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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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648 Ratings

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | 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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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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Photo of demo862
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown into a tulip. Picked up a couples of singles from the local Trader Joe's for $1 each.

Chocolate and malt are the dominant flavors in this stout. It is very drinkable, I could easily session this one.

This is really a great oatmeal stout, one of my favorites, especially when you take price into consideration.

demo862, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-very dark garnet body, spongy, beige head

S-grassy, chocolate

T-chocolate, sweet vanilla, cream, somewhat of a smoky hop finish

M-full, slick

D-a great oatmeal stout for someone who may not have had others that are out there. I good way to turn on those who only think of Guinness when they think of dark beer.

jneiswender, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer. I recommend to anyone who has never had an oatmeal stout

A: clean, dark, and rich

S: coffee with a backround of caramel and oats

T: real malty with the hint of oats. almost a smokey flavor as well

M: mediun-fuller body. nice rich beer

D: you'll want to get at least a six pack

LyonsHead, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of chrisafari
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate smooth roasted malt.

Pour: dark black with thin tan head, slightly opaque (but can be seen through if held to the light).

Flavor: begins crisp with coffee and roasted malt. The finish is smooth with dominate flavors of molasses. The finish is also slightly dry with a lingering maltiness in the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium body. The carbonation seems a little high for my taste, i was imagining something slightly smoother.

Drinkability: medium to medium high.

Overall: definitely an enjoyable beer. I'm hoping that a few months of sitting will help the flavor marinate a bit. This is certainly the best stout for the price.

chrisafari, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of adamks
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours dark dark brown with a thin than head that quickly fades

s: coffee up front, hints of chocolate

t: sweet dark malts at first, then fade to smooth coffee and whispers of chocolate, nothing comes through too strongly

m: despite thin head, very bubbly on the tongue, enough that it messes with the first second of taste

d: good flavor balance of sweetness transitioning into java, the carbonation helps it go down quicker for a stout. great brew in my opinion.

adamks, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Six 12-ounce bottles.

Appearance: Poured an opaque black. A finger of dense head developed on top and dissipated to a creamy base.

Smell: Delicious dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste: The chocolate from the smell was less prominent in the taste and was replaced by the roasted coffee malts. A slight tingle of bitterness mellows as the pint warms. (I didn't let it warm enough at first.)

Drinkability: Not as spectacular as I remember, but Stockyard is very smooth and tasty despite its simplicity. It's a good brew to sit down and relax with after a day of slaughtering.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Huge tan head. Very dark brown color. Lacing stretching the entire side of the glass. Roasted coffee smell. Light, chocolate milk-like flavor. Very smooth to drink. Not heavy at all, but almost a bit too thin for a stout. When you see how cheap these are at TJ's, one might think this beer is not any good. On the contrary, this has to be the best under $6 six pack out there. A very good beer for the price.

morebeergood, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of kballer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very good stout. It pours dark and has a beautiful tan head and stays and leaves lacing. Smells sweet. It has chocolate and coffee notes. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. I'm probably not going to pound back a sixer of these anytime soon. Perfect point for a cold winter night

kballer, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 xhcadamx
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with no light seeping through. Tan bubbly head that flattened and left a nice sheen. Small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, burnt nutty smell, small amounts of coffee.

T - Follows suit with the smell. A little more coffee flavor than expected.

M - Creamy and smooth. I love Oatmeal Stouts.

D - Very high! This beer is legendary and is 6 bux a 6 pack which solidifies its greatness.

xhcadamx, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Trader Joe's along with a few others to sample the quality of their beer selection.

A: Nice dark pour (closer to black than brown) with a very small light brown head that thins out fast leaving a thin ring around the edge. My glass had no lacing what so ever though.

S: Bold scent before being agitated, smells like toasty coffee with hints of chocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate with coffee and toffee characteristics. The beer has a slightly roasted hops quality to it as well. It has a tasty bitter aftertaste that lingers on your tongue as if you had been drinking coffee.

M: Just the right thickness. It's a crisp stout with more carbonation than i expected, making the beer feel less thick than it should.

D: Easy to drink, medium bodied. Very consistent beer that won't overwhelming. Good for the price, I'll probably pick up a few more bottles.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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 jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with reddish brown around the edges under a quickly falling finger of beige colored head.

S- roasted malts and oat. not too complex.

T- roasted malt and some caramel/toffee. very lightly hopped.

M- medium bodied and exceptionally smooth.

D- not the most complex or interesting stout, but a beer thats pretty sessionable. the cost is low, which is great. glad i picked this up at trader joes.

jwinship83, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the midst of exploring my family's new home town while on a visit for the thanksgiving holiday, I happened to stumble upon this local find at the Trader Joe's Dublin, Oh.

I looked up the beer on BA via my blackberry, but before I could read a review, I nearly fell over while catching the price: $5.99 a 6pack!! So I figured heck, why not?

I was off to good start with the pour, a half finger dark tan head, with a very dark brown color that wasn't quite opaque and could be seen through on the edges of the glass.

As i lowered my nose in my Troeg's Tulip glass, I was welcomed by a wonderful smell of oat and sweet chocolate malts. Digging deeper, coffee roasts became noticeable. It smelled like oatmeal with chocolate chips sprinkled throughout, and delightfully smooth.

The taste was creamy, with notable tastes of chocolate and coffee roasted malts. The ending provides a great bitter coffee kick.

The only problem arose in the feel, not sticky enough for the style, and a little too carbonated.

Otherwise a really solid pickup, will definitely be on the look for more upon my return over holiday break.

CoolJosh, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with a label featuring archival photography of the Chicago Union Stock Yards. Freshness dating on back. Beer attributed to Stockyard Brewing Co. and NOT Goose Island. Huh?

