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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

705 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 32
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002

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Ratings: 705 | Reviews: 369
Photo of Tilly
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with khaki lacey head.
Molasses, hops, cocoa aromas.
Burnt chocolate, coffee taste. Sweetness.
Nice smooth velvety mouth feel!
Once again, Trader Joe doesn't disappoint!

Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth. Not bitter. Semi-sweet. Full-bodied but surprisingly less filling, tastes great. Not overpowering like so many stouts. Incredible, delicious. A staple among my beer stock. Thanks Trader Joe’s / Gordon Biersch.

Photo of TonyJung
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not nearly as good as Samuel Smith's, but bigger bang for the buck. I call it the "Poor Man's Samuel Smith's".

Photo of jooler
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells like metal. Taste like metal too but not that bad taste wise. Pretty flat. I still prefer velvet Merlin

Photo of TFB5
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great find for a great price! The compares well to other Oatmeal stouts, but at a phenomenal value.

Photo of Joey209
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark with a descent head. Taste and smell is a little underwhelming but probably one of the best quality beers for the price, probably going to keep this one stocked in my fridge.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievable beer for the price. Honestly comparable to any breakfast/oatmeal stout. Kudos to Trader Joes.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a half inch head that lingers on the edges of the glass for a while, with a very small amount of lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, toasted bread, smoke, and some chocolate.

This tastes pretty good for a $1 a bottle beer, and honestly tastes pretty good for any beer. There's a nice smoky roasted malt flavor, with some bitter chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted coffee. The finish is sweet but slightly watery.

This is medium bodied, definitely a little thin, but not detrimentally so. There's a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is really excellent, alwasys fun to find a good beer in an unexpected place.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark blackish brown with big tan head.

Coffee and chocolate malts on the nose. Rich and substantial but not overwhelming. Malty and not much of a finish.

Overall enjoyable and a fantastic value.

Photo of lemmy187
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best oatmeal stouts for the price.....

Photo of beerman58
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good interpretation of the style. I enjoyed it and would buy it again; especially for the $1 per bottle price it fetches at Trader Joe's.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "9/15/13 14 14:05" on 24 April 2013

Notes: Black-brown dark mahogany body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head drops to an average collar with minimal spotty and streaky lacing. Medium bodied with a median carbonation level = smooth and almost creamy. Chocolate/fudge and strong golden caramel and toffee notes greet you in the nose. The flavor adds a bit more nuttiness and some yeasty fruitiness to the mix. Leafy and grassy hops add balance along with a solid bitterness. Richly flavorful and satisfying without being overly malty or full bodied. Drinkable, and (bonus!) fairly inexpensive.

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good taste, very smooth, nice lacing. Can't beat it for the price.

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is deep, dark, black chocolate brown with decent tan head and nice clingy lacing. Aroma is very light and faint. Taste is creamy with flavors of lightly roasted coffee, some chocolate. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, I would guess because it is an oatmeal stout. Slight bitterness, but itall comes together and balances very well. Light, pleasant aftertatste

Photo of nqdell
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much to it. Not a bad bargain.

Photo of Tonedef
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one...nice dark brown with quite a bit of a tan head..smell is of chocolate roasted malt touch of coffee and and some sugar coated nuttiness..taste is very good!! Follows the nose almost to a tee with a nice creamy mouthfeel..6 bucks for a sixer...hell yeah...this blows quite a few other porter/stouts and brown ales out the water...

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

Appearance: Cola brownish black. Thin tan/brown lace.
Smell: Roasted nut and coffee.
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, and some cocoa.

This is great. Very pleased with the price and excellent oatmeal example. Would get again.

Photo of McLaren
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

I like oat beers, and I like this one. I am careful never to run out at home. I like the unique flavor, and the change of taste across my tongue, from bitter, to oaty, with a smooth finish.

Photo of Beric
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 2 November 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a soft head that quickly diminishes. Some bubbles sticking around along the edges. Leaves minimal, if any lacing.

Smell: Soft roasted notes of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Little to no hops in nose.

Taste: Great body and depth of flavor. Notes of dark chocolate, faint coffee/espresso notes, a light graininess. The beer finishes pretty sweet, though it's not a milk stout, and this sweetness seems to become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth on the tongue, with medium-high body.

