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

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648 Ratings

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | 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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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.

srrn, Jun 16, 2008
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of TheLiterati
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Mosstrooper
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Mosstrooper, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

CaptainIPA, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

ClockworkOrange, May 24, 2009
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.

malcontent, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of chrisafari
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate smooth roasted malt.

Pour: dark black with thin tan head, slightly opaque (but can be seen through if held to the light).

Flavor: begins crisp with coffee and roasted malt. The finish is smooth with dominate flavors of molasses. The finish is also slightly dry with a lingering maltiness in the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium body. The carbonation seems a little high for my taste, i was imagining something slightly smoother.

Drinkability: medium to medium high.

Overall: definitely an enjoyable beer. I'm hoping that a few months of sitting will help the flavor marinate a bit. This is certainly the best stout for the price.

chrisafari, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of sdub
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

sdub, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

KYGunner, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

blackie, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Soilworker
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Soilworker, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of gopens44
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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

gopens44, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Decent black pour, but too much light makes it through this one, almost a light porter or a dark brown ale look to it.
Great aroma, man this one hit me in the face, coffee, and chocolate come out big time. And this one also has a nice aroma of spicy hops to it.
Taste is very good, Coffee, and chocolate dominate this beer, Not getting the oats much at all, and this one has a nice little hoppiness to it.
Mouthfeel is more like a brown ale, this would be fine it they didn't try and pass it off as a stout, just too thin, and no creamy chewiness from the oats. I am a little torn on this one as it seems a little miss labeled, but I really like it. Not much of an oatmeal stout to me.

mnstorm99, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 lechroy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

lechroy, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. The bottle had a time and date stamp, but it wasn't obvious to me what it meant. I noted that this beer is 5.2%ABV vs. the 5% listed here at BA. Maybe the recipe has changed a bit.

Appearance: Black beer on the table with a tan head. Poured a dense 1/4" head initially which died down to thin skin and ring at the top. Held up to the light it's a very dark ruby red color. Good thick strands of lacing noted as I drank it down.

Smell: Milk chocolate and burnt sugar. Maybe a hint of tiramisu. Interesting smell.

Taste: Sweet chocolate malt balanced with a coffee-like bitterness. On the sweet side of things - like having dessert in a glass but not cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a smooth texture. Not as creamy and thick as other oatmeal stouts I've had - probably one of the thinnest I've had, but still noticeably thick and smooth as one would expect.

Overall / Drinkability: Dessert in a glass. One at a time with this - it's too much otherwise. A great beer for stand-alone after a meal as it's own dessert, but I think it would go great with cookies as well. I wouldn't mind trying this again, just not again in one night. A very good beer for the price.

damndirtyape, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of nramsburg
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Trader Bro's. Nice, small tan head. Roasty aroma, a bit of bread and mild leather as well. Lighter palate, with a long, nutty finish. Easily the best regularly-available beer from TJ's, and overall a very solid stout. Try this beer.

nramsburg, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured Coca Cola black in a snifter and what head there was fizzled away quickly. Mildly disappointing but it could have been the pour. On the nose there is burnt toast and malt and overall a very pleasant charred smell. On the tongue those toasted flavors come through. It isn't a very complex beer but the predominant tastes and aromas are very pleasing to me. In the mouth it's not very cloying as oatmeal stouts sometimes are, it goes down rather smooth.

This is a very good beer, very sessionable, and once you factor in that it's a dollar a bottle, it's one of the best buys in the beer world.

EricCioe, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of tommy78
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Out of the bottle, a very dark beer pours out with some serious head that settles over time. When holding it up to the light, I noticed a slight red hue in the beer.

S - Good combo of roasted hops, chocolate, and coffee.

T - At first, the beer was a bit crunchy for my tastes. However, over time and numerous sips, the taste improved. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I could taste the coffee in the beer. Good flavor in general.

M - A bit too carbonated for me.

D - After getting over the overcarbonation, I enjoyed drinking this beer. It is a good session beer.

tommy78, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Jimbo87
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

In a US pint glass.

Dark coffee color, pale head.

Smells like coffee, hint of chocolate, oats. Roasty and sweet.

Taste: roastiness is big. Coffee. Slight oatmeal. Slight seltzer water. Hops are too perceptible, but they are there doing their job of balancing the grain.

MF: a little watery, I have to say.

Drinkability is high. A very good beer, especially considering the price. My problem with the mouthfeel might be because I typically drink imperial stouts, which of course are thicker. So this feels watery in comparison, but it might be almost average for non-imperial stouts.

Jimbo87, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of bceaglejoe
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.