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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

567 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 567
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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RBorsato

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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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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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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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RedBaron

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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 +21.2%
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 +20.5%
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 +19.9%
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 +19.2%
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 +19.2%
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 +18.7%
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 +17.9%
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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bgildea

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice dark black with a small tan head that faded quickly. Significant amount of lacing though.

S: Very strong coffee aroma comes across. Very appetizing.

T: The taste is excellent. Very nice coffee and chocolate notes come across. Nice roasted malt/oats finish. Very tasty, how is this only $1.

M: Really nice amount of chew to it. I was expecting a little less, but this beer definitely delivered.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable. It tastes great, and I got a single from Trader Joes for $1. So I'll definitely stock up on these bad boys.

Overall: Overall the beer exceeded my expectations. This is an above average stout that has a great coffee and chocolate flavor. I got this beer for $1 at Trader Joes, so I know I will buy a sixer of this next time I'm there. This and Black Toad are only $1 per beer, so you can't beat that price. Any dark beer drinker will enjoy this one, I guarantee that.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:26:13 | More by bgildea
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tapman

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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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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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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Trader Joe's in Washington, D.C.

A mighty fan beer. Inky dark black beer with a generous 3/4 inch tan head.

Very nice aroma with some coffee and roasted notes. Mouthfeel has that nice lushly thick feeling with just a bit of prickliness. Very well balanced flavor that matches the roasted bitterness with a bit of sweetness. Maybe a little touch of hops. Extremely smooth.

My only criticism is that I could stand with a bit more of the roasted bitterness. This beer was almost too balanced, and maybe it would have been better to lead with one thing in the flavor department.

Definitely worth seeking after. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 05:53:01 | More by jmbranum
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Nice lace

S: Coffee, caramel, vanilla, smoke, wow.

T: Sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and more coffee!

M: Carbonation is medium

D: First off - run to Trader Joes - this is $5.99 a six pack! I drank all 6 and I'm going for more. Perfect Fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:09:55 | More by beerman207
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just wanted a stout on a rare snowy night in VA. Was not expecting much out of this reasonably priced TJ labelled brew. I was wrong. It looked like perfection in a Bells anniversy pint glass, but did not envision the taste could match the appearance. Wrong again.

A - Pillowy (is that a word) 1" light brown head, which went the distance and offered tremendous lacing.

S - The standard stout chocolate, earthy, roasted smells came thru nicely

T - Creamy stout, no hop evidence, but quite malty. Nice balance. Reminded me of a well made black-and-tan

M - Fantastic, light carbonation, like a chocolate creamsicle.

D - Well done TJ's. Next time I hear someone singing the praises of Guiness, I shall recommend a creamy Stockyard.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 06:06:59 | More by KomodoDragon
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this I was hooked, now I see it's brewed by Goose Island, no wonder it's excellent!

Deepest coal black pour with an incredible mocha head that develops craggy peaks as it slowly receeds. Generous lace coats my pint glass. Probably one of the nicest looking Oatmeal Stouts around!

Aroma is dark charred malts, chocolate, weak coffee, and creramy scorched caramel.

Flavor is big and bold, roasty dark malts dominate with strong chocolate, coffee, and even some dark fruit. There's a balanced bitterness between the charred malts and soft pine hops. Fairly complex.

Body is big and very creamy. Goes down like silk, excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

At a mere $4.99 per six-pack this is cheaper than Bud or Coors Lite bottles, Wow!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 19:38:58 | More by AlexJ
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aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown with a finger of off white mocha head. No lacing.

S: Damn this is a surprise. Freshly roasted coffee beans. Tons of roast. Even smells like oatmeal in the back. Smells more like a double than anything else.

T: Again. Damn. So nice and sweet up front. Then it goes into the roast. Hints of coffee beans and some chocolate in the back. Finishes so sweet on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin compared to the bold taste and smell. Then again this is just a normal oatmeal stout.

D: This is awesome. Love it when a brewer packs all the taste and smells into a tiny beer like this. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:11:17 | More by aerozeppl
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jdklks

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with amber edges and a creamy, off-white-bordering-on-light-brown head. The smell is intensely of coffee and chocolate deliciousness. The taste much the same- coffee and chocolate dominate, along with hints of caramel, molasses, and toffee. If all of the flavors were slightly stronger and the beer was thicker I would guess this was an RIS. As it is, however, it is an oatmeal stout, and the mouthfeel is punished for it. However, it gives its drinkability a boost.

Leave it to Goose Island to continually release quality stouts. One of, if not the, best oatmeal stouts I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 05:05:57 | More by jdklks
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 07:16:53 | More by MattyG85
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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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Eris48

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a six pack bought at Trader Joe's for $4.99 - quite a bargain!

Pours a deep brown-black hue, with little head, but delicate tan lacing. The aroma is intoxicating by itself. Rich roasted malt, with strong notes of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I was hoping for. That's made up for by a full flavor, where the malt shines and the oatmeal comes through. Not too heavy, but truly rich. A great after-dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 02:30:44 | More by Eris48
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IntriqKen

California

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice small bubbled tawn colored head that keeps throughout the drink. Deep, dark stout coloring. Roasty chocolate aroma.
Mouth feel is chewy and matches the rich aroma and taste.
Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors from the malt. Very rich and distinctive flavoring.
Nice espresso-like aftertaste with hint of sweetness.
Very drinkable to be savored slowly at anytime but expecially after dinner.
Cheap price at Trader Joe's. I'd like to keep this one in the fridge for those long, relaxing fall and winter evenings. Give me this and a chocolate brownie and I'm in heaven

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 00:23:00 | More by IntriqKen
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