Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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4.14 w/ 3,463 Ratings
Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

15º PLATO
69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,520
Reviews:
1,616
Ratings:
3,463
Liked:
3,037
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
10.87%
Alströms:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
484
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,463 |  Reviews: 1,616
Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa mamma. I'm surprised that I haven't rated this beer yet. I'm glad because it never tasted better than it did on tap at Barley's, Knoxville TN. Of course it's opaque black and has great head retention. This beer is surprisingly mellow and smooth, both in texture and flavor, to be so bold and flavorful. They get great malt flavors, chocolate flavors, and coffee flavors without a hint of astringency. Solid hopping does not leave the beer unnecessarily bitter, metalic, or acidic. It's as creamy as marshmellows, but easier to drink. Finishes mildly coffee-like and lightly bitter. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to find anything bad about this beer. Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Did not leave much lacing but was well-retained. Chocolatey coffee aroma and the same goes for the taste. You can also really notice the roasted malts and a good amount of hoppage as well. Great silky, creamy mouthfeel. Really coats the inside of your mouth nicely. Very drinkable for a stout as well. At $5 for a 22 oz. bomber you won't see me drinking this every night, but definitely a great beer and a great representation of its style as well.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tan head that quickly dies off but leaves some lacing on the glass. An aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a slight trace of alcohol. Very balanced flavor. Very malty with a strong coffee character and slight chocolate character. This is a very well made beer and I'll probably have it again soon.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle. Nice renaissance man with a mug in his hand on the bottle.

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate syrup color. Great tan head with nice lacing until the end. The scent is medium roasted coffee. A bit of burnt caramel. The oats are there and it finishes with a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is primarily a nice burnt malt. Stong coffee with some chocolate. Caramel for sweetness. There is a nice hop bitterness. The bitterness mellows if the stout is drunk slowly. There is a mild unpleasant tang to the flavor. It does not make or break the stout but it just tips the scale enough for me. I would of gone 4.5 or 5 if it were not for the sourness.

If feels great. Nice and smooth. I knocked points off for drinkability because of the sourness again. It just lends itself to a bit of a carbonated and tangy ending. I will still buy this stout. Very nicely done.

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Photo of ectomorph
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark black with tan head with light lace.

S - Caramel, toffee, and some coffee undertones. Nothing overpowering though.

T - Mild malt flavors blended with what tastes like alcoholic coffee. Being a coffee fiend, I like this.

M - Rich and heart makes any Stout proud.

D - I could have 3-4 of these tonight...

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black with a two-finger tan head that left spider lacing all down glass. A woody, burnt malt smell with a mix of caramel, dark chocolate malt. Real smooth and creamy with a balance between sweet and dry. Pleasant mix of bitter chocolate with some roasted and possibly coffee malt. Minor hop bitterness on the very backend, although the malts do the talking. Low ABV makes this a possible session, but 1 bottle was filling for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/04/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, bready malts, hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, light citrus, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.

d - At 6% ABV, I feel like you could drink a lot of this. I thought it was a very balances, solid stout I would definitely try again.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and heavy with a solid black body, a large bubbly tan head, which fades quickly leaving a thin creamy layer, and medium carbonation. The aroma a full of roasted malts, light coffee, some notes of peat and mild milk chocolate. The taste has lots of rich bitter chocolate with strong espresso from the heavy roasted malts, and some really earthy soil (in a good way) flavours. It leaves a bitter lasting aftertaste just like a good espresso. Full bodied with a heavy creamy mouthfeel and a very noticeable carbonation. Great beer. Definitely one for people into their heavy bitter stouts.

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Photo of Cavalry-Captain
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of 22oz bottle

This beer pours pitch black, when held up to the light no trace of any other color. A nice tan colored head forms but disapates fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops a bit of citrus coming through. Along with coffee, and chocolate. Medium bodied stout that feels good in the mouth. A clean finish with mild hops on the nose. A great stout and will drink(buy) again.

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Photo of colts9016
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another very good beer from Rogue. The hint of chocolate and coffee had a strong backbone for the malt complex. There was a hint of hops on the finish. I think it could had a little more oomph in the body of the beer but overall it was very nice to drink. Nice Finish and very drinkable

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Photo of meeekyh
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz into a tulip. Nice dark brown fluffy head. Dark beer and good lacing.

Nose is dark malts and piny hops. I love that Rogue has made a stout with a hop profile so prominent. By that I mean that many stouts I try are so concerned with the malts that they overlook the hops, Rogue has not done this and the nose is all the evidence one needs to prove it. I also get a bit of chocolate, though not anything like the Rogue Chocolate Stout (duh).

Taste is bitter, tangy and has tobacco and coffee notes. Stout well describes this ale.

This is a dry beer and quite refreshing.

Slainte.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer as part of my attempt to try all 100 beers of fame. I used to have it regularly while living in Oregon, and it is nice to pick up Oregon beers while living in New Jersey.

