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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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616 Ratings

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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 Boneheadmx


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours out to an opaque dark color with a small tan head that subsides rather quickly.

The smell is of toffee and chocolate. Excellent!

The taste is really amazing as well. I can taste the almost raw grains. It's fairly sweet, with just a tiny hint of hops.

The mouthfeel isn't thick as I thought it would be, but almost grainy; it feels like the malt is being deposited across my tongue. Also, it seems like there is no carbonation.

The drinkability is pretty good on this one. I'm not usually a fan of something this heavy, but this is some good stuff here. I will definitely get this again.

10-31-2007 23:00:14 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of hellcatsjg


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Dark black beer with almost no head to speak of. Nothing to see here.

Smell: Light scent of sweet chocolates and a slight nutty smell.

Taste: Slightly sweet flavor that finishes with a touch of roasted nuts. Good taste, there just is not enough of it here.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would like an oatmeal stout to be. Quite smooth though.

Drinkability: Extra point here considering the 4.99 6 pack price. This is above average for that much money. This is a good beer to have around to use as a beer to round out an evening. Not spectacular, but I would pick it up again next trip to the Trader Joes.

10-31-2007 04:06:15 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of shroompod


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours with a light chocolate head that dissipates quickly, not much of a head.

I can smell dark malts, slight coffee , minimal hops.

Tastes of dark caramel , some dark chocolate , a little hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium , maybe a tad low on carbonation.

Overall a good stout I'll be drinking more of.

10-31-2007 00:11:24 | More by shroompod
Photo of MrBen


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

I really enjoy this oatmeal stout. Tons of flavor, sturdy body, and low price. It's tough to beat $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's.

Pours very dark and opaque, kicks up a good tan head, and immediately releases the aroma of dark malts, some coffee, chocolate, and more. Flavor is very full but very balanced. The darkest malts creep up from the background and stick around for a nice, traditional finish. Mouthfeel is also balanced, somewhat silky from the oats, and not overpowered by carbonation.

If you're looking for an excellent session oatmeal stout, check out Stockyard.

10-16-2007 15:40:43 | More by MrBen
Photo of jmbranum


4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

Brought back from Trader Joe's in Washington, D.C.

A mighty fan beer. Inky dark black beer with a generous 3/4 inch tan head.

Very nice aroma with some coffee and roasted notes. Mouthfeel has that nice lushly thick feeling with just a bit of prickliness. Very well balanced flavor that matches the roasted bitterness with a bit of sweetness. Maybe a little touch of hops. Extremely smooth.

My only criticism is that I could stand with a bit more of the roasted bitterness. This beer was almost too balanced, and maybe it would have been better to lead with one thing in the flavor department.

Definitely worth seeking after. An excellent beer.

10-09-2007 05:53:01 | More by jmbranum
Photo of BeerTruth


4.08/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to my boy tpd975 for this treat.

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic.

Pours a complete black with a one finger khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a thin layer that lasts. No lacing at all on the sides. Smell is great, one of my favorite smelling oatmeal stouts to date. Smell is almost like Cheerios with a sweet toasted oat aroma. Smokey caramel malt makes itself present as well. Taste starts off with a roasted barley flavor with a subtle sweet oat flavor that emerges. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth going down, very enjoyable. Could be a tad sweeter, but still a very nice brew. Thanks again Greg for this trade "extra".

10-06-2007 02:32:30 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of blackie


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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

09-19-2007 04:25:37 | More by blackie
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Stockyard came in bottle with no freshness date. It pours opal heavy on the carbonation with a foam head that leaves no trace on the glass. The smell is roasty with a flavor that focuses on the deep roasted malts and a bitterness finishes long and slow. The mouthfeel was the overwhelming favorite for me in this stout. It had a few components as it enter, stayed and then left the mouth.

09-18-2007 01:05:09 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Bloody chocolate that falls just short of opaque. A wide band of cherry juice red can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive 'wheat toast brown' head occupies the upper several inches. A thick necklace of lace is forming as the foam begins to melt. This is a classic looking stout.

What an incredible nose! Can't go wrong with bushel basketfuls of roasted barley malt. The immediate atmosphere is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and melting bittersweet chocolate. If the flavor follows suit, this is going to be a wonderously delicious oatmeal stout.

Not quite, but that's doesn't mean I don't love it. The ABV tastes and feels like it's somewhere in the vicinity of 6.0%. That's amazing when one considers the explosiveness of the flavor. It's great when brewers pack so much palate punch into a beer that is so flat-out drinkable.

