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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

619 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 25 | 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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Reidrover

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Darkest of brown coloured ale,lovelly looking massive frothy dark tan head. The arma is a bit subdued but the roasty,oaty aroma is detected, very pleasant. Quite a nice taste, nice and toasty, oats detectabel, thick maltiness, flavours of dark semi-sweet chocolate and coffee hints. Nice on the palate, semi-thick and smooth. Best TJ beer so far..very good drinkability and a cracking good price .

01-24-2006 19:44:22 | More by Reidrover
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

my wife bought this for me at a Trader Joe's in Chicago. No indication on the label that Goose Island brews it...actually it says "stockyard brewing co., chicago, IL" but the picture on the site here is the same so maybe its a gimmick.

Best thing about this beer is the appearance. Black as all hell, good head maintained at about 1/8 inch for the duration.

Odor is kind of blah. a bit of maltiness but not much else.

Taste is full of roasted malt goodness. some coffee undertones. some sweetness too. smooth mouthfeel.

i'd have this again, but i dont know if i'd buy it (although my wife said it was super cheap).

01-23-2006 14:17:54 | More by aforbes10
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AltBock

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz. bottle with a picture of an old Irish man? and a description of the beer on the front. They said it was made in the Irish tradition and that why I thought the man was Irish. The back of the label was nothing unusual, but their was a faint bottle number though.

When poured into a mug it came out a dark brown color with plenty of ruby highlights through it. I just got a little skim of tan colored foam that dissipated fast into some lace around the glass. I just got a faint aroma of some dark roasted coffee beans with some malt in the background. The taste was that of bitter dark roasted coffee beans, little dark chocolate, and some oatmeal in the background. I thought there should be a bit more oatmeal in the taste and less bitter, but I can't complain it was still good. The mouthfeel was a bit on the light side. It wasn't too watery and also at the end there was just a slight dry bitter aftertaste. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout but had one best prices around. It only cost $5.00 for a six-pack at Trader Joe's. A very drinkable brew!

01-20-2006 21:47:53 | More by AltBock
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours out to a dark black color with a fair 1/2 inch cream-tan head of foam. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of sweet oats and grain mix with ground coffee and earth. 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; I prefer my oatmeal stouts to be chewy, thick and dense, while this was more light and crisp. Overall this is a pretty drinkable brew. When you factor in the cost (5 bucks a sixer) you can't go wrong.

12-04-2005 00:12:56 | More by Frozensoul327
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Bcant

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Trade Joes sells Stockyard Oatmeal Stout for $4.99/six pack (as of 11/26/2005), a great deal!

Decent sized brown head with moderate retention and some lacing. Very dark brown, ruby when held to the light.

Nose of dark chocolate moose and coffee. Very well balanced; the taste begins with strong roasted grain flavor, transitions to a middle which features bitter and sweet chocolate flavors and dark roast coffee notes, then creamy. Finishes dry, drawing all the malt flavors into a satisfying simplicity balanced against the late emerging hops.

Very chewy, a real mouthful. Perhaps slightly over carbonated, gives a bit of a fuzzy edge to what is mostly a very soft sensation. Still, crisp aftertaste and (I am assuming) low to moderate alchol content makes this a good session brew.

11-27-2005 04:21:42 | More by Bcant
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mitchfor3

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased in a sixer at Trader Joe's for $4.99.

Pours a fairly dark black with red hues and a pretty tan head that towers at first but dies down after a couple of minutes to about half a centimeter. Very good lacing.

Smells quite delicious - hugely malty. Coffee aroma with chocolate and a twang of alcohol.

Smooth taste - not much in the way of carbonation or hops, and not particularly thick. Something of a session stout. Not very complex, but also nothing bad about it - just a good tasting oatmeal stout. Best enjoyed quite cold - as it warms out the taste of alcohol becomes more pronounced.

I recommend this stout. It is a good drinking beer, nothing that you have to think too hard about, and at $4.99 a sixer you just can't beat it. An incredible bargain.

