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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 415
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 23
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009

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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 415
Photo of Chris_Huston
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a massive head that fades pretty quickly but retains a nice thin brown-sugar colored layer that adds creaminess to each sip. Classic super deep brown color. Scents of sweetened coffee, oatmeal, and some breadiness is excellent. Creamy, weighty feel. Doesn't reach the level of Breakfast Stout (precious few do), but it's a rock solid stout that's worth the time of any lover of this style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black color with a smallish off white head. Roasty, earthy, cereal grain, light smoke and burnt sugar weigh heavy on the nose. Thick viscous creamy mouthfeel with a touch if alcohol. Light sweet brown sugary malt flavor with plenty of molasses, roast, and dark caramel. Light dark pitted fruit flavor with hints of ethanol and a light graininess. Medium to full body with a light level of carbonation. Huge big thick stout, I wasn't quite expecting that from the oatmeal stout on the label, but very nice sipper on this cool fall night.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Jet black, finger head fades fast, little lace. Mild roasty aroma with a touch of hops. Taste is roasty malt with bitter Cocoa, semi bitter dry finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel, goes down easy. Average stout with good roastiness, on the bitter side.

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Photo of tlema1
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Jet Black, tan head
S: Some roastiness
T: Roasted malt, faint coffee
F: medium body, lingering roast
O: not as creamy as I like my oatmeal stouts

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rich with tan head and nice lacing.
Smells like roasted toasted malts, with some coffee.
Taste is okay, plenty of char and roast. The hops are there too (dry pine); I prefer less of them in porters and stouts. Bitter. I wish it was sweet.
Feels medium to light-bodied.
This was just okay to me. If you like porters and beers that are bitter and roasty, you'll like it more than I did.

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Photo of thegerm87
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Creamy oatmeal, not quite slick body and feel. Sufficient carbonation. Lightly roasted malt, subtle, meaty (bacon-y) smokiness. Really well balanced and flavorful stout. Definitely a nice surprise!

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Photo of gerite
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark, almost black with a small tan head and good lacing. A good stout with a slightly bitter aftertaste that grows on you. Can really taste the roasted malt and hops.

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Photo of marieli
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Started at 54 degrees. Dark, dark brown to black, nice medium tan/camel foamy head with some staying power; smell is malt, slight oats. Something dark and well-roasted, as it warms. Taste is straight forward at first, nothing distinguished, no chocolate, sweetness or even heavy oats, but then gives way to a rising bitterness that just lays there persisting on the tongue. Maybe the beer is turning bad, but it smells ok. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea. I think it is just a burnt/bitter, slightly acidic taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium but finished thin on the tongue, giving way to that bitterness that lingers (oh yeah, I already covered that part). I could say something predictably silly, like, "it's a crime to recommend Convict Hill" but that would be pushing the rules and there are many raters who seem to like it well enough.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black, starts with a brown head of foam that dies back to a simple collar.

Smell: Clean, roasted barley, some sweetness and dark bread yeast.

Taste: Smooth. Plenty of roasted character but it's soft and round. Hints of bitter, mild caramel, hint of pine, complex yet smooth, very nice.

Feel: Slick, low carbonation, medium body, no chew.

Overall: A well put together beer. Hts all the right taste profile buttons, but keeps everything drinkable yet interesting. Recommended.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with little tan head. Oats, roasted malt, some coffee, and some cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some roastiness.

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Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: black in the glass topped by a thick, late-percolating head of tan to almost brown foam about 1/2- to 3/4-inch tall -- the head is a real late bloomer, pretty awesome to watch; the brew appears to be clear as you watch pour out of the bottle, but stacked in the glass, light has no chance of passing through; some funky lacing -- really cool pattern of tiny islands, different from most.

S: chocolate, dark chocolate at first ... some coffee/espresso; dark ... maybe not licorice but definitely some raisins or prunes, not a ton of sweetness; burnt oak/wood; as it warms, here comes the sweetness -- very nice, mocha latte note ... may also be real sweet raisins (raisin cookies), but bottom line is some sweetness is poking through and it's fantastic

T: dark-roasted malt, burnt almost but not quite, very woody -- like a barbecue with some good burning oak; not a ton of sweetness but enough to balance a big bitter chunk of burnt malt; still, the absence of the sweet finish is noticeable ... definitely not a milk stout

F: very lightweight, almost watery for an otherwise big stout ... sounds bad, but it's not because the good amount of carbonation makes it very drinkable and enjoyable -- not the overly slick, mouth-filling workout bigger stouts often tend to be

O: solid, good, not great ... the lack of sweetness hurts it a bit for me, but otherwise it's got some good dark malt notes, especially the dark/semisweet chocolate and coffee. absolutely NO alcohol present in the nose or taste, which makes it damned dangerous because the 8% ABV (as posted on the brewery's website) is not a joke.

