Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

2010/10/30 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

The Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout is (as its name suggests) an oatmeal stout from the Rogue Ales craft brewery in Oregon. Served in an imposing 22oz bottle this 6% ABV American-style stout has won many awards including gold in the 2006 World Beer cup.

Given my recent love of cream stouts I approached this beer with an air of anticipation. For this reason I decided to leave the oatmeal stout to the end of the gifted batch.

The beer pours very dark as expected with a light brown head which is a short but thick and very long lived. The aroma of the cascade hops is evident and heavy enough to trigger a taste response by merely smelling the brew. Initial tasting reveals an extremely bitter malt flavor with a thick mouthfeel and a mid range of carbonation. As indicated by its name the main taste characteristics are backed by a noticeable but not overpowering oatmeal flavor.

In my current worldview of beers the closest brew I can compare this offering to is that of the Hypercat Brown Ale. The main characteristic of this brew is its all-around bitterness: bitterness of the dark malts and an unnecessary overabundance of hops. Maybe its just my personal batch, but I fail to agree with the labeled rating of 69 IBU and would rate it much higher.

Although based on the reviews I should like this beer I just can’t recommend to anyone out there unless you like the taste of burnt toast. Instead stick with something a lot more balanced in its bitter and sweet profile.


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