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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Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

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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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Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a very dark brown with a pretty small head

S - smells of some sweet malts that are nicely rounded out with some coffee/roasted malt

T - the taste starts off with sweet malt, which is balanced out with a little bit of roasted coffee on the finish. Not uberly complex, however it is a nice blend of flavors.

M - full and smooth; goes down nicely

D - this is pretty decent oatmeal stout, especially for the price. It is very sessionable and enjoyable throughout.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass. Best by date 04/2010 on neck. Purchased as 6-pack at Trader Joe's (Short Pump, VA) for $5.99.

A: Very dark brown with garnet edges. 1-2 finger tan head with good retention and random lacing down the glass.

S: Very good aroma with lightly metallic but robust coffee, milk chocolate, dark malt, and light berry-cherry note. Herbal hops are light but serve their purpose of balance well.

T: The flavor follows nicely from the aroma with sweetness winning out over bitterness, but dark malt complexity with coffee, chocolate, and light metallic/mineral aspect. Light herbal hops finish this with more dryness than expected.

M: A little light in body and chewiness for the style. Carbonation is light.

D: A really good oatmeal stout with classic aroma and flavor profiles. I will pick this up every time I go to Trader Joe's in the future -- it is very good.

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Photo of degerbah
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle at Trader Joe's, fairly sure that it's a trader Joe's exclusive.

Pours dark brown with very little head. Aroma is tremendously sweet malt without even a hint of hops present. Very sweet malty taste with a smooth aftertaste. Slightly thick, but really just more of an almost sugary sweet feeling. Tastes like more of a milk stout that an oatmeal stout.

A fantastic flavorful, lower alcohol malt bomb. ALso very inexpensive at Jungle Jim's I think it was around $6-$7.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 12ox. Bottle. Expiration date of 6/23/2010

Smell: chocolate and molasses as well as some graininess and earthiness/charcoal. Not at all burnt though.

Taste: Very chocolaty plus the usual typical roast flavors. No signs of burnt flavors. Smooth and creamy, with low carbonation. VERY viscous mouthfeel with residual beer practically coating your entire mouth after each sip! As beer warms the grassy hops bitterness starts to come through in the middle which is pleasant and balances out the malts nicely. Finish is dry and lingering with bitter coffee notes.

Notes: Very nice, especially at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clear pint by date on the bottle reads 04/09/10. It's interesting...I did not know Goose Island brewed this until reading it on BA as I was about to review it.

A - Dark opaque brown in color with a tan head that quickly receded to a thin cap atop the body. For just the thin cap of a head, decent lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Smells of sweet malts and milk chocolate. Maybe just a hint of coffee in the nose, but not much.

T & M - Creamy roasted malt flavor with the chocolate I smelled in the nose. It seems the more this brew warms up, the creamier it gets. The mouthfeel felt a little thin to me for this brew style but not quite so thin that it was watery. Fairly light in carbonation. Finishes very nicely.

D - I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this one was done very nicely by Goose Island! It's 9 am on my first day off this week, and this brew was an excellent breakfast. I'll be recommending this one to all of my BA friends.

Thanks to Cdkrenz for this brew, which was part of a splendid Christmas offering!

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Photo of tang3nt
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick dark brown / black color with a small brown head. Aroma was strong malted barley with hints of coffee and soy sauce. It tastes of deep roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, oatmeal and a bit of a dry hoppy finish. Not as creamy as I would like. The body is surprisingly not as thick as it appears, but it is very drinkable. A decent, fairly balanced oatmeal stout for the price.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single at Trader Joe's...great price...

Outstanding looking beer from the pour...a dark coffee appearance with a rich and thick tan head...lacing is outstanding on my pint glass throughout...

smells of coffee and chocolate...malts dominate...a tad of roasted oats in there too...

wow...very smooth and rich mouthfeel...a charcoaled and roasted aftertaste which grows with time...very balanced and full of flavor...the smoothness of this beer would bring praise from even those who don't typically like stouts...

enjoyed this one on a cold and dark thursday night...would highly rec. to friends and beer advocates alike...cheers!

