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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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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Reviews: 1,600 | Ratings: 3,405
Photo of Gregg03
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

From one of favorite breweries, Rogue, from Oregon. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout is my standard for Oatmeal Stout, and this is almost as good. Rogue seems to alway knows how to make sure the brew has character. This outmeal stout is smooth, and, at the same time, has that kick that Rogue loves to add. Pours thick, little lacing or head, a bit musty espresso followed by a slight bitterness. Excellent, maybe great, but not perfect.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle, no freshness date
A 4.25 - thick and black, creamy light brown head hangs around for awhile
S 4.25 - roasty, chocolate, oat, smoke, earth
T 4.25 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, earthy
M 4.25 - creamy and smooth, fullish body, very balanced, finishes semi-bitter and pretty clean with some slightly chalky dark cocoa lingering
O 4.25 - very impressive oatmeal stout. I don't know why I don't go for more Rogue beers, but for some reason I don't.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Roasty and bitter, but there's not enough depth here for me. Would like some sweetness or something else (vanilla, toffee, hops?) to distinguish this beer. As it warms up, the coffee turns more towards espresso. Wish it were not just a one-note beer.

I probably would never visit this again, although it's perfectly drinkable. There are better stouts for the money (looking at SN Stout)

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Photo of mac31
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle to tulip

Big Chocolate from start to finish. Layers of chocolate keep resurfacing throughout the taste. Sweet toasted/ roasted caramel. Moderately acrid and smokey. Chocolate milk, milk chocolate, tootsie roll, and cinnamon all come to mind with this brew. Soft, earthy, mild spicy hops counter balance the malt profile. Nice clean (noble?) hoppy bitterness as well. Dark chocolate/cocoa noted in the finish.

Here's where the beer loses me. It's a thinner bodied and creamy beer. I like the creaminess. The thinness of the beer coupled with the moderate to moderate high carbonation is too much for me, for the style. If the beer had more body and less carbonation I would enjoy this beer much more. All things said, this is a good beer. The beer gets high praise, I think there are others that should get equal marks or higher. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

22 oz bottle.I`ve got to say that I was underwhelmed by this Oatmeal Stout.I have had better Oatmeal stouts that weren't rated near as high as this. Youngs Oatmeal was a lot better. That`s why i have to go with a low rating just wasn`t that good.Too much alcohol up front and not enough flavor.Motley out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that has good retention and moderate lacing. Nice aroma of sweet toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, hint of vanilla. Flavor follows, with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a drier, mildly hoppy finish with slight astringency. Medium bodied, lighter than I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. A nicely made, flavorful stout that does not quite have the body and rich mouth feel I've experienced with most oatmeal stouts. Stout flavor profile is near perfect with just a little dryness in the finish.

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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 IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black in color. Not even a hint of color on the edges. Poured with a dense, creamy, mocha foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Rich roasted malt, chocolate, and grainy cereal aromas with lightly charred malt and hops at the end. Medium bodied with a creamy, velvety smooth feel and light crispness along the edges at the finish. Dark roasted malt and coffee up front followed by chocolate flavors into the middle. Hop bitterness quickly overwhelms the malty sweetness. Tangy hop bite is followed by intense pine and light citric hop bitterness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with chocolate and roasted coffee notes followed by a lingering charred malt and hop bitterness. Complex aromas and flavors with a silky smooth feel.

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Photo of Act25
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this quote: "I will make it a felony to drink small beer"
-King Henry VI, part II (act iv, scene ii)

A: Black, heavy without highlights, abundant dark tan, rocky head, not so much lacing.

S: Hoppy stout, ala Boris. Serious char, wood, chocolate, latte.

T: Taste is intense. Espresso like with hops. Grass, hay, wood, charcoal, coffee. wine-like. This is a great stout with great intensity. meditation beer.

MF: Creamy, dense, woody, flinty, good feel. Not as oily as TedFidy, similar to Boris, Narwhal.
Not alcoholic.

