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: 658
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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 malcontent
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of scott
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with coffee/chocolate flavor, then oats, quiet finish no bitterness. Still fresh after brewed July 2005. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Photo of snilsen13
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark, not much light passing through, small head, not creamy.

S: powerfully malt

T: Strong flavor, pretty good coffee with chocolate-like maltiness. THere is a mild bitterness to balance the rich flavor. Aftertaste is pretty good, a little lke toffee, those coffee toffees.

M: slightly astringent.

D: mellow alcohol content and lots of flavor, easy enough to drink two befre the richness does you in.

Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured contents into a chalice. Forms a nice filthy brown head, leaving behind web like DNA traces.

Charred and woody. Leaning towards the earthy side, and shying away from the general smoothness of an oatmeal. Chocolate creeps into the picture, more of a bakers end. Mouthfeel is rather clean, a bitterness from the charred wood is welcomed.

Notes: Can't beat the price per quality ratio here. Cheap and pretty much a decent oatmeal stout in my opinion. A worthy addition to the session beer fridge.

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

I have two questions about this beer. First, the Irish have a strong tradition in oatmeal stouts? Secondly, what is Stockyard Brewing Company? Is it another Gordon Biersch contract brew for Trader Joes? Oh, Stockyard is Goose Island (we get those out here?). Dark pour, frothy tan head, leaving a thin layer through the last slip. The nose has coffee, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and oatmeal. It starts off smooth with sweet malts and chocolate, then roasted malts and coffee lead into a dry, bitter finish. This is mighty quaffable for a sweet oatmeal stout. Totally worth $5 for the impulsive six-pack.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice, dark brown color. Not too much carbonation or much of a head to it. It has a good roasted coffee/oat/malt smell, and it pretty much tastes the same way with a good, full flavor. There's a slight bitter coffee aftertaste, but it doesn't last too long. It's a very smooth drinkable beer, looks like I'll have to go to Trader Joe's more often to pick some up. For $4.99, it's a pretty good deal for a good beer.

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

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Cambridge. Darrk pour, with an amber-black cloudlike head. Smell is a graet mix of smoke, coffee, malt with a hop undertone. Taste presents a malty sweetness on the front, with and oatmeal/smoky smoothness that finishes in a light smkoy bite. This brew is very smooth and rounded, the aotmeal is there in the right balance. Finish is nice, dry. Mouthfeel has a great chewiness that complements the smooth quality.

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

Poured from a bottle with 08/16/06 freshness date. The appearance is decent with a dark brown color and some rosiness around the edges in the light. The head is disappointingly small and thin; tan in color which fades away quickly. Leaves no lace.

The smell is mildly detectable but comes across as biscuity followed by some coffee and hints of pepper.

The taste is a fairly decent blend of malt and hops with a nice bitterness in the backend. The burnt malt adds some coffee flavoring. Pretty smooth and typical for the style.

Photo of StAnthony
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island, huh? I never knew...

I wonder why those Geese are trying to hide this beauty of a gander. Picked up a sixer at Trader Joes for $4.99 or so. A steal! I love stout and this one was exceptionally smooth (good ol' oatmeal) and much more drinkable than your average variety of the black stuff. Rich with maltey goodness, but not overpowering in the least. I didn't catch an ABV on the label, but whatever it was, both my palette and my constitution were very pleased after a couple bottles. I actually felt a bit lonely once it was gone. I'll see you again soon, buddy.

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

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 .

Photo of aforbes10
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of AltBock
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of HochFliegen
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Eris48
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of lokicat444
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.