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 tapman
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 finger head with the density of cool whip. The color of the head is a dark tan and the body is opaque black with deep violet hues when held to the lights.

Aroma is plums, smoke, nuts, chocolate and fresh mint hops.

Everything that is in the aroma, plus a low bitterness and a bigger hop presence. This is actually quite hoppy for the abv%.

Smooth, velvety and chewy. Delicious.

My only complaint is that I wish this one was a little bigger, but then the value of $6.99 a sixer would not be there. Plus, I doubt the beer would be as good as it is if thy didn't say make the best beer you can with limited resources. So this one could be better, but if they tried it would only come out worse. Grab this one!

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Photo of dmfrench
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A flavorful budget Dry/Oatmeal Stout

A: Very dark but clear black body with ruby chestnut highlights, topped with a creamy and somewhat persistent one finger light khaki head.

S: Baker's chocolate, light over-ripe prune, a hint of nutmeg, a slight acidic hops edge, and a certain earthy oatiness.

T: Much more bitter than the nose... hopping as apparent in a similar way to Old Rasputin. Dry baker's chocolate is present, along with a touch of stale coffee. Fruit takes a back seat, and there is just a hint of cream. If I wasn't told differently, I might think I was drinking an Irish Dry Stout. Lack of real malt backbone and metallic tones in the finish prevent me from awarding high honors, but overall, this is a very flavorful beer for $1 a bottle.

M: A bit on the thin side, but carbonation and texture are pleasant.

D: A bit watery and metallic, so not perfect, but still not a bad experience at all.

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Photo of lechroy
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful beer with lots of pluses but a bit on the sweet end, lingering with sweetness. Drank with Rogue Shakespere clone in hand and it was a good comparison of two different style oatmeal stouts. All around a great winter brew - good for a glass, two tops.

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Photo of Brunite
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours just about black. A well retained 3 finger head that recedes to about 1/4". Quite a bit of lace.

S - Solid roasted malts and coffee. Faint hint of oats.

T - Nicely dimensional. Starts off with some roasted and coffee notes. Mid-stream is rather smooth, lightly sweet malt. Finishes with a more grain husk flavor. Flavors linger.

M - Medium body. Perhaps lighter than might be expected but the strong flavors give dimension.

D - Very easy drinking. Nice flavor. This is one to have on hand at all times given the taste as well the price. This may not be Sam Smith's, but at $ 5.99 a sixer...this is a VERY nice alternative.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.00 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a finger and a half worth of sand-toned foam.

Smell: Aroma smelling of roasted barley and oats with sweetish chocolate and coffee notes and a small, small hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Dark, moderately roasty maltiness with a taste of dark chocolate and coffee-flavored ice cream. Soft, mild-mannered smoky oat character. Gentle fruitiness. Not much support from the hops, flavorwise, though some slight bitterness comes through to provide a bit of balance. There's an increased though still light earthiness on the back end with a sustained chocolate taste. Finishes smooth and malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pleasant and tasty and pretty dadgum cheap. Of the various Trader Joe's brews, this is the one I'd most likely return for a whole six'er of.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and ruby around the edges. A very nice tan foam that dies quickly but leaves behind some beautiful lace.

S - The aroma is sweet, with malted barley and chocolate. Smells delicious.

T/M - Very smooth, a bit creamy, but overall it's a little thin for the style. The flavor is cocoa, chocolate, roasted barley, sweet coffee, and a wonderful dark roasted malt aftertaste.

D - A really good oatmeal stout. Shockingly good considering the price. I could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of Dblaker
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured this into a 20 oz Nonic glass at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The head was was a creamy tan about one finger thick but mostly dissipated within thirty seconds leaving a thin ring and nice lacing that remained until my glass was empty. The color as others have noted is very dark, perhaps even a bit darker than cola.

S - The initial smell reminded me of rich roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate just as promised, pleasant yet still bold. The following smell I picked up supple malts with the roasted coffee taking on a slight smokiness.

T - The taste started with ever so slight hops, and grew into a rich coffee almost immediately with an almost smoky quality as the roast flavor fades. With each subsequent sip the roast flavor becomes more pronounced. The flavor lingered with me for some time after finishing my glass.

M - Nothing out of the ordinary here, perhaps a tiny amount of stickiness after the swallow.

I would recommend this beer to anyone, while not phenomenal it is good. Having finished my glass ten minutes ago I am thinking of having a second for fun. A pleasant surprise considering I had never heard of TJ selling their own brews and bought this one on a whim.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured Coca Cola black in a snifter and what head there was fizzled away quickly. Mildly disappointing but it could have been the pour. On the nose there is burnt toast and malt and overall a very pleasant charred smell. On the tongue those toasted flavors come through. It isn't a very complex beer but the predominant tastes and aromas are very pleasing to me. In the mouth it's not very cloying as oatmeal stouts sometimes are, it goes down rather smooth.

