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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Stout
Newport, Oregon USA

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RATINGS: 2300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Rogue’s Shakespeare Stout is ebony in color, a rich creamy head and a mellow chocolate aftertaste. It is made from Northwest Harrington, Crystal, and Chocolate malts, roasted barley and rolled oats, along with Cascade hop.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Bottle: just a beautiful beer! Big chocolate nose. Roasty, chocolate flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. They don't get much better than this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2003
For certain, Rogue is one of my favorite breweries. This excellent sweet stout is a deep onyx color with a pleasing bouquet like vintate port wine delicately laced with chocolate-covered coffee beans. (nice, huh?) A sweet, caramel-color head. Very mellow taste, not a strong, overbearing "kick yer ass" taste as is too often the case with stouts. Sweet, but not too sweet. A hint of roastiness in the flavor! A dark chocolate, everso slightly sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 A real nice stout. To anyone who has never had a type of beer like this i would recomend this be your first. Very silky almost creamy mouthfull. Flavor is a cross between coffee with chocolate undertones. Color is black at night with a good light brown head. Very tasty beer that can be enjoyed any time of the year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Black body with a lightly orange and brown head. Aroma of old coffee and some sweet chocolate. There is also a little vanilla in here. The taste is rich coffee and chocolate, all kinds of roasted goodness. There is also some grass in the sweet finish. A nicely balanced stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Deep black color with pure brown head, which was medium sized. I didnt take notes so I forgot what it smells like. Tasted of roasted malts and orange peels with bitter malty coffee aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Mellow malty aroma. Roasted malt, but not overpowering. Pours deep, deep brown, nearly black. Decent carbonation and a thick tan head. A great looking beer! I would agree with other raters that this is more of a dry stout than a sweet stout. If it is indeed intended to be a sweet stout, the Cascade hops take away from that effect. I don't believe that Cascade is a traditional hop for stouts, but then again this is from Rogue and they are from Oregon. A quite drinkable brew that balances the malt and hops quite well actually. Dry crisp finish that is also uncharacteristic of a sweet stout and even dry stouts. Not bad if not traditional.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Very dark appearance with a good size tan head. Some coffee and hints of chocolate in the aroma. Medium-to-full bodied flavor, with a smooth roasted malt taste. Nice bitter bite in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Looks great, much more of that nice caramel colored head than I'm used to seeing, smells of roasted coffee, the flavor is great, mostly coffee and chocolate, but with hints of roasted nuts and a good hop presence. Though not the best, over all a great stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2003
A bit dissapointing but perhaps my expectations were a little high.Nice dark appearance but spoilt by the lack of body that you would expect in a beer of this strength. Nice burnt coffee taste blends with the dryness. Not a bad stout just not as good as I had anticipated..

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2003
It pours black with a medium coffee brown head in a La Maudite snifter. Aroma is deep chocolate and coffee. Very nice roasted barley matches solid floral hops. From the first sip, I find it quite sour, reminding me of a Guinness, but much thicker and hoppier. The finish is astringent and ultra dry (bad), but hops are pleasant and the roastiness is perfectly developped (good). Overall, I must say I expected more from Shakespeare Stout. Not only it is Rogue's best rated beer on Ratebeer(close-followed), but "The Other Site" had it in its top 10 last I checked.


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