Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout - Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-21-2012 00:19:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. Picked up at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. Pretty close to home back in the day.
Color is verging on black with an off white head. A bit of light lacing, though not much. The nose brings some roasted oats, chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of light smoke. The taste is less complex with some roasted malt and a bit of light coffee. Pretty good feel and a nice body. Drinks well, especially for the sixer price.
11-13-2010 04:01:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.69/5 rDev -4.2%
A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—when held up to the sun only a speck of red is visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down but left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of roasted malts and a very slight amount of bitterness. Bits of sweetness become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend a little smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: I found this to be a pretty solid oatmeal stout, except that I would have liked if the mouthfeel was a little fuller in body. It is quite easy to drink.
06-22-2013 13:03:55 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Bloody chocolate that falls just short of opaque. A wide band of cherry juice red can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive 'wheat toast brown' head occupies the upper several inches. A thick necklace of lace is forming as the foam begins to melt. This is a classic looking stout.
What an incredible nose! Can't go wrong with bushel basketfuls of roasted barley malt. The immediate atmosphere is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and melting bittersweet chocolate. If the flavor follows suit, this is going to be a wonderously delicious oatmeal stout.
Not quite, but that's doesn't mean I don't love it. The ABV tastes and feels like it's somewhere in the vicinity of 6.0%. That's amazing when one considers the explosiveness of the flavor. It's great when brewers pack so much palate punch into a beer that is so flat-out drinkable.
For an oatmeal stout (Goose Island says that it's 'in the Irish tradition'), there's quite a bit of roastiness and smoky char. Can't forget the classic stout flavors of black joe and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter are equally balanced; a better situation, I feel, than if one dominated.
The mouthfeel is the only (minor) letdown. I probably have an unfair bar set in terms of stout mouthfeels. I think they should have at least a little full creaminess. This one... doesn't quite get there. At least sessioners won't be bogged down.
It's been a long time since I had a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. If I had access to Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (thanks for the extra Talisker), I'd do a side-by-side comparison. GI's standard version is pretty good, but I have sneaking suspicion that this beer would win going away.
09-07-2007 13:59:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that retains well but doesn't lace
Smell: Nice roasty notes with an undercurrent of dark chocolate
Taste: Starts out with a chocolate flavor that grows in intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, some coffee elements appear, as does a slight oat taste, but this beer is all about chocolate; an interesting bitter flourish appears at the end
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A fine oatmeal stout; the body could be thicker but it is plenty good just the way it is
Thanks, TheBungyo, for the experience
08-23-2007 01:54:22 | More by brentk56
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
brown color, essentially black with a nice sized head of tan foam that leached out over the top and settled down to a comfortable level after a few moments. Nice side glass lacing was apparent here as it dripped effortlessly over the top.
The aroma was rich with roasted malts and touches of caramel and molasses. Nice burnt and peat like aroma to it as well and the sweetness really started to come through nicely as it began to warm. Up next though was the show stopper, just a wonderful rush of roasted malt, sweet notes of caramel and a wonderful full bodied stout here. Nice touches of a campfire like roastedness really just out the slightly bitter edge
12-03-2011 19:06:32 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-16-2012 22:05:01 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
I wanna say this is finally the last of the beers from my Trader Joe's jag. What a ride. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a very tiny thrust of maple syrup. The taste follows pretty closely, though the syrup is definitely nowhere to be seen and the cocoa is slightly dryer. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout. 'Nuff said.
04-06-2011 02:25:38 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Pours out black with a little hint of brown tones, as well. No head and no lacing.
S - It smelled like oatmeal and roasted malt.
T - Had a coffee like taste mixed with coffee and roasted malts.
M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.
D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Not the best but certainly not the worst.
01-09-2007 02:33:20 | More by zeff80
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of rich roasted malt and oats, coffee and dark chocolate, with a touch of hops.
T: Flavors of chocolate & coffee come out first, followed by oats and caramelized malt, then a touch of hops comes in. The flavors blend together well, but it seems as though they’re all a bit subdued, leaving the overall taste kind of thin.
M: Very smooth, medium body (light for the style), medium carbonation, very clean finish.
D: Kind of tasty, goes down easy, not as filling you would expect from the style. I drank the bottle that I had rather quickly, but if I’m going to go for an Oatmeal Stout, I would probably go for one that’s a bit more viscous and has a little more flavor.
12-24-2006 04:15:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back label.
Appearance: Fast frothing tan head, nearly pitch black and the head stays two fingers thick for a good while.
Smell: Sweet aroma of malt and oats, undertones of coffee and charcoal meld well with the sweetness.