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Photo of KDHicks1958
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

This is actually the first oatmeal stout I have tried. I've been stuck on IPA's over the summer, and I picked this up at HEB on a whim, as a change of pace.

Pours a dark black, with about a finger of tan head that maintained through most of the time I was drinking this beer. It left a nice pattern of tan rings down the side of the glass.

Initial impression on the nose was sweet, with hints of chocolate.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, with a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy compared to the beers I've been drinking lately. I had to go back and check to see that this is 9% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer

Overall, I like this, and will put it on my list to get again. If there are better oatmeal stouts I'm looking forward to trying them.

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Photo of Devin_Curtis
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured nice and dark like a stout should be, great thick, dark tan head.

S: smells amazing! Lots of coffee, little bit of bitter dark chocolate.

T: loads of great coffee flavor followed by some slight bitterness from the hops with the slight chocolate after swallowing.

M: wonderfully carbonated, smooth and creamy from the flaked oatmeal.

O: the perfect breakfast stout. Tons of coffee flavor, followed by just the right amount of chocolate.

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Photo of d5001986
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with minimal tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Smokey, bitter burnt coffee, roasted malt, leather, a good hop presence, and a slight metallic after-taste.

M: Medium body, carbonation comes through more than expected. Surprisingly crisp, rather than the silky-smooth feel I'm accustomed to in most oatmeal stouts.

O: I'd say this was good, but definitely not great. My biggest gripe might be the smokey burnt coffee seemed to take over the entire beer. I think coffee can be great in stouts, but this one just went too far with it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice cocoa and char combination going on in the flavor.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown color with a yellow rim. No head whatsoever despite being poured straight down the center of the glass. Wisps of dark tan bubbles.

Dark roast coffee, rich bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, toast and some light charcoal notes. There is a soft metallic note in the back of the nose of this beer. Overall, a mild nose for such a dark beer.

The alcohol in this beer creates a low heat that actually pushes the flavor through the palate - dark chocolate and a burnt malt flavor. Bitterness like cold coffee and a mild menthol feel from the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for such a big beer. Maybe a little over attenuated. The bitter lingers long after everything else. A little more carbonation would have helped lift things as well.

While certainly not a bad beer, just seemed to miss a little for me on several levels. A little more texture and a little richer and less astringent malt bill would push this beer up considerably. Overall, the alcohol is well integrated for such a big beer.

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a thick black with a nice tan head with hints of chocolate in the aroma. The taste is of dark chocolate malts and oats with a slight sweetness on the back-end. It is a very smooth medium bodied stout that is excellently balanced. It clocks in at above 9% ABV and you can barely tell. This is a very high quality local Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap acquired as part of a 4 pack for $8.65 USD (including tax) at a corner store in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live(08/29/13). Expectations are high; I’m really in the mood for a good Oatmeal Stout. I dig the minimalist yet stylish label art.

Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour. Pours a one finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Somewhat soft complexion. Okay lacing. Head retention is average to above average (2-3 minutes). Pretty decent head overall.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks pretty standard for the style.

Sm: Chocolate malt, light smokiness, dark malts, light vanilla, buried roasted barley, smoothening oats, hints of muted vague coffee, and caramel. An interesting, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Excited to try this one.

T: Dark malts – including chocolate malt. Licorice/anise/fennel. Light vanilla and coffee touches. Somewhat grainy. Oats. Not much caramel, really. No yeast or hop character comes through, nor does any alcohol. The smokiness from the aroma is kind of here, but it’s not evocative – nor is it distracting. Balance is adequate but unimpressive. It’s a pretty standard build for an oatmeal stout, and I find no overt flaws but there’s certainly room for improvement.

