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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

627 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | 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 josiahschlender
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

josiahschlender, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, May 17, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

montageman, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

JayTheFinn, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

drseamus, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

wagenvolks, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

AaronHomoya, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of stephendr
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

stephendr, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of geographie
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

geographie, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

atsprings, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

daliandragon, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, not a bad beer. Dark black color, opaque, with a very roasty nose to it. The roast continues in the taste, but one dimensional for the most part, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery, thin. Smooth and easy to drink, it is a very solid stout but is missing some of the creaminess that should come with the oatmeal. Too dry as well with more of a n Irish Stout coffee finish. Not bad.

FightingEntropy, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of balconybrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip class. 4.99 for a six pack. Purchased from Trader Joe's.

Pours dark brown almost black, minimal head and no lacing. Aroma of heavy malt, MAYBE oatmeal. The mouthfeel was a little light for the style. Very crisp. Good for the price. I'd drink again.

balconybrew, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of vagreek
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased this at Trader Joe's in Falls Church, VA. Appearance was nice with a really creamy looking tan head. It tasted straight like coffee and the taste was actually pretty good. The weird part about this beer is that I couldn't drink it. It just sat there and I seemed to forget about it. I seemed to be sick of it after just a few ounces. Kinda boggled my mind.
Anyways, this is so cheap and good enough to try for yourself.

vagreek, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local Trades Joe's on a "pick up some random stouts you really should probably try as some time so why not now" night.

For I believe $5 a sixer I can't say a bad word about the cost benefit margin of this beer. Easy to drink, doesn't push your palate too far in any direction and it fills that need for a stout, a lighter to medium end stout in heaviness.

Dubbercody, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out black with a little hint of brown tones, as well. No head and no lacing.

S - It smelled like oatmeal and roasted malt.

T - Had a coffee like taste mixed with coffee and roasted malts.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

zeff80, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of jmichaeldesign
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer.

It poured with little head and some light brown lacing.

The smell is mostly coffee, with oats and chocolate in the background.

As I took the first sip I was pleasantly surprised with how much coffee was in this beer. As someone who knows what goes into a good cup of coffee, I was immediately aware that this was brewed with good coffee. The coffee flavor is much smoother than others. Not overly bitter at all. Theres a bit of hops, but the hints of chocolate and malt balance out the coffee and hops without detracting from the coffee.

The mouthfeel is good, but nothing special. It could be a little bit thicker and creamier. A touch too carbonated for me, but not bad by any means.

Very drinkable for an oatmeal stout, and at 5% you can have a little more than others of this style.

jmichaeldesign, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich roasted malt and oats, coffee and dark chocolate, with a touch of hops.

T: Flavors of chocolate & coffee come out first, followed by oats and caramelized malt, then a touch of hops comes in. The flavors blend together well, but it seems as though they’re all a bit subdued, leaving the overall taste kind of thin.

M: Very smooth, medium body (light for the style), medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easy, not as filling you would expect from the style. I drank the bottle that I had rather quickly, but if I’m going to go for an Oatmeal Stout, I would probably go for one that’s a bit more viscous and has a little more flavor.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black on the outside, but a bark brown, garnet on the inside. This inner color can only be revieled when you hold the beer to the light. Only then can you see the awesome carbonation that you can defiently feel later. The head is a little lacking for a great looking oatmeal stout. Consistent, but thin. The aroma is strong of oaty malts and mild hops mixed very well for the aroma. The taste is vibrant and envigerating with with its great balance of malts and oats. Plus the great carbonation really heightens the tastes of this beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

scruffwhor, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer because I haven't had it in a while, why not?

Not sure what I found issue with the last time, this beer looks pretty darn good; Creamy head that recedes but doesn't die and in fact sticks around in an evenly distributed fashion. Body isn't totally opaque, as light IS getting through the glass, so that's a bit of a knock.

Good, earthy scents with that nice toasted malt smell. There is a touch of an off-putting mustiness that I'm picking up, however.

