Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -22.6%
A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind as the foam recedes.
S: Roasted malt, toffee, and coffee. The coffee is strong and acrid.
T: Follows the nose, but the acrid and bitter coffee is a little to strong. Roasted malt lingers.
M/D: A medium body, but a little thin considering what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Harsh prickly carbonation. Not hard to drink, but this is a one and done.
I was not really impressed with this. More acrid coffee that I want for the style, and not nearly as creamy and smooth as I was expecting. Oatmeal Stouts should be incredibly smooth and creamy with a bit of sweetness. This is not. Not bad, but poorly made for the style IMO.
05-27-2010 02:01:52 | More by champ103
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured into duck rabbit snifter
Pours a small layer of light tan head. Fades to near nothing. Leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a copper brown, nearing black.
Aroma: It either smells like black licorice or light notes of a sharpie marker. It has a deep roast to it with some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Kind of creamy.
Taste: Heavy roast with notes of coffee. Some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cream flavors. Has a grassy hop profile. Pretty straight forward.
Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.
Overall, a bit above the average oatmeal stout. It is a bit too roasted for my liking. Somewhat drinkable. No alcohol showing in it which surprised me for how high the abv is.
11-03-2010 23:24:34 | More by mothman
3.19/5 rDev -19%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap acquired as part of a 4 pack for $8.65 USD (including tax) at a corner store in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live(08/29/13). Expectations are high; I’m really in the mood for a good Oatmeal Stout. I dig the minimalist yet stylish label art.
Served cold – straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour. Pours a one finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Somewhat soft complexion. Okay lacing. Head retention is average to above average (2-3 minutes). Pretty decent head overall.
Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible.
Looks pretty standard for the style.
Sm: Chocolate malt, light smokiness, dark malts, light vanilla, buried roasted barley, smoothening oats, hints of muted vague coffee, and caramel. An interesting, pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. Excited to try this one.
T: Dark malts – including chocolate malt. Licorice/anise/fennel. Light vanilla and coffee touches. Somewhat grainy. Oats. Not much caramel, really. No yeast or hop character comes through, nor does any alcohol. The smokiness from the aroma is kind of here, but it’s not evocative – nor is it distracting. Balance is adequate but unimpressive. It’s a pretty standard build for an oatmeal stout, and I find no overt flaws but there’s certainly room for improvement.
Flavour duration, depth, and intensity is average. Not gestalt, but it has some cohesion and direction.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with good body and presence on the palate. Nice thickness – enough to support the fairly complex flavour profile. Complements the flavour profile pretty nicely, but doesn’t come off custom-tailored to it. Adequate carbonation. A bit scratchy on the palate. Satisfactory execution.
Dr: Drinkable. Hides its ABV well. It’ll definitely scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but it’s not amongst the best in the style. Fairly pricey as well. I might nab it again if I’m in a stout mood and there’s nothing new or better on the shelf. A nice little oatmeal stout from Independence. I’m looking forward to trying more of their beers.
09-02-2013 02:20:51 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
A: Poured black with low carbonation leaving som tannish bubbles but not to much of a head or lacing
S: Smells of flaked oats, light chocolate and faint hints of coffee
T: Starts off with faked oat an coffee which transitions int som milk chocolate, light coffee. The finish is sordov astringent, sme bitternss, rather clean
M: Medium to big body, hearty but I felt it was undercarbonated, somewhat creamy
O: Pretty average. The booze is maskd very well. i would have never guessedthis beer was 9% ABV
09-13-2012 02:55:08 | More by barleywinefiend
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
What better way to celebrate being back in the ATX than to stop in Spec's and buy a four-pack of something local?
A: Pours the darkest shade of brown, with a thin, whispy, tan layer of cream that leaves no lacing.
S: Convict Hill's aroma is, above all, roasty and burnt. A hint of alcohol wafts through the oatmeal, chocolate, and espresso notes. Stronger sniffs also reveal a sprinkling of plum.
