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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

648 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

ABO2012, Jan 01, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

darrmitchell, Nov 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

mpenske, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of JayTheFinn
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Like so many others, I got this at Trader Joe's. Like not quite so many others, I didn't like this one very much.

A - Dark body with a decent foamy head.
S - Not much to smell here. A whiff of chocolate.
T - Bitter and not much in the flavor department. It only hints at the possibility of roasty toasty chocolate maltiness.
M - Pretty watery.
D - Well, it goes down alright, but it's a damn depressing effort at an oatmeal stout.

JayTheFinn, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of DIM
2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This had a black body and poured with a medium sized, tan colored head.

s: Very sweet smelling, more sugar than beer in fact. There was some roasty, malty cocoa, but not much.

t: Just too sweet tasting. I found hints of bitter, roasted coffee, but artificial sweetener dominated.

m: Thin for the style.

o: Just not good, even for a buck a bottle.

DIM, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ELN
2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

popped the cap w/ my vintage Olympia Beer bottle opener I found at my local Goodwill Bins. The artwork on this beer looks like a Dropkick Murphys or Swingin' Utters album.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drank from bottle
smell: chocolate like a good stout!
taste: nothing really sticks out. it's like a mish-mash where everything got crumpled together. all i can make out is some slight citrus.
mouthfeel: not good and not bad. it should be more pronounced. it's like a lager-stout
drinkability: i dont like the flavor or taste that is hard to discern. i'll buy some guiness or deschutes stout next time. the ABV. on this is really low for a stout, 5.2%. i cant make out any coffee in the flavor as the label sez. total bummer but it's still a stout and i love stouts.

good day.

ELN, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of beveritt
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. I picked this up from trader Joe's, so I guess I was not surprised to find it is contract brewed by Goose Island. Label depicts a black and white photos of a man in an Irish tweed cap surrounded by some stockyard photos. Back says 02/12/09; I assume a best by date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers if medium tan head. This settles into a one finger dense cap. As I drink, this finally fades to a very, very thin coating with some lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black and nearly opaque.

Smell: Smells very strongly of roasted barley, with strong notes of sweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Overly husky and bitter roasted barley dominates the flavor, liked they rinsed the grains way too many times. This dominating flavor hides anything else about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is decent, but not as thick as I would expect for a stout.

Drinkability: Everything started out so nice. Pretty beer, nice aroma, but the taste was approaching horrible. Glad I just got a single.

beveritt, Sep 07, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

david18, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Presentation: Thanks to J Lindros for this one! 12oz brown pop-top, nice label, sadly no date.

Appearance: Dark (and I mean dark) walnut brown beer, held up to the light, it's nearly opaque, but there are some bright cola highlights. Tan cap with nice retention.

Smell: Odd. I say 'odd', rather than unpleasant, because this smells exactly like the boiling wort I have when homebrewing, especially if the hop dose is fairly low. Rich, sweet, and grainy, but not exactly 'beer-like'. Notes of rich, sweet, caramelly grain and lots of them. Hint of meaty smoke as well, as this warms (a bit odd for the style).

Taste: Sweet. Light notes of smoked meat. This is just a bit odd. Really sweet. And weird meatiness. I'm thinking this has to be a bit off. It's a bit off-putting really.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich and creamy for 5% abv

Overall: I don't know if I got a bad bottle, or if this is how this one's supposed to be. I was really excited about my first Trader Joe's brew, but this is beef jerky and oatmeal...yikes.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 21, 2011
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2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: comes in a standard 12 oz. brown bottle. I do like all the old guys hanging out in the stockyard in the picture. Pours pure black with a nice head that doesn't last long. Looks nice in a glass.
Smell: A hint of coffee, nuts, and roasted malts. Pretty faint however.
Taste: Not much to speak of. Really light. When I think of oatmeal stouts this one doesn't fit any of the characteristics. Not very complex. Almost like a brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Too light for an oatmeal stout
Drinkability: Not bad. Goes down smooth but again, if you are new to the oatmeal stout world, this is not the one to start with. Sam Smith's is where I would go. This is the "light" version of oatmeal stouts.