Overall: The best off-brand beer I've ever bought, and for $6.50/sixer, one I'll consistently buy during the upcoming winter months. Would definitely seek this out if you're looking for a cheap but delicious brew and you have a Trader Joe's nearby!

Photo of demon
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single 12 oz. for $1 at TJ's to try. Was impatient so I poured room-temperature into a pint glass. This was my first visit with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout.

Appearance - Dark-brown to black caramel color, moderate amount of carbonation, thick frothy head with long retention time. Clear around the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Has a very inviting presentation for an oatmeal stout.

Smell - Malts: sweet, lightly roasty and toasty. Hops: light hop aroma, hard to distinguish notes through the dominant malty scents. Overall smells very nice and clean.

Taste - Sweet and dessert like. Fantastic and smooth roasted flavor. Very well rounded to the oatmeal stout type. Malt heavy, hop light. I really like it. Great drinkability too; no one characteristic is overpowering in any way.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Leaves the lips nice and sticky. Retained a slight effervescence and went down nicely.

Overall - I really liked this oatmeal stout. It fulfilled my craving for an oatmeal stout in every way. I would go out of my way to try it again. Didn't have a strong alcoholy feel to it so I didn't feel to guilty drinking it rather quickly.

Photo of barnzy78
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, "best consumed by 02/11/15"
A 3.75 - black with a creamy tan head that holds good retention
S 4 - bold aroma with roasted barley, dark chocolate, oat, coffee
T 3.5 - similar to aroma: dark chocolate, oats, roasted barley, faint coffee, earthy hops
M 4 - velvety smooth, medium bodied, finishes with lingering roastiness
O 3.75 - it's been years since I had this one! Great to come back to, great value! I'll buy this on occasion if I don't see anything else more interesting at Trader Joe's.

Photo of beerman21
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance- pour a opaque black, massive expresso two finger fluffy head, sticky lacing to the glass.

Smell-sweet milk chocolate, tangy background.

Mouthful/taste/Drinkability- great body, creamy texture, massive milk chocolate flavor, tangy hop bitterness which balances the sweetness nicely. Has a nice roasty back notes but the chocolate takes the for front with this brew. Great creamy body from the oats. I would of liked to of seen maybe a little bit more of hop bit. This reminds me more of a milk stout or chocolate stout from all that chocolate flavor that takes the over the remainder of the aroma in flavor. But no complaints it a really great beer and for the price at 5.99 for a 6 pack you can't go wrong. I'll definitely buy this again, I recommend you give it a try.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured into a tuplip glass
Bottle date: unknown
pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: nearly jet black.. has a deep coffee hue to it. Had a 1" thick, light tan, foamy head, but quickly settled to a thin lamina leaving uniformal lacing around wall of glass.

SMELL: molasses, teriyaki, plums

TASTE: Over-steeped coffee and plums. Reminds of the flavor I get when I dry-hit through my aromatic tobacco pipe. Sweet up front, but the bitterness quickly balances it out.

FEEL: creamy, full bodied, not too sticky.

BURP: unpleasant, choppy and foamy

Photo of alexrichman
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A> Poured from a 12oz bottle, pours a small khaki head with decent retention. Nice dark brew, looks good.

S> Smells of mocha, chocolate, cream, and a hint of brown sugar.

T> A lot of mocha and chocolate flavors, nice creaminess, quite sweet with just a touch of sour. Really nice.

M> Feels nice in the mouth, surprisingly thick for the style. Highly drinkable.

O> Not a huge fan of TJs beers, but the Stockyard Stout is a very nice stout and a terrific value at $1 per beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- mocha- like head forms two fingers high. Frothy and persistent. Body is pitch-black and completely opaque.

S- rich caramel and toffee aromas. Smells big like an imperial stout. Bitter dark chocolate notes. Hint of booze. There's also something like chicory or oak.

T- Robust flavors of caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt. There's a big dose of vanilla present. There's a touch of assertive, piney hop flavor.

M- Smooth, mellow and creamy. Sweet throughout until a mildly bitter finish. Carbonation is lively and creates a vibrant sensation.

This is one of the best bang for your buck stouts, I must say. Great in every category.

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.