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Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
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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 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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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 650 ML. Screen Printed Bottle w/o Date

Appearance: Dark, dark brown. No light will pass through this pint. 1 finger, dark coffee colored firm head.

Smell: Floral hops, Ting of green olive, earthy.

Taste: Bold hoppiness upfront, big malt. Burnt chocolate barley finish. Lingering hoppy after taste.

Mouthfeel: Prickly on the tongue, Smooth yet heavy and bold.

Drinkability: Good. Slow drinker. Rather hoppy for an everyday brew.

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Photo of velo343
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Lots of retention and sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lots of dark, toasted aroma. Mostly espresso, dark chocolate as well. Also some lighter fruit and pine coming through the darkness.

Taste - Like drinking melted bittersweet chocolate. While a little sweet, there's a sharp bitterness from all the hops that results in a dry finish. Fairly light mouthfeel, not overly thick.

Drinkability - While quite hoppy for a stout, the bitterness matches the dark chocolate perfectly. Drank this with a very rich chocolate/cherry dessert and the flavors were an amazing match. Fantastic.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 22oz bottle

A bold and intimidating nearly opaque black body shows deep mahogany highlights near the rim just below a lean, fallow colored foamy collar and patchy layer of khaki head. No signs of carbonation are evident through this brew's deep inky body.

Burnt malt, light smoke, unsweetened chocolate and piney hop aromas must be teased out from the reticent yet tight nose along with hints of dark brown sugar, espresso and rum raisins.

Big bitter hop flavors, an odd surprise in a stout, and espresso lead the attack combining with a roasted, smokey malt backbone creating a tame and structured mid palate all tied off on a dry finish with plenty of smoke and dark roast coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate and ripe prunes. Very bitter and hoppy for a stout, it is unbalanced without enough malt and other body to stand up to the other dominant flavors. This is true to traditional rogue style with emphasis on the hops and other bitter flavors.

Medium to full bodied for a stout, it is a bit thin and not living up to its full potential. Hop bitters and lots of smokey malts cover up some of the finer complexities in this brew. Quite smooth and easy going down, this brew is a pleasure to drink.

Overall this is a nice bitter and smoky stout.


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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black, somewhat brown hues to the color. Decent-sized, khaki-colored head that quickly dissapates to a thin cap. Pretty good carbonation.

Roasty malt aroma with some hop character. Taste is sweet and roasty, with a nice chocolate flavor and a dry finish. A little hops in the finish.

Medium-light body and very smooth. Quite drinkable with some nice complexity but nothing that really stood out to me.

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Photo of Stimack
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess it is sad that with my love of stouts and porters I have never tried the Rogue Shakespeare Stout before, I guess I should be a little ashamed of that because I usually see it at Olivers whenever I stop in. Well it was on tap last evening so I thought I would give it a try. Well I was not disappointed at all; actually I think it opened my eyes to what a superb beer this is. I was floating; my wife could tell by the way the beer went down, extremely tasty. The brew was poured to a black color; not sure any light would make it through but did not really look that deeply. Had a very nice dark brown head that had great retention and left nice lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma is very inviting with a nice mixture of scents. I am picking up chocolate, coffee, roasted to burnt malt, brown sugar sweetness, and a pronounced (by pronounced, I mean stronger than the normal Stout but in no ways does it dominate) hop smell for a stout. The taste is simply incredible, extremely smooth through out, chocolate flavors up front that break to a coffee like taste that mixes nicely with the hops in the back end top give it the perfect amount of bitterness. This was the highlight of the evening, simple a great beer and one that I will have on a steady rotation at the house here, man I can not believe what I have been missing!

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

Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Very opaque black with a thin somewhat dark head that was somewhat diminishing and lest spotty lacing. Aroma was everything I'd expect in a stout but just a little more complex. Taste was very much in tune with a good stout, definite characteristics of rich chocolate and coffee with the necessary presence of roasted barley. Mouthfeel was somewhat on the heavy side for a 6% beer, however, this is a great warmer for a cold winter night.

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Photo of Morningstar
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the works of William Shakespeare. So when I sit down to read one of his plays, I like to pop open a bottle and sit and read.

I like this stout it's very robust and understated. It has a nice bitterness that I enjoy in a stout. It also has a good after taste.

I enjoy drinking this stout along with some fish and chips.

I would definitely recomend this stout to everyone. You will enjoy it immensely.

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

Pours a dark brownish coffee color with a decent creamy head. This is a very good stout. Lots of malt and coffee on the nose. Taste is malty with coffee, chocolate and a hint of fruit. Very bold with a great body. An excellent stout. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

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Photo of mnesporov
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz Bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Dark black with a frothy tan head.

