Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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87
very good

135 Reviews
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Reviews: 135
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 24
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009

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Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.54/5  rDev -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. (512 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a great brew... with a nice head that grows a few seconds after the pour like a good stout. opaque in color. the nose lack a little in definition. its mild at best of chocolate and maltiness. the palate has a wonderful body. with malt, smokey bitterness, and chocolate. the malt is there. the beer as the mild sweet finish of a oatmeal stout. not particularly on the ridiculously sweet side. so it was balanced. great texas brew. (429 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Aug 2010. Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Thick tight large brown head, the color of the leftover milk at the end of a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Well carbonated. Beer is opaque black. Aromas of coffee and chocolate chip cookies. Lightly sweet, but much drier than the aroma would suggest. Bittersweet chocolate and mocha. Roasty coffee and dark grains throughout. Some ethanol burn in the finish. Medium body, slick mouthfeel.

Not as much oatmeal presence as I would like but still decent. (515 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, dark brown color lets absolutely no light through in my mug. The head is latte-brown with great retention and spots of lacing.

S- Coffee beans, molasses, cocoa, and rhubarb-like hops with a distinctive bitterness

T- Think molasses cookies. Now think oatmeal cookies. Now imagine gooey dark chocolate chips. Yup

M- Silky and smooth with some gooey oatmeal drag

D- My favorite Independence brew to date but the only other one I remember was Austin Amber which was over-carbonated (490 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. From notes. pours black, thin mocha head fades to flim and ring. Spotty lacing. SMELL kinda faint roasty, some heat. Later some rich caramel maltyness, sweet maple syrup. TASTE licorice, roasty, lightly boozy, vaguely molasses, caramel malty. FEEL rich, smooth, some warming, full body, clean finish. OVERALL very easy drinking for a big beer. Alc well hidden. (415 characters)

Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (928 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my nephew that has been in the cellar for about a year. Oily black in color, but an aggressive pour yielded a few carbonation bubbles with almost no head and some spotty lacing. Very subdued nose with some subtle roastiness with hints of oats and coffee. For what this lacked in appearance and smell, it more than makes up for in the taste. Very rich and flavorful with great roasty notes. Lots of fresh roasted coffee along with hints of oatmeal, caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is rich and thick and extremely smooth with a nice subtle bitter finish. The alcohol is extremely well hidden making this scary drinkable, but it's rich enough to be a sipper. Overall an outstanding interpretation of the style! (740 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Good Foods Awards in SF, poured into a plastic cup. Beer pours pitch black, with a finger of chocolate brown creamy head. Head retention is excellent, with half a finger sticking around for a while and leaving nice sheets of lacing. Some fine carbonation visible at the edge of the cup.

Nose is a good dark chocolate and roasted malt. A bit of oatmeal and grains, dark chocolate as well.

Taste is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and fruity roasted coffee. A bit of darker caramel middle of the tongue to sweeten things up. Light pine hop note as well. Medium finish with sweet malt, pine hops and dark chocolate lingering lightly.

Full body beer, silky and creamy as expected from an oatmeal stout. Very easy to drink. Glad the brewery brought this out to SF for the awards. (793 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (445 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is coffee-like, darkly malty, and creamy sweet with a soft sourness. Smells nice.

Pours black with moderate light brown head. Looks good.

Lots of dark malt, roasted woody dryness & bitterness, and dark bitter chocolate. Soft sweetness. Mild creaminess. Mild smokiness. Soft hint of alcohol. Soft raisin. Tastes good. Feels quite good. Good drinkability.

Dark, dry, and bitter - this is a stout to reckon with and a joyous offering from Independence. (It's the only beer listed on BA containing the name convict.) (520 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a foamy finger and a half cappuccino head. Head retention is decent.

The nose is primarily composed of burnt malts and a little cocoa. There might even be a little charcoal in there, but overall it's less pronounced than I expected.

The prominent taste here is the burnt malts, with roast chocolate, espresso and a light sweetness wafting across the middle act.

I actually expected this brew to be a little thicker. It's not watery by any means, but I don't know I guess I had my heart set on some motor oil or something. It's got a chewy creaminess to it and goes down smoothly, though, personally, I could have done with a little lighter carbonation.

Overall I would definitely recommend trying this, especially if this is the kind of thing you like. I am sad it is not available in my area (yet...?), and will long for more when it is gone. Check it out and enjoy. (900 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle

First of all, hooray for bottle bombs. I just spent a good 10 minutes preventing the spilled beer from getting to the carpet. I probably lost near half the beer. This beer still however looks fine once settled, a dark beer with cocoa foam. This beer smells of chocolate, coffee, oats and a bit of oak sour. There is a bitterness from what I what I assume to be the coffee or roast qualities. This beer tastes mainly of coffee and oats, hints of dark chocolate (but that again could be a coffee roast flavor). It's way too overcarbonated on the palate as well as my coffee table, though it's not too bad overall. It was good, but not all that great.

After a second bottle was sent to me from injured reserve, that wasn't infected/overcarbonated I resubmit my score for the beer the way it was intended. As overall I would say a fairly solid oatmeal stout. (937 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Agold
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for sending this one. Poured into duvel tulip. The beer pours with about 1/2 inch of beautiful brown head with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Really great start for this one. The flavors are great as well, although they are not quite as robust as they are in the aroma. The beer has a great creamy mouthfeel with a very fine quality to the carbonation. It is very pleasant to drink. I am a sucker for stouts and this one delivered. (500 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin layer of brown head. Pretty big aroma here; oats, black strap molasses, and dark chocolate liqueur. The flavor has an added note of smoke to go along with big, fairly dry, chocolate flavors. The rich, creamy mouthfeel is the overall highlight to compliment the flavor. This is a big ol' oat stout that's worth trying at least once. (361 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,538 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours very dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has rich aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of molasses, and slight dark fruits.

T: The taste reveals a big coffee influence I didn't detect in the nose as well as chocolate, a touch of dark fruits, and a slight bitterness from either hops or the roasted malt.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Slightly thin on the finish but about right for the style.

O: Very tasty stout with about everything you'd like from a beer of this style. Recommended if you can find it. (640 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a small off white foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Aroma is not that strong. Light oatmeal with some dark malts and very light coffee. Dark, lightly roasted malts, with a bitter, oatmeal ending. Hints of chocolate and java at the end. Okay stout. More light bodied than I expected. (339 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (364 characters)

Photo of Pellinore1
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000 for this bottle.

Pours a deep brown with minimal tan head.

Smells of dark malt, and a hint of coffee.

The flavor begins with big, big roastiness. It is all nicely bitter malt, reminiscent of coffee or bitter chocolate. The bitterness fades a bit, and finishes with just a bit of sweetness.

Medium body with very little carbonation, this is a very smooth drink.

The alcohol is very well hidden. I would never have guessed the ABV of this beer.

Overall, this was a very pleasing oatmeal stout. Given the chance, I'd happily have it again. (561 characters)

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.