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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: 690
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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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Ratings: 690 | Reviews: 364
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark stout brown, with garnet edges. Small, tight, light khaki head. Good lacing. Toasted marshmallows, roasted coffee, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Roasted malts and light coffee bitterness up front. Smooth milk chocolate and campfire-toasted marshmallows follow. Smoky, peat flavor lasts for a while. More roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. Nice. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with no light seeping through. Tan bubbly head that flattened and left a nice sheen. Small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, burnt nutty smell, small amounts of coffee.

T - Follows suit with the smell. A little more coffee flavor than expected.

M - Creamy and smooth. I love Oatmeal Stouts.

D - Very high! This beer is legendary and is 6 bux a 6 pack which solidifies its greatness.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Trader Joe's along with a few others to sample the quality of their beer selection.

A: Nice dark pour (closer to black than brown) with a very small light brown head that thins out fast leaving a thin ring around the edge. My glass had no lacing what so ever though.

S: Bold scent before being agitated, smells like toasty coffee with hints of chocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate with coffee and toffee characteristics. The beer has a slightly roasted hops quality to it as well. It has a tasty bitter aftertaste that lingers on your tongue as if you had been drinking coffee.

M: Just the right thickness. It's a crisp stout with more carbonation than i expected, making the beer feel less thick than it should.

D: Easy to drink, medium bodied. Very consistent beer that won't overwhelming. Good for the price, I'll probably pick up a few more bottles.

Photo of bobsy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very classic appearance on this oatmeal stout, with a jet black body and a good inch of tan head that laced well. There's actually not much I can fault the appearance for, so I have to give it top marks. Fairly straightforward aroma of oats and subdued roasted malts, but sadly, not as strong as I would have hoped. The taste continues the subtlety, but in this case I think it would have benefited from a bit more intensity. Smooth, ashy flavour, with the oats nicely evident. Creamy with light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth on the palate, as it should be, and easy to drink.

Thanks Bryan!

Photo of jwinship83
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with reddish brown around the edges under a quickly falling finger of beige colored head.

S- roasted malts and oat. not too complex.

T- roasted malt and some caramel/toffee. very lightly hopped.

M- medium bodied and exceptionally smooth.

D- not the most complex or interesting stout, but a beer thats pretty sessionable. the cost is low, which is great. glad i picked this up at trader joes.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the midst of exploring my family's new home town while on a visit for the thanksgiving holiday, I happened to stumble upon this local find at the Trader Joe's Dublin, Oh.

I looked up the beer on BA via my blackberry, but before I could read a review, I nearly fell over while catching the price: $5.99 a 6pack!! So I figured heck, why not?

I was off to good start with the pour, a half finger dark tan head, with a very dark brown color that wasn't quite opaque and could be seen through on the edges of the glass.

As i lowered my nose in my Troeg's Tulip glass, I was welcomed by a wonderful smell of oat and sweet chocolate malts. Digging deeper, coffee roasts became noticeable. It smelled like oatmeal with chocolate chips sprinkled throughout, and delightfully smooth.

The taste was creamy, with notable tastes of chocolate and coffee roasted malts. The ending provides a great bitter coffee kick.

The only problem arose in the feel, not sticky enough for the style, and a little too carbonated.

Otherwise a really solid pickup, will definitely be on the look for more upon my return over holiday break.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a brown, 12 oz. bottle with a label featuring archival photography of the Chicago Union Stock Yards. Freshness dating on back. Beer attributed to Stockyard Brewing Co. and NOT Goose Island. Huh?

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a luxurious, two-finger, tan-colored head. Minimal spotted lacing.

S: Toasted malts, oats, caramel, and earthy peat.

T: Roasted malts, oats and hops upfront, before moving into notes of caramel, coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Smoky background throughout. Finishes slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

D: Easy drinking. Not as full-bodied as other Stouts representing the style.

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and roasted coffee with a bit of molasses and cinnamon. It tasted like strong coffee with milky oats and bittersweet chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this had good flavor but not super great. It was pretty clean and easy to drink, but didn't have enough body. There was nothing offensive nor special about this beer.

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

Bottle into stange-like water glass (at my parents' house).

Opaque black hue with only a touch of a ruby red glow toward the bottom. A thick and dense two finger tan head slowly settles, although the parts on the glass are fizzing away a little quicker (due to dishwashed water glass at parents' house).

The roasted grains are apparent, but the oatmeal gives the aroma a softer creamier tone, rather than just burnt malts. A little bit of ground coffee bean aroma is in there as well.

Smooth and bitter roasty grains that have a little bit of sweetness in them. A little bit of black coffee is in there as well. Full bodied. The roasty grains linger for a while.

A good, smooth, and well rounded Oatmeal Stout. One of my favorite styles, and this represents it well. Recommended.

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

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