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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

712 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bloody chocolate that falls just short of opaque. A wide band of cherry juice red can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive 'wheat toast brown' head occupies the upper several inches. A thick necklace of lace is forming as the foam begins to melt. This is a classic looking stout.

What an incredible nose! Can't go wrong with bushel basketfuls of roasted barley malt. The immediate atmosphere is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and melting bittersweet chocolate. If the flavor follows suit, this is going to be a wonderously delicious oatmeal stout.

Not quite, but that's doesn't mean I don't love it. The ABV tastes and feels like it's somewhere in the vicinity of 6.0%. That's amazing when one considers the explosiveness of the flavor. It's great when brewers pack so much palate punch into a beer that is so flat-out drinkable.

For an oatmeal stout (Goose Island says that it's 'in the Irish tradition'), there's quite a bit of roastiness and smoky char. Can't forget the classic stout flavors of black joe and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter are equally balanced; a better situation, I feel, than if one dominated.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) letdown. I probably have an unfair bar set in terms of stout mouthfeels. I think they should have at least a little full creaminess. This one... doesn't quite get there. At least sessioners won't be bogged down.

It's been a long time since I had a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. If I had access to Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (thanks for the extra Talisker), I'd do a side-by-side comparison. GI's standard version is pretty good, but I have sneaking suspicion that this beer would win going away.

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

Bought this bottle at Trader Joe's, fairly sure that it's a trader Joe's exclusive.

Pours dark brown with very little head. Aroma is tremendously sweet malt without even a hint of hops present. Very sweet malty taste with a smooth aftertaste. Slightly thick, but really just more of an almost sugary sweet feeling. Tastes like more of a milk stout that an oatmeal stout.

A fantastic flavorful, lower alcohol malt bomb. ALso very inexpensive at Jungle Jim's I think it was around $6-$7.

Photo of Bighead6365
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a handful of times. Felt it was due for a review.

Picked up at Trader Joes in Buffalo for 1 dollar. When I had this for the first time in my life, I was blown away at the price and flavor. What are the macrobreweries missing out on?

A: Pours a dark jet black, with a light laced brown head that lines the glass. It looks good, but nothing spectacular.

S: Get some roasty notes of coffee, malt, and a little metallic for some reason. Not sure why.

T: Forget the smell, this thing is off the charts. Starts out rich and dark, then laces the tounge with a light amount of smokey flavor, followed by the sweet taste of vanilla. DAMN this is a fine tasting beer. It gets me every time how well balanced it is.

M: Slightly thick, but easily drinkable. Not heavy, but you do know that you're drinking an oatmeal stout.

O: For a staple beer of an oatmeal stout, this one has to take the cake. Trader Joes has something special here. I don't know how they made such a fine beer so cheap, but please share your magic with the others so that they can step up their crap.

Photo of Hex92
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick head that laced nicely.

Smells like chocolate and maybe coffee

Taste: Yummy. Very malty. No 'burned' flavor from the roasting. Smooth and flavorful

Coats the mouth just right. Not too thin and not too syrupy.

Like I said: Smooth. Can easily drink a few in a sitting.

I don't know why this beer is 'retired'. Just bought mine last month...the label is the same. BUT it is brewed by JosephsBrau Brewing Co in San Jose Ca.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been on a stout kick the last week and had to try this one since it had been a few years. Full body with a subtle coffee aftertaste. The flavor does disapate making it a very easy beer to enjoy for a longer duration. This may be my go to stout beer when not drinking an ipa. For the price you cannot do any better for an outstanding stout.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to an opaque dark color with a small tan head that subsides rather quickly.

The smell is of toffee and chocolate. Excellent!

The taste is really amazing as well. I can taste the almost raw grains. It's fairly sweet, with just a tiny hint of hops.

The mouthfeel isn't thick as I thought it would be, but almost grainy; it feels like the malt is being deposited across my tongue. Also, it seems like there is no carbonation.

The drinkability is pretty good on this one. I'm not usually a fan of something this heavy, but this is some good stuff here. I will definitely get this again.

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This top-notch brew was purchased in Nashville at Trader Joe's after seeing excellent reviews here. At a bargain price ($5.99/6pk), this is a serious deal.

Had the first of these totally warm, "pre-gaming" in the car before a SWANS show that night. Perfect. Best enjoyed room temperature.

Pours with substantial carbonation and solid 2-finger spoke-style lace. Nose is coffee and dark chocolate. Nice.

Taste is plenty of coffee and chocolate notes, with a smooth finish and virtually no overly burnt malt taste. Rich and full-bodied. An exemplary stout, this one's worth "stocking" up on. A great value and a really superior oatmeal stout!

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 meisterkirke
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a regular beer for our house. It is affordable at 5.99 a six pack. I hear rumors that employees from a large beverage chain by this as opposed to Guinness at their store. Goose Island makes this for Traders.

