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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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594 Ratings

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 22
Gots: 24 | 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:
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Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chocolate in color with creamy brown head. No lacing and nothing eye-catching about it.

Smell: Pretty nutty with chocolate, oat malts and some hop bitterness.

Taste: Not as much nuttiness but otherwise the same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: A pretty enjoyable oatmeal stout, but definitely nothing out of the ordinary. Very smooth but very forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:12:48 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

Brought back a 6 pack purchased from Trader Joe's. 12oz brown bottle with a b/b date on the back. Label lists Stockyard Brewing Co, Chicago - I did not realize it was a Goose Island beer.
Nearly pitch black, clear with reddish hilights. Long lasting inch of off white foam.
Smell of sweet malt and oats, along with a bit of coffee. Nice roasted flavor, not too sweet. Coffee and cocoa, and a nice hops finish. The mouthfeel and body are a bit thinner and lighter than originally expected, but it works. An easy to drink oatmeal stout, not too much sticky sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 19:27:05 | More by BigBry
Photo of Buebie


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at Trader Joes.
Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip.
3 Finger cream colored head, some retention and some decent draping lace.
Dark black in color with some nice red hues around the edges.

Smell is average for this style. Some peanut buttery nuttieness stuck out with a nice malty sweet smell.

Taste is delicious, nice an sweet with a dry finish. Nice thick mouthfeel with a cream like texture, but overpowered by carbonation.
Mild chocolate tones with more nuttieness and some hops linger at the swallow.
Fairly mild as far as outmeal stouts go. But definatly worth it.

Paired well with pan seared lake trout.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 20:52:27 | More by Buebie
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: light brown foamy head w/ a little bit of sticky lacing and a dark black body with ruby highlights

s: toasted grain; light roasted coffee; dark chocolate; high sharp alcohol

t: not amazingly flavorful; light coffee; some yeasty bitterness; some dark chocolate; a real sharp aftertaste; biscuit; hard bitter coffee aftertaste

m: a little sharp on the carb but decent weight

d: ok but not worth going out of your way for and a little disappointing in taste

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 03:28:44 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of MDekker


2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out basically black with a slight head. Can't see through it. Looks OK. The smell is faint and mostly of burnt coffee. I was disappointed here. The flavor is also somewhat weak, with hints of toast. Dominantly bitter. The bottle mentioned chocolate flavors, but I couldn't find any. The carbonation is OK, but it's overall a little watery. It was at best an OK experience, but I'm uninspired to have one again. Maybe I'm just too jaded by delicious double and imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 15:29:39 | More by MDekker
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet brown, nearly opaque appearance. Hot cocoa colored head about two fingers high comprised of dense even bubbles. OK retention and no permanent lace. The aroma is delightful. Creamy milk chocolate, cocoa, delicate berry-like fruitiness, piles of smooth full malt, and roast coffee beans fill up my nose. Nice balance. Flavors are also well balanced. Milk chocolate with roast coffee bitter tartness and berries. Not as great as the smell for me but not bad. Mouthfeel is slick with a steady creaminess. Body could be fuller. This is easy to drink but could be even more so if there were less coffee bitterness.

Not bad and good on the nose.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 22:12:21 | More by tastybeer
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mocha brown with a thin head that fades into a sticky ring.

Light smell of Oats and burnt Coffee. Not a very pleasant or inviting smell.

Not a bad taste but a little thin for what it could be. I'm thinking it could be a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. O wait, it is [for the most part], just a tad bit watered down. Very mellow hop and oat flavor rolled up with an over burnt coffee flavor. Not a horrible beer but it could be so much more!

It's a very smooth and easy to drink beer. It's a watery version of GI's oatmeal Stout. Decent but just could be so much more.

Yeah it is drinkable. More so than many.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:05:21 | More by RixBeer
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, bought this at Trader Joes for $5.48. Poured a nice dark brown with a nice two finger head. Smell of toasted malts but lighter on the coffee and chocolate than other oatmeal stouts. Taste similar and good. The only thing going against this beer is a somewhat thin mouthfeel. This is one of the few budget priced beers I've genuinely enjoyed and will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:16:13 | More by srrn
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simply a thin outer trim of mocha brown head with but one large bubble and a handful of smaller ones on either side of it. Some chestnut and cherry colour was seen on angle off the pour, but this is arguably opaque. A charred black coloured body.

