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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

671 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | 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 Beric
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 2 November 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a soft head that quickly diminishes. Some bubbles sticking around along the edges. Leaves minimal, if any lacing.

Smell: Soft roasted notes of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Little to no hops in nose.

Taste: Great body and depth of flavor. Notes of dark chocolate, faint coffee/espresso notes, a light graininess. The beer finishes pretty sweet, though it's not a milk stout, and this sweetness seems to become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth on the tongue, with medium-high body.

Overall: The best off-brand beer I've ever bought, and for $6.50/sixer, one I'll consistently buy during the upcoming winter months. Would definitely seek this out if you're looking for a cheap but delicious brew and you have a Trader Joe's nearby!

Photo of tastybeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet brown, nearly opaque appearance. Hot cocoa colored head about two fingers high comprised of dense even bubbles. OK retention and no permanent lace. The aroma is delightful. Creamy milk chocolate, cocoa, delicate berry-like fruitiness, piles of smooth full malt, and roast coffee beans fill up my nose. Nice balance. Flavors are also well balanced. Milk chocolate with roast coffee bitter tartness and berries. Not as great as the smell for me but not bad. Mouthfeel is slick with a steady creaminess. Body could be fuller. This is easy to drink but could be even more so if there were less coffee bitterness.

Not bad and good on the nose.

Photo of geographie
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

rich tan head rests itself upon a reddish slightly opaque, yet very dark body. Head lasts a while with considerable lacing.

sweet and sour malty aromas tell me this is a playful beer. Toffee notes and coffee become much more pronounced as it warms

the flavor is very roasted, not so burnt - i'd be surprised if they used black patent malts at all. The taste appropriately matches the smell, tasting similar coffee and toffee flavors, along with a nice steely oat finish. Hops are delicate and do an excellent job at balancing out the malts without taking the show

The mouthfeel is a bit light for style, not quite the 'meal in a can' type of beer, but that makes it all the more drinkable. Keep 'em coming!

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

Pours with a light chocolate head that dissipates quickly, not much of a head.

I can smell dark malts, slight coffee , minimal hops.

Tastes of dark caramel , some dark chocolate , a little hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium , maybe a tad low on carbonation.

Overall a good stout I'll be drinking more of.

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

Dark brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smell is strongly malty with a band-aid scent that you sometimes get with lots of heavy roasted malt. Smells smoky with a lesser molasses smell.

Starts out Semi dry with a strong molasses and roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar joins the molasses and a little chocolate and vanilla show up. Well balanced and tasty, not sweet or over roasted.

Mouthfeel is thick as this style should be.

Overall one of the better beers you can get at Trader Joe's. $7 a six-pack and a very good bargain at that price too.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Black in color with a bit of a brown hue and a medium brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring of lace.

Smell: Sweet molasses and a roasted coffee hint, along with some grain or oat notes.

Taste: Begins with a sweet roasted flavor, finishing with bittersweet coffee. Notes of oats and chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, creamy body with medium carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A good stout- nothing great, but very good, especially for its price. I'd definitely be willing to have this one again.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about an inch of pillowy ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, milk chocolate, a touch of molasses, grassy, bitter hops, coffee beans. Pleasant, slightly chewy body with ample carbonation for the style. Check this one out if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of malcontent
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DrunkMcDermott
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simply a thin outer trim of mocha brown head with but one large bubble and a handful of smaller ones on either side of it. Some chestnut and cherry colour was seen on angle off the pour, but this is arguably opaque. A charred black coloured body.

The aroma makes this beer deliciously tempting, boasting strong notes of toasted biscuits covered in bakers chocolate. Hints of tobacco and tar have some presence as well. Largely though, this smells like a combination of freshly baked cookies and freshly ground coffee.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is very low. Flavours coat the mouth and the aftertaste has a ringing sweetness. A little syrupy at times. A little roast might go a long way. Could also use a little more density to really be considered 'stout'. The bitterness seems selective, showing up on some sips but not others.

A cookie-dough like taste. Strong biscuit malt melded with melted chocolate. Some soot and ash that are overrun by a cloying sweetness. An (at times astringent) cold coffee taste (that can be obnoxiously bitter). Also a strong taste of hazelnut and maybe almond. Flavours blend well and are more than pleasing on the palate.

Slightly different character than other oatmeal stouts, it's far more sweet than roasty and it has more biscuit than chocolate. I wouldn't recommend as dessert, although it would make an excellent substitute for coffee. Is this my ideal oatmeal stout? No... but it's not too, too far from it. This was enjoyed with special thanks to tpd975 !

