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

BA SCORE
87
very good
787 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:
787
Reviews:
381
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
113
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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 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 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 sd123
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 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 WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 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 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 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 Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 cdwil
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 787 ratings.
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