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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

362 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 717
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
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Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up from Trader Joes. Described as ‘Stockyard Oatmeal Stout’ on the front label, the reverse label states that this is from the “Stockyard Brewing Company”, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized this must be Chicagoan for Goose Island. Twist off black crown cap. No Strength Listed but Best Before Date is 060405.

Appearance: Pours with a very dark brown, almost black body that is covered with a lovely thick dark tan head, smooth and creamy in nature with a long lasting presence. Finely dissolved carbonation. Long lasting head leaves some nice thick ringed lacing.

Nose: Dark cocoa and coffee laden chocolate with some oatmeal and dark malts all nicely welded together in a bold strong nose.

Taste: Dark sweet malts and creamy oats build into a nice smooth middle. Sharp coffee bitterness mixes equally well with some tasty cocoa powder that adds a talcum like dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The Oats and Malts contribute to a nice creamy smooth above average mouthfeel which also benefits from a slightly cloying chocolate feel. Solid feel.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed during a slow long quiet night in Long Beach. I’m no big fan of Chocolate though and the lingering “chocolate feel” in the aftertaste becomes just a little too much for me in the long term. A bottle to finish the night with is rather the treat though.

Overall: Pretty decent and tasty offering that is great value for money, worth dropping less than the $5 for a Six-Pack that Trader Joes requested for this. Excellent Value. (1,571 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for this one!

Appearance. Pours a deepest brown, almost balck with a finger of deep tan head.

Smell. Roasty malt, sweet chocolate and a little coffee.

Taste. Roasty malt and some milk chocolate. A little coffee. Slightly sweet but not to it's ddisadvantage.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. This is a great, easy drinking otatmeal stout. For the price (5.99 /6) it's pretty awesome. Will buy again for sure, especially when I'm feeling thrifty. (502 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

single bottle from Trader Joe's

a: Pours a somewhat fizzy deep tan head that soon recedes to a ring and then nothing. The beer is a very deep brown in color.

s: Nice aroma, predominantly roasted barley and toasted oatmeal with a hint of dark hops in the back. Overbaked granola. Very earthy with what seems to be a light-moderate hopping. Good level of sweetness. Maybe a touch of lactose.

m: Carbonation on the low side of the medium range. Wish the body was a bit heavier, especially given the style...around of just over medium.

t: Expectedly, roasts dominate with a note of toasty oatmeal. Seems a bit watered down. Great roasted character though, all nutty and earthy. Nondescript hops give a light bitterness to the finish, with long-lingering roasted barley.

d: a respectable beer at least, but nothing I'd really buy again (835 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My friend brought me home a package from his travels. It had a sixer of this among other things. What a friend thinking of my beer needs during his vacation.

A: Pours a deep black in color with a nice 3 finger head. The head quickly dies though and leaves just a small outer ring at the edge of the glass and there is no lacing to be seen.

S: Has a nice mild smell about it. There are notes of nicely roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. I would like a more powerful aroma.

T: The taste is mild as well. What is there is nice but I would like it to me more forward. There is a nice sweet maltiness at first sip. It is not until the finish that I finally detect notes of chocolate and coffee.

M: Way too thin for a stout, especially an oatmeal stout. This one needs more body and creaminess.

D: I am sure the thin body makes this one non filling and quite seasonable, but this not a beer I would want to session.

Overall: An average stout. One to drink to say you have tried it. Some reviewers gave it pretty high marks so I guess it is the right beer for some. The stout lover in me was not real impressed though. The one positive I see is that it can apparently be obtained for $5 a six pack at Trader Joe's. If this one is your cup of tea it would be easy on the wallet, apparently you get what you pay for and I will continue to spend more on my stouts. (1,375 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark stout brown, with garnet edges. Small, tight, light khaki head. Good lacing. Toasted marshmallows, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Roasted malts and light coffee bitterness up front. Smooth milk chocolate and campfire-toasted marshmallows follow. Smoky, peat flavor lasts for a while. More roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Nice. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable. (427 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest of brown coloured ale,lovelly looking massive frothy dark tan head. The arma is a bit subdued but the roasty,oaty aroma is detected, very pleasant. Quite a nice taste, nice and toasty, oats detectabel, thick maltiness, flavours of dark semi-sweet chocolate and coffee hints. Nice on the palate, semi-thick and smooth. Best TJ beer so far..very good drinkability and a cracking good price . (397 characters)

Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass. Best by date 04/2010 on neck. Purchased as 6-pack at Trader Joe's (Short Pump, VA) for $5.99.