Photo of srrn
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, bought this at Trader Joes for $5.48. Poured a nice dark brown with a nice two finger head. Smell of toasted malts but lighter on the coffee and chocolate than other oatmeal stouts. Taste similar and good. The only thing going against this beer is a somewhat thin mouthfeel. This is one of the few budget priced beers I've genuinely enjoyed and will buy it again.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "9/15/13 14 14:05" on 24 April 2013

Notes: Black-brown dark mahogany body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head drops to an average collar with minimal spotty and streaky lacing. Medium bodied with a median carbonation level = smooth and almost creamy. Chocolate/fudge and strong golden caramel and toffee notes greet you in the nose. The flavor adds a bit more nuttiness and some yeasty fruitiness to the mix. Leafy and grassy hops add balance along with a solid bitterness. Richly flavorful and satisfying without being overly malty or full bodied. Drinkable, and (bonus!) fairly inexpensive.

Photo of Soilworker
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Coffee brown with a thick off-white frothy head.

S: Coffee and malty sweetness dominate the nose while vanilla notes are constant in the background. As with most stouts there is a pleasant roasted malt aspect that accompanies every aroma.

T: Very smooth stout that has a lot of coffee notes coming through. The bitterness of the coffee taste is balanced well by a sweet chocolate taste. A lot of roasted malts are a delicious pairing with the coffee taste.

Ml: Creamy with medium style carbonation.

D: For the price this is one of the best stouts that you can buy in my opinion. At under a dollar the complexity of the palate is great and definitely deserves a try buy anyone who enjoys stouts.

Photo of gopens44
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hanging on to this for a few years, why I have? No idea. Popped it open and here's me story

A - Straight up normalstout appeaarance, in that it's dark as night with a thin wispy head

S - Malty and nutty. Not a whole lot else

T - Very pleasant with a taste of cherries and mild dark chocolate.

M - more carbonation then I would have thought, but relatively light given the style with no overwhelming aftertaste.

Since it's no longer around, I guess it would be disingenuos for me to say it's great and you should get one, but it was darn good. Too bad it's all gone

Photo of lechroy
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer with lots of pluses but a bit on the sweet end, lingering with sweetness. Drank with Rogue Shakespere clone in hand and it was a good comparison of two different style oatmeal stouts. All around a great winter brew - good for a glass, two tops.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice dark brown with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers thick of loose tan bubbles.

The smell is good and roasty, losts of dark malt with a good toastyness.

The taste is nice, very roasty notes of coffee caramel chocolate and molasses in the finish. The brew is not real hopy but not to much out of balance.

The mouthfeel is a little thin but still good, the feel of the carbonation a little too fizzy.

The drinkability is good, I do like this brew and would want to try it again. Prosit, MK

Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When the carbonation clears and finally disappears from the edges thus sets up with a deep radiant onyx color. The head was tan with a fizzy nature but it collared thickly and set up nicely.

The nose is filled with roasted oats, sweet yet dry chocolate, slight roasted coffee and creamy marshmallow.

The flavor yields to the creamy sweetness with a marshmallow tendancy. Dry chocolate, sorghum, molasses, raisin and even maple make an appearance.

The feel is a touch thick with a bit more carbonated bite than I desire. Otherwise it's smooth and easy to drink.

Ostensibly, this is a cheap beer as its Trader Joe's, but it packs a good flavor and serves it's purpose as a easy to drink stout.

Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

single bottle from Trader Joe's

a: Pours a somewhat fizzy deep tan head that soon recedes to a ring and then nothing. The beer is a very deep brown in color.

s: Nice aroma, predominantly roasted barley and toasted oatmeal with a hint of dark hops in the back. Overbaked granola. Very earthy with what seems to be a light-moderate hopping. Good level of sweetness. Maybe a touch of lactose.

m: Carbonation on the low side of the medium range. Wish the body was a bit heavier, especially given the style...around of just over medium.

t: Expectedly, roasts dominate with a note of toasty oatmeal. Seems a bit watered down. Great roasted character though, all nutty and earthy. Nondescript hops give a light bitterness to the finish, with long-lingering roasted barley.

d: a respectable beer at least, but nothing I'd really buy again

Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark brown color, off white head that faded, but kept a ring around the top, nice lace left on the glass.

smell - Roasted malt, unsweetned dark chocolate, and coffee.

taste - Taste of dark malts, and cofee here, little bitter towards the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

overall - Easy drinking, goes down smooth, or I am thirsty right now, nice brewed would buy it again, worth a try.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark red-brown, but not as dense as most stouts I'm used to drinking -- a light on the far side of the glass easily shone through. The head was only half a finger of tan froth, and the lacing fairly weak.

S: Not a potent aroma at all. There's a bit of sweet, toasted malt and floral hops, but you have to sniff hard to get anything more.

T: Plenty of sweet malt, and the sweetness lingers to the end, although coffee and chocolate flavors come through as it plays on the tongue. Hops are almost an afterthought, and only add mild, grapefruit-like bitterness.

M: Moist and smooth at first. Carbonation is fair. The finish a bit dry.

O: More like a low-intensity version of an imperial stout than a true oatmeal stout. Very drinkable, but not the top of its class.

Photo of sdub
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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