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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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366 Reviews

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 728
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 36
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of beerman207
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Eris48
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of jdklks
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of jaz58
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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

Have had for at least two months in the refrigerator and poured chilled into a pint glass.

A=Dark reddish with 1/2" golden tan foam that lasted more than a minute.

S=Molasses, only with a sweetness present; dark malts present, also.

T=I like Oatmeal Stouts better than Stouts, and this was very typical; no chocolate or oat taste as stated on the bottle; sweet and malty; a hint of citrus, perhaps.

M=Better than most--although not as much body as other stouts, a lighter feel with almost no carbonation makes this a strong candidate for a session beer.

O=A very drinkable and affordable Oatmeal Stout; I might buy again in the winter...if I find myself at Trader Joe's, again (about 20 mins. from my house).

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Photo of glosoli8
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A very enjoyable drinkable beer, better than expected. It appears very dark in the glass with a moderately thick head that quickly disappears. The beer smells slightly of tobacco. Tastes of coffee malts with slight sweet edge that makes it a pleasure to drink. A very drinkable stout, one of the more drinkable I've come across.

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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.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dark amber, with a gorgeous frothy finger-width of foamy head...

S: Malty and as the label accurately represents the smell: has the aroma of chocolate, roasted oats and coffee...truth in advertising, indeed!

T&M: Roasted malts up front, slighty has that chalky chocalate feel to it and ends with a sweetness. Goes down smooth throughout the whole life of the beer. Outstanding. Really didn't expect this to be as good as it was.

D: Got this from Trader's Joe and thought it would just be a throw-away beer to fill up the 6-pack that i created. Greatly surprised that it was so good. could drink a few of these during the night, especially at the 5% ABV rate. Try it when you find it. Well worth your time and effort. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Dave1999
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with a small white head.

The smell is roasted malts, oatmeal and coffee.

The taste is nutty, roasted coffee and dark malts very tasty.

The mouth feel is medium with a medium carbonation.

This beer is ridiculous value for $1 a bottle.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark 1 finger of foam, great lacing ring good amount of froth along the glass

S - Oatmeal, dark roasted malts vanilla and coffee

T - Medium bodied, vanilla, really smooth taste with hints of coffee at the finish

M/D - A pretty good brew from Josephs brau, another drinkable oatmeal stout a must try. Found this one again at Trader Joe's but have seen this in other stores

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very black in appearance. Less than an inch head. Great lacing.

S- Malty kind of smell with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.

T- Very Creamy malty taste. Definitely taste dark fruit, also kind of a slight burnt malty coffee finish. An overall smooth taste.

M- Nice thick creamy mouthfell

D- Dig drinking these. Love the creamy malty taste. Can drink a
few of these. Definitely a session stout with the low ABV. Also had this one room temperature.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with no light seeping through. Tan bubbly head that flattened and left a nice sheen. Small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, burnt nutty smell, small amounts of coffee.

T - Follows suit with the smell. A little more coffee flavor than expected.

M - Creamy and smooth. I love Oatmeal Stouts.

D - Very high! This beer is legendary and is 6 bux a 6 pack which solidifies its greatness.

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Photo of StAnthony
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island, huh? I never knew...

I wonder why those Geese are trying to hide this beauty of a gander. Picked up a sixer at Trader Joes for $4.99 or so. A steal! I love stout and this one was exceptionally smooth (good ol' oatmeal) and much more drinkable than your average variety of the black stuff. Rich with maltey goodness, but not overpowering in the least. I didn't catch an ABV on the label, but whatever it was, both my palette and my constitution were very pleased after a couple bottles. I actually felt a bit lonely once it was gone. I'll see you again soon, buddy.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color, tan to mocha colored head of about one finger. Stays for a while and remains a thick sludge on top of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma is that of a chocolate infused coffee. Very nice indeed. Coffee, chocolate, burnt toast.

Wow. A great flavor. More coffee and more chocolate. Is there fresh brewed coffee or coffee beans in this one? Sure tastes like it.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin considering this is an oatmeal stout. Pretty much dry on the finish. Lots of coffee lingers in the aftertaste. This is one drinkable beer. Certainly a breakfast delight. I would have this anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely generous, long lasting fluffy head with small tight bubbles. Almost pitch black.

