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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 128
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:
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(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

archero, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Bottle nearly explodes upon opening and yields a gusher with dark tan bubbles streaming out of the bottle. Body is almost completely black and the enormous head finally settles done leaving good lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a ton of bubbles that fizz in the nose. Bit of coffee and oatmeal.

The taste is also very sweet with cocoa and oatmeal up front with a chalky dark chocolate texture.

The mouthfeel is crazy, crazy carbonated with tons of bubbles and medium bodied...i think, because the amount of bubbles makes it seem lighter than air.

This beer is certainly over carbonated and i was worried it might be infected, but i didn't really get an infection. That said, the carbonation is distracting and takes away from the beer a bit.

gford217, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off coffee scents

T - Follows the nose of roasted malt with coffee flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty decent beer that I'd drink again and for an Independence beer that says something

armock, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of BryanCarey
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BryanCarey, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of TexasTowHead
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

This pours an inky brown, almost like crude oil. Minimal dun head with golden lacing left behind as it is consumed. The smell is overwhelmingly of coffee and roasted malt. Coffee dominates the taste as well, with a inkling of bittersweet chocolate.

It is thin in the mouth with very little creaminess, but this is a relatively easy drinking beer with little hint of the ABV. I enjoyed this but wouldn't go seeking it out again.

TexasTowHead, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of kungpao
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Ginger Man in houston.

A- Looks like a thin pitch black stout with a small 1 and quarter inch soapy head.

S- Wasnt expecting the chocolate and coffee to come threw as much on this beer as much as it did. The oatmeal was very suddle and a bit over powered by the roasted malts and chocolate.

T- I havent had too many oatmeal stouts to compare to, but this one was pretty great tasting. Roasted malts and chocolate on the intial tasting with a coffee and suddle oatmeal smoothness to finish.

M- Inbetween thin and medium on the mouthfeel. Little amount of carbonation.

D- For the style this is not bad drinkability wise. I could easily have had more than one pint.

Overall- Interesting take on oatmeal stout. Big complex flavors, but not as perfectly balanced and smooth as it could be. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and will repurchase on tap and wouldnt hesitate to pick up a four pack on ocasion.

kungpao, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours a dark brown with cocoa-colored foam resting atop it. There’s a light roasty aroma to it which turns sharp and bold on the palate. Dark chocolate bitterness dominates with a smooth, dry finish. Not bad but not one I’d break out of jail to drink again, either.

elNopalero, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Absolutely pitch black with no light shining through whatsoever when held to the light. Thick, dark head forms at first, then comes down to a thin ring. Looks very nice.

S: Lots of oats with a faint roastiness in the back. Average.

T: Tastes similar to smell, but much more intense. Some slight vanilla sweetness with a lot of oat flavor. A bit of oxidation as well, but I'm not sure of the age of the beer.

M: Mouthfeel is thick with good carbonation. Very good.

O: This beer is solid, but uninteresting.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 16, 2011
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tannish head with crimson highlights. The head settles to a nice color. The aroma isn't really overly strong in any way but rather a subtle roasted malt and coffee note. Leather, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee are the dominate flavors in this one. I think the oats in this provide for a nice medium velvety mouthfeel that is rather well done. Even at the abv %, the taste really doesn't have that over alcohol note that some bigger beers can have. Not overly roasted either because I really don't get that overly bitter aftertaste.

kbutler1, Nov 03, 2010
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
Photo of Fnord
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I should mention that both times I've had this beer it's been at pretty close to room temperature. Long story. It's not sold in my area, though, and I don't know when I'll get a chance to try it again, so I'll review it anyway.

Appearance - Black with a two-finger brown head.

Smell - Malted milk shake, maple syrup, licorice, alcohol, and believe it or not, oats. I've never gotten that from an oatmeal stout before.

Taste - Very bittersweet. A good amount of bitter chocolate at the end, with a syrup-alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Coats the mouth well. Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - I would call this more of an export stout than an Imperial stout. Which is good, because we need more of them. I have a couple of issues: an oatmeal stout should have a thicker mouthfeel. Also, I'm not a fan of the bitter alcohol-syrup aftertaste. Otherwise, though, it's well balanced between bitter and sweet. Not the best stout ever, but it's a decent stab at it, to be sure.

Fnord, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Exiled for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator mug. Poured pitch black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, cream, and very subtle oat. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, oatmeal, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. A little much for outside in our current weather but still quite tasty. The flavor on this one is much better than the aroma in my opinion. But that wouldn't be saying too much in this case if I'm honest. Worth trying for sure but that is about it.

thagr81us, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light tan head.

Aroma features a ton of roasted malt a little sweet toffee and oats.

Flavor follows the nose. A short burst of initial toffee or chocolate sweetness followed by bitter roasted malts.

Mouthfeel nice and creamy with medium-low carbonation levels.

Pretty solid although nothing extra special. The roasted malts can be overpowering a times although the oatmeal gives it a good creamy texture.

jmarsh123, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bundy462
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night with a frothy head.

S: Chocolate, oats, a syrupy sweetness, hops fighting through.

T: Chocolate and sweet up front. A surprising amount of hops throughout and in the finish considering the style.

