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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout - Trader Joe's Brewing Company

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

568 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%


Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: malty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, savory not sweet

T: coffee and dark chocolate, middle is toasty malt, rich and dark, cherry, cola, vanilla, finish bitters slightly with a nice hop flavor

M: full body, slightly slick

O: a good representation of the style at a great value

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:08:33 | More by M_C_Hampton
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When the carbonation clears and finally disappears from the edges thus sets up with a deep radiant onyx color. The head was tan with a fizzy nature but it collared thickly and set up nicely.

The nose is filled with roasted oats, sweet yet dry chocolate, slight roasted coffee and creamy marshmallow.

The flavor yields to the creamy sweetness with a marshmallow tendancy. Dry chocolate, sorghum, molasses, raisin and even maple make an appearance.

The feel is a touch thick with a bit more carbonated bite than I desire. Otherwise it's smooth and easy to drink.

Ostensibly, this is a cheap beer as its Trader Joe's, but it packs a good flavor and serves it's purpose as a easy to drink stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:20:01 | More by KYGunner
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with a light brown head that was substantial, had staying power, and left pretty good lacing.

Aroma and flavor have plenty of roasty, toasty, a smidge of burnt, good maltiness with a touch of caramel malt, and a smidge of coffee and chocolate.

Body is pretty darn thick and real nice for an oatmeal stout. Slightly sweet finish.

Overall a very tasty beer and one of my favs from trader joes so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:57:56 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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MRedden88

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

You have to take into account the cost of this beer ($1) in your rating!
For the price, it is an outstanding stout, with a great, almost creamy flavor. It would probably go best with a dessert, chocolate and sweet, than with a meal. This is a good beer to try as you can purchase single bottles from Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 18:33:10 | More by MRedden88
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keenberg87

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room-temp from a bottle into a mug.

Appearance - Dark umber. not completely opaque; showed a 1/2" long-lasting head of foam which eventually left strands of lacing.and a ring of bubbles which never disappeared throughout the whole drinking of the glass

Smell - Strong. Earthy. Chocolate, oats, honey.

Taste: Chocolate and oats up front. Orange, malt and grains in the back end. I also kept tasting hints of cherry, and rose.

Mouthfeel: Like cream: heavy and smooth, and lasts for a craaazy long time. Light carbonation which lasts for about a second-and-a-half. As I waited for quite a while between taking drinks, I found it warms the mouth and makes your saliva feel extra thick (if given such time.) For me, this was quite an enjoyable feeling.

Overall: I bought a six-pack of this for a beer tasting party, expecting it to be good. I did not expect it to be this good. A great brew for a slow, enjoyable drink, and for the price, a real deal for such quality. I will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 06:06:47 | More by keenberg87
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark charcoal, with a one and half inch tan head, that coats the sides of the glass with sticky lace. Smell is biscuit, oats, chocolate, worthers, vanilla, and coffee beans. Taste is starts will worthers and vanilla and finishes with coffee and oats really a nice flavor when drank at close to room temperature. Body is medium for its average size, perfect carbonation, a touch dry as you would expect, and easy to drink. This is a excellent stout and a excellent price.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:38:09 | More by SawDog505
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been on a stout kick the last week and had to try this one since it had been a few years. Full body with a subtle coffee aftertaste. The flavor does disapate making it a very easy beer to enjoy for a longer duration. This may be my go to stout beer when not drinking an ipa. For the price you cannot do any better for an outstanding stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:27:33 | More by Jeffwildcat
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour to snifter

A: pitch black

S: sweet malts and coffee

T: yep sweet coffee. A little dark chocolate too

M: a little light bodied for the style but very easy to drink

O: this is a nice one. More of a sweet stout than oatmeal stout for sure. But a great value at trader joes you can't go wrong for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:00:32 | More by Givemebeer
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a find at Trader Joe's. This oatmeal stout is a great beer and and fair bargain at that.

Appearance is classic translucent stout black. Moderate head that fades to persistent lacing.

Smell is fairly rich and roasty toasty. Notes of caramelized malt, toasted bread, molasses and soy sauce. Definitely a savory note to this one.

The taste is similar to the nose. Sweet and savory notes appear out of roasted malts and browned sugars. Slight creamyness gives a creme brulee note on the edges. But this is not a "sweet" stout by any measure. Roasted malt continues to the long finish that can best be described with the word "umami".

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Spot on carbonation for the flavors.

Overall, this is a fine stout and one to keep on hand IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:37:56 | More by sweetwaterman
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark black with just the tiniest ruby highlights when held to the light. Frothy, two-finger tan head that I suspect won't make it all the way thorough...We'll see. Head is just a ring of bubbles by two-thirds down the glass, but this is better than anticipated. Leaves behind a few small splotches of lacing here and there.

S - Roasted chocolate malt, oats and a hint of vanilla greet the nose upon opening the bottle. In the glass, things become slightly less impressive with the oat and vanilla notes disappearing and leaving a generic roasted chocolate malt aroma.

