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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%


Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:03:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:26:10 | More by Libationguy
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brurevu

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 20:02:37 | More by brurevu
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kojevergas

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
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+

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:20:51 | More by kojevergas
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 01:51:20 | More by Dope
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scratch69

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:25:53 | More by scratch69
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:34:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:15:18 | More by superspak
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 17:51:16 | More by beerdrifter
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KKB

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 05:33:08 | More by KKB
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94Sip

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured the very typical stout black color and mocha head. The nice thing about this one was that the head never totally dissipated, but instead maintained about a 1/4" thickness and stuck to the glass going down. Looked great for the whole drinking experience.

S: nothing overly aromatic that I felt worth noting. And not to take anything away from the beer as it was what I expected from a stout. Perhaps a bit of oat smells along with the typical roasted smells.

T: This is where this stout really excelled. For a high ABV beer you could not taste the alcohol or bite at all. The perfect amount of sweetness, but different that a milk stout. Like most stouts the tastes were great after about 15minutes of pouring and warming just a bit. Like others have noted, lots of chocolate - very consistent chocolate flavors. Also some very smooth coffee flavors - not bitter or dark roasted bite either. And at the end you get the oatmeal flavors. I kept finding myself wanting to leave it in my mouth to let the flavors last.

M: really good here. Just the right amount of viscosity and the fact that the head stayed with it only added to it. Also, the carbonation was spot on - better than most stouts.

O: one of my favorite stouts. Nice bold flavors and great when it is cold outside. Perhaps the only negative was there appeared to be some sediment at the bottom of the glass when I got to the end. After I drank the first bottle I left a few swigs in the 2nd glass because I didn't want the sediment. It made the last drink a bit strong and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 16:31:44 | More by 94Sip
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured black with low carbonation leaving som tannish bubbles but not to much of a head or lacing

S: Smells of flaked oats, light chocolate and faint hints of coffee

T: Starts off with faked oat an coffee which transitions int som milk chocolate, light coffee. The finish is sordov astringent, sme bitternss, rather clean

M: Medium to big body, hearty but I felt it was undercarbonated, somewhat creamy

O: Pretty average. The booze is maskd very well. i would have never guessedthis beer was 9% ABV

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 02:55:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a mocha brown head that quickly dissipates to leave a flat top and a thin line of mocha along the edges of the glass. Some small carbonation bubbles rising along of the side the glass, hard to see further since the beer is opaque but I'd say about average carbonation for a stout. Some spotty lacing.

S- Oatmeal, some light dark chocolate, some malts, and some very light licorice. About average aroma strength, but smells very nice.

T- Oatmeal, some light caramel malts and hint of butterscotch, finishes slightly bitter with a tiny bit of hops and some light dark chocolate. The light bitterness and chocolate lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, nice carbonation, goes down easily.

O- This was a nice oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, decent mouthfeel, a fairly nice aroma. I definitely enjoyed drinking this however I wouldn't say it's the best oatmeal stout I've had. Definitely glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam! Thanks a lot for sending this, definitely appreciated!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:06:13 | More by jaasen64
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csiewert

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque dark chocolate/black color with a very thin brown head that does not linger and does not lace

S - strong roasted notes and chocolate malt... Some hints of British hops... Very aromatic

T - the roasted and chocolate malt favors are right up front, finishes with a clean light hop flavor and bitter cocoa at the very end... Flavors enhance and sweetness increases as the beer warms

M - the biggest detractor of this beer... A bit overcarbed and stings the tongue... Swirl it up a little bit to balance it out

O - solid oatmeal stout... Cut down on the carbonation a bit by swirling it for a few seconds and you have a winner

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:05:53 | More by csiewert
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color, Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout pours out of the bottle with some degree of assertiveness. The nose of this beer offers some hints of cocoa, caramel, and dark fruits. A good deal of lacing and a nice amount of foam make for a pleasing first impression.

Moving to the taste, this oatmeal stout has a creamy body with flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, espresso, and fruit. There is little in the way of alcoholic flavor, which is suprising considering the high alcohol content. The body has a silkiness about it that is common for this style.

Oatmeal stouts are usually on the sweet side, but this one is actually better balanced than most. The sweet malts and the contributions from the oats are obvious, but the overall taste attempts to balance itself out before the bottle is finished and it does a decent job doing exactly that. It actually reminds me of some of the homebrewed stout I made in the past.

Overall, this is not the absolute greatest example of an oatmeal stout, but still a pretty good effort from Independence Brewing and one of the better products I have tried from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:29:19 | More by BryanCarey
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice oily black with a very nice one finger thick mocha head that leaved very good side lacing and recedes into a nice fat quarter inch dense blanket.

S - Pleasant aromas of burnt, roasted malts and oats. Very light chocolate and coffee, oats are very nicely showcased.

T - Wow, alright. Another solid performance. More of those really nice almost burnt malts with nice roasty qualities. Some slight toffee like caramel sweetness with more of those powerful oats. The chocolate is there, faintly, and there is some nice bitter coffee finish.

M - Super smooth and silky and velvety. Its mid 80s and this is incredibly drinkable.

O - This is 9%+, no way. Delicious, very well done. As hot as I am I find myself quickly going back for another drink of this. Very impressed with this oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:37:53 | More by rudzud
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DevilsCups

New York

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle sourced in a Texas trade. Nice labeling.

A - Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. I notice that oatmeal stouts usually hit the appearance notes I like in a stout. Very dark body with a very dark brown head. Welcoming for sure.

S - Pretty average for a stout. Coffee notes with a background of a bit of chocolate. A bit of "musty basement" to it, but it's not offensive.

