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

BA SCORE
87
very good
788 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
788
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 788 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger frothy, less thick than usual for a tout, head on a black with light getting through body. Nice lacing, some retention.

S: near perfect mix of vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt takes a back seat here. If it was stronger it would be a 5.

T: a lot more smokey than one would expect from the style and aroma. roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

M: smooth, full bodied and moderate carbonation. A nice wet finish.

Overall: Not too bad for what I was expecting. For the genre it is very good. I get so used to imperial stouts that I must remember what a good oatmeal or standard american stout tastes like and this certain falls into the "very good" category.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/25/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowlyy slip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted oats, cocoa powder, and some vanilla notes. Taste is of toasted grain, dark cocoa powder, vanilla, and some coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid oatmeal stout that is a fantastic deal at $1 a bottle.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—when held up to the sun only a speck of red is visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down but left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with hints of roasted malts and a very slight amount of bitterness. Bits of sweetness become perceptible as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oats lend a little smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: I found this to be a pretty solid oatmeal stout, except that I would have liked if the mouthfeel was a little fuller in body. It is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is it Gordon Biersch? Is it Goose Island? Who knows?

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired as one of a six pack at Trader Joe's in Los Angeles. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark black. It's appealing.

Sm: Caramel, light oats, maybe some light chocolate or roast, and very light smoke. A mild strength aroma.

T: Oaty but not to the extent you'd expect of an oatmeal stout. Caramel is lighter than expected - which is a good thing. Some light chocolate and roast. Not very complex, but effective for what it's trying to do. Very well balanced, with a heavy dose of cream emerging in the latter half. Interesting and tasty. I like the contrast between the chocolatey malt in the first half and the pleasant smooth cream in the second. Superbly balanced all around. Great roast and coffee on the finish. I really like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours well. Good thickness and excellent carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable. Very well priced. High quality Who knew Trader Joe's stocked such good beer? Wow.

3.57

***
02.24.15: Brief 2nd impressions.

Pours a healthy long-lasting head with a deep ruby-black body. Opaque. Healthy-looking.

Aroma suggests oatmeal and also the usual dark and chocolate malts, but it's not generic at all: the choclate feels like genuine cacao, the oats seem to lend actual character (instead of just smoothing out the body), there's a brief suggestion of coffee...there's more going on in this oatmeal stout than in most.

Taste reveals a creamy stout with a subtle chocolate & dark malt backbone that never comes off too sweet. Hints of cacao/chocolate and coffee lend it surprising complexity. The oatmeal is present in the taste, which is more than I can say about many oatmeal stouts. It does have an Irish character to it in spite of its lack of roasted barley; the creamy texture works wonderfully.

At $5.99 a 6 pack, this is easily the best value beer in its style in this country (and probably this continent). I'm surprised I don't buy this more; it's extremely drinkable and is a rather respectable stab at the style even before you consider its price. Every beer enthusiast should try this at least once, and I have no doubt I'll be returning to it - how can you resist throwing a 6 pack in your cart when it's this good?

B

3.57

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby highlights and a nice tan head that retains well but doesn't lace

Smell: Nice roasty notes with an undercurrent of dark chocolate

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate flavor that grows in intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, some coffee elements appear, as does a slight oat taste, but this beer is all about chocolate; an interesting bitter flourish appears at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A fine oatmeal stout; the body could be thicker but it is plenty good just the way it is

Thanks, TheBungyo, for the experience

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light brown head settles into a pretty nice lacing above a clear dark dark brown colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts give off a nice aroma that borders on dark chocolates and also seems to have a light sour hint from the hops.

Sweet roasted caramel malts with a oatmealish taste, seems to be lots of little tastes of light dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, among other things but I ran out of beer.

A creamy smooth full bodied beer with a nice light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the roasted malt tastes.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. Picked up at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. Pretty close to home back in the day.

Color is verging on black with an off white head. A bit of light lacing, though not much. The nose brings some roasted oats, chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of light smoke. The taste is less complex with some roasted malt and a bit of light coffee. Pretty good feel and a nice body. Drinks well, especially for the sixer price.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours nearly black and apparently clear, but leaves some reddish-brown highlights at edges of glass. Small and relatively short-lived tan.

M - near medium body; smooth but enough carbonation for a little tingling.

Aroma - mainly roasted m alts, as expected. Aroma is sweeter than flavor, which is mildly bitter.

T - Nice chocolate malt flavor with a slight bit of coffee in the finish.

O - certainly a good stout, but not so exceptional or adventurous that I'd be excited about having another. Excellent for price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "9/15/13 14 14:05" on 24 April 2013

Notes: Black-brown dark mahogany body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head drops to an average collar with minimal spotty and streaky lacing. Medium bodied with a median carbonation level = smooth and almost creamy. Chocolate/fudge and strong golden caramel and toffee notes greet you in the nose. The flavor adds a bit more nuttiness and some yeasty fruitiness to the mix. Leafy and grassy hops add balance along with a solid bitterness. Richly flavorful and satisfying without being overly malty or full bodied. Drinkable, and (bonus!) fairly inexpensive.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, light blackish brown color.

Nose is toasty brown malts, some oats, bit porter like roast, some light earthy hops.

Taste is smooth and creamy, nice oats but not much, lighter overall, not very creamy, light porter roast, very thin, very light chocolate, toasty brown malts, a little bitter with light earthy hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall meh, light oatmeal stout, drinkable but not much body and flavor is fairly light.

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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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice roasted malt flavor, a hint of coffee. Great creamy mouthfeel, like a nitro only better. Attractive dark brown in the chalice, lacing and swirls are very classy. Dark flavor but restrained bitterness. More of porter with the warm roast and caramel flavors. A pleasant bitterness to the aftertaste but just enough to balance the malt.

This would a good one for the blind tasting. I would think it would surprise many people with the depth of flavor. Maybe it's just Huber Bock beer from the 70s. It may not be a "craft beer" but why can't we have more excellent and inexpensive products from the big producers?

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a finger and a half worth of sand-toned foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley and oats with sweetish chocolate and coffee notes and a small, small hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dark, moderately roasty maltiness with a taste of dark chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Soft, mild-mannered smoky oat character. Gentle fruitiness. Not much support from the hops, flavorwise, though some slight bitterness comes through to provide a bit of balance. There's an increased though still light earthiness on the back end with a sustained chocolate taste. Finishes smooth and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pleasant and tasty and pretty dadgum cheap. Of the various Trader Joe's brews, this is the one I'd most likely return for a whole six'er of.

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

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, but I can shine light through the glass; appears to be clear. Modest initial beige head; leaves a thin layer of ring lace after each sip.

With the aroma, this is far more coffee-like than most stouts. Slightly creamy. No notable hop.

A little watery for my tastes, especially for an oatmeal stout. Lots of coffee flavors. No flaws but not much complexity. The aftertaste does have some dark chocolate come out.

This is one of those beers that is great at a party--tastes great, provides real sociability, but may not stack up against the big boys of the stout world.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 788 ratings.
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