Some of this is coming back to me; it seems a little thin for my taste, which is more of a mouthfeel issue. I think a little time on BA has helped me develop a better awareness of what I'm looking for. The flavors are subdued, not a WOW beer at all. However, the warm toasted malt flavors with some soft coffee notes and mild sweetness on the front end are making for a real "comfort" brew.

As noted, the mouthfeel is both on the thin and flat side. That hurts the beer the most as the flavor is solid and the drinkability screams session. One of the best value buys I'm yet to find.

malcontent, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of schusterbauer
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a -- pours almost entirely black, with traces of brown; a thick tan head forms on top and doesn't disappear

s -- chocolate, roasted malt, oats, coffee

t -- chocolate and roasted malt immediately present, followed by oat flavors and charcoal; all of these flavors combine amazingly well; very sweet, with only a slight hint of hops

m -- the only area this beer falls short in; mouthfeel is really a bit too thin; a more robust body would support lend more support to the flavors

d -- very easy to drink; tastes wonderful

overall: i have only minor complaints about this beer (its mouthfeel), but for $5 per six pack, this stuff is an absolute blessing for fans of stouts.

schusterbauer, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from IntriqKen...thanks man...

Pours with a pretty dark body, nearly opaque but has some coke colored highlights. Head is light tan or khaki, small to start with and disappeared kinda quickly to leave a few scattered pockets of bubbles.

Fairly simple aroma, dark roasted malts with some milk chocolate sweetness. Taste again has the roasted malts and the oatmeal comes in here. Again some more chocolate but this time a little more bittersweet. Has a slight touch of char in the finish.

Mouthfeel is lacking, especially for an oatmeal stout, where is that creaminess? A bit overly carbonated too, comes across a little bit sharp on the tongue.

Okay drinkability, nothing that stands out too much. I could put a few of these back at a sitting but I'm a one beer kind of guy so I like the one I do have to be more substantial.

blitz134, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fact that you can walk into Trader Joe's and buy this for under $5 for a sixer is amazing ... the fact that it actually tastes really freakin' good is even more so! Pours like a wedge of midnight with a dense brown head capping the surface. The brew isn't even fully poured and I can already smell the roast notes which I'm a sucker for. To go with that aroma is also a bit of coffee and chocolate. Beyond enviting.

The taste certainly pulls it's share of the load. There's plenty of chocolate, bitter roastiness, and espresso to go around. I'm really amazed at how this hits the mark where other more expensive beers completely fail. To me this beer nails every aspect of the style.

Mouth is just as silky as I would hope a Oatmeal stout would be. I'd also have to say that a lover of stouts should buy this by the crate. A true blessing to devotees of the stout.

TheBungyo, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh, another Goose Island beer, good stuff. Thank you Ken.

Pours dark brown, with a fluffy thin head, which falls to a ring of lace. Smell has a nice burnt characteristic going on about it. Burnt bread crust, with a thin caramel malt layer. I can actually smell cooked oatmeal, which is pleasent. Overall, the smell is dark, roasty, and burnt. Taste takes on a watered down roasted flavor profile. Light on caramel, toffee, with some citrusy bitter hops thrown into the mix. I was suprised about the hops in the taste, as they were non existant in the smell. Taste is roasty and fringed with burnt edges, cooked and raw. Perfect for a cold night. The body is lacking a bit, and is only low-to-mid bodied. Mouthfeel is just about right, and drinkability is good for a Stout.

A tasty Oatmeal Stout that is definitely one easy drinker.

HoustonTX, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of scott
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A good-looking pour with a big fluffy head and minimal lacing.
Smells of the usual - burnt coffee. Nothing outstanding.
Taste is innocuous, and mediocre at best. No complexity. It could use a hoppy backbone. Add your favorite stout flavour here...
Cola-esque, but not light enough to be best buds.
Reasonably priced stout, but I'd shell out the extra clams for something else, starting with Guinness.
If Bud did a stout, here it is.

scott, Oct 12, 2006
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.