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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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Photo of sacrelicio
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice stout from Rogue. Pours beautifully, jet black with ruby brown highlights and a creamy mocha colored head. The smell is nice, with coffee, chocolate, piney and fruity hops, and grain. The taste is quite bitter and full, reminding me most of cold press coffee and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the drinkability is quite good, perhaps a bit tough for those with more novice palates.

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Photo of ablaze
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bomber.

Pours an impossibly solid black with a short lived mocha-brown head.

Faint scent of roasted sweetness with some light hops, reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies.

Taste starts nicely burnt with some juicy bitterness, following into a sweet mocha and light espresso finish. Feels creamy, crisp and upbeat with dark chocolate swirls.

This is a nicely balanced stout that is lighter than I expected. Exciting to drink and very quaffable.

Give St. Ambroise's Oatmeal Stout a try if you like this and want to be bolder.

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Photo of meadhead
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

herbal roasted chocolate blend;
high on the bitter
semi-sweet end

slight citric twang and
silkened feel

right on the money
easy to peel-
dissect as good

pours dark and rich
smells complex
with fine nuances

of caramel malts
and green hop flavor

finishes dry
lingers to savor

very nice balanced gravity
a true artisan stout
if you ask me

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Shakespeare Stout poured a very rich dark brown color. Poured about a half inch head, creamy in color. There is definitely a hint of oats and a definitive chocolate aftertaste. Certainly one of the best stouts that I've ever had before. Recommended to anyone.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 22 oz bottle.
This is about as attractive as a stout can be I suppose. Dark black with no light coming through. Dark tan head, it looked like a cup of strong coffee.
It smelled wonderful, lots of malty goodness and whatnot.
The taste was nice, but I've had stouts I've enjoyed more. The highlight here was the strong presence of roasted flavors, like charred toast and espresso. Otherwise this was a little tangy, a little sweet.
The mouthfeel was nice and thick, but I felt like it was over carbonated and that took away from the smooth quality this would otherwise have had.
Pretty nice stout, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of McStagger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The legend...

A: A somewhat aggressive (and ill advised) pour leads to two inches of delicious espresso creme brulee colored head. Head retention is stellar, with phenomenal lacing left on the glass. The receding head can only be described as champagne like. The individual bubbles mingle together to form larger air pockets, which then pop under the pressure of the foam. Absolutely wonderful. The body of the beer is an excellent opaque black.

S: Sweet cereal malt intermingled with excellent hop bitterness. Mild chocolate and mocha notes are present, although not nearly as dominant as Rogue's Chocolate Stout. (Big surprise there, huh!) The light cocoa notes are also overlapped by a more mellow espresso note.

T: This is where things get a little rougher. The beginning palate is a jumble of varying flavors that smack of grains and earth. A very subtle barnyard flavor is also present. The mid palate is more hop oriented, with the bitterness of the hops really coming through. The finish, however. Whoo boo, the finish is excellent. All the rough edges transition beautifully to the finish, which is more reminiscent of the scent of the beer. Mild chocolate and mocha lead into bitter coffee bean and espresso nuances. The lasting flavor is similar to that first time you tried black coffee with your dad. It just stays and stays.

M: I've always been a fan of the way stouts and porters feel on the tongue. This beer is no different. In fact, it stands above most other stouts in this category. The feel is almost perfectly balanced. Many stouts are thick to the point of being viscous, but this beer has a lively carbonation that kicks in at exactly the right time to keep this beer from being flabby.

D: One of the easiest stouts to drink that I've ever imbibed. (Sam Smith's Oatmeal has a slight edge.) Who cares if the beer is thick and rich. It tastes too damn good to not want more.

I'm still fairly new to the world of stouts. If anybody reads this review and thinks of a stout on this caliber, I would love to know.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a thick, sudsy, mocha colored head. Looks very viscous on the pour. Smell is a mix of chocolate, burnt coffee and cascade hops. The chocolate is most apparent. The taste is primarily malty, with the burnt coffee and chocolate malt being the most obvious. The hops are more for balance than for taste although there is a hint of cascade in the finish. There is a slight astringency as well that dries the mouth. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated and as I just said, has a dry finish. A drinkable stout and all-in-all a solid offering by Rogue.

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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 ncvbc
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on numerous occasions and finally had a chance to review.

