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

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #190
Ranked #20,402
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Preston from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really a pretty darned good oatmeal stout. This is far and away my favorite Trader Joe's beer (okay, yeah, that's not saying much, but this one is really quite good—and easily worth the $1.13/beer. Also, note to homebrewers: the bottle is very thick and good for re-using with homebrew. Most commercial bottles are < 200 g. empty; this is 225 g. Far less likely to break with home conditioning!

May 26, 2021
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a one finger tan head. Faint metallic smell. But that doesn’t translate to the flavor. Faint coffee and chocolate flavors. Smooth drinking. Bought a single for the first try, but would buy 6 on the next trip.

Jan 31, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, review from notes

This is a plain jane oatmeal stout, but no complaints here. Slightly hoppy for the style, again, no complains. Roasty, toasty, with plenty of choco malt, and hints of toffee and chocolate over coffee beans and charred oats.

Nothing special about this until you consider the price. Then it becomes precious

Jan 21, 2021
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CHickman from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with a 2+ finger thick sand colored foamy head that faded very slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Smells of minerals, oats, burnt coffee grinds, malts, wet cardboard and piney notes. Tastes of tin, minerals, a penny, dark chocolate, pine cone, coffee grinds, cocoa, roasted grains and earthy notes. Aroma was nice and it had decent flavor, but it was very thin and watery.

Dec 28, 2020
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WindyBovine from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As packaging implies, a workman oatmeal stout. Head: s'okay - nothing fantatic. Pours black. Good balance of sweet, bitter. Can drink this all day (but I'm a stouty). My go-to beer at home since I'm a stouty and at a very agreeable price point.

Dec 17, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a pitch-black color with a one finger head of tan colored form. The head fades rather fast leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big and roasty with a decent showing of a oatmeal aroma. Along with these smells comes a little bit of char and some coffee as well as a touch of molasses and brown sugar.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and coffee flavor mixed with a mod=re moderate showing of molasses. Upfront there is some smooth oatmeal that fades as the taste advances. As the oatmeal fades it is replaced by some flavors of a light char and smoke, leaving one with a nice roasty but rather smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. The more chewy body is great for the flavors, although a slightly lower carbonation level may have been slightly more fitting for the style. Overall the feel was pretty decent.
Overall – A rather decent, affordable and rather approachable oatmeal stout.

Nov 30, 2020
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penguinsgoboom from California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a weak head that quickly dissipates. Almost completely pitch black

S: Oatmeal, roasted malts and chocolate

T: Nice roasted flavors. Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal is there. The taste is interesting. It's almost like this crisp hop is the melody and the dark roasted malty flavors is harmonizing an octave below. It is definitely not well integrated.

O: A fine, easily drinking beer. Nothing special, not too bad.

Oct 29, 2020
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BillAfromSoCal from California

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

been in the fridge a few months after purchase at TJs. Bottle marked " best by 12/11/20". Poured with am immense 5 finget head with lots of fairly large bubbles. Fairly persistant, leaving some nice lacing, but the head volume was, IMO, excessive. Smell and taste both of faint dark toasted grains. Wife says she picked up some faint chocolate. I did not. Mouthfeel was on the thin, watery side for an oatmeal stout, but I still give it 3.5 overall in view of the low cost...just a bit over $1/ bottle as I recall.

Sep 28, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Around medium carbonation which seemed a little too much for the style. Just above average body.
Aroma is roasted malt, black coffee, dark bakers chocolate with a little toasted oats
Taste was very similar to aroma with some mild coffee bitterness. Roasted malt, charred black coffee.
Its easy to be overly critical till I remember how inexpensive this is. Price and overall quality make it worth a try.

Aug 15, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Poured a dark brown with a wispy tan foam head that quickly recedes away. Not much on the nose, perhaps a bit of coffee but nothing too pronounced. Taste matches an oatmeal stout pretty well: a bit of malty bitterness, a bit of charred oats and coffee. Feel in on the medium side with a bit of effervescence on the tongue. Enjoyable, if unremarkable.

Aug 07, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Virtually black, with only a brown highlight at the very edge where the light hits it. Over two fingers of thick tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Roasted, almost charred malt, oats, dark chocolate.

Taste: Strong roast coffee and oat flavor, with a mild milky sweetness. Earthy hops with mild bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, and well-carbonated.

Overall: Despite being a grocery store beer, this is a strong oatmeal stout deserving of the name.

May 16, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice scent to it, giving chocolate, oats, and roasted coffee. Had an initial bite to it but became a lot smoother after a few sips. Big head with a nice and dark color to it.
Not my favorite but I would recommend

Apr 21, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a rich tan head and solid lacing.
N: Lots of roasted notes with a little char, coffee, chocolate and oats.
T: Very rich and creamy roasted flavor with some dark coffee, chocolate, oats, and light smokey char.
M: Clean, smooth and very flavorful.
O: Loved this stout, so well done and priced amazingly right. Highly recommend.

Dec 27, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was actually not bad at all. Forgot it was a Trader Joe's beer. Best before 5/31/20 printed on bottle. Pours a fairly dark brown thick color with a little tan head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells nice, lots of medium coffee, mild milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oats and grain, bread, nuttiness and malt in there. Taste follows the nose, fairly well balanced and flavorful. Smooth, mild mouthfeel but could have been a little thicker and creamier. Decent carbonation. Would have given it higher marks if it were smoother and creamier and more luscious.

Nov 28, 2019
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Kurt49rs from California

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like stouts and I like saving money. Now I can have both.

This oatmeal Stout pours very dark with a nice tan head that's there for the duration.

The aroma is that of Dave's bread, coming out of the toaster with a cup of hot chocolate next to it.

The flavor of roasted coffee, malts, and oats, combined with the slight caramel and dark chocolate undertones is very nice. Kind of like grabbing a cup of joe and a breakfast bar on your way out of the house.

I prefer my stouts and porters to be a bit stronger, but this is tasty and inexpensive, so I'm not dissatisfied at all.

May 26, 2019
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scootny from New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a steal. Super dark opaque liquid produces a plentiful rich head that fades slowly and leaves decent lacing. Head stays throughout the comsumption at about an 1/8 inch.

Full roasted malts in the nose offer lots of chocolate and coffee. Sweet burnt caramel and molasses with sweet brown bread.

Taste follows suit with a roasted malt and coffee front with undertones of bittersweeet chocolate. Lovely English yeast. Earthy hops give a mild finish with lots of coffee giving it a light sharpness with a bit of soap and char.

Feel is full and silly with a smooth carbonation.

A great example of the style. For the price it's a serious alternative to Samuel Smith's. I'll be buying more of this.

Mar 08, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a opaque, black color with a foamy, heavy, dark tan head that lingers. SRM of 24. (4.00)

Aroma: Huge milky marshmallow, oatmeal, and airy bittersweet chocolate is predominant. Possibly some faint citrus notes, but mostly chocolate milk. Tons of cream. There is a sweet grainy and nutty undertone present from the oatmeal. (3.75)

Taste: Flavors of milk chocolate initially, but also with a sweet and smooth bread and milk malt finish. Yeast is present, but not too overpowering. Roast is there, but minimal. This is very smooth, some milk, but mostly bread and grain-favored stout. The bitterness does evolve nicely. The coffee and roasted malt flavors develop as the beer sets. The chocolate malty sweetness and oatmeal flavors also develop as the beer sets, but the oatmeal is subtle. (4.00)

Feel: Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not oily. Flavor lingers, but not sticky. Very smooth and well-balanced heaviness for such a low ABV, which is hard to do correctly. (4.00)

Compared to the Black Toad this at Trader Joe's this one has more of a sweet-malt presence. More sweet, less dry and bitter, but not all that different.. Delicious nonetheless.
Compared to a classic porter this one is more bready and malt heavy. Again, slightly more malt sweetness, less hop bitterness. (Final Rating: 3.79)

Compared to Gray's Oatmeal Stout: More airy bittersweet chocolate. Less fudge. More airy, milky, creamy, and oats. Much better overall.

Compared to Pearl Street Brewery's That What I'm Talkin' 'Bout Rolled Oat Stout 1/26/21: Pours a similar color with a lighter head. Milder aromas/flavors. More restrained chocolate, but also restrained lactose and oat malt. Finishes milder and balanced.

Compared to Mankato Brewery's Nu-Teleporter 4/2/21: Pours a similar color with a lighter, but stronger head. More bittersweet chocolate and lactose flavors. Less caramel and nutty popcorn. More dry espresso roast. Finishes with a stronger body and more smooth.

Overall: This is a appropriately balanced stout. Well done for the price and lower ABV. I think that more will follow in this style as lower ABVs start to trend and the overly spiked stouts fall out of style. Well-balanced and flavored with some chocolate, but also savory grain and bready malts. The oatmeal flavor is subtle. (Final Rating: 3.94)

Feb 24, 2019
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ScottishLad from California

2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. Date stamped was 12/18/2018. Pours jet black. Faint bready aroma that was barely noticable. Thick head of foam, great retention. Decent lacing. Taste was smooth & creamy. No bitterness at all. Crisp and not watery by any means. Overall Stockyards Oatmeal Stout is a well crafted and tasty beer. Much better than Guinness and much cheaper too. I paid $7.00 for a six-pack. This was my second experience with Trader Joe brewed beer. The first being Jumping Cow ale. I would give Stockyard Oatmeal Stout an A.

Sep 21, 2018
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bokaba from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great little dark stout. Available at Trader Joe's for $5.99 in California. Very dark, smoky, flavors with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, malt, and toasted oats. Not one to be missed for this bargain price.

Jul 14, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout - Trader Joes
Irish stout - 5.2% abv

L - 3-finger tan head atop a black body.

S - chocolate, caramel, molasses, a little coffee.

T - Chocolate and oats at first. A little coffee and roast in the middle. Very low bitterness.

F - creamy body with medium carb.

O - given the pricetag this is quite amazing!

Jan 02, 2018
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TBDave from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t drink many stouts. This one looks and smells good. It has a lot of flavor, but it doesn’t appeal to me very much. It’s not bad. But given a choice, I’d pick something else.

Dec 21, 2017
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed by JosephsBrau in San Jose, marked best by 12/30/17. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Smells of caramel malts. Slightly syrupy feel with good carbonation. Tastes of chocolate, malt, and finishes with a touch of bitterness. A good oatmeal stout and great value at $6/6-pack.

Jun 29, 2017
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degueulasse from California

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black with a tan, foamy head. This beer smells like damp bark and dark cherries, a sweet richness that is matched with a taste of deep pomegranate, dark chocolate, and maybe a little whiskey. Surprisingly good for a budget grocery store brand beer.

Jan 16, 2017
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Lobina from Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark totally black. Good aroma and a decent balance of oatmeal. Definitely a worthy oatmeal stout to add to your collection. Given as a gift no idea it was a Trader Joes brand.

Dec 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent black pour, sturdy thickness, impressive 3/4" beige/tan head, above average retention. Aroma was roasted chocolate malt and coffee from the malt notes.

Taste, chewy roast, oats chill the bitterness out. Not overly thick or heavy, good use of oats here. Is this Goose Island Oatmeal Stout? Wouldn't be surprised if it was. They always contract brew this stuff, could see it coming from there.

Oct 27, 2016
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