mattcrill, Jun 06, 2004
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2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle- color of dark brown , with a minimal tan head - nose of mocha , harsh baking chocolate , and some floral notes – taste is weak , minimal chocolate , some roasted notes , and malt - body watery , with little kick– aftertaste of coffee , and roasted malts

stephendr, Feb 24, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Noelito76, May 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

terence, Oct 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Mosul, Mar 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

s4s, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of devilben02
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, deep, dark brown with a thin but persistent creamy beige head. The aroma is quite sweet, with prominent notes of vanilla, light roasted coffee, and a bit of minerals. The flavor is likewise sweet, with a lot of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee, but also a burned coffee kind of bitterness that isn't entirely welcome although it breaks up the sweetness. The texture is pretty smooth, but the prickly carbonation seems a bit harsh. Overall, this one isn't bad, but it is a bit of a mess.

devilben02, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours a dark brown with a thin tanned head. Aroma is bready with coffee notes. Light body for a stout, slightly creamy and sour. Not much is going on on a flavor side - with mild coffee and some dark fruit notes in the beginning followed by long fruity finish. Not much sweetness. It's an average stout but for the great price.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz found in my Mom's fridge...she loves Trader Joe's, so I'm not surprised to find this beer, although I didn't realize that's who made it until I googled it for the review.

Pours the right color, darker than Guiness at least, but not as dark as some big stouts...I don't want to advertise, so won't name names. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Good oatmeal in the nose. Decent malt, but lacks depth.

Not massively bitter or massively oatmeal-ey on the palette. It's drinkable and goes down easy, nothing objectionable.

Moutfeel is ok, but just ok. It doesn't have the zing of others.

Overall, it's ok. Not sure what she paid for this, but if it's in the $5-6 a six pack range, I might buy it. Otherwise, I'll stick with its better stout brethren.

chicagoabbot, Apr 28, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep brown two finger head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing, definitely below average.

S - Coffee and oats. Smells roasty, almost burnt.

T - Somewhat malty and sweet, but not as flavorful as I like. Good aftertaste of coffee/mocha. Sweet and nutty with no hops perceived.

MF - Velvety with good carbonation. Some sips were thinner than others. Thin drinks for a thin pricetag.

D - Easy to drink but not a favorite.

fdkayti, Mar 19, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Single 12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Black; creamy, tan head; nice retention that leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Butterscotch; sweet malt and toffee; not much roastiness or oatmeal... bleh.

T: Sweet malt; just a touch of roast; seems really sweet.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; has some zing and a nice feel.

O: Not impressed. Overly sweet, no roast or oatmeal... Drinkability is low due to lack of flavor - and the lackluster aroma doesn’t help. I’ll stick with the Mission Street stuff at TJ’s.

jpro, Jan 29, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Tan, soda head, nice retention. Dark, dark ruby in color. Minimal, but present lacing.

Nose: Sweet malt, vanilla bean, cacao, and a little toffee. Very pleasing nose.

Taste: Soft and sweet with some carbonation at the end. Well balanced. Sweet malt, faint carmel, with a clean finish.

Notes: I am impressed. It went for a good price and is a tasty beer. Perhaps not a "stout", but it fits my palate.

travolta, Mar 07, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out basically black with a slight head. Can't see through it. Looks OK. The smell is faint and mostly of burnt coffee. I was disappointed here. The flavor is also somewhat weak, with hints of toast. Dominantly bitter. The bottle mentioned chocolate flavors, but I couldn't find any. The carbonation is OK, but it's overall a little watery. It was at best an OK experience, but I'm uninspired to have one again. Maybe I'm just too jaded by delicious double and imperial stouts.

MDekker, Jul 01, 2008
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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