Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.5/5 rDev +13.9%
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
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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
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
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.