Monday, August 27, 2012

Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (718) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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 dessert beer.
 Grade: 6/10