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:
3,455
Reviews:
1,615
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
329
Gots:
481
For Trade:
6
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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black. Large head – creamy dark brown, pretty good retention and lacing.

Some nice American hops pop out first – citric and floral. Then some chocolate and roasted sweet malt – strong and nicely balanced.

Sweet thick rich dense malt. Caramel sweetness roasted dark chocolate and lighter espresso notes. Fairly strong American hop flavor (mainly citrus with floral and spicy notes) and medium bitterness. Roasted barley earthy woody bitterness notes. Finishes medium-light bitterness and a little malt and citrus hop sticks around. Creamy oat touch.

Medium-full body, creamy smooth. Medium carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Notes: Now this is a stout. One of the best I’ve had. Stronger/bolder than Sierra Nevada’s. thick and dense stuff, it just keep coming out of the bottle and I am filling.

More Notes: Okay, I feel sick. This is soo much stout. I can’t handle it. You have beaten me Rogue! Death by tasty.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours rich dark milky brown with near brown head, good retention with large stable bubbles, heavy lacing..dark dark dark.

Aroma heavy on malt, chocolate, with a smoky background and light alcohol presense.

Smoky malt profile, medium bitterness that increases in the finish. Rich but not overly sweet. Creamy mouthfeel verging on chunky, like drinking coffee with the grounds left in.

Overall too rich for continuous consumption. Maybe a tad heavy for my taste. Tasty, but not as complex as I was expecting.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 22 oz bomber of this all on my own, in celebration of finishing my dissertation. Pours an opaque black with a ruby-brown head. Nice head to it, it dissipated a little quickly, but not too bad. Lovely smells of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, something tart like cherries. Tastes of much of the same: opens sweet like the chocolate and molasses, finishes nicely some bitterness from the coffee. Rounded out with flavors of toasted oats and some of the dark fruitiness. Good mouthfeel - nice thickness for the style, without being overpowering. Overall, a very well-crafted stout. Wonderfully drinkable, very enjoyable.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep brown almost black body with thick dark brown head. Leaves behind plenty of lacing. It almost looks ominous in the glass.

S- Coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate emerge in the smell.

T- Roasted coffee and malt up front followed by a hint of hop bitterness. The finish is of coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

M- medium carbonation and a nice thick body. Pretty smooth.

D- This was good. Very drinkable. It still a sipper since it is a stout; but it is a very interesting and complex beer. Recommended.

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Photo of brdc
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice black beer with a nice brown head.
Aroma is pleasant, but in my opinion, uncharacteristic of the style and overly hopped, with minimal maltiness, although some caramels can be noticed here and there.
Taste is mostly bitter, and again in my opinion, a little bit overhopped, with some overpowered maltiness in there.
Mouthfeel is generally good, but I still thought this one a was too hoppy and did not finish the bottle.
I know many will disagree.

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Photo of clickpush
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 22oz bomber to tulip glass. Hard pour produces big 3 finger dark brown head over even darker brown body. Body is opaque, no light getting through even around the edges. Descent is slow and rocky, providing a solid cappuccino like foam. Doesn't leave a whole lot of webbing along the glass, but a nice cap of lace remains.

Nose: Chocolate and caramel, some fruit notes like plums, brown sugar. Quite sweet smelling, marshmallow and milk chocolate. Nice roasted malt character as well, a bit of burnt toast, a bit coffee. Mmm.

Mouth: Roast character is much more pronounced in flavor than in smell with a chewy, burnt toast feel to it all the way through. A touch of heat as it comes back up. The flavor falls a bit flat, though, as there doesn't seem to be a lot more than the roastiness. A roast bitterness lingers, very nice, but where's the balance? Mouthfeel is quite well carbonated but not as smooth as it could be.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, appropriately, at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo.

First off, I have to mention this was only $3.75 for a 20 oz. pint while it costs $5.25 for a 22 oz. bomber at Tiffany's in K-zoo. Anyways, Shakespeare Stout is basically, combines a rich and smooth cocoa and coffee malt profile with IPA-like hops flavors. It's a great mix of chocolate and citrus hops, hop chocolate if you will. I think the yeast masks, or takes the edge off, the grains. They're just not as big or complex as a good stout could be. Another good example of a bitter, but dark beer is Smuttynose's Robust Porter, check that out for the malt profile I'm talking about.

