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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

362 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 717
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 34
Gots: 69 | 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 jwinship83
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with reddish brown around the edges under a quickly falling finger of beige colored head.

S- roasted malts and oat. not too complex.

T- roasted malt and some caramel/toffee. very lightly hopped.

M- medium bodied and exceptionally smooth.

D- not the most complex or interesting stout, but a beer thats pretty sessionable. the cost is low, which is great. glad i picked this up at trader joes. (411 characters)

Photo of rKunda
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Trader Joe's. Like the others, it's not going to win awards at a craft brew competition, but it's better than ANYTHING I've had in the $1 per bottle price range. Actually, that might be even a bit too harsh. While it might trail some of the better stouts I've had recently, it wouldn't trail by a whole lot.

It's a hearty stout. It has a lot of flavor, and overall that flavor is really good. The flavor is thicker than the texture, that being a little thinner than I've had in comparable flavors, especially oatmeal stouts. It also seemed to be a bit more carbonated, and it shows when pouring. Pour SLOW. For the first time in ages I poured too fast and it actually overflowed because the head foamed so quickly and it didn't die down fast enough. My first taste of this was franticly trying to sip off the foam to stop it. I failed.

If you like oatmeal stouts and you like spending less and getting more, this is a great beer. It's also a great beer to jump in to trying a new kind of beers, because there isn't a lot of $ on the line. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark black with just the tiniest ruby highlights when held to the light. Frothy, two-finger tan head that I suspect won't make it all the way thorough...We'll see. Head is just a ring of bubbles by two-thirds down the glass, but this is better than anticipated. Leaves behind a few small splotches of lacing here and there.

S - Roasted chocolate malt, oats and a hint of vanilla greet the nose upon opening the bottle. In the glass, things become slightly less impressive with the oat and vanilla notes disappearing and leaving a generic roasted chocolate malt aroma.

T - A bit of roasted chocolate malt upfront. The body is thin and fairly smooth from the oats, with a flavor profile consisting almost entirely of roasted chocolate malt and just a tiny semblance of hops. Smooth passing over the back of the tongue leads to a slightly dry, bitter chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to give the beer a very slight creaminess. The price point, this isn't terrible but it really needs to be thicker and creamier. Probably the worst aspect of this beer.

In typical Trader Joe's fashion, this is a mediocre, economical beer that is easily forgotten. The flavor and mouthfeel just come off too thin for what I look for in a stout. Unless I am hosting a party devoid of beer enthusiasts, I don't see purchasing this again. Also noteworthy, is that it was while opening a beer from this six-pack with pliers while camping that I sliced my hand open and got a delightful trip to the Appalachian ER. I suspect that scar will be there for life.... (1,625 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Trader Joe’s contract-brewed six-for-six beers. A bit of a wild card. Was this really brewed by Goose Island at one time? Oatmeal stouts seem like a style that should be forgiving and easy to make—as someone once told me, if I’m going to start homebrewing I should begin with a stout because roast covers up mistakes—but that’s not always the case.

I poured this from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. It comes out a ruddy black-brown, with some light sneaking through around the edges. There’s a mild roast on the nose, and very faint hints of acidic/sour/tart/lactic ‘milk stout’ aromas that are definitely present on the taste. Tart finish, too. Not a big, bitter roast. More like muted dark chocolate: Mexican chocolate made with too much water might be a more apt description, as it’s thin and lacks characteristic boldness. Some oatmeal stout creaminess, but nothing like what I want from the style.

Effervescent. The milk stout sour/tartness dominates the finish. More sweet than sharp, this beer misses the mark for strong roasty/dark chocolate flavors but isn’t too bad for a buck. (1,124 characters)

Photo of cyguyjg
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown color, essentially black with a nice sized head of tan foam that leached out over the top and settled down to a comfortable level after a few moments. Nice side glass lacing was apparent here as it dripped effortlessly over the top.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and touches of caramel and molasses. Nice burnt and peat like aroma to it as well and the sweetness really started to come through nicely as it began to warm. Up next though was the show stopper, just a wonderful rush of roasted malt, sweet notes of caramel and a wonderful full bodied stout here. Nice touches of a campfire like roastedness really just out the slightly bitter edge (660 characters)

Photo of balconybrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip class. 4.99 for a six pack. Purchased from Trader Joe's.

Pours dark brown almost black, minimal head and no lacing. Aroma of heavy malt, MAYBE oatmeal. The mouthfeel was a little light for the style. Very crisp. Good for the price. I'd drink again. (271 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and roasted coffee with a bit of molasses and cinnamon. It tasted like strong coffee with milky oats and bittersweet chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this had good flavor but not super great. It was pretty clean and easy to drink, but didn't have enough body. There was nothing offensive nor special about this beer. (474 characters)

Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours very dark brown/amber colors to just about black. Strong mocha colored head formation. Well retained at about 1/4".

