Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So, again kudos aschwab for bringing this thing to Bogotá for me.
Now the convict hill wasn't what I expected but can take the claim it is even better. The bottling is deceitful because, whilst the bottle itself is very dark, one seemingly gets the feel the liquid within is clearer.
It's not- first thought as I started pouring it was "whoa, thick" because it literally looks like tar or car oil flowing, inactive, almost muddy just piling up in my american pint glass in which I tasted it. as it settles, the darkest head I've ever seen looks just as dormant as the underlying fluid, this is a brown-to-black head probably the colour you get from boiling soy sauce. it's extremely dark. and looks almost mousse-like, just stable and quiet, cakeish.
Smell is impressive. It's very sweet but has a balancing bitter feel at some point. I mean, this could easily fool you for a liquid brownie- I need say no more, because that's what this roasty chocolate deal is all about. fabulous smell, very very inviting for a stout. (ok maybe the bitter balance it has makes it rather like magic brownies and not so much your average...)
Taste is great. I'm a big sucker in this world for two things, the both of which this beer has:
1) A well handled sweetness. A beer can go all wrong here, but this thing is virtually a cacao melt with very clearly defined malts, nonetheless, and still a serious, balancing bitter and burnt aftertaste. It practically layers out through the tongue, and is complemented by a bigger than average (yet still mild enough to be an enhancer and not an overwhelm-er) alcohol feel on the palate & nose as you sip it.
2) A coherent smell-taste correlation. I tell ya, when a beer smells sweet and you suddenly hit a taste brick wall with super dry malts, I get a bit pissed. Not here, no sir. The smell is a prelude and heck, maybe an abstract on the beer itself. you know what you're about to indulge in (read above) and you'll love it.
And the mouthfeel? It's thick and oozy, but not as bad as its visual statement suggests. In fact, it can be a fair companion in warmer climates, because it is still reasonably dry if sipped cold, or boozed enough to hit you in winter.
For someone not so big on stouts, I have to say this is the second stout that has blown my mind in the past year (heck even exactly one year after the first, the DFH-WWS), and for my first (or among the first) texan beer, I certainly will hunt this treat down in the lone star state or beyond its borders because, I tell ya, it's worthwhile.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2011 03:29:04 | More by Andreji
More User Reviews:
4.65/5 rDev +18%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 11:52:35 | More by Devin_Curtis
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 03:04:04 | More by d5001986
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.