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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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621 Ratings

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of jmbranum


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

10-09-2007 05:53:01 | More by jmbranum
Photo of KomodoDragon


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

01-08-2011 06:06:59 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of beerman207


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

10-27-2009 01:09:55 | More by beerman207
Photo of MattyG85


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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
Photo of jdklks


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

06-21-2009 05:05:57 | More by jdklks
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-29-2008 23:11:17 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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!

12-28-2007 19:38:58 | More by AlexJ
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-30-2013 17:27:18 | More by jaz58
Photo of IntriqKen


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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

10-17-2005 00:23:00 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of dhannes


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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).

07-28-2011 21:21:14 | More by dhannes
Photo of glosoli8


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

05-14-2010 04:15:19 | More by glosoli8
Photo of Eris48

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

10-07-2005 02:30:44 | More by Eris48
Photo of TitanTake


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a bottle in a mug.

A - Unbelievably fantastic head; thick, long-lasting with nice lacing; dark molasses/coffee color with no light penetration.

S - sweet malt aroma with a slight hint of a floral background

T - great malts and hops mixture; not as good as its appearance, but still a great flavor; sweet malty taste

M - effervescent and thick; almost a meal in itself

D - I could drink this beer all day every day; A fantastic beer all the way around

03-07-2011 03:30:03 | More by TitanTake
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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

06-02-2010 16:42:03 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of TheSeeker61


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

10-06-2010 22:52:23 | More by TheSeeker61
Photo of xhcadamx


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

01-15-2009 05:04:42 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of StAnthony


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

01-25-2006 17:58:22 | More by StAnthony
Photo of July2Nov


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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!!!

08-13-2009 07:27:33 | More by July2Nov
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

04-07-2012 01:44:44 | More by Dave1999
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

01-09-2008 21:06:44 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of kazmaniac


4.35/5  rDev +13%

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.

08-18-2010 02:08:56 | More by kazmaniac
Photo of chicagobill13


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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!

05-14-2011 20:33:51 | More by chicagobill13
Photo of schusterbauer


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

11-14-2006 14:16:47 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of steveh


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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!

01-04-2011 21:55:24 | More by steveh
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

02-06-2011 19:44:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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