Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.
Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oat, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and oat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice cocoa and char combination going on in the flavor.
03-10-2014 02:03:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Pours with a respectable head that just sits there on top of the obsidian liquid; tight bubbles and great retention
Smell: Dark chocolate and ashy tones with hints of hops and coffee
Taste: Massive dark chocolate and ash flavors, up front, with the coffee and hop elements arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oats add another dimension; just a vague hint of coffee in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with the requisite creaminess
Overall: A bit ashier than I like but the chocolate flavor is really good
Thanks to FreeVerse for the initial opportunity and to duff247, for the opportunity to re-visit
10-30-2011 17:58:17 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.
Another new one for me I decided I just had to include last night as a night cap. Really dark pour here with a rich dark chocolate color that gave way to a huge head of tan that was nearly three inches high at one point before settling down and leaving jus a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Really just could not have looked much better aside from maybe a touch darker.
Aroma of rich dark malts, cocoa, cookie dough, hints of maple and brown sugar, very nicely done, warming did lead some of it to fade however and left just a touch of light vanilla and chocolate hanging in the air. Really full feel here with a nice and smooth creamy touch to it that really worked very, very nicely. Rich vanilla, caramel, maple and brown sugar coming through now again with loads of milk chocolate and a light touch of coffee in the finish. Not too filling and no where near to light, this one worked out quite well I have to admit.
Overall a really solid shot here from them. Served as a well placed night cap and I really could have easily had another when I was done. Good job all around.
11-04-2010 23:50:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: Pours out a black body with a quickly receding, bubbly, tan head.
Smell: Roasted, fire-singed barley accompanied by soft, sweet chocolate, ground coffee, and just a small hint of vanilla.
Taste: Roasty, malty tastes of slowly, carefully melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and coffee sweetened with vanilla-flavored sugar, though the chocolate perches on the tongue the longest for me. Light prune fruitiness. A slight earthiness perks up midway along with a roasty bitterness. More of that chocolate closes things out for the slowly drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation making for an overall soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Though not the most attractive brew around, it's still a soundly sweet, mighty tasty stout and a nice surprise, as I had yet to try anything from Independence Brewing.
11-23-2010 19:10:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle!
Nothing illustrates the oblivion of convict life quite like a deep stout. This one pours a straight obsidian topped by about a half-finger of somewhat resilient light tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt oats. The taste is quite similar, with some blackened biscuits, charcoal, cocoa, and a hint of vanilla (in the background) thrown in there as well. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a heftily smooth feel, bordering on chewiness. Overall, a very nice, black stout, another brew I wish they carried around here so I could have it whenever the urge hits me.
09-13-2010 07:23:24 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
Acquired in a trade from duff247.
Pours a very dark colored rich creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing, over pitch black beer.
Nose is loaded with roasted malts, oatmeal, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel malts, a bit of black patent malt, toffee, bitter roast, a little coffee, and essence of pure darkness.
Taste brings plenty of roast, some coffee and toffee with that, some black patent malt, a very light malted milk ball, come creamy oatmeal but a little less oatmeal than I expected, rich and creamy, heavy and dark, a bit pillowy, very slight boozy taste, a bit of cocoa powder. Finishes with some bitterness, a bit of a tropical fruit flavor (?), some cocoa, some coffee and roast, fairly sticky and mouth coating, but semi dry. Also a slight chalky dry bready taste.
Mouth is fairly thick, fairly creamy and rich, with decent carbonation and a bit of warming booze.
Drink is OK, some warming booze, the sticky finish and mouth coating makes it a little tougher, and just the heavy beer feel, but otherwise not bad.
01-16-2011 02:37:44 | More by jlindros
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-15-2010 21:34:42 | More by Mora2000
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-31-2010 00:43:08 | More by mdfb79
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
02-18-2012 02:17:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
02-25-2011 18:59:34 | More by tempest
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
My first Texas beer! Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with jenray. Poured into my NB Globe.
A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a touch of booze. Not overly complex yet enjoyable none the less.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roast and coffee grounds that linger throughout the sip. Some chocolatey sweetness creeps in after the roast dies down a touch but it doesn't stick around for very long. Finish is pretty roasty with a small alcohol burn.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty, feel that clings to the pallet after each sip.
O - Not too bad. It was fairly well balanced and easy to drink. This one really hit the spot on a cold night like tonight.
12-14-2011 04:24:54 | More by orangesol
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours black with more than 3 fingers worth of mocha colored head. The cap maintains fairly well with large bubbles and a creamy uneven topping. As it fades, it leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma of this brew is dark and roasted. Very pleasant smelling with a certain strong espresso character to it which is surprising considering ive been holding on to this bottle for close to 2 years now. There is a hint of citrus and some dark fruity almost raisin-like alcohol notes across the back. All the while, there is an ever-present fresh grain quality (oatmeal?) about this brew that is very appealing from front to back.
The taste is surprisingly more fruity with dark alcohol notes. Figs, plums, raisins, chocolate, licorice, coffee... all of the typical dark brew flavors are there but with a stronger focus on the fruity notes than anything else. Woah, this is more than 9% ok I guess that is fitting. As the brew warms up and into the aftertaste there is a bit of earth, tobacco and leather. Overall this isn't a bad brew.
This is medium bodied with a smooth feel to it. It is moderately carbonated and the alcohol is not hidden despite being aged for quite some time. I cant help but compare this beer to stone's 12th anniversary bitter chocolate stout. There is a lot of similarities here but I think if given the choice to pick between the 2 I would go with this one. Not a bad brew at all, it is worth checking out.
03-27-2012 02:12:13 | More by stakem
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
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
I got this one in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/4/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark khaki head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, oatmeal, caramel, molasses, light coffee, dark fruits, roasted malt, and roasted earthiness. Very nice and balanced dark/roasted malt aromas; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee, oatmeal, slight dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, molasses, and roasted malt on the finish for a bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavor; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and chewy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9.2%, with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oatmeal stout! Great robustness and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.
04-25-2013 04:15:18 | More by superspak
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.