Appearance is dark, smell is a bit bitter and coffee like, taste is smooth, moderately carbonated, coffee like the smell said and tasty. Mouthfeel is thick and healthy.
Drink-ability is an everyday beer for me if I so desire a beer that day.

Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thick tan head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A little bit of molasses comes through on the nose after the beer warms a bit.

Tastes of oats, milk chocolate, roasty malt, and coffee. Some brown sugar as well. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a bittersweet finish.

Very drinkable oatmeal stout. Can definitely drink a few of these.

Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dollar for dollar, one of the two or three best beers I've ever had. Maybe the best -- I'm having trouble thinking of a better one at the moment.

Found this at Trader Joe's for 4.99. I don't see Goose Island available in California very often; basically, there are two or three stores in SoCal that offer it. And it's usually hit or miss as to what's on the shelves.

I snatched up all the sixers of this I could find. Heck, a case is cheaper than some single bottles I've had recently. In searching the intertron, I've discovered that this beer (purportedly) is the exact same offering as the Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, just that it is 4.99 versus 7.99. Haven't tried both, don't know if that is true.

Pours a dark brown with a big off-white head and some lighter brown shading. It's an attractive beer, but doesn't necessarily look like a stout. Almost more like a Dopplebock in appearance. The taste is smooth and creamy, but not particularly thick (probably my only caveat). The carbonation keeps on a-bubblin' and livens it up.

The smell and taste is rich chocolate, some coffee, roasted/charred malts, and some palatable oatmeal backing. For a beer this cheap to have such a rich, explosive flavor is stunning.

Beers like this remind me that you don't have to pay premium prices for good, solid brews.

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into Trader Joe's and picked this up on a whim. Boy, I'm sure glad I did!

I guess this is made by Goose Island.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown color, with a little bit of ruby showing around the edges when held up to the light. The very nice, mocha head left a trail of froth as it died down into a shaving cream-like formation. Great retention!

S: Chocolate milk combined with toasted oats and maybe even a hint of coffee (or at least some semblance of roasty bitterness).

T: This beer had the perfect amount of sweetness. I mean, the sugar content cut through whatever bitterness might have existed and transformed it from a coffee bomb to a candy bomb!... almost tasted like "Nestle's Quick."

M: Thick and creamy, with a nice carbonated feel without it being too. The sweetness wasn't cloying in the least bit.

O: I'm simply amazed that I found of beer of this caliber for $5.99 on the shelf at Trader Joe's. I'm still reeling...

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- mocha- like head forms two fingers high. Frothy and persistent. Body is pitch-black and completely opaque.

S- rich caramel and toffee aromas. Smells big like an imperial stout. Bitter dark chocolate notes. Hint of booze. There's also something like chicory or oak.

T- Robust flavors of caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt. There's a big dose of vanilla present. There's a touch of assertive, piney hop flavor.

M- Smooth, mellow and creamy. Sweet throughout until a mildly bitter finish. Carbonation is lively and creates a vibrant sensation.

This is one of the best bang for your buck stouts, I must say. Great in every category.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Six 12-ounce bottles.

Appearance: Poured an opaque black. A finger of dense head developed on top and dissipated to a creamy base.

Smell: Delicious dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste: The chocolate from the smell was less prominent in the taste and was replaced by the roasted coffee malts. A slight tingle of bitterness mellows as the pint warms. (I didn't let it warm enough at first.)

Drinkability: Not as spectacular as I remember, but Stockyard is very smooth and tasty despite its simplicity. It's a good brew to sit down and relax with after a day of slaughtering.

Photo of ruckus232
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown in color that is impossible to see though with a really thick foamy tan head

Smell: Has an almost identical smell to one of those sweeter coffees you might get at a fancy coffee house. It has the roasted smell but with a nice sweet caramel smell to compliment it.

Taste: The initial taste is sort of a smokey oat but more then that a smokey nutty flavor. The smokey flavor is a little bit bitter but it finishes up sort of sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and not too strong but it hangs around for a while.

Photo of bsend
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: This beer pours a thick black color that lets no light through. A proper pour provides a thin one finger off-white to mocha head. Small amounts of carbonation can be seen clinging to the side of the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, oats and roasted malts play harmoniously on the nose.

Taste: A sip starts out with sweet chocolate at beginning that moves into more bitter deep baker's choclate. After notes of roasted coffee and malts, we finish with generous amounts of hearty oat. Amazing flavor.

Mouthfeel: A thick viscous consistency coats the mouth, allowing all the flavors to blend together and last on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout. Can definitely enjoy a six pack of this during a session.

Final Thoughts - This oatmeal stout amazed me. Wonderful amounts of flavor that is something I can enjoy quite a bit. My girlfriend brought one over for me to try and honestly I wanted one after another afterwards. I wonder if Goose Island is always this good. Getting this at the Trader Joe's around here is amazing. $5.99 for a 5 pack. Unbelievable!!!! Stands up to Samuel Smith's (that might be better, but the price on Stockyard gives it a run for its money). Try it!!!

