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

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Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 785
Photo of degueulasse
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black with a tan, foamy head. This beer smells like damp bark and dark cherries, a sweet richness that is matched with a taste of deep pomegranate, dark chocolate, and maybe a little whiskey. Surprisingly good for a budget grocery store brand beer.

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

Pours dark dark totally black. Good aroma and a decent balance of oatmeal. Definitely a worthy oatmeal stout to add to your collection. Given as a gift no idea it was a Trader Joes brand.

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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 Spikester
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown tan head. Splotches of lace.
Smell is rich dark malts some molasses and a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste is similar to the nose with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Finish is bittersweet and lightly dry.
Overall a nice smooth brew that is well made.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle with a 12/18/16 best-by date.

A straightforward oatmeal stout with no major flaws and no particular nuance to make it stand out. Color dark brown with a khaki head that left lacing on the glass. Nose dominated by caramel and other dark malts with hints of sweetness. Taste fairly direct cola / caramel dominant, a bit of edge and a bit of darker tones on the backside, finishing just a little thin. Not as complex as the best of the style. Smooth, but not as smooth as some oatmeal stouts. Decent, enjoyable, not exceptional for a stout.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.13/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of devo1980
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a good beer. Perhaps I am giving it better ratings, because it runs $1.25 a bottle. But it is a smooth, well crafted Oatmeal Stout. This is right up there with $5/bottles. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a session beer drinker. But for three reasons, I could finish off a six-pack of Stockyard Stout in a succession of three crummy days with even crummier Chicago early April weather. (In fact I might do that right now.)

First, this stout is a great value. A six-pack is under a $1 a bottle. Thank you TJ.

Second, this Looks like a nice stout and Smells like their recipe totally figured out that the Taste is about using malts to get both sweetness and dryness. Hops are an ingredient, instead of a crutch that too many brewers use to appeal to Americans' baser instincts.

Third, this has a lusciously smooth Feel that calms my nerves.

If you can get all that in a 6-pack for the same price as one beer from Belgium, then maybe I should reconsider my bias toward the Belgians.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color, couple fingers of head. decent retention and leaves some lacing.

light on the nose, some malts, a faint bitterness...very subtle.

the taste is pretty quality. chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. liking it! feel is a bit on the light side for the style, but highly drinkable indeed. overall pretty solid!

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark as anything with a tan heads that has some life to it.

S: Dark roasted malts dominate the scent. Theres a little sweetness, maybe a fruit smell or caramel.

T: A moderate malt in the front that gives way to a roasted and fruity end. The end is whats really good. It kind of tastes like its nearly sweet, but not quite there. Imagine a combination of caramel, oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate and overarching fruit, like raisin or something. That tail end of the flavor is really unusual for a stout, but I like it.

F: Very light bodied and drinkable, which is the opposite of what I thought it would be as an oatmeal stout.

O: Very, very good. A sweet(ish) stout that I feel could appeal to a lot of people that get intimidated by darker beers.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-It is jet black and is unforgiving—doesn’t let any light through—and has a pleasant smooth off-white head.

Smell-It smells of molasses, cocoa, milk chocolate, and oats.

Taste-Its smooth complexity and pleasant flavors culminate in a well-mixed barrage of chocolate, oats, brown sugar, and some coffee.

Mouthfeel-It is quite smooth almost like an oyster stout.

Overall-It is delicious and robust.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with ruby highlights around the edges, lots of lacing for an oatmeal stout, tan colored creamy head that disappeared into a soapy film. Looks pretty good.

A: First impression, very sweet, some coffee, oats, but overall, a very sweet smelling oatmeal stout almost like a milk stout.

T: Oats, sweet milk, some coffee, chocolate, hint of roasted malts, very easy drinking, goes down really smooth. Very good.

M: Light-medium body, semi-dry roasted coffee, chocolate feeling on the palate, very easy on the palate.

