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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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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 32
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of hodgsongreg
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of marcpal
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +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.

Photo of asabreed
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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).

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.

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. I picked this up from trader Joe's, so I guess I was not surprised to find it is contract brewed by Goose Island. Label depicts a black and white photos of a man in an Irish tweed cap surrounded by some stockyard photos. Back says 02/12/09; I assume a best by date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers if medium tan head. This settles into a one finger dense cap. As I drink, this finally fades to a very, very thin coating with some lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown, almost black and nearly opaque.

Smell: Smells very strongly of roasted barley, with strong notes of sweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Overly husky and bitter roasted barley dominates the flavor, liked they rinsed the grains way too many times. This dominating flavor hides anything else about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is decent, but not as thick as I would expect for a stout.

Drinkability: Everything started out so nice. Pretty beer, nice aroma, but the taste was approaching horrible. Glad I just got a single.

Photo of jamiejohnson
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was getting tired of pilsners, hefes, and other summer selections so I bought this brew on a whim from Trader Joes, expecting a stout priced so right might be a bit lighter than those typical American heavyweights that I've become accustomed to. I was right - it was just perfect for a summer stout, a well balanced beverage that goes down well at a mid-August barbeque. Brings back wonderful memories of a fine black girlfriend I had in Phoenix, great way to beat the heat. Stockyard's tasting great this evening, but come wintertime it'll surrender to the more massive examples of the style.

Hot and black,
All night long.
Sip'n stout
Keeps you strong.

Photo of andrewm190
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a nice stout beer, chocolaty, coffee tones, its as advertised. Certainly a worthwhile beer, but perhaps not the greatest thing ever.

Having a few sips in preparation for football season works well with the rain outside. For a six pack it works okay, but there is better, although its hard to get a good stout in a six pack.

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

I bought a six-pack of Stockyard Oatmeal Stout at Trader Joe's in Tucson, AZ, more or less on a whim. I was pleasantly surprised. TJ's beer selection has included some winners and some real dogs. This one is a winner! It's a dark, creamy beverage, about the color of Coca-Cola, and tastes more malty than hoppy. It pours out smoothly, with little "splash" and produces a dense, creamy tannish head. Overall taste is a bit on the bland side, and I suspect the (unstated) alcohol content is on the low side. There's not much "kick" to it. In any case, I've enjoyed it, and will buy another six-pack next time I see one.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of MDekker
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of RixBeer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of srrn
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  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 !

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of biggred1
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Avryle
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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