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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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Black in color with a bit of a brown hue and a medium brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring of lace.

Smell: Sweet molasses and a roasted coffee hint, along with some grain or oat notes.

Taste: Begins with a sweet roasted flavor, finishing with bittersweet coffee. Notes of oats and chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, creamy body with medium carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A good stout- nothing great, but very good, especially for its price. I'd definitely be willing to have this one again.

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Photo of tvljr
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe's. Now made under contract by Gordon Biersch according to the bottle.

Pours very dark with a rich aroma of malt and chocolate. One finger brownish head that disappears rather quickly.

Taste includes hints of chocolate and malt and goes down smoothly.

One of the better oatmeal stouts I've had and considerably cheaper than most.

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

This is a very dark beer with a brown head that lasts a minute or so before almost completely disappearing except at the very edges. This beer has a rich, toasted, malty smell to it. The taste started a little yeasty but buildt into a strong coffee finish. It lacks enough carbonation to be very big in the mouth, but is still a damned good beer.

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Photo of Elimination
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is listed as no longer brewed by goose island, under the goose island brand...but as far as trader joes brand name it is. The bottle just says stockyard oatmeal stout so im guessing it is the same

Look is deep dark black, mocha white brown head, thick lacing that disapeared quick

smell is strong whiskey, booze, coffee, chocolate, small amount of oats, very sweet smell is more of a imperial stout than a average oatmeal.

Taste is sweet, malty, creamy. Strong coffee notes, slight milk or cream, the sweetness is milk chocolate, smooth espresso, iced cappuccino almost.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick, very velvty, leaves a great aftertaste and feel

Drink is good, a very sessionable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely generous, long lasting fluffy head with small tight bubbles. Almost pitch black.

Smell - Aroma is sweet malt with hints of chocolate, and coffee.

Taste - Malt and mocha as expected from the aroma. Sweet and creamy with mild roasted nut flavor Clean finish with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with a medium body and light carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Light enough to be considered a summer stout.

Great cost per performance makes this my reference oatmeal stout against which others will be judged. Mostly true to style although maybe thinner than expected.

Edited my scores since they seemed a little too high. I still like this beer but wanted to match the numbers to other good stouts and porters. It's still my reference beer but now there's room for it to be beat.

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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 pmcadamis
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany brown/black with a two finger head. The dark brown head is thick and creamy looking, and head retention is outstanding. Even after sipping this for half an hour and reaching the bottom 1/3 of the glass, there is still a nice little cap. Lots of fine lace sticks to the glass.

S - Toasted grains, pumpernickel bread, Nutella, and a hint of toasted coconut. Chocolate cake and malted milk shakes.

T - Roasty toasty goodness! This is a really tasty example of the style that tastes very similar to Goose Island's stout, but a little softer and less bitter. This one is all mellow toasty sweetness, like toasted coconut shreds on top of German chocolate cake.

M - Full bodied, lush, and silky. There is quite a bit of residual sugar here, but that sugary heaviness only adds to the luscious and creamy texture of this brew.

D - Out-frikin'-standing. This is one of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Actually, I haven't had many stouts lately owing to the heat of the season. This beer had me anticipating the cooler fall weather and the heavier beers that come with the autumn season.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a thick and foamy, light tan head. Two finger head that holds good retention. The body is a deep black and is nontransparent into the light. Thick lacing is leave behind.

S: Warm roasted malts hold dominance in the aroma. A burst of chocolate is also detected.

T/M: A creamy mouthfeel, is coupled by a smooth full body. This is an overall lighter oatmeal stout, but a good one in deed for flavor and aroma profiles.

D: Great drinkablity for this stout, not too over done, but a good one for a stout session beer. A goto for a hot summer day stout craving.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a black color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

m - Medium body anbd low carbonation.

d - A decent oatmeal stout with a lot of roasted malts in the smell and taste. Could definitely drink a few of these. Would try again.

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Photo of FlyingRabbit
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Very dark black/brown. Little to no head.

