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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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690 Ratings

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 690 | Reviews: 364
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about an inch of pillowy ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, milk chocolate, a touch of molasses, grassy, bitter hops, coffee beans. Pleasant, slightly chewy body with ample carbonation for the style. Check this one out if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark and black, nice light brown head

S: coffee and chocolate scents

T: roasted malt flavors with some bitterness at the end

MF: higher carbonation than expected and not as full bodied as other oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: enjoyed this oatmeal stout. i'll be drinking it again.

Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this at Trader Joe's. I broke a rule and looked at the reviews here before I got it. I shouldn't have, and I won't do it again, though this scored good, and I would have gotten it anyway.

It pours a dark, almost black with a nice two inch head that has a scent of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolate at first, but then less sweet with chocolate overtones on the malt taste. The carbonation is low, and just right, and it doesn't have the oily feel of most oatmeal stouts. For me, this was a sipping beer.

Very nice.

Photo of bsend
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: This beer pours a thick black color that lets no light through. A proper pour provides a thin one finger off-white to mocha head. Small amounts of carbonation can be seen clinging to the side of the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, oats and roasted malts play harmoniously on the nose.

Taste: A sip starts out with sweet chocolate at beginning that moves into more bitter deep baker's choclate. After notes of roasted coffee and malts, we finish with generous amounts of hearty oat. Amazing flavor.

Mouthfeel: A thick viscous consistency coats the mouth, allowing all the flavors to blend together and last on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout. Can definitely enjoy a six pack of this during a session.

Final Thoughts - This oatmeal stout amazed me. Wonderful amounts of flavor that is something I can enjoy quite a bit. My girlfriend brought one over for me to try and honestly I wanted one after another afterwards. I wonder if Goose Island is always this good. Getting this at the Trader Joe's around here is amazing. $5.99 for a 5 pack. Unbelievable!!!! Stands up to Samuel Smith's (that might be better, but the price on Stockyard gives it a run for its money). Try it!!!

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with a fair 1/2 inch cream-tan head. Medium low level of carbonation. Nose is sweet oats and grain mix with ground coffee. 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.

Photo of Genghis22
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice dark color with ruby hints and nice light brown head. Appears to be medium bodied throughout the pour.

S - Roasted malts and oats are dominant, with a slight hint of dark roasted coffee and toffee.

T - The malts and oats hit you first, but the finish is all coffee and charcoal. A great robust flavor that leaves you wanting more.

M - This is really the biggest fault of the beer. I like my stouts thick and chewy. This one seems very thin, and while the taste is great, I'd like the mouthfeel to be substantial.

D - This is a great session beer. The price point on this cannot be beat (paid $5.99+tax for a six pack). Overall a very decent brew.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Roasted chocolate dominates the aroma.

T = Dark chocolate flavor upfront with some roasted coffee flavors near the end. There was some hop bitterness showing up near the end as well and continued to linger throughout the finish.

MF = Body was just under medium and carbonation was fairly high. Quite smooth.

Overall, this was a decent oatmeal stout that has a great price tag.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black looking, but putting it up to the light reveals a dark mahogany body, capped with a small khaki head that withers away to a thin layer pretty quickly. Lots of sweet chocolate dominates the aroma. Some roasty aromas, and as a consequence, some hints of coffee arise. A bit sugary smelling. Taste is closely reflected by the aroma. Sweet layers of chocolate at first give way to roasted malt, oats and espresso. A bit of roasted bitterness drys it out through the finish. A little high on carbonation, but still smooth. I actually enjoyed this one on the cold side. I feel like you get more of the desert flavors and aromas when it is cold, then it gets more grainy as it warms.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in my stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. One-finger tan head with decent retention, eventually receding to a nice film over the top.

S: One seriously aromatic oatmeal stout. My nose fills with delicious roasted malts which lends itself to a very nice coffee aroma, and a blend of bitter and semi-sweet chocolate. I'm picking up a caramelly-vanilla in the back that adds a nice finishing touch.

