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

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

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620 Ratings

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 23
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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Reviews by Treath:
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4.68/5  rDev +21.2%

A- Very dark brown, almost black. Has a creamy tan head that holds up. Good lacing.

S- Smells like black coffee, roasted oats/malts, a little sweetness.

T- Tastes like black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted oats/malts, bitter with slight sweetness at the end. Dark chocolate aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy, not too bubbly nor flat.

Drinkability- Semi-easy to drink. Better to savor the taste rather than chug it.

Overall, I think this is a great beer. Worth buying and drinking it.

12-09-2011 04:25:39 | More by Treath
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance – This beer looks gorgeous! It’s a dark, dark brown in color with some ruby hues and a beautiful head. The head just covers the inside of my glass whenever I tip to drink. There are some cool-looking pits on top of the liquid that won’t go away. Awesome!

Smell – The nose is a light mix of semi-roasty malts and a light oatmeal or cereal-type of aroma. I can pick up some sour milk along with some very light table sugar.

Taste – The sweetish oatmeal comes on a bit strong at the taste. This really is a well-balanced stout. It’s equal parts oatmeal, sour milk, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – The body here is shy of medium but it’s rightfully balanced with some noticeable bitterness at the finish, although the sweetness keeps it from being overly harsh.

Drinkability – This was a good-drinking stout that is above average for the style. If you like Oatmeal Stouts you gotta try this one.

Comments – A super-big BA thanks to my good buddy skyhand for bringing this back from her visit to PA.

08-27-2005 03:02:18 | More by RoyalT
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 02:40:48 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-10-2012 21:03:37 | More by indybeerman
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

I too purchased this at Trader Joe's. Pours a nice black color with a nice tan head. Smells sweet, with aromas of roasted grains and coffee/chocolate tones. Very light mouthfeel with a strong coffee flavor upon first sip. I like my stout with a little more body than this..but it's still enjoyable.

A good brew for the price and it's brewed by Goose Island exclusively for Trader Joe's. Hints of chocolate and tobacco come through with further tasting. This would be a good beer to have with dessert. A good stout overall, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

08-27-2004 03:10:02 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of blitz134


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

Received as an extra in a trade from IntriqKen...thanks man...

Pours with a pretty dark body, nearly opaque but has some coke colored highlights. Head is light tan or khaki, small to start with and disappeared kinda quickly to leave a few scattered pockets of bubbles.

Fairly simple aroma, dark roasted malts with some milk chocolate sweetness. Taste again has the roasted malts and the oatmeal comes in here. Again some more chocolate but this time a little more bittersweet. Has a slight touch of char in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lacking, especially for an oatmeal stout, where is that creaminess? A bit overly carbonated too, comes across a little bit sharp on the tongue.

Okay drinkability, nothing that stands out too much. I could put a few of these back at a sitting but I'm a one beer kind of guy so I like the one I do have to be more substantial.

11-14-2006 02:15:29 | More by blitz134
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-01-2014 14:05:09 | More by Doomcifer
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Fast frothing tan head, nearly pitch black and the head stays two fingers thick for a good while.

Smell: Sweet aroma of malt and oats, undertones of coffee and charcoal meld well with the sweetness.

Taste: The flexed smooth mouth feel is almost forceful in a good way and makes the medium body feel bigger than it actually is. Good balance of sweetness to roasted flavours, oat and malt sweetness is level and not cloying at all. Then comes a slowly growing yet mellow roasted flavour the suggests coffee and faint charcoal. Hops are modest and flavour a little with a light bitterness. More roasted flavours pull in with a softness and the sweetness rounds out the finish.

Notes: A very tasty Oatmeal Stout, low-key yet the flavours flow perfectly with the pleasing smoothness. Couple this brew with a fresh baked brownie or another chocolaty delight and you are all set.

