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

very good
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Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

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Photo of devo1980
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a good beer. Perhaps I am giving it better ratings, because it runs $1.25 a bottle. But it is a smooth, well crafted Oatmeal Stout. This is right up there with $5/bottles. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a luscious deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of beige head. Lace is speckled on the sides as the head recedes to a finger. Light only penetrates the very bottom of the glass where there's less body taking up space.

Aromas of ...stockyard? Interesting. Smells like a dark chocolate mousse with hints of auction barn, coconut, cocoa butter, cacao bean, roast malt, and a hint of citrus.

Hop attacks the palate first with sharp leafy notes, followed by very dry and dusty cocoa, a beautiful roast malt profile, and a finish of mild coffee with a tablespoon of chocolate creamer (no sugar). As it warms to room temp, the bitterness comes out more and it's like chewing on a leaf with powdered cocoa.

Feel is zippy and smooth, semi dry parch on the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid oatmeal/dry stout. It's a touch too bitter for me though, and I feel there are better options out there for the taking. Still, a worthy contender and worth a try.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color, couple fingers of head. decent retention and leaves some lacing.

light on the nose, some malts, a faint bitterness...very subtle.

the taste is pretty quality. chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. liking it! feel is a bit on the light side for the style, but highly drinkable indeed. overall pretty solid!

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark as anything with a tan heads that has some life to it.

S: Dark roasted malts dominate the scent. Theres a little sweetness, maybe a fruit smell or caramel.

T: A moderate malt in the front that gives way to a roasted and fruity end. The end is whats really good. It kind of tastes like its nearly sweet, but not quite there. Imagine a combination of caramel, oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate and overarching fruit, like raisin or something. That tail end of the flavor is really unusual for a stout, but I like it.

F: Very light bodied and drinkable, which is the opposite of what I thought it would be as an oatmeal stout.

O: Very, very good. A sweet(ish) stout that I feel could appeal to a lot of people that get intimidated by darker beers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It is jet black and is unforgiving—doesn’t let any light through—and has a pleasant smooth off-white head.

Smell-It smells of molasses, cocoa, milk chocolate, and oats.

Taste-Its smooth complexity and pleasant flavors culminate in a well-mixed barrage of chocolate, oats, brown sugar, and some coffee.

Mouthfeel-It is quite smooth almost like an oyster stout.

Overall-It is delicious and robust.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges, lots of lacing for an oatmeal stout, tan colored creamy head that disappeared into a soapy film. Looks pretty good.

A: First impression, very sweet, some coffee, oats, but overall, a very sweet smelling oatmeal stout almost like a milk stout.

T: Oats, sweet milk, some coffee, chocolate, hint of roasted malts, very easy drinking, goes down really smooth. Very good.

M: Light-medium body, semi-dry roasted coffee, chocolate feeling on the palate, very easy on the palate.

O: Very impressed, especially for the price, good amount of flavor, easy on the palate, easy drinking, it's just a tad too sweet for me, I would like more roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes, leans heavily towards a milk stout in flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours quite dark. Aroma is pretty standard. Smells correct for the style. Roasty and chocolatey. Flavor is also predominantly the same. A decent mixture of bitter and sweet. The color deceives me and makes me think it will be thick. Actually its fairly light. While the body is rather light, the texture on the palate is nice.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bought roughly 4 - 5 months ago at Trader Joe's. Dated as Best By 12/10/2015.

Look: Pours dark, dark, dark (no opacity) with lots of brown head that dissipates after about 30 seconds, leaving behind a decent ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma is complex: dark fruits, dark malts, and when it came to room temperature: molasses. Simply amazing for a simple stout.

Taste: dark malts, coffee, perhaps chocolate, with a pleasantly bitter finish.

Feel: medium to heavy mouth-feel, smooth, and very satisfying.

Overall: I was blown away at the overall quality and complexity of this simple oatmeal stout with a mere 5.2% ABV. I drank it in a side-by-side with O'fallons Winter Stout, and although the Winter Stout had a complimentary sweetness this beer didn't have, the malt backbone in this oatmeal stout easily made up for it in its sheer ability to entice me deeper into its subtle yet rewarding complexities.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Black with a finger of tan head.
S: Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee.
T: Follows the nose with lots of milk chocolate. The finish brings flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and some mild bitterness.
F: Medium-light body. A bit thin and easy drinking, I wish there was more body.
Overall an average to slightly above average oatmeal stout. It is pretty thin and doesn't have much roasted flavor, but for the price ($6 dollars a sixer) I can't complain.

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Photo of katybee
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For an oatmeal stout, this came very close to porter.

pours opaque dark brown, with 1/2" rich tan head which lingers a little bit.
Slight hint of hops on the nose, but very little smell except roast malt
Not so much a biscuity edge for a stout, but close to porter for me, with slight hint of bitterness on the rich espresso-roasted malts....leaning towards mollasses flavor, but without cloying sweetness, I don't detect coffee or chocolate or fruit essence per se, .
Smooth on the tongue, yet medium-light- bodied. Carbonation seems to quickly dissipate, but flavor lasts.

