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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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568 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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Photo of Boilermaker88


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

Another pick-up from my local Trader Joe's and their revolving door of hit-and-miss craft brews. Poured into a standard pint glass, this o-stout had a uniform near-black color with some dark brown highlights and a modest tan head that rather quickly shrank down to a thin cap.
The nose was pretty sweet - lots of malts and a dusting of milk chocolate. A robust coffee aroma capped off the nose. The taste packed a hefty coffee-infused bitterness. Add a good dose of roasted grains and at times I thought I was drinking some burnt whole grain toast with an old coffee chaser. The feel didn't come off as silkily smooth as other oatmeal stouts I've tried and was a bit on the thin side.
Overall, this is a decent, if not great, oatmeal stout. It's real nice considering the price of $4.95 a six-pack. A nice find at TJ's.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 19:38:33 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I too purchased this at Trader Joe's. Pours a nice black color with a nice tan head. Smells sweet, with aromas of roasted grains and coffee/chocolate tones. Very light mouthfeel with a strong coffee flavor upon first sip. I like my stout with a little more body than this..but it's still enjoyable.

A good brew for the price and it's brewed by Goose Island exclusively for Trader Joe's. Hints of chocolate and tobacco come through with further tasting. This would be a good beer to have with dessert. A good stout overall, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 03:10:02 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of TheLiterati


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like other reviewers, I found this little treasure sitting on the shelf of my neighborhood Trader Joe's - a recent, welcome addition to a somewhat lackluster but slowly-changing variety of craft and micro brews.

I'm a big fan of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and admit I was a bit reluctant to try this one. Still, I took a whiff of this smoky smelling brew before pouring it in a thick sided, wide mouth tumbler that showed off its tan head and opaque black body rather nicely.

At first taste, I expected the initially smooth and velvety mouthfeel to finish disappointingly flat. However, though not necessarily a complex brew, Stockyard finished strong without being heavy, syrupy or sluggish.

A nice alternative for a lighter lager or pils, Stockyard's Oatmeal Stout is quite drinkable in record summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 01:06:26 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of Godspeed


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. A modest beige head is seen briefly before it dissipates. Coffee aroma with hints of burnt mollasses. Tastes largely of coffee and roasted malt flavor with a smooth, thin finish. Maybe a bit bland for an oatmeal stout, but very drinkable, and well worth the 4.99 for a sixpack at trader joe's.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 19:02:07 | More by Godspeed
Photo of mattcrill


2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: comes in a standard 12 oz. brown bottle. I do like all the old guys hanging out in the stockyard in the picture. Pours pure black with a nice head that doesn't last long. Looks nice in a glass.
Smell: A hint of coffee, nuts, and roasted malts. Pretty faint however.
Taste: Not much to speak of. Really light. When I think of oatmeal stouts this one doesn't fit any of the characteristics. Not very complex. Almost like a brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Too light for an oatmeal stout
Drinkability: Not bad. Goes down smooth but again, if you are new to the oatmeal stout world, this is not the one to start with. Sam Smith's is where I would go. This is the "light" version of oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 02:32:04 | More by mattcrill
Photo of cyguyjg


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma seems overwhelmingly of molasses. Pours a bit thin but perhaps that is because this bottle is not nitro. The color is black as tar; no opacity noted.The taste is well-balanced - no bitter hops here. I sense a slight bit of effervescence on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these in a session.

Overall, I tend to discount some of the other factors and home in on taste. And I like this one. Perhaps that's because I prefer Porter to Stout... this is close to Porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 01:09:25 | More by cyguyjg
Photo of AtLagerHeads


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

A decent stout that is an especially good beer for the price - $4.59 a sixer at Trader Joe's. The bottle and markings all indicate that the brew is from from the Stockyard Brewing Company, but apparently this comes Goose Island.

A nice dark body, just shy of black, supports a thin tan head that dissipates too rapidly and leaves miniscule spotting on the glass. Good aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is quite nice, a bit sweet, and full of coffee and chocolate notes. Good richness and just a bit mild. The feel is too thin for the style but not dramatically out of line and it is a bit creamy and oily, mso no big downside here. Good drinkability and no signficant alcohol noted.

Great buy at this price when most of my stouts range upwards of $2 for a 12 ounce bottle. Not a great beer, but very good for the money. Super when matched to a piece of Christmas milk chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 01:15:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 01:34:47 | More by Redrover
Photo of granger10


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

It looked solid enough and the aroma was there, but this was an oatmeal stout from trader joe's for 79 cents a bottle. There had to be something wrong with the taste or something. Nope. This was great! Three dominant flavors of oats, coffee, and roasted malts. Not too complex, a bit thin for a stout, and somewhat bitter. But it was still a great beer. I had a few by themselves then a few with some brats and they actually paired well to me. This rivals Arcadia Imperial Stout and Hennepin for the best taste to price ratio.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 13:33:14 | More by granger10
Photo of PhantomVodoo


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

Brownish black in color. Mostly opaque. Brown head.
Aroma of heavily roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Tatse is fairly smooth and is dominated by heavily roasted malt and oats. Has a big coffee flavor. There may be oats in this, but I'd call it a coffee stout. Definitely bitter and not sweet. Bitter coffee flavor at the finish that lingers a bit.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability if you like black coffee, otherwise, it's a bit bitter.
Overall, a good beer, but too much bitter coffee flavor for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 09:03:13 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of jackndan


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

Stockyard: An oatmeal stout from Trader Joes (Hey, Jackndan went to Trader Joe’s). Pure black, with garnet highlights when held to a bright light. A tannish head that disappeared pretty damn quickly. Had a typical oatmeal stout aroma, i.e. lightly browned coffee and caramel. The taste is fairly faithful to the style, sweet malts opening up to dark chocolate. However, the smoothness of an oatmeal stout is missing, and has more carbonation than I would have liked. However, fairly inexpensive, easy enough to drink. If you are in Trader Joe’s I go for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 20:52:08 | More by jackndan
Photo of RBorsato


4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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....

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 12:42:09 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Viking


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

Pours to a very dark, almost black body. Has hints of ruby red when held up to a light. Nice thick tan head. Good retention. Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee and creamy chocolate. Rich taste of roasted malt - the oats are really apparent, yet not overpowering. Also notes of coffee and chocolate. Good creamy mouthfeel, but not quite as thick as I'd like. Very pleasant brew to drink. Wonderful with Sunday breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 06:11:49 | More by Viking
Photo of StevieW


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiny midnight black color, with a fully stocked rich tan head. Sweet and rich smell combination of chocolate, sweet roasted toffee and coffee hints. Taste was creamy rich, nicely balanced oatmeal taste, slightly more subtle than the Young's or Samuel Smith versions. Crisp bitter bite to the finish. Overall an very nice sweet oatmeal stout flavors. Full bodied, but not as "chewy" as the Young's version. This is still a very good version. I think I am really starting to enjoy Oatmeal Stouts, I'll go searching for more.......

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2002 18:12:30 | More by StevieW
Photo of Jason


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 18:18:38 | More by Jason
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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