Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout | Rogue Ales

Shakespeare Oatmeal StoutShakespeare Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
87.7%
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4.14 w/ 3,464 ratings
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:
#1,522
Reviews:
1,616
Ratings:
3,464
Liked:
3,038
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
10.87%
Alströms:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
484
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,464 |  Reviews: 1,616
Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

I purchased a bottle of Rogue Shakespeare Stout tonight along with a few other beers tonight. I chilled this and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black witha fluffy brown head that thins to a persistent quarter-inch layer that leaves patchy lace.

Smell: Roasted aromas of coffee and chocolate. There's a tart fruitiness and a light hoppiness.

Taste: Dark coffee, chocolate and lightly tart fruit. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee bitterness and juicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, tingly high carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Light and flavorful and very drinkable.

Overall: An excellent stout, with bold roasted flavors and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Michaeldmanley
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

I've wanted to try this one out for awhile, and I got what I wanted. It pours out real dark brown, a bit of light on the sides. Real thick head that laced out very nicely, and lasted all the way down, turning from light tan to dark ambers. Two pours on the 22oz for me.

Tastes of chocolate, winding down to coffee, then to the hops characaterize this. It really goes from bittersweet to bitter, ever so gradually. I enjoyed this a lot.

This was a very smooth beer, I'm a big judge on carbonation and this was just right; not too much, not too little. Bold flavors that even out in the end make this a solid brew for any beer drinker.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black beer pours into my pint and nearly flies out the head develops so fast! Some foam spills over, this head is tan.
Smells of milk chocolate, coffee grinds. A hint of citrus fruit in there.
First taste is smooth and creamy and I get coffee right away, then a pleasant bitterness that lingers for a long time on my palate. The coffee is surely there, but not so much the chocolate (my way of saying this isn't real sweet). Hop bitterness.
This is great as far as enjoying a stout goes, and only my second beer tried from Rogue (the other being their chocolate stout). I recall more sweetness with their latter, and that's a quality I prefer in stouts. But all in all, surely try this if you haven't. I would again for sure.

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Photo of cantal
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCSUdo
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep dark black under a big brown head. Excellent lace and good retention.

S: Smells sweet with some bitter roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Just what you'd think a stout would be. Not as sweet as the nose, more bitter roasted malt, chocolate and also some coffee.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high, but the body is mostly smooth and a little silky. Really nice drinkability, really nothing wrong with this one. An excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

App- This oatmeal stout is an opaque chocolate body with some slight ruby tinged highlights. There is a good finger and a half of thick sandy head on this one.

Smell- There is some sweet molasses and dark fruit hiding in the nose, which I was not expecting in an oatmeal stout. And of course, there is the smooth grain profile of oats. Those are the major players anyway.

Taste- I am surprised that Rogue has so much resin hop mixed with roasted malt at the front of the drink. Does not need that hop profile. The oatmeal is mid drink to finish and adds a nice smooth grain profile. In the finish, dark chocolate starts to show up and linger. It is a good beer for sure.

Mouth feel- This offering is too light for a stout. It is really bubbly, and in turn this makes the offering way too medium bodied. You would think the oats would help in this regard. Well now, after warming up quite a bit, the feel has mellowed for the best. It is slicker and slightly chewier.

Overall- I really thought this was a well made stout, there are few missteps that stop this beer from being really great, like the hops in the drink and the mouth feel. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up considerably. That is where it really shines.

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Photo of falconxman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 DesMoinesMike
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew at El Bait Shop on St. Patrick's Day so it was in a plastic cup, so that might have affected the taste slightly. Even so, it was fantastic.

The glass came filled with this dark, perhaps light absorbing beer that had a creamy dark brown head that didn't surrender until the end. Several sniffs detected some toffee notes. Several gulps detected toffee and mocha flavors. IT WAS SUPER SMOOTH, an 8.5 out of 10 for smoothness. The taste lingered for a bit and was very appreciated. I will definately have this one again sometime.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, we go with this classic oatmeal stout. A deep and dark ebony colored body without the slightest hint of light. Crowned with a frothy tan head which fades to leave a nice 1/2inch cap on the beer.

Aroma is most definitely roasted barley with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

A surprising but subtle hop note greets the palate before the strong flavors of the roasted barley take over. Typical stout flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate are found, but not overpowering.

Checking the bottles side by side and the website, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and Rogues Chocolate Stout are almost identical beers, with the only difference being the lack of "natural chocolate flavors" in the oatmeal stout. So, essentially you have two top-notch American oatmeal stouts, a price thats hard to beat in the 22oz bottle format.

Mouthfeel is smooth but surprisingly crisp. A bit lighter in the body than expected, but this could be from getting used to drinking all the bigger stouts out there.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, that may be one of the best representations of the style that's widely available on the market. Rogue gets a lot of crap from many craft beer elitists, but you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jburd19
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Thrasher
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Solid black with brown at the edges, creamy thick head. Potent odor of roasted barley and burnt flavors. Big malt characteristics, twinges of coffee and a good deal of strong bitter chocolate, some caramel and a slight butteriness deep down. Very mild sweetness and a big hunk of oat. Hop bitterness is attenuated by the burnt malt flavors but the dryness is extremely prominent. Mild hints of grasses and green vegetables as well as slightly offputting brown sugar and molasses. A very thick, sticky beer which is not cloying thanks to the hop dryness. Still not a particularly good session stout - I discovered this the hard way. It's a good beer, but unworthy of all the acclaim; perhaps this and Sierra Nevada are the prototypical West-Coast stouts.
updated 3/04

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a crude oil jet black with ample mocha brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell and Taste are earthy malts, coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a surprisingly high hop presence. Not overbearing, but certainly there. Quite frankly, this tastes almost identical to their Mocha Porter which I had a few weeks ago. This further blurs the line between porter and stout in my opinion. It seems like it's really at the brewer's discretion whether they call their dark beer a stout or porter. I'm not mad, I love both, just an interesting thing to think about. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Finished the bomber with ease. A very solid offering from Rogue. They've yet to blow me out of the water, but they never really disappoint either. Just solid all around. Could have done worse for review #50.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thick, ink black color. Looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle. Decent sized dark tan head forms on top. Thin spider web lacing.

S: Caramel, espresso & coffee, along with some slightly burnt aromas.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, espresso, burnt caramel, and a surprisingly big hop finish. It's very smooth, well balanced, and complex. The flavors are all there but not over the top. It's almost like a light version of Old Rasputin.

M: Full bodied and slightly thick. Some oily hops in the finish as well.

D: The smooth and balanced flavors, along with it being only 6%, make for a very drinkable stout. A solid stout, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 87.7% out of 100 with 3,464 ratings
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