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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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
Reviews:
1,600
Ratings:
3,407
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
Wants:
317
Gots:
467
For Trade:
6
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Photo of popery
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great stout. It has an incredibly smooth feel with lots of sudsy, soapy carbonation. There isn't any wateriness in the feel. The bitter hop bite in the finish is just right, not too big, not too small. The malt flavor is creamy, toasty chocolate with an excellent balance of sweet, sour and dough. There is a rather small amount of coffee and other subtle aspects to the flavor. It's a great stout in a category crowded by only good to average examples.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber.

Pours black with hints of dark ruby around the edges with a thin brown head. Smell is smoky burnt malt but also lightly sweet and creamy.

Taste is chocolatey, a bitter dark chocolate. Lightly nutty or oaty undertones. Big flavors here but still very smooth. A strong bitter coffee finish. Nice! Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a strong smoky and bitter aftertaste. Some hop flavors evident in the aftertaste as well. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a big flavor stout like this one.

A beer that definitely lives up to the hype.

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Photo of witster18
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

worth every penny of the 6.75(taxInc) I spent on the bomber...

Sure, it's expensive but this is one of the best, if not THE best, accessible stout on the market.

Pours near black with only dark brown highlights at the very edges if held in front of a bright light. tilt the glass sideways a bit to see the oily characteristic gained from the fine rolled oats.
The robust chocolate malt isn't overdry or chalky, as a matter of fact, this beer is smooth and silky. It's chewy but it's very drinkable. Nothing is overpowering but the prominant flavors are chocolate and a slightly winey and hop infused coffee.

This is exceptional quality.
my #2 dark accessible beer behind glbc edmund fitz porter.
price is hefty but after first taste it's literally easy to swallow.
Just take 100 bucks and bye about 15 bombers for the next couple of months as this isn't a serious session beer anyway.. it's too dam^ flavorful and chewy to session.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Still The King of Stouts. I got slightly less aroma from this draft example , and maybe a bit more mouth feel and body compared to the bottle, but hardly a difference beyond that. Black as night, massive brown head, aromas of roasted grains, coffee, charred wood and flowery hops. Full bodied and hoppy, lush and smooth mouth feel with rich textures of oats and caramelized brown sugar, more fresh hop flavors and substantial bitterness balance this exceptional stout. Intense hoppy/ bitter aftertaste. All the flavor and body of an Imperial stout w/ out the alcohol presence.
Another true work of art from the good people at Rogue.

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Photo of chrisgn
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep black, with a think, creamy head. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but is still smooth and unbelievably tasty. The alcohol is masked very well and the coffee and chocolate notes are subtle. The stout is very well balanced. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had and was totally blown away by it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it in the bottle before, and remember loving it. So, I saw it on the hand pump at The Sharp Edge Creekhouse and I couldn't pass it up. This beer is huge, the appearance is a deep ruby black body with a nice pillowing tannish brown head. The first sniff, I was shocked at the amount of cascade hop aroma that hit me in the face. The deep chocolate and coffee tones make this beer's aroma irrisistable. As I took my first couple sips, I just sat and thought to myself that this must be one of the most drinkable in your face stouts I have come across at this point. It is wonderful, pushes the envelop and with the harsher flavor of the dark malts on the tongue, the clashing of the hops are there to mellow everything out and form this amazing brew. On the cask this beer is very smooth, and inviting to the palate. Each sip takes on a creamier sensation to the mouth. Believe it or not this is the type of stout that could be enjoyed in pairs or more, because once you have one you want your glass to be full again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black stout color, with a tan head. This is a much different stout than I am used too. Much more bitter, and less sweet than I have had before. I like it a lot better than most stouts. I think this may equal or even surpass Storm King, since I have gotten a craving/addiction to hops.

Update 4/2/04: Had it again, still think it is amazing. I had this at a colder temperature, and it still is bursting with hops, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little raisin flavor.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black color, with a light brown, rocky head. Head retention is okay, but not great.

Smell - I tend to think about expresso when I smell this beer. The roasty smell matches up with the flavor.

Taste - The label says it all: "an earthy flavor that comes from oats, and a mellow chocolate aftertaste." Delicious, although "earthy" is not the first thought than came to mind. "Roasty" and "coffee-like" are how I would describe it. It is also well-balanced; the malty roastiness is not cloying, and the hops are able to express themselves a little bit. The aftertaste is strong, again reminiscent of a fine coffee.

Mouthfeel - Nice and thick, the way stout ought to be. Everything about the mouthfeel is stout.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable. This stuff goes down oh so easily, and I keep wanting more.

Comments - If you have friends that don't like "dark beers," get them to try this one. The flavor is complex, but not something that should scare off new craft beer drinkers. On second thought, "earthy" desribes this beer very well.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour gives a good head of small, creamy, tan bubbles that leave a lot of lacing. The color is deep, opaque black.

