lemony citrus as well. roasted barley and burnt malt. one of the most balanced tasting beers i've ever tasted. finishes dry.

mouthfeel: rediculo-smooth. just a tad light in body, but leaves a creamy feel in my mouth after the swallow. great carbonation and acidity. super velvety swallow.

drinkability: this beer was gone in no time! little to no noticible alcohol. every sip begs for more. if you're a hop head stout lover like i am, then you'll blow through this brew.

overall: i've had this beer a few times now and it gets better every time i drink it. very close to perfection. my current favorite american stout with only a few doubles and russian imperials being able to compare.

edit (10.24.05): did a vertical with the shakespeare and the chocolate stouts. these are both equally impressive in almost every way, but are slightly different. i just can't accurately say which i like better and which i'd rank higher. if i had a gun to my head, the shakespeare might have to get the nod.

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Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is fantastic oatmeal stout - pours dark and creamy with a mocha-like head. Complex aroma of toasted malt, expresso, and dark chocolate. A profound taste combining rich toasted malt with a surprising infusion of almost citrus-like hops. Long lingering finish that reflects the taste of the beer. A must try for any stout lover.

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Photo of trep
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark black with a smidge of light shining through. Smells of hops, coffee, and chocolate. Thick, creamy, tan head that sits atop the thick black liquid. Smells delish.

Taste features lots of hops for a stout. Reminds me alot of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but with more roasty and chocolate notes. Pretty damn good. Bitter hop bite upfront that steps aside to the smooth roasted creamy chocolate and coffee finish. Aftertaste has a bit of mocha, and smooth dark chocolate.

Hands down a Grade A stout from Rogue, and probably the best beer I can get in WV. 6% abv limit really sucks.

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Photo of turnerr79
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained at the Rogue Ales Public House in Portland, OR.

Poured by the Rogue pro beer tender. Firm head that stayed around to chat for a while.

Rich nose, deep creamy malty.

First sip is Oh So Creamy stout. Unsweetened cocoa flavor lingers on the palate.

Very easy to drink. One pint is not enough.

Instantly my my fav Rogue brew.

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Photo of shippos
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured black with a thick dense cscading dark chocolate head.
creamy grassy aroma with a dry roasted grain character.
nice mildly rich mouthfeel witha a smooth silky texture, nice roasted taste witha a good balanced finish. definete hop presence balanced with both characters coming out in there own way.

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee. Taste is very malty and the roastiness shines in the mouthfeel. I really like the aftertaste. Coffee explodes at the back of the tongue as well. Goes down very smooth and leaves a semi-dry taste. A second sip confirms the same. Very nice stout. Roasty, has hints of coffee and goes down well. Excellent!

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Sudmissle
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, the Stout class is the style that U.S. microbreweries have have done the best job with. This one is very competitive, with a expresso dark color and a thick perfectly developed 1 inch head. The flavor is strong and intense with a combination of toasted bread, nut and coffee notes, but it is smooth and dry enough so as to be very drinkable as a session beer, if those words can be used when describing a stout. Has a wonderfully thick mouthfeel that makes a syrupy lace on the side of the glass. In a class this competitive, I could not say this is necessarily the best Stout, but it is surely in my top 10, which really is saying a lot given the volume of solid competition with British and U.S. breweries producing quite a few memorable Stouts.

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Photo of BobMagruder
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a beautiful Ebony Color out of a growler into my mason jar.

The smell is dark roasted grains with coffee undertones

The taste is still magnificent, Oatmeal, dark chocolate with hops in the background. I turned 21 and bought a bottle when the brewery was still in Ashland.


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Photo of Drew966
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shakespeare Stout pours black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. Nice aroma, hops are definitely peaking through the malt. Flavor includes nice chocolate and coffee notes as well as some hops. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a classic. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sudsface69
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rogue, I love you! Another great beer from this world class brewery. This one pours a deep black with a beautiful tan head. Head retention is nice, as is lacing. In the nose I smell some oats, coffee with cream, chocolate, nuts, and a nice touch of hops. Flavor is rich, with a lot of chocolate coming through - kind of a cafe mocha thing going on. Also a pretty much perfect amount of hops. The balance here is outstanding. I like that when this beer first hits your palate you're thinking it's going to be a little sweet. Then as it moves forward, it hits you with a lot of chewy, roasted maltiness, then it finishes with a slight citric pucker from the hops. You're left salivating a little and just waiting for your next sip. Very well balanced, very drinkable beer. Love it!