10-21-2005 05:36:47 | More by mitchfor3
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IntriqKen

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a nice small bubbled tawn colored head that keeps throughout the drink. Deep, dark stout coloring. Roasty chocolate aroma.
Mouth feel is chewy and matches the rich aroma and taste.
Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors from the malt. Very rich and distinctive flavoring.
Nice espresso-like aftertaste with hint of sweetness.
Very drinkable to be savored slowly at anytime but expecially after dinner.
Cheap price at Trader Joe's. I'd like to keep this one in the fridge for those long, relaxing fall and winter evenings. Give me this and a chocolate brownie and I'm in heaven

10-17-2005 00:23:00 | More by IntriqKen
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%

A nice brown pour with a tan head. Head quickly diminished to nothing.
Smell of sweet carmel and chocolate. A hint of coffee in there as well.
Taste was a smooth with a powerfull taste of chocolate, nut and roasted malts. A rather bitter end and coffee like aftertaste.

10-13-2005 05:42:06 | More by HochFliegen
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Eris48

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

From a six pack bought at Trader Joe's for $4.99 - quite a bargain!

Pours a deep brown-black hue, with little head, but delicate tan lacing. The aroma is intoxicating by itself. Rich roasted malt, with strong notes of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is a little more watery than I was hoping for. That's made up for by a full flavor, where the malt shines and the oatmeal comes through. Not too heavy, but truly rich. A great after-dinner beer.

10-07-2005 02:30:44 | More by Eris48
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance – This beer looks gorgeous! It’s a dark, dark brown in color with some ruby hues and a beautiful head. The head just covers the inside of my glass whenever I tip to drink. There are some cool-looking pits on top of the liquid that won’t go away. Awesome!

Smell – The nose is a light mix of semi-roasty malts and a light oatmeal or cereal-type of aroma. I can pick up some sour milk along with some very light table sugar.

Taste – The sweetish oatmeal comes on a bit strong at the taste. This really is a well-balanced stout. It’s equal parts oatmeal, sour milk, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel – The body here is shy of medium but it’s rightfully balanced with some noticeable bitterness at the finish, although the sweetness keeps it from being overly harsh.

Drinkability – This was a good-drinking stout that is above average for the style. If you like Oatmeal Stouts you gotta try this one.

Comments – A super-big BA thanks to my good buddy skyhand for bringing this back from her visit to PA.

08-27-2005 03:02:18 | More by RoyalT
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lokicat444

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

I love how this beer looks, opaque brown with an ample beige froth. Head dissapates quickly, though lacing is pretty impressive. It doesn't really have a smell, just a faint hint of chocolate, but the taste is very smooth, a great roasted taste. An interesting mix of bitterness and sweetness. Very easy to drink if you like the style, I highly reccomend if you're looking for a cheap stout. (from Trade Joe's)Could drink a few of them when I'm in the mood.

07-22-2005 01:24:13 | More by lokicat444
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of oats, chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. It's earthy with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth, malty flavor. It goes down with a roasted and chocolate malt taste and finishes with a dry oatmeal flavor. It's earthy with a chocolate edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good OS. It has a flavorful malt bill; highly drinkable.

06-30-2005 01:41:12 | More by WesWes
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beersarang

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a nice black with some ruby in the light. Tan head retains well and leaves some sticky lacing all over the place.

Sweet chocolate smell, lots of toffee maybe butterscotch in the nose. Very pleasant roasted aroma.

Its all about the malt with this brew, light carbonation carries the soft malt presence across the palate. Roasted coffee and chocolate are present at extreme levels but blend in well. Bitterness comes from the roasted grains rather than the hops, it seems. Hop burps however give a nice British floral hop flavor. Exhale produces a pleasantly soft charcoal across the palate. Well done overall.

Thick bodied, it seems, very velvety smooth. Exactly what I look for in an oatmeal stout.