For an oatmeal stout (Goose Island says that it's 'in the Irish tradition'), there's quite a bit of roastiness and smoky char. Can't forget the classic stout flavors of black joe and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter are equally balanced; a better situation, I feel, than if one dominated.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) letdown. I probably have an unfair bar set in terms of stout mouthfeels. I think they should have at least a little full creaminess. This one... doesn't quite get there. At least sessioners won't be bogged down.

It's been a long time since I had a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. If I had access to Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (thanks for the extra Talisker), I'd do a side-by-side comparison. GI's standard version is pretty good, but I have sneaking suspicion that this beer would win going away.

09-07-2007 13:59:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BlindPig


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Thin tan head on a prettty much black body.
S- Roasted and burnt malts, chocolate, oatmeal, some light coffee, and just a hint of grass hops.
T- Flavor follows the aroma. The oatmeal is nice a present in this one and not much coffee (which is always a plus in my book). Dry burnt malt aftertaste with a little bitterness lingering on the tongue. Some oatmeal left in the aftertaste as well.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation. A bit to high carbonation for this brew but still has a light creaminess to it. Just a tad bigger body with fit it nicley also.
D- A very nice easy drinking Oatmeal Stout. Nice blend of flavors just mouthfeel is lacking a bit IMO. Also the head could of been a lot better especially due to how much carbonation. Overal a damn decent brew.

09-03-2007 03:35:16 | More by BlindPig
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that retains well but doesn't lace

Smell: Nice roasty notes with an undercurrent of dark chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate flavor that grows in intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, some coffee elements appear, as does a slight oat taste, but this beer is all about chocolate; an interesting bitter flourish appears at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine oatmeal stout; the body could be thicker but it is plenty good just the way it is

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the experience

08-23-2007 01:54:22 | More by brentk56
Photo of hreb


3.85/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle (from Trader Joe's -- apparently a twist off) poured into US style pint glass, cold. Beer pours deep, dark cola brown with small head into the glass, which turns to black. Deep aroma of coffee and roasted nuts. This smells very good.

The initial impression is very fizzy. It doesn't start out creamy, but as I move it around my mouth, it foams and builds creaminess. Oatmeal stout blends with coffee porter. Lots of toast, and just a hint of bitterness. The body is a little bit thin in the middle, but there are still some very nice and complex flavors here, which makes this enjoyable and drinkable.

08-05-2007 20:39:50 | More by hreb
Photo of TheBierBand


3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

I added a couple of these to my mix at Trader Joe's Blue Ash (Cincinnati, OH).

Pours jet black from the brown bottle to form a 1" head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

The smell is quite nice.... very sweet malty and chocolaty.

The taste is better than average.... but nothing special here. Weak chocolate, coffee and malt.

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy for my taste... a bit too carbonated. Otherwise, nice coating and weak aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nothing too dangerous here.... but then again nothing special. Price is right though.

07-23-2007 13:58:28 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of tpd975


3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

07-18-2007 19:17:55 | More by tpd975
Photo of josiahschlender


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

One of the cheap offerings at TJ's, figured I'd try it out. I'm a little dubious about the "Stockyard" name. It has old looking pictures of working men on the label, but I don't have great associations with feedlots.

Poured dark brown into a pint glass. Had to coax a decent tan head that didn't last too long. Kind of light looking for a stout, it lets more light than usual around the edges.

Aromas weren't too strong. Sweet malts. Roasty oats. Maybe a little bit of chocolate.

The oatmeal really came out when drinking the Stockyard. Sweet, roasted flavors. It had a pretty chewy mouthfeel (the oatmeal, definitely) with a medium-light body. Kind of unbalanced, I would expect a heavier body. But it makes sense, being a cheap stout.

It has enough taste and a smooth enough mouthfeel to make this a somewhat drinkable stout. I'm glad I only got one though, A sixer might have been a struggle to get through for me.

07-03-2007 04:45:12 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of jwc215


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thin head that soon vanishes, leaving only a ring that struggles to leave any lacing on the glass.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, deep roasted oats with a touch of light charcoal smokiness.

The taste is of roasted oats with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Sweetness controlled by a roasty, slightly smoky, character. A dry sweetness in the finish.

The body is on the fuller side of medium and creamy.

A nice, aromatic, brew that certainly has enough good taste to keep me interested enough to grab another.

05-17-2007 03:01:48 | More by jwc215
Photo of montageman


3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

My wife grabbed this for me from a local Trader Joe's. Poured into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown pour with a 2 finger head that is pretty sturdy and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has some big chocolate aroma to it as well as a weak coffee scent. Tastes like watered down coffee with a slight dark chocolate finish. The mouthfeel is very thin for a stout, however, there is a nice redeeming creaminess. For $4.99 per six pack, this is by no means a bad deal. Easy to drink, but not in the upper echelon of stouts. Slightly recommended.

