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
Ratings:
3,462
Reviews:
1,616
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
483
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,462 |  Reviews: 1,616
Photo of bigbubba
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark oily beer with a creamy dark tan head. The smell is of dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very good, very dry and a bit bitter, not as sweet as I had expected. The mouthfeel is very smooth with good body. The carbonation is light. It is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as midnight. Shining a bright flashlight into this does nothing. The light doesn't penetrate a full millimeter into that murk. Lovely textured tan head that lingers. Lots of lacing.

S - Mildly sweet caramelly earthy malt

T - Less sweet than some I've had, with a mature bit of char character that turns into a dry dark chocolaty bitter on the back of the tongue in the afterswallow and exhale and lingering aftertaste. Just a touch of tartness.

M - Just as satisfyingly thick and luscious as you want it to be. It's been a while since I had a nice thick beer and this hits the spot. So nice to pull on.

O - Mild like you'd expect, but with just enough subtle character to rescue it from being bland and put it into the nicely done category. I'd call it a mature oatmeal stout, like what they tried to do with the Arch Deluxe. It's hard for this style to score highly due to its innately mild and subdued character but this is pretty well done. I put this up there with Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of billyzoom666
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle into a pint glass. A medium pour leaves a thick milk chocolate colored head. It's pitch black with a bit of red tint on top. Big time lacing with this thing. There's a slight scent of chocolate and an almost woody smell. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Tastewise, this has a nice hit of smoke up front and then surprises with an almost fruity flavor on the back. What a surprising treat. Good stuff! This is super smooth for a stout. The drinkability is high on this, which could lead to trouble for me. Highly recommended.

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Photo of vonSchulze
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. Great inky black color with nice, thick, luxurious brown head that lasted and left great chunky lacing.

A dark, roasty aroma pleases the nose. A bit like a fresh farm field, lots of crisp oak, malt, and hops all find their way through.

Taste is very nice. Smooth roasty malts and coffee/chocolate stout flavors are balanced well with malty oatmeal and crisp hops, plus a pinch of cappuccino.

Feel is smooth and full bodied with perfect carbonation and a nice, lightly bitter coffee like aftertaste.

Easy to drink. I haven't been a huge rogue fan so far, but this is one nice bomber of stout.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A wonderful Black stout with a nice tan head that slowely goes away leaving a nice layer on top that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Deep roasted smell with coffee and a nice hoppy smell

Taste: Very malty with a coffe bitterness to it. Smooth with a dark chocolate finish, a little watery at the finish also... Leaves you dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little watery or thin. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable, especially at 6.2

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Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass opaque black/brown with a couple of fingers of tan head.

Smell: Inviting mixture of mild chocolate, roast barley, subtle citrus.


Taste: The taste was so smooth I needed it to warm up to near room temperature to appreciate the incredibly balanced interplay of the roasted barly, sweet malt and citrusy hop within a backdrop of mild chocolates and coffee bean, both of which lingered in a very nice slightly sweet chocolate coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy.

Drinkability: Shakespeare comes in a bomber, but I could easily drink two.

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Photo of LouZ
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jake87
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY! I've been looking for this beer for months! Recently moved to Laramie, WY for school and found it here. Well the wait was worth it.

L.Opaque dark brown to black with a thick light tan head that lasts, along with good lacing
S.Toasted wheats along with chocolate and a good coffee smell
T.mmmm... well it starts with a good chocolate taste followed by a nice bitter hop/coffee taste that fades into the back of the mouth leaving a pleasant aftertaste
F.Very smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, very nice

Wow... Rogue has outdone itself, such a nice change from the average(aka crappy) college party beers ie. budbudlightkeystonemillerbusch... blah blah blah

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Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brew House Grill

A--Dark brown with a small tan colored head. Very little lacing.

S--Coffee, with hints of chocolate and prune. Not a huge amount of aroma but it is there.

T--Roasted coffee and mild chocolate. A hint of prune / raisin Aftertaste bitter roasted malt (in a good way) and chocolate.

M--Very rich and full bodied. This is a very pleasant and easy drinking full stout.

D--Lovely, refreshing stout. Went well with my AYCE king crab...didnt overpower the meal at all. One I could drink again and again.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Warsteiner pilsner.

A: Black pour with a huge, fluffy gray/tan, pillowy head. Good retention and terrific lacing.

S: Roasted malt, mocha/coffee, mild sweetness, chocolate.

T: Same as smell with a mild hop presence to balance out. Hint of smokiness also.

M: Super creamy thickness, ended by a mild carbonated hop tingle.

D: Super good stout, not too bitter or roasted. Good balance makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of Crotor
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours motor-oil black with a *dark* tan, reddish head, ample and dimpled (though with large bubbles).

Stong aroma of roasted malts and Cascade hops - those two elements are so overpowering that I can't pick up anything else.

The taste is quite shocking. There's the big, dry roastiness - that was to be expected. There's also the substantial mouthfeel and earthy creaminess from the oats - expected that too. There's also plenty of chocolate and highly-caramelized toffee-type flavors. However, this beer also packs a wollop of 69 Cascade-induced IBUs. That's IPA range. Hot damn, this is decidedly American, and quite visionary. Why'd it take me so long to return to this beer? My only complaint would be that the sheer intensity of the roasted malt and hop flavors make it slightly-less than supremely drinkable.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a generous dark tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell has roasted notes, molasses, plenty of malt, and you can smell those cascade hops in the end. This one has a lot of balance in the nose.

The taste falls along the same lines as the smell, but with a bit of chocolate thrown into the finish. Nice velvety mouthfeel, right in line with what would be expected for the style.