S - Solid chocolate and roasted malts - on the sweet side with some grainy oatmeal to back it up. Light yeast (bready) notes are present in the background.

T - Starts off with a light chocolate 2 row malted sweetness. Grainy notes become more present. Mid-stream is rather smooth, lightly sweet. No hopping detected. Malt forward. Finishes with a more grain husk inspired flavor.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Finishes pretty clean. Lots of bubbling on the tongue - almost stinging at times.

D - Easy drinking. Very reasonable ABV. Flavors are easy going, sessionable. A little filling at times. Certainly hits hard on the astringent taste buds. (805 characters)

Photo of RJUGA03
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- 1.5" light brown head with a black body.

S-Sweet choclate and malty aroma.

T-Malty and oatmeal on the uptake with a lingering choclatey aftertaste.
M-Thin and watery at first but calming into a sticky enjoyable finish.
D- It is a very enjoyable stout and hits the "stout" standard well. (291 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, light blackish brown color.

Nose is toasty brown malts, some oats, bit porter like roast, some light earthy hops.

Taste is smooth and creamy, nice oats but not much, lighter overall, not very creamy, light porter roast, very thin, very light chocolate, toasty brown malts, a little bitter with light earthy hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall meh, light oatmeal stout, drinkable but not much body and flavor is fairly light. (473 characters)

Photo of BirdFlu
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly-dark yet a bit cola-like. I suppose its not a double stout or anything so whatever.. A lot of the characteristics are definitely not bad, but nothing wildly impressive either. The flavor has a good balance between some bitterness and the oatmeal sweetness. Aroma is sort of absent with just some sweet malt. Mouth is a bit light and dry, which I suppose other people may enjoy. Overall its certainly not bad for a sessionable stout, but I wouldn't choose it over many things. (488 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle given to me by a friend after he bought it from Trader Joe's

Poured into a pint glass with a very dark brown color, maybe could argue it was black, had 1/2 inch silky light tan head that left lacing the majority of the time, looked real good

Smell was nice and full of chocolate and toffee, maybe some hints of coffee too but not enough to really distinguish, also lots of roasted malt was present

Taste was very nutty and chewy, toffe stuck out during the aftertaste, but was sweet and smooth at first, would have liked it to be more dry, but was not bad, especially for about six dollars a six pack

Could drink a couple bottles of this and then get really full, heavy stuff, had no idea Goose Island made this, I plan on drinking their Bourbon County Stout in a couple days

Recommended, especially because of its low price, nice oatmeal stout (865 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A> Poured from a 12oz bottle, pours a small khaki head with decent retention. Nice dark brew, looks good.

S> Smells of mocha, chocolate, cream, and a hint of brown sugar.

T> A lot of mocha and chocolate flavors, nice creaminess, quite sweet with just a touch of sour. Really nice.

M> Feels nice in the mouth, surprisingly thick for the style. Highly drinkable.

O> Not a huge fan of TJs beers, but the Stockyard Stout is a very nice stout and a terrific value at $1 per beer. (493 characters)

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This brew was not bad. I was not expecting much. It pours a good black color, but a small and quickly dissipating head detracts from its appearance. This beer smells good; raisins, dark chocolate, oatmeal. There is no alcohol in the nose. This beer tastes very good; it is roasty, not too over the top, and leaves a pleasant finish. The major challenge to this beer is its mouthfeel. The carbonation is too much and too tight and it is very thin. This gives the beer a Coca-Cola-like quality that detracts from its impressive flavor. I probably would not buy this again. (570 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with some carbonation haze. Tan head sticks around for a bit before settling into some fleeting lacing.

Smells notably of milked coffee, some roasted malts and carob or dark chocolate.

Taste is similar with coffee and roasted malt flavors. Finish is somewhat thin and offers a touch of hops with a light malt close. An easy drinking stout that hardly makes the cut in the body department. Light bodied for the style and drinks more like a dark ale. Pleasant nonetheless and well suited to someone who is new to the style.

Note: Brewed by the Stockyard Brewing Company as per label. Apparently Goose Island's pen name for Trader Joe's offering(s). (680 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixpack at Trader Joes in D.C. area today; refrigerated for about six hours before pouring out of bottle into regular ale pint glass. Hardly any head (maybe a millimeter or two) which evaporated quickly, and consequently no lacing at all throughout.

Despite the poor appearance, the taste was actually pretty decent. It was syrupy but not too sweet; strong overtones of chocolate -- one of the boldest chocolate-tasting stouts I've tried, in fact.