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

Supposed to be made by Goose Island, and they certainly do taste similar, but the Stockyard has a more attractive price point at Trader Joe's.

Great looking dark with an enchanting sweet chocolate aroma. One of the best smelling beers around, with oats and malts to complements the brew.

Tastes sweet, chocolaty, bitter oat and roasted, with a lingering sweetness. It's quite good.

The texture is the thing; fabulously smooth and a healthy amount of carbonation help the flavors come out.

Certainly a very drinkable beer; in the mouth and in the wallet.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Coffee brown with a thick off-white frothy head.

S: Coffee and malty sweetness dominate the nose while vanilla notes are constant in the background. As with most stouts there is a pleasant roasted malt aspect that accompanies every aroma.

T: Very smooth stout that has a lot of coffee notes coming through. The bitterness of the coffee taste is balanced well by a sweet chocolate taste. A lot of roasted malts are a delicious pairing with the coffee taste.

Ml: Creamy with medium style carbonation.

D: For the price this is one of the best stouts that you can buy in my opinion. At under a dollar the complexity of the palate is great and definitely deserves a try buy anyone who enjoys stouts.

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Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent, flavourful, yet easy-drinking stout with a body that is a nice balance between light and full.

Almost totally black, it has a big, dark tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top and then to a foamy ring. It leaves some pretty nice lace.

Aroma is cooked oatmeal porridge, dark toast, stewed prunes, caramelised bread crust, hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and earth.

Taste is sweetish, dark toast, caramelly prunes, some earthiness, but with a dryish finish and aftertaste with lightly bitter earth and hint of coffee, along with vaguely fruity toastiness and black pepper hint. The body and feel are light but full, with faint oiliness.

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Photo of tjd112
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought from the only Trader Joe's in New Jersey with a liquor license (in Westfield)

Appearance - Soft head, black as night, very little lacing
Smell - Coffee, coffee, coffee
Taste - Roasted chocolate and coffee
Mouthfeel - Light carbonation and medium bodied
Drinkability - Enjoy with coffee

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Photo of Trappissed
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good, especially considering a 6-pack costs less than most macros. Lots of burnt oatmeal and grains. A coffee-like presence. An enjoyable mouthfeel, even more as it warms. I don't know how soon I'd rush to get this again, but pretty decent overall.

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Photo of beerman207
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Nice lace

S: Coffee, caramel, vanilla, smoke, wow.

T: Sweetness, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and more coffee!

M: Carbonation is medium

D: First off - run to Trader Joes - this is $5.99 a six pack! I drank all 6 and I'm going for more. Perfect Fall beer.

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

Poured into a Russian River pint glass

A: half inch head tenaciously sticking to the side of the glass yelling "Go Bears!"

S: delicious roasted malt and pronounced chocolate

T: more chocolate than I am used to for an oatmeal stout, but done nicely - very palatable.

M: pleasant mouthfeel - not too thick, not too thin.

D: I drank two of these tonight and really enjoyed both.

While I regard Mikkeller, Young's and Samuel Smith as some of my favorite oatmeal stouts, I must say that I definitely recommend this beer. Goose Island has made my #1 favorite American oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly-dark yet a bit cola-like. I suppose its not a double stout or anything so whatever.. A lot of the characteristics are definitely not bad, but nothing wildly impressive either. The flavor has a good balance between some bitterness and the oatmeal sweetness. Aroma is sort of absent with just some sweet malt. Mouth is a bit light and dry, which I suppose other people may enjoy. Overall its certainly not bad for a sessionable stout, but I wouldn't choose it over many things.

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Photo of RJUGA03
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- 1.5" light brown head with a black body.

S-Sweet choclate and malty aroma.

T-Malty and oatmeal on the uptake with a lingering choclatey aftertaste.
M-Thin and watery at first but calming into a sticky enjoyable finish.
D- It is a very enjoyable stout and hits the "stout" standard well.

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