08-25-2002 18:18:38 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

This is a very solid beer. I recommend to anyone who has never had an oatmeal stout

A: clean, dark, and rich

S: coffee with a backround of caramel and oats

T: real malty with the hint of oats. almost a smokey flavor as well

M: mediun-fuller body. nice rich beer

D: you'll want to get at least a six pack

02-14-2009 17:19:04 | More by LyonsHead
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-03-2012 17:40:47 | More by ryancl
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

04-05-2013 14:16:50 | More by NoetheMatt
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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

This IS my go to brew. Anytime I want a cheap 6 pack that I know I will enjoy, this is the one I pick. 6 bucks at Trader Joe's. Better than some 10 dollar sixers I've had. Pours a dark brown. I can catch some light, but not a whole lot. Nice 1 inch tan head. Smells of malt and coffee. Tastes the same way, but the coffee is heavier on the palate than on the nose. Not a very heavy mouthfeel, possibly overly carbonated, but very drinkable. Possibly one of the better 1 dollar beers and by far the best year round beer at Trader Joe's.

06-29-2011 20:06:18 | More by 1Adam12
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-21-2013 18:53:47 | More by SudsSurfer
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-14-2012 21:11:18 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-13-2014 21:18:21 | More by JoeyClearman
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a little bit of ruby red on the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and about two fingers of tan head that quickly fade away. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: A fairly strong roasty aroma of dark malts with some caramel and toffee. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, oats, nuts, and a little bit of smoke. Smells pretty roasty and full for a smaller stout.

Taste: Very roasty and sweet. Lots of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with some chocolate, coffee, oats, and vanilla. Also a little bit of brown sugar, molasses, and smoke. Taste is sweet but not over the top.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall: A very good oatmeal stout. Full flavored and well balanced. One of the better non imperial stouts I've had.

11-29-2011 07:16:53 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Big black pour and beige head, foaming and frothy. Aroma was rich, chocolate and heavily roasted malt w/ coffee.

Taste, good and chewy. Alcohol not around. Isn't too heavy on the palate, the oatmeal really does what its supposed to here. The best example of a session stout I can think of. So drinkable, $6 a 6er at Trader Joes.

08-11-2010 23:25:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.19/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours nearly black and apparently clear, but leaves some reddish-brown highlights at edges of glass. Small and relatively short-lived tan.

M - near medium body; smooth but enough carbonation for a little tingling.

Aroma - mainly roasted m alts, as expected. Aroma is sweeter than flavor, which is mildly bitter.

T - Nice chocolate malt flavor with a slight bit of coffee in the finish.

O - certainly a good stout, but not so exceptional or adventurous that I'd be excited about having another. Excellent for price.

04-21-2011 20:49:39 | More by chinchill
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-14-2013 02:26:37 | More by Rowsdower
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

I love the fact you can go to Trader Joe's and do a mixed 6pk and get some beers that you would not normally try. I pick up this beer because I am a huge fan of stouts. I remember this also being contracted out by Goose Island. This is yet another good beer at a really really good price. I will be picking this beer up again!

05-14-2011 20:33:51 | More by chicagobill13
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3.3/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured a dark black color with a good amount of beige head on it. Smell is very heavy chocolate with not much else. Taste is roasted chocolate, kind of tastes smokey as well. Medium bodied beer. It's relatively smooth although I'm not a big fan of the aftertaste. Overall a decent beer, my wife likes it quite a bit.

03-25-2011 01:41:42 | More by richkrull
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New Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Big light brown head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark dark brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts give off a nice aroma that borders on dark chocolates and also seems to have a light sour hint from the hops.

Sweet roasted caramel malts with a oatmealish taste, seems to be lots of little tastes of light dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, among other things but I ran out of beer.

A creamy smooth full bodied beer with a nice light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the roasted malt tastes.

08-24-2012 00:42:57 | More by LXIXME
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Bought this bottle at Trader Joe's, fairly sure that it's a trader Joe's exclusive.

Pours dark brown with very little head. Aroma is tremendously sweet malt without even a hint of hops present. Very sweet malty taste with a smooth aftertaste. Slightly thick, but really just more of an almost sugary sweet feeling. Tastes like more of a milk stout that an oatmeal stout.

A fantastic flavorful, lower alcohol malt bomb. ALso very inexpensive at Jungle Jim's I think it was around $6-$7.

12-30-2009 03:57:24 | More by degerbah
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-27-2014 03:01:33 | More by samtrillo
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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