T - A bit of roasted chocolate malt upfront. The body is thin and fairly smooth from the oats, with a flavor profile consisting almost entirely of roasted chocolate malt and just a tiny semblance of hops. Smooth passing over the back of the tongue leads to a slightly dry, bitter chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to give the beer a very slight creaminess. The price point, this isn't terrible but it really needs to be thicker and creamier. Probably the worst aspect of this beer.

In typical Trader Joe's fashion, this is a mediocre, economical beer that is easily forgotten. The flavor and mouthfeel just come off too thin for what I look for in a stout. Unless I am hosting a party devoid of beer enthusiasts, I don't see purchasing this again. Also noteworthy, is that it was while opening a beer from this six-pack with pliers while camping that I sliced my hand open and got a delightful trip to the Appalachian ER. I suspect that scar will be there for life....

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:03:40 | More by Bockrules
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I have tasted.

Served in a clear pint glass, the color is dark brown/black similar to espresso.

Thick malt chocolate colored head which dissipated quickly.

Traditional stout nose, godd hints of malt and coffee.

Slightly sour yeasty flavour followed by butterscotch and coffee.

Very easy and smooth to drink wik a medium bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 17:27:18 | More by jaz58
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sparrowfan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark and opaque.

The olfactory is turned on to the smell of oats and subtle sweetness.

The oatmeal flavor bursts onto the tongue immediately with a slight sweet after flavor.

Light carbonation makes it easy to go down and does not fill you up with gas.

The beer is one to keep on hand. I had mine sitting in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:42:11 | More by sparrowfan
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bens0n

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark brown with some ruby tinges, and a fair layer of light tan head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

I can pick up on some toasted oats on the nose, nothing too special stands out, no brown sugar or anything too sweet.

Flavor wise there is a nice brown sugary oatmeal flavor, no hops, nothing boozy, just a nice subtle sweetness with toasted oats that linger at the end.

Its pretty thin and not exceptionally smooth, but easy to down for sure, definitely a session-able beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:41:26 | More by bens0n
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—when held up to the sun only a speck of red is visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down but left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of roasted malts and a very slight amount of bitterness. Bits of sweetness become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend a little smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: I found this to be a pretty solid oatmeal stout, except that I would have liked if the mouthfeel was a little fuller in body. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 13:03:55 | More by metter98
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml.bottle. Sampled on March 19, 2013.

It pours dark brown to just about black with an off-white to tan foamy head.

On the nose it runs the gamut of dark malts, caramel malts, oatmeal, yeast and basically a lot of sweetness.

The body is medium but it had an odd astringency for a stout. I might have liked it to be deeper.

The oatmeal is also noted in the flavor along with dark malts and a smiley sweetness. Not all that bad but not at the top of my oatmeal stout list.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:12:46 | More by puboflyons
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TheMarkE

California

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks exactly like black coffee. Little foam, moderate lacing.

Smell: Malty, with a slight hint of chocolate.

Taste: Muted malts: chocolate, coffee, roasted oats. Just a hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, very creamy. A hint of coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Smoother than many oatmeal stouts, but it could use a touch more raisin flavor and some hops to kick it up a notch. One of the best values for your money if you’re in a stout mood (5.99 a six pack at Trader Joe’s).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:27:37 | More by TheMarkE
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TheCockSmith69

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you are looking to try some new beers, check out Trader Joes. They aren’t everywhere in the country, but they are popping up more all over. Trader Joes gets beers from all over the world, and only sells them to you if they can get the lowest price on them. Another cool thing is, they have various breweries such as Gordon Beirsch, Firestone Walker, and Goose Island making private label beers exclusively for Trader Joes. I found a wonderful Oatmeal Stout at Trader Joes called Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and after investigating, found out it is made by Goose Island in Chicago.

Appearance: Almost jet black with 1/2 inch tan tight knit head.

Aroma: Baked chocolate and hazelnuts.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Both flavors linger on the middle of the tongue and battle for first place!

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. The carbonation is the vehicle for the chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 19:25:29 | More by TheCockSmith69
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decided to get a six pack just because they listed it in the "fearless flyer"

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A deep caramel, cola like appearance absollutely opaque when held to the light. a FULL two fingers plus of tan head that's very tasty in its own right. very light on the lacing though.

S - sweet maltiness, just a hint of cocoa here. I get no hopiness at all

T - REALLY good not too sweet I'd call this more of a cream stout flavor

M just right on the carbonation, but a bit thin on the body.

D overall this is a REAL WINNER. nice buzz too after months of no booze

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 03:31:48 | More by burnerfinger
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a jar mug.

A- Pours a deep, deep dark rich brown (Lets just say black), with a fat bubbly 2 finger, off white (slightly tan) head. It leaves just a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sub-par head retention, but at least it's able to retain its head.

S- The smell is somewhat metallic. The Oats come out strong with a bit of graininess and blend well with the aroma of toasted malts.

T- The flavor of the oats is definitely noticeable in the flavor. The malts give off some dulled down cocoa and chocolate notes as well as some caramel and toffee. There is a pleasant roastiness to it all that comes out especially well in the finish. The finish is somewhat toasty with some semi-bitter coffee notes.

