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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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366 Reviews

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 727
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 36
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-25-2002

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of vagreek
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased this at Trader Joe's in Falls Church, VA. Appearance was nice with a really creamy looking tan head. It tasted straight like coffee and the taste was actually pretty good. The weird part about this beer is that I couldn't drink it. It just sat there and I seemed to forget about it. I seemed to be sick of it after just a few ounces. Kinda boggled my mind.
Anyways, this is so cheap and good enough to try for yourself.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local Trades Joe's on a "pick up some random stouts you really should probably try as some time so why not now" night.

For I believe $5 a sixer I can't say a bad word about the cost benefit margin of this beer. Easy to drink, doesn't push your palate too far in any direction and it fills that need for a stout, a lighter to medium end stout in heaviness.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out black with a little hint of brown tones, as well. No head and no lacing.

S - It smelled like oatmeal and roasted malt.

T - Had a coffee like taste mixed with coffee and roasted malts.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

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

I really enjoyed this beer.

It poured with little head and some light brown lacing.

The smell is mostly coffee, with oats and chocolate in the background.

As I took the first sip I was pleasantly surprised with how much coffee was in this beer. As someone who knows what goes into a good cup of coffee, I was immediately aware that this was brewed with good coffee. The coffee flavor is much smoother than others. Not overly bitter at all. Theres a bit of hops, but the hints of chocolate and malt balance out the coffee and hops without detracting from the coffee.

The mouthfeel is good, but nothing special. It could be a little bit thicker and creamier. A touch too carbonated for me, but not bad by any means.

Very drinkable for an oatmeal stout, and at 5% you can have a little more than others of this style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of rich roasted malt and oats, coffee and dark chocolate, with a touch of hops.

T: Flavors of chocolate & coffee come out first, followed by oats and caramelized malt, then a touch of hops comes in. The flavors blend together well, but it seems as though they’re all a bit subdued, leaving the overall taste kind of thin.

M: Very smooth, medium body (light for the style), medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Kind of tasty, goes down easy, not as filling you would expect from the style. I drank the bottle that I had rather quickly, but if I’m going to go for an Oatmeal Stout, I would probably go for one that’s a bit more viscous and has a little more flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black on the outside, but a bark brown, garnet on the inside. This inner color can only be revieled when you hold the beer to the light. Only then can you see the awesome carbonation that you can defiently feel later. The head is a little lacking for a great looking oatmeal stout. Consistent, but thin. The aroma is strong of oaty malts and mild hops mixed very well for the aroma. The taste is vibrant and envigerating with with its great balance of malts and oats. Plus the great carbonation really heightens the tastes of this beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

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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.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of scott
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of StAnthony
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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 .

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Photo of aforbes10
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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).

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Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.