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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

656 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | 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 Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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...

Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of joezak5
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of oogenesis
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Gump
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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?

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

Since I tried this back in May it has become a stapple in my fridge especially with the $5 a six pack price.

A furious pour yeilds an inch and a half of perfect tan head. Body is pure black letting no light through. A slight lace does develop as the head fades. Nose is of doughy coco and a raw woodsy wheat with mineral laced malt. Taste is considerably thinner than nose would led you to believe but still quite good. This is very drinkable and full of rich and dry characteristics. Includes a sweet candied malt feel upfront quickly mellowing to a nicely developed rich roasty coffee mouthfeel. A long almost wheatbread like feel is there at the end.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a tan head that dies completely. Smells roasty with oatmeal and baker chocolate. Taste is coffee bean, lots of bakers chocolate, lots of oatmeal and much less sweet then I though it would be. Medium in the mouth and smooth. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle given to me by a friend after he bought it from Trader Joe's

Poured into a pint glass with a very dark brown color, maybe could argue it was black, had 1/2 inch silky light tan head that left lacing the majority of the time, looked real good

Smell was nice and full of chocolate and toffee, maybe some hints of coffee too but not enough to really distinguish, also lots of roasted malt was present

Taste was very nutty and chewy, toffe stuck out during the aftertaste, but was sweet and smooth at first, would have liked it to be more dry, but was not bad, especially for about six dollars a six pack

Could drink a couple bottles of this and then get really full, heavy stuff, had no idea Goose Island made this, I plan on drinking their Bourbon County Stout in a couple days

Recommended, especially because of its low price, nice oatmeal stout

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shroompod
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrBen
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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".

Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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