This is a very good beer, very sessionable, and once you factor in that it's a dollar a bottle, it's one of the best buys in the beer world.

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Photo of lstokes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate color with a little bit of red glint in the bottom and a nice tan crown of foam, this smells like roasted barley and a bit of sweet cocoa/coconut? and tastes like roasted barley, a little bit of sweet chocolate, and a lot of coffee. The "roasted" character really stands out and this finishes with some dry oat flavor--a pretty complex taste through and through, but the mouthfeel lets you down through being not-quite-creamy-enough, a little bit thin and sticky, although very smooth.

This makes it a kind of lowkey and (dare I say it?) sessionable oatmeal stout: I've only had a bottle a night so far, but it stands up to that, and would probably stand up to the consumption of an entire six-pack in a night if I so desired.

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Photo of ELN
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

popped the cap w/ my vintage Olympia Beer bottle opener I found at my local Goodwill Bins. The artwork on this beer looks like a Dropkick Murphys or Swingin' Utters album.

serving type: bottle
appearance: drank from bottle
smell: chocolate like a good stout!
taste: nothing really sticks out. it's like a mish-mash where everything got crumpled together. all i can make out is some slight citrus.
mouthfeel: not good and not bad. it should be more pronounced. it's like a lager-stout
drinkability: i dont like the flavor or taste that is hard to discern. i'll buy some guiness or deschutes stout next time. the ABV. on this is really low for a stout, 5.2%. i cant make out any coffee in the flavor as the label sez. total bummer but it's still a stout and i love stouts.

good day.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just wanted a stout on a rare snowy night in VA. Was not expecting much out of this reasonably priced TJ labelled brew. I was wrong. It looked like perfection in a Bells anniversy pint glass, but did not envision the taste could match the appearance. Wrong again.

A - Pillowy (is that a word) 1" light brown head, which went the distance and offered tremendous lacing.

S - The standard stout chocolate, earthy, roasted smells came thru nicely

T - Creamy stout, no hop evidence, but quite malty. Nice balance. Reminded me of a well made black-and-tan

M - Fantastic, light carbonation, like a chocolate creamsicle.

D - Well done TJ's. Next time I hear someone singing the praises of Guiness, I shall recommend a creamy Stockyard.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent purchase from the local TJ's: same label as the old Stockyard, only with "JosephsBrau Brewing Co., San Jose, CA" in place now.

Many wailed and gnashed their teeth when they heard Goose Island would no longer be brewing this beer for TJ's, and the gnashing became more ugly when it was learned that Gordon Biersch would stray from their usual German lagers to take the reigns. I think the angst was unfounded.

A -- Deep black with ruby highlights and a dense, creamy, very persistent light tan head.

S -- Mellow, roasted dark malts with hints of milk chocolate.

T -- Big, patent malt roastiness up front with some light chocolate flavors and mellow, dark fruit esters in the finish. Hop bitterness throughout, blending well with the bitterness from the patent malt -- no real hop flavor character. The roasted malts return in the aftertaste to finish dry and mildly bitter.

M -- Medium to light-heavy body with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

D -- Highly drinkable, even for a full-bodied beer. This is smooth, rich, and very satisfying if you're craving a Stout. And from a lager brewer at that!

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Photo of meisterkirke
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a regular beer for our house. It is affordable at 5.99 a six pack. I hear rumors that employees from a large beverage chain by this as opposed to Guinness at their store. Goose Island makes this for Traders.

Appearance is dark, smell is a bit bitter and coffee like, taste is smooth, moderately carbonated, coffee like the smell said and tasty. Mouthfeel is thick and healthy.
Drink-ability is an everyday beer for me if I so desire a beer that day.

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Photo of TheStig
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black with a thin single finger of a head. Loads of bubbles that dissipate quickly. The first and most prominent smell is that of coffee, with some chocolate and roasted barley underneath. Taste features coffee notes rather prominently underneath competing cereals and chocolate notes. This is not terribly sweet; think extra dark chocolate and black coffee instead of milk chocolate and a mocha latte. Varied, multifaceted tastes. Mouthfeel is rather creamy, with prominent effervescence. Quite tasty, but what's this I hear about it being discontinued? NOOO!!

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Photo of nramsburg
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Trader Bro's. Nice, small tan head. Roasty aroma, a bit of bread and mild leather as well. Lighter palate, with a long, nutty finish. Easily the best regularly-available beer from TJ's, and overall a very solid stout. Try this beer.

