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: 1,611 | Ratings: 3,437
Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as really good example of a well done oatmeal stout. It's not overly complex, but the mouthfeel is nice and creamy like you expect from the style and there is a good amount of adjunct flavor.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass, color is dark brown head is tan, head presents about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is simple, clean: nice roasted malt, smooth oatiness, light chocolate.

Taste is better than the aroma with a clean and smooth flavor, nice simple balance of oat, roast, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp ale carbonation with well balanced and lingering flavors.

Overall, a great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a tan head, not too stiff, had to pour slightly aggressively to get much. Nose pleasant, more raisiny than many stouts of this type. Malts and some hops both obvious. Taste: nice balance and lacking the aggressive bitter hops edge that so many stouts have, but maintaining the actual bitter character that you'd expect. Dark malts, a bit of dark sweetness, of course. Mouthfeel creamy from start to finish, with a bit of afterbite. All together this is exactly what you'd expect from a competently made oatmeal stout, but this one is just more consistent, more balanced, than many of this style. All the parts seem to fit together more tightly.

Brown bottle poured into nonic glass. No date that I could find, but tasted fresh enough.

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Photo of Martine
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. The head is tan and wilts from two fingers into cm froth after a short while, leaving moderate lacing on the glass.

The nose is all char, roasted grain, expresso, and bitter cooking chocolate, with a sweet fruitiness reminiscent of baked cherries, and earthy hops underneath it all. The aroma is overall very mellow, and there's something very akin to fine leather on occasion coming through.

One is smacked with more of that roast grain, char, burnt cooking chocolate, and expresso notes on the sip, before it morphs into oats, burnt toast, and large scale bitterness on the swallow. The aftertaste is all bitterness, strong cocoa, coffee beans, and charred grain giving it a very rich wallop. There is a fleeting sweetness which manifests halfway through as something almost fig-like, or plum-like before it bows to the enveloping rich character of the bitter expresso oatiness.

In the mouth it is medium-full bodied with some mouth-coating feel; carbonation is minimal, and alcohol dryness very low.

This is a very good stout, make no mistake; certainly it is rich and complex, and those big breakfast qualities do come through. If the flavours had more oomph, and the viscosity were more advanced I'd be loving this even more; I feel it just lacks in the thickness just that little bit.

NOTE: Mine says 6.5% ABV on the bottle, not sure if it's an addition.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy Chocolaty Aroma, not too strongDecent Tan Head, dark black color.Bittersweet chocolate notes, with stiches of sour fruit, cherry, raisins.smoothGave my only Guiness to my Wife to drink on St. Patricks Day; but I am not feeling Jealous.
Slightly Superior head to head with Rogue Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful coffee-coloured head, dense and with a lot of persistence. Smell is rich, roasted malt, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate, with a nice herbal hop kick. All of which is repeated in the taste. It's a lovely, delicious beer, one that seems super-bitter at first, and yet becomes oddly mellow. Moderate body, mellow carbonation--quite drinkable.

It's a shame all the stories of Rogue's shitty business practices, for they make truly great beer. This is one of them.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a solid black color with a 1.5 finger head which dissipates quickly however some remains until the end. There is also a good amount of lacing.

The smell is full of sweet oats, chocolate, burnt coffee and toasted oats. There is also a hint of lightly spiced hops.

The taste, happily, follows the nose with oats dominating but balanced by the bitter coffee the whole way through to the end. The chocolate taste as well as the toasted oats underlie everything from start to finish. There is a very light taste of mild hops at the finish. The finish is just slightly dry however the feel is mostly smooth and creamy. Overall this is my new WOW beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

How curious that I have not reviewed this beer until now! I think that part of it was a reluctance on my part o open a 22-fl. oz. bomber by myself. Certainly, I am capable of drinking the whole thing, but it just seems selfish. I picked up this reasonable 12-fl. oz. bottle recently at The Fridge.

From the bottle: "Dedicate to the Rogue in Each of Us"; "100% Pure Rogue"; "World Champion Stout".

After Pop!ping the cap, I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour. This raised three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing cola highlights only at the edges. Nose was roasty, chocolaty and with a molasses/treacle bite. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft & creamy, but not overly carbonated. Instead, the liquid itself seemed to be like a dollop on my tongue. Mmmm. The taste was a little more bitter than I had expected, closer to black coffee and/or bittersweet chocolate than the nose had suggested. Finish was semi-sweet, slightly smoky, lingering with notes of coffee & dark chocolate. It strikes me as more of a dessert beer than one just to drink on its own, but that is me.

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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 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 kalosjakar
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a tan/mocha head.

Chocolate up front on the nose with a hint of oats.

Bitterness front and center in the taste, i wasnt expecting that. Much different taste than what the nose would suggest. Im not getting much in the taste besides the bitterness and a tingly unpleasant mouthfeel.

Honestly, this one is a head scratcher to me. I truly do not understand the high rating.