T - Coffee notes again, with a bit of a bakers chocolate tang to it. A bit sweet/tart on the tongue. Not bad, but not crazy complex. This is one of those beers that would benefit from a dash of cayenne similar to the OA Chocolate Yeti. The ABV is hidden very, very well. This drinks like a 6% stout.

M - A bit thin, but great carbonation. Nothing crazy. Doesn't really coat your mouth or anything. At 9.2% it would be nice to have a bit more thickness to it.

O - Pretty easy going oatmeal stout. Hides the ABV fantastically well for a beer this big. I'd pick some up every now and then if it were a local.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 06:07:01 | More by DevilsCups
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is viscous opaque black with tight dark tan head. The nose is heavy on the roast, a touch chalky, bitter coffee, and a bit earthy. The taste is big, roasty, earthy, chocolatey. The finish is bitter coffee and lingers, the body is thick, creamy, highly carbonated. Not bad, a touch on the roasty/bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 22:17:16 | More by cpetrone84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours black with more than 3 fingers worth of mocha colored head. The cap maintains fairly well with large bubbles and a creamy uneven topping. As it fades, it leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasted. Very pleasant smelling with a certain strong espresso character to it which is surprising considering ive been holding on to this bottle for close to 2 years now. There is a hint of citrus and some dark fruity almost raisin-like alcohol notes across the back. All the while, there is an ever-present fresh grain quality (oatmeal?) about this brew that is very appealing from front to back.

The taste is surprisingly more fruity with dark alcohol notes. Figs, plums, raisins, chocolate, licorice, coffee... all of the typical dark brew flavors are there but with a stronger focus on the fruity notes than anything else. Woah, this is more than 9% ok I guess that is fitting. As the brew warms up and into the aftertaste there is a bit of earth, tobacco and leather. Overall this isn't a bad brew.

This is medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. It is moderately carbonated and the alcohol is not hidden despite being aged for quite some time. I cant help but compare this beer to stone's 12th anniversary bitter chocolate stout. There is a lot of similarities here but I think if given the choice to pick between the 2 I would go with this one. Not a bad brew at all, it is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:12:13 | More by stakem
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout, Not as smooth as I was expecting with an oatmeal stout, but there is somewhat of an alcohol "bite" present. Poured a dark black color into my pint glass. No light got through. A good dark head..brown in color. Retention is minimal. Leaves just a ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty light as well.

Smell has sweetness (molasses), coffee and vanilla in addition to maltiness.

Taste is good. A syrupy molasses presence, coffee, roasted malts, a little alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, not as smooth as many oatmeal stouts because of the higher abv and alcohol presence. More like an American Double Stout.

Overall a good strong stout. Perfect for a slow sipper on a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:50:26 | More by JayQue
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beergoot

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, black body with an excellently thick brown head.

Aroma hits you with chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel. There is a soft, grass like hop nose.

The taste is a rich, chocolate-y delight. Rich and complex with noir goodness. Bitter-sweet chocolate sweetness blends nicely with a medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.

This is a well-made stout. Rich and delicious. Nicely balanced across the board. Worth the effort to find some.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for adding this into the beer trade...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:45:20 | More by beergoot
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured jet black with2 fingers of dark brown fluffy head - TONS of perfect lacing

S - toasted oats, slight hint of bourbon and chocolate

T - well balanced sweet and bitterness from the toasted grains, nutty aftertaste, buttery

M - smooth, rich, creamy

O - i just realized how heavy of a stout this is and am shocked at the lack of alcohol smell! well done! a very nice light tasting stout, well balanced in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 16:37:41 | More by facundoCNB
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GregSVT

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has rich aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of molasses, and slight dark fruits.

T: The taste reveals a big coffee influence I didn't detect in the nose as well as chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a slight bitterness from either hops or the roasted malt.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Slightly thin on the finish but about right for the style.

O: Very tasty stout with about everything you'd like from a beer of this style. Recommended if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:36:34 | More by GregSVT
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
An expressive pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque, near perfect black color. The aroma smells sweet up front with notes of burnt prune, a bright malt sweetness, and something that makes me think of the sweetness in milk. This is backed by a subdued, roasted note that adds some cold coffee like aromatics (some burnt acidity, a touch of acrid dark roast coffee, but a fruity roasted character too) that become more noticeable as my senses adjust to this beer. When you really dig there is a touch of spiciness to the nose that seems to be a combination of the mostly not noticed alcohol and the burnt notes. As the beer warms up a nice, brown bread like, whole grain toasted character comes out in the aroma

Smooth and somewhat dense feeling as I take my first sip, but this also has a touch of a carbonic prickle to it and the density is balanced by a bitter, lightly acrid roast character that comes to dominate the finish. The roast character lingers on the palate with the flavor of deeply burnt, but still fairly smooth grain. This is sweet tasting, especially up front, which accentuates a burnt fruitiness that reminds me of prunes or perhaps raisins, but really the sweetness just reminds me of sugar; charred sugars for sure, but also notes of burnt caramelized malt and dark chocolate. As my palate adjusts to the beer it gets less sweet, more roasted and with more notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a firm bitterness here that is from both hops and roast character and there is also a sort of spiciness to the roast grain character in the finish. The roast character also brings a touch of tartness that helps to balance the sweetness.

This beer is definitely hitting the spot right now, significantly roasted, with lots of dark chocolate notes, sweetness and bitterness in balance as well as a richness that is just hitting the spot on this cold December evening in Tucson.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:17:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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elNopalero

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a dark brown with cocoa-colored foam resting atop it. There’s a light roasty aroma to it which turns sharp and bold on the palate. Dark chocolate bitterness dominates with a smooth, dry finish. Not bad but not one I’d break out of jail to drink again, either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 20:18:31 | More by elNopalero
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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
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