T: The flavor is, again, dark and roasty, with a sharp but not overwhelmingly strong hop bite up front. This brew is rather dry, and while it starts off great, by the end of the bottle, a black patent burnt bitterness builds and dwarves the other tastes. I found the second bottle to be substantially less enjoyable than the first. On the plus side, the high ABV is well-disguised.
M: The oatmeal definitely lends a smooth creaminess to the mix, but the dark, ashy bitterness dominates the mouthfeel after 6 or 8 ounces.
D: Low. The first sips were great, but CHOS is too acrid for drinkability.
11-04-2010 21:08:30 | More by SPThirtyThree
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
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
Received as an extra in a trade with adam320.
Thanks for the great selection of locals!
Poured into my Fantome Tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a one finger tan head on top of a pitch black body. I love the way this beer looks!
Smell: Nice roasty smell, however it is overpowered by booziness.
Taste: I am getting to roast and some booze from the nose, however the booze is much more toned down in the taste, fortunately. I also get some nice bitterness and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: While it i creamy which I like in this style, it is a little over carbonated which detracts a little.
Overall: Decent, didn't blow me out of the water but it was certainly solid.
05-03-2011 02:49:37 | More by OddNotion
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
Thanks to a buddy for bringing this back for me from a trip to Texas.
Design reminds me of Jailhouse Breakout Stout.
Poured into a pint glass. Thick brown/black, with a huge creamy mocha head. Like a dark rootbeer float. Head lasts and lasts.
Nose is sweet malts. Slightly nutty and a bit toasty. Gentle hint of vanilla.
Taste is dry roasted malts and molasses. Ashy. Not very complex.
Pretty good mouthfeel.
Overall a decent oatmeal stout.
12-08-2011 00:57:00 | More by shivtim
3.33/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours pitch black, too much head- filled the pint with less than and inch of liquid. Smells like berries, coffee, cherries, slight earthy must. Tastes like cherries, coffee, dark breads and more fruit. The carbonation is a bit excessive, it has been 5 mins and the bubbles are still going strong. Some cola and toffee flavors, I also get some bell pepper in the after taste. Mouthfeel tries to be smooth and creamy, but this carbonation is waaaay too much for this. I don't want to say infected, but there is something up with this bottle. Still good, but not in the capacity that it could be.
12-06-2010 05:24:59 | More by youradhere
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
12oz bottle sourced in a Texas trade. Nice labeling.
A - Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. I notice that oatmeal stouts usually hit the appearance notes I like in a stout. Very dark body with a very dark brown head. Welcoming for sure.
S - Pretty average for a stout. Coffee notes with a background of a bit of chocolate. A bit of "musty basement" to it, but it's not offensive.
T - Coffee notes again, with a bit of a bakers chocolate tang to it. A bit sweet/tart on the tongue. Not bad, but not crazy complex. This is one of those beers that would benefit from a dash of cayenne similar to the OA Chocolate Yeti. The ABV is hidden very, very well. This drinks like a 6% stout.
M - A bit thin, but great carbonation. Nothing crazy. Doesn't really coat your mouth or anything. At 9.2% it would be nice to have a bit more thickness to it.
O - Pretty easy going oatmeal stout. Hides the ABV fantastically well for a beer this big. I'd pick some up every now and then if it were a local.
04-02-2012 06:07:01 | More by DevilsCups
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
A: pours a dark brown/cola black with scant dark brown head, no retention, faint lacing. Very fizzy on the surface
S: hints of cola, but a bit chalky. some light vanilla, but not that appetizing. roasted malts add some smoky aspects
T: much of the same as above, but vanilla a bit more pronounced, making it sweeter and mellows out the cola/chalk.
M: thin, light carbonation adds some pleasant fizzy vanilla cola aftertaste.
O: Not bad, not my favorite style, but this seems about average from my perspective of the style.
10-05-2011 02:44:49 | More by roodie
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
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