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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

598 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 24 | 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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teyuders

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-16-2011 02:52:13 | More by teyuders
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kimka

New York

5/5  rDev +29.9%

03-18-2014 04:10:39 | More by kimka
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davidh2010

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.9%

01-02-2012 02:11:43 | More by davidh2010
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Paniolo

California

5/5  rDev +29.9%

02-09-2012 19:30:40 | More by Paniolo
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mshall


5/5  rDev +29.9%

05-27-2012 16:03:53 | More by mshall
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rbthuffman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.9%

01-06-2012 03:52:19 | More by rbthuffman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany brown/black with a two finger head. The dark brown head is thick and creamy looking, and head retention is outstanding. Even after sipping this for half an hour and reaching the bottom 1/3 of the glass, there is still a nice little cap. Lots of fine lace sticks to the glass.

S - Toasted grains, pumpernickel bread, Nutella, and a hint of toasted coconut. Chocolate cake and malted milk shakes.

T - Roasty toasty goodness! This is a really tasty example of the style that tastes very similar to Goose Island's stout, but a little softer and less bitter. This one is all mellow toasty sweetness, like toasted coconut shreds on top of German chocolate cake.

M - Full bodied, lush, and silky. There is quite a bit of residual sugar here, but that sugary heaviness only adds to the luscious and creamy texture of this brew.

D - Out-frikin'-standing. This is one of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Actually, I haven't had many stouts lately owing to the heat of the season. This beer had me anticipating the cooler fall weather and the heavier beers that come with the autumn season.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 17:47:11 | More by pmcadamis
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Roasty coffee-ish and big chocolate aroma and flavor. Full bodied and smooth with a silky oily finish.

An excellent oatmel stout available at Trader Joes for 4.99/six. For that price, it has it all over Samuel Smith's....

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 12:42:09 | More by RBorsato
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

03-29-2012 18:16:40 | More by gleemonger
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HairyToeKnuckles

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

05-17-2012 04:06:15 | More by HairyToeKnuckles
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jacobfern

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

02-08-2012 03:36:25 | More by jacobfern
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

04-06-2012 22:45:19 | More by MarkyMOD
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CreightonSM

New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

05-16-2014 19:27:08 | More by CreightonSM
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Teraya

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

03-20-2013 04:31:15 | More by Teraya
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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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TheCockSmith69

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
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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RedBaron

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent oatmeal stout, EVEN if they roasted the oats a wee bit long. 'Tis OK, Seamus.

Appearance: Opaque. Brownish head which didn't hang 'round long.
Smell: Wonderful smoky and slighly burnt aroma. Woody and roasty.
Taste: Incredible, especially as this beer warmed up to room temperature. Oats and toast predominate. The brewers know just what the heck they're doing. Nice bitter finish, probably due to the burnt malts. Simply f$%^ng wow.
Mouthfeel: Better than imported bottled Guinness, this beer achieves a remarkable balance and integrity not found in everyday stouts. There's enough 'there' to let you know that you're drinking a hearty stout, yet enough room is spared to not let the gut feel overwhelmed.
Drinkability: High. This is the kind of stout to savor when the northwinds blow a little colder, the skies grow grey, and the only thing left to due is to strike the kindling into an honest fire in the firebox. Good stuff, mate.

A side note: My finace treated me to a sixer of this for my 35th birthday --she couldn't have picked a more pleasant surprise! I'm going to savor a bottle each week for the next six...

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2004 02:13:43 | More by RedBaron
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Treath

California

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:25:39 | More by Treath
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black in color with a small, slightly tan head.

Smell: A nice roasted smell that is strong, but not overpowering. There is also a hint of chocolate in the smell.

Taste: A Strong roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate providing just the right amount of added flavor. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a full body that one manages to handle without feeling it to be too thick (If that makes any sense).

Drinkability: Excellent. With this beer's aroma, flavor, body and smoothness, this is a stout that I could certainly drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:23:18 | More by civilizedpsycho
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black on the outside, but a bark brown, garnet on the inside. This inner color can only be revieled when you hold the beer to the light. Only then can you see the awesome carbonation that you can defiently feel later. The head is a little lacking for a great looking oatmeal stout. Consistent, but thin. The aroma is strong of oaty malts and mild hops mixed very well for the aroma. The taste is vibrant and envigerating with with its great balance of malts and oats. Plus the great carbonation really heightens the tastes of this beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 06:13:42 | More by scruffwhor
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MrBen

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoy this oatmeal stout. Tons of flavor, sturdy body, and low price. It's tough to beat $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's.

