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

BA SCORE
87
very good
381 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
381
Ratings:
785
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
112
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 381 | Ratings: 785
Photo of avaldivia
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass,

A: Very black. Nice, milk chocolate head. Great lacing.

S: Good roasted malts. A bit of a coffee and a chocolate scent.

T: Same as nose. Really good. Well done. Good roasted malt flavor. Nice full flavor.

M: Thick bodied. Medium to light carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A high quality oatmeal stout. I could definitely drink a few of these.

 380 characters

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

 2,495 characters

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.

 561 characters

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.

 335 characters

Photo of paxchristi
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into my tankard.

Appearance: Black as night. Tan head that is finger tip depth that goes away within moments. Way below par for a stout.

Smell: This one is a bit more chocolatey than most OSs. It was quite nice, in fact. Usually the cocoa supports the coffee, but I'd say its the opposite with this brew-- coffee supports the cocoa. Pretty sweet in the nose with a faintly bitter note underneath.

Taste: Roasted malts take front. Its a very robust flavor in fact. In the middle are the chocolates and coffees-- though they were not very dark coffees-- lighter roasts come to mind. I was able to taste the oatmeal-- though I wish that it would have been more present in the middle to bring out that almost creamy middle that oatmeal stouts are so known for. A bit of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty even carbonation-- though it seemed to lack at times. It seemed to work for the taste it seemed to be going for. Still stings the tongue a bit, and it lets the malts do the work-- which I think is what a good Oatmeal stout does. It should not be getting near flat but it should be only moderately carbonated in the mouth.

Overall: I could drink this stout all evening. It has an incredible drinkability to it, and I think its due to its balance. I'd be curious to know the quality of ingredients that they use, because I think perhaps that they take away from its intensity. I shop at Trader Joe's every week, and so I think I'll definitely get this one again when I want a good beer that I can get for about one dollar a bottle.

 1,563 characters

Photo of tito42
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a Smokestack tulip.

A: Pitch black when held up to the light with a thick, foamy tan head that slowly recedes and leaves very nice lacing.

S: French roast coffee, brown sugar oatmeal, and semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malts. My first oatmeal stout, and definitely sweeter than a typical stout per the style description. Not much hops at all. Pleasant.

M: Medium-bodied. Smooth and slightly creamy. A little less body than I was expecting.

O: My first Trader Joe's beer, and I'm very happy with it. A home run for $1 a bottle.

 581 characters

Photo of divineaudio
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a pint glass.

a - pours dark brown with deep red highlights. gave me a pinky of tan head that quickly calmed to a thin film. thick, leggy lacing

s - espresso-like roastiness, fig, brown sugar.

t - follows nose, but adds more sweetness in the malt and a slightly bitter, slightly dry finish.

m - full bodied, sticky, lighter carbonation. not as smooth as an oatmeal stout should be (or could be).

o - decent beer considering the low price trader joe's sells this for, (i think $6/sixer), but really nothing more than average for the style.

 556 characters

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a FW pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates at a pretty good pace. No lacing to be had here...

S - Sweet chocolate and some roast. Scent comes through pretty docile...

T - Roasted malts and sweet chocolate followed by various other sweet malts(Crystal?). Finishes with a smooth coffee aftertone. Really nice balance between sweet and roasty here...

M - A little light. Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation for the style...

O - Killer brew for the price. Wish the abv was a little higher, but it's hard to nitpick at six dollars a six pack. Definitely something I will be revisiting on a regular basis...

Cheers...

 712 characters

Photo of kneeland
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an oatmeal stout? I missed the oatmeal. It's a fairly creamy stout, with a good tan head. A slight hint of chocolate, and roasted barley. A little grassy, probably the wheat.

Overall it was a good beer, but I thought it was going to be really good, so I was a little disappointed.

 289 characters

Photo of CHADMC3
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body with only hints of ruby hues at the bottom of the beer; also containing a cascading mocha colored head that is quite abundant before dissipating to leave a faint lacing behind.

