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

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 23
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002)
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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

bceaglejoe, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

proc, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

arizcards, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of winomark
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

winomark, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

BeerManDan, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

swamiswamu, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of RedBaron
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

RedBaron, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

UnionMade, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle picked up from Trader Joes. Described as ‘Stockyard Oatmeal Stout’ on the front label, the reverse label states that this is from the “Stockyard Brewing Company”, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized this must be Chicagoan for Goose Island. Twist off black crown cap. No Strength Listed but Best Before Date is 060405.

Appearance: Pours with a very dark brown, almost black body that is covered with a lovely thick dark tan head, smooth and creamy in nature with a long lasting presence. Finely dissolved carbonation. Long lasting head leaves some nice thick ringed lacing.

Nose: Dark cocoa and coffee laden chocolate with some oatmeal and dark malts all nicely welded together in a bold strong nose.

Taste: Dark sweet malts and creamy oats build into a nice smooth middle. Sharp coffee bitterness mixes equally well with some tasty cocoa powder that adds a talcum like dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The Oats and Malts contribute to a nice creamy smooth above average mouthfeel which also benefits from a slightly cloying chocolate feel. Solid feel.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed during a slow long quiet night in Long Beach. I’m no big fan of Chocolate though and the lingering “chocolate feel” in the aftertaste becomes just a little too much for me in the long term. A bottle to finish the night with is rather the treat though.

Overall: Pretty decent and tasty offering that is great value for money, worth dropping less than the $5 for a Six-Pack that Trader Joes requested for this. Excellent Value.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a large tan head that leaves a nice lace. Aromas are extremely roasty, with a nice coffee backing and only a hint of oats. The flavor to this brew goes right along with the aromas. Initially there is an astrigent roastiness that just dominates the flavor profile. Following there is a just a light oat like flavor that adds just a hint of sweetness but a fairly strong coffee flavor quickly overwhelms it. The finish to the brews is slightly bitter with just a final roasty flavor and a bit of chocolate. The mouthfeel to this brew is fairly medium bodied, with a light carbonation that tickles the tongue. A fairly drinkable brew but just a bit too roasty for me and a little on the one dimensional side.

bigbeerdrinka, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) that is not quite opaque. Medium thick beige head and thin lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. The body is not very thick but is very smooth and drinkable. Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and malt flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Easily the best Trader Joe’s beer I have tried and a pretty good Stout to boot.

Dogbrick, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. I picked up a 6 pack of this at Trader Joe's for $4.99....great deal.

Appearance is a dark black with an off brown colored head. Minimal head on top that dissappeared quickly.

Smells oaty, molasses, and coffee.

Taste is nice and robust with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweetness.

Solid Oatmeal stout at a really good price.

Hibernator, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pick-up from my local Trader Joe's and their revolving door of hit-and-miss craft brews. Poured into a standard pint glass, this o-stout had a uniform near-black color with some dark brown highlights and a modest tan head that rather quickly shrank down to a thin cap.
The nose was pretty sweet - lots of malts and a dusting of milk chocolate. A robust coffee aroma capped off the nose. The taste packed a hefty coffee-infused bitterness. Add a good dose of roasted grains and at times I thought I was drinking some burnt whole grain toast with an old coffee chaser. The feel didn't come off as silkily smooth as other oatmeal stouts I've tried and was a bit on the thin side.
Overall, this is a decent, if not great, oatmeal stout. It's real nice considering the price of $4.95 a six-pack. A nice find at TJ's.

Boilermaker88, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I too purchased this at Trader Joe's. Pours a nice black color with a nice tan head. Smells sweet, with aromas of roasted grains and coffee/chocolate tones. Very light mouthfeel with a strong coffee flavor upon first sip. I like my stout with a little more body than this..but it's still enjoyable.

A good brew for the price and it's brewed by Goose Island exclusively for Trader Joe's. Hints of chocolate and tobacco come through with further tasting. This would be a good beer to have with dessert. A good stout overall, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

orbitalr0x, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of TheLiterati
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like other reviewers, I found this little treasure sitting on the shelf of my neighborhood Trader Joe's - a recent, welcome addition to a somewhat lackluster but slowly-changing variety of craft and micro brews.

I'm a big fan of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and admit I was a bit reluctant to try this one. Still, I took a whiff of this smoky smelling brew before pouring it in a thick sided, wide mouth tumbler that showed off its tan head and opaque black body rather nicely.

At first taste, I expected the initially smooth and velvety mouthfeel to finish disappointingly flat. However, though not necessarily a complex brew, Stockyard finished strong without being heavy, syrupy or sluggish.

A nice alternative for a lighter lager or pils, Stockyard's Oatmeal Stout is quite drinkable in record summer heat.