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque black color with a firm chocolate head about a half inch high that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aromas consist of a mix of cocoa and coffee along with additional roastiness and just a hint of oats. There is also just a touch of hops in the nose which really makes this brew smell quite nice. Flavors start off with a nice smack of roastiness and chocolate with hints of oats in the mix. There is a really creamy mouthfeel to this brew with a nice chewy body to it. Following there are notes of coffee and just a hint of astringency from the malts, but it is mostly subdued due to the nice additions of oats. The finish is hoppy and chocolatey with just enough bitterness that makes this brew perfectly balanced. I'm not sure if stouts get much better than this.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

The bottle pours a completely opaque black into the glass with ample head that holds nicely and laces beautifully down the entire glass. The beer has a great sweet smell to it with strong roasted malts. The beer tastes wonderfully of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. As it roams your mouth it feels thick and creamy and the carbonation is exceptional. Overall I could drink this beer all day, all night, for the rest of my life.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick frothy dark tan head sat for along time atop an ebony black brew which allowed no light to pass through.
Aroma: Oats with chocolate and a pleasent roastiness that balances very well.
Flavor: Creamy at first follows with a beautiful balance of sweet oats blended with carmelly malt flavors. Balanced with an almost imperceptible hop flavor that becomes more apparrent as it finishes. Finishes with a subtle bitterness that is more hoppy than roasted but it does contain both flavors.
Body: Excellent mouthfeel as this beer has the ability to carry through all of the flavors without being thick or carrying the flavors too far.
Drinkability: This is a very excellent stout that i would be happy to order whenever the mood strikes me for a stout.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't judge a beer by its bottle, but looking at this beer you can figure it will be tasty. I opened this beer and started to pour it into a glass and found it to have a very nice, very rich dark brown (almost black) color and a VERY nice light brown head. the head was thick and lasted for quite some time and left a heavy lace throughout the drink. As I havent drank many stouts, I was unfamiliar with the aroma but once I tasted the beer I realised what the smell meant and found it to be enjoyable. And as for the taste. this was a fantastic beer. very complex. it had a nice bold flavour without being overpowering. It was a relativly easy beer to drink, but I would imagine one bomber is about all I would want to drink at a time. not cause it gets old, but because it is a slow drink and leaves you full and satasfied. overall, I would recomend picking up a bottle you can get your hands on as it is one of the best stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of necoadam
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the Shakespeare Stout. This, my friends, is not only a damn fine stout, it's a damn good beer.

Appearance: Poured out a very black color with a dark tan head with some nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and hops come to mind. Umm..some caramel in there too I smell.

Taste: This is a true stout. Malts and hops are balanced perfectly IMO. Good hints of some coffee and bitter chocolate lay underneath.

Mouthfeel: So creamy and smooth it's amazing. It's not too thin and not too thick, it's right in the middle. Great texture. I wouldn't mind drinking another one of these bombers. Such a great stout. I believe it's one of the most balanced beers out there.

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as crude oil with a nice with a nice 2 inch khaki head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Smell is faint but can pick up on chocolate, malt and roasted barley. The chocolate malts are the first thing you taste. Roasted barley and a little nutty and buttery. The finish starts sweet and slowly changes to a slightly bitter toffee flavor.

The mouthfeel is full, creamy smooth, and not too carbonated. This is an outstanding stout that's easy to drink.

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Photo of Hunter
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Gave it a few minutes to warm a bit before opening.

Appearance: Pours a vicous black, with cascading tan bubbles forming a substantial head thick enough to stand a coin on it. Not even the strongest light penetrates this mysterious brew. An intimidating pour.

Smell: Subtle notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark barley. Just as mysterious. I expected to be bludgeoned by the aroma, and instead it just entices.

Taste: Wow. Dark notes of black coffee, mocha, and smoke. There is bitterness there, but it is tempered by a velvet smoothness. finishes much cleaner than one expects of the style. No cloying bitterness or lingering aftertaste. Lovely.

Mouthfeel: Silky.

Drinkability: Like a fine port or steak, this is not something I'd drink every day. It's just too fine and rich a brew. This is what stout should be. I can't imagine why I waited as long as I did trying it.

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Photo of foamer
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a bubbly tan head with good retention. Malty nutty nose with some roastedness. Absolutely perfectly balanced nutty flavour with the roasted the roasted malts with a nice hoppy finish. I'm reviewing this from notes and I can still imagine the taste in my mouth. Lovely stuff. To quote my good friend who was with me that night "I think I might have sex with this beer." Wow. This is damn tasty. Unfortunately, in Ontario it is also damn expensive.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a snifter. Black. Tan half inch head that lasted a minute, then down to just lacing the rim.

S - Roasted and burnt malt dominates, but a faint cocoa comes through.

T - Smooth, balanced malt at first, then toast, ends with a combination of burnt malt and bitterness. Complex, but it all goes together well.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation that bites the tongue a little at the end.

D - Super-duper stout. The stout standard bearer. The burnt malt and bitter hops flavors are great and what I look for in a stout. Not a criticism, but the chocolate really does not come out in the taste.. other than balancing out the bittering hops. I personally like this but be advised that this is not a CHOCOLATE beer.

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Photo of Surlington
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with thick tan head. Tight, even bubbles.
S: Coffee and dark chocolate.
T: The first taste is slightly sweet, not cloying, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Warm and malty. Ends beautifully with a twist of hoppy bitterness. The hops are more prominent than in most stouts, and have a certain piquant zing---very hard to describe, very complex.
M: Thick and warm, almost chewable. But not syrupy.
D: Highly drinkable; even that 22 oz bottle leaves you wanting more.

Overall: Very complex for a stout. An absolutely epic brew.

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Photo of lehows
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,438 ratings.
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