Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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 by Andreji:
Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of legalag11
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of brown head. Pretty big aroma here; oats, black strap molasses, and dark chocolate liqueur. The flavor has an added note of smoke to go along with big, fairly dry, chocolate flavors. The rich, creamy mouthfeel is the overall highlight to compliment the flavor. This is a big ol' oat stout that's worth trying at least once.

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Draught House.

Pours dark brown with a cream-colored head. The aroma is roasted malts with some chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, coffee, cream and some chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and is pretty creamy. Low carbonation.

Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of awalsh
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Libationguy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewerdan23 for sharing a pour of Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from a 12 oz bottle.

Sticky sand colored foam on a dark, almost black beer. The nose was very chocolately with a fair bit of grain. The beer tasted like dusty cocoa powder with a little bit of licorice. The beer was surprisingly thin and with a dry finish. Not the best, but certainly a solid beer.

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Isotope
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of VinceMig
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my staples...I love Independence Brewery and this is one of the better Texas stouts on the market in my opinion.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black motor oil color, but appears to be pretty medium bodied. A full off-white/tan head fills the glass and the recedes, leaving no lacing. Decent alcohol legs. Smell- dark chocolate, molasses, maybe some faint coffee. Taste- a roasty burnt bitter flavor at the back of the throat, rich carbonation, dark chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel- this one is fresh, has awesome thick and rich carbonation to it. Drinkability- for 8.5%, it is amazingly drinkable, with not much detected alcohol warmth. This is also 6$ for a 4 pack, which is an awesome price for a beer this good.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate trying more stuff from Texas that doesn't normally get up Northest. This one gre on me. Lots of roast, smoke, very lacey brown, chocolate.Lots of coffee in the finish. Not as thick as I would expect from the style.Very malty, and a good drinker.
SilverX's bottle.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep seal brown liquid, thoroughly opaque with a thin dark camel ring of creamy foam. Sandy lacing subsides in arcs dancing around the clear panes of viscous tears. Great retention. A swirl brings the head back up though it lightens in color.

Roasted grain, oatmeal (rather than oats!), faint brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of diacetyl in the nose (faintly buttery but that can work for this style).

Dark roast malt yields a rich lasting flavor with some hints of coffee and a touch of cocoa emerges as the beer warms up. Faint char adds a bitter not mid-palate which leads into a dry crisp finish. Smooth vaguely nutty/oaty aftertaste. Very light esters and perhaps a hint of licorice or fennel are in the margins of the profile.

Medium-full bodied, lightly creamy, and well carbonated mouthfeel. Lightly astringent from the roast malt.

Quite drinkable thanks to the balance of flavors. Best served lightly chilled, this makes a great "breakfast stout" even without the direct addition of coffee.

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fiedler84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Whole Foods. It's basically a big roasty stout with a mild oatmeal edge. It's not overly thick and you could easily mistake it for a ~6% beer. There's a classic malty dark chocolate and java taste with a little dark bread crust taste and sweetness. Not a bad for a winter day, but also not a standout stout.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Pretty dark body with a substantial khaki head on. Almost overflowed my glass. Retention is phenomenal. Lacing is decent.

Smell - Sweet caramel smell first, followed by a chocolate roasted malt aroma. Not a strong smell and not really stout-smelling.

Taste - Very oatmeal-forward. So much oatmeal that a lot of the stout characteristics are lost. Nevertheless, there's a hint of coffee at the start and some milk chocolate in the middle. Lots of oatmeal in the finish and a hefty bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste as thick or heavy as I'd expect from 8.5%. High in carbonation, too. Really, it feels too light as a result. Bitter finish is never my favorite in a stout like this, either.

Overall - It's certainly not bad. I am enjoying it, but I wouldn't say it's anything special. The same stout that your local brewery is making right now.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
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