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive creamy light brown head sits on top of the ink black brew. Very appealing.

Vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate in the nose.

Coffee, dark chocolate, and savory roasted flavors dominate. Once the beer warms up a little fruit character is more apparent. Some orange. Very clean bitterness present.

Smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy.

Very nice beer that always seems to impress me.

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Photo of BladeRunner
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the most balanced stout I have ever tried. It does it all very well.

Into a Snifter a pours a deep black, with a tan foamy head, that leaves some great lacing.

I smell dark chocolate and espresso, a very inviting smell.

The taste is so smoky I love it. It has a very original taste overall. I can't believe how smooth this beer is. That does help the mouthfeel, because let me tell you this beer feels great moving around in the mouth. I couldn't find a hint of bitterness with this beer.

Seriously, it's fun moving this beer around your mouth, because it just helps the taste and you do not get any harsh overtones. Dare I say this is better than Great Lakes Blackout Stout, I guess so.

As you can tell I'm very pleased with this beer. I'm going to keep buying this beer without hesitation. Drinkability, is easilty one of the best out there.

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Photo of jomo
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks appropriately black with a nice, brown head. Head holds pretty well.

Smell is malty and molasses.

Taste is smoky, malty, nutty and chocolate with dry, lightly bitter finish.

Good carbonation and slightly thick.

Drinkability? Really good. Sorta like a stong nut brown.

A solid stout.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown with a mocha colored head.

Smell - Nice chocolates and smoke.

Taste - Soft hint of chocolate. Medium hoppiness with a slight bitterness which I normally don't mind, but it seemed to throw this brew off balance.

Mouthfeel - Full body, a little sharp start from the hops to a smoother stout finish.

Drinkability - Went down well, it was a good beer. I was hoping for another favorite from Rogue. Will pass by this bottle if there is a decent variety to choose from.

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Photo of custardcb
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured the whole 22oz bottle into one of my larger glass steins. Black as the night with a dark tan head. The head stayed up for awhile then slowly settled down into a cloudy coating on the top that left significant lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: This smell great! Sweet malty scents, dark roasted coffee, and bitter chocolates. You can almost smell the smoke off of it too.

Taste: The flavors live of to the aroma and then some. Nice balance of dark roasted malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: So nice and smooth. It really goes down nice. Long finish that builds up as you finish the beer.

Drinkability: Goes down great. One of my favorite stouts!

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Photo of loren01
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with good sized tan head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Slightly smokey, chocolattey, roasted maltiness
T: Dark roasted coffee, slightly sweet. Slight dark chocolate taste. Finishes very earthy.
M: Well carbonated, full mouthfeel
D: Pretty complex tasting beer, would have this again for sure. Probably my favorite dark beer that Rogue has.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew on-nitro today at the Eugene City Brewery. Paired VERY well with my Reuben. Poured a very dark color, thick creamy tan head. Smell is of nicely toasted malt, slightly of coffee. Not an overpowering aroma powerhouse, but all together well balanced. Tastes nice and roasted, just a bit coffee flavor to go along with the nice malt body. Very creamy mouthfeel. Man, this went down so easy. Please sir may I have another!

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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 udubdawg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber
This stuff is a favorite that I somehow can't recall having in at least a year. Better fix that.

Pours nearly black with a very large creamy brown head. Retention on this bottle is decent, with a thin cap remaining throughout, and spotty lacing. Nose is disappointing only in relation to the other aspects of this beer - it is relatively complex with notes of anise, chocolate , and yes, even hops make an appearance, but I struggle to detect even that. I'm guessing a few degrees colder and I'd get almost no aroma at all.

Such a tasty beer. Roasty, chocolatey, and very nicely hopped with a fantastic bitterness. Awesome residual sweetness, before the roastiness comes back with the drying finish. The taste and creamy smooth full-bodied mouthfeel are both very close to a "5"

I read about this big tasty bitter stout and it sounds harsh, and difficult to drink, but it is anything but. Ridiculously drinkable - it sure as hell won't be another year before I'll have this again.