Pours very dark and opaque, kicks up a good tan head, and immediately releases the aroma of dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, and more. Flavor is very full but very balanced. The darkest malts creep up from the background and stick around for a nice, traditional finish. Mouthfeel is also balanced, somewhat silky from the oats, and not overpowered by carbonation.

If you're looking for an excellent session oatmeal stout, check out Stockyard.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 15:40:43 | More by MrBen
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syndrome666


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At $6 you can't go wrong with this beer. Bought it by guesswork, knowing that I like oatmeal stouts in general, this one really took me by surprise.

The taste is amazing, very malty, bready, semi sweet, a hint of bitter (not the one that lingers), and a mix of notes of coffee, raisins, chocolate, and vanilla. Absolutely love it, it's everything a good beer of this sort should be.

The brew itself is extremely smooth, so smooth you may even loose yourself having one too many.

It's color is of a very dark brown, hard to see through at all with a dark coffee colored semi retaining head. If you know what Guiness stout looks like in a glass, this is almost the exact look of this brew, just not the taste.

Definitely worth a try at the very least. At $6 you just can't go wrong, and hey if you don't want the whole 6 pack, Trader Joe's will even sell you these by the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 19:18:19 | More by syndrome666
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that you can walk into Trader Joe's and buy this for under $5 for a sixer is amazing ... the fact that it actually tastes really freakin' good is even more so! Pours like a wedge of midnight with a dense brown head capping the surface. The brew isn't even fully poured and I can already smell the roast notes which I'm a sucker for. To go with that aroma is also a bit of coffee and chocolate. Beyond enviting.

The taste certainly pulls it's share of the load. There's plenty of chocolate, bitter roastiness, and espresso to go around. I'm really amazed at how this hits the mark where other more expensive beers completely fail. To me this beer nails every aspect of the style.

Mouth is just as silky as I would hope a Oatmeal stout would be. I'd also have to say that a lover of stouts should buy this by the crate. A true blessing to devotees of the stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 08:04:58 | More by TheBungyo
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AleEvangelist

California

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The bottle pours beautifully dark, with only slight copper color coming through the glass when held to sunlight, and then only at the bottom. Only mark against it is that, though I poured it a little more turbulent than I would normally, there was only a centimeter of head, which disappeared all too quickly. Said foam was slightly caramel-colored. Only wish there had been more, and that it stayed around longer. Little to no lacing.

Smell: The beer is wonderfully roasty and malty in the nose. Notes of butterscotch and toffee are apparent and meld beautifully with the coffee roastiness. More head would send up the aroma even better. Once you get past the malty burst of aroma, there is a pleasing bread-y aroma that hangs around throughout the glass.

Taste: The roastiness is really massive. It's the first thing you notice, and it hangs about all through the finish. Up front, you get fantastic sweetness, but not cloying syrup. Hints of toffee are prominent as you savor. But really, it's the roasty coffee flavor that sticks with you. Some occasional black licorice notes creep in when you least expect it, as well. No discernible hoppiness, though the bitterness imparted by any hops could be swallowed up by the bitterness of the coffee flavors. Delicious! Tastes like a much "bigger" beer than it is.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is certainly nice and thick, without feeling syrupy. My first impression was that it was slightly thin, but I realized that I was comparing it to other beers that are much higher in abv%, and are more imperial. Standing on its own, however, the mouthfeel is delightfully silky.

Overall: This beer definitely tastes like it should cost more than $1 a bottle, which is what I got it for at Trader Joe's. I know this beer is brewed by either Gordon-Biersch or Goose Island. I lean toward GB because the label says San Jose, CA. GB, however, is not typically known for their ales, preferring to stick with bocks and other malty lager styles. This departure is quite fantastic, and I hold to that no matter who actually brewed it. It tastes bigger and pricier than it is, and that's a fantastic beer in my book!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:30:54 | More by AleEvangelist
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tapman

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head with the density of cool whip. The color of the head is a dark tan and the body is opaque black with deep violet hues when held to the lights.

Aroma is plums, smoke, nuts, chocolate and fresh mint hops.

Everything that is in the aroma, plus a low bitterness and a bigger hop presence. This is actually quite hoppy for the abv%.

Smooth, velvety and chewy. Delicious.

My only complaint is that I wish this one was a little bigger, but then the value of $6.99 a sixer would not be there. Plus, I doubt the beer would be as good as it is if thy didn't say make the best beer you can with limited resources. So this one could be better, but if they tried it would only come out worse. Grab this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:32:21 | More by tapman
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