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

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

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 65 | 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 abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with 08/16/06 freshness date. The appearance is decent with a dark brown color and some rosiness around the edges in the light. The head is disappointingly small and thin; tan in color which fades away quickly. Leaves no lace.

The smell is mildly detectable but comes across as biscuity followed by some coffee and hints of pepper.

The taste is a fairly decent blend of malt and hops with a nice bitterness in the backend. The burnt malt adds some coffee flavoring. Pretty smooth and typical for the style.

Photo of StAnthony
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island, huh? I never knew...

I wonder why those Geese are trying to hide this beauty of a gander. Picked up a sixer at Trader Joes for $4.99 or so. A steal! I love stout and this one was exceptionally smooth (good ol' oatmeal) and much more drinkable than your average variety of the black stuff. Rich with maltey goodness, but not overpowering in the least. I didn't catch an ABV on the label, but whatever it was, both my palette and my constitution were very pleased after a couple bottles. I actually felt a bit lonely once it was gone. I'll see you again soon, buddy.

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 .

Photo of aforbes10
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

my wife bought this for me at a Trader Joe's in Chicago. No indication on the label that Goose Island brews it...actually it says "stockyard brewing co., chicago, IL" but the picture on the site here is the same so maybe its a gimmick.

Best thing about this beer is the appearance. Black as all hell, good head maintained at about 1/8 inch for the duration.

Odor is kind of blah. a bit of maltiness but not much else.

Taste is full of roasted malt goodness. some coffee undertones. some sweetness too. smooth mouthfeel.

i'd have this again, but i dont know if i'd buy it (although my wife said it was super cheap).

Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with a picture of an old Irish man? and a description of the beer on the front. They said it was made in the Irish tradition and that why I thought the man was Irish. The back of the label was nothing unusual, but their was a faint bottle number though.

When poured into a mug it came out a dark brown color with plenty of ruby highlights through it. I just got a little skim of tan colored foam that dissipated fast into some lace around the glass. I just got a faint aroma of some dark roasted coffee beans with some malt in the background. The taste was that of bitter dark roasted coffee beans, little dark chocolate, and some oatmeal in the background. I thought there should be a bit more oatmeal in the taste and less bitter, but I can't complain it was still good. The mouthfeel was a bit on the light side. It wasn't too watery and also at the end there was just a slight dry bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout but had one best prices around. It only cost $5.00 for a six-pack at Trader Joe's. A very drinkable brew!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a dark black color with a fair 1/2 inch cream-tan head of foam. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet oats and grain mix with ground coffee and earth. Taste was solid and slightly more complex that I anticipated; flavors of coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, grain and dark chocolate kept the palate entertained. Mouthfeel was acceptable; I prefer my oatmeal stouts to be chewy, thick and dense, while this was more light and crisp. Overall this is a pretty drinkable brew. When you factor in the cost (5 bucks a sixer) you can't go wrong.

Photo of Bcant
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trade Joes sells Stockyard Oatmeal Stout for $4.99/six pack (as of 11/26/2005), a great deal!

Decent sized brown head with moderate retention and some lacing. Very dark brown, ruby when held to the light.

Nose of dark chocolate moose and coffee. Very well balanced; the taste begins with strong roasted grain flavor, transitions to a middle which features bitter and sweet chocolate flavors and dark roast coffee notes, then creamy. Finishes dry, drawing all the malt flavors into a satisfying simplicity balanced against the late emerging hops.

Very chewy, a real mouthful. Perhaps slightly over carbonated, gives a bit of a fuzzy edge to what is mostly a very soft sensation. Still, crisp aftertaste and (I am assuming) low to moderate alchol content makes this a good session brew.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased in a sixer at Trader Joe's for $4.99.

Pours a fairly dark black with red hues and a pretty tan head that towers at first but dies down after a couple of minutes to about half a centimeter. Very good lacing.

Smells quite delicious - hugely malty. Coffee aroma with chocolate and a twang of alcohol.

Smooth taste - not much in the way of carbonation or hops, and not particularly thick. Something of a session stout. Not very complex, but also nothing bad about it - just a good tasting oatmeal stout. Best enjoyed quite cold - as it warms out the taste of alcohol becomes more pronounced.

I recommend this stout. It is a good drinking beer, nothing that you have to think too hard about, and at $4.99 a sixer you just can't beat it. An incredible bargain.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice small bubbled tawn colored head that keeps throughout the drink. Deep, dark stout coloring. Roasty chocolate aroma.
Mouth feel is chewy and matches the rich aroma and taste.
Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors from the malt. Very rich and distinctive flavoring.
Nice espresso-like aftertaste with hint of sweetness.
Very drinkable to be savored slowly at anytime but expecially after dinner.
Cheap price at Trader Joe's. I'd like to keep this one in the fridge for those long, relaxing fall and winter evenings. Give me this and a chocolate brownie and I'm in heaven

Photo of HochFliegen
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice brown pour with a tan head. Head quickly diminished to nothing.
Smell of sweet carmel and chocolate. A hint of coffee in there as well.
Taste was a smooth with a powerfull taste of chocolate, nut and roasted malts. A rather bitter end and coffee like aftertaste.

