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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 53 | 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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Texas

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Texas

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Texas

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Devin_Curtis

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +18%

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.

06-17-2014 11:52:35 | More by Devin_Curtis
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Texas

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +16.2%

12 ounce bottle poured into an Efes tulip. Quick, beige head with clear, slippery lacing. Aroma includes coffee, roasted malt and maybe a touch of yoo-hoo. Interesting. Taste is deliciously smooth with no traces of alcohol. Some malt sweetness noted (yoo-hoo), light flavor of coffee. Tastes more like a milk stout. Either way, amazing for the high abv. Excellent.

04-05-2011 05:42:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Augustiner719

New York

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice rich black brown color with a huge mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing and has great retention. The aroma is very nutty, some vanilla and tons of milk chocolate. Big roasted malts, just a hint of dark chocolate, but all milk chocolate on the palate. Big flavors of raisins and winter stone fruits masked by rich marshmallow like sweetness that blends all of the flavors together. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Really couldn't believe this was 8.5 percent abv after it's big silky texture and no alcohol burn. Really a nice made stout and perfect example of the style.

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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout has a fairly thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance, with red highlights under light. A thin lacing sheen is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, cream, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is of all those, plus some astringency, coal, and a mellow hop bitterness across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and viscous, and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, sweet, and wonderful. This is a delicious beer, and the drinker just does not pick up the 8% abv. Overall, I rate it most excellent.

RJT

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Colombia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

03-21-2011 03:29:04 | More by Andreji
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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.