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

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87
very good
378 Reviews
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
776
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.1%
 
 
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish hues with a small tan head, very little retention and no lacing at all.

S: Roasted malt, some coffee, a little chocolate. The aroma seems damp, its hard to describe, but it had a damp smell to it.

T: A little bit of coffee and chocolate, but it lacked the sweetness that I look for in an oatmeal stout. Overly roasty.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Had higher hopes for this based on previous reviews. If I can ever find a Trader's that sells beer I am going to give this one another shot.

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Photo of jackndan
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stockyard: An oatmeal stout from Trader Joes (Hey, Jackndan went to Trader Joe’s). Pure black, with garnet highlights when held to a bright light. A tannish head that disappeared pretty damn quickly. Had a typical oatmeal stout aroma, i.e. lightly browned coffee and caramel. The taste is fairly faithful to the style, sweet malts opening up to dark chocolate. However, the smoothness of an oatmeal stout is missing, and has more carbonation than I would have liked. However, fairly inexpensive, easy enough to drink. If you are in Trader Joe’s I go for this one.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, malts, sweet

taste: roast, malts, oily

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body

overall: not a bad oatmeal stout, sweet, and roasty,

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Oatmeal Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.This beer pours true to the style, motor oil black and two finger thick tan head. Head retention was only average and lacing was average. The Aroma of the beer was sweet, full of malt and oats. There was also a hint of coffee. The beer was very smooth, a little thin. There was a roasted flavor and a hint of coffee. Very good example of an Oatmeal Stout- A little unexpected from Trader Joes Brewing Company.

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Photo of rodney45
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark red only seen if held up to the light. Big tan long lasting head.

S: An odoriferous whaft of roasted barley, crystal malt, and honey. Slight lingering metalic scent, but barely noticable.

T: First notes are of malt, cereal grains, chocolate malt and whole wheat or pumpernickle bread. Slight cloying sweetness and a metalic dry aftertaste.

M: Medium to medium heavy body. Low carbonation.

O: Im surprised by some of the higher ratings this beer got. I wasnt completely impressed by it. It had an out of character sweetness, and a metalic finish that i couldnt, in good faith, score above an average 3. I actually like most of what trader joes puts out, but this fell short. However, i would buy this again, for the price of a buck a bottle, its a solid oatmeal stout.

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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 hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is deep, dark, black chocolate brown with decent tan head and nice clingy lacing. Aroma is very light and faint. Taste is creamy with flavors of lightly roasted coffee, some chocolate. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, I would guess because it is an oatmeal stout. Slight bitterness, but itall comes together and balances very well. Light, pleasant aftertatste

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color. Nice head. Clear.

S: Hops. Chocolate. Roasted notes.

T: Very malty. Some roasted notes and hints of burnt coffee. The flavors are good, but the sweetness dominates to the point where it becomes almost unbearable.

M: Syrupy at first, with a thin aftertaste. Some carbonation.

Overall: Honestly, this is a good beer, but it's far too sweet for me to handle.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice dark color with ruby hints and nice light brown head. Appears to be medium bodied throughout the pour.

S - Roasted malts and oats are dominant, with a slight hint of dark roasted coffee and toffee.

T - The malts and oats hit you first, but the finish is all coffee and charcoal. A great robust flavor that leaves you wanting more.

M - This is really the biggest fault of the beer. I like my stouts thick and chewy. This one seems very thin, and while the taste is great, I'd like the mouthfeel to be substantial.

D - This is a great session beer. The price point on this cannot be beat (paid $5.99+tax for a six pack). Overall a very decent brew.

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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 Zachtheporter
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a jar mug.

A- Pours a deep, deep dark rich brown (Lets just say black), with a fat bubbly 2 finger, off white (slightly tan) head. It leaves just a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sub-par head retention, but at least it's able to retain its head.

S- The smell is somewhat metallic. The Oats come out strong with a bit of graininess and blend well with the aroma of toasted malts.

T- The flavor of the oats is definitely noticeable in the flavor. The malts give off some dulled down cocoa and chocolate notes as well as some caramel and toffee. There is a pleasant roastiness to it all that comes out especially well in the finish. The finish is somewhat toasty with some semi-bitter coffee notes.

M- Chewy and full bodied with a rougher, drier finish with a biting carbonation. There seems to be more carbonation than usual for the style.