Smell: A roasted dark citrus smell with hints of burnt caramel and molasses that tingle the senses.

Taste: A very unique blend of roasted barley with malt sweetness and hop bitterness. In the later half it has a chocolaty taste with a zesty citric toffee/coffee taste.

Mouth-Feel: An extremely smooth mouth with a creamy finish.

Drink-Ability: This is just one of those brews that you cant put down till the end.

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Photo of locarboy
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from sam's liquor in chicago. Pours black with dark brown fluffy head. Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma that mingled with the aroma of cascade hops. The mouth feel wasn't what I expected with it having oatmeal as one of the ingredients. Nice lacing down the glass. Had a bit of a smokey, phenolic flavor (is it infected?). I expected more of a dark chocolate flavor. An interesting beer. There are other stouts I'd buy over this, but it was very drinkable all the same.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bomber served in a goblet.

Opaque onyx with shades of deep brown. Creamy and porous, coffee-colored head that leaves delicate, whispy patterns in a sea of bubbles. Trails of thin lacing with decent strength.

Big, richly roasted malts and oats. Semi-sweet cream and milk aroma with notes of lingering smokiness. Powdered touches of dark chocolate and mocha.

Rich, chewy roasted malts with layers of oatmeal, bittered dark chocolate, and robust espresso flavors. The hop presence is assertive and very earthen in flavor. A touch of smoke is accompanied by a chewy bitterness leaving an aftertaste of faint notes of alcohol, espresso, and dark chocolate.

Full bodied; rich and robust. Rather smooth despite the aggressive hop bite and chewy, roasted malts.

True to its name, this one's a classic. Tons of flavor and silky smooth on the palate, making this stout highly drinkable.

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Photo of briscott99
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark dark brown (not totally black) with a thick, creamy brown head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: This is not a very sweet beer, but there is a lot of caramel on the nose and a good bit of chocolate malt aroma in there as well. Faintly I also smell some hops.

T: Hints of chocolate. But mostly lots of roasty goodness and a lot of bitterness. Finishes bitter and very dry... dare I say, sophisticated. Normally I don't like highly hopped/bitter stouts, but this one hits me just right.

M: Light/med body with low carbonation on the tongue.

D: Exceptional. I could drink this stuff all night. This is a truly unique stout. I used to drink this on tap when I lived in Oregon, and now that I'm on the East Coast I usually have to settle for 22 oz bombers, but this stout never disappoints, on tap, nitro, bottle, whatever. Very much recommended.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ox bomber into traditional pint glass. Sampled during a snowy picnic along with a Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.

A - Super oqaque darkness with 1 inch caramel colored head. Very nice lacing.

S - Slightly subdued toffee notes with a hint of chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Good malt balance with overt sweetness. Toffee and chocolate come to mind. Good creamy aftertaste that leave you wanting more.

M - Smooth lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a slight dryness at aftertaste.

D - Non-overt sweetness make this a repeatable and delicious treat.

Of the two brews, I preferred the Shakespeare (although the Yeti was indeed delicious). As I recall, this beer paired nicely with Gouda cheese.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a dark chestnut hue when held to the light. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades out into a collar and mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mocha, coffee, cocoa, creamy vanilla, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas all in a French Roast base that has a delicious but rich flavor.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, rich, mildly bitter, along with moderate carbonation and a semi-dryness.

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Photo of beerphan
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber -> american pint
no date

Pours black with a fluffy brown pillow head that settles to a thick film and leaves little to no lace.

Nose: Milk chocolate up front, burnt earthy malts, and a little grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Burnt sweet dark chocolate with a surprising stinging hop bitterness that lasts and lasts leaving a smokey deep chocolate unique bitterness in the mouth. The full deep dark flavors are complemented by the hoppy oily finish to produced a very balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and dry. Not as full as i prefer for a stout but seems common for a west coast stout.

A very balanced drinkable stout with a hop profile you don't usually come by in stouts. Full flavor and rich ingredients most of been used to balance out the 69 IBU's.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

Black. Hmm, stout? Pours a big black tan head. Decent lacing. Some retention of head.

The smell is the highlight of this beer. Chocolate, caramel, berry sweetness. Roasted malts. Smells great!

Not far behind is the taste. Dark, bitter chocolate right off the bat. Espresso/coffee. A well balanced beer. Not too sweet. Not too bitter.

Now the low points of the beer. The mouthfeel of this particular bottle isn't what I thought it should be for a stout. A bit thin, and the carbonation was way too high for my tastes. Unfortunately, this attribute brought down the drinkablity in my book (but I did drink the whole bomber). Definitely worth a try. Pretty good example of the style.

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Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,488 ratings