TheLiterati, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Godspeed
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. A modest beige head is seen briefly before it dissipates. Coffee aroma with hints of burnt mollasses. Tastes largely of coffee and roasted malt flavor with a smooth, thin finish. Maybe a bit bland for an oatmeal stout, but very drinkable, and well worth the 4.99 for a sixpack at trader joe's.

Godspeed, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: comes in a standard 12 oz. brown bottle. I do like all the old guys hanging out in the stockyard in the picture. Pours pure black with a nice head that doesn't last long. Looks nice in a glass.
Smell: A hint of coffee, nuts, and roasted malts. Pretty faint however.
Taste: Not much to speak of. Really light. When I think of oatmeal stouts this one doesn't fit any of the characteristics. Not very complex. Almost like a brown ale.
Mouthfeel: Too light for an oatmeal stout
Drinkability: Not bad. Goes down smooth but again, if you are new to the oatmeal stout world, this is not the one to start with. Sam Smith's is where I would go. This is the "light" version of oatmeal stouts.

mattcrill, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of cyguyjg
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma seems overwhelmingly of molasses. Pours a bit thin but perhaps that is because this bottle is not nitro. The color is black as tar; no opacity noted.The taste is well-balanced - no bitter hops here. I sense a slight bit of effervescence on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these in a session.

Overall, I tend to discount some of the other factors and home in on taste. And I like this one. Perhaps that's because I prefer Porter to Stout... this is close to Porter.

cyguyjg, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent stout that is an especially good beer for the price - $4.59 a sixer at Trader Joe's. The bottle and markings all indicate that the brew is from from the Stockyard Brewing Company, but apparently this comes Goose Island.

A nice dark body, just shy of black, supports a thin tan head that dissipates too rapidly and leaves miniscule spotting on the glass. Good aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is quite nice, a bit sweet, and full of coffee and chocolate notes. Good richness and just a bit mild. The feel is too thin for the style but not dramatically out of line and it is a bit creamy and oily, mso no big downside here. Good drinkability and no signficant alcohol noted.

Great buy at this price when most of my stouts range upwards of $2 for a 12 ounce bottle. Not a great beer, but very good for the money. Super when matched to a piece of Christmas milk chocolate.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. I forgot to check for a freshness dating,.

Beer pours jet black with frothy tan head and nice lacing.

Nice smelling beer. Lots of smoky roasted malt and a bit of peat type smell.

Taste is great. Like the smell, lots of toasted/smoked malt. Also has a touch of hops to add a little balance. Beer is slightly sweet perhaps due to the oatmeal? A little coffee taste sneaks in to add complexity.

Nice creamy soft mouthfeel. Easy drinking stout. You can drink this one all night.

Redrover, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It looked solid enough and the aroma was there, but this was an oatmeal stout from trader joe's for 79 cents a bottle. There had to be something wrong with the taste or something. Nope. This was great! Three dominant flavors of oats, coffee, and roasted malts. Not too complex, a bit thin for a stout, and somewhat bitter. But it was still a great beer. I had a few by themselves then a few with some brats and they actually paired well to me. This rivals Arcadia Imperial Stout and Hennepin for the best taste to price ratio.

granger10, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish black in color. Mostly opaque. Brown head.
Aroma of heavily roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Tatse is fairly smooth and is dominated by heavily roasted malt and oats. Has a big coffee flavor. There may be oats in this, but I'd call it a coffee stout. Definitely bitter and not sweet. Bitter coffee flavor at the finish that lingers a bit.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability if you like black coffee, otherwise, it's a bit bitter.
Overall, a good beer, but too much bitter coffee flavor for my liking.

PhantomVodoo, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stockyard: An oatmeal stout from Trader Joes (Hey, Jackndan went to Trader Joe’s). Pure black, with garnet highlights when held to a bright light. A tannish head that disappeared pretty damn quickly. Had a typical oatmeal stout aroma, i.e. lightly browned coffee and caramel. The taste is fairly faithful to the style, sweet malts opening up to dark chocolate. However, the smoothness of an oatmeal stout is missing, and has more carbonation than I would have liked. However, fairly inexpensive, easy enough to drink. If you are in Trader Joe’s I go for this one.

jackndan, Jan 30, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Roasty coffee-ish and big chocolate aroma and flavor. Full bodied and smooth with a silky oily finish.

An excellent oatmel stout available at Trader Joes for 4.99/six. For that price, it has it all over Samuel Smith's....

RBorsato, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a very dark, almost black body. Has hints of ruby red when held up to a light. Nice thick tan head. Good retention. Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee and creamy chocolate. Rich taste of roasted malt - the oats are really apparent, yet not overpowering. Also notes of coffee and chocolate. Good creamy mouthfeel, but not quite as thick as I'd like. Very pleasant brew to drink. Wonderful with Sunday breakfast.

Viking, Oct 06, 2002
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
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