Photo of NeutroMan
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown color, almost black. Small tan head quickly dissipated.

S: Roasted grains and coffee with a hint of caramel malts.

T: Dark roasted grains combine with the oats to give in a nice nutty, earthy flavor. The malt sweetness adds some milk chocolate to the palate as well. This is a complex, excellent brew.

M: Medium-full bodied and silky smooth. This is one of the creamiest, smoothest beers I've ever had and is an absolute joy.

D: Despite the robustness, it's quite drinkable (like most GI brews). It's a shame I only have one left.

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light brown head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark dark brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts give off a nice aroma that borders on dark chocolates and also seems to have a light sour hint from the hops.

Sweet roasted caramel malts with a oatmealish taste, seems to be lots of little tastes of light dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, among other things but I ran out of beer.

A creamy smooth full bodied beer with a nice light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the roasted malt tastes.

Photo of joezak5
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a 6 pack at Trader Joe's in WEestfield, NJ for $4.99.

Appearance: Poured into a Samuel Smith Tulip, black with slight red at the edges, excellent coffee colored head that reached the top and had good retention.

Smell: Sugary, sweet, coffee oatmeal. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice chewy, creamy malt swish.

Taste: Clean and creamy malt with rustic oat flavor and dry coffee finish.

Drinkability: Overall I've been disappointed with the beers at Trader Joe's (stick to the value wines) but this is the one winner I've found. For the price it's a bargain and is an excellent session beer.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the fact you can go to Trader Joe's and do a mixed 6pk and get some beers that you would not normally try. I pick up this beer because I am a huge fan of stouts. I remember this also being contracted out by Goose Island. This is yet another good beer at a really really good price. I will be picking this beer up again!

Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, flavourful, yet easy-drinking stout with a body that is a nice balance between light and full.

Almost totally black, it has a big, dark tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top and then to a foamy ring. It leaves some pretty nice lace.

Aroma is cooked oatmeal porridge, dark toast, stewed prunes, caramelised bread crust, hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earth.

Taste is sweetish, dark toast, caramelly prunes, some earthiness, but with a dryish finish and aftertaste with lightly bitter earth and hint of coffee, along with vaguely fruity toastiness and black pepper hint. The body and feel are light but full, with faint oiliness.

Photo of TTAmod
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Typical stout. Dark brown liquid with a creamy brown head.

S: Lots of coffee, cream, chocolate and oats.

T: Roasted malts dominate this one. There are hints of coffee and dark chocolate. There is also a very pleasant cream and oat base to this beer. A lot of oatmeal stouts tend to over-roast the malts, but this one nails it. There is very little bitterness. All you can taste is the goodness of the roasted malts without the sharp bitterness that's typical for the style.

M: Appropriately creamy and medium mouthfeel. Goes down with no fuss. No complaints here.

O: Another Trader Joe's winner. $6 for 6 of these is a complete steal if you're looking for a good stout. A word to other reviewers...not all stouts need to have a 13% ABV and be barrel-aged. You can't criticize this one because of the moderate ABV or low "strength"...it's PERFECT for the style.

Honestly, there's nothing to complain about here. A touch of hops could have given this one more depth, but it's far from necessary. I'd buy this every time I'm looking for a sessionable stout to enjoy.

And...one last note...the bottle says the ABV is 5.20%. The site is not accurate in saying that it's 5%

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent purchase from the local TJ's: same label as the old Stockyard, only with "JosephsBrau Brewing Co., San Jose, CA" in place now.

Many wailed and gnashed their teeth when they heard Goose Island would no longer be brewing this beer for TJ's, and the gnashing became more ugly when it was learned that Gordon Biersch would stray from their usual German lagers to take the reigns. I think the angst was unfounded.

A -- Deep black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy, very persistent light tan head.

S -- Mellow, roasted dark malts with hints of milk chocolate.

T -- Big, patent malt roastiness up front with some light chocolate flavors and mellow, dark fruit esters in the finish. Hop bitterness throughout, blending well with the bitterness from the patent malt -- no real hop flavor character. The roasted malts return in the aftertaste to finish dry and mildly bitter.

M -- Medium to light-heavy body with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- Highly drinkable, even for a full-bodied beer. This is smooth, rich, and very satisfying if you're craving a Stout. And from a lager brewer at that!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a finger and a half worth of sand-toned foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley and oats with sweetish chocolate and coffee notes and a small, small hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dark, moderately roasty maltiness with a taste of dark chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Soft, mild-mannered smoky oat character. Gentle fruitiness. Not much support from the hops, flavorwise, though some slight bitterness comes through to provide a bit of balance. There's an increased though still light earthiness on the back end with a sustained chocolate taste. Finishes smooth and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pleasant and tasty and pretty dadgum cheap. Of the various Trader Joe's brews, this is the one I'd most likely return for a whole six'er of.

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.