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a luxurious, two-finger, tan-colored head. Minimal spotted lacing.

S: Toasted malts, oats, caramel, and earthy peat.

T: Roasted malts, oats and hops upfront, before moving into notes of caramel, coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Smoky background throughout. Finishes slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

D: Easy drinking. Not as full-bodied as other Stouts representing the style.

CaptainIPA, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into stange-like water glass (at my parents' house).

Opaque black hue with only a touch of a ruby red glow toward the bottom. A thick and dense two finger tan head slowly settles, although the parts on the glass are fizzing away a little quicker (due to dishwashed water glass at parents' house).

The roasted grains are apparent, but the oatmeal gives the aroma a softer creamier tone, rather than just burnt malts. A little bit of ground coffee bean aroma is in there as well.

Smooth and bitter roasty grains that have a little bit of sweetness in them. A little bit of black coffee is in there as well. Full bodied. The roasty grains linger for a while.

A good, smooth, and well rounded Oatmeal Stout. One of my favorite styles, and this represents it well. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of hodgsongreg
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second time purchasing this beer, for what it's worth.

Pours as a stout should, not quite as thick or heady as many stouts, but there's no doubt it's opaque. I took a moment and watched the bubbles rise to form a thin head. Smell is of creamy hazelnut coffee and chocolate. Taste is mainly nutty roast with a tangy finish and alcohol. I've had a slew of brews with moderate carbonation lately, this is no exception. It's a deceptively filling beer for how light it goes down. I said at the beginning that this is my second time purchasing this, and it will not be the last.

hodgsongreg, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Monkeyknife, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up and taken back from Trader Joes in Boston I believe.

Bottle Graphic: 5/10.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, more brown than black. Espresso head that had the appearance of a whipped espresso. Would've liked more lacing, but who really cares.

S: Aroma of hazelnut coffee, the raw beans in a roaster. For such a mild beer (I think) loads of baked in flavors through the nose. Chocolate Nestle Quik.

T: A knock out the park flavorful oatmeal stout, adequate bitterness. The coffee is present and not too much. The chocolate and oat grain flavors are mouth watering. I dont know what the abv is but based on mouthfeel and thinness, would gather it is pretty low. At the end, tons of nuttiness- it becomes somewhat raspy which brings down couple grades.

M: Creamy and chunky. Not the most redeeming quality of the beer because it lies somewhat thin.

D: Falls short of the best oatmeal stouts, but for something that was dirt cheap and just bought on a whim, I am more than content with the experience.

For the price, surely worthy.

marcpal, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich dark color with little to average head and light carbonation. There was little to no lacing. A sweet - creamy malt with a slight coffee aftertaste. Full bodied stout with a smooth mouthfeel from beginning to end. Very easy to drink and I would recommend to to those who enjoy stouts that aren't real heavy.

Tone, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Not opaque, but there's little light coming through this sucker. Unfortunately the mocha-colored head dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Big aromas of coffee, chocolate cream, roasted oats, toasted malt sweetness, and bit of sourness and dark berries. Certainly reminds me of an RIS more than an oatmeal stout.

Taste: Nice roasted flavors initially, with bitter coffee, chocolate cream, mild berries, hints of sourness and citrus hops, and roasted finish sliding into one more of dark cream or chocolate mousse. Big flavors, and a more formidable oatmeal stout than I've had in a long time.

Mouthfeel: Nice creaminess and good carbonation levels with a medium body and mild chewiness.

Drinkability: A very nice surprise, and a brew I'll certainly go back to, especially since fall is finally here.

asabreed, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened bottle to almost zero hiss. I thought I might have a bad bottle on my hands. Nope, it poured into my sam adams uberglass a rich dark elixir with only the faintest red highlights at the corners. A tan head that fell away to think fuzz. More than ample carbonation.

Nice big roasty malt in the aroma, chock full of nutty and some dark fruit and cocoa. Just the faintest alcohol in the aroma, but it does get a bit stronger when I give the glass a swirl.

Great full mouthfeel and a big flavor profile of roasty malt. Getting some chewy figs and some other dark candied fruit beneath. Not getting much coffee (except maybe a general dryness) and not much cocoa/chocolate.

I can taste the effects of the oatmeal, but not the oats themselves. A good smooth chewy mouthfeel hits the spot and really makes a great drinker, especially for today, an unseasonally cold spell has hit with snow and 20 degree weather in october.

SurlyDuff, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with some carbonation haze. Tan head sticks around for a bit before settling into some fleeting lacing.

Smells notably of milked coffee, some roasted malts and carob or dark chocolate.

Taste is similar with coffee and roasted malt flavors. Finish is somewhat thin and offers a touch of hops with a light malt close. An easy drinking stout that hardly makes the cut in the body department. Light bodied for the style and drinks more like a dark ale. Pleasant nonetheless and well suited to someone who is new to the style.

Note: Brewed by the Stockyard Brewing Company as per label. Apparently Goose Island's pen name for Trader Joe's offering(s).

HalfFull, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly black, with a frothy tan head that clings decently.

S: Sweet malt and oats, toffee and hints of coffee and lactose.

T: Sweet, roasted malts are most prevalent. Coffee, lactic, and oatmeal hints gradually emerge near the end of the sip. Hops are not strong, but are certainly present, and balance the brew reasonably well with a light bitterness.

M: Quite smooth and creamy, with tight carbbonation. Finishes with a soft dryness. A lighter body than typical for the style, but not in a bad way.

D: A somewhat lighter and perhaps friendlier stout thanks to the creamy mouthfeel and medium body. Easy to drink and relatively inoffensive, although still reasonably complex.

Clydesdale, Sep 13, 2008
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