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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

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88
very good

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 47 | 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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atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade. 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque motor oil black with a thin quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts with some bitter cocoa. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts with a nice blend of bitter cocoa and subtle espresso. The beer is medium bodied and quite smooth with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable strong stout, one I would likely keep on hand all Winter if it were available here.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:14:49 | More by atsprings
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-18-2011 06:14:14 | More by duff247
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was has happy to have Independence Oatmeal Stout on tap the Gingerman in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a beige head. Nice lacing.

The nose is of sweet malts/oats with dark fruit and molasses.

The taste is sweet and roasty. I get raisins, molasses, roasted oats and a touch of alcohol. The beer is slightly sweet but the roasted qualities keep everything in a fine balance.

I like the silky mouth, and the beer is very drinkable for an Imperial.

Well Done!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 17:42:10 | More by Redrover
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to htomsirveaux for the brews.

A - Pours an oily black with tan crown of foam. Pretty good looking, though most Stouts are, aren't they?

S - Aromas of hop, oxidation, leather, roasted grain, licorice, and a bit of booze. Quite complex, a winner,

T - The taste is quite nice. Dark roast, oats give a smoothness, and there is also a decent hop balance and even a vague fruitiness likely owing to said hops... This is very tasty.

M - Creamy but still sharp. Good.

D - I would drink this frequently, if it were available to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:01:56 | More by ktrillionaire
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-10-2013 17:55:12 | More by IrishColonial
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-01-2013 22:30:58 | More by JamLand
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armock

New York

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 21:24:19 | More by armock
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout, Not as smooth as I was expecting with an oatmeal stout, but there is somewhat of an alcohol "bite" present. Poured a dark black color into my pint glass. No light got through. A good dark head..brown in color. Retention is minimal. Leaves just a ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty light as well.

Smell has sweetness (molasses), coffee and vanilla in addition to maltiness.

Taste is good. A syrupy molasses presence, coffee, roasted malts, a little alcohol burn and some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, not as smooth as many oatmeal stouts because of the higher abv and alcohol presence. More like an American Double Stout.

Overall a good strong stout. Perfect for a slow sipper on a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:50:26 | More by JayQue
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-10-2012 02:39:22 | More by zonker17
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout has a fairly thin, tan head and a very dark brown appearance, with red highlights under light. A thin lacing sheen is left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, cream, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor is of all those, plus some astringency, coal, and a mellow hop bitterness across the sip. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and viscous, and Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, sweet, and wonderful. This is a delicious beer, and the drinker just does not pick up the 8% abv. Overall, I rate it most excellent.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 23:34:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-13-2014 22:01:38 | More by beergorrilla
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elNopalero

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 20:18:31 | More by elNopalero
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into (sadly) a hotel cup.

A: Very dark brown....black. No head, save a very slight smattering of bubbly patches. Just a bit of beer ring lacing.

S: Hearty, robust, roasted espresso malt with a slight tinge of molasses and dark unsweetened chocolate. A really nice tone of fresh roasted grains.

T: Really woody malt. Nice pungent balance of fermented grains, roasted coffee beans, and unsweetened chocolate.

M: Hearty and thick, with a really pungent, dry finish. High alcohol character is apparent.

D: High alcohol makes this a sipper.

Atmosphere is good. Dark intimidating appearance, but no real head, and not much lacing. Nose is heavy and hearty combination of grains and coffee and dark chocolate all charred together. Flavor is woody and malty with a pungent balance of fermented grains. Roasted malt and coffee. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 05:25:12 | More by bmwats
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-11-2013 21:30:47 | More by Jame515
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a mocha brown head that quickly dissipates to leave a flat top and a thin line of mocha along the edges of the glass. Some small carbonation bubbles rising along of the side the glass, hard to see further since the beer is opaque but I'd say about average carbonation for a stout. Some spotty lacing.

S- Oatmeal, some light dark chocolate, some malts, and some very light licorice. About average aroma strength, but smells very nice.

T- Oatmeal, some light caramel malts and hint of butterscotch, finishes slightly bitter with a tiny bit of hops and some light dark chocolate. The light bitterness and chocolate lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, nice carbonation, goes down easily.

O- This was a nice oatmeal stout. Nice flavor, decent mouthfeel, a fairly nice aroma. I definitely enjoyed drinking this however I wouldn't say it's the best oatmeal stout I've had. Definitely glad I got to try it, thanks again Sam! Thanks a lot for sending this, definitely appreciated!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 02:06:13 | More by jaasen64
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-25-2012 15:08:49 | More by Hopmodium
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-24-2011 05:17:07 | More by DoctorB2B
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JohnBender

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-16-2012 19:20:42 | More by JohnBender
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-19-2012 20:18:43 | More by BeerHunter76
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured jet black with2 fingers of dark brown fluffy head - TONS of perfect lacing

S - toasted oats, slight hint of bourbon and chocolate

T - well balanced sweet and bitterness from the toasted grains, nutty aftertaste, buttery

M - smooth, rich, creamy

O - i just realized how heavy of a stout this is and am shocked at the lack of alcohol smell! well done! a very nice light tasting stout, well balanced in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 16:37:41 | More by facundoCNB
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augustgarage

California

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Deep seal brown liquid, thoroughly opaque with a thin dark camel ring of creamy foam. Sandy lacing subsides in arcs dancing around the clear panes of viscous tears. Great retention. A swirl brings the head back up though it lightens in color.

Roasted grain, oatmeal (rather than oats!), faint brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of diacetyl in the nose (faintly buttery but that can work for this style).

Dark roast malt yields a rich lasting flavor with some hints of coffee and a touch of cocoa emerges as the beer warms up. Faint char adds a bitter not mid-palate which leads into a dry crisp finish. Smooth vaguely nutty/oaty aftertaste. Very light esters and perhaps a hint of licorice or fennel are in the margins of the profile.

Medium-full bodied, lightly creamy, and well carbonated mouthfeel. Lightly astringent from the roast malt.

Quite drinkable thanks to the balance of flavors. Best served lightly chilled, this makes a great "breakfast stout" even without the direct addition of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:47:22 | More by augustgarage
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 23:23:40 | More by kbutler1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 20:24:55 | More by jmarsh123
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to texasfan549! The pour is viscous, slight tan head on top of a oily,black liquid. The aroma is burnt coffee, dark chocolate. The flavor is full of dark roasted notes, burnt coffee, slightly bitter finish. The body is full, light carbonation, no discernable booze. Solid stout, a tad too heavy on the roasted notes, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:46:24 | More by bonkers
Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.