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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%


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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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received a few bottles of this in a trade. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I initially started pouring this down the side to keep the head in check, then poured straight down the center for the last 3rd of the pour to get the desired crown. However, this beer generated but a few columns of fizz. Otherwise, it's perfectly opaque like just about every other stout on earth. The smell is the best part of this beer by far. Chocolate, a bit of tofffee and/or caramel, and a roasted grainy scent that is just terrific. The taste isn't quite up to par with the bouquet, however. It's quite bitter with a heavy dose of black coffee dominating the flavor profile. Charred oak with a bit smokiness as well. The mouthfeel is the low point. It's very very thin, and heavily carbonated. It doesn't have the dense creaminess I prefer in my stouts. Letting it rest on your tongue is like having an 9-volt battery in contact with its tip. Not a pleasant feel at all. Overall, not a stout I plan on revisiting. I'll give the remaining bottles away as extras so others can tick this and form their own opinions.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:41:15 | More by Retail1LO
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roodie

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:44:49 | More by roodie
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black into my snifter with two fingers of dense tan head that has great retention and sticky lacing.

S - Big Roasted malts, milky sweet chocolate, espresso, oats and a touch of vanilla.

T - Like the nose, big roasted malts, sweet chocolate and oats, bitter espresso, brown sugar and vanilla. It almost has an Irish cream type quality to it.

M - Very smooth and creamy, really coats the palate and is very well balanced.

O - This is a diamond in the rough that totally deserves more credit than it gets! Awesome oatmeal stout that comes in a 4pk for the same price as a bomber of something comparable.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:14:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 04:11:07 | More by chocosushi
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tjkinate for this one...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly pint glass. Produced a nice two finger, dark khaki, head that dissipated disappointedly quickly and left virtually no lacing. Nice, virtually opaque, black color, typical of the style.

Smells off strong roasted malt; coffee and cocoa notes with some bread and a bit of booze that tingles the nostrils.

Tastes like your typical Oatmeal Stout upfront, with roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but it really isn't very sweet. There's a welcome hop backing to the beer, that along with touch of booze at the finish, actually makes this a pretty decent tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style; a light body for how much flavor it has, good carbonation, and relatively dry. This is a true session stout.

Overall this is a solid offering from Independence Brewing Co. I'm not familiar enough with Stouts to offer improvements, but with the exception of it's superior drinkability, nothing really stood out to me as exceptional. I would still take this over a regular Guinness any day. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:58:56 | More by Humulus85
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:47:47 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates very quickly.

S - I smell chocolates and bourbon. Maybe a slight alcohol scent.

T - first thing I felt was this beer was kind of bland for what it should be. It's got small chocolate notes but I can't really taste much else.

M - medium bodied and highly carbonated.

O - it's not that bad but it lacks complexity that makes good beer what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:40:57 | More by mattboyer182
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sea206

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed it from the bottle this evening with Camembert and dried Scallops and dried Salmon.
Very dark; black.
Toasty smell. Smooth, easy to drink, dark chocolaty yet creamy, hint of banana and orange peel. Best Stout I've had, I will seek this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:04:43 | More by sea206
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tjkinate

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best offering I have had from Independence so far and I love that I could buy 4 good stouts for under $10.

A: The brew pours dark as night producing a mild head that dissipates as rapidly as it forms. Did exhibit some lacing.

S: Rich, earthy, and chocolate malts blend great with the hoppy undertones.

T: Similar to the smell, but instead of sweet like most stouts, the malts were mild and almost bitter. A welcome change of pace that blends easier with the floral hop background.

M: Seemed light, with mild carbonation, the type of stout that won't fill you up.

O: A solid beer and the perfect relaxer for the end of a hard day. Beer really is an amazing beverage and I feel this one adds character to the quickly expanding selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:09:38 | More by tjkinate
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass...

A- Pours very dark brown. Nice finger of dark tan head that settles too nothing quickly. The darker the brown of head on stouts, the more I like it; and this one is up there- however not much lacing or stability.

S- Fairly roasty with a strong coffee presence. Follows is a subtle dark chocolate aroma. Overall fairly light aroma.

T/M- Much more flavorful than the nose shows. Very roasty upfront followed by an oaty, grainy, sweet caramelly flavor and just an incredibly intense very very dark cocoa flavor. Well balanced and smooth everything. Body was very full bodied without being too heavy. So smooth.

O- Awesome oatmeal stout. Though the nose was a bit light, the beers taste was intense and enjoyed. Also this thing is 8.5%?! I could drink these all night having no idea... Definitely want more from this brewery now

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 20:18:18 | More by TheGordianKnot
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Twiggamortis420-- thanks brother.

Served in a tulip pint.

Super bitter chocolate. This isn't nearly as sweet as expected, this is QUITE a dry stout, but a nice medium-full body, creamy feel, and low carbonation really go a long way on this one.

Some roasty malts come into the picture, but for the most part the biggest component to this flavor profile is the bitter chocolate. It's nice that the mouthfeel tossed a saddle on this one-trick-pony and rode the drinkability up nicely.

Pretty dark body with a tan small head. Average retention and lacing.