Smell - Aroma is sweet malt with hints of chocolate, and coffee.

Taste - Malt and mocha as expected from the aroma. Sweet and creamy with mild roasted nut flavor Clean finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with a medium body and light carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Light enough to be considered a summer stout.

Great cost per performance makes this my reference oatmeal stout against which others will be judged. Mostly true to style although maybe thinner than expected.

Edited my scores since they seemed a little too high. I still like this beer but wanted to match the numbers to other good stouts and porters. It's still my reference beer but now there's room for it to be beat.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a -- pours almost entirely black, with traces of brown; a thick tan head forms on top and doesn't disappear

s -- chocolate, roasted malt, oats, coffee

t -- chocolate and roasted malt immediately present, followed by oat flavors and charcoal; all of these flavors combine amazingly well; very sweet, with only a slight hint of hops

m -- the only area this beer falls short in; mouthfeel is really a bit too thin; a more robust body would support lend more support to the flavors

d -- very easy to drink; tastes wonderful

overall: i have only minor complaints about this beer (its mouthfeel), but for $5 per six pack, this stuff is an absolute blessing for fans of stouts.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent purchase from the local TJ's: same label as the old Stockyard, only with "JosephsBrau Brewing Co., San Jose, CA" in place now.

Many wailed and gnashed their teeth when they heard Goose Island would no longer be brewing this beer for TJ's, and the gnashing became more ugly when it was learned that Gordon Biersch would stray from their usual German lagers to take the reigns. I think the angst was unfounded.

A -- Deep black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy, very persistent light tan head.

S -- Mellow, roasted dark malts with hints of milk chocolate.

T -- Big, patent malt roastiness up front with some light chocolate flavors and mellow, dark fruit esters in the finish. Hop bitterness throughout, blending well with the bitterness from the patent malt -- no real hop flavor character. The roasted malts return in the aftertaste to finish dry and mildly bitter.

M -- Medium to light-heavy body with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- Highly drinkable, even for a full-bodied beer. This is smooth, rich, and very satisfying if you're craving a Stout. And from a lager brewer at that!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a finger and a half worth of sand-toned foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley and oats with sweetish chocolate and coffee notes and a small, small hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dark, moderately roasty maltiness with a taste of dark chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Soft, mild-mannered smoky oat character. Gentle fruitiness. Not much support from the hops, flavorwise, though some slight bitterness comes through to provide a bit of balance. There's an increased though still light earthiness on the back end with a sustained chocolate taste. Finishes smooth and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pleasant and tasty and pretty dadgum cheap. Of the various Trader Joe's brews, this is the one I'd most likely return for a whole six'er of.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical stout. Dark brown liquid with a creamy brown head.

S: Lots of coffee, cream, chocolate and oats.

T: Roasted malts dominate this one. There are hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is also a very pleasant cream and oat base to this beer. A lot of oatmeal stouts tend to over-roast the malts, but this one nails it. There is very little bitterness. All you can taste is the goodness of the roasted malts without the sharp bitterness that's typical for the style.

M: Appropriately creamy and medium mouthfeel. Goes down with no fuss. No complaints here.

O: Another Trader Joe's winner. $6 for 6 of these is a complete steal if you're looking for a good stout. A word to other reviewers...not all stouts need to have a 13% ABV and be barrel-aged. You can't criticize this one because of the moderate ABV or low "strength"...it's PERFECT for the style.

Honestly, there's nothing to complain about here. A touch of hops could have given this one more depth, but it's far from necessary. I'd buy this every time I'm looking for a sessionable stout to enjoy.

And...one last note...the bottle says the ABV is 5.20%. The site is not accurate in saying that it's 5%

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Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, flavourful, yet easy-drinking stout with a body that is a nice balance between light and full.

Almost totally black, it has a big, dark tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top and then to a foamy ring. It leaves some pretty nice lace.

Aroma is cooked oatmeal porridge, dark toast, stewed prunes, caramelised bread crust, hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earth.

Taste is sweetish, dark toast, caramelly prunes, some earthiness, but with a dryish finish and aftertaste with lightly bitter earth and hint of coffee, along with vaguely fruity toastiness and black pepper hint. The body and feel are light but full, with faint oiliness.

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Photo of chicagobill13
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.