Very drinkable, IMO.

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Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with dark mahogany hints around the edges. Served with a dense one-finger tan head that showed very good retention and lacing. This one looked quite nice.

S: Smell is dominated by sweet roasted chocolate malts with strong coffee aromas. There was also a noticeable hop aroma in the background.

T: I was actually pleasantly surprised by the strong bitter hop presence up front in this one which quickly gave way to the big malty chocolate and coffee taste. Hint of dark fruits gave way to the slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is really nice on this - very creamy for such a medium bodied stout and a small amount of carbonation.

D: This was an excellent stout for me and it surpassed my expectations honestly. I don't know if I could drink more than one in an evening, but that one was damn good.

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Photo of leedorham
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Full brown head that dissipates to the edges where it remains throughout.

Full musty sour and hoppy aroma. Very dry smelling.

Nice full-bodied taste with good up front hop bitter and taste. The hops and sourness outweigh the sweetness. Strong coffee and unsweetened coffee characteristics. The acidity of the strong carbonation ads a bit of bite.

A bit more carbonated than I would have liked but a great stout nonetheless. As I get to the bottom of the snifter the beer warms, the carbonation lessens, and enjoy the taste characteristics more.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown-black, opaque, with rich chocolate head. More head than most stouts I drink.

S- Smell is nice coffee, chocolate, slight grassy hops, smells good.

T- Started slightly metallic, which I didn't like, but rapidly became very good--chocolatey (more so than I expected!), good coffee, sweetness from the grain, gentle bitterness from the hops. Nothing too robust, but a well-balanced, well-put together beer.

M- A little thin. This is where this one was a little disappointing. Still velvety and smooth.

D- Thin body actually makes this an easy drink. Would session with this for a long time

Overall a really enjoyable brew. I was very pleased.

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Photo of mckeowbc
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost black out of the bottle, looks black in the glass. Ample amount of light brown, foamy head.
S - Smell is slightly sweet, subtle note of chocolate.
T - Taste is dry and earthy with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy.
D - Very drinkable Nice even flavors, no rough edges. Good for a heavy beer, maybe a little filling though.

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Photo of patobandito
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at random the other day.

Pours blacker than the blackest night, with a great creamy brown head. Smells of toffee and roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate. Taste is very similar, although it tends to be a bit on the bitter side. Not quite as balanced as I would have liked, but it still goes down fairly smooth. The only reason I knocked down the drinkability score is that it might be overly bitter for the flavors that it imparts in the beginning, But overall this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of TommyW
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a thick tan head.

S- Lots of toasted and burnt malt.

T- Nice mix of toasted and burnt malt. Reminds me of toasted bread crusts. Leaves a very pleasant lingering toasted flavor.

M- Really full up front and thins out toward the back.

D- Really nice stout that isn't overpowering.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark brown, basically black, with a respectable thick foamy head.

S: Coffee jumps right out. Grain, sweetness too but cant place it - maybe dark chocolate, bit of herbalness and grassiness.

T: Big coffee, tons of barley, burnt and roasted malt swing in behind. Dark chocolate and a pop of grassiness in the end. Frothy soy milk throughout. Extremely creamy.

M: Big, thick, creamy and chewy.

O: This beer was good in all respects but lacked something special to make it the sum of its parts. I would recommend but think there are others I would reach for. Probably just personal preference. I think it was the burnt overtones that drug me down.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 22 oz bomber into pint glass. Pours an opaque brown with a thin tan head. Initial impression is smooth roasted malts with a slight earthy hoppiness and a strong chocolate finish. Not particularly sweet, although it certainly isn't bitter. Kind of a dark chocolate or coffee with cream sort of thing, I guess. Medium/oily mouthfeel, with just about the right carbonation. Moderate ABV allows you to appreciate the subtleties of the beer. Good offering - I'd try again!

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Photo of Pooba001
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a from 22oz. bottle that I've had for about 2 months. Temperture is around 55 degrees after sitting on the counter for a few minutes after removal from beer fridge.

Held the beer up to light sources to find any color other than black, but this stout is opaque. Carbonation looks active, and the head is solid, tan, and doesn't fade quickly. Leaves lacing on the side of the glass as I drink it. Close to earning a perfect appearance rating. Smell is big on roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, with a hint of toffee. Hop aroma is there, but very faint in the background.

The taste is well blended, there is a dry maltiness, slightly sweet, a little dusty, with a good helping of dark roasted coffee flavor and some indistinct hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great, almost perfect thickness and extremely smooth. Drinkability is good for a quality stout, I could have another bomber (or 2) of this.

Possibly Rogue's best beer, and one of the great examples of the "American Stout" style, Shakespeare Stout deserves every accolade heaped upon it. The only thing bothering me about this beer is the typeface used for the word "stout" on the bottle. The "T"s are too thin, the "O" too wide. Fix the lettering, don't change the beer.

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Photo of jtfest
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as tar with a moderate, creamy brown head that dissipates into a thin film -- no light shines through this brew. The aroma was malty and roasted, but not as "big" as I anticipated from the appearance. The mouthfeel was full and searching -- seeming to coat the entire palate. The taste was thick -- sweet malt and nuts with some hickory and chocolate insinuations, with a growing bitterness in the aftertaste. Highly drinkable even if it would get pretty heavy after a couple.

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Photo of nightgardener
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, black, creamy brown head, very frothy

S - deep molasses, burnt roasted malt, caramel

T - chocolate and coffee, roast barley, balanced hops and malt

M - really creamy and rather light bodied for a stout, very smooth

O - I was expecting a heavier stout based off of the appearance and smell, but it is very smooth and nice.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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