Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
06-01-2012 03:29:19 | More by BryanCarey
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4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-13-2010 01:35:19 | More by brownbeer
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-15-2010 21:34:42 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
01-30-2014 06:26:10 | More by Libationguy
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-29-2011 03:07:53 | More by Soonami
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-01-2011 22:55:43 | More by lnashsig
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-07-2011 22:47:22 | More by augustgarage
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-25-2011 18:59:34 | More by tempest
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
12-05-2011 02:01:22 | More by Alieniloquium
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.