The aroma makes this beer deliciously tempting, boasting strong notes of toasted biscuits covered in bakers chocolate. Hints of tobacco and tar have some presence as well. Largely though, this smells like a combination of freshly baked cookies and freshly ground coffee.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is very low. Flavours coat the mouth and the aftertaste has a ringing sweetness. A little syrupy at times. A little roast might go a long way. Could also use a little more density to really be considered 'stout'. The bitterness seems selective, showing up on some sips but not others.

A cookie-dough like taste. Strong biscuit malt melded with melted chocolate. Some soot and ash that are overrun by a cloying sweetness. An (at times astringent) cold coffee taste (that can be obnoxiously bitter). Also a strong taste of hazelnut and maybe almond. Flavours blend well and are more than pleasing on the palate.

Slightly different character than other oatmeal stouts, it's far more sweet than roasty and it has more biscuit than chocolate. I wouldn't recommend as dessert, although it would make an excellent substitute for coffee. Is this my ideal oatmeal stout? No... but it's not too, too far from it. This was enjoyed with special thanks to tpd975 !

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 03:57:57 | More by biegaman
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3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:37:23 | More by smcolw
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark and impossible to see through. Big beautiful creamy tan head with good lasting power leaves good rings on the glass.

S-Smokey and sweet honey and chocolate with a fresh roasted coffee aroma.

T/M-Nice roasty malts with that distinct oatmeal mouthfeel slight bittersweet finish.

D-Very drinkable example of the style,delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 23:34:02 | More by biggred1
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep reddish brown with a finger of off white mocha head. No lacing.

S: Damn this is a surprise. Freshly roasted coffee beans. Tons of roast. Even smells like oatmeal in the back. Smells more like a double than anything else.

T: Again. Damn. So nice and sweet up front. Then it goes into the roast. Hints of coffee beans and some chocolate in the back. Finishes so sweet on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin compared to the bold taste and smell. Then again this is just a normal oatmeal stout.

D: This is awesome. Love it when a brewer packs all the taste and smells into a tiny beer like this. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:11:17 | More by aerozeppl
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark brown with ruby highlights in the light. Small mocha colored head. Goes bye-bye pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the edge of the glass

S- Lots of coffee, chocolate & oats up the nostrils.

T- Heavy on the coffee. Nice oatty backbone and slightly bitter hop finish.

M- A bit on the thin side for an oatmeal stout. Excellent bubbly carbonation though.

D- Kicking myself for only picking a single bottle up from a Trader Joe's in Vegas. As Overlord stated in his review, this is one of the best brews dollar-for-dollar

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 23:10:39 | More by Avryle
Photo of Overlord


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dollar for dollar, one of the two or three best beers I've ever had. Maybe the best -- I'm having trouble thinking of a better one at the moment.

Found this at Trader Joe's for 4.99. I don't see Goose Island available in California very often; basically, there are two or three stores in SoCal that offer it. And it's usually hit or miss as to what's on the shelves.

I snatched up all the sixers of this I could find. Heck, a case is cheaper than some single bottles I've had recently. In searching the intertron, I've discovered that this beer (purportedly) is the exact same offering as the Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, just that it is 4.99 versus 7.99. Haven't tried both, don't know if that is true.

Pours a dark brown with a big off-white head and some lighter brown shading. It's an attractive beer, but doesn't necessarily look like a stout. Almost more like a Dopplebock in appearance. The taste is smooth and creamy, but not particularly thick (probably my only caveat). The carbonation keeps on a-bubblin' and livens it up.

The smell and taste is rich chocolate, some coffee, roasted/charred malts, and some palatable oatmeal backing. For a beer this cheap to have such a rich, explosive flavor is stunning.

Beers like this remind me that you don't have to pay premium prices for good, solid brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 07:59:12 | More by Overlord
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice dark brown with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick of loose tan bubbles.

The smell is good and roasty, losts of dark malt with a good toastyness.

The taste is nice, very roasty notes of coffee caramel chocolate and molasses in the finish. The brew is not real hopy but not to much out of balance.

The mouthfeel is a little thin but still good, the feel of the carbonation a little too fizzy.

