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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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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4.92/5  rDev +27.8%

Crbake4, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of pmcadamis
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.

pmcadamis, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
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....

RBorsato, Nov 30, 2002
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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Teraya, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of burnerfinger
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

burnerfinger, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of TheCockSmith69
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.

TheCockSmith69, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of RedBaron
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...

RedBaron, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of Treath
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.

Treath, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of civilizedpsycho
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.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 30, 2009
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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.

scruffwhor, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of MrBen
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.

MrBen, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

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

CaliforniaJohnson, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of 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.

syndrome666, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of TheBungyo
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.

TheBungyo, Oct 22, 2006
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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