A: Very dark brown with garnet edges. 1-2 finger tan head with good retention and random lacing down the glass.

S: Very good aroma with lightly metallic but robust coffee, milk chocolate, dark malt, and light berry-cherry note. Herbal hops are light but serve their purpose of balance well.

T: The flavor follows nicely from the aroma with sweetness winning out over bitterness, but dark malt complexity with coffee, chocolate, and light metallic/mineral aspect. Light herbal hops finish this with more dryness than expected.

M: A little light in body and chewiness for the style. Carbonation is light.

D: A really good oatmeal stout with classic aroma and flavor profiles. I will pick this up every time I go to Trader Joe's in the future -- it is very good. (911 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown with a pretty small head

S - smells of some sweet malts that are nicely rounded out with some coffee/roasted malt

T - the taste starts off with sweet malt, which is balanced out with a little bit of roasted coffee on the finish. Not uberly complex, however it is a nice blend of flavors.

M - full and smooth; goes down nicely

D - this is pretty decent oatmeal stout, especially for the price. It is very sessionable and enjoyable throughout. (474 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown color under a creamy tan head that quickly settles to a thin topping. Some lacing sticks to the glass in uneven patches. Heavily roasted grain aroma...dark coffee beans and a hint of chocolate. Much more chocolate in the flavor, which has less roastiness and is, thankfully, smoother all around. Just a bit of black char mixes with a malty sweetness and bittersweet chocolate. Medium bodied, yet creamy and slightly oily feeling. This is not bad at all, especially for the price. Good to know there's some solid options available when shopping at the local Trader Joe's... (590 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black, dark lacing, decent head retention

S: roasted malt assault.... Smells like freshly ground roasted barley, chocolate and coffee are present, very nice

T: starts off with toasted pumpernickel bread followed by roasted barley. Plenty of chocolate, some bitterness.

Mf: big body, medium carbonation

O: this is a flavor packed oatmeal stout, great value and worth a try for anyone shopping at trader joes. (420 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sample brought to me from California by my bestest younger brother. Many thanks.
Aroma is rather light, but nice roast qualtiy with the full/flat quality typical of style.
Head was extemely brief with fizzy sharp bubbles. Black, but in light showed clarity and a brownish amber.
Nice roasty malt, not exceedingly rich. Thinge of sweetness and a well balanced dryness.
Nice smoothness, but not great (velvety). A tinge thin.
This is fine. Went well with KIll Bill part 1 (better than the movie). I'll drink this again, but I'll pass on the movie. (555 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout has a thick, creamy, frothy, beige head, lots of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted, but not burnt, barley malts, sweet chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is of sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smooth bitterness (chicory). Mouthfeel is medium and creamy (from the oatmeal), and Stockyard Oatmeal Stout finishes powdery and very delicious. Drinkability is quite high.

RJT (466 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, dark cola color with two fingers of rich tan head.

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, berries, and oatmeal.

Tastes of sweet chocolate malts, coffee, toffee, berries, and tobacco. Finish is quite clean.

Medium bodied, clean and smooth, with light to moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking sessiuonable oatmeal stout. Not too big and not too thin. (375 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle given to me by a friend after he bought it from Trader Joe's

Poured into a pint glass with a very dark brown color, maybe could argue it was black, had 1/2 inch silky light tan head that left lacing the majority of the time, looked real good

Smell was nice and full of chocolate and toffee, maybe some hints of coffee too but not enough to really distinguish, also lots of roasted malt was present

Taste was very nutty and chewy, toffe stuck out during the aftertaste, but was sweet and smooth at first, would have liked it to be more dry, but was not bad, especially for about six dollars a six pack

Could drink a couple bottles of this and then get really full, heavy stuff, had no idea Goose Island made this, I plan on drinking their Bourbon County Stout in a couple days

Recommended, especially because of its low price, nice oatmeal stout (865 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into Trader Joe's and picked this up on a whim. Boy, I'm sure glad I did!