For 5 bucks a sixer at Trader Joes, this Oatmeal stout cannot be beat.

06-23-2005 05:49:14 | More by beersarang
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

This sample brought to me from California by my bestest younger brother. Many thanks.
Aroma is rather light, but nice roast qualtiy with the full/flat quality typical of style.
Head was extemely brief with fizzy sharp bubbles. Black, but in light showed clarity and a brownish amber.
Nice roasty malt, not exceedingly rich. Thinge of sweetness and a well balanced dryness.
Nice smoothness, but not great (velvety). A tinge thin.
This is fine. Went well with KIll Bill part 1 (better than the movie). I'll drink this again, but I'll pass on the movie.

05-30-2005 21:23:27 | More by garymuchow
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

A good beer except, perhaps, for a little over the top coffee-ness. Pours a proper black body under a thin tan head. Extremely bitter coffee smell and taste. But somewhere in there, I was getting an iompression of toasted marshmallows and capuccino Jelly Bellys. I got this bottle at the brewery, but It’s otherwise sold in the Trader Joes chain.

05-26-2005 17:14:59 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Star80

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours black with a tan head. Wow. Smells a lot like coffee with some chocolate notes. Tastes like it smells - which isn't a bad thing! Nice bitter espresso aftertaste and not too sweet either, which is a nice change from the bigger stouts. Could be called a porter...the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Overall this is a very drinkable stout, not too be looked down upon in any way!

05-10-2005 01:51:08 | More by Star80
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GClarkage

California

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

03/19/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration code on the back label. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark black pour with a dirty yellowish-white head. Good 1/2 inch throughout, with above average lacing.

Smell- Right down to the guidelines on smell and taste. Heavy bitter and burning malt and roasted nuts.

Taste- Pretty much described it in the taste. Maybe even a bit smoky. Definite bitterness in the finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel- Not really as creamy as I would have thought. Moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability- Not bad at all for an oatmeal stout. The smoky texture and high bitterness caught me off gaurd a bit, but overal a pretty decent brew.

03-20-2005 21:05:11 | More by GClarkage
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bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Presentation: This beer poured a beautiful dark mahogany, black-coffee-like color into the glass. There was about an inch-thick tan-colored head that maintained itself very well throughout the tasting. This is one of the most attractive-looking beers I have ever seen. I wasn't as impressed by the scent. The aroma was rather heavy, without much in the way of malt or hop character coming through.

Tasting: The predominant flavor on the tongue is coffee. There are hints of roasted malts and chocolate as well. This is a rather sweet beverage. It comes across very smoothly on the tongue as well. If one is a fan of coffee, then this beer will be great for a "session." I see this beer as having potential crossover potential for people looking to explore the world of stouts. I definitely recommend it!

03-12-2005 21:37:08 | More by bceaglejoe
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proc

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a moderate sized head. Aroma is that of roasted malt and grain. The taste is that of coffee infused with a slight dose of bittersweet chocolate. A slight bit on the thin side, but in no way does it detract. Finishes quite easily with a nice does of coffee and chocolate on the way down. For $4.99 a six pack at Trader Joe's, this is a steal. Goose Island, er, uh, Stockyard Brewery, ya done good. While its not a Rogue Shakespeare it is still a very solid oatmeal stout.

01-30-2005 03:25:04 | More by proc
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arizcards

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Bought a 6 pack from TJ's for $4.99 back in October.

Pours black with a tan head and is leaving a gentle lacing down my glass. Nose is of malts and a mild trace of coffee. The taste was very well put together! When it first hit my tounge it hit with a creamy but roasted chocolate coffee sensation that lingered until the dry hop finale blasted me. This is wonderfully creamy but it is a tad bit thin for the style. Overall drinkability is very good as I would definitely by this again for the price I paid!

