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

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

568 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 568
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%


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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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick brown, almost oil black. Not much foam or lacing. Rather flat looking.

Smell: Faint coffee and chocolate. Some raisins as well?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Chocolate and caramel. There is a nice yeasty malt in the finish. I give some points for that. Definitely better when warming. Clean mouthfeel that flattens in the end.

Overall Drinkability: This was very nice, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:43:58 | More by tjsdomer2
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a very black color with a nice chocolate head. The beer had a deep roasted malty taste and smell but is was way too sweet tasting. The beer had a bit of a burnt after taste. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 23:19:22 | More by Minkybut
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very sizable fluffy, off-white head. Pours a medium-dark brown, with a little light showing at the bottom of the glass and ruby red streaks when held up to light. The head creates convincing curtains.

Smell: It's definitely got a lighter profile than some stouts, with caramel and brown malts apparent. There may be a little bit of hops, but it's subdued. Some toasty character, but nothing really dark. Some ripe autumn fruit, perhaps.

Taste: I'm not getting a whole lot. I detect some malt sweetness, and maybe some alcohol-ish off taste in the background. It's not very compelling. I'm really struggling to get the oat grain or chocolate advertised. It's more like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: I do give it some points for smoothness. The body is fairly heavy, and the alcohol/carb kinda leaves a metallic feel at the end. The carb is light in quantity but prickly.

Overall: I can definitely say I've had better oatmeal stouts. Not enough punch for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:08:36 | More by fountainofyouth
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark deep brown brew with a thin off-white head.

S - Good bouquet of roasted grains, malt, oats. Toasty and caramelized grain notes. Sweet pure maple syrup and malt sweetness are pleasant.

T - Robust with toasted grains, roasted coffee, starchy oats and a burnt sugar sweet side. A wonderful combination of complimenting flavors. The beer is more dry at the end with charcoal and dried grains.

M - Surprisingly smooth, the beer doesn't look this way but the carbonation is perfect here. I agree the mouthfeel takes this beer up a notch. Highly drinkable, smooth and a nice finish.

O - A very well rounded beer with a great balance of harmonious flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:16:14 | More by BeerForMuscle
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/07/2013 - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Smith nonik.

Carmine body with ruby highlights and a low active buff head that recedes to nothing. Vague pasty lacing, no retention. Dark but clear.

Biscuity aroma with a touch of DMS. Sweet generic grain in the nose.

Sweet malty palate entry with a dusty/leafy note as well. Notable roast elements bring to mind scalded coffee and specialty malt. Low bitterness throughout and a grainy/nutty touch from oats. Finishes moderately dry despite the preceding sugars.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel lacking in body and carbonation.

A pleasant oatmeal stout, albeit a little rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:00:18 | More by augustgarage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

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

Big light brown head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark dark brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts give off a nice aroma that borders on dark chocolates and also seems to have a light sour hint from the hops.

Sweet roasted caramel malts with a oatmealish taste, seems to be lots of little tastes of light dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, among other things but I ran out of beer.

A creamy smooth full bodied beer with a nice light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the roasted malt tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:42:57 | More by LXIXME
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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%

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 05:05:29 | More by TTAmod
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle says 5.2% ABV.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with a nice bit of translucence where the light comes through the body. No head to speak of, which always sucks.

S: Roasted malts, light chocolate, hazelnuts, and oats. The general aroma has a wonderful savory character to it that almost reminds me of liquid bread. Actually fairly strong considering its lack of head.

T: Has a pleasant bittersweet character in general, with an opening salvo of roasted malt and light coffee. A very slight hint of fruit esters occupy the midtaste, while the finish has a nicely subtle surge of earthy hops and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor progressions are smooth like they should be in an oatmeal stout. Nicely balanced, with some pleasant subtle characteristics. Not the most flavorful stout, but I can forgive that.

M: Has a medium texture with moderate carbonation. It almost has the clean dryness of an Irish stout, but not quite. Lingering flavors are slight but pleasant. Good drinkability overall.

O: Wow. I'm actually impressed considering it's only $1 a bottle. I hear through the grapevine this was a Goose Island recipe - they did a great job here making a wonderfully drinkable stout while keeping to a certain price point. I'd definitely pick this up again if I ever find myself in Trader Joe's again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:52:08 | More by ThisWangsChung
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syndrome666


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 19:18:19 | More by syndrome666
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, almost black red amber, slight head and slight lacing. Dark malt and coffee aroma. Dark and roasted malts up front, finishes dry with coffee. Thin bodied. An ok stout, but nothing exciting. Good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:01:32 | More by LiquidAmber
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks thin... Otherwise darker brown.

S: Again, light. Some roast. Some chocolate. Nothing crazy.

T: Really great here. Oats come through, good chocolate and roast backbone.

M: Lighter but nothing wrong with it. Smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

From the look and smell I thought it was going to be blah but the taste is really great and there isn't that lingering gross bitterness that often comes with stouts. This was very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:59:53 | More by Jamesthebrit
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TheSixthRing

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with a cocoa powder 2 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Subtle aromas of roasted malt, milky chocolate and oat.

Taste - Dark roasted malt lends to some coffee notes, with lesser notes of chocolate and caramel coming into play. Hops are present but hidden. Faint oat and a milky quality creep in on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - Another Trader Joes 6/$6 deal, and one of their better ones at that. This is a solid oatmeal stout. One I certainly don't mind having from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 05:17:02 | More by TheSixthRing
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BucannonXC5

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up at Trader Joe’s in Albuquerque, N.M. Poured from a bottle into a small glass (maybe eight ounces) that I had in the hotel room in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 20. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was pitch black. Nice tan lacing on the top.
Spread out film on the sides for a decent film.