The smell is a nice mix of fruit sweetness, chocolate, and smooth roasted coffee. The feel is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor matches the smell very well with sweetness leading a roasted-malt body with a light hop finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry with burnt toast (but not unpleasant) and bitterness.

For a very flavorful stout, the drinkability is surprisingly good. There is no feeling of heaviness or over-alcoholic aftertaste. Given the extra sweetness, this would make an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Massive Fluffy coffee colored head fades slowly and leaves a thick lacing down the side but it doesn't stick. Body is black, as it should be. Enticing.

S: Powerful dark malts and sweetness. Roasty coffee and chocolate and almost a creamyness in the aroma.

T: Great complex roasty malts with a followed by slight hop flavor and bitterness. Really a benchmark for stouts.

M: Amazing smooth mouth-filling beer.

D: Long bitterness tires out my tounge. But otherwise it's a joy.

One of the first beers I discovered. It introduced me not only to real stouts, but also great beer.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, thick oily black color with a frothy coffee-colored head that seems to have the slightest ruby tint. The head falls but leaves a ton of frothy retention around the perimiter of the liquid.
Nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, but less powerful than I had anticipated.
What it lacks in aroma it makes up in taste. Huge bitter coffee flavor, tons of burnt malt, finishing with a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Body is thick and full, a hint of carbonation dances on the tongue to keep it from presenting as syrupy. Drinkability is optimal. A great tasting brew; I would say it would make a great session beer, but it is so smooth and tasty that I don't think it will last very long at all....
This one doth not protest too much, methinks.

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Photo of LiquidLord
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black, with some slight amount of light getting through around the edges. Tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing.

S - Earthy, with some slight toasted notes. Pleasing, but a little weak.

T - Absolutely delicious from start to finish. Starts off with charcoal and toasted bread flavors, and finishes with hints of dark chocolate, more charcoal, and some coffee as well. Malty throughout, with a little hop bitterness coming through at the end. Very well crafted.

M - Not too much carbonation, and nicely creamy.


D - One of the most drinkable stouts I've had. Despite the great concentration of flavor and opaque appearance, I found myself going on to the second glass without much thought.


Overall, this is one of the best stouts I've tried. Great balance and drinkability, and terrific flavor.

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Photo of nortmand
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red hued black pour with a sturdy, lacy brown head.

Bitter roast smells mingle with resinous hops in the nose.

Slightly sweet and chocolatey up front, ends with a bitter kick of roast and hops. It's got that in your face hoppiness that melds well with the other flavors in the beer that I've come to expect from Rogue beers.

Full bodied, smooth as silk and very drinkable. Another kick ass beer from Rogue.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an absolutely jet black with a big deep tan head that builds to three fingers before dissipating slowly and leaving tons of lacing. Smells of burnt chocolate and caramels with the hops providing a bitter undertone. Taste has plenty of dark, roasted coffee and some chocolate indertones and a bitter hop kick in the finish. Earthy tones linger in the aftertaste, which goes on for ages. Mouthfeel is thick and full with plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is incredible. This is probably the most perfect example of just what a stout is supposed to be that I've ever had.

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Photo of frazbri
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruby accented black body with thick creamy cocoa head and extensive lacing. Fruit and coffee, hot cocoa aroma. Flavors of a chocolate covered espresso bean and plum. Sweet start, bitter finish. Rich and silky mouthfeel and modest carbonation.

This is a stout worth seeking out. From the milkshake like head through the bottom of the pint, every sip was a treat. It was as luxurious as a fine chocolate mousse. I split this bottle with my brother, but wish I'd drank it all myself.

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Photo of stewart124
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge brown head atop this pitch black beer that you could lose yourself in. Deep smells of mocha and coffee with hints of roasted malts and caramel. That taste is nothing short of spectacular. This has a big roasted taste taht finishes dry with a hop dryness that is not only present but delicious. This beer has a thick body and it's outstanding. Very complex and hits all areas of the palate. The aftertaste is of burnt caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Everything in this beer goes together great and there aren't too many other stouts that work this well.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Rogue beer picked up from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. I’ve been looking forward to this one for awhile as a good stout is hard to come by in my town.

I went a little nuts on the pour and ended up flowing over a bit, but all is well. The appearance is deeply black and opaque. Even holding it up to a light source doesn’t reveal the usually ruby tinges around the edges. A hardy tan head rolls up a good three fingers high and over the rim of the glass. The head remains resilient and chunky gobs of lacing sheet the glass.

Malts are very prominent on the nose, sweet, yet roasty, burnt, and arrogant. Milk chocolate and light coffee are alluded too as well. Smell is superb.

Taste is dominated by smooth, dusty and charred, sweet malts. Caramelly smooth, with an earthen bitterness around the edges. Chocolate, and creamed coffee are apparent, this brew goes down as smooth as silk. Lightly bitter aftertaste is left and the foam leaves my lip bitter. Excellent. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and creamy, carbonation doesn’t get in the way here.

