Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

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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:
#1,675
Reviews:
1,625
Ratings:
3,488
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
335
Gots:
495
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,488 |  Reviews: 1,625
Photo of burnstar
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Zeno's. This is black with a nice thick frothy tan head. Smell is chocolatey malt with some coffee and perhaps some hoppy aromas in the background. Taste is roasted malt at first followed quickly by strong chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with some nice citrusy hop bitterness. Very nice thick mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Black as black can be, the pint glass accepts this dark pour from a slightly chilled bomber. No you can't see any light through it, and the rich creamy tan head leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bitter chocolate mingled with robust dark roasted coffees, dark malts and some hoppy undertones. There is also a behind the scenes sulfur like aroma, like rotten veggies or something. Not prominent, but definitely there..

Taste has an upfront bitterness that encircles a nice roasty malt profile, some coffee bean and chocolate notes are there as well. It somehow sours right before the finish and then goes dry and bitter in the end.

Body is fairly big for a 6% stout. Somewhat smooth without a lot of noticeable carbonation. Not a terribly drinkable beer in my opinion. I will be nursing the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of tazzman
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Very black with a large light brown head that was somewhat "chunky" [not smooth like a nitro-type stout]. Good lacing.

Aroma was of dark chocolate, soy sauce and malts.

Taste was dark chocolate/cocoa and coffee. A very nice light bitterness throughout. The bitterness lingers at the end. Very nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel was lighter than expected with some mild carbonation. Not really creamy, but enjoyable.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. Highly recommended. A little different, but wonderful. I had this with some Ben & Jerry's ice cream [chocolate/vanilla] and it was amazing!!!

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Photo of poskok
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dnichols
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle, purchased at Yoke's in West Richland, WA, into a mug.

A: It poured as black as ink with a moderate one finger head consisting of massive bubbles that receded fast to a slight ring around the collar. There was little lacing.

S: It smelled of roasted malts, caramel and maple syrup, and black coffee. There are hints of ripe dark cherries, raisins, and smoked almonds.

T: It had flavors that followed the nose with the roasted malts dominating. There were clear flavors of coffee, raisins, caramel and a nice bite of flavoring hops.

M: It was medium to full-bodied with a pleasant sweet profile balanced by the bite of coffee and hops.

D: I am a fan of Rogue and this fine brew does not disappoint. It's aroma and taste, as well as moderate ABV make this a brew that can be a great session drink. Nothing blows you away but everything works well together to produce another fine Rogue product.

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Photo of MJSJr
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charlatan
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on tap at Kelly's Olympian in Portland. As usual with Rogue brews, it came at a hefty premium (an extra 75c) over the other craft brews.

Dark as one would expect with a thick, light brown coloured head which made the feel luxurious for the first few sips.

Smells sweet and malty.

As I hinted above, the feel is wonderful. Early on I feel like I am draining a light mousse, but even as the head dissipates the beer still slides down very smoothly.

The taste in sequence: cream; brown bread; chocolate; coffee; hint of hops (nothing like the potency I am used to from Rogue); oatmeal.

Fortunately for me the coffee flavour is very faint, and is insignificant in comparison with the others.

Unusually for a stout I feel that I could down a few of these in a row, although I doubt I would want to. One is enough - a very pleasant stout, but more of curiosity than a session beer for me.

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

Poured a jet black with a dense, dark brown foamy head. Thick pour like one expects from a strong stout. The first smell I get is the burnt coffee followed by bitter chocolate. Roasted malt aroma is present throughout as well. I detect a faint hops smell as well that complements the rest of the aroma profile. I was prepared for a harsh, bitter taste upfront but this is not the case with this brew. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, burnt coffee beans and very slight hops. Unfortunately all these flavors meld together and there isn't one dominant flavor that presents itself but it is still an above average stout. Bitterness certainly appears at the end with a punch but it's on par with other great stouts and not too strong. From the pour I thought I was in a for a thick, sticky, syrupy mouth feel but this brew is quite smooth.

Overall, a solid stout from Rogue. It has all the traditional flavors and smells associated with other stouts. However, for this reason it is fairly forgettable. There are plenty of other stouts on the market you could get more for a cheaper price and you wouldn't be missing out on much from this brew. I probably wouldn't buy this again but only because I know of other stouts I prefer.

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Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vicsju1991
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mlawrence
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of zhanson88
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Shakespeare Stout pours out nearly black with a full 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Retention is very good, and lacing is very abundant.

Smell: Roasted malts, charcoal, and burned toast form the base of the smell of this beer. Coffee follows, with some pretty strong hop notes on the back end. Honestly, this beer just smells like burned....something. There's not any sweetness to it. Just a burned smell and some hops.

Taste: There's more of the smell in the taste. Roasted malts and burned toast with some coffee. Some noteworthy hops on the back end. Once again, that burned taste really hangs around on this beer. No sweetness from the oats in the beer or anything to balance it out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between medium and full bodied, and fairly smooth drinking overall. This beer has been given pretty solid reviews by many people. I just don't find it that appealing.

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Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Martine
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 silver0rlead
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a jet black color with no light penetration, and a large tan colored head that leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass, another beauty from rogue. The aroma is a complex blend of coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and maybe dark currants...incredible smell. The taste begins with a sweet blackstrap molasses taste, followed by a dark currant fruity taste as well as dark, bittersweet chocolate. Then you get a nice roasted coffee flavor and the beer finishes with a dry, roasted, hoppy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and lightly carbonated which contrasts with the bitter finish of the beer quite nicely. Overall an exceptional stout, not the most drinkable but complex and extremely tasty. One of my favorite american stouts.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bmmortale
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 3,488 ratings