The look is a perfect example of a oatmeal stout. It is too dark to see through, and the single finger of foam is that proper tan color.

The smell is great. You get the coffee roast coming off the top. The flavor is a ton of coffee. The feel was a little light and the bitterness of the coffee is never really balanced.

Overall an amazing beer. Rogue isn't lying with the label on the bottle stating: World Stout Champion.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tradional beer mug at the Moan and Dove

A- black as night with an off white head, tons of lacing on the glass

S- some roasted malts, with hints of black coffee

T- roasted character upfront some bitterness in the finish

M- balanced, but as this is a stout it could have used a bit more body

D- a solid stout from a great brewery. I will have this one again.

notes- this stout does lack the complexity of some others but it is all in all a solid offering.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not what it used to be. Back in 1994 this was a top 5 beer. It's obviously been modified over the years. Somewhat disappointing but overall, its still a decent stout

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Photo of Twerknasty
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off to say that this beer really smells quite different, and not good in my opinion, the palate differs though. I will start off with the good to say there is plenty of chocolate marsh mellows, but really has quite a bit of medicinal notes that are very present. The beer almost smells like a cleaning agent to some sort, to what causes this i'm not certain. To the palate- a different story. The taste infuses chocolate, cinnamon and gingerbread that has a balance of some bitter hops. I like this beer, but the nose is incredibly weird. One of the few beers where the nose is off, and the taste is on

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Photo of garymuchow
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a rich dark roast holding coffee notes and an oat stout quality.
Black as tar. Thick heavy head that leaves tracks.
Flavor is heavy and intense roast malt without cloyness. Strong flavors, intense dryness middle to finish and a long lingering on the tongue. Hop bitterness (with malt dryness) as warms. Coffee and some fruit noted too.
The enjoyment of the feel is somewhat decreased by the bite and the intensity of the malt. Smooth anyway and very nicely carbonated.
Bitterness is too intense to make it easy to drink. Improved significantly as warmed.

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Photo of albern
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is obviously a popular beer and I can tell why. It pours an inky black color impenetrable to light with a very thick creamy and slightly frothy head that retains like crazy and billows against the glass. Lots of lacing evident to boot. The head is a nice chocolate brown color. The nose on the beer is roasted and chocolate malts.

There is definitely a chunk of yeast on the bottom of the bottle and this beer is alive. Kudos the Rogue for including the ingredients. There are several types of malts, including crystal and chocolate. The beer uses Cascade hops, along with oats and wheat. The latter two are interesting in this beer. The oats create the slightly watery but ultra smooth and creamy feel in the beer, while the wheat adds a bit of pricklishness in the mouthfeel to balance out against the silky oats. The beer is definitely more dry than sweet, with a biting and bittering dark chocolate finish, with some coffee roasted notes in there too. The charred dark roast lingers into the aftertaste and the beer is substantial yet warming. The ABV is well hidden. This is a nice, dark, slightly bittering dryish stout, with a bit of cocoa powder coming in at the very end. It's a fairly complex beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been holding on for this bottle for awhile. Pours a crude oil black with a phenomenal caramel tan mocha head that is incredible, the cake laced froth will coat the glass throughout the session. The smell is the normal mocha espresso/chocolate roast that is pleasing, this stout however didn't have much else to add, the smells weren't heavy either. The taste was lighter than expected, more roasted or bbq wood/grain, hints of coffee, misses that sweet caramel/chocolate I've come accustomed to, good but not great, medium bodied and cleanses the palate to invite you back for more, a good solid stout, I thought would be great though.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Garnet-tinged black with steady creamy purple-tan head that laces. Brown sugar, clean roastiness, flinty oats, ash, dark malt acidity, some earth and a slight mint herbal note - but none of it very distinct.
Chocolate, ginger snap cookie dough, and sweet Turkish coffee, some roasted sourness and winter, slight orange zest and cola hops finish.
Coffee candy finish and very tight linger with both hop and roast bitterness.
Medium-full, gloopy, soft, round, creamy, smooth.

I can't make up my mind about this one. Part of me thinks that it's another case of Rogue skating on their reputation from 10 years ago, and that there are many better US stouts since. Part of me thinks it's exactly what an oatmeal stout should be - half way between a Dry Irish and Robust Stout and all smoothness and balance. It is silky, the hops and roast are there, and it goes down easy despite being at the upper limits of the strength for the style.

Is it world class? Not quite - but it is very very good.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Stout

A = Poured a dark brown/ruby with a thick foam head. That dissapated to form a fine lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Smelt of fine coffee beans and dark chocolate. There was however a slight wet sock smell which causes me to knock the score a little.

T = Initial chocolate taste that flows to a roasted coffee taste. Very smooth.

M = A little waterey. Needs to be a little more full bodied.

D = Drinkable.

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Photo of Bandi
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 87.7% out of 100 with 3,463 ratings
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