Pros: Creamy, complex stout
Cons: none spring to mind
At the risk of being redundant, I'm going to extol the virtues of Rogue Ales. This world class Oregon Brewery has been providing peak beer moments since 1988.
One of my personal favorites among Rogue beers is the infamous Shakespeare Stout. If I possessed the Bard's knack I would compose a sonnet or soliloquy to rhapsodize the virtues of this beer. Lacking that gift, I'll present my best case anyway.
I cracked open a 22 oz bomber and started to slowly pour the beer. This beer is almost as thick as tar. It's nearly as dark, too. There's a bit of a yeasty and hoppy aroma that drifts to the nose during the long, slow pour. (I've founded myself humming Carly Simon's song "Anticipation" numerous times when pouring this beer.)
Shakespeare Stout has a rich, creamy head that endures. As I raise the glass to my mouth, I detect notes of chocolate in the aroma. The chocolate malts are apparent in the first sip. This beer has a creaminess that resonates with each taste. The cascade hops also lend a proper bitterness to the mix. This beer also has a taste that seems distinctive to most Rogue ales. The Pacman yeast seems to be the common denominator in these beers. I've love to hear from brewers or experts that could shed light on the matter.
This magic elixir hints of nirvana. I've never been disappointed with this one. A 22 oz bottle is the perfect capper to an evening. It also makes for a great dessert beer. Shakespeare Stout is a classic that I strongly recommend to any serious beer lover.