Pros: Creamy, complex beer.
Cons: Pricey and not for everyone's taste.
?To drink or not to drink??, that is the question you must ask yourself when presented with Rogue?s Shakespeare Stout.
The Rogue Brewery is located in Newport Oregon and according to the company?s Web site produces twenty-five varieties of beer. I have tried other Rogue products in the past and have always found them to be top quality and unique. After you read this review I would recommend you take a couple of minutes to visit the company?s Web site. It to is a unique experience and in the spirit of voting you can cast a ballet, although outdated, for the Rogue Nation Poll.
The following statement is posted on Rogue?s Web site, www.rogueales.com, and reflects the company?s beliefs and mission statement. Companies like this should be supported in their never ending journey to bring the American public new and unique brews.
?This is the revolution, and we are the underdog. Rogue is David, standing up to the big guy who is trying to bully his way into whatever business or territory he wants, and the soldiers in this Revolution are people like ourselves who demand and are willing to fight to preserve their quality of life. There are no weapons in this battle only voices and if enough of us speak together, we will be heard?.
Speak out about the Stout.
Stout brew is an Irish creation first introduced by Guinness brewers. The beer eventually evolved in two directions, stronger versions such as Imperial and Double Stouts and the English Oatmeal Stout. Oatmeal Stouts traditionally have lower alcohol content and are not as bitter as their Irish counterparts.
Rogue publishes this marketing statement on the Web and I must admit although most of the references are several years old it is impressive.
?Rogue's Shakespeare Stout received a 99, the highest score of the 309 beers in 44 categories at the 1994 World Beer Championships. The June/July 1998 issue of Men's Journal included Rogue Ales Shakespeare Stout as one of "The 100 Best Things to Eat in America." Based on Stuart Kallen's book, "The 50 Best Beers in the World", Shakespeare Stout was ranked the third best beer in the world and best American Beer--which makes it the World's Best Stout!
Rogue Stout oh Rogue Stout?.
The Shakespeare Stout is dark colored beer with a thick creamy head and hints of chocolate. Rogue uses Northwest Harrington, Crystal, and Chocolate malts, roasted barley and rolled oats, along with Cascade hop in it?s production process. The beer is available in 6-packs and larger 22-ounce bottles.
One thing know about Rogue beers is that they are not pasteurized. I have had a couple of bottles that while not undrinkable were not great example of the breweries quality. Make sure that the beer you are purchasing is fresh!
Was my taste a waste?
I must admit that my association with dark beers does not have a long history. I had always thought of them as thick, bitter brews. Keeping that in mind I am always skeptical when I sit down to try a new, dark brew.
The first thing I notice after I pop the cap is the beers aroma. Whiffs of malty, coffee aromas fill the air and I haven?t even begun my first pour.
I usually pour my first beer into a straight glass. I do this to see how much head a given beer will produce. I can tell you that this Stout passed this test with flying colors. After pouring a bit over half a glass-full the head had reached the rim of my glass. The head was a dark color and very thick. I recommend you tip the glass and pour slowly if you want to drink your brew right away. You should also be aware of the yeast sediment that has settled out in the bottle. A slow pour will help keep it out of your glass.
As I raise my glass and dive through the foamy head, those malt and coffee aromas in addition to the sweetness of the beers hops bombard me. My first sip reveals hints of chocolate and the bitterness of the beers hops. Rogue has brewed a truly unique beer by using the combination of oatmeal and hops.
This is a big brew and one that I find to have a high level of complexity. The oatmeal makes for a rich, creamy brew loaded with hoppy bitterness. I would recommend that you give Rogue's Shakespeare Stout and its other beers a try. While Rogue brews are not cheap you get what you pay for, an interesting beer drinking adventure.