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

Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
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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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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

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Photo of teyuders
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This top-notch brew was purchased in Nashville at Trader Joe's after seeing excellent reviews here. At a bargain price ($5.99/6pk), this is a serious deal.

Had the first of these totally warm, "pre-gaming" in the car before a SWANS show that night. Perfect. Best enjoyed room temperature.

Pours with substantial carbonation and solid 2-finger spoke-style lace. Nose is coffee and dark chocolate. Nice.

Taste is plenty of coffee and chocolate notes, with a smooth finish and virtually no overly burnt malt taste. Rich and full-bodied. An exemplary stout, this one's worth "stocking" up on. A great value and a really superior oatmeal stout!

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

A: Dark, a small head

S: Malty with hints of Chocolate

T: Full, chocolate and malty, fresh and clean finish

M: Full, crisp tasty!

O: I'd buy more of this, for the price you can't really go wrong with this beer. A value as far as i'm concerned!

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Photo of kell50
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er from Trader Joe's. Poured in a Dogfish Head pint.

A - Pours oil black with a nice creamy tan head. About a finger thick, but doesn't stick around for too long. However, it does leave a bit of lacing behind.

S - Roasted malt on the nose and perhaps a bit of a burnt toast smell to it. Also a hint of dark, semi-sweet chocolate and faint coffee as I bring the pint up to my nose.

T - True malt, chocolate/coffee, and a touch of oatmeal on the finish. It's not overpowering or too thin on flavor either. Pretty nice balance to it. I really enjoy the full bodiedness of this one.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is spot on for the style.

O - Overall, I really dig it. Definitely one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had, and for only $5.99 a 6 pack too! The quality of this one is totally above and beyond the price. This will continue to be a go to oatmeal stout for me.

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Photo of zrab11
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice dark color with a nice 1 finger tan head

S- Has a light aroma of caramel and oats. Also has chocolate and some smokey aroma

T- has a nice chocolate oatmeal flavor up front followed by some roasted malts and finish's with a weird smokey flavor

M-Has a light to medium body with ok carbonation

D-Overall this beer was ok. It had a nice flavor up front but finished with a weird smokey flavor and was a little thin at times. I didn't expect much from this beer and it pretty much met my expectations

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

Another Trader Joe’s contract-brewed six-for-six beers. A bit of a wild card. Was this really brewed by Goose Island at one time? Oatmeal stouts seem like a style that should be forgiving and easy to make—as someone once told me, if I’m going to start homebrewing I should begin with a stout because roast covers up mistakes—but that’s not always the case.

I poured this from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. It comes out a ruddy black-brown, with some light sneaking through around the edges. There’s a mild roast on the nose, and very faint hints of acidic/sour/tart/lactic ‘milk stout’ aromas that are definitely present on the taste. Tart finish, too. Not a big, bitter roast. More like muted dark chocolate: Mexican chocolate made with too much water might be a more apt description, as it’s thin and lacks characteristic boldness. Some oatmeal stout creaminess, but nothing like what I want from the style.

Effervescent. The milk stout sour/tartness dominates the finish. More sweet than sharp, this beer misses the mark for strong roasty/dark chocolate flavors but isn’t too bad for a buck.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Presentation: Thanks to J Lindros for this one! 12oz brown pop-top, nice label, sadly no date.

Appearance: Dark (and I mean dark) walnut brown beer, held up to the light, it's nearly opaque, but there are some bright cola highlights. Tan cap with nice retention.

Smell: Odd. I say 'odd', rather than unpleasant, because this smells exactly like the boiling wort I have when homebrewing, especially if the hop dose is fairly low. Rich, sweet, and grainy, but not exactly 'beer-like'. Notes of rich, sweet, caramelly grain and lots of them. Hint of meaty smoke as well, as this warms (a bit odd for the style).

Taste: Sweet. Light notes of smoked meat. This is just a bit odd. Really sweet. And weird meatiness. I'm thinking this has to be a bit off. It's a bit off-putting really.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich and creamy for 5% abv

Overall: I don't know if I got a bad bottle, or if this is how this one's supposed to be. I was really excited about my first Trader Joe's brew, but this is beef jerky and oatmeal...yikes.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This brew was not bad. I was not expecting much. It pours a good black color, but a small and quickly dissipating head detracts from its appearance. This beer smells good; raisins, dark chocolate, oatmeal. There is no alcohol in the nose. This beer tastes very good; it is roasty, not too over the top, and leaves a pleasant finish. The major challenge to this beer is its mouthfeel. The carbonation is too much and too tight and it is very thin. This gives the beer a Coca-Cola-like quality that detracts from its impressive flavor. I probably would not buy this again.

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.


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?



07.30.17: couldn't help but pick up a 6 pack of this for $6.49 USD at a Trader Joe's in Chicago...this has long been the first beer I talk about when the Oatmeal Stout style comes up. Even if it's not the best Oatmeal Stout I've had, it's easily that with the best quality to price ratio. Let's see if she holds up:

APPEARANCE: Pours a gorgeous khaki-tan frothy creamy head atop an opaque black body. Retention is good for the ABV; this takes a good 10+ minutes to fully recede even in a shaker pint. True to style and enticing, even if sure, the head could be darker and have a more shining gilded complexion.

AROMA: Stale coffee, subdued roasted barley, black patent malt/schwarz malt, subtle starch, maybe even hazelnut. Sweetness is mild.

Checks all the boxes in terms of style conventions. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, soft, supple, medium-bodied, chocolatey, slightly roasty...this is what I think of when I think of a no-frills traditional oatmeal stout. Earthy coffee is hinted at but I doubt coffee additive was employed.

Balanced, approachable, enjoyable, smooth, wet, and satisfying. Not syrupy, not thin, not weak, not heavy...this mouthfeel is straight up the middle, letting the flavours and the beer's balance shine.

OVERALL: It's a classic oatmeal stout with a true to tradition build. Depth of flavour could be better and it's not the most intricate ale out there, but apart from Irish and English expressions of the style, this is about as close to the traditional style as you'll find. It's not without its shortcomings, but damn if it isn't well-priced (beating even most cheap Caribbean export stouts in terms of price per oz). A beer I'll continue to return to time and time again.


08.03.17 impression:

Gets a biteen bready and cola-like when it warms, but at this price it's tough to nitpick.


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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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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...


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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.

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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.

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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 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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