This was part of a six-pack I had no trouble completing.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With a near black mahogany color, it boasts a very dark roast of straight coffee, espresso and a mild roasted milk chocolate taste with a little, albeit pronounced, tinge of roast bitterness. Fantastic mouthfeel for the style. Not sweet compared to San Marcos Brewing Company’s Old Goat’s Oatmeal Stout, but it does a good job in the dry finish category.

Fun fact: This used to be brewed by Goose Island Brewing Company in Chicago, IL, when they shipped the oatmeal stout at that time!

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long necked bottle, cheap looking label with humble yet thorough description. Pours too quickly to remember, with nice mocha head. Smells of raisins, rainy streets. Tastes of coffee, berries, liquid smoke. Emphasis on the watery, smokey mouthfeel. Reminds me of hanging out at Chuck-E. Cheese's as a little one.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a lighter brown long-lasting head.

Smell: Lightly roast malt, chocolate, a little yeast.

Taste: Starts out similar to the smell, a little sweetness, oats, ending with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, but sharply carbonated.

Overall: Great value at $6 a six-pack. Not amazing, but enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of Tilly
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with khaki lacey head.
Molasses, hops, cocoa aromas.
Burnt chocolate, coffee taste. Sweetness.
Nice smooth velvety mouth feel!
Once again, Trader Joe doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth. Not bitter. Semi-sweet. Full-bodied but surprisingly less filling, tastes great. Not overpowering like so many stouts. Incredible, delicious. A staple among my beer stock. Thanks Trader Joe’s / Gordon Biersch.

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Photo of Joey209
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark with a descent head. Taste and smell is a little underwhelming but probably one of the best quality beers for the price, probably going to keep this one stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a half inch head that lingers on the edges of the glass for a while, with a very small amount of lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, toasted bread, smoke, and some chocolate.

This tastes pretty good for a $1 a bottle beer, and honestly tastes pretty good for any beer. There's a nice smoky roasted malt flavor, with some bitter chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted coffee. The finish is sweet but slightly watery.

This is medium bodied, definitely a little thin, but not detrimentally so. There's a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is really excellent, alwasys fun to find a good beer in an unexpected place.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark blackish brown with big tan head.

Coffee and chocolate malts on the nose. Rich and substantial but not overwhelming. Malty and not much of a finish.

Overall enjoyable and a fantastic value.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "9/15/13 14 14:05" on 24 April 2013

Notes: Black-brown dark mahogany body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head drops to an average collar with minimal spotty and streaky lacing. Medium bodied with a median carbonation level = smooth and almost creamy. Chocolate/fudge and strong golden caramel and toffee notes greet you in the nose. The flavor adds a bit more nuttiness and some yeasty fruitiness to the mix. Leafy and grassy hops add balance along with a solid bitterness. Richly flavorful and satisfying without being overly malty or full bodied. Drinkable, and (bonus!) fairly inexpensive.

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Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is deep, dark, black chocolate brown with decent tan head and nice clingy lacing. Aroma is very light and faint. Taste is creamy with flavors of lightly roasted coffee, some chocolate. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, I would guess because it is an oatmeal stout. Slight bitterness, but itall comes together and balances very well. Light, pleasant aftertatste

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Photo of Tonedef
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one...nice dark brown with quite a bit of a tan head..smell is of chocolate roasted malt touch of coffee and and some sugar coated nuttiness..taste is very good!! Follows the nose almost to a tee with a nice creamy mouthfeel..6 bucks for a sixer...hell yeah...this blows quite a few other porter/stouts and brown ales out the water...

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cola brownish black. Thin tan/brown lace.
Smell: Roasted nut and coffee.
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, and some cocoa.

This is great. Very pleased with the price and excellent oatmeal example. Would get again.

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Photo of McLaren
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

I like oat beers, and I like this one. I am careful never to run out at home. I like the unique flavor, and the change of taste across my tongue, from bitter, to oaty, with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Beric
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 2 November 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a soft head that quickly diminishes. Some bubbles sticking around along the edges. Leaves minimal, if any lacing.

Smell: Soft roasted notes of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Little to no hops in nose.

Taste: Great body and depth of flavor. Notes of dark chocolate, faint coffee/espresso notes, a light graininess. The beer finishes pretty sweet, though it's not a milk stout, and this sweetness seems to become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth on the tongue, with medium-high body.

Overall: The best off-brand beer I've ever bought, and for $6.50/sixer, one I'll consistently buy during the upcoming winter months. Would definitely seek this out if you're looking for a cheap but delicious brew and you have a Trader Joe's nearby!

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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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