Overall, a pretty decently drinkable little beer. Not blowing me away, but pleasant enough to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:19:25 | More by AleWatcher
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HopsKeepDroppin

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Saint Arnold pint glass

A- I got a nice two finger light brown head on mine and some pretty nice lacing. The pour was pretty much down the center after reading some other reviews.

S- The roasted malts are the first thing that I notice until I get the oatmeal and almost a peppery chocolate smell.

T- The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt and almost a coffee like flavor. After a few minutes oatmeal invades your palate and hang around for a while.

M- It has a pretty high level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little bit heavy.

O- I really enjoyed this stout and the price is great. This beer has a lot of flavors. Roasted malt to a chocolate after-taste and then the oatmeal moves in.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:02:38 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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GrayHam

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/black. Viscous pour with a minimal tan head.

S: Dominated by roast and chocolate. Slight malty sweetness in the background.

T: The chocolate comes through first, with roasty/coffee notes backing it up. Very slight sweetness in the finish.

M: Definitely oats in this one. Very silky, creamy mouthfeel. Makes for an easy drinking beer.

O: Probably my favorite locally made stout. Glad it's available year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:52:17 | More by GrayHam
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by Sammy
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JMad

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...
The beer almost jumped out of the bottle when I opened it the color is opaqui dark brown, there was a lot of sediment in the bottle and in the glass, the head was huge light brown and was huge. It smells of roasted, dry, dark chocolate with a tmall amount of sourness. The taste has some dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, and a roasted bitterness. It feels thick, warming, and slightly dry. I cant help but think that there's something wrong with this bottle. I need to try it again, there were clumps of foamy sediment and the smell and taste was a little off.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:12:21 | More by JMad
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slaphappysnark

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to drummermattie02 for including this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful opaque near black, no light passing through, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is rich and almost briny, n a good way, and flavor matches almost note for note. Nicely carbonated, not quite chewy. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:24:03 | More by slaphappysnark
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:07:53 | More by Soonami
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 13:05:54 | More by thagr81us
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Wisconsuds

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence brewing in Texas. Poured from 12oz bottle into my Silver Creek Brewing oversized snifter.

Dark brown colored ale with a cm of dark brown head. Disappeared quickly, leaving Jackson Pollack style lacing on the glass. Booyaa, art reference!

Smell is dominated by oatmeal + chocolate. Roasted malt takes a backseat but shows up in the end.

Normally I like my stouts to be on the viscous side. This ones a bit thin, but isn't detrimental to the taste. A pleasurable representation of an oatmeal stout.

Mild carbonation tickles the epiglottis. Bam, anatomy reference! Would reach for another, which says a lot about its staying power.

I'll take another,BA Texasclimber. A simple stout that possibly caught me off guard tonight. Good stuff from TX.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:00:32 | More by Wisconsuds
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lnashsig

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 22:55:43 | More by lnashsig
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 17:38:42 | More by LiquidBread219
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OddNotion

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with adam320.
From notes.
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:49:37 | More by OddNotion
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to twiggamortis420 for knocking off this want! Pours very dark brown, but completely impenetrable by light, with a small khaki head that left light wisps of lacing. Aroma has nice notes of roast and chocolate, a bit of coffee, and slight bitter aroma. Taste is right on par with the nose. Roast is in full supply, and pretty much dominates everything else, although it's not astringent nor bitter. There is a slight bitterness on the back end, but I would contribute it to the hops rather than roasted barley. Chocolate plays second fiddle to the roast, as it's very light, and there's also a touch of dark fruit/raisin peeking through, but only momentarily. Nice, full body, low carbonation, slick and smooth, with a bite of bitterness on the very dry finish. Overall, a really good oatmeal stout, although maybe I wold like just a touch more sweetness to balance out the strong roast. Good stuff. Thank again, Greg!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 15:31:54 | More by KeefD
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was sent in a recent trade. Thanks, Daniel! 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Convict Hill pours jet black, with little to no light shining through. Head is thick and tan, and slowly settles to a couple of millimeters, retaining quite well.

S: This brew has one of the most roasted barley aromas I have ever experienced. Coffee and dark chocolate are also prominent, with little hop aroma.

T: Wow! This beer has a lot going on! Full-on roasted barley character, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bitter chocolate. A touch of burnt toast character is present, with an edgy bitterness. Hops are only noticable in the finish, and lend a dry finish.

Notes: Convict Hill is one big-ass oatmeal stout! You don't drink this beer. You chew it. Full bodied, with robust flavor and yet, still manages to hide the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel and a dry finish balance it out in perfect harmony. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts to date, and with I had more.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:37:43 | More by WYVYRN527
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obrike

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at HEB for 6.49....nice price for such a big beer.

Black as night pour...light brown, big head that stuck around for a while. Ring around the glass the entire time. Nice looking stout.

Quite a tasty smell. Cocoa hits first, then a bit of bitter, burnt coffee....some sweet malt as well. Fresh, enticing aroma.

That's good. Chocolate right off the bat, some bitter hops thrown in as well. Coffee and oatmeal a little more buried, but a very well rounded stout. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but quite smooth...goes down easy. Hides the 8.5 very well...dangerous!

A nice locally produced Oatmeal stout here in Austin. Good to see. Pick this baby up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:52:30 | More by obrike
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.