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Photo of lehows
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid opaque black color with a two finger tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention too. Aromas were big and enticing with coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and caramel dominating. Delicious flavors display everything found in the aroma plus a tasty hop presence as well. Hands down one of the best American Stouts I've had and ridiculously drinkable too. Get this when you see it.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil. With beautiful head.

S- Oh wow. how does one describe this smell? Besides using Beautiful, wonderful, glorious, astounding, exceptional... oh, and roasty and malty.

T- Malty, roasty.... sooo good. Not ultra complex... but a model american stout.

M- Creamy, smooth, thick...

D- I could have another.

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Photo of sleazo
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a jet black with a decent cafe au lait coloured head. The lace cligs all up and down the glass.

S-Dark roasted malts, plenty of chocolate and coffee. A little mild smelling

T-a deep rich coffee taste pervades this. Very nicely done. The roasted coffee taste also lingers in the aftertaste as well. The aftertaste also allows the hops to peek through with a little.

M-Very chewy. very rich perfectly carbonated for the style, slightly bubbly.

D-This is a stout I should be having more often. It is going down easily despite the hangover

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a nice tan head atop this dark brew. Very black in color. Smell was amazing, chocolate, carmel, roasted malt and espresso smells as well. Sorta like walking in a starbucks very strong smell of espresso/coffee. Taste is a mirror of the scent. Very sweet with chocolate flavors and roasted malts. Nice hop bitterness in the semi-dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel was good with the amount of carbonation and was smooth and creamy.
I really enjoy this stout one of my tops.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Served up with a nice brown creamy head, pours out dark brown-black. The smell is sweet of chocolate and roasted malts and maybe some caramel?. The taste is a little bit bitter up front, but then mainly of sweet malt - lots of lacing. Delicious. I think this is Rogue's best product.

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Photo of kajerm
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours black with an insubstantial tan head. Nose is dark-roasted malt, probably coffee and chocolate but too light to really discern many individual notes.

Tastes like it smells, only a little stronger. Chocolate is definitely evident, sweet up front with some of those hops they like in Oregon in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, light and inoffensive.

THIS is a stout? What I can smell and taste is good, but everything about this beer is just too weak and subdued for me. As nice as it is in theory, I think the 6% ABV is killing the mouthfeel.

On the upside, it's not hard to drink a lot of these. When the Rogue rep was trying to get rid of them at the end of the tasting, I put away my fair share with no problem at all.

But Rogue didn't have to sacrifice flavor and body to make a drinkable stout.

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Photo of mwearl
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my most favorite beers. Ebony in color with fairly small head. Wonderfully bitter after taste. Not a high gravity beer, but I must rate the "feeling" of this beer as exceptional. Just as drinkable as a Guiness yet much more complex and distinct. I am a huge Rogue fan, so I may be biased, but if you like Stouts, this is probably the best domestic you will find.

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Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown (no light peeking through). Creamy, chocolaty one finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Initially, it smells of espresso, dark chocolate, and malt. There's also some toasted nut and hints of toffee.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee tastes are surely the primary feature. It also has the toasted nut flavor which really adds something. Nice malty taste as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and goes down very easy for a stout. In my opinion, the ABV is perfect for this beer and makes if very drinkable. I'd be happy with a couple of bombers in a sitting. Overall, it's a very good stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Boppar
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (around 50 degrees F) into a pint glass with two fingers of tan, leathery head. The beer itself is not quite black, but rather an exceedingly dark brown, with the faintest hint of red. The head retention is fairly good. Decent lacing. Certainly a very pretty beer.

Smells of malty sweetness and beery goodness. Maybe some raisins.

Taste is mellow malty sweetness, the faintest hint of molasses, some dry chocolate (but not as much as I had been led to believe), and maybe some raisins. Maybe. There is a very nice mid-palate dryness that lends itself well to this beer, balancing out the initial sweetness. Nice crisp, cascade-y finish. Yet for all this, the beer doesn't have either as much complexity, or as much oomph as I would have liked.

The mouthfeel is slick and creamy. This beer is well-carbonated, and swishing it around in my mouth is a tactile delight as more bubbles come into play.

I could put a few of these back. In fact, it is quite sessionable for a stout. The only thing hindering sessionablility is that it seems to be missing something in terms of taste, if only ever so slightly.

While not the best stout out there, this is still a solid, well-rounded, well-crafted beer, and worth a try.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,455 ratings.
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