Since it’s International Stout Day, why not have a stout tonight? May I offer a suggestion? One of the best stouts out there is Rogue’s Shakespeare, a true cult classic of American craft-brewing and an exemplary oatmeal stout. Oatmeal stouts are my favorite stouts because they’re so creamy. It’s like drinking velvet! Mmmm! But with Rogue’s version of an oatmeal stout, you get so much more than that. Most stouts are predominantly roasty or coffee-ish, but the 69-IBU Shakespeare has got enough hop bitterness to really balance things out. The flavor is big, bold, and complex, with notes of burnt roasted barley, dark chocolate, fruity/floral hops, and of course rolled oats coming together like heaven on your tongue. The aftertaste is a delicious mix of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. What’s not to love? This is a fine American stout – black in color with a creamy head, and a mouthfeel that’s chewy but not oppressively thick. It’ll make that six-month-old Guinness currently sitting in your fridge taste downright weak. Six bucks for a single 22-ounce bottle may seem like a lot of money. But come on! It’s International Stout Day! Live a little!