M: Thick but smooth.

O: Good stout, not the best or worst of the style that I've had.

bundy462, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - dark body, no light coming through, medium dark brown head things quickly to a ring.

S - chocolate, light bitter coffee, sweet malts and oatmeal.

T - Definitely oatmeal, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate. rawhide, dryness. a touch of booze.

M - quite smooth, and relatively full-bodied.

D - well, it's ok, but surprisingly hot.

ColdPoncho, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of accordselux
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade from Texasfan549. Thanks!

Poured it into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Left a large amount of rich, tan head, with a hint of orange coloring. It slowly settled into hills and valleys of foam. I like it already.

Smell: Smell the oats right away, with some dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.

Taste: Very roasty. It tastes more like coffee than chocolate, with a little bitterness of the finish. Not sure if that is from the hops or from acidity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick- what i"m looking for in an oatmeal stout. I like that texture.

Overall: A decent oatmeal stout with high ABV. I don't like it as much as lower ABV Summit, or higher ABV Southern Tier Oat. I'd enjoy it in Texas, but not sure if I'd want to seek it out again. Great to try!

accordselux, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff247. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a huge, brown, creamy head. Head is about 2 and half fingers and takes long time to settle down, eventually becoming a half finger tan head about half way though. Foamy lacing covers the glass at first and then slowly slides back down to meet the head.

Nose is a good mix of chocolate, some coffee and a roasted character. Not really all that strong but the aromas are there. There is definitely an underlying sweetness to it as well.

Some milk chocolate leads the way in the taste and it's quickly followed by strong roasted, probably even charred, notes. Perhaps a bit of black licorice is present. Bitter through the middle of each sip with some coffee at the finish, which is pretty dry and crisp.

Medium/thick body with higher carbonation for the style. The carbonation actually feels pretty lively on the tongue. Not sure if it's really that highly carbonated or if it just seems that way because I'm used to a lower carbonation from the style. The mouthfeel wants to be rich, creamy and smooth but the higher carbonation and dry finish prevent it from getting all the way there.

Drinkability is pretty good here. It's a slightly different take on an oatmeal stout, nothing too out there, but a bit different nonetheless. Definitely an enjoyable beer that I'd like to see again.

ms11781, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2011
An expressive pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque, near perfect black color. The aroma smells sweet up front with notes of burnt prune, a bright malt sweetness, and something that makes me think of the sweetness in milk. This is backed by a subdued, roasted note that adds some cold coffee like aromatics (some burnt acidity, a touch of acrid dark roast coffee, but a fruity roasted character too) that become more noticeable as my senses adjust to this beer. When you really dig there is a touch of spiciness to the nose that seems to be a combination of the mostly not noticed alcohol and the burnt notes. As the beer warms up a nice, brown bread like, whole grain toasted character comes out in the aroma

Smooth and somewhat dense feeling as I take my first sip, but this also has a touch of a carbonic prickle to it and the density is balanced by a bitter, lightly acrid roast character that comes to dominate the finish. The roast character lingers on the palate with the flavor of deeply burnt, but still fairly smooth grain. This is sweet tasting, especially up front, which accentuates a burnt fruitiness that reminds me of prunes or perhaps raisins, but really the sweetness just reminds me of sugar; charred sugars for sure, but also notes of burnt caramelized malt and dark chocolate. As my palate adjusts to the beer it gets less sweet, more roasted and with more notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a firm bitterness here that is from both hops and roast character and there is also a sort of spiciness to the roast grain character in the finish. The roast character also brings a touch of tartness that helps to balance the sweetness.

This beer is definitely hitting the spot right now, significantly roasted, with lots of dark chocolate notes, sweetness and bitterness in balance as well as a richness that is just hitting the spot on this cold December evening in Tucson.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz->Sam Smith 1/2 Nonic
A ~ Pours black with a maroon hue. Head is sparse, but very dark (again, in a "red" way)

S ~ Baked Apples, grape juice, vanilla extract, Quaker Oats, lactose...some herbal notes.

A ~ Burnt espresso & Hershey's Baking Chocolate dominate the palette with very ashy malts close behind. There is somewhat of a hop backbone that is very organic & resinous tasting. Malted milk & frozen yogurt are in the mix. There is an ester note that I cannot identify, but it reminds me of dried cherries & currants. There's a splash of whiskey in the flavor as well.

M ~ Sticky & Sweet but with a good amount of burnt malt to back it up. Not the smoothest Oatmeal Stout in terms of carbonation, but it still has the lush feel on the sides & tip of the tounge. Hop bitterness is moderate, with contributing bitterness from the malt. There is some booze on the throat.

D ~ Great to see a high ABV Oatmeal Stout readily In available in 4-packs. Thanks to Brad for hookin' up one of my wants. This'll be a great Wintry brew.

chocosushi, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade with SSW117; thanks Sam!

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruit. Quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. A step down from the smell and heavy on the bitter chocolate and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. I wish it was a little more carbonated.

d - A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that is heavy on bitter chocolate in the taste. I enjoyed the smell but wish it had been more carbonated. Would be willing to try again.

mdfb79, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Jumjum
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jumjum, Feb 07, 2013
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.