Photo of Eris48
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a six pack bought at Trader Joe's for $4.99 - quite a bargain!

Pours a deep brown-black hue, with little head, but delicate tan lacing. The aroma is intoxicating by itself. Rich roasted malt, with strong notes of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I was hoping for. That's made up for by a full flavor, where the malt shines and the oatmeal comes through. Not too heavy, but truly rich. A great after-dinner beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  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.

Photo of lokicat444
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love how this beer looks, opaque brown with an ample beige froth. Head dissapates quickly, though lacing is pretty impressive. It doesn't really have a smell, just a faint hint of chocolate, but the taste is very smooth, a great roasted taste. An interesting mix of bitterness and sweetness. Very easy to drink if you like the style, I highly reccomend if you're looking for a cheap stout. (from Trade Joe's)Could drink a few of them when I'm in the mood.

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

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.

Photo of beersarang
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black with some ruby in the light. Tan head retains well and leaves some sticky lacing all over the place.

Sweet chocolate smell, lots of toffee maybe butterscotch in the nose. Very pleasant roasted aroma.

Its all about the malt with this brew, light carbonation carries the soft malt presence across the palate. Roasted coffee and chocolate are present at extreme levels but blend in well. Bitterness comes from the roasted grains rather than the hops, it seems. Hop burps however give a nice British floral hop flavor. Exhale produces a pleasantly soft charcoal across the palate. Well done overall.

Thick bodied, it seems, very velvety smooth. Exactly what I look for in an oatmeal stout.

For 5 bucks a sixer at Trader Joes, this Oatmeal stout cannot be beat.

Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer except, perhaps, for a little over the top coffee-ness. Pours a proper black body under a thin tan head. Extremely bitter coffee smell and taste. But somewhere in there, I was getting an iompression of toasted marshmallows and capuccino Jelly Bellys. I got this bottle at the brewery, but It’s otherwise sold in the Trader Joes chain.

Photo of Star80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Wow. Smells a lot like coffee with some chocolate notes. Tastes like it smells - which isn't a bad thing! Nice bitter espresso aftertaste and not too sweet either, which is a nice change from the bigger stouts. Could be called a porter...the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall this is a very drinkable stout, not too be looked down upon in any way!

Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/19/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration code on the back label. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark black pour with a dirty yellowish-white head. Good 1/2 inch throughout, with above average lacing.

Smell- Right down to the guidelines on smell and taste. Heavy bitter and burning malt and roasted nuts.

Taste- Pretty much described it in the taste. Maybe even a bit smoky. Definite bitterness in the finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel- Not really as creamy as I would have thought. Moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability- Not bad at all for an oatmeal stout. The smoky texture and high bitterness caught me off gaurd a bit, but overal a pretty decent brew.

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Presentation: This beer poured a beautiful dark mahogany, black-coffee-like color into the glass. There was about an inch-thick tan-colored head that maintained itself very well throughout the tasting. This is one of the most attractive-looking beers I have ever seen. I wasn't as impressed by the scent. The aroma was rather heavy, without much in the way of malt or hop character coming through.

Tasting: The predominant flavor on the tongue is coffee. There are hints of roasted malts and chocolate as well. This is a rather sweet beverage. It comes across very smoothly on the tongue as well. If one is a fan of coffee, then this beer will be great for a "session." I see this beer as having potential crossover potential for people looking to explore the world of stouts. I definitely recommend it!

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

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a moderate sized head. Aroma is that of roasted malt and grain. The taste is that of coffee infused with a slight dose of bittersweet chocolate. A slight bit on the thin side, but in no way does it detract. Finishes quite easily with a nice does of coffee and chocolate on the way down. For $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's, this is a steal. Goose Island, er, uh, Stockyard Brewery, ya done good. While its not a Rogue Shakespeare it is still a very solid oatmeal stout.

Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of winomark
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, with a tiny, quickly disappating light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts combine nicely to create a nice, inviting nose. Palate is a continuation fo the nose, with mocha and carbonation adding a nice dry component. Slight cola flavors also noticable. Mouthfeel is light, on the dry side, but with a lingering finish. Oatmeal adds a nice roundness and softness throughout. A very drinkable stout, IMO. Good flavor profile and mild finish. Worth trying anytime.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark, dark brown with hardly any foam what so ever. The smell of roasted malts filled the nose. The taste was of roasted malts and chocolate. There was also a slight hint of a spicy nature, but just a slight hint. The overall taste of this stout was just a bit over average. There was just something missing that I couldn't put my finger on. Kind of a lack luster finnish, maybe!

Photo of swamiswamu
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour dark brown with a healthy tan head. The aroma is filled with roasted malt and oats. It simply tastes as an oatmeal stout should. The sturdy burnt oats floats smoothly into a bitter finish. All in all a great beer. The fact that it goes for $4.99 at Trader Joes' is pure icing.

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