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:
3,445
Reviews:
1,611
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
480
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,445 |  Reviews: 1,611
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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with no light penetrating. A fingernail of beige head rests on top. Heavy lacing on the glass. Luscious aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, tobacco and leather. I taste a massive amount of dark roasted barley, chocolate, leather and tobacco. The mouth is chewy, silky and thick.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color. Frothy light brown head fades to a bubbly sheen and collar.

Whoa...I can smell this one from about 3 feet away! Milk chocolate, cocoa and latte coffee aromas. Roasty, toasty malty goodness with a healthy dose of grassy hops.

4 words that best describe the flavor: fresh, roasty, malty and hoppy. I only have 2 minor complaints with this one, the noticeable astringency and it is a bit pricey. Aftertaste is long lingering and slightly bitter.

For me, this is a good stout, but not quite great. Easily quaffable and certainly will drink again, but the price tag limits this one to just a bomber or two per year for me.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small tan head that fades leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas are awesome, especially for a "smaller stout". Tons of chocolate syrup. Some caramel in the mix as well. The flavors have alot of roasted malts. More chocolate with hints of coffee. Nice bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a classic Rogue brew. It's nice to see it in 12oz bottles now. Great example of a traditional oatmeal stout.

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Photo of NJBeer265
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a cream head. Smells of roasted chocolate. Taste is like roasted bittersweet dark chocolate cream. Thick mouthfeel with a medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Overall, good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of pheurton
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

cascading midnight black with a creamy dark brown head...awesome. grainy roasted oatmeal aroma. medium body with a relativley low amount of carbonation...seems to suit the brew. deep creamy dark roasted oat flavor with an earthy hop bitterness. extraodinarily balanced. absolutely the most drinkable stout i've come across. an essential brew and a must-try for anyone whose even slightly into stouts.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,445 ratings.
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