Smell: Earthy with some tinges of chocolate

Taste: Definitely a creamy coffee taste. Much like a high percentage dark cocoa bar.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I expected. Smooth

Drinkability: With dark beers like this, I usually can do 1 or 2 before I feel full. This I could probably drink 2 easily. Amazingly airy for its darkness. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This was given to me as part of a mixed beer basket. I've heard good things about Goose Island. This is a dark beer I'd rec to someone who wants that flavor, but not that full feeling afterward. This is a drink, not a meal.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark black (some ruby highlights) with tan head (although not too much of it).

Smell: Roasted and smoked malts with hints of vanilla and caramel. Smells like a hardy oatmeal stout (exactly what you'd expect in one).

Taste: The huge roasty character dominates the palate, followed by some chocolate and maybe a hint of espresso. Once you get to swig number 3 or 4 and your palate has adjusted to that roasty blast, you can cut underneath it and enjoy those underlying flavors. Just don't judge this one on first impression.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slimy, with a heavy body and little bounce form the carbonation.

Drinkability: I really do like this one, especially for the price to flavor ratio. This brew is devilishly drinkable for an oatmeal stout and goes perfect with the trader joes 85% cacoa dark chocolate a few isles down. Definitely one of the TJ's highlights.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid black body, just a few shades from pitch black. Thin khaki colored cap. Decent retention before forming a spotty skim. Clumpy lacing.

S: Dense roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and some general roasted and smoked malts.

T: Much sweeter than the dark roasted nose would lead on. The chocolate comes out a little more while the coffee and smoked malts settle down some. A bit simple and abrasive.

M: Medium-full bodied. There is an underlying astringency that is a bit distracting. Lingering roasty finish.

D: The beer falls off a bit the more the beer warms. A nice lower ABV stout, but not something I'd pick up again with other options out there.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Dark 1 finger of foam, great lacing ring good amount of froth along the glass

S - Oatmeal, dark roasted malts vanilla and coffee

T - Medium bodied, vanilla, really smooth taste with hints of coffee at the finish

M/D - A pretty good brew from Josephs brau, another drinkable oatmeal stout a must try. Found this one again at Trader Joe's but have seen this in other stores

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Photo of kaseydad
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with an oil black ale with a beige head. The aroma is great. Dark chocolate, cocoa, butterscotch and smoke. The taste is sweeter than I expected. Not in a bad way. Starts off rather fruity followed with a smoke presence and finally a coffer bitterness on the palate after the swallow. A little too carbonated for my liking. A little smoothness would help. Drinkability is good though more than one is not in my future. For the price, this is worth picking up and giving it a shot. Well worth the effort.

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Photo of bgildea
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice dark black with a small tan head that faded quickly. Significant amount of lacing though.

S: Very strong coffee aroma comes across. Very appetizing.

T: The taste is excellent. Very nice coffee and chocolate notes come across. Nice roasted malt/oats finish. Very tasty, how is this only $1.

M: Really nice amount of chew to it. I was expecting a little less, but this beer definitely delivered.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable. It tastes great, and I got a single from Trader Joes for $1. So I'll definitely stock up on these bad boys.

Overall: Overall the beer exceeded my expectations. This is an above average stout that has a great coffee and chocolate flavor. I got this beer for $1 at Trader Joes, so I know I will buy a sixer of this next time I'm there. This and Black Toad are only $1 per beer, so you can't beat that price. Any dark beer drinker will enjoy this one, I guarantee that.

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Photo of felipe2toes
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thick tan head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. A little bit of molasses comes through on the nose after the beer warms a bit.

Tastes of oats, milk chocolate, roasty malt, and coffee. Some brown sugar as well. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a bittersweet finish.

Very drinkable oatmeal stout. Can definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of glosoli8
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A very enjoyable drinkable beer, better than expected. It appears very dark in the glass with a moderately thick head that quickly disappears. The beer smells slightly of tobacco. Tastes of coffee malts with slight sweet edge that makes it a pleasure to drink. A very drinkable stout, one of the more drinkable I've come across.