M- Chewy and full bodied with a rougher, drier finish with a biting carbonation. There seems to be more carbonation than usual for the style.

O- Good but this is nowhere near my favorite oatmeal stout. It's pretty basic really aside from seeming to be a tad bit over-carbonated. Cheap but the price kind of makes it self known via the quality (I'm not saying it's poor quality, but it's not fantastic either). I will say that, you can definitely tell that there's an Irish dry stout influence on this beer. It's kinda like the cross between and IDS and an Oatmeal stout. Like I said, it's decent, but I don't think I'll ever end up purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 19:35:38 | More by Zachtheporter
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a blind taste test…

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown…a thin layer of luscious, mocha/dark khaki head formed and remains…it’s a bit thin…from the appearance, I’d guess it to be a light stout or a brown ale…(3.75/5)

Smell: Tons of oat, chocolate, caramel, creamy vanilla…roasted malts are strong...very vanilla creamy…a very decadent smell, it was served to me somewhat warm, which I think helps this brew’s aroma stand out more than if it was crisp and cold…it’s really nice to smell…(4.25/5)

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, creaminess, vanilla, oats, a hint of dark fruit sweetness, very mild coffee flavor…some biscuity maltness as well…it’s not overly complicated, a straight forward brown ale (I’m guessing)…I’m not getting much hops flavor or bitterness…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, I have to say it’s a bit watery...it’s got tons of carbonation (somewhat surprising from the body) that fluffs up and brings a nice chocolate milkshake feel on my palate…wet, light, silky, satisfying…roasted malts linger in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is an all right brew…the flavor is nice, but the body is way too watery for me and brings down the overall impression this beer leaves…not knowing exactly what I’m dealing with here, I’d have to guess this is some kinda brown ale…it’s very drinkable and something I could recommend, but certainly hasn’t blown my socks off…the aroma is fantastic, definitely the highlight of the presentation…this is an upper average brew…(3.69/5)

Surprise, it’s a Stockyard Oatmeal Stout!

Huh…it’s actually a pretty good beer… I have to say I’m kinda surprised that it turned out to be a stout, there is a noticeable lack of hops presence in the smell, flavor or feel…Stockyard is exclusive to Trader Joe’s which would normally sound like a cheap beer knock-off, but that’s far from the truth and at $6 per six pack, this may be the best deal in town...it won’t wow you, but you can buy cheap, share openly and your friends will think you’ve got good beer taste…which is all that matters…

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:57:29 | More by SerialHiker
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TheSSG

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dense, tan head. Acidic/fruity coffee aroma. Black. Starts with a deep roasted flavor, moves into a flash of floral hoppiness. Finish regains the coffee-like acidity and bitterness. A medium bitterness overall.

This is pretty tasty; my favorite from Trader Joe's.
Nice, thick mouthfeel, too.

For $6/6-pack, this was my go-to bier for Winter time for awhile. You can't go wrong.
I sorta dislike the acidic character, but I also sorta love this, hahah

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:17:22 | More by TheSSG
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barczar

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid half inch tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Chocolate, roast malt, and soy begin the aroma, with notes of earthy hops and nutty toffee adding complexity.

Flavor reveals roast malt, with charred breadcrust at the fairly dry and lightly bitter finish. Dark chocolate, oats, cereal grains reminiscent of cheerios, and tobacco become evident as it warms.

Body is thick and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation. There's slight astringency and acrid character at the finish.

Very impressive for the source. Good malt complexity and a silky body. The acrid character is offputting.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:21:07 | More by barczar
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick brown, almost oil black. Not much foam or lacing. Rather flat looking.

Smell: Faint coffee and chocolate. Some raisins as well?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Chocolate and caramel. There is a nice yeasty malt in the finish. I give some points for that. Definitely better when warming. Clean mouthfeel that flattens in the end.

Overall Drinkability: This was very nice, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:43:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a very black color with a nice chocolate head. The beer had a deep roasted malty taste and smell but is was way too sweet tasting. The beer had a bit of a burnt after taste. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:19:22 | More by Minkybut
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very sizable fluffy, off-white head. Pours a medium-dark brown, with a little light showing at the bottom of the glass and ruby red streaks when held up to light. The head creates convincing curtains.

Smell: It's definitely got a lighter profile than some stouts, with caramel and brown malts apparent. There may be a little bit of hops, but it's subdued. Some toasty character, but nothing really dark. Some ripe autumn fruit, perhaps.

Taste: I'm not getting a whole lot. I detect some malt sweetness, and maybe some alcohol-ish off taste in the background. It's not very compelling. I'm really struggling to get the oat grain or chocolate advertised. It's more like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: I do give it some points for smoothness. The body is fairly heavy, and the alcohol/carb kinda leaves a metallic feel at the end. The carb is light in quantity but prickly.

Overall: I can definitely say I've had better oatmeal stouts. Not enough punch for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:08:36 | More by fountainofyouth
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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