Edit: best by date of 1/21/14, drank on 1/3/16. Has to be the reason this is unpleasant to me. I will have to try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of James954
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: black molasses, decent lacing and head that dissipates slowly.
S: Classic toasted malt, molasses, brown sugar / dark fruit
T: same as smell with a good balance of sweetness and a slightly bitter after taste that lingers with toasty goodness.
F: Excellent carbonation and full mouthfeel...Bravo!

overall: damn near might be the best stout I've Victory Storm King with better carbonation and a more balanced flavor of sweetness and toasted malts without getting overly bitter at any point.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz and 22oz bottles, no dates, 5.7% ABV. Pours black with a medium sized khaki colored head; some lacing. Smells of mostly steal cut oats, roasted malt, and earthy hops with some cocoa; good intensity. Tastes of roasted malt, earthy hops, oats and cocoa. Strong bitterness and lingering dryness in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation and above average body for the style. A straightforward and well done Oatmeal Stout; lots of bitterness, dryness, and intensity.

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

From bottle, Pours black with a very small white head. Quite malty, with notes of coffe and chocolate. Medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This lacks flavor and feels very watery. It looks and smells good, but really let down after that. Not much good to say other than it's cheap and available.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a beer class I recently discovered this oatmeal stout style of beer. What a wonderful beer for the colder months ! It's sweet, full bodied and, no it doesn't taste like oatmeal. they just use it in the brewing process... guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.

22 oz bomber. No bottling info

Pours an attractive solid black body with a dark tan head (aggressive pour recommended) Good retention. excellent lacing.

Lots of prominent chocolate notes. Did you ever have an Easter basket with milk chocolate eggs as a kid ? Sounds crazy but it reminds me of that sort of chocolate. A little burned coffee bean too. Very enjoyable!

Taste follows the smell with a slightly bitter finish.

Nice medium creamy feel. (I'm new to this style but maybe should be a little more creamy ? )

Overall; very nice !!

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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 Antc2382
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nice tan head that disappears and rims, very opaque, strong appearance. S: burnt coffee, a little pine outdoorsy. T: really good, dark chocolate notes, coffee, barley. F: smooth, chewy oats, slight bite of alcohol/carbonation, awesome. O: probably one of the best oatmeal stouts, although Samuel Smith is really nice

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Photo of leantom
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First time having this beer. My, what has become of Rogue since the good ol' days of Dead Guy, Hazelnut, Chocolate, and Shakespeare? Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Slow-to-build, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. Pours pitch black as well. Great.

S: Very robust chocolate and coffee. On the bitter side, but still great.

T: Very complex, but not exactly a lot of oatmeal in the taste. Still good, though. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee; leaves a very stouty aftertaste.

F: A little too watery, IMO.

O: Great beer. Prefer the chocolate stout, but this one's still good.

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Photo of mynamewastakendamnit
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650mL to a pint glass. Around 38 F from the initial pour, drunk over the course of about an hour so it warmed up quite a bit.

L: Very dark. Pretty much pitch black. A beautiful foamy tan head, about two fingers worth. It settled down to less than one. A bit bubbly looking.

S: Predominantly cocoa. Some coffee. Your typical dark earthy notes.

T: Dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasted malts and earthy hops with just enough sweetness in the background to balance it out. As it warms up the oatmeal comes forward a bit more. It's always subtle but much more noticeable at a warmer temperature. Overall a slightly bitter taste but it's good and well balanced.

F: A medium mouthfeel: it's creamy, definitely has thickness to it, but it's not as thick as say milk. Or rather it can be, but has a dryer finish. Has some carbonation, but not so much that it distracts you. I like that.

O: A very nice hearty beer. Rich and tasty. This'll warm you up for sure. In addition to everything said, this thing is only 6.1 ABV, so it's not overly strong and you don't get that boozy taste that you can sometimes get with stouts (mostly RIS). Well balanced, nearly a meal in and of itself, this is a great beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This serves well as a classic oatmeal stout. Obvious oatmeal malt, chocolate malts, tinges of burnt coffee, charred embers and smooth subtle marshmallow sweetness. This is one of Rogues best.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

not a fan of stouts in general but this one won me over. pours a deep black with a thick beige head. Not overly bitter and has a chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical black dark color of stouts, creamy taste, has an oatmeal smell to it, overall ok. I would say this is a good beer, but for the price I expected more. It's not better than a Guinness, but costs a lot more.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
2.34/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12oz bought at Globe Drug; no date; Overall, I was not impressed with this beer (I remember that is was more bitter than I liked), but it may be because it was old, or it may be that I don't really care for oatmeal stouts (I haven't had enough oatmeal stouts to know).

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at stout, poured into a pint glass (although it wasnt a real pint glass because they do 12 oz pours there, because theyre cheap). I cant imagine a more appealing look for an oatmeal stout. Dark almost black coloring, tan creamy head the color of chocolate ice cream. The flavor was excellent - malt, chocolate, oatmeal. None of the burnt flavor you get sometimes with stouts as others here have noted, which was nice. The aroma was the same, and I thought I caught a whiff of coffee as well. The mouthfeel was soft and creamy, exactly as you would want. Lives up to the hype.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
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