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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
Ranking:
#1,563
Reviews:
1,623
Ratings:
3,479
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
337
Gots:
489
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,479 |  Reviews: 1,623
Photo of guinnessfan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mmcave
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22oz bomber at Sam’s chilled and poured into a nonic. Thick and creamy one finger of thick milk chocolate head with abundant lacing and good retention. The body is mahogany, jet black and completely opaque. Smell is of roasted barley, rolled oats, a tiny hint of vanilla, dry roast coffee, and a nutty mild chocolate character up against some slight grapefruit hop notes. The taste is much the same as the smell a real battle between rich roasted barley, dark malts and hop grape fruitiness.
The bitterness is balanced well, just one the boarder of being a little too present for me for the style. The bottle lists that only cascades where used, don’t get me wrong I love cascade hops, but I’m beginning to think that cascades used as bittering hops and boiled for a full 60 min. or more become a bit muddy. The mouth feel is pleasant on this could be a tad thicker, but nice just the same. This is a very tasty beer though I doubt I’ll buy it again, just the same absolutely worth the experience

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Photo of happygnome
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a jet black with about an inch or more of tan head that has good retention time and leaves a lot of sticky lacing, in short everything i look for in a good beer
s: wow, roasted sweet malts nice coffee like aroma very inviting very very nice
t: wow, nice creamy smooth taste, roasted malts light hop bitterness vrery nice
m: full bodied beer very smooth very nice, not overly carbonated very enjoyable

overall this is one of the top three beers taht i have ever had it is amazing

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Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. Pours an incredibly dark color, closest to pure black I've ever seen, with just the barest hints of brown around the edges of the glass. A nice tan billowy head with a little lacing. Smell is strong mocha malt, with a hint of alcohol, some nuttiness, a little chocolate, sweet molasses. Fairly bitter flavor up front, although not particularly hoppy until the end. Coffee flavor in the middle, with strong roasted malts coming through. A little sweet at the end, before the aftertaste. Body is strong and full, creamy, with solid carbonation; an oddly 'crunchy' beer, although I'm not sure if that makes any sense. It's a good beer, with a distinct, interesting flavor. For me it's a little too extensively bitter (a sort of coffee-like hoppiness, if that's possible) in the aftertaste, which makes it a little less drinkable. But overall, a good beer, quite tasty.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Massive Fluffy coffee colored head fades slowly and leaves a thick lacing down the side but it doesn't stick. Body is black, as it should be. Enticing.

S: Powerful dark malts and sweetness. Roasty coffee and chocolate and almost a creamyness in the aroma.

T: Great complex roasty malts with a followed by slight hop flavor and bitterness. Really a benchmark for stouts.

M: Amazing smooth mouth-filling beer.

D: Long bitterness tires out my tounge. But otherwise it's a joy.

One of the first beers I discovered. It introduced me not only to real stouts, but also great beer.

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Photo of uberabr
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 into a snifter. Pitch black with a deep brown head with some definite red hues. Very pretty, but it doesn't stick around long enough the ogle at. Smells of fruits, berries, molasses and caramel with a light hoppy grass.

Taste is light, sweet and fruity. Tons of estery watermellon, mango and apple ride a backbone of milk chocolate, cherries, and rasberries. Moderately buttery, with a very subtle hop, and hints of lemon rind in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, drinkability is very high. An excellent counterpart to the Chocolate Sout- very impressive.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz into a pint glass.

Deep deep black with a beautiful beige head. Left lacing all over the glass right to the end.

Caramel, barley, fruits, and high hop nose makes this one of the best smelling beers out there.

Super smooth! Creamy malts and a nice crisp on the tip of the tongue. Balanced but heavy blend of the barely, malts, sweetness, bitterness, and a great finish in chocolate aftertastes with a hint of hops and sweetness.

A great beer and in my opinion one of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber with the ingredients listed on the side; 69 IBUs. It sits in my chalice deep black with a half-inch of orangey/brown head that halves in depth, yet retains, and leaves light lacing. The bouquet is exquisite, lightly sweet, with roasted, chocolate, and espresso malts, pine, cake/cookies, brownies, black/blueberry, green apple, strawberry?, pear?, vanilla?, and some green hops to bring it all together. It tastes of roasted/bitter/charred malts, chocolate, tobacco, leather, earth, charcoal/ashtray, green/piney hops, and a touch of oats. The body is medium, drying, with medium carbonation and a long, lingering finish. Just a touch too thin for me, but overall a wondrous stout that is highly recommended and well worth revisiting.

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Photo of jmalex
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, the beer that really got me to fall in love with Rogue. Most of my reviews so far have been on beers I'm trying for the first time. This one is just the opposite. Shakespeare is an old standby and today it finally gets it's due.

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque black with a small tan head. A very thin collar remains with just the smallest indications of the quickly disappearing head. A bit underwhelming.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits all hit immediately and in unison. Citrusy cascades lurk in the background along with some licorice and bittersweet chocolate. Just what a stout should smell like.