Flavour duration, depth, and intensity is average. Not gestalt, but it has some cohesion and direction.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with good body and presence on the palate. Nice thickness – enough to support the fairly complex flavour profile. Complements the flavour profile pretty nicely, but doesn’t come off custom-tailored to it. Adequate carbonation. A bit scratchy on the palate. Satisfactory execution.

Dr: Drinkable. Hides its ABV well. It’ll definitely scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but it’s not amongst the best in the style. Fairly pricey as well. I might nab it again if I’m in a stout mood and there’s nothing new or better on the shelf. A nice little oatmeal stout from Independence. I’m looking forward to trying more of their beers.

Highish C+

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Not quite black, a very dark brown pour. Good sized and very dense chocolate milk-colored head. Solid lacing and great thick lacework left behind.

S: Interesting aroma. Smells more like a toasted malt than a roasted malt. Notable oatmeal and a little bit of char.

T: Lots and lots of oatmeal in this one. Heavy on the graininess from start to finish. Sweet, creamy oatmeal blends with a charry roasted malt and hints of chocolate to make for a really nice treat. Even get some bitter roasted coffee, particularly on the back end with hints of char and just enough oatmeal and chocolate to sweeten it up a bit.

M: Medium bodied and ultra smooth and creamy.

O: Really nice oatmeal stout, took me by surprise. Robust oatmeal flavor really balances out the roasted malt flavors, while lending such a creamy mouthfeel. Really good oatmeal stout, one of the best. Delicious.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a small off white foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Aroma is not that strong. Light oatmeal with some dark malts and very light coffee. Dark, lightly roasted malts, with a bitter, oatmeal ending. Hints of chocolate and java at the end. Okay stout. More light bodied than I expected.

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with a finger and a half worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and oats.

Taste- Roasted malt and light coffee flavor with a hint of char and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall- A nice stout with no hint of booziness from the ABV. An easy drinking and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout has a fairly thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance, with red highlights under light. A thin lacing sheen is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, cream, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is of all those, plus some astringency, coal, and a mellow hop bitterness across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and viscous, and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, sweet, and wonderful. This is a delicious beer, and the drinker just does not pick up the 8% abv. Overall, I rate it most excellent.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/4/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, molasses, light coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Very nice and balanced dark/roasted malt aromas; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee, oatmeal, slight dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavor; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and chewy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.2%, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oatmeal stout! Great robustness and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my nephew that has been in the cellar for about a year. Oily black in color, but an aggressive pour yielded a few carbonation bubbles with almost no head and some spotty lacing. Very subdued nose with some subtle roastiness with hints of oats and coffee. For what this lacked in appearance and smell, it more than makes up for in the taste. Very rich and flavorful with great roasty notes. Lots of fresh roasted coffee along with hints of oatmeal, caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is rich and thick and extremely smooth with a nice subtle bitter finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden making this scary drinkable, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. Overall an outstanding interpretation of the style!

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Photo of KKB
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – This is just some pitch black goo, with almost no light let into the body at all. The head is a frothy wheat toast, albeit it is somewhat limited with only about a finger of height, though it does appear rather sticky—and this is proven by the goodly amount of lacing it leaves down the sides of my glass. Looks like a good brew right here.

S – Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a sugary sweetness as well. Smells pretty good, though I’m a little disappointed. This doesn’t really have the typical smells of a good oatmeal stout. We shall see though.

T – But you know what, I have immediately eaten my words. This tastes great. I’m utterly partial to oatmeal stouts which doesn’t help and unbiased rating, but this does taste rather delicious. A lot of dark chocolate, you can definitely taste the burnt malt as well though, giving it a kind of cool interplay between bitter and sweetness that results in a rather fine beer. Not outstanding flavor, but still very good and very well crafted.

M – The mouthfeel is just about spot on, very close to what I hope for from any stout. The body is closer to full than medium, but it is still a little bit on the light side which is the only thing keep this mouthfeel from being perfect. Otherwise, just the right amount of carbonation (not much, which is consistent with a good stout), smooth if somewhat caustic on the taste buds. Nice mouthfeel.

O – I do recommend this little lady. I mean, if you are staring at Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout and this, obviously side with the former, but this is definitely worth a try. It is a very good oatmeal stout and deserves recognition as such. Job well done…After all this I JUST saw that it is a 9.2% ABV beer. What? This is incredibly well disguised. That’s going to get a good .5 added to the flavor for sure. Nice job indeed.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.