Roasted malt and oats float from the glass beneath the creamy head. There are also hints of sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.

The flavor is more chocolate and coffee than the aroma but still features a more subdued version of the same roasted oats as well.

This stout is actually a bit light in body for the style with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice oatmeal stout, with great roasted characteristics and some nice traditional style features.

 701 characters

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?

 622 characters

Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had for at least two months in the refrigerator and poured chilled into a pint glass.

A=Dark reddish with 1/2" golden tan foam that lasted more than a minute.

S=Molasses, only with a sweetness present; dark malts present, also.

T=I like Oatmeal Stouts better than Stouts, and this was very typical; no chocolate or oat taste as stated on the bottle; sweet and malty; a hint of citrus, perhaps.

M=Better than most--although not as much body as other stouts, a lighter feel with almost no carbonation makes this a strong candidate for a session beer.

O=A very drinkable and affordable Oatmeal Stout; I might buy again in the winter...if I find myself at Trader Joe's, again (about 20 mins. from my house).

 713 characters

Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours jet black with a small one finger tall mocha colored head leaving little streaks of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts, oat, charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, and light hop bitterness.

T - Starts off with a good bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of chewy oats, smoke, coffee, and a bit of chocolaty sweetness. You can detect a bit of hops once it warms up a bit. The finish is mostly just dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with lots of dark roast in the finish.

O - Pretty good. I have had much better but I wouldn't turn down another one of these in the future.

 726 characters

Photo of zeledonia
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, pretty close to black, with a half-finger medium tan head. Head fades fast, but some nice little ripples of lacing stick to the glass.

Smells of malts and ripe dark fruits. A hint of cocoa, and some oaty richness. But mostly fruits. Plums, especially. Pretty nice, with a bit of depth, but could use more complexity.

Tastes more of dark roasted malts, with some char. Not as fruity, and more of the flavors that come from heavy roasting (coffee, smoke). Flavor is a bit shallow - I keep waiting for another wave to hit, and it doesn't.

Mouthfeel is really quite good. It's chewy and full without being heavy, and the carbonation is spot-on (medium to medium-low). And it has that great oatmeal smoothness that just slides off the tongue. Finish is a slow fade-away.

I was surprised by how good this is, given that it's Trader Joe's brand, and quite cheap. Not the best stout out there, but quite tasty, with great mouthfeel. Hard to beat for the price.

 981 characters

Photo of 1Adam12
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IS my go to brew. Anytime I want a cheap 6 pack that I know I will enjoy, this is the one I pick. 6 bucks at Trader Joe's. Better than some 10 dollar sixers I've had. Pours a dark brown. I can catch some light, but not a whole lot. Nice 1 inch tan head. Smells of malt and coffee. Tastes the same way, but the coffee is heavier on the palate than on the nose. Not a very heavy mouthfeel, possibly overly carbonated, but very drinkable. Possibly one of the better 1 dollar beers and by far the best year round beer at Trader Joe's.

 535 characters

Photo of karait95
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice dark brown color, with a big light brown head formed of small bubbles, creamy slow dissipation, good body robust leaving traces on the glass. Color is nice and good looking beer.

S: very nice aroma full of toasted smells some coffee and chocolate like, malts and barley.

T: coffee like tasting with some caramel or chocolate inside, the hops are present but do not hide the maltrato completely.

M: nice combination not to strong or bitter but balanced and good stout with some light sweet starting and a long final lasting good enough.

 554 characters

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.

 563 characters

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

 257 characters

Photo of Carolvs
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixpack at Trader Joes in D.C. area today; refrigerated for about six hours before pouring out of bottle into regular ale pint glass. Hardly any head (maybe a millimeter or two) which evaporated quickly, and consequently no lacing at all throughout.

Despite the poor appearance, the taste was actually pretty decent. It was syrupy but not too sweet; strong overtones of chocolate -- one of the boldest chocolate-tasting stouts I've tried, in fact.