Black pour with thick tan head.
Roasted malts. Some chocolate. Even less coffee.
Taste was dark and roasted mainly chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel. Unbalanced with hops which seem slightly overdone.
Medium mouthfeel. Silky, velvety smooth.
Although taste was less than expected still good and drinkable. Take two.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Dark black, opaque, with a thick, brown head, which dissipates to a tan film, with good retention and lacing. The beer looks quite thick when it is poured out.

S: Not terribly robust, but smells great though, smells like a mix of German chocolate cake, roasted cacao nibs, and mocha coffee.

T: Very good, very sweet, but not cloying, has that sweet, almost peaty oat malt taste, with lots of rich milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Quite a complex chocolate flavor.

M: Smooth, thick and rich, but not overpowering, full-bodied.

D: A great stout, handsome and smooth, probably my favourite everyday beer from Rogue.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The employee who directed me towards this beer said that it was one of Rogue's "flagship beers." He must have been correct. This has to be one of the finest beers I have tasted. The mouth feel is nice, and the taste exceptional. This beer pushes itself into my top 5 list, perhaps top 3.
It pours a thick, dark creamy head.
The beer is thick black. Behind a lamp it offers no light penetration.
The smell isn't very strong, but one gets the scent of chocolate and malts.
I will generally disagree with a beer if the chocolate taste is to strong or seems somehow seperate. I must say that the chocolate is prominent in this one, but balanced very well. It wins not by force, but by cunning and guile.
pick it up.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English pint glass. This stout poured a deep brown/black color with a decent sized dark tan head that slowly turned into a thin layer of bubbles that lasted. Minimal lacing. The aroma included chocolate, coffee, and some spicy hoppiness. The flavor was dark roasted malts, coffee, and just a bit of hops on the tail end. There is a slight lingering aftertaste of chocolate and coffee left on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy with light carbonation. An excellent sessionable stout from Rogue!

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Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty with a mild hint of coffee. Taste is very malty and the roastiness shines in the mouthfeel. I really like the aftertaste. Coffee explodes at the back of the tongue as well. Goes down very smooth and leaves a semi-dry taste. A second sip confirms the same. Very nice stout. Roasty, has hints of coffee and goes down well. Excellent!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, ink black color. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Decent sized dark tan head forms on top. Thin spider web lacing.

S: Caramel, espresso & coffee, along with some slightly burnt aromas.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, espresso, burnt caramel, and a surprisingly big hop finish. It's very smooth, well balanced, and complex. The flavors are all there but not over the top. It's almost like a light version of Old Rasputin.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick. Some oily hops in the finish as well.

D: The smooth and balanced flavors, along with it being only 6%, make for a very drinkable stout. A solid stout, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of meechum
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a real beer novice. This being one of my very first gourmet brews. I may not have all the terminology down yet but I will try my best to give my impressions about this wonderful beer.

A - Poured very dark almost black very much like a melted chocolate syrup almost into a thick almost 2 inch head creamy brown head that lasted several minutes

S - The smell was aromatic with chocolate overtones and with a hint of spices and nutty smells (it was awesome)

T - Taste was very velvety and smooth had a wonderful chocolate up front and then moving to just a bit of the more bitter hoppy flavors I guess.

M - This was very creamy and smooth felt very full in the mouth was thick and very pleasant

D - I don't know what to say other than I enjoyed every sip of this wonderful beer

Like I said I'm new to this so I won't pretend to be an expert by any means but this was one of my first what I would call more obscure (at least to the average consumer) beers and it was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this beer any time

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Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black pour with nice head. Aroma and taste of dark roasted malt. Very good stout that I would buy again and recommend. My brother(pojo41) and I really liked this one alot and will have again when I get the chance. Unfortunately, can't find this in the beer hell we call Mississippi. Give it a try, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of Vvall
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a great beer!! I managed to find this while in Texas and after hearing all the hype about it,I knew I had to try it.IMHO it lived up to it,and then some.I could get to love this beer if it were not so hard to find,but it is, and therefore it is pretty much out of my reach.If you can find it,and you like Stouts,by all means try it.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a viscous motor oil / soy-sauce black from the bomber into my snifter and forms a creamy and thick three finger cocoa head that looks like the strong chocolate milk that I made as a kid (you know....more chocolate syrup than milk). Big waves slide down the glass and leave a little bit of spotty chocolate lace on the glass, and swirling brings up a thick finger of cocoa cream. Eventually the head disappears entirely and leaves a very soy-sauce looking black tar concoction in my glass.

