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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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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Photo of melagnus
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +7.5%
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%
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 +13.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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%
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 +14.5%
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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Photo of cdkrenz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straight from the dark brown bottle with red label and collar. The cap is black with no wording or image. Centered on the label is an elderly gentleman with an old-school cap, big ears, turtleneck, thick jacket, and comfortable grin.

S - Thick chocolate and subtle coffee over malt.

T - Dark chocolate flavor to start with a hoppy middle finished off by a robust coffee flavor with bitter appeal.

M - The feel is firm with a slightly coarse finish. The stout's texture is fitting with the flavors it offers.

~ Overall, I do enjoy this brew. This is the last of a six pack my wonderful wife brought home to me from a recent trip she took to Northern Illinois. I also gifted one to WJVII in return from his recent beer generosity. I hope he enjoys it as much as I.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with about an inch of pillowy ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, milk chocolate, a touch of molasses, grassy, bitter hops, coffee beans. Pleasant, slightly chewy body with ample carbonation for the style. Check this one out if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark and black, nice light brown head

S: coffee and chocolate scents

T: roasted malt flavors with some bitterness at the end

MF: higher carbonation than expected and not as full bodied as other oatmeal stouts.

Drinkability: enjoyed this oatmeal stout. i'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this at Trader Joe's. I broke a rule and looked at the reviews here before I got it. I shouldn't have, and I won't do it again, though this scored good, and I would have gotten it anyway.

It pours a dark, almost black with a nice two inch head that has a scent of coffee and chocolate. The taste is sweet chocolate at first, but then less sweet with chocolate overtones on the malt taste. The carbonation is low, and just right, and it doesn't have the oily feel of most oatmeal stouts. For me, this was a sipping beer.

Very nice.

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Photo of bsend
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: This beer pours a thick black color that lets no light through. A proper pour provides a thin one finger off-white to mocha head. Small amounts of carbonation can be seen clinging to the side of the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, oats and roasted malts play harmoniously on the nose.

Taste: A sip starts out with sweet chocolate at beginning that moves into more bitter deep baker's choclate. After notes of roasted coffee and malts, we finish with generous amounts of hearty oat. Amazing flavor.

Mouthfeel: A thick viscous consistency coats the mouth, allowing all the flavors to blend together and last on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout. Can definitely enjoy a six pack of this during a session.

Final Thoughts - This oatmeal stout amazed me. Wonderful amounts of flavor that is something I can enjoy quite a bit. My girlfriend brought one over for me to try and honestly I wanted one after another afterwards. I wonder if Goose Island is always this good. Getting this at the Trader Joe's around here is amazing. $5.99 for a 5 pack. Unbelievable!!!! Stands up to Samuel Smith's (that might be better, but the price on Stockyard gives it a run for its money). Try it!!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with a fair 1/2 inch cream-tan head. Medium low level of carbonation. Nose is sweet oats and grain mix with ground coffee. Taste was solid and slightly more complex that I anticipated, flavors of coffee, oatmeal, roasted malts, grain and dark chocolate kept the palate entertained. Mouthfeel was acceptable.

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