Based on all the other reviews, this may have simply been an anomalous batch. Nevertheless, I'd still rank it above many other stouts that inhabit way higher pricepoints (and nearly every stout does). I'd love try try this on tap, if that's possible, and I'll definitely try a six pack from a different store in the near future to see why the appearance of the one I tried deviated so much from most of the reviews here.

BTW: As a few people here have noted, the ABV is indeed 5.2%, not the 5.0 listed on the webpage.

 981 characters

Photo of chicagobill13
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love the fact you can go to Trader Joe's and do a mixed 6pk and get some beers that you would not normally try. I pick up this beer because I am a huge fan of stouts. I remember this also being contracted out by Goose Island. This is yet another good beer at a really really good price. I will be picking this beer up again!

 326 characters

Photo of rKunda
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Trader Joe's. Like the others, it's not going to win awards at a craft brew competition, but it's better than ANYTHING I've had in the $1 per bottle price range. Actually, that might be even a bit too harsh. While it might trail some of the better stouts I've had recently, it wouldn't trail by a whole lot.

It's a hearty stout. It has a lot of flavor, and overall that flavor is really good. The flavor is thicker than the texture, that being a little thinner than I've had in comparable flavors, especially oatmeal stouts. It also seemed to be a bit more carbonated, and it shows when pouring. Pour SLOW. For the first time in ages I poured too fast and it actually overflowed because the head foamed so quickly and it didn't die down fast enough. My first taste of this was franticly trying to sip off the foam to stop it. I failed.

If you like oatmeal stouts and you like spending less and getting more, this is a great beer. It's also a great beer to jump in to trying a new kind of beers, because there isn't a lot of $ on the line.

 1,064 characters

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.

 502 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. The bottle had a time and date stamp, but it wasn't obvious to me what it meant. I noted that this beer is 5.2%ABV vs. the 5% listed here at BA. Maybe the recipe has changed a bit.

Appearance: Black beer on the table with a tan head. Poured a dense 1/4" head initially which died down to thin skin and ring at the top. Held up to the light it's a very dark ruby red color. Good thick strands of lacing noted as I drank it down.

Smell: Milk chocolate and burnt sugar. Maybe a hint of tiramisu. Interesting smell.

Taste: Sweet chocolate malt balanced with a coffee-like bitterness. On the sweet side of things - like having dessert in a glass but not cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a smooth texture. Not as creamy and thick as other oatmeal stouts I've had - probably one of the thinnest I've had, but still noticeably thick and smooth as one would expect.

Overall / Drinkability: Dessert in a glass. One at a time with this - it's too much otherwise. A great beer for stand-alone after a meal as it's own dessert, but I think it would go great with cookies as well. I wouldn't mind trying this again, just not again in one night. A very good beer for the price.

 1,234 characters

Photo of lawlerj
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - pours black w/ a tan head. Not much head retention, leaves a bit of a collar.

S - roasted malt on the nose, a bit of a burnt smell as well that I can't really place. Dark chocolate and just a bit of a hint of oatmeal - not as much as I would expect.

T - malts and chocolate/coffee, oatmeal on the back end. Nothing too strong or overwhelming, but a decent flavor that is quite pleasing.

M - medium bodied w/ good carbonation.

O - overall, fairly decent. Definitely not the best stout I've had, but for $1 a bottle at TJ's, the quality to cost ratio is through the roof. This will definitely be a go to for a cheap but decent stout.

 673 characters

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz found in my Mom's fridge...she loves Trader Joe's, so I'm not surprised to find this beer, although I didn't realize that's who made it until I googled it for the review.

Pours the right color, darker than Guiness at least, but not as dark as some big stouts...I don't want to advertise, so won't name names. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Good oatmeal in the nose. Decent malt, but lacks depth.

Not massively bitter or massively oatmeal-ey on the palette. It's drinkable and goes down easy, nothing objectionable.

Moutfeel is ok, but just ok. It doesn't have the zing of others.

Overall, it's ok. Not sure what she paid for this, but if it's in the $5-6 a six pack range, I might buy it. Otherwise, I'll stick with its better stout brethren.

 754 characters

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 785 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe