Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #173
Ranked #17,875
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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Troyone from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with an amber hue, minimal white head, no visible sediment, and has some action.

Roasted malt smell with coffee, chocolate, and has citrus esters.

Creamy sweet dark roasted malt taste with coffee, sugarfree chocolate, some molasses, and mild esters one being grapefruit.

Full bodied, creamy and has some resin feel, with lively smooth carbonation.

A session Oatmeal Stout with a twisty and the date, on this bottle, states 10/08/09.

Mar 09, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bloody chocolate that falls just short of opaque. A wide band of cherry juice red can be seen along the bottom edge of the glass, while an attractive 'wheat toast brown' head occupies the upper several inches. A thick necklace of lace is forming as the foam begins to melt. This is a classic looking stout.

What an incredible nose! Can't go wrong with bushel basketfuls of roasted barley malt. The immediate atmosphere is filled with scents of freshly brewed coffee and melting bittersweet chocolate. If the flavor follows suit, this is going to be a wonderously delicious oatmeal stout.

Not quite, but that's doesn't mean I don't love it. The ABV tastes and feels like it's somewhere in the vicinity of 6.0%. That's amazing when one considers the explosiveness of the flavor. It's great when brewers pack so much palate punch into a beer that is so flat-out drinkable.

For an oatmeal stout (Goose Island says that it's 'in the Irish tradition'), there's quite a bit of roastiness and smoky char. Can't forget the classic stout flavors of black joe and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter are equally balanced; a better situation, I feel, than if one dominated.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) letdown. I probably have an unfair bar set in terms of stout mouthfeels. I think they should have at least a little full creaminess. This one... doesn't quite get there. At least sessioners won't be bogged down.

It's been a long time since I had a Goose Island Oatmeal Stout. If I had access to Stockyard Oatmeal Stout (thanks for the extra Talisker), I'd do a side-by-side comparison. GI's standard version is pretty good, but I have sneaking suspicion that this beer would win going away.

Sep 07, 2007
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I wanna say this is finally the last of the beers from my Trader Joe's jag. What a ride. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a very tiny thrust of maple syrup. The taste follows pretty closely, though the syrup is definitely nowhere to be seen and the cocoa is slightly dryer. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout. 'Nuff said.

Apr 06, 2011
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CaliforniaJohnson from California

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

Poured into a tuplip glass
Bottle date: unknown
pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: nearly jet black.. has a deep coffee hue to it. Had a 1" thick, light tan, foamy head, but quickly settled to a thin lamina leaving uniformal lacing around wall of glass.

SMELL: molasses, teriyaki, plums

TASTE: Over-steeped coffee and plums. Reminds of the flavor I get when I dry-hit through my aromatic tobacco pipe. Sweet up front, but the bitterness quickly balances it out.

FEEL: creamy, full bodied, not too sticky.

BURP: unpleasant, choppy and foamy

Aug 19, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Apr 06, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, "best consumed by 02/11/15"
A 3.75 - black with a creamy tan head that holds good retention
S 4 - bold aroma with roasted barley, dark chocolate, oat, coffee
T 3.5 - similar to aroma: dark chocolate, oats, roasted barley, faint coffee, earthy hops
M 4 - velvety smooth, medium bodied, finishes with lingering roastiness
O 3.75 - it's been years since I had this one! Great to come back to, great value! I'll buy this on occasion if I don't see anything else more interesting at Trader Joe's.

Oct 10, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout has a thick, creamy, frothy, beige head, lots of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark-roasted, but not burnt, barley malts, sweet chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is of sweet, dark-roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smooth bitterness (chicory). Mouthfeel is medium and creamy (from the oatmeal), and Stockyard Oatmeal Stout finishes powdery and very delicious. Drinkability is quite high.