I guess this is made by Goose Island.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown color, with a little bit of ruby showing around the edges when held up to the light. The very nice, mocha head left a trail of froth as it died down into a shaving cream-like formation. Great retention!

S: Chocolate milk combined with toasted oats and maybe even a hint of coffee (or at least some semblance of roasty bitterness).

T: This beer had the perfect amount of sweetness. I mean, the sugar content cut through whatever bitterness might have existed and transformed it from a coffee bomb to a candy bomb!... almost tasted like "Nestle's Quick."

M: Thick and creamy, with a nice carbonated feel without it being too. The sweetness wasn't cloying in the least bit.

O: I'm simply amazed that I found of beer of this caliber for $5.99 on the shelf at Trader Joe's. I'm still reeling... (943 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very classic appearance on this oatmeal stout, with a jet black body and a good inch of tan head that laced well. There's actually not much I can fault the appearance for, so I have to give it top marks. Fairly straightforward aroma of oats and subdued roasted malts, but sadly, not as strong as I would have hoped. The taste continues the subtlety, but in this case I think it would have benefited from a bit more intensity. Smooth, ashy flavour, with the oats nicely evident. Creamy with light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth on the palate, as it should be, and easy to drink.

Thanks Bryan! (596 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (886 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When the carbonation clears and finally disappears from the edges thus sets up with a deep radiant onyx color. The head was tan with a fizzy nature but it collared thickly and set up nicely.

The nose is filled with roasted oats, sweet yet dry chocolate, slight roasted coffee and creamy marshmallow.

The flavor yields to the creamy sweetness with a marshmallow tendancy. Dry chocolate, sorghum, molasses, raisin and even maple make an appearance.

The feel is a touch thick with a bit more carbonated bite than I desire. Otherwise it's smooth and easy to drink.

Ostensibly, this is a cheap beer as its Trader Joe's, but it packs a good flavor and serves it's purpose as a easy to drink stout. (695 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack from TJ's for $4.99 back in October.

Pours black with a tan head and is leaving a gentle lacing down my glass. Nose is of malts and a mild trace of coffee. The taste was very well put together! When it first hit my tounge it hit with a creamy but roasted chocolate coffee sensation that lingered until the dry hop finale blasted me. This is wonderfully creamy but it is a tad bit thin for the style. Overall drinkability is very good as I would definitely by this again for the price I paid! (510 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Trader Joe’s contract-brewed six-for-six beers. A bit of a wild card. Was this really brewed by Goose Island at one time? Oatmeal stouts seem like a style that should be forgiving and easy to make—as someone once told me, if I’m going to start homebrewing I should begin with a stout because roast covers up mistakes—but that’s not always the case.

I poured this from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. It comes out a ruddy black-brown, with some light sneaking through around the edges. There’s a mild roast on the nose, and very faint hints of acidic/sour/tart/lactic ‘milk stout’ aromas that are definitely present on the taste. Tart finish, too. Not a big, bitter roast. More like muted dark chocolate: Mexican chocolate made with too much water might be a more apt description, as it’s thin and lacks characteristic boldness. Some oatmeal stout creaminess, but nothing like what I want from the style.

Effervescent. The milk stout sour/tartness dominates the finish. More sweet than sharp, this beer misses the mark for strong roasty/dark chocolate flavors but isn’t too bad for a buck. (1,124 characters)

Photo of DIM
2.39/5  rDev -38.4%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black color with a good amount of beige head on it. Smell is very heavy chocolate with not much else. Taste is roasted chocolate, kind of tastes smokey as well. Medium bodied beer. It's relatively smooth although I'm not a big fan of the aftertaste. Overall a decent beer, my wife likes it quite a bit. (316 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. I forgot to check for a freshness dating,.

Beer pours jet black with frothy tan head and nice lacing.

Nice smelling beer. Lots of smoky roasted malt and a bit of peat type smell.

Taste is great. Like the smell, lots of toasted/smoked malt. Also has a touch of hops to add a little balance. Beer is slightly sweet perhaps due to the oatmeal? A little coffee taste sneaks in to add complexity.

Nice creamy soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking stout. You can drink this one all night. (509 characters)

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.