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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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Reviews by northaustin:
Photo of northaustin
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours solid black with minimal brown head that has good retention and leaves a stringy lacing.

smell: heavy oat dose, minimal roast and a sort of wheaty mineral background. fluctuates between nice roasted oats awesomeness and weird soy sauce mineral weirdness.

taste is much more mellow than the smell. nice roast, with minimal coffee. once again oat is upfront.

mouthfeel: silky in the throat but very creamy in the cheeks. best part so far.

drinkability: cant really go wrong at 5.99 a four pack. the alchohol is very well masked and the beer is full of flavor. it just smells weird in my opinion. it is also very fresh right now and i cant wait to see how this tastes after a few months. this and stash are becoming my go to local grab.

northaustin, May 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

legalag11, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Tiernan, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SmellsofMahagony, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jumjum, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Meyers1023, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 06, 2014
Photo of awalsh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

awalsh, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Libationguy
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Libationguy, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Soonami
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Soonami, Jun 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Seattle_Suds, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Isotope, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

VinceMig, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

lnashsig, Jun 01, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Sammy, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

augustgarage, Jan 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

fiedler84, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

tempest, Feb 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gonzoillini, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

beergorrilla, Feb 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

robgage, Mar 20, 2014
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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.