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

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

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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Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03/19/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an expiration code on the back label. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Dark black pour with a dirty yellowish-white head. Good 1/2 inch throughout, with above average lacing.

Smell- Right down to the guidelines on smell and taste. Heavy bitter and burning malt and roasted nuts.

Taste- Pretty much described it in the taste. Maybe even a bit smoky. Definite bitterness in the finish. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel- Not really as creamy as I would have thought. Moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability- Not bad at all for an oatmeal stout. The smoky texture and high bitterness caught me off gaurd a bit, but overal a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich dark color with little to average head and light carbonation. There was little to no lacing. A sweet - creamy malt with a slight coffee aftertaste. Full bodied stout with a smooth mouthfeel from beginning to end. Very easy to drink and I would recommend to to those who enjoy stouts that aren't real heavy.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of oats, chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. It's earthy with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth, malty flavor. It goes down with a roasted and chocolate malt taste and finishes with a dry oatmeal flavor. It's earthy with a chocolate edge. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good OS. It has a flavorful malt bill; highly drinkable.

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Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin brown head atop a dark brown beer. Not much in way of lacing or head retention, along the lines of most oatmeal stouts.

S- Smells of cocoa powder.

T- Roasted malts. Mmm, a real subtle (dark) chocolate on the end of the sip.

M- Very smooth with good carbonation.

D/O- Pretty easy drinking oatmeal stout here...I'd say slightly above average per the style. Thanks fdkayti!

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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 biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simply a thin outer trim of mocha brown head with but one large bubble and a handful of smaller ones on either side of it. Some chestnut and cherry colour was seen on angle off the pour, but this is arguably opaque. A charred black coloured body.

The aroma makes this beer deliciously tempting, boasting strong notes of toasted biscuits covered in bakers chocolate. Hints of tobacco and tar have some presence as well. Largely though, this smells like a combination of freshly baked cookies and freshly ground coffee.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin and carbonation is very low. Flavours coat the mouth and the aftertaste has a ringing sweetness. A little syrupy at times. A little roast might go a long way. Could also use a little more density to really be considered 'stout'. The bitterness seems selective, showing up on some sips but not others.

A cookie-dough like taste. Strong biscuit malt melded with melted chocolate. Some soot and ash that are overrun by a cloying sweetness. An (at times astringent) cold coffee taste (that can be obnoxiously bitter). Also a strong taste of hazelnut and maybe almond. Flavours blend well and are more than pleasing on the palate.

Slightly different character than other oatmeal stouts, it's far more sweet than roasty and it has more biscuit than chocolate. I wouldn't recommend as dessert, although it would make an excellent substitute for coffee. Is this my ideal oatmeal stout? No... but it's not too, too far from it. This was enjoyed with special thanks to tpd975 !

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a full tan head, great retention, and nice lacing.

S: Smells overly of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar on the nose.

T: Very sweet to the taste, the oats are doing their part. Big flavours of creamed coffee and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted malt and espresso.

M: Smooth, creamy, slightly cloying from all the sugar, but not that bad, very drinkable.

D: Not a bad beer, and only $4.99 a sixer at Trader Joe's, it's as cheap as BMC, but vastly superior in flavour. Question: If Goose Island can get this beer to CA, why can't we see some more BCS around these parts?

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Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smell is strongly malty with a band-aid scent that you sometimes get with lots of heavy roasted malt. Smells smoky with a lesser molasses smell.

Starts out Semi dry with a strong molasses and roasted malt flavor. Brown sugar joins the molasses and a little chocolate and vanilla show up. Well balanced and tasty, not sweet or over roasted.

Mouthfeel is thick as this style should be.

Overall one of the better beers you can get at Trader Joe's. $7 a six-pack and a very good bargain at that price too.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Trader Joe's in Pittsford, NY.

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a half inch head that lingers on the edges of the glass for a while, with a very small amount of lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, toasted bread, smoke, and some chocolate.

This tastes pretty good for a $1 a bottle beer, and honestly tastes pretty good for any beer. There's a nice smoky roasted malt flavor, with some bitter chocolate, vanilla cream, and roasted coffee. The finish is sweet but slightly watery.

This is medium bodied, definitely a little thin, but not detrimentally so. There's a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is really excellent, alwasys fun to find a good beer in an unexpected place.