The drinkability is good, I do like this brew and would want to try it again. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 04:49:18 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 01:59:43 | More by wedge
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oatmeal Stout pours a dark brown with an off white/tannish head. There is a hint of chocolate and coffee both in the scent and definitely in the taste. This was definitely a beer wih a crisp taste to it...slightly different from other stouts that I have had in the past. Overall, a drinkable and decent beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 02:38:10 | More by Jayli
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a 6 pack at Trader Joe's in WEestfield, NJ for $4.99.

Appearance: Poured into a Samuel Smith Tulip, black with slight red at the edges, excellent coffee colored head that reached the top and had good retention.

Smell: Sugary, sweet, coffee oatmeal. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice chewy, creamy malt swish.

Taste: Clean and creamy malt with rustic oat flavor and dry coffee finish.

Drinkability: Overall I've been disappointed with the beers at Trader Joe's (stick to the value wines) but this is the one winner I've found. For the price it's a bargain and is an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:02:38 | More by joezak5
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If I were marketing this, I'd call it an oatmeal ale. It's not a stout -- not thick enough -- but it's certainly tasty. Chocolate, coffee, and a lightly sweet finish; medium-full body, decent head (pours out of the bottle-neck like a lazy geyser); lovely golden-brown color.

You can't always rely on price @ Trader Joe's to point you to the good beers; this one is among the cheapest they offer ($4.99/6pk). This is a good barbecue brew. A pleasant surprise overall and a sleeper hit.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 23:59:56 | More by oogenesis
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Decent black pour, but too much light makes it through this one, almost a light porter or a dark brown ale look to it.
Great aroma, man this one hit me in the face, coffee, and chocolate come out big time. And this one also has a nice aroma of spicy hops to it.
Taste is very good, Coffee, and chocolate dominate this beer, Not getting the oats much at all, and this one has a nice little hoppiness to it.
Mouthfeel is more like a brown ale, this would be fine it they didn't try and pass it off as a stout, just too thin, and no creamy chewiness from the oats. I am a little torn on this one as it seems a little miss labeled, but I really like it. Not much of an oatmeal stout to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 15:05:27 | More by mnstorm99
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a make-your-own sixer at Trader Joe's. Very cool idea at a grocery store. But, to the beer. Poured a really nice deep brown color with a fair bit of amber highlights. Beautiful fluffy off-white head that took its time dissipating. Very nice looking brew. Nose is quite nice; mostly chocolate and coffee, with a good amount of general roasted malt too. Taste is a little lacking. Not bad, similar to the nose, but not quite as strong as I expected based on the nose. Feel is a little thin, but with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer, and very inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 01:54:11 | More by soupyman10
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color, tan to mocha colored head of about one finger. Stays for a while and remains a thick sludge on top of the beer. No lacing.

Aroma is that of a chocolate infused coffee. Very nice indeed. Coffee, chocolate, burnt toast.

Wow. A great flavor. More coffee and more chocolate. Is there fresh brewed coffee or coffee beans in this one? Sure tastes like it.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin considering this is an oatmeal stout. Pretty much dry on the finish. Lots of coffee lingers in the aftertaste. This is one drinkable beer. Certainly a breakfast delight. I would have this anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 21:06:44 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, jet black color. No light passes through this in my glass.
Bready, dry-cracker like aroma.
Suprisingly good hop balance along side the toasty malt.
Dry coffee aftertaste.

I didn't know Goose Island made this beer until writing this review. I wouldn't have guessed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 04:35:49 | More by Gump
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this I was hooked, now I see it's brewed by Goose Island, no wonder it's excellent!

Deepest coal black pour with an incredible mocha head that develops craggy peaks as it slowly receeds. Generous lace coats my pint glass. Probably one of the nicest looking Oatmeal Stouts around!

Aroma is dark charred malts, chocolate, weak coffee, and creramy scorched caramel.

Flavor is big and bold, roasty dark malts dominate with strong chocolate, coffee, and even some dark fruit. There's a balanced bitterness between the charred malts and soft pine hops. Fairly complex.

Body is big and very creamy. Goes down like silk, excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

At a mere $4.99 per six-pack this is cheaper than Bud or Coors Lite bottles, Wow!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 19:38:58 | More by AlexJ
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 19:03:46 | More by Halcyondays
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.