Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout | Trader Joe's Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
788 Ratings
Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal StoutTrader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
788
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreenCard
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, opaque but good clarity in the highlights, fluffy later of tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: dark malts, burnt grain, weak coffee, cacao

Flavor: smooth sweetness from the malt and oats with a subtle roasty edge to balance; unsweetened baker's chocolate and coffee; finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of chicory, smoke, and oatmeal

Mouthfeel: full body, gentle carbonation, smooth and silky

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 avaldivia
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass,

A: Very black. Nice, milk chocolate head. Great lacing.

S: Good roasted malts. A bit of a coffee and a chocolate scent.

T: Same as nose. Really good. Well done. Good roasted malt flavor. Nice full flavor.

M: Thick bodied. Medium to light carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A high quality oatmeal stout. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out black with a little hint of brown tones, as well. No head and no lacing.

S - It smelled like oatmeal and roasted malt.

T - Had a coffee like taste mixed with coffee and roasted malts.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Not the best but certainly not the worst.

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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 bobsy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very classic appearance on this oatmeal stout, with a jet black body and a good inch of tan head that laced well. There's actually not much I can fault the appearance for, so I have to give it top marks. Fairly straightforward aroma of oats and subdued roasted malts, but sadly, not as strong as I would have hoped. The taste continues the subtlety, but in this case I think it would have benefited from a bit more intensity. Smooth, ashy flavour, with the oats nicely evident. Creamy with light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth on the palate, as it should be, and easy to drink.

Thanks Bryan!

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Photo of MRedden88
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

You have to take into account the cost of this beer ($1) in your rating!
For the price, it is an outstanding stout, with a great, almost creamy flavor. It would probably go best with a dessert, chocolate and sweet, than with a meal. This is a good beer to try as you can purchase single bottles from Trader Joe's.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a make-your-own sixer at Trader Joe's. Very cool idea at a grocery store. But, to the beer. Poured a really nice deep brown color with a fair bit of amber highlights. Beautiful fluffy off-white head that took its time dissipating. Very nice looking brew. Nose is quite nice; mostly chocolate and coffee, with a good amount of general roasted malt too. Taste is a little lacking. Not bad, similar to the nose, but not quite as strong as I expected based on the nose. Feel is a little thin, but with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer, and very inexpensive.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Trader Joe's for $5.99. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Huge tan head. Very dark brown color. Lacing stretching the entire side of the glass. Roasted coffee smell. Light, chocolate milk-like flavor. Very smooth to drink. Not heavy at all, but almost a bit too thin for a stout. When you see how cheap these are at TJ's, one might think this beer is not any good. On the contrary, this has to be the best under $6 six pack out there. A very good beer for the price.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent black pour, sturdy thickness, impressive 3/4" beige/tan head, above average retention. Aroma was roasted chocolate malt and coffee from the malt notes.

Taste, chewy roast, oats chill the bitterness out. Not overly thick or heavy, good use of oats here. Is this Goose Island Oatmeal Stout? Wouldn't be surprised if it was. They always contract brew this stuff, could see it coming from there.

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a very dark brown. A modest beige head is seen briefly before it dissipates. Coffee aroma with hints of burnt mollasses. Tastes largely of coffee and roasted malt flavor with a smooth, thin finish. Maybe a bit bland for an oatmeal stout, but very drinkable, and well worth the 4.99 for a sixpack at trader joe's.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Picked up at the Trader Joe's in Cary for ninety two centavos. This would have to be a mighty poor stout for that not to be a good deal.

Dark mahogany color with a decent cap of head but little more.. Nose is deep roasted malt with tinges toward coffee. Dry more than sweet, which is okay.
A little more carbonation than I like in my stouts but everything else is in the right place: heavy roasted malt, late breaking hops, dry, bitter finish with enough creaminess to round the sharp edges.

Worth every penny. This will be part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: malty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate, savory not sweet

T: coffee and dark chocolate, middle is toasty malt, rich and dark, cherry, cola, vanilla, finish bitters slightly with a nice hop flavor

M: full body, slightly slick

O: a good representation of the style at a great value

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

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts with coffee/chocolate flavor, then oats, quiet finish no bitterness. Still fresh after brewed July 2005. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I wanna say this is finally the last of the beers from my Trader Joe's jag. What a ride. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, and a very tiny thrust of maple syrup. The taste follows pretty closely, though the syrup is definitely nowhere to be seen and the cocoa is slightly dryer. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice oatmeal stout. 'Nuff said.

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

Pint Glass: Pours black with nice frothy foam.

S: Smell is not very potent but I did get a hint of sweet coffee & some molasses.

T: At first sip I got maple syrup & roasted coffee. You only get little of that though. Pretty smooth, not heavy at all.

M: A bit of carbonation, slight coffee and cocoa.

D: Great beer for the lighthearted & inexpensive too. A great baby step to the dark side. Drink up!

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a blind taste test…

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown…a thin layer of luscious, mocha/dark khaki head formed and remains…it’s a bit thin…from the appearance, I’d guess it to be a light stout or a brown ale…(3.75/5)

Smell: Tons of oat, chocolate, caramel, creamy vanilla…roasted malts are strong...very vanilla creamy…a very decadent smell, it was served to me somewhat warm, which I think helps this brew’s aroma stand out more than if it was crisp and cold…it’s really nice to smell…(4.25/5)

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, creaminess, vanilla, oats, a hint of dark fruit sweetness, very mild coffee flavor…some biscuity maltness as well…it’s not overly complicated, a straight forward brown ale (I’m guessing)…I’m not getting much hops flavor or bitterness…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, I have to say it’s a bit watery...it’s got tons of carbonation (somewhat surprising from the body) that fluffs up and brings a nice chocolate milkshake feel on my palate…wet, light, silky, satisfying…roasted malts linger in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is an all right brew…the flavor is nice, but the body is way too watery for me and brings down the overall impression this beer leaves…not knowing exactly what I’m dealing with here, I’d have to guess this is some kinda brown ale…it’s very drinkable and something I could recommend, but certainly hasn’t blown my socks off…the aroma is fantastic, definitely the highlight of the presentation…this is an upper average brew…(3.69/5)

Surprise, it’s a Stockyard Oatmeal Stout!

Huh…it’s actually a pretty good beer… I have to say I’m kinda surprised that it turned out to be a stout, there is a noticeable lack of hops presence in the smell, flavor or feel…Stockyard is exclusive to Trader Joe’s which would normally sound like a cheap beer knock-off, but that’s far from the truth and at $6 per six pack, this may be the best deal in town...it won’t wow you, but you can buy cheap, share openly and your friends will think you’ve got good beer taste…which is all that matters…

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Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout from Trader Joe's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 788 ratings.
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