T: A very nice blend of sweetness and roasty bitterness. Tastes of a very nice coffee, sweetened with a touch of vanilla at the same time enjoying some good chocolate. Decent lacing.

M: Not quite as creamy as I would like. Carbonation level is ok. The punch of flavor makes up somewhat for the lack of creaminess.

D: Hell yeah, this is very drinkable. The aroma's and flavor's this stout unloads is amazing. And it's only $5.99/6-pack which makes it even better!

Photo of Jimbo87
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Dark coffee color, pale head.

Smells like coffee, hint of chocolate, oats. Roasty and sweet.

Taste: roastiness is big. Coffee. Slight oatmeal. Slight seltzer water. Hops are too perceptible, but they are there doing their job of balancing the grain.

MF: a little watery, I have to say.

Drinkability is high. A very good beer, especially considering the price. My problem with the mouthfeel might be because I typically drink imperial stouts, which of course are thicker. So this feels watery in comparison, but it might be almost average for non-imperial stouts.

Photo of dustinTN
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Gorgeous dark espresso color. Small head but significant lacing.

S: Wonderful charred malt smell with undertone notes of roasted coffee beans.

T: A little disappointing from such a beautiful looking and smelling beer. It tastes good, but a little underwhelming in its presence. Hits first with roasted coffee, then turns a touch bitter and leaves a pleasant sweet, malty aftertaste.

M: Smooth enough, but not as silky and creamy as other Oatmeal stouts.

D: Above average. This is an oatmeal stout that would allow one to throw back several in quick succession, should you be so inclined.

Photo of selecter70
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great stout, available at Trader Joe's, which of course is a good thing (Beamish or Stockyard this week? Hmmm). The pour on this is a rich dark brown that turn blackish in the pint glass with a thick, light to medium brown head. The aroma has a slight hop twang & dark, burnt malts. A nice molasses flavor hits your tongue with slight hops and a nice hint of smoke. Smooth, subtle and drinkable...

Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with an amber hue, minimal white head, no visible sediment, and has some action.

Roasted malt smell with coffee, chocolate, and has citrus esters.

Creamy sweet dark roasted malt taste with coffee, sugarfree chocolate, some molasses, and mild esters one being grapefruit.

Full bodied, creamy and has some resin feel, with lively smooth carbonation.

A session Oatmeal Stout with a twisty and the date, on this bottle, states 10/08/09.

Photo of GreenCard
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, opaque but good clarity in the highlights, fluffy later of tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: dark malts, burnt grain, weak coffee, cacao

Flavor: smooth sweetness from the malt and oats with a subtle roasty edge to balance; unsweetened baker's chocolate and coffee; finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of chicory, smoke, and oatmeal

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, smooth and silky

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

App - very dark ruby red, but not quite opaque. Brilliant clarity, Biggish tan colored head, tightly bubbled and with good retention.

Aroma - Some chocolate, and a sweet maltiness. No hops. No major off flavors.

Taste - Some chocolately sweetness to mix with a roasty bitterness. An earthy roastiness in the somewhat bitter finish. Nice mix of sweet and roasty.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming.

D'ability - no sharp edges, but something in the character of the roasty aftertaste disagrees with me. Aside from that earthiness, a nice, drinkable stout.

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

Good, creamy stout. The toasted malt comes forward well, a bit like a mild English porter. Hop bitterness is mild. There are some mineral notes that balance out the caramel sweetness. The malt flavors are biscuity, caramel and roast. The beer looks good, dark, near black, with a beige head. The feel is creamy and smooth. It's a very drinkable stout with a mild yet full and balanced flavor.

Photo of ruckus232
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown in color that is impossible to see though with a really thick foamy tan head

Smell: Has an almost identical smell to one of those sweeter coffees you might get at a fancy coffee house. It has the roasted smell but with a nice sweet caramel smell to compliment it.

Taste: The initial taste is sort of a smokey oat but more then that a smokey nutty flavor. The smokey flavor is a little bit bitter but it finishes up sort of sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and not too strong but it hangs around for a while.

Photo of demo862
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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.

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

Photo of chrisafari
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of adamks
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of kballer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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