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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 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

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

Looks appropriately black with a nice, brown head. Head holds pretty well.

Smell is malty and molasses.

Taste is smoky, malty, nutty and chocolate with dry, lightly bitter finish.

Good carbonation and slightly thick.

Drinkability? Really good. Sorta like a stong nut brown.

A solid stout.

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

Sampled last night on 5/3/15. Comes in a 1 Pint, 6 Ounce (650ml) single bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pitch black in color with a good 3-finger foamy beige head that lasted a bit before finally settling down to a 5mm head or so. LOTS of sticky lacing was seen when sipped that stayed in position. Besides the dark roasted malts for the aroma is there more going on as there is also some...? Not sure really. Much more going on with the taste as there is a very light hint of vanilla, some 'earthly' hops, and hint of tobacco leaves even. A very light bitter finish is noted but doesn't stay for long. Medium+ bodied with good carbonation. Overall it was very decent.

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

poured from a 22oz bomber, into a pint glass.

100% black as the sidebars here on the BA webpage. actually held the last 2" up to a lightbulb, still no penetration. nice, creamy brown head that sticks to the sides and hangs around through the whole glass.

the smell is a subtle mix of the chocolate malt, some earthy undertones and a bit of toasted maltiness. maybe a hint of fruitiness from the pac-man...

wonderful balance on the palate. no single flavor jumps out at you, but instead mingles together on the tongue. minimal bitterness, the hops are extremely smooth and the malt is robust enough to really round this beer out.

overall - i still prefer rogue's chocolate stout, but this is a solid, workhorse of a beer and always worth a roll.

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Photo of brendan13
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a very dark brown colour verging on black with a 2.5 cm dark mocha colour head that slowly falls away leaving quite thick lacing down the glass.
S - Roasted and chocolate malt notes hit first followed by some floral and vauge citrus hop notes.
T - Much like the smell. Chocolate maltiness with a strong roasty quality, some caramel and dark fruit touches balanced with some floral and citrus fruit hoppiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Dry, roasty finish with the floral and fruity hops lingering.
D - A pretty good stout. Maybe a touch too roasty to make it great but something I would drink again in a heartbeat.

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

Appearance- Pours a pillowy, dark brown head which dissapates quickly, beer is jet black and completely opaque. It looks the way any respectable stout should look

Smell- Chocolatey and roasty malts a bit of floral hops

Taste- Dry and roasty malts, coffee and liccorice notes, dark smooth chocolate and hops are prominent towards the end. Dry and not quite as complex and full flavored as I would expect, but still quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and dry with a moderately frothy body

Drinkability- Goes down quite easily for a stout. I'd like to try this pumped with nitro.

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

Bomber to glass during season opener of The Shield...

Black with brown head. You should see this one. It's very pretty.

Strong nice stout scent.

Something hits the old taster up front followed by bitter chocolate. Serious stout.

So thick. Full bodied. Serious business.

I'm surprised this one isn't higher on the top 100. I would easily prefer this over something like storm king or old rasputin.

Overall: totally solid stout

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

a - poured a two fingers thick head from a bomber into a brandy snifter. this has a nice deep black color with a coffee colored head. the head is long-lasting and leaves nice lacing throughout.
s - hints of sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
t - very malty with hints of toffee and chocolate.
m - smooth and coats the tongue nicely.
d - very good drinkability when you want a good stout but don't need all the alcohol content of most.

indulge me while i tell a story. back in 1999 while a junior at auburn i was coming back to birmingham from tuscaloosa after the iron bowl. auburn had just won the game and the temperature was in the 30s and sleeting all game long. needless to say we were soaked. we stopped in a sports bar which consistently has the best selection in birmingham. i knew nothing about craft beer but knew i liked good beer when i could find it. we all ordered each other something different from the menu for fun. my friend ordered me a shakespeare. as the bartender poured it into my glass, i couldn't believe it, i haven't been the same since. this was when rogue bottled it in 12 oz. bottles instead of the bombers. now we can no longer get this beer in alabama b/c of the container size. thanks, taylor and FREE THE HOPS!

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

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a light-absorbing black into my pint glass. Only by holding it up to a light at an angle is there any evidence that it's not a completely opaque black. A 1/2", tan head forms, and quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing. The aroma is surprisingly simple; chocolate and roasted malts are about evenly balanced with the pine and citrus aromas from the Northwest hops.

This beer tastes almost exactly as an American stout should: roasted, chocolate, and caramel malts up front, balanced well by the citrus/pine/spice of the hops. The mouthfeel is wet and full. Finishes crisp, leaving a very pleasant roasted, chocolate, and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout, and scary drinkable; it's a shame the Bard never got to try one himself. Shakespeare Stout is a must-have for anyone who hasn't trod beyond the Irish dry stouts, and is worth trying regardless of your beer likes/dislikes.

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Photo of terrapinchris
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to be very picky about my stouts, and I have some pretty high expectations given how good I know they can be. The bottle lists the ingredients, which of course includes Rogue's trademark Pacman yeast, as well as chocolate malts, cascade hops, and oats.

I poured it into my tulip glass, noting that the head remained somewhat small throughout the pour. The finger's worth of foam was mocha-brown in color, and the liquid itself was the deep, murky black of a good coffee.

The aromas were surprisingly faint, but they hinted at vanilla, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee beans, with only the most vague trace of hops. It fits the profile of a stout well-enough, but I kept expecting a bigger smell.

However, the taste leaves virtually nothing to be desired. Most stouts can capture the necessary flavors reasonably well, but this one delivers them with a richness and boldness that is rare. Butterscotch, vanilla, chocolates, coffee, with a bit of dairy/'s like a dream. The hops seem to be present only to remind the drinker that it is in fact a beer that is being consumed, not a liquid brownie. The very slight bite keeps the flavors perfectly balanced all the way through the finish.

Just as I was surprised by the lack of punch in the aromas, however, the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. In contrast to the fullness of the taste, it feels a bit thin. This might be because of the molasses feel I'm used to having with Imperial stouts. Either way, it isn't too terrible, and it doesn't take away from the incredible taste.

It's so drinkable that I had restrain myself from gulping it down. I poured about half the bottle initially, put a stopper in it and stuck it back in the fridge for a few days to see if the aromas might emerge. I pulled it back out about 20 minutes ago to no avail, unfortunately. But I'm perfectly content drinking it the way it is. A brilliant stout, this is.

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