A variety of breweries contract brew for Trader Joe’s and Stockyard
Oatmeal Stout and the rest of the "JosephsBrau Brewing Company" line are
made by the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. If you want a by-the-book
oatmeal stout, then this is the one for you.
Appearance: Opaque black body with a tan, frothy head. It mostly dissipates and leaves only minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Pretty much the same as every other brew of the style: a dairy-like scent; a hint of chocolate and some subtle sourness.
Taste: A mildly sweet palate all around that’s closer to a porter than a
stout (but only discriminating tastes would be able to detect this).
Hint of dark chocolate right as it finishes, plus a strange twangy
character of almost sour grape. There’s a hint of roasted malt on the
back end, but not a lot in the way of aftertaste. Usually, I’d chalk
this characteristic up to a bottle being old, but mine still has over
three months until it’s "drink by" date. So, while this might not be the
most delicious beer in the world, there’s still nothing wrong with it
and tastes good enough to merit a recommendation.
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is not thick at all and there’s still enough
energy to keep it from feeling completely flat and watery. It goes down
super smooth, but the aftertaste is a bit too clean (slightly sweet,
though). Stockyard Oatmeal Stout is exactly the kind of beer it should
be at 5.2% ABV - something more apt for sessioning than any kind of