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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 jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with coffee/chocolate flavor, then oats, quiet finish no bitterness. Still fresh after brewed July 2005. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with a fair 1/2 inch cream-tan head. Medium low level of carbonation. Nose is sweet oats and grain mix with ground coffee. Taste was solid and slightly more complex that I anticipated, flavors of coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, grain and dark chocolate kept the palate entertained. Mouthfeel was acceptable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid half inch tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Chocolate, roast malt, and soy begin the aroma, with notes of earthy hops and nutty toffee adding complexity.

Flavor reveals roast malt, with charred breadcrust at the fairly dry and lightly bitter finish. Dark chocolate, oats, cereal grains reminiscent of cheerios, and tobacco become evident as it warms.

Body is thick and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation. There's slight astringency and acrid character at the finish.

Very impressive for the source. Good malt complexity and a silky body. The acrid character is offputting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice, dark brown color. Not too much carbonation or much of a head to it. It has a good roasted coffee/oat/malt smell, and it pretty much tastes the same way with a good, full flavor. There's a slight bitter coffee aftertaste, but it doesn't last too long. It's a very smooth drinkable beer, looks like I'll have to go to Trader Joe's more often to pick some up. For $4.99, it's a pretty good deal for a good beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black on the outside, but a bark brown, garnet on the inside. This inner color can only be revieled when you hold the beer to the light. Only then can you see the awesome carbonation that you can defiently feel later. The head is a little lacking for a great looking oatmeal stout. Consistent, but thin. The aroma is strong of oaty malts and mild hops mixed very well for the aroma. The taste is vibrant and envigerating with with its great balance of malts and oats. Plus the great carbonation really heightens the tastes of this beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with faint brown edges and a thin cap of tan/brown foam. Fair head retention, a bit of spotty lacing. Roasty aroma with charcoal and caramel notes, a bit of toffee and cocoa. Low bitterness with more roasty and sweet caramel malts, toffee and bready. Smooth texture, though the carbonation could have been a bit finer. Enjoyable.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Roasty coffee-ish and big chocolate aroma and flavor. Full bodied and smooth with a silky oily finish.

An excellent oatmel stout available at Trader Joes for 4.99/six. For that price, it has it all over Samuel Smith's....

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big black pour and beige head, foaming and frothy. Aroma was rich, chocolate and heavily roasted malt w/ coffee.

Taste, good and chewy. Alcohol not around. Isn't too heavy on the palate, the oatmeal really does what its supposed to here. The best example of a session stout I can think of. So drinkable, $6 a 6er at Trader Joes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

Thanks to my buddy Mike for this one!

Appearance. Pours a deepest brown, almost balck with a finger of deep tan head.

Smell. Roasty malt, sweet chocolate and a little coffee.

Taste. Roasty malt and some milk chocolate. A little coffee. Slightly sweet but not to it's ddisadvantage.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium, smooth carbonation.

Overall. This is a great, easy drinking otatmeal stout. For the price (5.99 /6) it's pretty awesome. Will buy again for sure, especially when I'm feeling thrifty.

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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,


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Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and roasted coffee with a bit of molasses and cinnamon. It tasted like strong coffee with milky oats and bittersweet chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a mild aftertaste. Overall this had good flavor but not super great. It was pretty clean and easy to drink, but didn't have enough body. There was nothing offensive nor special about this beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle says 5.2% ABV.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with a nice bit of translucence where the light comes through the body. No head to speak of, which always sucks.

S: Roasted malts, light chocolate, hazelnuts, and oats. The general aroma has a wonderful savory character to it that almost reminds me of liquid bread. Actually fairly strong considering its lack of head.

T: Has a pleasant bittersweet character in general, with an opening salvo of roasted malt and light coffee. A very slight hint of fruit esters occupy the midtaste, while the finish has a nicely subtle surge of earthy hops and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor progressions are smooth like they should be in an oatmeal stout. Nicely balanced, with some pleasant subtle characteristics. Not the most flavorful stout, but I can forgive that.

M: Has a medium texture with moderate carbonation. It almost has the clean dryness of an Irish stout, but not quite. Lingering flavors are slight but pleasant. Good drinkability overall.

O: Wow. I'm actually impressed considering it's only $1 a bottle. I hear through the grapevine this was a Goose Island recipe - they did a great job here making a wonderfully drinkable stout while keeping to a certain price point. I'd definitely pick this up again if I ever find myself in Trader Joe's again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) that is not quite opaque. Medium thick beige head and thin lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. The body is not very thick but is very smooth and drinkable. Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate and malt flavors. The finish is lightly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Easily the best Trader Joe’s beer I have tried and a pretty good Stout to boot.

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