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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 BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -10.4%
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 +7.8%
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 +8.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clear pint glass...best 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 -19.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +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 +1.6%
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 +11.2%
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 -10.6%
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 -2.6%
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 +15.1%
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 +7.8%
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 -8.3%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of melagnus
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark tan head of finger-thick depth recedes to filmy bubbles that give way to the Deep Brown to Black (SRM 35+) liquid below. Swirling the beer rouses it into an extremely thick sudsy head that looks lovely and leaves lacing on the side of the snifter.

S - Roasted coffee beans mix with lush dark chocolate, which gives the mind a gritty image. The smell of creaminess also comes through, if one could label such a thing! The roasting of the malts gives off a bitter note to the aroma. Although I'm sure hops are present in the making of this brew, I can't seem to pick up any, nor did I discern any fruity aroma.

T - Creamy roasted flavor coats the palate with a bitter dry finish that leaves a lasting coffee nib flavor. The dark chocolate sweetens up this bitterness, though a medium level of bitterness does come through. This beer does present the oatmeal in an enjoyable way, though it doesn't seem to be out of balance with all else going on. Body feels medium-heavy and buiscuity. With that said, a solid amount of cream coats the palate, which helps balance out the bitterness.

D/C - An overall enjoyable beer that stands up to the likes of Samuel Smith and other notable premier examples of this style. At 5.1%, this session beer keeps you able to drink more without feeling light-headed, though the palate does take a pretty good beating with the intense roasted taste of the brew. Overall, a really great beer and definitely could enjoy another to follow this one up just as much!


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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of CoolJosh poured into a tulip.

Pours almost completely black with only hints of mahogany showing through the edges. Big creamy tan head recedes pretty quickly and leaves sparse lacing.

Definitely oats and roasted barley in the aroma with some sweet dark malts. Light coffee and dark chocolate notes come out as well, though the aroma is pretty subtle.

The taste is very impressive and has much richer flavors than the aroma would suggest. There is the initial dark chocolate sweetness that sits on top of the toasted malts and oats. There is also a smoky character to the finish. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and wonderfully smooth with the oats really shining through.

It's very surprising to have such a drinkable, low-ABV beer that really delivers a complex and robust flavor such as this. Very impressive.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black in color with a small, slightly tan head.

Smell: A nice roasted smell that is strong, but not overpowering. There is also a hint of chocolate in the smell.

Taste: A Strong roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate providing just the right amount of added flavor. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a full body that one manages to handle without feeling it to be too thick (If that makes any sense).

Drinkability: Excellent. With this beer's aroma, flavor, body and smoothness, this is a stout that I could certainly drink again and again.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dark amber, with a gorgeous frothy finger-width of foamy head...

S: Malty and as the label accurately represents the smell: has the aroma of chocolate, roasted oats and coffee...truth in advertising, indeed!

T&M: Roasted malts up front, slighty has that chalky chocalate feel to it and ends with a sweetness. Goes down smooth throughout the whole life of the beer. Outstanding. Really didn't expect this to be as good as it was.

D: Got this from Trader's Joe and thought it would just be a throw-away beer to fill up the 6-pack that i created. Greatly surprised that it was so good. could drink a few of these during the night, especially at the 5% ABV rate. Try it when you find it. Well worth your time and effort. Cheers!!!

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

12oz bottle from trader joe's. dated 7/29/09. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

dark brown, almost black, with red tones, esp under the light. no haze. solid, 1-finger, tan/beige head, fades to wispy layer and ring. moderate lacing, with thin rings on top, then splotchy webs and rings further down.

aroma: roasted malt accents to the dark caramel and coffee/cocoa. earthy hop whiffs. slightest hint of stout mash acidity.

taste: similar maltiness accompanied by the roasted note and coffee, into earthy hops with moderate bitterness from both hops and roast. twinge of coffee-like acidity in the finish.

medium body, moments of light syrup feel. acidic and astringent notes in the finish. tingly, moderate carbonation can be creamy.

a nice value. is this really by goose island though? i see no indication on the bottle or six-pack holder.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with one and a half fingers of foamy light tan head.

Scent of oats, chocolate, roasted malts, tobacco, and cream. Nothing amazing, but good for the strength.

Taste of oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate, tobacco and cream. A great no frills session Stout.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of WJVII
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Gifted from CDKrenz (Thanks bud)

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a very cola appearance. It is dark brown hinting at black, a light tan head (not as rich as I would like) and was thin even with an aggressive pour. There was a little lacing, but not much of a cap to show. Larger bubbles rose from the bottom to the brim of this drink. The aroma is of deep chocolate and sweet toffee. A lighter roast smell, not burnt like many others in the style. The taste was a little more on the bitter side, which took away from the nice front of chocolate. Some mild coffee comes after the finish. All in all a nice solid stout, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of jdklks
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with amber edges and a creamy, off-white-bordering-on-light-brown head. The smell is intensely of coffee and chocolate deliciousness. The taste much the same- coffee and chocolate dominate, along with hints of caramel, molasses, and toffee. If all of the flavors were slightly stronger and the beer was thicker I would guess this was an RIS. As it is, however, it is an oatmeal stout, and the mouthfeel is punished for it. However, it gives its drinkability a boost.

Leave it to Goose Island to continually release quality stouts. One of, if not the, best oatmeal stouts I've ever tried.

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 791 ratings
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