TASTE: The taste filled with roasted coffee and sweet fruits. The hops don't shy away either, adding just enough bitterness as not to overshadow what the malt has going on. The finish is very roasted and bitter with a strong taste of burnt malts. Rogue's signature Pacman yeast is also very apparent in the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Wonderfully full bodied with an incredible smoothness that leaves just enough of a coating in your mouth so that you won't lose the taste. Not undercarbonated either, unlike some stouts.

DRINKABILITY: Quite possibly the most drinkable stout I've had to date. Sure the ABV is low at 6%, but it's still a stout just the same. And for me to consider having a second bomber when I'm done has to speak volumes for just how drinkable this beer is.

The most striking this about Shakespeare Stout is that despite how full bodied and full flavored it is, it goes down so damn easy. As long as Rogue is making this beer, I'll be buying it. Delicious!

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a 22oz. bomber. total black, or the darkest brown i have ever seen, with a caramel laced head. the smell is chocolate, dark fruit and coffee with slight hop prescence. the taste is amazing. the perfect balance of flavors. this beer compliments itself very well. definitly the best stout i've had to date. this beer perfect, or as close to perfect as i've seen so far.

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Photo of leedorham
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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 pweis909
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, but not quite black, this beer is more like the red-velvet cake of stouts, with oddly appealing ruby hues at the edges. The foam is milk-chocolate in color, and a manageable 1/4 inch or so. It's not a dense rocky foam like I have found other Rogues to be. It's not a persistent foam.

S: Is that chocolate aroma is more than the power of suggestion? This brew has chocolate malt, according to the ingredients panel (but not actual chocolate as per another Rogue brew). As the session continued, I became aware of the light aroma of the cascade hops.

T: There are many things going on in the taste/flavor department and my perceptions changed as I drank the brew. Initially, I found a slightly metallic/molasses note up front, a strong chocolate middle, and a finish that has both a coffe-like roast and a slight dry twang. There is a moderate caramel sweetness to this one, and no noticeable bitterness. Surprising, given the 69 IBUS the bottle claims. Mostly, the sweetness and chocolateness prevailed.

M: Creamy up front feel, (thanks to the oatmeal?) with a dry finish.

A 22oz bottle was great, but if they made 33 oz bottles, I'd have been happier. This is mighty close to exactly what I am looking for when I want a stout.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It really is a shame Rogue puts no dates on their bottles.

A- Pours a nice black mass with a nice brown head that forms and settles to a splotchy thin sheet on the top. Not the darkest I have seen, but it does fight to keep the light out.

S- A very strong roasty character to this. Chocolate and coffee as well. Some vanilla. What is up with that metallic tinge to this? The hops maybe? Interesting.

T- The flavor is good on this. Good roasty backbone and some more chocolate and coffee to it. This seems to have a strange character to it with the hops.

M- This beer has a little bite to it with the hops and carbonation. A little dry. Does feel a bit heavier at the end.

D- I have had some other bottles of this I know to be a few months old and I recall them being much better than this. I wonder if a little more time in the fridge would have done this beer some good. Still worth a try.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like Stouts, but I must say that this may be my favorite.

Beautiful dark, dark black brew with a glorious dark tan fluffy head. Except for the edges, the beer is completely opaque.

Smooth mouth feel. Maybe it could use even more smoothness but that's flyspecking there.

Glorious dark toasty aroma and flavor that is to die for. Coffee, dark chocolate, and lots of toasted malt. If you let the beer linger in your mouth you can pick up a fair bit of unexpected hops (well I say that, Rogue really is known for hops, but it is a bit unusual for a stout). However the hops are not overpowering (as some of the other Rogue offerings) and really fit well with the style.

A superb dry stout. Highly recommended. The best of the Rogue beers I've had to date, and probably the best Stout I've had (but I change my mind on that pretty often).

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Photo of Gatch
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black. The head is very creamy with a nice light brown/tan color. The first smell I found was black olives. Not sure why, but it was surprising. It isn't exactly a bad thing. Other than that, there is roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The taste has much more coffee to it than the smell. The roasted malt is a nice compliment as is the dark chocolate. Caramelized sugar and molasses show up as well. Some strange tastes I found were black olives and lake water.

The mouthfeel is lacking a body and true taste, it's kind of thin. It still coats the mouth with dark chocolate, which is nice, but the black olives and lake water linger on the palate. The drinkability is one of the better aspects of this beer. It seems light for a stout, so it goes down well. The chocolate and malt aren't too overwhelming or sweet, so I enjoyed the whole 22oz. bomber. I think I need to stop drinking so many Imperial Stouts, because they are making me think regular Stouts are too thin. I'll try this again because, even though everyone's tastes are different, I expected this to be much better. I'm assuming I had a bad bottle. The store I bought it from isn't the cleanest and is known for some older bottles.

