I’ve written about Rogue‘s Shakespeare Stout before. In particular, I named it one of the "50 Beers to Drink Before You Die" and also mentioned it as a desert isle pick. Since it had been awhile since I’d drank one, I picked up a bottle back in March (which is also when I had it). As good as always.
Appearance: Thick and black with a creamy brown head of foam… almost a motor oil kind of appearance.
Smell: Malty and dark and yeasty. Reminds me of a warm, mild and dark bread. Hints of molasses, licorice.
Taste: Bitter chocolate, something very soft and lightly fruity and mellow but I can’t place it… dried fruits? Rose hips? Some effect from the oats? It’s subtle and delicious. Dry roastiness and a fruit-infused chocolate effect. It’s remarkable.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and full-bodied. Nice drawn-out dry finish with hints of that unknown fruit character.
Overall: Simply one of the very best.