S - Milky way chocolate and nougat notes when cold, along with some sweet creamy coffee....mocha latte perhaps. The chocolate notes coming off of this one as it warms are pretty damn complex! This smells like a box of assorted chocolates... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, gooey nougat center filling. Behind the choco-riffic malt, there are some roasty campfire aromas, and some pretty forceful barky-woodsy-autumn-leaves hop notes too.

T - Holy crap! This smells pretty good, but the taste is in a whole 'nother league! The taste is much more assertive with bitter dark chocolate, gourmet high-end dark roast coffee, blackened toast, tobacco (I'm a former smoker and this actually makes me want a cigarette) and less noticeable toffee and peanut brittle notes that are hiding in there somewhere.

M - Thick motor oil body with a low level of carbonation and a wicked burnt toast / espresso bean finish that may actually be staining my teeth black (note: I spilled a few drops of this on my tan carpet when I was vigorously swirling the snifter, and it looks like I dripped some roofing tar in the computer do I explain this one to my fiance?). The mouthfeel matches the flavors perfectly.

D - Pretty damn good! One of the better American Stouts, but I was expecting more complexity from a beer that's rated #55 on the "Best of BA" list. Don't get me wrong, it is a damn good stout and it's also very drinkable.... I will definitely pick this up again!

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night with a chocolate colored head on top.

Smell: Roasted coffee and some piney/citrus notes.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, a little pine, coffee in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not too bitter, could have a few in a sitting.

Of the two Rogue stouts that are reasonably priced, I like the Chocolate Stout a little better than this one. Personal preference as the Choc. Stout is sweeter than this one. This is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Tomas77
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at a place called 'The Dirty Truth',Northamton,MA which has a reputation along with 'The Moan and Dove',in Amherst,MA for having only the finest ales from all over availiable. And they did with Roague Shakepeare stout.

Black and opaque. Not sure of any ruby highlights it was dark inside. Creamy tan/light brownish head that sits at one finger throughout.

Fantastic aroma of coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are there just enough to keep the malts in check.

Some slickness on the lips when you first sip. Sweet but only at the very beginning. Flavor is the same but with a bittersweet chocolate feeling on the back of the palate. Coffee throughout the middle and more chocolate later on.

Light body and mouthfeel. Not thick or viscous at all. Slight alcohol presence is there without it being hot. A very good beer I would say for any time of the year.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue- Shakespeare Stout

650 ML bottle

Appearance- Dark murky black with a modest creamy tan head. Heavy ringed lacing.
Smell- Light burnt coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate.
Taste- Big burnt black coffee with a sweet creamy finish. Bitter unsweetened cocoa.
Mouthfeel- Strong and dry, like espresso, up front. Creamy and sweet through the body, and finishing with a big bitter chocolate taste.

Overall- Good stout, slighty loses its bold flavor later into the bottle. When colder weather comes in find this on tap and drink it all night!

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into my pint glass after letting warm up a little. It was dark black in color even against a light. It had a good sized brownish head that slowly settled to a collar with a bit of film in the middle of the glass. No lacing. The aroma was pretty sedate. It was malty with coffee and choc malts in the background. The taste was really good but also kinda sedate. Really expected more of a kick after ready some reviews. It seemed to be missing that extra something that would have gotten it a higher score. Good amount of bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little on watery side compared to other Am Stouts that I've had recently. Overall, a good beer that you should try but I still prefer Cadillac Mtn Stout in this category. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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Photo of Shadman
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needed some ice for some magharita action (it's 39 friggin degrees here in the southern alberta desert today) and saw this single in the beer store. It's not stout season, but wth.

black as used diesil oil, head looked rich and impressive to start, but didn't hold at all, hence the rating. No lacing at all.

Smell was very impressive, rich chocolate and molasses. Can definitely smell some floral hop in there as well.

taste is very, very well balanced. Hop bitterness apparent throughout, with the chocolate malt keeping almost perfect pace.

smooth, medium body. Only thing keeping it from a 5 is the slightly watery finish.

very drinkable, not at all over-the-top.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have this lots but never reviewed it ( strange ?) It is one of my favourite stouts for both its smoothness ( not in a tasteless Guiness way) and its complexity ( notes of chocolate and roasted malt are interwoven with pure bliss. A benchmark for stouts.

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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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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,488 ratings