O- Good but this is nowhere near my favorite oatmeal stout. It's pretty basic really aside from seeming to be a tad bit over-carbonated. Cheap but the price kind of makes it self known via the quality (I'm not saying it's poor quality, but it's not fantastic either). I will say that, you can definitely tell that there's an Irish dry stout influence on this beer. It's kinda like the cross between and IDS and an Oatmeal stout. Like I said, it's decent, but I don't think I'll ever end up purchasing this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, almost black red amber, slight head and slight lacing. Dark malt and coffee aroma. Dark and roasted malts up front, finishes dry with coffee. Thin bodied. An ok stout, but nothing exciting. Good for the price.

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Photo of richkrull
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black color with a good amount of beige head on it. Smell is very heavy chocolate with not much else. Taste is roasted chocolate, kind of tastes smokey as well. Medium bodied beer. It's relatively smooth although I'm not a big fan of the aftertaste. Overall a decent beer, my wife likes it quite a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 355 ml.bottle. Sampled on March 19, 2013.

It pours dark brown to just about black with an off-white to tan foamy head.

On the nose it runs the gamut of dark malts, caramel malts, oatmeal, yeast and basically a lot of sweetness.

The body is medium but it had an odd astringency for a stout. I might have liked it to be deeper.

The oatmeal is also noted in the flavor along with dark malts and a smiley sweetness. Not all that bad but not at the top of my oatmeal stout list.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the cheap offerings at TJ's, figured I'd try it out. I'm a little dubious about the "Stockyard" name. It has old looking pictures of working men on the label, but I don't have great associations with feedlots.

Poured dark brown into a pint glass. Had to coax a decent tan head that didn't last too long. Kind of light looking for a stout, it lets more light than usual around the edges.

Aromas weren't too strong. Sweet malts. Roasty oats. Maybe a little bit of chocolate.

The oatmeal really came out when drinking the Stockyard. Sweet, roasted flavors. It had a pretty chewy mouthfeel (the oatmeal, definitely) with a medium-light body. Kind of unbalanced, I would expect a heavier body. But it makes sense, being a cheap stout.

It has enough taste and a smooth enough mouthfeel to make this a somewhat drinkable stout. I'm glad I only got one though, A sixer might have been a struggle to get through for me.

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Photo of atsprings
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque black with a razor thin head head that quickly diminished into a ring. Aroma was almost nothing but roasted barley, and even that was rather weak. Taste was actually very decent. Lots of roasted barley with hints of chocolate and of course roasted barley. Mouthfeel was pretty much right on par for the style, slight carbonation with slightly noticeable alcohol. This is a drinkable beer, just not very high on my list, it is worth the 92 cents I paid for it at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of Joey209
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark with a descent head. Taste and smell is a little underwhelming but probably one of the best quality beers for the price, probably going to keep this one stocked in my fridge.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chocolate in color with creamy brown head. No lacing and nothing eye-catching about it.

Smell: Pretty nutty with chocolate, oat malts and some hop bitterness.

Taste: Not as much nuttiness but otherwise the same as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: A pretty enjoyable oatmeal stout, but definitely nothing out of the ordinary. Very smooth but very forgettable.

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Photo of zrab11
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice dark color with a nice 1 finger tan head

S- Has a light aroma of caramel and oats. Also has chocolate and some smokey aroma

T- has a nice chocolate oatmeal flavor up front followed by some roasted malts and finish's with a weird smokey flavor

M-Has a light to medium body with ok carbonation

D-Overall this beer was ok. It had a nice flavor up front but finished with a weird smokey flavor and was a little thin at times. I didn't expect much from this beer and it pretty much met my expectations

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Photo of grantman1
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with thick head that fades gradually. Not much lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, touch of chocolate, maybe some vanilla? More aroma than most stouts I've had.

T: Caramel malts up front, with some chocolate - similar to the nose. Roasty malts, finishing slightly sweet. Not bad at all, especially considering the price.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Great value, and I could have a few of these without a problem. Might be just a touch too sweet for my liking, but fairly balanced overall.

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Photo of tjd112
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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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 TheBierBand
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I added a couple of these to my mix at Trader Joe's Blue Ash (Cincinnati, OH).

Pours jet black from the brown bottle to form a 1" head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

The smell is quite nice.... very sweet malty and chocolaty.

The taste is better than average.... but nothing special here. Weak chocolate, coffee and malt.

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy for my taste... a bit too carbonated. Otherwise, nice coating and weak aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nothing too dangerous here.... but then again nothing special. Price is right though.

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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 birchstick
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown with a pretty small head

S - smells of some sweet malts that are nicely rounded out with some coffee/roasted malt

T - the taste starts off with sweet malt, which is balanced out with a little bit of roasted coffee on the finish. Not uberly complex, however it is a nice blend of flavors.

M - full and smooth; goes down nicely

D - this is pretty decent oatmeal stout, especially for the price. It is very sessionable and enjoyable throughout.

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