Thursday, January 23, 2014

For the money, you can't do a lot better than the store brand beers at Trader Joe's, and a six-pack of Stockyard Oatmeal Stout is as good as any six-dollar six-pack you'll find anywhere. This beer pours chocolate brown with a crackling, foamy head. There isn't a lot going on in the nose, but I did pick up on a little something like espresso. I love oatmeal stouts for their chewy, filling body, but I have to say this one is light and crisp compared to my favorites of the style. In terms of body, this is more like a Guinness or even a Murphy's Irish stout. The flavor does close with a rich cereal malt, though, and some chocolate. I had a glass of this with a slice of carrot cake and I didn't have a complaint in the world.