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Photo of PantsOptional
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

TJ's exclusive made by Goose Island and very well priced (almost too cheap for what it offers). Compared side by side with some other examples of the style I wouldn't necessarily pick this one as my favorite but it's definitely in the top three. Appearance is a deep dark brown to black that is virtually opaque until held up to a strong light where one can see tinges of deep tobacco and slight crimson coloration along the edges. Pours nicely as it forms a supple lightish mocha head that sticks around for the duration of the experience. Minimal lacing. Aroma holds notes of sweet roasted malt, molasses, coffee, and evaporated milk. Taste is reminiscent of the nose in every respect: rich and sweet with a lingering bitterness on the finish that dissipates after about ten seconds, leaving a craving for more. Mouthfeel is nice with a carbonation level that is not too forced or abrasive but just right. Drinkability is not necessarily high for me, but the possibility to take in a couple of these in a sitting is very much a reality best enjoyed by those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. All in all, this beer is a fine example of a quality offering without the sticker shock. Well done, GI/Stockyard/TJ's.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this from BigBry in a recent trade. Thanks to him.

Dark colored beer with some reddish notes on the edge. The head is creamy and looks like milk chocolate. The aroma is difficult to pick everything out... mainly chocolate notes. I'm not original here and have a difficulty getting anything else than chocolate. On the taste, it is sweet and creamy. One of the most creamy beer I have tasted that comes from a bottle. Carbonation is present in the mouth with a finish that shows some coffee notes.

Thanks BigBry for this one.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown color, almost black. Small tan head quickly dissipated.

S: Roasted grains and coffee with a hint of caramel malts.

T: Dark roasted grains combine with the oats to give in a nice nutty, earthy flavor. The malt sweetness adds some milk chocolate to the palate as well. This is a complex, excellent brew.

M: Medium-full bodied and silky smooth. This is one of the creamiest, smoothest beers I've ever had and is an absolute joy.

D: Despite the robustness, it's quite drinkable (like most GI brews). It's a shame I only have one left.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep coffee color, burnt red amber hue through the light. Very light frothy head milk chocolate color, reduces to a minimal cap on the beer.

S- Roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, coffee, ginger, carrot, smoked oak.

T- Smooth roasted chocolate malt, caramel, acidic dark coffee, creamy oats.

M- Medium carbonation, tingles with some alcohol warmth, buttery creamy texture.

D- Nice drinkable beer, holds true to the style, warm and rich, would have a few of these for sure.

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Photo of tommy78
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Out of the bottle, a very dark beer pours out with some serious head that settles over time. When holding it up to the light, I noticed a slight red hue in the beer.

S - Good combo of roasted hops, chocolate, and coffee.

T - At first, the beer was a bit crunchy for my tastes. However, over time and numerous sips, the taste improved. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I could taste the coffee in the beer. Good flavor in general.

M - A bit too carbonated for me.

D - After getting over the overcarbonation, I enjoyed drinking this beer. It is a good session beer.

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Photo of kjyost
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich almost black, although brown-red when held to light, with a ~1 cm light brown head that receded fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing. Smells quite good, with aromas of toasted malt, nuts, chocolate and molasses. The beer delivers most of the complexity on the nose, with a touch of late bitterness on the palate and the malty molassesness dominating.

An odd mouthfeel, as the carbonation is sometimes prickly, and surprisingly so with a lingering carbonation, but some mouthfuls felt too thin and water like. Nevertheless quite a nice stout to sit back and drink.

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Photo of droomyster
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should mention that I'm having a great time drinking this with a stack of oatmeal cookies. It has been a long time since I've last had an oatmeal stout and this beer is quickly reminding me why I love this style. Pours a dark brown that verges on blackness, with a big brown head that is foamy, fluffy, and long-standing. Aromas are roasty and sour, very much like an oatmeal and coffee breakfast. The flavors reflect all the aromas with the added goodness of chocolate notes. Finish is more sweet than bitter but the roasty bitterness and minerally elements definitely support the malts. A very enjoyable beer and a great value.

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

Dark brown color with red highlights all around. Browned head is tall and foamy, with good lacing. Solidly powerful nose, with roasted barley piling on top of roasted barley. The flavor is extremely pleasant as well, with peppery hops mixing with the roasted malts to make a nicely bitter brew tempered with a great level of sweetness. Specific tasting notes include coffee, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of smoke, earthy pepper, and iron. The carbonation level is high, but the bitterness lasts into the finish anyways. Very well-made, low-abv stout.

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