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Photo of katan
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours very dark brown/amber colors to just about black. Strong mocha colored head formation. Well retained at about 1/4".

S - Solid chocolate and roasted malts - on the sweet side with some grainy oatmeal to back it up. Light yeast (bready) notes are present in the background.

T - Starts off with a light chocolate 2 row malted sweetness. Grainy notes become more present. Mid-stream is rather smooth, lightly sweet. No hopping detected. Malt forward. Finishes with a more grain husk inspired flavor.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Finishes pretty clean. Lots of bubbling on the tongue - almost stinging at times.

D - Easy drinking. Very reasonable ABV. Flavors are easy going, sessionable. A little filling at times. Certainly hits hard on the astringent taste buds.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Pours a dark brown with a thin tanned head. Aroma is bready with coffee notes. Light body for a stout, slightly creamy and sour. Not much is going on on a flavor side - with mild coffee and some dark fruit notes in the beginning followed by long fruity finish. Not much sweetness. It's an average stout but for the great price.

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Photo of gopens44
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hanging on to this for a few years, why I have? No idea. Popped it open and here's me story

A - Straight up normalstout appeaarance, in that it's dark as night with a thin wispy head

S - Malty and nutty. Not a whole lot else

T - Very pleasant with a taste of cherries and mild dark chocolate.

M - more carbonation then I would have thought, but relatively light given the style with no overwhelming aftertaste.

Since it's no longer around, I guess it would be disingenuos for me to say it's great and you should get one, but it was darn good. Too bad it's all gone

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

Another solid beer from Trader Joe's. I have had the Dunkle, Mission St. APA and IPA and now this beer. All good!!! The label said Joseph Brau..not Goose Island and I have heard that Gordon Biersch brews all their beers....whatever...this is a good stout. Pours a dense brown color with light only getting through at the bottom of the glass. A hard pour produces a big light tan head with good retention and fairly thick lacing.

Strong aroma of semi-sweet chocolate and to a lesser extent, coffee. Good taste as well. The chocolate and toasted malts are the primary flavors with a little coffee added in. Very good, pronounced flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and still fairly light, a little more harsh than Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout (my benchmark) but still goes down very nice.

Drinkability is good. Nice flavor, appearance and aroma. At less than a buck a bottle....a very good deal!!!

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Photo of jadpsu
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan/brown head that has good but not great retention Side lacing is solid.
Aroma is sweet caramel and mollasses as well as some roasted malts.
Taste is sweet, but not too. Pick up oats and some dark chocolate, along with the previously mentioned mollasses. I don't get much in the area of hops.
Mouthfeel is very malty and toastA good brew to have with mealtime.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. Picked up at the Trader Joe's in Glen Ellyn, IL. Pretty close to home back in the day.

Color is verging on black with an off white head. A bit of light lacing, though not much. The nose brings some roasted oats, chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of light smoke. The taste is less complex with some roasted malt and a bit of light coffee. Pretty good feel and a nice body. Drinks well, especially for the sixer price.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big stout drinker but I really liked this beer. Pours dark, dark brown, near black, with a coffee-colored head. Aroma of dark fruit and cinnamon with other spices. Very enticing. Flavors include coffee and dark chocolate with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. With a modest abv this is a highly drinkable, delicious brew.

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Photo of Hex92
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick head that laced nicely.

Smells like chocolate and maybe coffee

Taste: Yummy. Very malty. No 'burned' flavor from the roasting. Smooth and flavorful

Coats the mouth just right. Not too thin and not too syrupy.

Like I said: Smooth. Can easily drink a few in a sitting.

I don't know why this beer is 'retired'. Just bought mine last month...the label is the same. BUT it is brewed by JosephsBrau Brewing Co in San Jose Ca.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very black in appearance. Less than an inch head. Great lacing.

S- Malty kind of smell with hints of chocolate and dark fruit.

T- Very Creamy malty taste. Definitely taste dark fruit, also kind of a slight burnt malty coffee finish. An overall smooth taste.

M- Nice thick creamy mouthfell

D- Dig drinking these. Love the creamy malty taste. Can drink a
few of these. Definitely a session stout with the low ABV. Also had this one room temperature.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Poured into a nonic.

A bit under an inch of off white head that dies down to a slim layer of foam on top. Pitch black body with the slightest hint of amber hues on the edges when held to light.

Smells creamy. Dark smokey malts in the nose.

Tastes of oats, roast, smoke, and charred malts (the char is pretty subdued). A hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Light/smooth flavor.

Smooth, creamy, and soft. Definitely the best part of the beer.

A really easy to drink and creamy beer.

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