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

Dark chocolate in color with a light brown head. smell of roasted malts, baking cocoa and coffee, the same could be said for the taste with a slight tinge from the hops in the immediate aftertaste with a lingering bitterness. A good drinker with medium body and the right amount of carbonation to make a smooth stout.

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Photo of ChuckD
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Shoreline poured into a chalice. Thick tan lacing atop jet black body.

To the nose - roasted malts up front. Coffee beans and charred wood smoke. Slight hop aroma in the back.

In the mouth, the malts are tremendous. Sweet depth - molasses and maple candy. Slight hop character to back it up and lighten things up. Taste is layered and complex with sweetness.

The feel is thick and oily - heavy and strong on the tongue. The finish is dry - bringing you back for another.

Musings: A wonderful stout. Look, nose, taste and feel - everything top notch.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An ebony -- the got it right in the bottle copy -- beer with hints of brown around the edges. Very thin, greasy, tiny-bubbled tan head. Smells like spiked espresso, with some fudge rolled in.

Sturdy taste of roasted malt, with baker's chocolate. Some cold, burned coffee and plenty of bitterness. Loose and fairly light mouthfeel. Just enough carbonation to notice.

This is a stout you can put away in quantity, but it tastes like a porter. Almost a stand-in for Great Lakes Edmund Fitz?

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took bottle from the fridge and poured directly into my glass. Completely black even when held up to a bright light, with a big brown pillowy head. About 1/4 inch of head remained all the way to the bottom of the glass with nice lacing. Smell of hops coming through along with the roasted malt. I found that I liked the initial smell more than the smell as I took a drink, though. Taste was great with a very slight hop bite and really no sweet malts - only roasted malts. Light/medium carbonation gave this one a nice mouthfeel.

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

My wife thinks she sees brown, i say it's just black, no matter what it's dark and looks appealing. Thin brown head that caps this one off. Cocoa smell with some coffee bitterness in the background. Taste is also of cocoa. It also has a very earthy taste and mouthfeel. Almost feels a little bit gritty on the tongue. Finishes smooth and mild. Overall a nicely balanced beer. Very clean and simple which in this case is a good thing. Very drinkable. While I enjoy a hop or alcohol bomb, it's also nice to be able to find a good clean beer that isn't over the top but very well done.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rated best stout in the world, and admittedly, it is pretty decent...

Rich dark stout colour, with a markedly off-white head. The blackness of this is almost impenetrable, and there are only the faintest hints of ruby.

Rich, toffee chocolate and coffee taste. Bitter, and a bit astringent. There is a certain sweetness, but the malts do come off a bit weak, and the bitterness is reminiscent of an imperial stout.

Honestly, the taste is enjoyable, but the finish comes off as an underdone imp. stout. Great body and easy drinking, but the astringent-sweet flavour can sometimes hamper one's desire to revisit the glass.

Generally, this is a very well dones stout and I would definitely purchase it again.

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

22oz, no date
Pours a dark, black/brown color with only a hint of red highlights on the edges. Thin head of medium sized brown bubbles. Aroma is very roasty and sweet, with a hint of soy sauce. Pleasurable taste with a heavy sweetness balanced by roasted grains. This stout definitely achieves its dark color with a heavy dose of dark crystal malt. Just enough chocolate malt and roasted barley to keep this from being too sweet. Aftertaste is were the chocolate malt truly shines. Almost a milk chocolate finish, fades into bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, most likely from the oats. Great stout.

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

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick black in color. Pours a dense fluffy two fingered head that is brown. Head stays for the entire sample. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee. Chocolate. Burnt malt character. Pine sap.

T: Roasted coffee and a dark chocolate presence. Nice Pacific Northwest hop bitter bite. Roasted malts are followed by a slight dark fruit taste. The beer finishes with a smoke and earth aftertaste.

M: Extremely smooth and creamy. Minimal caronation. Bitter and slightly dry.

D: An easy drinker. Impeccable balance. Shakespeare Stout is always in my rotation of beers and this it never disappoints.

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

The pour produced a jet-black with a thin, caramel-colored head that subsided to about half its original two-finger size. Small amount of retention at the top of the glass. The smell is of lightly burnt malts, toasted nuts, and light-bodied chocolates with a hint of coffee. These flavors also come through in the taste, with a mildly bitter finish that pairs with a smooth sweetness. Delicious. The pleasant bitterness lingers. A very drinkable stout, and one of many great beers by Rogue.

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Photo of crayphish
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass this stout had a dense light coffee colored head and intense black color. I really liked the contrast of the head and beer. Toasty chocolate and hops in my nose. Some acidic coffee as well. Taste is hoppy chocolate. Very nice. The coffee comes through here as well, but the bitter hops dominate. Mouthfeel is very chewy but dry. Finishes clean for being such a big beer. I finished two bombers in a sitting and could have honestly gone for a third. A great beer.

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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,479 ratings
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