Oh, this stuff is great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - Stockyard float, try it out!

04-25-2007 03:40:39 | More by montageman
Photo of JayTheFinn


2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Like so many others, I got this at Trader Joe's. Like not quite so many others, I didn't like this one very much.

A - Dark body with a decent foamy head.
S - Not much to smell here. A whiff of chocolate.
T - Bitter and not much in the flavor department. It only hints at the possibility of roasty toasty chocolate maltiness.
M - Pretty watery.
D - Well, it goes down alright, but it's a damn depressing effort at an oatmeal stout.

04-07-2007 04:21:02 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer pours dark but not jet black. Some light gets through the sides and gives it a deep ruby hue. The head falls quickly and leaves a bit on the edges. The aroma is very chocolaty, but not overly bitter like some chocolaty beers. The initial flavor is bitter chocolate and roasted malt, but that quickly fades to a sweeter almost milk chocolate flavor. It is a bit thinner than I like for a stout, about medium bodied, but almost feels lighter on the end though. This is a great beer, definitely on the top end of oatmeal stouts.

03-21-2007 03:46:49 | More by drseamus
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours dark brown and opaque as hell with a thick khaki head that sticks around for quite a while...minimal lacing. Aroma is big on the coffee notes, as well as roasted malts, hazlenut, mint, and chocolate. Slight alcoholic tinge shows up as the beer warms.

Bomb-ass taste (see "good") with oatmeal, creamy malts, and a roasted nut flavor dominating the palate. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth up front with a great bitter coffee aftertaste. Great complexity for a decently cheap stout. Not as thick as most oatmeal stouts, so I could actually see myself both having it again, and having a few in a row. Mad props to Goose Island.

03-15-2007 23:02:46 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Got a 6-pack at Trader Joe's and didn't notice that it was made by Goose Island until now. I'll have to take another look.

Pours a dark, near-black color with a small, but resiliant head of light-tan color.

Aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate and a roasted, almost burnt malt. Taste is similar with roasty, sweet malt followed by coffee, the same almost-burnt bitterness and then a smooth, balanced finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is really great with a creamy, smooth, medium-body that is substantial while still being somewhat light feeling and easily drinkable. Leaves you with a mouthwatering finish.

Overall a nice beer with good roasty, coffee aromas and great mouthfeel but a somewhat one-dimensional taste.

02-28-2007 23:57:45 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of stephendr


2.68/5  rDev -30.4%

12 oz. bottle- color of dark brown , with a minimal tan head - nose of mocha , harsh baking chocolate , and some floral notes – taste is weak , minimal chocolate , some roasted notes , and malt - body watery , with little kick– aftertaste of coffee , and roasted malts

02-24-2007 21:15:14 | More by stephendr
Photo of geographie


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

rich tan head rests itself upon a reddish slightly opaque, yet very dark body. Head lasts a while with considerable lacing.

sweet and sour malty aromas tell me this is a playful beer. Toffee notes and coffee become much more pronounced as it warms

the flavor is very roasted, not so burnt - i'd be surprised if they used black patent malts at all. The taste appropriately matches the smell, tasting similar coffee and toffee flavors, along with a nice steely oat finish. Hops are delicate and do an excellent job at balancing out the malts without taking the show

The mouthfeel is a bit light for style, not quite the 'meal in a can' type of beer, but that makes it all the more drinkable. Keep 'em coming!

02-18-2007 04:04:42 | More by geographie
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured an opaque black with a razor thin head head that quickly diminished into a ring. Aroma was almost nothing but roasted barley, and even that was rather weak. Taste was actually very decent. Lots of roasted barley with hints of chocolate and of course roasted barley. Mouthfeel was pretty much right on par for the style, slight carbonation with slightly noticeable alcohol. This is a drinkable beer, just not very high on my list, it is worth the 92 cents I paid for it at Trader Joe's.

02-17-2007 07:42:50 | More by atsprings
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Picked up at the Trader Joe's in Cary for ninety two centavos. This would have to be a mighty poor stout for that not to be a good deal.

Dark mahogany color with a decent cap of head but little more.. Nose is deep roasted malt with tinges toward coffee. Dry more than sweet, which is okay.
A little more carbonation than I like in my stouts but everything else is in the right place: heavy roasted malt, late breaking hops, dry, bitter finish with enough creaminess to round the sharp edges.

Worth every penny. This will be part of my regular rotation.

02-15-2007 04:43:33 | More by daliandragon
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