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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

627 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer looks gorgeous! It’s a dark, dark brown in color with some ruby hues and a beautiful head. The head just covers the inside of my glass whenever I tip to drink. There are some cool-looking pits on top of the liquid that won’t go away. Awesome!

Smell – The nose is a light mix of semi-roasty malts and a light oatmeal or cereal-type of aroma. I can pick up some sour milk along with some very light table sugar.

Taste – The sweetish oatmeal comes on a bit strong at the taste. This really is a well-balanced stout. It’s equal parts oatmeal, sour milk, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – The body here is shy of medium but it’s rightfully balanced with some noticeable bitterness at the finish, although the sweetness keeps it from being overly harsh.

Drinkability – This was a good-drinking stout that is above average for the style. If you like Oatmeal Stouts you gotta try this one.

Comments – A super-big BA thanks to my good buddy skyhand for bringing this back from her visit to PA.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Roasty coffee-ish and big chocolate aroma and flavor. Full bodied and smooth with a silky oily finish.

An excellent oatmel stout available at Trader Joes for 4.99/six. For that price, it has it all over Samuel Smith's....

RBorsato, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of CoolJosh poured into a tulip.

Pours almost completely black with only hints of mahogany showing through the edges. Big creamy tan head recedes pretty quickly and leaves sparse lacing.

Definitely oats and roasted barley in the aroma with some sweet dark malts. Light coffee and dark chocolate notes come out as well, though the aroma is pretty subtle.

The taste is very impressive and has much richer flavors than the aroma would suggest. There is the initial dark chocolate sweetness that sits on top of the toasted malts and oats. There is also a smoky character to the finish. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and wonderfully smooth with the oats really shining through.

It's very surprising to have such a drinkable, low-ABV beer that really delivers a complex and robust flavor such as this. Very impressive.

gford217, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml.bottle. Sampled on March 19, 2013.

It pours dark brown to just about black with an off-white to tan foamy head.

On the nose it runs the gamut of dark malts, caramel malts, oatmeal, yeast and basically a lot of sweetness.

The body is medium but it had an odd astringency for a stout. I might have liked it to be deeper.

The oatmeal is also noted in the flavor along with dark malts and a smiley sweetness. Not all that bad but not at the top of my oatmeal stout list.

puboflyons, May 20, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good, creamy stout. The toasted malt comes forward well, a bit like a mild English porter. Hop bitterness is mild. There are some mineral notes that balance out the caramel sweetness. The malt flavors are biscuity, caramel and roast. The beer looks good, dark, near black, with a beige head. The feel is creamy and smooth. It's a very drinkable stout with a mild yet full and balanced flavor.

popery, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

blackie, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

tpd975, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

alexgash, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and roasted coffee with a bit of molasses and cinnamon. It tasted like strong coffee with milky oats and bittersweet chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this had good flavor but not super great. It was pretty clean and easy to drink, but didn't have enough body. There was nothing offensive nor special about this beer.

Pencible, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Gagnonsux, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

cdwil, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 .

Reidrover, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

gtermi, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

argock, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

BeerForMuscle, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

homebrew311, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

birchstick, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

WDJersey, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

bobsy, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

Chaney, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ncstateplaya, Nov 26, 2013
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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