With the smell, I got coffee, cough syrup, toffee, and some chocolate.

Tasted coffee more than anything else. Also some toffee, chocolate and dark chocolate. Got some oatmeal at the very end. Deep and dark. Some charcoal taste as well.

Full body. Creamy finish. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Not a bad beer overall. Nothing too special, nothing too bad. Good mix and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:48:13 | More by BucannonXC5
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy, less thick than usual for a tout, head on a black with light getting through body. Nice lacing, some retention.

S: near perfect mix of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt takes a back seat here. If it was stronger it would be a 5.

T: a lot more smokey than one would expect from the style and aroma. roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

M: smooth, full bodied and moderate carbonation. A nice wet finish.

Overall: Not too bad for what I was expecting. For the genre it is very good. I get so used to imperial stouts that I must remember what a good oatmeal or standard american stout tastes like and this certain falls into the "very good" category.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:05:01 | More by kylehay2004
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:44:44 | More by Dave1999
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grantman1


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with thick head that fades gradually. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, touch of chocolate, maybe some vanilla? More aroma than most stouts I've had.

T: Caramel malts up front, with some chocolate - similar to the nose. Roasty malts, finishing slightly sweet. Not bad at all, especially considering the price.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Great value, and I could have a few of these without a problem. Might be just a touch too sweet for my liking, but fairly balanced overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:39:44 | More by grantman1
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travolta

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:04:48 | More by travolta
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey stout glass.

A: Pours an opaque black with a light brown, rocky head. Almost no retention or lacing.

S: Lactose, coffee beans, smooth chocolate. Nice balance in the aroma.

T: Taste is dominated by pervasive coffee, chocolaty malt, and milky oats, with some bitter roasty notes and some hop bitterness integrated into the whole. Lactose sweetness comes out as the beer warms. Tastes a little watered down, but still very, very sweet.

M: Decent mouthfeel, although it's a little watery.

O: A tasty and easy-drinking oatmeal stout. The flavor profile seems a bit too weak and watery compared to other iterations of the style I've had, but the beer isn't bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:12:35 | More by Etan
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brewcore

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque. Yields a one finger creamy tan head. Dissipates to a long lasting sheet on the surface of the beer. Some good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and lots of chocolate. Considerable amount of sweetness coming through.

T: Dark roasted malts. Sweet chocolate. Almost overly sweet for the style, but the sweetness creates an easy drinkability in style I would not normally expect great drinkability from. Actually a pleasant surprise.

M: Very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation. Great drinkability.

O: Very impressed for such a cheap beer. Definitely served well as an oyster roast beer on the cheap. Will definitely return in future winters. By far the most impressive "Trader Joe beer" I have found.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:33:05 | More by brewcore
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark red-brown, but not as dense as most stouts I'm used to drinking -- a light on the far side of the glass easily shone through. The head was only half a finger of tan froth, and the lacing fairly weak.

S: Not a potent aroma at all. There's a bit of sweet, toasted malt and floral hops, but you have to sniff hard to get anything more.

T: Plenty of sweet malt, and the sweetness lingers to the end, although coffee and chocolate flavors come through as it plays on the tongue. Hops are almost an afterthought, and only add mild, grapefruit-like bitterness.

M: Moist and smooth at first. Carbonation is fair. The finish a bit dry.

O: More like a low-intensity version of an imperial stout than a true oatmeal stout. Very drinkable, but not the top of its class.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:04:34 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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jpro

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:32:05 | More by jpro
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rodney45

New York

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark red only seen if held up to the light. Big tan long lasting head.

S: An odoriferous whaft of roasted barley, crystal malt, and honey. Slight lingering metalic scent, but barely noticable.

T: First notes are of malt, cereal grains, chocolate malt and whole wheat or pumpernickle bread. Slight cloying sweetness and a metalic dry aftertaste.

M: Medium to medium heavy body. Low carbonation.

O: Im surprised by some of the higher ratings this beer got. I wasnt completely impressed by it. It had an out of character sweetness, and a metalic finish that i couldnt, in good faith, score above an average 3. I actually like most of what trader joes puts out, but this fell short. However, i would buy this again, for the price of a buck a bottle, its a solid oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 09:45:35 | More by rodney45
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/25/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowlyy slip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, cocoa powder, and some vanilla notes. Taste is of toasted grain, dark cocoa powder, vanilla, and some coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid oatmeal stout that is a fantastic deal at $1 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:19:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HeavyMetalBrew

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color. Nice head. Clear.

S: Hops. Chocolate. Roasted notes.

T: Very malty. Some roasted notes and hints of burnt coffee. The flavors are good, but the sweetness dominates to the point where it becomes almost unbearable.

M: Syrupy at first, with a thin aftertaste. Some carbonation.

Overall: Honestly, this is a good beer, but it's far too sweet for me to handle.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:11:23 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a beige head that hung around for a while, thinning to a layer and leaving thin trails of lacing.

S - roasted malt, toasted oats and chocolate.

T - roasted malt and chocolate upfront with a light taste of burnt coffee beans with a oatmeal taste coming in towards the finish.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

O - a good oatmeal stout at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:51:28 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.