Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout 6.1% ABV
It is an unfortunate fact that this is the first beer I have reviewed from Rogue Ales. It is most certainly not the first brew of theirs that has passed my lips. In fact I bought a 6 pack of their Hazelnut Brown Nectar many months ago, for the purpose of a review. The problem is the beer was so good, that I never took the time to sit down and write about it. Before I knew it, there was only 1 beer left and instead of typing while drinking the final of that half dozen, I found myself rationalizing an excuse, “I’ll just have to buy another 6 pack so I can get to that review.” Months have passed and still this has yet to occur.
I have been oh so close to making the same mistake with the Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout. I have been holding onto the last of the 6 pack for weeks. It has been tempting me every time I’ve opened the fridge. But I’ve held strong, until now. I was actually planning on doing a review of another beer but having put that one in the fridge only an hour ago, I decided, upon seeing this fine brew, that the other needed more time to properly chill. I grabbed this cold bottle, poured it into a freshly cleaned glass and immediately sat down at my laptop. There would be no excuses with this beer, I would crank out a review, so I could drink without future regret of the review that should have been.
As you can see from the picture, this beer is black as darkest night with no moon in sight, producing a nice malty-brown colored head. The beer has a mellow front to it, which shifts course into an earthy bitterness and then finishes with quiet chocolate notes. I’m a huge fan of stouts and oatmeal stouts in particular. This has become my favorite oatmeal stout and I’m not alone in this opinion, as this beer has won “World’s Best Oatmeal Stout” 4 times (2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013).
Rogue beers can be a bit pricey but I can assure you this one is well worth the extra couple of bucks. I know that the next time I see it on tap I will immediately order a pint without giving the rest of the beer list a look. This is quite the feat for me, as I usually spend at least 10-20 minutes perusing the beer options at hand.
Here I end my review with this quote I find quite apropos for the good people of Rogue Ales, “Blessings of your heart, you brew good ale” –William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona