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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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #170
Ranked #16,352
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
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Photo of AZBeerDude72
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of Kurt49rs
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.

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Photo of scootny
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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. (4.00)

Aroma: Airy bittersweet chocolate is predominant. Possibly some fruity 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 less than I would expect. This is a 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 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.

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)

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Photo of ScottishLad
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.

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Photo of bokaba
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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!

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Photo of TBDave
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
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.

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Photo of degueulasse
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.

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Photo of Lobina
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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

Dark brown tan head. Rings and splotches of lace.
Smell is rich dark malts some molasses and a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste is similar to the nose with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finish is bittersweet and lightly dry.
Overall a nice smooth brew that is well made.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle with a 12/18/16 best-by date.

A straightforward oatmeal stout with no major flaws and no particular nuance to make it stand out. Color dark brown with a khaki head that left lacing on the glass. Nose dominated by caramel and other dark malts with hints of sweetness. Taste fairly direct cola / caramel dominant, a bit of edge and a bit of darker tones on the backside, finishing just a little thin. Not as complex as the best of the style. Smooth, but not as smooth as some oatmeal stouts. Decent, enjoyable, not exceptional for a stout.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I do love the creamy, full mouth feel and smooth balance of an oatmeal stout. From a bottle, pours a dark brown with tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted coffee with malt flavors that sustain through to the end (other stouts at this price point have a watery finish).

The label says that this was brewed by JosephsBrau Brewing. Trader Joe's grocery always contracts out their beers -- and those contractors occasionally are changed.

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Photo of devo1980
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a good beer. Perhaps I am giving it better ratings, because it runs $1.25 a bottle. But it is a smooth, well crafted Oatmeal Stout. This is right up there with $5/bottles. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a session beer drinker. But for three reasons, I could finish off a six-pack of Stockyard Stout in a succession of three crummy days with even crummier Chicago early April weather. (In fact I might do that right now.)

First, this stout is a great value. A six-pack is under a $1 a bottle. Thank you TJ.

Second, this Looks like a nice stout and Smells like their recipe totally figured out that the Taste is about using malts to get both sweetness and dryness. Hops are an ingredient, instead of a crutch that too many brewers use to appeal to Americans' baser instincts.

Third, this has a lusciously smooth Feel that calms my nerves.

If you can get all that in a 6-pack for the same price as one beer from Belgium, then maybe I should reconsider my bias toward the Belgians.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a luscious deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of beige head. Lace is speckled on the sides as the head recedes to a finger. Light only penetrates the very bottom of the glass where there's less body taking up space.

Aromas of ...stockyard? Interesting. Smells like a dark chocolate mousse with hints of auction barn, coconut, cocoa butter, cacao bean, roast malt, and a hint of citrus.

Hop attacks the palate first with sharp leafy notes, followed by very dry and dusty cocoa, a beautiful roast malt profile, and a finish of mild coffee with a tablespoon of chocolate creamer (no sugar). As it warms to room temp, the bitterness comes out more and it's like chewing on a leaf with powdered cocoa.

Feel is zippy and smooth, semi dry parch on the finish.

Overall this is a pretty solid oatmeal/dry stout. It's a touch too bitter for me though, and I feel there are better options out there for the taking. Still, a worthy contender and worth a try.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color, couple fingers of head. decent retention and leaves some lacing.

light on the nose, some malts, a faint bitterness...very subtle.

the taste is pretty quality. chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. liking it! feel is a bit on the light side for the style, but highly drinkable indeed. overall pretty solid!

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark as anything with a tan heads that has some life to it.

S: Dark roasted malts dominate the scent. Theres a little sweetness, maybe a fruit smell or caramel.

T: A moderate malt in the front that gives way to a roasted and fruity end. The end is whats really good. It kind of tastes like its nearly sweet, but not quite there. Imagine a combination of caramel, oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate and overarching fruit, like raisin or something. That tail end of the flavor is really unusual for a stout, but I like it.

F: Very light bodied and drinkable, which is the opposite of what I thought it would be as an oatmeal stout.

O: Very, very good. A sweet(ish) stout that I feel could appeal to a lot of people that get intimidated by darker beers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It is jet black and is unforgiving—doesn’t let any light through—and has a pleasant smooth off-white head.

Smell-It smells of molasses, cocoa, milk chocolate, and oats.

Taste-Its smooth complexity and pleasant flavors culminate in a well-mixed barrage of chocolate, oats, brown sugar, and some coffee.

Mouthfeel-It is quite smooth almost like an oyster stout.

Overall-It is delicious and robust.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges, lots of lacing for an oatmeal stout, tan colored creamy head that disappeared into a soapy film. Looks pretty good.

A: First impression, very sweet, some coffee, oats, but overall, a very sweet smelling oatmeal stout almost like a milk stout.

T: Oats, sweet milk, some coffee, chocolate, hint of roasted malts, very easy drinking, goes down really smooth. Very good.

M: Light-medium body, semi-dry roasted coffee, chocolate feeling on the palate, very easy on the palate.

O: Very impressed, especially for the price, good amount of flavor, easy on the palate, easy drinking, it's just a tad too sweet for me, I would like more roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes, leans heavily towards a milk stout in flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours quite dark. Aroma is pretty standard. Smells correct for the style. Roasty and chocolatey. Flavor is also predominantly the same. A decent mixture of bitter and sweet. The color deceives me and makes me think it will be thick. Actually its fairly light. While the body is rather light, the texture on the palate is nice.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bought roughly 4 - 5 months ago at Trader Joe's. Dated as Best By 12/10/2015.

Look: Pours dark, dark, dark (no opacity) with lots of brown head that dissipates after about 30 seconds, leaving behind a decent ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma is complex: dark fruits, dark malts, and when it came to room temperature: molasses. Simply amazing for a simple stout.

Taste: dark malts, coffee, perhaps chocolate, with a pleasantly bitter finish.

Feel: medium to heavy mouth-feel, smooth, and very satisfying.

Overall: I was blown away at the overall quality and complexity of this simple oatmeal stout with a mere 5.2% ABV. I drank it in a side-by-side with O'fallons Winter Stout, and although the Winter Stout had a complimentary sweetness this beer didn't have, the malt backbone in this oatmeal stout easily made up for it in its sheer ability to entice me deeper into its subtle yet rewarding complexities.

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