Taste: The flexed smooth mouth feel is almost forceful in a good way and makes the medium body feel bigger than it actually is. Good balance of sweetness to roasted flavours, oat and malt sweetness is level and not cloying at all. Then comes a slowly growing yet mellow roasted flavour the suggests coffee and faint charcoal. Hops are modest and flavour a little with a light bitterness. More roasted flavours pull in with a softness and the sweetness rounds out the finish.
Notes: A very tasty Oatmeal Stout, low-key yet the flavours flow perfectly with the pleasing smoothness. Couple this brew with a fresh baked brownie or another chocolaty delight and you are all set.
08-25-2002 18:18:38 | More by Jason
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Light fizzy head, light blackish brown color.
Nose is toasty brown malts, some oats, bit porter like roast, some light earthy hops.
Taste is smooth and creamy, nice oats but not much, lighter overall, not very creamy, light porter roast, very thin, very light chocolate, toasty brown malts, a little bitter with light earthy hops.
Mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation.
Overall meh, light oatmeal stout, drinkable but not much body and flavor is fairly light.
03-21-2011 01:45:08 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +3.9%
The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of oats, chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. It's earthy with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth, malty flavor. It goes down with a roasted and chocolate malt taste and finishes with a dry oatmeal flavor. It's earthy with a chocolate edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good OS. It has a flavorful malt bill; highly drinkable.
06-30-2005 01:41:12 | More by WesWes
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Really nice roasted malt flavor, a hint of coffee. Great creamy mouthfeel, like a nitro only better. Attractive dark brown in the chalice, lacing and swirls are very classy. Dark flavor but restrained bitterness. More of porter with the warm roast and caramel flavors. A pleasant bitterness to the aftertaste but just enough to balance the malt.
This would a good one for the blind tasting. I would think it would surprise many people with the depth of flavor. Maybe it's just Huber Bock beer from the 70s. It may not be a "craft beer" but why can't we have more excellent and inexpensive products from the big producers?
07-30-2011 04:43:06 | More by mactrail
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a black color with no head and light carbonation.
s - Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.
m - Medium body anbd low carbonation.
d - A decent oatmeal stout with a lot of roasted malts in the smell and taste. Could definitely drink a few of these. Would try again.
07-10-2010 20:17:42 | More by mdfb79
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin head that soon vanishes, leaving only a ring that struggles to leave any lacing on the glass.
The smell is of chocolate, coffee, deep roasted oats with a touch of light charcoal smokiness.
The taste is of roasted oats with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Sweetness controlled by a roasty, slightly smoky, character. A dry sweetness in the finish.
The body is on the fuller side of medium and creamy.
A nice, aromatic, brew that certainly has enough good taste to keep me interested enough to grab another.
05-17-2007 03:01:48 | More by jwc215
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
Deep brown, but I can shine light through the glass; appears to be clear. Modest initial beige head; leaves a thin layer of ring lace after each sip.
With the aroma, this is far more coffee-like than most stouts. Slightly creamy. No notable hop.
A little watery for my tastes, especially for an oatmeal stout. Lots of coffee flavors. No flaws but not much complexity. The aftertaste does have some dark chocolate come out.
This is one of those beers that is great at a party--tastes great, provides real sociability, but may not stack up against the big boys of the stout world.
05-02-2008 22:37:23 | More by smcolw
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a dark brown, with a full tan head, great retention, and nice lacing.
S: Smells overly of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar on the nose.
T: Very sweet to the taste, the oats are doing their part. Big flavours of creamed coffee and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted malt and espresso.
M: Smooth, creamy, slightly cloying from all the sugar, but not that bad, very drinkable.
D: Not a bad beer, and only $4.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's, it's as cheap as BMC, but vastly superior in flavour. Question: If Goose Island can get this beer to CA, why can't we see some more BCS around these parts?
12-15-2007 19:03:46 | More by Halcyondays
3.58/5 rDev -7%
Is it Gordon Biersch? Is it Goose Island? Who knows?
33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired as one of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Los Angeles. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark black. It's appealing.
Sm: Caramel, light oats, maybe some light chocolate or roast, and very light smoke. A mild strength aroma.
T: Oaty but not to the extent you'd expect of an oatmeal stout. Caramel is lighter than expected - which is a good thing. Some light chocolate and roast. Not very complex, but effective for what it's trying to do. Very well balanced, with a heavy dose of cream emerging in the latter half. Interesting and tasty. I like the contrast between the chocolatey malt in the first half and the pleasant smooth cream in the second. Superbly balanced all around. Great roast and coffee on the finish. I really like it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours well. Good thickness and excellent carbonation.
Dr: Very drinkable. Very well priced. High quality Who knew Trader Joe's stocked such good beer? Wow.
09-01-2011 07:26:09 | More by kojevergas
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