O: Very impressed, especially for the price, good amount of flavor, easy on the palate, easy drinking, it's just a tad too sweet for me, I would like more roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes, leans heavily towards a milk stout in flavor and mouthfeel.

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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 HopsAreDaMan
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bought roughly 4 - 5 months ago at Trader Joe's. Dated as Best By 12/10/2015.

Look: Pours dark, dark, dark (no opacity) with lots of brown head that dissipates after about 30 seconds, leaving behind a decent ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma is complex: dark fruits, dark malts, and when it came to room temperature: molasses. Simply amazing for a simple stout.

Taste: dark malts, coffee, perhaps chocolate, with a pleasantly bitter finish.

Feel: medium to heavy mouth-feel, smooth, and very satisfying.

Overall: I was blown away at the overall quality and complexity of this simple oatmeal stout with a mere 5.2% ABV. I drank it in a side-by-side with O'fallons Winter Stout, and although the Winter Stout had a complimentary sweetness this beer didn't have, the malt backbone in this oatmeal stout easily made up for it in its sheer ability to entice me deeper into its subtle yet rewarding complexities.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Black with a finger of tan head.
S: Milk chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee.
T: Follows the nose with lots of milk chocolate. The finish brings flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and some mild bitterness.
F: Medium-light body. A bit thin and easy drinking, I wish there was more body.
Overall an average to slightly above average oatmeal stout. It is pretty thin and doesn't have much roasted flavor, but for the price ($6 dollars a sixer) I can't complain.

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Photo of katybee
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For an oatmeal stout, this came very close to porter.

pours opaque dark brown, with 1/2" rich tan head which lingers a little bit.
Slight hint of hops on the nose, but very little smell except roast malt
Not so much a biscuity edge for a stout, but close to porter for me, with slight hint of bitterness on the rich espresso-roasted malts....leaning towards mollasses flavor, but without cloying sweetness, I don't detect coffee or chocolate or fruit essence per se, .
Smooth on the tongue, yet medium-light- bodied. Carbonation seems to quickly dissipate, but flavor lasts.

This was part of a six-pack I had no trouble completing.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With a near black mahogany color, it boasts a very dark roast of straight coffee, espresso and a mild roasted milk chocolate taste with a little, albeit pronounced, tinge of roast bitterness. Fantastic mouthfeel for the style. Not sweet compared to San Marcos Brewing Company’s Old Goat’s Oatmeal Stout, but it does a good job in the dry finish category.

Fun fact: This used to be brewed by Goose Island Brewing Company in Chicago, IL, when they shipped the oatmeal stout at that time!

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long necked bottle, cheap looking label with humble yet thorough description. Pours too quickly to remember, with nice mocha head. Smells of raisins, rainy streets. Tastes of coffee, berries, liquid smoke. Emphasis on the watery, smokey mouthfeel. Reminds me of hanging out at Chuck-E. Cheese's as a little one.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a lighter brown long-lasting head.

Smell: Lightly roast malt, chocolate, a little yeast.

Taste: Starts out similar to the smell, a little sweetness, oats, ending with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, but sharply carbonated.

Overall: Great value at $6 a six-pack. Not amazing, but enjoyable and easy drinking.

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

Dark brown pour with khaki lacey head.
Molasses, hops, cocoa aromas.
Burnt chocolate, coffee taste. Sweetness.
Nice smooth velvety mouth feel!
Once again, Trader Joe doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silky smooth. Not bitter. Semi-sweet. Full-bodied but surprisingly less filling, tastes great. Not overpowering like so many stouts. Incredible, delicious. A staple among my beer stock. Thanks Trader Joe’s / Gordon Biersch.

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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 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, always fun to find a good beer in an unexpected place.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark blackish brown with big tan head.

Coffee and chocolate malts on the nose. Rich and substantial but not overwhelming. Malty and not much of a finish.

Overall enjoyable and a fantastic value.

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