One of my favorites. (But I love hoppy stouts). Best from Rogue.

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Photo of Moose90
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep and rich black, highly viscous, tall and deep chocolate coffee colored head, nice lacing.

S – Smells of freshly roasted chocolate and caramel malts, freshly rolled oats and coffee. Very dry.

T – Tastes of rich oats, deeply roasted chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, cocoa powder, very nice, not overly sweet.

M – Medium-Full bodied, still manages to strike a great balance of dry and rich.

O – One of the best oatmeal stouts I have ever had, great balance and not overly heavy, fantastic beer and one of the best representations of the style available.

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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz,. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Opaque black with just the barest hint of ruby at the bottom when seen through light. Three inch tall light brown head receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate and black coffee.

t; Black coffee and dark chocolate followed by quite a hop bite. Bittersweet finish becomes sweeter as it is consumed.

m: Moderate, silky smooth.

o: A very good oatmeal stout, rather more bitter than some from the almost 70 IBU's, but enjoyable as an American west coast take on the style. The bitterness makes it seem like its ABV is higher than 6.

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Photo of BobMagruder
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a beautiful Ebony Color out of a growler into my mason jar.

The smell is dark roasted grains with coffee undertones

The taste is still magnificent, Oatmeal, dark chocolate with hops in the background. I turned 21 and bought a bottle when the brewery was still in Ashland.


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Photo of mabermud
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I drank this alongside a Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. This probably wasn't a very good idea for a review, but I have always done this for the enjoyment and contrast of two beers.

A - This was served with a minimal head and spotty cloud cover. This appears solid blackish-brown.
S - This has the base stout smell with hints of peat, mild espresso, cocoa.
T - Smooth, creamy, and bitter-sweet chocolate. There is a balance of malts, coffee, chocolate, and maybe caramel. This has an earthy taste, does not have much sweetness, and has a dry finish.
M - Medium body and light carbonation
O - Well done, solid oatmeal stout. Everything comes together very well.

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Photo of BlazerT
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku/nonic glass.
A: Pitch black with big, mocca, long lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Medium roasted grains aroma character (partly coffee-like aromas), medium fruity aromas - rasins, plums. Almostly none hop aroma, light oatmeal aroma. Mainly you can smell dark fruits mentioned above, in the second place roasted grains with dominant coffee aroma, than dark chocolate.

T: Medium sweet taste. Earthy and grainy steel oat flavour. Strong character of roasted malts. Sometimes it tastes like coffee with cream or milk. In the end the coffee flavor is really dominant. Low bitterness somewhere in the end. Aftertaste is mild coffee-bitter.

M: Medium-full body, silky and very smooth, almost light oily. Medium carbonation. Finishing is bitter and dry.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into chalice.

A - Pours black with a twinge of ruby around the edges. One finger of light brown head which dissipates quickly.

S - This has a very sweet smell to it. I get loads of caramel followed by chocolate and oat.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate with dark roasted coffee, followed by a good amount of caramel. As it warms, I get more and more vanilla. Overall this quite sweet and is not very bitter. The oat makes it very smooth.

M - Moderate body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is a bit on the thinner side as far as stouts go, but it is still smooth and creamy. Not very sticky either.

O - A pretty good stout for a great price ($6 for 22oz at World Market). I love the sweetness and creaminess to it.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Authentic dark stout appearance. Healthy head that dissipates quickly.

S - Strong oat hues mixed with roasted barley.

T - Smooth, woodsy fireplace beer. Authentic stout taste and consistency. Comparable to cask served.

M - Smooth, smooth, smooth

O - This is an authentic stout that I would recommend to anyone looking to adventure into the world of stouts. Excellent consistency, color, taste, and appearance.

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Photo of tmm313
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black in the glass. Poured a generous, creamy 3 finger head with aggressive pour. Super sticky lacing. Nice trailing.

S- Plum, dates, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, milk chocolate, a good dose of oats, caramel, and a touch of floral and spicy hops.