Jun 28, 2014
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, opaque but good clarity in the highlights, fluffy later of tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: dark malts, burnt grain, weak coffee, cacao

Flavor: smooth sweetness from the malt and oats with a subtle roasty edge to balance; unsweetened baker's chocolate and coffee; finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of chicory, smoke, and oatmeal

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, smooth and silky

Mar 09, 2009
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Jimbo87 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Mar 15, 2009
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4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At $6 you can't go wrong with this beer. Bought it by guesswork, knowing that I like oatmeal stouts in general, this one really took me by surprise.

The taste is amazing, very malty, bready, semi sweet, a hint of bitter (not the one that lingers), and a mix of notes of coffee, raisins, chocolate, and vanilla. Absolutely love it, it's everything a good beer of this sort should be.

The brew itself is extremely smooth, so smooth you may even loose yourself having one too many.

It's color is of a very dark brown, hard to see through at all with a dark coffee colored semi retaining head. If you know what Guiness stout looks like in a glass, this is almost the exact look of this brew, just not the taste.

Definitely worth a try at the very least. At $6 you just can't go wrong, and hey if you don't want the whole 6 pack, Trader Joe's will even sell you these by the bottle.

Jul 31, 2012
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TitoLounge from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 04, 2016
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TheLiterati from California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Aug 14, 2004
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tjd112 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from the only Trader Joe's in New Jersey with a liquor license (in Westfield)

Appearance - Soft head, black as night, very little lacing
Smell - Coffee, coffee, coffee
Taste - Roasted chocolate and coffee
Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and medium bodied
Drinkability - Enjoy with coffee

Nov 12, 2009
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hkyplyr73 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Aug 01, 2012
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taylorxmade from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

May 25, 2016
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Dec 21, 2003
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ruckus232 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown in color that is impossible to see though with a really thick foamy tan head

Smell: Has an almost identical smell to one of those sweeter coffees you might get at a fancy coffee house. It has the roasted smell but with a nice sweet caramel smell to compliment it.

Taste: The initial taste is sort of a smokey oat but more then that a smokey nutty flavor. The smokey flavor is a little bit bitter but it finishes up sort of sweet. The aftertaste is pleasant and not too strong but it hangs around for a while.

Mar 01, 2009
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OldhouseRecs from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 21, 2013
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evanwoertz from California

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2016
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I tried this back in May it has become a stapple in my fridge especially with the $5 a six pack price.

A furious pour yeilds an inch and a half of perfect tan head. Body is pure black letting no light through. A slight lace does develop as the head fades. Nose is of doughy coco and a raw woodsy wheat with mineral laced malt. Taste is considerably thinner than nose would led you to believe but still quite good. This is very drinkable and full of rich and dry characteristics. Includes a sweet candied malt feel upfront quickly mellowing to a nicely developed rich roasty coffee mouthfeel. A long almost wheatbread like feel is there at the end.

Dec 03, 2007
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rKunda from California

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

May 02, 2011
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Fantalek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Dec 16, 2012
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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.

Jun 24, 2016
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Gump from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, jet black color. No light passes through this in my glass.
Bready, dry-cracker like aroma.
Suprisingly good hop balance along side the toasty malt.
Dry coffee aftertaste.

I didn't know Goose Island made this beer until writing this review. I wouldn't have guessed it.

Jan 04, 2008
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AdmiralDiaz from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Trader Joe's along with a few others to sample the quality of their beer selection.

A: Nice dark pour (closer to black than brown) with a very small light brown head that thins out fast leaving a thin ring around the edge. My glass had no lacing what so ever though.

S: Bold scent before being agitated, smells like toasty coffee with hints of chocolate.

T: Bittersweet chocolate with coffee and toffee characteristics. The beer has a slightly roasted hops quality to it as well. It has a tasty bitter aftertaste that lingers on your tongue as if you had been drinking coffee.

M: Just the right thickness. It's a crisp stout with more carbonation than i expected, making the beer feel less thick than it should.

D: Easy to drink, medium bodied. Very consistent beer that won't overwhelming. Good for the price, I'll probably pick up a few more bottles.

Jan 02, 2009
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