I will be back to visit you again Shakespeare. I’ve been waiting for a stout like this!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An inspirational stout that seems to be bringing out the poet in all of us. I shall dabble a wee bit as well.

Super black color, thick as night,
no light penetrates this glass, as it is poetry to write.
Head is gorgeous, super thickly creamy delight,
big bubbles and luscious lumps, I could swim in it all night.
Colour of light tannish leather, not so light as a feather,
delicate sheets of tight lace did stick together.

Aromas of roasted malts, earthy, tangy hops up front,
some notes of chocolate and coffee and a wee touch of dark-like citrus, nothing to blunt.

Full and delicious, smooth, yummy, dark tones in flavor,
roasted and chocolate malts with a perfect blend of earthy hops in its favor.
Hop twinge in there, and a nice dryness follows,
all very pleasing, this stout, and continue to swallows.

Full body feel, smooth, then tongue tingly,
to a nice sweet tart-like drying and mingly.

To drink or not to drink, that is the question.
Answer, is to drink this stout!
And thank Hamlet's revenge it comes in a 22 oz bomber to tout!

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Photo of younger35
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a nonic glass from a 22oz bomber. Got a pretty cool looking dude on the front right next to the “World Champion Stout” award seal. Well deserved.

Appearance- Pours a dark, thick, oily black that allows no light in or out. Matter of fact, I’m fairly sure this stuff is sucking the light out of the room. It’s that dark. Poured a really nice thick, creamy head that receded pretty quickly but left a nice collar and spotty lacing.
Smell- Wow… the first thing that jumps out at me is a light fruityness that is unexpected. There isn’t really one dominating feature to the aroma as everything is very subtle. Nice coffee, chocolate malts make the expected appearance, along with a very feint toasty sweetness.
Taste- Dark fruity bitterness up front that gives way to nice coffee tones. Subtle earthy cocoa malts are present that add a nice sweetness. Has a almost dark licorice finish that lingers with a very light nuttyness.
Mouthfeel- Light carbonation that matches the style beautifully. A thinner body than I expected with a very oily/slick feel. No traces of alcohol.
Drinkability- This was one of the best stouts I had the first time I drank it, and it’s still one of the best stouts this time. It’s a very nice, subtle beer that has flavor, but not IRS intensity. Great beer!

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a lot of haters but it was honestly FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it for a delicious and smooth oatmeal stout by the fantastic Rogue brewery.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Heavy pour from bottle into a pint glass yields a thick, creamy, brown head. Beer almost black with very little light getting through. Head hangs around for a long time.

Nose is inviting, with strong coffee, chocolate, and caramel, but with a hint of hoppiness sneaking through.

Taste is even better. The malt, chocolate and oats lead the way with the hops finishing on the back of the palate. Excellently balanced with none overpowering the other. The rich, creamy mouth feel really works great with this beer.

Overall, a really great stout that I will definitely be buying more of. Delicious and well-balanced.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety" - Shakespeare, King Henry V

A: Very small, but dense creamy dark tan head despite a somewhat aggressive pour. Color is pitch black with browns and ruby hues barely visible at the edges in the light. Lively ring of head retains well and leaves light lacing on my mug.

S: Huge aroma, featuring bittersweet chocolate and burnt and roasted aromas; dark fruits, maybe berries.

T: Starts on a bitter chocolate note with a hint of strong espresso. Rounded out by bitter hops and a touch of tang, maybe citrus. Some oats are discernible as well.

M: Big creamy body has the flavor sticking around on the palate.

D: A bomber is a great portion for this beer. I look forward to trying this again as a dessert beer. I'll definitely recommend this goody!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a med cream head that disappeared quickly to a nice lacing that lasted the whole drink.
Aroma is rich, sweet, chocolate, coffee, and mostly toasted-burnt malts.
Mouthfeel is soft carbonation and creamy smoothness.
Taste is almost magical....very, very balanced. Carmel, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt,light hop bitterness. Very balanced....nothing overpowering.
Aftertaste is a wonderful bitter chocolate an carmel....little tiny espresso.
This is a heavenly way to end the evening.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full bodied stout that starts out with intense roasted malt and barley and finishes with subtle hop bitterness. One of the better stouts I've quaffed.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a huge 4 finger tan head due to an apparently aggressive pour. The foamy head looked very sticky with beautiful peaks and valleys. The aroma was malt with hops and chocolate at the end. The taste was malt initially, fading midway into a nice hop bitterness. This is very unique in the stouts I've tried and adds a wonderful complexity to the brew. As the hops faded, I was left with an impression of burnt roasted coffee. The hops make another appearance in the aftertaste, with a slight hint of bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a medium to low level of carbonation. This beer feels the way a stout should in your mouth. Extremely drinkable...I absolutely love this beer.

I love this stout. It is truly a wonderfully complex beer considering it is not a "big" beer in terms of alcohol. I could drink a lot of this. My wife loves this stuff, which says a lot about its appeal. One of the best!

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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