T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel in the beginning. Cocoa, coffee, and char follow. Burnt, earthy aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Smooth and drying. Big burnt aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this Stout. I don't always enjoy Oatmeal Stouts, but this one was an exception.

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Photo of illpass78
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a small tan head that recedes swiftly. Lacing is nonexistent and carbonation fairly heavy.

Aroma: Smells like bitter chocolate, black coffee, oats and dark malts. The nose is about average strength - doesn't leap at you, but it's there.

Taste: Very tasty stout. Taste follows the nose but is more forward. Dark chocolate and oats dominate.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-smooth and fairly heavy. Pleasant to drink.

Overall: This is a really good oatmeal stout. I paired it with baked lemon tofu and noodle salad. It kind of screams out for more robust food than that, but it was a darn good companion anyway. If you like oatmeal stouts, seek this out.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Color is a nice inky oil slick black with reddish highlights near the bottom of the glass. Smells spicy and burnt, with some hop resins, nuts, and a slight red berry fruitiness hovering over singed caramel, wood char, and dark roast coffee. Palate is simultaneously roasted, nutty, and slightly tart, with coffee and chocolate flavors providing the base while redskin peanut, lemon rind, and chalky minerals add nuance. Reminds me of a thin to moderate bodied top-tier Irish dry stout with an extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The smoothness has to be experienced to be believed. A drinkable oatmeal stout that has some hop presence and is curiously devoid of prominent sweetness. Screams "American" when compared with excellent British examples like Samuel Smith and not in a bad way.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I haven't rated this. Pours nearly black under a large, lumpy tan head. The foam settles to a solid sheet in the surface; minor lacing. Smells of dark malt, subtle oats, roasted barely, and earthy hops with a slight soapy/floral note. Lots of chocolaty roast in the flavor and some citrusy hop bitterness. Creamy smooth, not quite full bodied, but appropriate for the style. I imagine I would have rated this one higher years ago, but hey, it's still a classic. Good, hoppy stout.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a nice foamy off-white head. The aroma is a combination of oats and dark chocolate, which comes off less appealing than it sounds, unfortunately. Otherwise the beer is fantastic. Has a nice mix of sweet malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and even a touch of bitterness in the taste. Goes down smooth and has an excellent full body feel.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black brown under a nice large medium brown finely foamy head. The head fades to a thin layer leaving behind spots and strings of lace. Aroma is deeply and softly chocolatey, rich with oats, a smidge of vanilla, and some sort of berries underneath. Very nice. Taste is richly sweet, smooth, toasty, and evenly bitter through the finish. Bright lactic sweetness and coffee roastiness... Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, slick, and blankety. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - very deep deep brown color with frothy head

S - not much in the way of smell - it is winter in New England and I may be stuffy, but I cannot find much of anything here.

T - Taste was burnt malt, very few other notes

m - mouth feel was very good. Good carbonation.

o - good oatmeal stout, not quite Shakespearian

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Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redoing this review to reflect my more recent experiences.

Pours thinnish black, looks like it could be a bit diluted, with just about no head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee, sugars from the oats, and some earthy hoppiness. Flavor starts off roasty and then earthy bittering hops, but then finishes up and extends into the aftertaste with some nice sugars from the oats, roasty coffee, and burnt char mixed with some hops. The finish is by far the highlight of this beer. A creamy lighter to medium mouthfeel. Overall, the beer that got me into oatmeal stout. I still really like it but not sure I love it like I once did. Too many other great oatmeal stouts I have since discovered, making this one more middle of the pacl rather than top dog.

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Photo of eggman2814
2.41/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm a huge Rogue fan. Love the Black Lager, Pumpkin Patch and more.

A: Black leads into a thick hot cocoa head with a ruby crust that disperses quickly and leaves little lacing

S: Toasted malt, slight maple syrup notes

T: dusty chalky swiss miss

M: Thin and dry, ends in cotton mouth

O: Must have been a funky batch

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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