Based on all the other reviews, this may have simply been an anomalous batch. Nevertheless, I'd still rank it above many other stouts that inhabit way higher pricepoints (and nearly every stout does). I'd love try try this on tap, if that's possible, and I'll definitely try a six pack from a different store in the near future to see why the appearance of the one I tried deviated so much from most of the reviews here.

BTW: As a few people here have noted, the ABV is indeed 5.2%, not the 5.0 listed on the webpage. (981 characters)

Photo of kneeland
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an oatmeal stout? I missed the oatmeal. It's a fairly creamy stout, with a good tan head. A slight hint of chocolate, and roasted barley. A little grassy, probably the wheat.

Overall it was a good beer, but I thought it was going to be really good, so I was a little disappointed. (289 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mocha brown with a thin head that fades into a sticky ring.

Light smell of Oats and burnt Coffee. Not a very pleasant or inviting smell.

Not a bad taste but a little thin for what it could be. I'm thinking it could be a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. O wait, it is [for the most part], just a tad bit watered down. Very mellow hop and oat flavor rolled up with an over burnt coffee flavor. Not a horrible beer but it could be so much more!

It's a very smooth and easy to drink beer. It's a watery version of GI's oatmeal Stout. Decent but just could be so much more.

Yeah it is drinkable. More so than many. (617 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, but I can shine light through the glass; appears to be clear. Modest initial beige head; leaves a thin layer of ring lace after each sip.

With the aroma, this is far more coffee-like than most stouts. Slightly creamy. No notable hop.

A little watery for my tastes, especially for an oatmeal stout. Lots of coffee flavors. No flaws but not much complexity. The aftertaste does have some dark chocolate come out.

This is one of those beers that is great at a party--tastes great, provides real sociability, but may not stack up against the big boys of the stout world. (582 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is it Gordon Biersch? Is it Goose Island? Who knows?

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired as one of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Los Angeles. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark black. It's appealing.

Sm: Caramel, light oats, maybe some light chocolate or roast, and very light smoke. A mild strength aroma.

T: Oaty but not to the extent you'd expect of an oatmeal stout. Caramel is lighter than expected - which is a good thing. Some light chocolate and roast. Not very complex, but effective for what it's trying to do. Very well balanced, with a heavy dose of cream emerging in the latter half. Interesting and tasty. I like the contrast between the chocolatey malt in the first half and the pleasant smooth cream in the second. Superbly balanced all around. Great roast and coffee on the finish. I really like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours well. Good thickness and excellent carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. Very well priced. High quality Who knew Trader Joe's stocked such good beer? Wow.

3.57

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02.24.15: Brief 2nd impressions.

Pours a healthy long-lasting head with a deep ruby-black body. Opaque. Healthy-looking.

Aroma suggests oatmeal and also the usual dark and chocolate malts, but it's not generic at all: the choclate feels like genuine cacao, the oats seem to lend actual character (instead of just smoothing out the body), there's a brief suggestion of coffee...there's more going on in this oatmeal stout than in most.

Taste reveals a creamy stout with a subtle chocolate & dark malt backbone that never comes off too sweet. Hints of cacao/chocolate and coffee lend it surprising complexity. The oatmeal is present in the taste, which is more than I can say about many oatmeal stouts. It does have an Irish character to it in spite of its lack of roasted barley; the creamy texture works wonderfully.

At $5.99 a 6 pack, this is easily the best value beer in its style in this country (and probably this continent). I'm surprised I don't buy this more; it's extremely drinkable and is a rather respectable stab at the style even before you consider its price. Every beer enthusiast should try this at least once, and I have no doubt I'll be returning to it - how can you resist throwing a 6 pack in your cart when it's this good?

B

3.57 (2,495 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, not a bad beer. Dark black color, opaque, with a very roasty nose to it. The roast continues in the taste, but one dimensional for the most part, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery, thin. Smooth and easy to drink, it is a very solid stout but is missing some of the creaminess that should come with the oatmeal. Too dry as well with more of a n Irish Stout coffee finish. Not bad. (388 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours black with a cocoa powder 2 finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thin and semi-sticky.

Smell - Subtle aromas of roasted malt, milky chocolate and oat.

Taste - Dark roasted malt lends to some coffee notes, with lesser notes of chocolate and caramel coming into play. Hops are present but hidden. Faint oat and a milky quality creep in on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Smooth and creamy.

Overall - Another Trader Joes 6/$6 deal, and one of their better ones at that. This is a solid oatmeal stout. One I certainly don't mind having from time to time. (589 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of andrewm190
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a nice stout beer, chocolaty, coffee tones, its as advertised. Certainly a worthwhile beer, but perhaps not the greatest thing ever.

Having a few sips in preparation for football season works well with the rain outside. For a six pack it works okay, but there is better, although its hard to get a good stout in a six pack. (328 characters)

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.