01-23-2005 00:25:03 | More by arizcards
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winomark

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, with a tiny, quickly disappating light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts combine nicely to create a nice, inviting nose. Palate is a continuation fo the nose, with mocha and carbonation adding a nice dry component. Slight cola flavors also noticable. Mouthfeel is light, on the dry side, but with a lingering finish. Oatmeal adds a nice roundness and softness throughout. A very drinkable stout, IMO. Good flavor profile and mild finish. Worth trying anytime.

01-17-2005 16:57:18 | More by winomark
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BeerManDan

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

It poured a dark, dark brown with hardly any foam what so ever. The smell of roasted malts filled the nose. The taste was of roasted malts and chocolate. There was also a slight hint of a spicy nature, but just a slight hint. The overall taste of this stout was just a bit over average. There was just something missing that I couldn't put my finger on. Kind of a lack luster finnish, maybe!

01-03-2005 19:55:49 | More by BeerManDan
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swamiswamu

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Pour dark brown with a healthy tan head. The aroma is filled with roasted malt and oats. It simply tastes as an oatmeal stout should. The sturdy burnt oats floats smoothly into a bitter finish. All in all a great beer. The fact that it goes for $4.99 at Trader Joes' is pure icing.

12-09-2004 02:04:04 | More by swamiswamu
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RedBaron

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +22.1%

Excellent oatmeal stout, EVEN if they roasted the oats a wee bit long. 'Tis OK, Seamus.

Appearance: Opaque. Brownish head which didn't hang 'round long.
Smell: Wonderful smoky and slighly burnt aroma. Woody and roasty.
Taste: Incredible, especially as this beer warmed up to room temperature. Oats and toast predominate. The brewers know just what the heck they're doing. Nice bitter finish, probably due to the burnt malts. Simply f$%^ng wow.
Mouthfeel: Better than imported bottled Guinness, this beer achieves a remarkable balance and integrity not found in everyday stouts. There's enough 'there' to let you know that you're drinking a hearty stout, yet enough room is spared to not let the gut feel overwhelmed.
Drinkability: High. This is the kind of stout to savor when the northwinds blow a little colder, the skies grow grey, and the only thing left to due is to strike the kindling into an honest fire in the firebox. Good stuff, mate.

A side note: My finace treated me to a sixer of this for my 35th birthday --she couldn't have picked a more pleasant surprise! I'm going to savor a bottle each week for the next six...

11-27-2004 02:13:43 | More by RedBaron
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UnionMade

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Picked up by my buddy Happyhour from Trader Joes. By the labelling and location of the brewery, I had my suspicions that this may be Goose Island beer.
The beer pours a very deep, opaque dark brown, topped with a giant crown of tan head. The froth slowly subsides into an evenly bubbled, half fingers' worth of suds, leaving gobs of lace where it once was. Impressive sheeting lace, not what I expected from a relatively inexpensive beer. Great head retention. Honestly, i can't think of what would make the appearance better.
The aroma is an even blend of oatmeal and coffee. Very nice, with plenty of roasted and chocolatey malt. A pleasing caramel sweetness, as well. A vague undertone of char, prune and soapy, floral hops.
The flavor starts with a slowly unfolding burnt maltiness. Charred coffee and black chocolate smoothen with a creamy oatmeal warmth. A pleasantly abrasive burnt bagel flavor adds a bit of depth to this otherwise smooth drinker. Most of the bitterness is derived from the blackened malt, with a vague, unobtrusive hopping. Mostly woody, with a bit of floral and soapy astringency. The only thing I could complain about is the body. A bit on the light side, suggesting an irish dry stout, kind of feeble and lacking in the finish. Very smooth, with a creamy, milder carbonation. Quite an easy drinker for a good evening's session, especially Thanksgiving night.
A very enjoyable oatmeal stout. A bit drier than I expect from the style, with less sweetness, but that really suits me fine. For the price, I'd make this a regular in my fridge. I'd get it even if it were more expensive. Good stout.

11-26-2004 06:06:12 | More by UnionMade
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87 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.